Monday, January 31, 2022


Good morning happy Monday! We made it another week!

Today is day 28 back on diet track and I am down 10.2 pounds. Not too shabby for the last week's stress. I now use a big plastic basket I have to bring dinner items over to mil's house. Works pretty good. 

Dinner last night x 2 because I still had a bunch of calories in the bank and kind of did a stress eat but still didn't get out of my calorie range.

Yesterday we started cleaning up Scott's old bedroom. He's decided he wants to put a bed in there since he's sleeping here every night. (also the only bedroom no one has died in).  This room is the crap room of the house where everything got tossed. I've discovered where Scott got his organizational skills from. HIS MOTHER haha. Although the whole room being a mess isn't her fault since his sister moved stuff around when she was here and we even had moved some stuff when we moved her from sleeping in that room out into the living room a couple years ago.

This is the slightly organized view. She has an ancient shredder Scott was using to shred shit from 10 years ago. If you save all the paper bills and junk mail you get, do your family a favor and at least get rid of the last year when you're on a new one. No one is going to come after you for a bill for your cable after 10 years.

Scott did find his birth certificate though so that was good, saved us $30 to get a new one. Also found every one's hair clippings, not quite sure how I feel about  that one haha.

There were bags of clothes on the floor in there (she says her daughter did it) so we went through them one by one for her to say keep or donate. She mostly lives in sweats now so it was funny watching the emotional attachment to some things. I totally get it.  This is the donate pile.

and the keep pile. I'm going to wash them all and put them away better. We found all the sweaters she crocheted and she wanted to keep those so I think I'll get a plastic tub box for those.

Scott found her yearbook she's been wanting to find. Most of her stories she tells are from these days. It is kind of fun to see the faces to go with the names of the people in the stories. She said that her brother bought her the yearbook as a thank you for helping him get into boy scouts. He couldn't read or write very well and so he had to cook a potato in the ground and she helped him with that. He passed and eventually became a scout master (her recollection ;)) He's a senior in the book and she is a sophomore.

Somehow I never knew she was in band but she was! She said she did the baton too. She is in the 2nd row behind the girl with her hands next to her face. The class picture is a group one like that too, I'll have to snap a picture later.

Yesterday morning, Snookie found the sunny spot

Jess said she went over to my house for a break from hers and Snookie looked sad so she took her home with her. She gave her a bath and brusher her. Maybe she'll take Rusty next ;)

She put this cute bandana on her too haha.

Love this

Me every morning. I hate mornings. Need to change it to a white cat and it's so accurate lol

Sent this to my girlfriends and said this is me next time we hang out ;) I haven't drank at all this year, I'll probably get drunk super fast now lol.

ok I guess I should do some real work. Only a few emails this morning to catch up on. Have a good day everyone!

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Sunday, January 30, 2022


Good morning! Happy Sunday! I've spent the morning cooking! 

I made up a rice and ground turkey casserole to pop in the oven later (no recipe just something like my mom used to make), then made up some soup with these tiny star pastas I had bought for another recipe I never made, and lastly some banana nut muffins with my mother in law's recipe. 

Figured she'd at least like the muffin haha (made some without nuts so they would be easier for her to eat). Now for me to not want to eat them all ;) I figured out the calories just in case I want to give in.

Last night I made this Healthy Turkey Chili recipe, which of course was too spicy for MIL. I didn't think she was going to want to eat anything since she had said how she was SO FULL after eating her cream of chicken a few hours earlier haha. I think it smelled really good so it made her hungry. She ate the cornbread and a couple bites of some chicken noodle soup I warmed up for her instead. This is probably the most she's ate in months.

I just had some left overs for my brunch. 

This popped up when on Lose It yesterday. I'm actually down 10 pounds but I thought it was funny.

Saw this on FB today. God weren't those things awful! I remember wanting them so bad because they were popular. I got a WHITE pair. Where we lived at the end of the street was a park, then a field, then the school (elementary). For some reason I remember being late (back in the day when your parents didn't drive a block to drop you off) and running across the park and field and then slipping in the mud and landing on my knee on those white pants. So much for looking awesome. I think my mom got the stain out but that was traumatizing. 

