Thursday, February 2, 2023


Good morning happy Thursday!
I started my morning by not being able to sleep and then Snookie peed on me. Lovely. So I was up early and got the wash going and did the sink full of dishes that seems to come out of nowhere. 

Yesterday I got one bag of the fabric I bought at Eco Thrift sorted out and cleaned up. I actually cut a bag out of the patchwork fabric too. 

These were from the Goodwill Superstore. The Halloween one is made into a pillow case but I will cut it apart. The big floral is pillow shams but I am going to use them for bags I think.

Here is my re-thrift/free pile left from the first bag. Fleece takes up so much room and I can't think of anything I'd want to make from that flannel piece with dog prints (plus it looks like it's been washed a few times)


Rusty was so cute last night all snuggled up. He is so old now :( I keep telling myself no more dogs but I know that probably won't happen. when these are gone but we know that probably won't happen. Must be strong!

Yesterday I spent a ton of time trying to get these letters done for work the "easy way" they showed up at the training. Definitely would have been faster to just do them the hard way lol. Still need to figure out how to get them on the correct letter head. I tried cutting and pasting but it wasn't working. We'll see if it decides to work today.

I actually made it to the grocery store last night. I also went to Goodwill (need to stop doing that) and Wal Mart. Finally bought some curtains so Trevor will stop putting cardboard up in the living room window. Sheesh. I will be glad when my house is all mine again but also sad I'm sure lol. Dang kids. 


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Wednesday, February 1, 2023


Good morning happy Wednesday! Trevor has a cold so now I have that to look forward to :( The kids were a little sick when they came over for Sunday so that's probably where it came from since he hasn't left the except to go to lunch the other day for like 2 hours.

Still catching up on my Davis trip! 
Thursday we had Chinese food for lunch. My old boss works in the Davis office so we got to have lunch together (and with other people) so that was nice to catch up. She's such a great person and was my friend before my boss so back to a friend again.  I forgot to take a picture of my lunch haha. 

For dinner we were going to go to a pizza place but it was packed, no empty seats and everyone had a number waiting for their pizza so we decided to find something else. We were walking down the street and it smelled so good. We realized it was coming from this Indian food place so we tried it out. I have never had Indian food before since I was scared to try it. It was so good though! The place was called Kathmandu Kitchen. I wasn't all that hungry to start with so I ended up bringing quite a bit of it back to the hotel with me. I got the chicken mushroom marsala. That's it in the little pot at the bottom of the pic. I ended up having my left overs for breakfast the next morning lol. 

They let us out at noon so that was the a plus. I couldn't wait to get out of there. I decided to do some thrift store shopping on the way home and just ended up staying in the Sacramento area until about 6 when stores were closing up. 

I found an Eco Thrift store and OMG it was huge! This was the sewing/fabric/crafty section. I had fun checking out all the bags. The ones on the bottom, some had fabric and some had like towels or linens. I ended up buying three bag.

At $2 a piece that's a score! Part of me feels like I need to save the fabric lol. I finally went through this bag last night. I will have to take a better picture of what was in it. 

I think I showed all these needles I got at the Goodwill Superstore. It's funny looking at the reviews there because although it was a mess I had a great time. I sold about $70 worth of needles so far on a Facebook group. I put some on Etsy but now I've decided to list them on eBay. I think that will be a better audience. Yesterday I got 10 listings done. I am going to set a goal of 10 a day

I got this bag of zippers there too. When I bought them I thought they were taken out clothing but they are actually all unused. Several different sizes. That was a nice find too. I think they were like $3 for the bag.

I went to another thrift store and picked up one of these for about $2. I need to put mine on eBay. That store was smelly so I probably wouldn't go back there. Not like musty smelly, like icky smelly.

I also found a Goodwill Outlet which people call the bins store. Online it said it was open til 9 but it was closing at 6 and I got there at like 5:30. I only found a couple small things but the line was huge so I left without them. That might be a fun thing to spend the day there sometime (or a few hours). They bring new bins out and people go nuts. You could tell that there are people that just shop all day long. Definitely resellers. 

Saw this sticker, thought it was funny!

After I was home someone else drove into our broken road again. Somehow they squeezed that truck around these barriers.

Talk about stupid.

the neighborhood watching lol (I didn't go down there just stole pictures)

Yesterday someone posted that they've started working on the hole. I'll be sad when our road is full of commuter traffic again. Plus this is slightly entertaining. 

