Monday, November 25, 2013

The Thankful Post…..


Several of my friends have posted on Face Book the things they are thankful for.  I have always wanted to do this, but knew I would forget to post every day, so I thought I’d just do it all in one Blog Post. So here goes:

I am Thankful for:

1. A relationship with God.

2.A loving husband.

3.A close family. 

4.Friends who love me unconditionally.

5.For men and women who fought for my freedom. Without them I wouldn’t even be able to type up this list. It’s silly in comparison really.

6.The jobs that Jeremy and I both have.

7.My church. Jubilee has saved us several times. From ourselves, and from our electricity being shut off.

8.Our Pastors. Caring. Selfless. Willing to pray whenever.

9.My boss. Understanding. Caring. Gets it when “life” happens, and doesn’t balk when I have to call in sick or miss a day. Advocate for her staff. Awesome.

10.My co-workers. Even when Craziness ensues, we’ve got a great thing going on in our little preschool.

11.Life’s lessons. Although hard when going through them, I’m always stronger on the other side.

12.My Kitties. Even though Marvin is Mr. 5:00 A.M., he’s a sweet guy. And Luna the sensitive one. So sweet is she.

13.My car. I’ve got butt warmers in the seats. Nothing else need be said.

14.Negative test results.

15.My treadmill.

16.Hope. Without it, life would be boring.

17.My imagination. Although it may get me into trouble sometimes, I’m glad I have one for all of those crafty ideas.

18.Snowy days. I don’t like driving in snow, but there’s something about a cold snowy day at home that’s just so cozy and heart filling to me.

19.Food on the table.

20.Free television. Yes I miss ABC Family, Food Network, and HGTV, but choosing to not have them saves us 130 bucks a month.

21.Farmers Insurance. They’ve helped us on 3 occasions now.

22.New Friends.  Proof that I’m not such a weirdo. Haha.

23.Vacation days with Jeremy.

24.The ability to taste, smell, touch, see, feel, walk, talk, and move.


26.Apple TV. It allows us to have movie nights way cheaper than going to the theaters.

27.A roof over my head.

28.A week off from work. Wish it was a paid week off, but I’ll take it anyways!

29.A busy December. We made a pact that we wouldn’t hold back on doing fun Christmassy things this year.  So our calendar is full of fun things.

30.Hobby Lobby. It’s my happy place. I’m sure I’ll think of something much better to put at number 30 after I’ve gone live with this…but oh well. I love a good Hobby Lobby therapy!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Updates and a huge reality check.



I haven’t posted in quite some time. Life happens, and I just got busy with things. And one huge thing happened that I wasn’t ready to post about until now. (No. I’m not preggers.) I had surgery that you all know about in the end of July.  All is healed and well from that expensive episode.  Each bill that comes in seems to open a new wound, though. Haha. School started and I have two amazing classes with children I completely adore. Challenging at times, yes, but this year I am blessed with fantastic children, and amazing parents. (Some of whom are now friends and not just acquaintances.)  Everything was moving along smoothly……until the end of September. A week before our 6th Anniversary.