I'm built like a square even when I am skinny so I have no butt/hips to hold up my pants. The stirrups would just pull my pants down. Horrible! I remember finally cutting off the elastic on a pair (I think I had a red pair too) and just putting my slouch socks over them so they looked cool.

Need to round myself up soon to head over to my mil's house to give Scott a break. She was so much better yesterday. She stopped doing that crazy talk she had been doing. It must have just been her nerves/grief that was triggering that. Also usually she didn't have anyone to talk to except if my sil came out to be with her, but I'm not sure how much she did that when we were there. I went and laid on the couch in the other room for a bit after her bath and when I came back she was like "There you are, I was looking all over for you!" I said I think you just searched in your mind because you didn't get up haha. She laughed. 

Scott got the big side yard and the front yard mowed yesterday so it looks so much better. Like a big green park! Should probably try to keep it watered once it's not so wet out but that's a lot of work lol.

I have been playing with the idea of taking my dogs to mil's. She said NO DOGS IN THE HOUSE. I told her Snookie wasn't much of a dog lol. She said that's the Indian way (her mom was part Indian, Grandma lived on a reservation but doing DNA genealogy my kids only come up like .1%). I was like I think the Indian way got washed out a bit ;) Scott said we need to bring them over to get rid of the squirrels in the yard, man they'd love that! I told him we need to make sure the fences are secure before letting them run around out there. Might maybe take Snookie over there by herself first. 

Ok guess I'll get myself cleaned up and head out. Hope you are all having a nice weekend :)

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Saturday, January 29, 2022


Good morning happy Saturday. Sleeping in on Saturdays are the best!

Scott brought a tv over to his mom's and the PlayStation so he could zone out a bit while he's here. He wants to get internet hooked up still so I guess we'll do that soon. 

Today mother in law is watching the food network with the sound on which is so much better. I came over so Scott could go home and mow our yard. Five bucks says he takes a nap in the recliner while he's home haha.

MIL was ready to take a bath and asked me a couple times to help her so that is what we did so far. I'm so glad I remembered to bring my little space heater to warm up the bathroom. I bought an extended seat that goes across the tub awhile back so she could just sit down and scoot over. Her bath tub has a hand held shower attachment so that worked great!

Her hair is so long, she let me French braid it for her. It looks so nice out of her face. I told her I was going to take a picture to show the girls 

and she said take a picture of the front of me smiling since I'm so happy. She has quite the collection of stuff on her bed. Hoping to move the extra clothes off later, she doesn't need them all there if we are here to help her.

I'm ready for a nap now. Her poor hands are shaking probably from the excitement of the bath and all that. Pissing her off. 

Last night we played darts and the team we played against was some friends of ours, so that was fun. We didn't win over all but I won a game and Scott won a game and then he won the 501 game that we play last.

I started making this Chicken Parmesan Casserole at his mom's last night but ran out of time before I had to leave for darts. I got it to the point that it just needed to go into the oven. Ended up just cooking it up after darts since I still needed to eat dinner. It as super yummy (forgot to take a picture of mine).  Definitely a higher calorie meal though! Amazingly I still dropped some more weight this morning. Closing in on 190!

Tonight I'm going to make a turkey chili recipe. That's about all I've got for today so far. I think I'm going to sit in the chair and zone out a big haha. It's been a long day already.

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Friday, January 28, 2022


Good morning happy Friday!
Reporting in from my mother in law's kitchen table again. 

I didn't get the wall cleaned over here yet but I did clean a big portion of the kitchen counter and the stuff on it. And the silverware drawer. There was so much silverware. I was like why is there so much? One bucket was this tiny forks and knives.

(big one for reference) They were way smaller than a salad fork which everyone guessed on FB. Finally someone noticed that it says British Airways on the back! Scott was like oh yeah that was in my grandparents stuff they used to fly all the time lol. So airplane utensils. Did they let people take them or did they just stick them in their bag? lol 

Then there was this thing? I'm like I feel like I saw this on an informercial somewhere. Jess found it online, it's a bagel knife! So weird lol. So I washed all the silverware and sorted out two sets to put in the drawer and then put the rest in a large zip lock and put it in the cabinet. 

I made tuna casserole for dinner. One whiff of it and I was like ew this is going to be gross lol. MIL didn't like it either so she had cream of chicken soup instead. I just ate mine since I had all the calories figured out already.  Scott said it was ok and Trevor ate a bunch of the left overs. He's like Mikey, he'll eat it lol.

