Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Back Side

I had to take pictures of all four sides of the house in order for the architects/designers at work to help with our face-lift project.  Most of our effort is taking place in the front, but it's the back and the West side that look the worst.  These are the sides that get the most abuse from the weather.  The shingles won't hold any more paint, so all of it will need to be stripped and the entire exterior re-sided.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Avoiding Plastic

I have resolved to stop buying anything in a plastic container, unless I can't avoid it.  After seeing news articles about the growing masses of plastic in large bodies of water, reading how the bottom has dropped out of the recycling market, resulting in a shortage of entities to take and re-use the material, I have decided the most responsible thing I can do as a citizen of our planet, is to avoid contributing to the waste cycle.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mix Mistress - The Camp Edition

I am always looking for economical ways to fight odor in the trailer's black tank (that tank holds sewage).  One camp wife's method was to flush a cup of Borax a week.  Another camper suggested powder dish wash detergent instead.  Then there are the pricey tank deodorants made specifically for RVs.  I have used all methods but decided to mix up my own this weekend, because Dollar Tree didn't have any of the cheap powder I like to buy.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Summer Quilt

I have been looking for a vintage/thrifted quilt or bedspread for the summer but have had no luck.  As a result, I had to suck it up and shop retail.  A lightweight plush blanket has been on my bed all winter, but because it is all synthetic, it is too hot in the summer.  My goal was to find something 100% cotton with a flamboyant pattern.   While I had been looking for something more tie-dye or psychedelic, nothing along those lines was to be found.  I settled on a paisley pattern that I can live with, but I choked on the price!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

$12 Summer Wardrobe Pick-me-Up

I wanted to add a little color to my summer wardrobe, so I decided to stop in to Amvets.  Yellow tags were 50% off and Red was 25%.   Most of what I found were yellow tags.  My goal was to find sleeveless tanks for work.  I was lucky to find a lightweight shirt I can wear over tanks as well.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My Camp Weekend

I went to our camp on my own this weekend so I could do some early season clean-up.  One place I really needed to address was our tiny bathroom.  Even if you clean up when you close, there is still work to do in the spring.  Dust and dampness, spiders and other debris make things dirty again.  So I cleaned every surface and organized our supplies.  In the past I had rolled the towels but decided folding made more sense.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Loose Ends

We donated the old cabinet that used to be in this corner this evening.  It was a bit of a chore getting it downstairs and into the truck, but it finally freed up the space for the chest that I have used to consolidate the towels and  bedding.  The space is still not very "styled" but at least now we can open the window and appreciate a breeze and also have something to sit on in the hallway.  The challenge will be to not let it turn into a dumping station.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


I have consolidated all of our linens into a cedar chest.  This contains a couple of sets of sheets, spare pillow cases, towels and bath mats.  Quite a lot of stuff needed to go in order to make this single source of storage work.  We decided we don't really like king sized pillows and no longer have any.  So those pillow cases went.  A number of top sheets went too.  Anything that was ripped was cut into rags. I don't like to donate damaged goods -- I think it sends a negative message.  I think people who  buy second hand deserve to buy good stuff.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


I thought we were almost out of Rainbath shower gel, so I ordered more.  Turns out we have one more bottle left.  This is TBGs favorite soap, so that's what I buy.  It can be pricey in the store, so I order it on-line.  Three forty ounce bottles are just around sixty bucks, including tax, with free shipping.  The shipment will last us at least a half a year, of not longer.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

My Kind of Day

I wanted to work part time so I could enjoy days like today.  It was warm and sunny after work, so the pup and I walked along the river.  Of course, I had to keep her on a short leash so she couldn't scarf up goose poop.  She is annoying like that; always looking for something on the ground to eat.  She will grab and chew anything just so I can't get it from her.   We didn't go to the end of the park where she normally swims, so there wasn't too much pulling.  If I take her in lower down in the park, she goes crazy to get into the water.  Here she is, mostly looking like a good girl.

Monday, May 7, 2018


I misplaced my glasses over a week ago.  They were my last new pair when I had vision coverage.  Although I had coverage, I still spent a pretty penny on them because they were "designer" frames.  I vowed to never do that again.  When I thought they were lost, I dug up my most recent prescription and ordered a new set on  That is where I order all of my glasses on-line.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

We Are Back!

We are back at camp.  Teddy is certainly happy about it!  I didn't post on Thursday because I took an adult education class for a skill I need for work, and on Friday night we saw a Talking Heads tribute band and that meant we couldn't leave town until Saturday morning.  We were told the weather was horrible on Friday night, so nothing was missed.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Baking Soda Obsession

I use baking soda multiple times per day.  It is probably my most used household item.  The best thing about this product, is that it is cheap.  It is also gentle and an effective cleaner.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

More Light!

A third lamp has been eliminated in the master bedroom.  I decided not to be matchy-matchy and purchased a different style.  This was very economical.  The mason jar shade and black corded light set me back about 13 bucks since they were on a 40% off sale at Michael's like the other lamps.  We don't have any "traditional" bulbs in the house so a modern "pig tail" style will have to do for now.  I am thinking I may now use a few mason jars on the vanity to store make-up tools and other things like barretts, scrunchies, etc.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sound Serendipity & The Sister Car

I have come to realize that driving a classic car means that automobiling will often be an adventure.  Two examples...

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Let There Be Light

I wanted to surprise TBG with new lighting in our bedroom.  He is out at camp de-winterizing.  This is something he does so I don't have to.  On the other hand, I decorate so he doesn't have to.  The decor in our master bedroom is sadly lacking and that room will not be renovated for another couple of years.  This year, it's the siding, next year it will be the kitchen.  After that, we will knock down a wall and improve the bedroom.  For now, I just try to do little things to keep it from looking too crappy.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Night Dinner

Our Friday night dinner splurge wasn't lobster -- but it was seafood.  We had scallops, made in the Sous Vide.  I had given up spending money on good scallops because I could never cook them just right.  That is not a problem with the Sous Vide.  The correct temperature is 125 degrees, and they need 25 minutes.  After that, just a quick pan sear in butter -- 20 seconds per side.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Busted!  OK, I have been known to tune in to Dr. Phil.... It's on when I get home from work and I watch it while I eat my lunch.  It makes me feel better about my life to know it's not in the least messed up or dysfunctional.  A wreck I can't help by drive by and look at...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Flavored Water

Yes, I love my home-brewed iced tea, but I have another favorite beverage that I'm guzzling daily too.  Each morning, I cut up veggies and fruit,  cram that in a jar with one green tea bag in the bottom, then fill the jar up with water and ice.  Usually I throw in a slice or two of ginger and a chunk of lemon (minus the peel/rind).   I bring the infusion to work and stick it in the fridge.  Once I've had my coffee, I am ready to drink my infused water for the rest of the day.  When the jar is empty, I just fill it up again with more filtered water from the cooler.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Porch Dreams...

We will be re-siding Chez Petite this summer.  At that time, we are going to build a new porch.  The stoop we have now is annoying.  With no over-hang, getting inside in the rain is a very unpleasant exercise.  The screen door also is not fitted well and it blows open in high winds -- a very frequent occurrence in Western NY.  The stoop is a poured concrete mold.  It is in good shape, but the stair slabs on top of it are beginning to crumble in spots.  The entire "presentation" is underwhelming, with the small light and hard to read house numbers.  The Federal pediment over the door gives it a nice colonial look, but that is cracked and will be removed.