We had just finished our church service and went to Freddy’s with a bunch of people for dinner. On our way home, we stopped in the parking lot of a church to watch some very loud and awesome fireworks. After that was over, we continued on our way home. It was about 10:15 at night, and we had just turned down a pretty dark road in our neighborhood when all of a sudden there was a man walking in the middle of the road. We had no time to break or swerve….and we hit him. In the Jeep.  Let me tell you. In the movies when a person gets hit by a car, they get it right. Really right.  He flew up onto the hood of the Jeep, and then flew about 8 feet in front of us. I can’t even begin to tell you the feelings and thoughts going through my head at that moment.  Nerves, fear, anxiety,  are we going to jail, can I see a thestral now, is he dead, my life is changed forever, oh my God, oh my God. I always thought I’d be the person who would sit in the car and just rock myself in a situation like this. But we were out of the car in an instant. I was on the phone with 911, and thank God the man was alive. The police and paramedics got to the scene in like, 3 minutes. Amazing.  Come to find out that the guy was intoxicated. He was wearing dark clothes and had sunglasses on. Remember this is at 10 at night. Sunglasses. Awesome. There was blood. Not as much as I thought there would be. There were several people stopping to check out the scene right before the police came.  There was a lady who claimed to be a nurse, who ran over with her emergency care box. She got out some gauze to put on the man’s face. And she did not put on gloves! Not a nurse. Absolutely not a nurse. First rule of universal precautions. Glove up! After assessing the scene, the police kept telling us it’s not our fault and that we aren’t going to jail or anything. Obviously they saw that we were shocked and worried. Which we were.  The man got a ticket. We are in the clear.  The paramedics took the man away, and we filled out our accounts of what happened.  By that point, the adrenaline started to wear off, and I started to feel a little woozy.  How do you move on from something like this?  We had to go home and go to sleep so we could get up and go to church in the morning. Yeah right. I slept maybe an hour that night. Sporadically. I was glad we had to go to church though, because we had our support system around us, and were comforted by our friends.  The truth is, we have to move on. It wasn’t our fault. Even the insurance company ruled that it was not our fault.  Driving at night was really tough for a while after the accident.  And I drive on that road every day on the way to work.  The orange spray paint on the ground from measuring distances and speeds has finally worn off, and our hearts are healed.  The man’s injuries were non-life threatening, and he should heal up just fine.  We only hope and pray he finds healing in his life. So dear friends, drive carefully at night because you never know what will come your way. 

*Oh. And I wasn’t kidding about the fleeting thought going through my mind about seeing a thestral. It’s strange what your brain does in the seconds after a traumatic event. And apparently I watch too much Harry Potter. And if you readers get the point about seeing one, you also watch too much HP. Haha. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Christmas Tree and Plans for the Moon….



I was recently going through a box of paperwork from when I was in Fourth grade, and found some weekly reader magazines!  It was so funny to read the articles and see what was “in” back in 1983/84.  I took a couple of screen shots of them:

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Obviously we’re still working on the drug problem! And wow are “Robot Toys”A.K.A. Transformers back  from the dead!  Little did the creators know that there would be movies made about them! And I guess we fell behind on the Moon Base.  I think that plan was a little ambitious!  It was so fun to read through these!

Weigh In Thursday:

After the hospital ER and all of that jazz I thought I’d get really thrown off task. Especially since I had to stop walking for a bit.  I’ve been really watching what I’ve been eating, with treats every now and then, and it’s actually been working out well! My total loss as of this morning since my first post is –11 Pounds.  I’m curious as to what will happen after my surgery.  I’ll probably be on pain meds, and all of that crazy stuff that goes along with it, so I’ll have to give myself some grace.  If I do gain some, it will come right off after I start work because I’m constantly moving all day long.  This is one reason that I’m so happy that I lost this much! Usually over summer I gain weight!  Huzzah!

Back in December, we were determined to find a tree bag to store our Christmas tree in.  I happened to be walking around TJ Maxx and found one in the sale bin. (Score!)  So I happily brought it home with high hopes.  Here are some photos of Seth and Jeremy trying to shove the monstrosity into the bag.  Now our tree matched  every physical attribute that was listed on the bag as to what will fit inside it. I think they need  to re-assess these requirements.

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So this is what we wound up with:  A lawn/garden bag for the top part of the tree,  the rest of it  gaping out the zipper of the bag, and a bloody hand. Fail!!!!

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So now this ridiculousness sits in the basement.  I’m not even sure if we’re going to use this tree this year. I’m tired of the light debacle that I encounter every year.

I should add that Seth and Jeremy both agree that we should just buy a body bag because the tree is sure to fit inside it.  Gross. Not happening, guys!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A night in the ER…..


As you all know, I’ve started walking to up my fitness level and loose weight. It’s been going really well, and I’ve learned a lot about my body. For instance I can’t walk in heat.  It’s got to be below 72 degrees or I’ll feel yucky from walking in  the sun.  I also need to drink water and eat a proper meal before I go out and walk. Well, yesterday in ideal walking conditions right when I hit mile 1, I started to feel like a vertigo dizzy feeling.  I slowed my pace waaaay down for the rest until I got home. Then I felt crappy the rest of the day. I made an appointment for the doctor so I could go get it checked out. (I go to that appointment today at 1:00.)  Well right before Jeremy got home from work I started to get this pain on my breast bone. Not sharp, but almost like when you need to pop your ribs at the chiropractor.  I got a little concerned when it would come and go for a while.  We decided around 7:30 to go ahead to the Urgentcare/ER.  Better safe than sorry. 