Scott came home at the same time as me (his brother was puttering around outside in the shop when we left) and took a shower. He came back and stayed the night with her.

My animals are all sad I'm gone all day. Thinking about bringing Snookie with me but then Rusty would probably be sad. He acts like he's going to eat people sometimes so I don't know about bringing him over lol. Even though he is an old fat dog. Last night I was cutting Snookie's nails and he started barking at me. Don't hurt my girl he says haha.

We have darts tonight so mil might be by herself for a couple hours. Hopefully Scott's brother will be here again so she won't be alone. 

We are planning for my friend Traci to bring her mil over. She is the same age as mine and has lost 2 out of 3 of her kids. I think she will enjoy having her to talk to for a little bit. Lucille (my friend's MIL) is very faithful also so I think that will be good for her to comfort my mil.

ok not sure what else I was going to say haha. Back to emails of work to do!

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Thursday, January 27, 2022


Good morning happy Thursday!

Joining you from my mother in law's house. Using my phone for a hotspot to work until I can get some internet here. I might have to relocate to my mother in laws office though so I can concentrate a bit better since she's been telling me the same story 8 times in the last 2 hours. She fell asleep for like 10 minutes and the quiet was bliss.

Yesterday Scott was looking for checkers for some odd reason and he came across this bowl so I had to take a picture for you Peg lol

Yesterday we did a mini pedicure for mother in law. I cleaned the pantry (only 3 bags of expired canned food) and the fridge. Found this chicken pasta veggie thing that looked a like it leaned to the heathy side a tiny bit to make us for dinner.

After dinner I went to the grocery store (did a menu) and then went home and did a little meal prep. Made the breakfast casserole and the chicken salad to bring over here for some breakfast and lunch. Mother in law actually liked the breakfast casserole so that is good.

I need to figure out what internet to call for. My friend said AT&T is not a good one so maybe I'll try comcast. Not sure! I'm not used to having options since we don't have that out in the country lol.

Definitely need to get a coffee pot for over here she has this bizarre one cup thing (not a Keurig) that sucks.  I'm going to clean this disgusting wall before I leave today if it kills me. 

There is like 10 large cans of tuna in the cabinet so I'm going to attempt a tuna casserole for dinner tonight. Just remembered I forgot the noodles so hopefully Jess can bring them to me later. I don't think she'll join us for dinner since she said that sounds disgusting haha. Obviously they didn't grow up eating that. 

Ok off to read a couple blogs, might go outside and walk the court for a break and some fresh air. Weee

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022


Good morning happy Wednesday!

I have no pictures from yesterday since OMG such shocking news and now a bit of a life change for us. Scott's sister who lived with his mom died in her sleep. His mom is 92 so this is not quite the scenario we though would be happing. His sister was almost 70. So now I think we will be having to take care of his mom. She is not stable enough to be left alone really so someone needs to be there all the time. Scott spent the night with her last night and I told him I'd go over there at like 12:30 then he can go into work and get some stuff done and I'll have got some work done also. 

Not sure exactly what we are going to do. If we get internet hooked up at his mom's house then I can work from home over there during the day. Another option is to bring her home to our house which would be easier on us but maybe not so much for her (and not much of a break for us). 


So crazy. 

I went to get us dinner from Wendy's last night and may have ate a frosty in the car on the way back with our salads lol. I am not one of those lose weight when stressed out people lol. 

Rusty wanted to go out to go potty at like 3am this morning. So I had to take them out and then get back in bed just started getting comfy and then the stupid cat is pushing the button on the water machine. So then I had to hurry and get up to get her off of it so that she didn't let 5 gallons of water come out. Stupid cat. Trevor just put foil on the top of it to see if that will keep her off. I pretty much think she knows what she is doing. I contemplated just getting up at like 4am but finally dozed back off around 5 and slept for a couple hours.

Ok off to get my coffee and then get some work done, of course today I have like 12 emails of stuff to do.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022


Good morning happy Tuesday! 
This is the only picture I took yesterday. That is the last "meat" we have in the house so someone needs to go to the store today or we'll have waffles for dinner (sounds kind of good actually). 
Last night I asked Scott if he could stop on the way home and get something for dinner but he never saw my text so here's yeah. I don't know why I even bother asking him to do anything for me since he never looks at his phone except for the entire time he's home haha.