I didn't win any games at darts last night. Bummer but I did have fun hanging out with my friend Traci and Cassi came down too. The three of played a game of cricket when the official games were over. 

Today I have to go to the grocery store. Blech. Anyone want to go for me? Oh and I finished the sales tax reporting with 10 minutes to spare on their website for payment. I didn't even know it had a 3pm deadline. Go me!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023


Hello! Happy Dart's Tuesday! I feel like I've been so busy doing nothing. 
I just finished figuring out my state sales tax for my side hustle. That took me way too long. Every year I tell myself I'm going to keep better track but I never do. Procrastinators UNITE! Now I have until April to figure out my outgoing money lol.

Sunday I ended up babysitting early. Jessica's boss offered her a cash bonus to come in early. I told her give me an hour and that's how long it took me to get things kid proof and cleaned up. 

The kids were good until the last couple hours when miss Lilly just likes to scream. Big Daniel picked them up at 8 and then I went to bed lol. 

Monday I spent the work day catching up on everything I didn't do while I was at the training I was done by 3. 4 days I missed. This morning I had a few things trickle in but not too much. 

I took my friend Cassi out to dinner last night. She is moving to Oregon soon and has started taking hers stuff up there and is working on a job. She bought a trailer and has it at a friend's house to live in. Her mom still lives here for now. I don't think my kids want to buy the house so probably going to scrap that idea. Trevor might but he needs to have a job besides playing video games for free to become a member of the club. He'd need that to live in the house.

Anyhow, we went to El Jardin and got the steak fajitas for two. We went to the little bar after we got home and closed it down at 8pm lol. One drink and some talking. I was wide awake from midnight to almost 3am this morning so that was fun. 

Back to my work training!
Day 2/3 in Davis. I got up and hit the free breakfast again. Sadly it was the same lol. 

Someone said this is a sign I have ADD. Hmm. 

For lunch we walked down to Zia's.  Hmmm what do we choose? Ack! I decided on the meatball sandwich and bought a box of cookies. 


It's a good thing we went to lunch early because the crew wanted to go to Sushi again for dinner. This time we went to Mikuni Sushi.  Pretty much everyone got an appetizer to share and then most of us got a roll for our entre. Sadly everyone didn't want to just share the rolls lol. 

I can't remember what I got but it was good. Just roll me home I kept saying.

When we got back to the hotel it was only 7pm and everyone was like "goodnight!" Definitely a different training group than I'm used to on these trips. I was like I'm going to die of boredom. So I went to Rite Aid and browsed the aisles. I came back with a puzzle and snacks. Only ate some of the ice cream and then realized my fridge did not contain a freezer section. Good thing I didn't get a bigger one since I had to toss it. 

I stayed up til 12:30am and did the whole puzzle. Kind of amazed myself haha. I realized the reason I like puzzles, it's all about sorting and my brain loves to sort. I slept much better since I cut out like 4 hours of sleeping time ;)

While I was at the training some idiot drove around the barriers for our broken road and drove into it! How stupid! We just had another person do it this week too. How embarrassing but they deserve it for going around huge concrete barriers that say ROAD CLOSED 500 times. 

I hope I do good at darts tonight. I was sad to miss it last week!


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Saturday, January 28, 2023


Good morning happy Saturday! I'm still alive! I took my personal lap top with me on my trip but the charger decided to stay on my kitchen table so no blogging or working on my sales tax stuff I needed to work on. That was a bummer.

Tuesday we got to the Davis office and didn't do a whole lot of work type stuff. We "started' at 12:30 and went til about 4:30 since we got done early. 

For dinner a group of us which included a 72 year old woman (please God don't make me have to work for the man when I'm 72) went to dinner. We tried to go to this nice sushi place. 

We called ahead and then had to wait outside forever. Finally got in and unlike online they did not have any sushi rolls and were mostly only super expensive sashimi. So we left. Walked down a couple blocks and ended up at this place called Froggy's but the menu said Tommy J's Grill In Catering so not sure which one was right. We were all starving by that point so it was great haha. 

I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Davis. My only complaint about this hotel is that I woke up to what sounded like a herd of elephants running across the floor of the room above me at night and in the morning. Holy cow! The ceiling was making crackling noises. Scared the crap out of me at first. I'd probably ask if they have anything on the top floor or with no one above me next time.  (I was on the 2nd floor)

Free breakfast in the morning! It was pretty much the same thing every day so that got boring quick. They had a thing to make pancakes on but I never had enough time for that. 