We walked in and right when I told the desk clerk why we were there she called and got us in right away. No wait time. They hooked me up to the EKG($$$$) machine and everything was clear and normal. (Whew!)  After what seemed a million hours I had to go for an ultrasound ($$$) of my gall bladder. Apparently it can mimic the type of pain I was having.  This part was actually really hard for me, because I wanted an ultrasound, but not for this reason. I had imagined my first ultrasound seeing a baby…..not looking for gall stones. After that we went back to our room, which was a “sitting” room, meaning that I was in a chair that someone who would need something removed from an eye or ear would sit in. I later found out that it can recline, but I’ll get to that in a minute.  Now it was time to give some blood for more tests. ($$$$) I also had to drink a concoction of Maalox and a numbing solution that would numb my esophagus and chest.  Weirdest. Feeling. Ever!  About 5 minutes after I drank this solution, I started to feel really nauseous and light headed.  I started sweating and getting really hot. The whole room was spinning, and Jeremy said I turned pale white.  I threw up into the trash can, and then all I  heard was the air conditioner in my ears. All of a sudden about 5 people were in my room talking and planning. Two people came around the chair and laid down the back of the chair. Thank goodness they did, because I sure felt better!  That was so scary!  Apparently my heart rate went down to 20!!!  But right after I laid down all of my vitals shot right back up to where they needed to be. (Again, whew!)  One of the Doc’s said that I was sitting on the nerve that usually affects elderly people when you hear about them passing out on the toilet. Same thing here. They ran another EKG ($$$$) and again, all clear. And they hooked up an I.V. ($$$$) 2 bags to be exact!


After everyone cleared out, Jeremy leaned over me and said, “Um. Honey….I think you wet yourself”.  Oh great!  I pissed myself in the ER. Just what I needed! So I had to put on these paper pants and thread underwear.

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Fun times. All of my other tests came back normal, so they are pretty sure the symptoms were from my gall bladder, which in turn did have stones in it.  While we were waiting to be released, Jeremy was sweet and read aloud to me from the book he was reading on his iPad called Wild At Heart. Finally around 12:30 A.M. we were released. Today I have to call the surgeon to schedule a consult. I’ve never had any sort of surgery or anything where I’ve had to be put under anesthesia so I’m nervous!   I’ll let you all know what the plan is. Until then, I’m taking it easy.

On the way home, I told Jeremy the whole “almost passing out incident”  felt like this scene from A Knight’s Tale with all of the people standing above me.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Shelf Cuteness



This is my second week of sharing my weigh in results.  I was kind of dreading it because although I’ve been walking longer distances and eating really clean……week 2 of any weight loss is always the doom week.  I’ve seen it a billion time on The Biggest Loser, and it happened to me too.  I figured. 

Weigh in results:  Down .5 ounces.

Total loss: 5.0 Pounds.

Next week will be better. Week 3 usually rocks!



When Jeremy and I got married, one of the purchases we made were tall black shelves from Wal-Mart.  They are cheap-o shelves, but have served us well holding our readable materials, and sometimes DVD’s and CD’s.  Well, I’ve been wanting to fix them up a little to make them look more attractive, and I finally went and got some scrapbooking paper to do so.  My plan was to find yellow scrapbook paper with a design on it so I could tape it to the backing of the shelves.


Of course Hobby Lobby had the paper 50% off (score!), so I got 16 each, of two yellow designs. I alternated  the designs on each shelf.

Before:  Although I almost forgot to take pictures of the before…so one row is done already.

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I then scooted out the books a bit, and taped the paper to the inside backing. Doing this gives a little life to the otherwise cheap looking shelves and makes the books  ”pop”.


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Next week I’ll do a post about memory lane. Things from my past.  Later!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Upcoming Projects and Weigh In Thursday…..