I spent all day working on my sales spreadsheet. I'm down to Paypal stuff so almost done. Hopefully I can get that finished up soon and then get the sales tax website figured out! They have the most complicated website to get into. IDK why they have to make things so difficult. Hopefully I can find my notes from before.

Trevor is home today but sleeping still. He usually doesn't sleep in very long so we'll see how long until he's up! Maybe I can get him to go to the grocery store for me hehe. First I need to make a menu though. Not doing that til I get this dang spreadsheet done though! Arg. 


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Monday, January 24, 2022


Good morning happy Monday!
Trevor is off work today but going on a trip to the snow with Melissa & Eric so I get the house to myself.

A girl who works in another office is messaging me that she has to go back into the office three days a week and  was wondering what I got told. Nothing yet but yuck. I hope it is no more than three days if I do have to go in. Two would be better. Obviously I don't need to be in the office to do my job except for every so often to print and file things. So we have that notice to look forward/dread. Oh now she is saying that is says "post pandemic" on it. hahaha I wonder when that is and who decides that.

Today is my official weigh in day. I am down 7.6 pounds since January 3rd. There was a lot of up and down this week. I think part of it is that I under-ate my calories several days and then my little cheat meal (which I don't regret lol).  

Since Scott was out of commission yesterday morning I made my own breakfast ;) An omelet with mushrooms, pepperoni and pepper jack cheese, I'll probably have this again today. I've been eating more of a brunch/breakfast for lunch lately.

I had a smoothie later and then for dinner I made some "tacos"

I was still a little hungry and had a lot of calories left to eat so I made a little dessert.

The baby came over and immediately fell asleep. Snookie thinks she is his nanny.

He played with Grandpa while I made dinner. (Yes I still need take the Christmas boxes out to the shed and apparently on one else can see them).

I finished going through the big box of paper and trimming them up. These are all like themed things that were mixed in, mostly from my friend's stash that she gave me awhile back. I have themed folders of paper and stickers in my tote that I will put them in.

My cleaned up paper

and I am going to make up little kits to put on my Paper Etsy site with what I have. I made a few up last night. Just need to take some pictures and list them. If they don't sell then no biggie, at least they are all nice for if I want to use them later.

I'm going to have to pause from that though and work on my sales stuff so I can file my CA sales tax thing by the end of the week. Looks like I did through April lol. I don't think I sold a whole lot after that but I can't remember when I did my big pattern purge to get rid of them all. I'll find out shortly. Other than that I just had a little bit of handmade sales here and there and only a couple craft shows.

Ok off to go find some socks my feet are freezing. Hope you all have a great day!


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Sunday, January 23, 2022


Good morning happy Sunday! Scott went over to our friend's house yesterday afternoon and did a few too many shots and ended up spending the night there. He's now doing a nice soft snore in the recliner. I expect him to be there all day lol.

I stayed home and played with my paper some more.  Here is the start of yesterday's day

and today I'm down to one basket of trimming up.

I was thinking about the Coal Miner's Daughter movie yesterday so I rented it on Amazon Prime for $3.99, remember when you used to have to get in the car and hope the video store had the movie you wanted. One good thing about the future lol.

This popped up in the free movies after so I watched it. Cheesy as can be. Yeah it's nice to think only good thoughts will make the world better and money and love magically appear. 

I had texted Trevor Dad's gone pick us up something but he didn't get it in time so we went and ate Mexican food. This place's portions keep getting smaller and the price keeps going up. The taco nearest me had one piece of meat on it. The other one was fine though, weird. They used to fill the entire plate with food. Not that I need that much but just interesting seeing how they are "making it work". The salsa was so good I could have just ate that all night. And yes, the scale is up a bit today but not too bad lol. Trevor also brought home some pastries from work and I ate one. Sigh. There are 2 left calling to me in the kitchen right now. 

Not sure If I'm babysitting today or not, need to check with Jess. If I am I need to vacuum and clean up my donate piles in the entry way. He'd love playing with that stuff lol. Ok off to chop up some more paper :)

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Saturday, January 22, 2022


 Good morning happy Saturday!