Side of hairy feet if you want. So gross. At least put socks on. 

I'll add more food places later so this isn't all food haha. Yesterday when we were done at 12 I hit a bunch of thrift stores in the Sacramento area. I went to this one that was a Goodwill Superstore and OMG look all these sewing machine needles I found! I will keep some of the ones I use and sell the rest. Last night I went through and separated them out by brand. I researched one brand last night and just a few of them will be almost $100 if they sell for what I think they will.  SCORE! 

I was telling my mom it's like the Gods are telling me if I hate my job enough I can still make an income doing other things lol. 

Today's plan is to get Trevor to put  all his room shit he took out into the living room back into his room. So not happy about that. I knew he had a plan to take everything out and clean his room but he knew when I was coming home and he needs to get it put away. 

Jess asked Scott if he could work on fixing some doors at her house. My mom had put in pocket doors and they are falling apart. I hate pocket doors. My mom has a love affair with them. We had put 2 in when we first work on our house and had to take them out since they were constantly falling off the tracks. They just aren't a good idea in high traffic areas. So we'll see how that goes. I don't really want to go anywhere today. I've had enough socializing to last me awhile. 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Good morning happy Tuesday! I am mostly packed to leave for my work trip. Just need to take my stuff out to the car and gather any crafty stuff to take with me. I can't think of anything to work on though so might not take anything. I know so weird.

Yesterday I worked on the left over scraps from the purple quilt top. I made one scrappy zip bag. 

Everything else was kind of small so I decided to make more of the I Found A Quilted Heart hearts. Now to remember to actually put them in my purse so I take them along with me. 

After that I pulled out this fabric my friend Cassi bought forever ago. She wanted me to make her a bag but I wasn't feeling it. Finally made it up and OMG it's gorgeous! She asked if I'd make her a make up bag to go with it so that will be next when I get home.

I didn't want to start anything else last night and I just had anxiety about everything so I went to bed at like 8 lol. I've been awake since 5 but didn't get up right away. I pulled out my suit case to pack and SURPRISE!

Apparently Lucy has been sleeping on it for awhile. Which is weird since she's usually right next to me. I had to vacuum and tape roll it and it looks much better.

Wish me luck today. I don't know why I have anxiety about the whole thing. I shouldn't lol.

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Monday, January 23, 2023


Good morning happy stupid Monday. I hate Mondays lol. We should have 3 day weekends every weekend. I already felt stupid trying to do some online thing for work. It's like here's a screen shot with all these notes that didn't actually do anything but make me more confused on what I was actually doing. Not looking forward to 4 days of "training" and feeling dumb in a group setting. Although it looks like most of it is stuff I know how to do so hopefully feeling dumb is minimal.

Trevor seems to be feeling better this morning. Fever has gone down to a low grade one. So weird. He doesn't have any other symptoms other than his head hurting, which of course it does when you have a fever. I'm like am I next? What do I do if I get sick when it's time to go to a 4 day training? What if I get sick while I'm there. Anxiety. Sigh.

I spent all day yesterday working on this bag and a 2nd one. They are pretty easy other than the corners where the main part meets the side part at the beginning of the strap if that makes sense. Probably would be easier if I didn't have a few extra seams from using the pieced fabric. The pattern is from this site.  The directions are not new sewer friendly at all but luckily I could figure it out ;)

My friend Cassi wants this one which is the first one I made

and then I made this one. I added a pocket inside. The pattern has an optional pocket on the outside of the bag but it is too small for a phone so I didn't bother with it.

When I make another one I think I will topstitch around the body part. That would look nice.

My next project is to make some smaller bags out of the scraps. Hey I got a whole big bag of stuff out of my large desk. That's pretty nice.

I need to figure out what to take with me this week. I have taken my sewing machine more than once on a work thing. Although last time I didn't use it. One time I worked in Petaluma for a week and made a ton of Christmas wine totes. That was different though since I was just helping an office and didn't have the after work socializing that comes with trainings. 

I think I get overstimulated by people much quicker now then I did pre Covid. Probably not the only one that is like that I'm sure. I was telling Scott I don't know the last time I actually had to wear real clothes 4 days in a row was lol. 