One of the main projects that I want to accomplish this summer is painting the kitchen cabinets white. It will open the kitchen up and brighten it quite well.  Thanks to a friend at church, I found a great kit that has everything that I’ll need for doing the job.  Here is a link to the product. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it.  I dread the mess….and the frustration, but it will look good!  Here are some before pictures:



I’m already planning for the fall and for Christmas thanks to this tree dying:


I’m terribly sad about losing this tree because it was SO beautiful in bloom!  But my plan is to make it pretty again by taking large branches, and placing them in cute buckets on the front porch and hanging lights from them for fall and Christmas.

Thursday weigh in=

Down 4.5 pounds this week!

It’s a good start!


I went to Estes Park on Thursday with my parents and Seth and walked around the downtown area. Boy was it busy!!!  I had my first experience with sweet potato tots. My. Oh. My. They were delicious!  I had 6 little tots out of my Dad’s basket and they were like candy!!!  It was my treat for the day.  Weeeeeelll….I guess I did have a tiny sliver of fudge sample at the Christmas store.  On the way back home I was starting to get a little car sick, so we stopped at a pull off on the side of the road when we saw it.  A face in a tree!  Seth and I had to take a picture with our new friend Bernie! 


It was quite a fun day!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hey! I’m walkin’ here!!!!


It’s been quite a busy past couple of months. Buttoning up the finish of school, graduation for Seth, house guests, yard work, and lots of meetings and events.  Things are finally starting to settle down a bit so I can focus more on this blog. 

I hosted Seth’s graduation open house at my place, and I scrambled around  trying to think of fun and crafty things. Here is the luscious cake:


And the ice cream sundae bar:

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One little crafty idea I had (which I wish I would have thought of for my graduation!!) was to have everyone who attended Seth’s graduation party sign his grad cap.  I set out sharpies in a glass cup so people would be encouraged to sign. 

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Luna has been doing well! I need to take her in for a check up soon here just to be sure all it still well inside her little body. She has adjusted though. She’s also a big chicken. You should see her when we turn on the attic fan.  Chicken!


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Towards the end of the school year, I had been feeling really sluggish and uncomfortable with myself. I think that’s just the worst un-sexy feeling ever! I know that it’s from not eating right and lack of activity. So as the school year came to finalization, I had made a goal to start walking and adding in more activity to my days since I wouldn’t be working.  I’m happy to report that I have stuck to that goal so far, and I notice that I do feel better!  I also know that I can’t sleep in! If I do, I get that sluggish tired feeling.  So I get up before Jeremy leaves for work, get him all set to go, and then right when he leaves I change and head out to walk. I realize that I like to walk in the low 70’s, so it fits perfectly to do the deed early on when it’s cooler.

I have read several blogs that post  a weigh in day.  I’m not comfortable posting my weight yet….but I do want to weigh in every Thursday from now on. I’ll report whether I’ve lost or gained.  I’m believing that my posting it on here will give me some accountability to really stick to it! My goal is to loose 50 pounds.  After I conquer that, I’ll make a new goal. But for now….it’s 50.

It used to annoy the crap out of me on Pinterest when people would post sayings that had to do with fitness….well now I’m hooked on the encouragement!  Here are a couple of ones I like:

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And of course:


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tears, new things, and challenge accepted.


The end of February came with sadness.  As many of you know, our little Sox died.  It was a strange situation. I walked in the door at 8:45 P.M. and heard Jeremy crying. I thought for a split second that he had fallen and hurt himself, but as I came around the corner, there he was sitting on the ground above Sox who was laying lifeless.  Apparently Sox was lying on his usual spot on the couch when all of a sudden he just fell off the back onto the floor.   Jeremy said that he even gave some rescue breaths to no avail.  What the heck do you do with a sudden loss like that?  He was only 8 years old! We had to take him that night to the animal hospital to get him cremated. Very sad indeed.  After that we had to go to bed and somehow function to go to work the next day.  We prayed a lot that night. Jeremy got sleep. I didn’t.  I made it about 2 hours into work when the sleepless night and headache from crying set in, so I left.  We still don’t know what happened to him, but I think not knowing has saved us from a lot of “what if” and “should have” questions. We miss his quirky habits and funny ways.  Just like these shots:



And of course the pretty shots:

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We now have a new kitty named Luna. A couple of days after we got her, she came down with an upper repertory infection,which means she was sneezing and having a hard time eating because she couldn’t smell or breath while doing so.  She is much better today!

