Monday, February 4, 2013

Whine No More

I read my last post and realized I was whining .... not winning, like Charlie Sheen. Whining is annoying and unbecoming. But it does feel good sometimes ......

As good as it feels, I refuse to succumb again. Today was a perfect day. The sun shone and I had my list of errands ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. Oscar, the dachshund needing dentures had a bad night last night. He has always been a demanding little guy. I think he was taken from his litter mates too soon and has separation anxiety. When he is feeling bad he only wants me. We were up about every 3 hours last night. He tried a new dog food yesterday, mixed with his old food, of course. Oscar has a delicate digestive tract. He liked this canned food, so much so that he ate too fast. He is greedy. His powers of domination do not impress Toni Louise or Martha, the boy cat. They will dive right in and share his food dish, so he gobbled it up as fast as he could, given the toothless state he is in. And, I paid for it. He likes to be held in a semi upright position to relieve the indigestion. He burps like a baby, doesn't smell like a baby, but that's another tale for another day.

In my sleep deprived state I ventured out and hit the interstate in search of WalMart and thrift stores. My quilt has made great progress, but I have once again depleted my pile of dollar jeans previously worn by very large men. I need 5 more rows of 8" squares. I have 10 rows of construction done and this thing is getting hard to handle. I scored 4 really big pairs, I did not know that one could actually purchase them with a 50" waist size and still have a fly front with a zipper!


From there I moved on to the grocery in search of Arm and Hammer super washing soda. WalMart does not have that particular item and I have decided to make my own laundry detergent. Two bars of Fels Naptha laundry soap, Borax, the washing soda and baking soda. You can add Purex crystals, too. It serves as a fabric softener and smells good. The hardest part, after locating all the ingredients, was grating the soap. I washed my first load. I didn't add enough of the Purex crystals, but the clothes came out nice and clean. They smell clean. And it only takes two tablespoons of this mixture to do a load of laundry. I have so much I need to include it in my will in case I don't live long enough to use it!

I may have exaggerated a bit, but I have a bucket full. I also purchased coconut oil. This stuff is good for everything. I hear tell it will fade those pesky age spots and is useful as an eye cream. It was $8 for a big jar. Eye cream comes in a tiny little jar at twice the price.

It has occurred to me that I am one thrifty shopper. He Who rescues stranded motorists is one lucky guy ...... I am cheap AND fun! In spite of the recent whining.

10 comments:

Val said...

Imagine the look on the finder's face if you had dropped your shopping list.

Jeff said...

Ya gotta love a cheap,fun woman!

joanne said...

haha Val!
I didn't think you were whining but now that you pointed it out I will change my tune. That quilt has got to be heavy...and warm. Can't wait to see the finished photo. take care.

Brian Miller said...

cheap and fun...not a bad way to be...thrifty is not a bad skill either in this economy...smiles.

Mamma has spoken said...

I think you had every right to whine, you weren't feeling good and that is what one does when they are sick. Me included.
Glad to read you are feeling better!

lovelyprism said...

LOL @ Jeff! I would have used that line but I am not a guy. Glad you had a better day.

SkippyMom said...

You? Whine? Get that out of your head Kathy. If anything you don't complain enough. You should vent a little more often. Look how good it is for me. heehee Works wonders.

That said - you are my hero! I love homemade laundry soap and it is, like, 3.2 cents per load. I miss making it, but never feel up to putting the family through the paces, although they'd do it. Sigh. But at the rate laundry soap is going, why I don't know, but they could have a revolt on their hands.

YES! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I wish my Mom had and had told me because I am paying dearly for it now. Thanks for the coconut oil hint. Wonder if it works on stretch marks too? I mean while a woman is pregnant. Hmmmm

Have a great day my friend. :) And hope my post today didn't make you or anyone else blush. Just be honest. Hugs and love xo Skip

Pat said...

I am TRULY impressed with your skills! Sewing, making soap, writing.....the list goes on and on! :)

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Linda O'Connell said...

A gal that gets up to coddle her toohless pooch and makes a her own detergent..I am in awwwwe.