We start at 12:30 tomorrow so I'll probably leave my house around 10. That should be enough time to get there, park and figure out where to go.

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Sunday, January 22, 2023


Good morning happy Sunday! 

This popped up in my FB memories from 10 years ago. Scott's parents would have been married 75 years today. He's been gone for what seems like forever now and she is not this person anymore. Sad :( Wish we didn't have to grow old and lose our minds.


Yesterday I FINALLY went to the grocery store with Scott and Trevor in tow. I didn't make a list since I'll be gone all week and kept telling Trevor to get food for himself. I did got a few things to take with me on my work trip. I leave on Tuesday and come back Friday night. Boooo. Usually I would be all excited about going somewhere but 4 days of being retrained on how to do my job doesn't sound like any fun. At least I know some people to hang out with a bit but we'll see how much that actually happens.  I'm such a Negative Nancy about the whole shabang! 

Before we went shopping we went to lunch at BJ's. Haven't been there in forever. It was good but my boys both order a full slab of ribs lol. They both ate everything on the plate too. That's what happens when you have giants in your family I guess! I got a nice burger but I got it medium well and that was a mistake. Should have just got it medium. This is the first meal since last Monday that I didn't get sick right after. I think I might have had a little bug or an IBS flare up or something. So weird. Glad that is done for now. I'll be eating out a lot this week so bought myself a bottle of Pepto to take with me. Stupid stomach always giving me grief.

We picked up these premade calzones at the grocery store for dinner (I wasn't really even that hungry but had a bit at around 8pm) and they were really good. I'll have to get them again. They were only $6.98 each (got 2 so the giants would have enough ;))

I started working on a new bag. I got it all cut out and sewed the "gusset" on and then realized I didn't have it centered and one side was shorter than the other so have to pick it all back out. I got one side undone but still have to do the other. My friend Cassi wanted to go to the bar to hang out so I went to hang out with her for a bit and was home by 10. I was so tired but my comforter was in the washing machine so I went out and threw it in the dryer and set my alarm. I woke up to it an hour later, ran out and grabbed it and went back to bed.

Well Trevor just woke up with 102 fever. Might not be babysitting today after all. Great. He hasn't even been anywhere to get sick. I heard him coughing a little bit this morning. Guess we'll Covid test him when he gets up. 

Tina made this big mess when I went to work on Thursday. I swear she punishes me when I'm gone lol. At least it wasn't too hard to clean up.

Tubby was snuggling my baby blanket yesterday. So cute. 

Well today has had a whole turn of events just while I was typing this. Such is life I guess!


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Friday, January 20, 2023


Good morning happy Friday! Never got around to blogging yesterday since I actually went into the office for the first time in forever. 

I had to go out the emergency exit which is a tad bit sketch but I made it. I drove through an area that is flooded out into the usual over flow areas but not into the road so that was good. The poor little park that is by the river on my way is almost all underwater again. So much for nice grass.

I had 4 online meetings yesterday which is just ridiculous. First one with everyone that has my job in the area and our boss. Then one from one of the offices I help and their other department that I've been told I don't have to deal with anymore but it was kind of good to be there since it does affect me a bit. Then a TWO HOUR long meeting with blah blah blah I don't even know what you're talking about with everyone in California. Jesus they need to keep us out of those and just include us on little parts. I zoned out after the first 5 minutes since I didn't know what they were talking about. THEN another office meeting. F&ck me that was too many meetings for one day my brain was fried. Thank God I don't have any meetings today. 

After work I just went and picked up Popeye's per Trevor's request for dinner. I came home and redid my hair and make up and then went to darts. I won one game and got a low ton (score 119) so that was cool since at the end we get paid for those lol. I hung out til about 10. 

That was two days in a row down in the kitchen. Wednesday I went to bingo for the first time in forever. I won two special games at $10 each but had to share one with someone else who won so got $15. They raised the prices of the games a bit so more people come again and you can actually win something worth it. 


Sorry not sorry this is hilarious

Sun setting when I got home last night. The field is so muddy but the sky is pretty lol.

Today's big plan is laundry and grocery shopping. I need to make a grocery list but I won't even be here most of next week. I need to get some more make up too everything is empty at the same time. Might push it off til tomorrow since I don't want to go anywhere but we have no food so maybe not lol. The fun part of living in the country, everything is more effort.

No plans for the weekend except probably babysitting on Sunday!

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