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**Edited to add that today she has conjunctivitis.  Yay. More medicine! Oye.v

I got a new(ish) car!  My poor little Pontiac started to have a lot of problems, so an opportunity came about for us to purchase a newer car!  I had wanted something the size of a Hyundai Santa Fe or a Kia Sorento, so imagine my excitement when our broker called and had a Santa Fe to test drive.  Well, truly I wasn’t all that excited because it was just a day and a half after the Sox incident, so it felt wrong to be happy about something.  I didn’t expect at all to be driving home in a newer car. But I did!  I love it! It’s got leather interior, a DVD player in the back seat, and third row seating!  It’s a 2007 with only 27,500 miles on it.  We got a great deal!



In March, we spent almost $300.00 on eating out at restaurants!!!  WAY too much!!  Part of it was due to the fact that we didn’t really want to be at home the first two weeks after Sox passed.  It was just too hard.  And then the last week was spring break. We went to Estes park and splurged on a nice meal up there.  But still. A little excessive?  I think so!!  For this reason, we instilled a challenge for April.  No eating out. None. Not even fast food.  The whole month of April we are eating at home or at friend’s houses.  If someone else wants to pay, it’s perfectly fine. But not out of our pocket.  It’s been okay so far, until today when we had to take Luna to the vet again.  We got out of there at 5:15ish, and got home around 6:00.  I hate eating late, so it would have been so much more convenient to hit Chick Fil A on the way home. But no. I heated up the oven to put in our chimichangas we made at Once A Month Cooking.  So here I sit, almost 7:00 P.M. and it’s still cooking. Again. I hate eating after 6:30. I prefer 5:30.

Challenge Accepted!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

One year Blogiversary.


So here I sit, 1 year after I decided to do a blog.  I spent an evening the other day reading through most of my postings just to look over what I wrote. I noticed one major thing.  I have GOT to figure out how to take better pictures! This statement alone has got me thinking about goals for the upcoming year.  I like to have a list of things to do, because once it’s done, I get to check it off, and then I can visually appreciate that I have accomplished something. So I am going to make a goal list here that everyone can see, and that I’ll be able to look back at and appreciate once I accomplish it.  Here goes:

*Figure out how to use the digital camera so my pictures don’t look like doody.

*Run a 5k.   I follow a blog called Runs For Cookies, and have built up this curiosity about actually running in a race.  I’ll have to get some  supplies first, and I need to start the couch to 5k program.   I’ve already got a running partner to hold me accountable, and it looks like April is our go month.

*Make a  duvet cover for our bed.  Yes I can sew a beautiful grand Renaissance dress. Yes I can sew a bodice and chemise. Yes I can sew a bride into her dress in an emergency (been there, done that). But for the life of me I have the hardest time sewing a really long strait line! What gives??  

*Take more pictures of Jeremy and I as a couple.  I have maybe 3 pictures of us together from the whole year. Pretty pathetic.  I’d like to have more taken so I can actually have more to post or scrapbook with.

*This one may be silly….but it’s important to me.  Mop the kitchen floor more. I can’t stand a dirty kitchen or house, but for some reason, the kitchen floor is the one thing that I kind of ignore “forget” about. I’d like to find new carpets for in front of the fridge, sink, and stove. 

I think this list is good for now.  I don’t want to make so many goals that I can’t get to the big ones. (5K!) 

If you have followed my blog, you may remember this post where I made a three tier flower pot piece.  Well, winter has been cruel to it. Very cruel.  I’m going to have to turn it around so the words face the house because I can’t think of anything that will adhere to the plastic. Here is what it looks like now:

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Do you see all of the colored spots where the glue was sprayed?  Such a bummer. Lesson learned.

Jeremy brought me flowers one day (and it wasn’t even Valentine’s Day!), and there were these pretty flowers that look like purple cabbage, but smelled like roses. SO strange!  I loved them!