After all that paper stuff I went through this is what I kept (small little bit bigger than shoe box tote). Go me! I'm so proud of myself haha. I think I am going to go through these and put them in a sticker binder I have.  I also cleaned out some cards I had saved in my desk.

Since I could actually get to the closet I went through the totes in there too! I am down to ONE big tote in the room, which I am going to go through again and try hard to get rid of. How exciting is that? 

Jess took all my empty totes so those are out of the living room.

 I might put the wrapping paper in the shed (my wrapping paper box doesn't hold the really long rolls). Then I can get rid of that trash can mess there. I still need to go through the top shelf and the stuff on the left again. The basket of stuff on the tote is stuff for scrapbooks. I need to get more of the paper boxes to put those in or actually work on some scrapbooks lol.

The start of my free table, I added some more stuff while I was cleaning. This lady drove up when I went out there one time and she was like "OMG I love when you do this, look I'm wearing a sweatshirt from last time!" Lol cracked me up! Maybe some day I'll run out of stuff to clean out (not yet that's for sure, I have a ton in the shed when I get back to that project)

What's left, I should put it back out but I haven't got the energy yet lol. There was some Christmas stuff and nick knacks from before that I had put back out there. 

extra baskets and stuff that I'm mentally attached to. Cardboard box is stuff to shred at work some day (or if I buy a shredder, which I should do)

This is what I did most of yesterday. Took this bag of misc paper scraps

and cut it into squares lol. I'm almost done I just have some small pieces to finish (look at my poor glasses laying on the lenses, I never do that they must have tipped over)

When I get done with these I'm going to go through this big box of paper stuff (on the right) and straighten it out (it's all scrapbook stuff).  Right now I have an empty cabinet section under my desk that these and some other junk came out of. 

Dinner last night, beef stew! Melissa and Eric came over because I forgot to remind them the bar was still closed for darts. Whoops. So we had a nice visit while I cut paper ;)

Rusty keeps yelling at me for staying up past 10pm. Look at how he's looking at me. 
God mom wtf it's time for bed!

I forgot I had more ground turkey in the fridge so I can get away with one more day of not going grocery shopping lol. Still need to make another menu. I've gained .6 pounds, lost .6 pounds and gained .6 pounds again lol. Need to work on my water today and will probably have a smoothie for my breakfast to help get things moving ;)

Oh and I watched the 2nd season of Cheer yesterday. I don't know why this show is so good but I like it. Probably have a few you tubers to catch up on today now.

Scott just left to try and get the truck smogged again today. Lets all say a little prayer that he gets it done. Last weekend the machine was down at the place he went to.

Ok off to finish cutting up this little pile of paper and do some more organizing :)

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Friday, January 21, 2022


 Good morning happy I'm not logged in for work Friday!

OMG I started going through the boxes in my sewing/crafting/office room. My original goal was just to go through one box. I did, got rid of that one, then over the course of the day I ended up going through ALL the boxes. I am down to one big plastic tote box and a bunch of stuff lol. I was so into it I was up until 1am going through stuff. 

This was my progress picture at one point yesterday, all proud of myself for getting rid of 2 boxes.

This is what I started with this morning minus the one box on the left. When I woke up I was like wtf am I saving all this crap for. I keep telling myself I'm going to put it on Etsy but I am not going to put this all on Etsy lol. So I'm going through it again (organized it all last night by themes) and only saving stuff I really want to keep and maybe sell if I don't use it myself. So far I've got 2 of those square boxes full to put out for free/donate.


much crap

I did pause to feed the cats and make dinner last night. I made these Pizza Logs, they are good but I wish I had gave myself some more pizza sauce to dip them in lol. Too lazy to get back up ;)  Tonight we are having stew since that is the only meat left in the freezer. I need to make another menu and go shopping tomorrow probably. 

Sometime between now and the end of the month I need to figure out all my sales stuff for last year. I was horrible at keeping track of stuff last year, mostly because I didn't do much. Just a slow trickle on Etsy and a couple craft shows. I keep getting emails to get my CA sales tax stuff submitted so I guess I should do that soon. 

Ok more sorting and purging!! I'm excited to get all these boxes out of here. I am going to have to find somewhere to put what's left in that last tote box so I can be large tote free lol.

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