Until next time,


Monday, January 7, 2013

Public service announcements:


These public service announcements are brought to you by me.  The one who had to fail in order to bring them to your attention. :)


1. Make sure to check your air filter in your car.  You may just one day have to be rescued by your Dad (which isn’t such a bad thing) when your car doesn’t start up very well.  He’ll find out that your air filter is so dirty and gross, that it needs to be replaced ASAP.  But hey. My car starts now!

2. Make sure you have a rinsing agent in your dishwasher before you freak out about why it’s not drying or cleaning the dishes properly.  Duh!!!  I was googling how to take apart the dishwasher before I noticed that the holder for our “Jet Dry” fluid was totally empty.  It’s now on a fresh wash cycle, and I’m actually looking forward to emptying the dishwasher!

The End. 

We now return to your regular broadcasting show……

Thursday, January 3, 2013

‘Tis the season to purge the closets….

I’m about to show you all something that I’m not proud of.  I try my best to make my home tidy and neat, but there are hidden areas that not everyone will see that get neglected. For me, when people come to my home, everything has to  be perfect. If someone “drops by” and there are dishes on the counter, or my husband has made a computer “re-build” mess around the house, well, I sort of freak out.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love to host things and have people over. BUT it has to be perfect.  It’s just the way I am.  I sure wish my husband felt that tinge of “oh my gosh, people are coming over and the house is cluttery! oh my gosh, oh my gosh!”. He doesn’t get it, nor does he care what people see when they come over. Grrrrr! Anyways, it was time to purge the master bedroom closet, and the linen closet.  As always, I have a limited budget, so my goal was to get all of the supplies I needed for under $50.  I had a specific look in mind for the master bedroom closet (MBC)  in which I would need actual baskets.  Not cheap. I was worried.   However the linen closet (LC) I knew I could get away with for around $14. Easy Peasy. 

Here we go. I take you to the MBC before :

Sheets, sheets, and more sheets. I couldn’t believe the amount of pillowcases I’ve accrued through the years.  Seriously. This is ridiculous.

And check out that nasty pile of lovely purses!  I’ve seen several ideas on Pinterest about purse storage, and I was going to try one that involved hanging them from a shower curtain bar.  No go on that one.

Now, our closet has the most horrible lighting for photos so I apologize ahead of time for the horrid quality of these. Click to enlarge.

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I went to Hobby Lobby for the baskets as they were on sale for 50% off.  When I got there, I was super excited because they had just put all of their Christmas items on sale for 80% off! LOVE that!  So as I was glancing over the sale items, I spotted 4 baskets that had a Christmas ornament print liner in them.  I knew I could just take those liners out of the baskets, so I quickly pounced like a ninja snatched them up! (It can get crazy in those sale aisles!) 

Here are the baskets with the liners:                        And without:

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I also bought some scrapbook paper to place along the backside of the shelves for a nice look and feel.  Love those 50% off sales!                                                       Here are the lined walls:

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Here is the view with the baskets:


Here is the finished product. Click to enlarge.  I added my purses to the top shelf. I thought it looked nice, so I did the same on the other shelves too.

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Part of me wants to get only white hangers.  Anyone want any mix and match colored ones?  Smile

Now onto the linen closet. This was a mess!  Way too much stuff, and a lot of pills and random medicines that we don’t need or use anymore. 

Here are the baskets I used.  Again, Hobby Lobby had them, and they were 30% off!  They are in the spring section.   The Dollar Tree has some like these, but they are a lot smaller there


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I can’t believe how much stuff I threw out!  I had read somewhere that if you are throwing out medicine, you’re supposed to put  the pills in a zip lock baggie, and throw that baggie out in a different trash bag then the actual pill bottle.  I made sure to do that right after I tore off the prescription labels.

I made labels on the computer, and then laminated them so I could hang them on the baskets.

 Here are the after photos:                       I pinned on the towel label:

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Sox even joined in while I was making the labels.  He loves his paper.


I did hit my goal of staying under $50!  I spent about $25 on all of the baskets!

So there you have it.  Closets have been purged, cleaned and organized.  I wish I could say the same about the basement.