Friday Fun

I know can you believe it….  I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written either.  Where did the summer go?  We have been so busy on our little semi homestead and with work that I’ve neglected my blog.  The thing is that I really really love blogging, even though I know I’m not that good at it.  But, I’m looking forward to a long slow fall and winter and looking forward to getting back here.

Friday Fun…. The Z Man is hunting today, and he is a very good hunter so I’m expecting to come home to a surprise that will keep me busy this weekend.  Yes, we process our own venison.  I like knowing that the deer that’s in our freezer is the deer that the Z Man brought home.  Plus it saves around $100 and that’s a great thing.

Tonight is homemade pizza night.  I think we’ll go with just cheese and pepperoni because that’s what I have on hand.

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I have a busy to do list this weekend…  process venison, meal plan for next week, I need to rake up all the pine needles and put them in storage for the chicken house for later this winter, clean my car especially the windows, start getting the house ready for the holidays and for the kids to come home for Christmas….    Oh, how I can’t wait to see my kids and beautiful granddaughter!!!  Lots and lots to do.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.


Splurges… Friday Fun…

I was talking with one of my customers this week about the things we will splurge on and the things we wont.

She was asking me about my hairdresser.  The hairdresser that I went to 6 months ago and got my hair cut for the first time in 5 years.  It was a wonderful experience, he is the perfect mix of personable and professional and gave me exactly what I asked for.  He used about 4 different pair of scissors to cut my hair and he styled it perfectly.  Then took the time to show me alternative ways to wear it.  It was everything I had hoped for.  Honestly after he was done I felt like I needed a cigarette.

The crazy thing is that, while I loved that experience, I just find myself being too… oh let’s call it frugal (instead of cheap) to splurge on routine cuts and colors.  Or for that matter manicures or pedicures.  I’ll admit that there is a part of me (being a woman and all) that feels guilty about not doing these things for myself, and I’m sure if I did do them some of those hard mirror days might not be so hard.

(Sidebar here…  I do realize that a cut and color is not going to take the place of or cover up the lack of exercise and healthy living.  Those two things are still a struggle for me to get enough of what I should…. I’m going to go make a green smoothie right after this post!!!)

Now, I don’t want you to get the impression that I walk around looking like a hairy gorilla with dirty nails and toes.  That’s not the case at all.  I mean I do shave my legs, and I paint my toe nails, and I color my own hair (sometimes successfully).  I just find these things to be “doable” for me.  Does it look as good?  That would be a big fat NO.  But, I look ok.  The ZMan thinks I’m beautiful (he says so anyway, and it’s not just when he is wanting something) so I believe him, and that’s what matters to me the most.

However, having stood on this soap box for the last 5 minutes claiming to be this frugal smugal woman of sensibility….  Did I tell you that I now have about $326.52 worth of olive oil and aged balsamic vinegars in my pantry.  No, it’s not huge vats of olive oil and vinegar, the volume is much less.  It’s approximately 10 bottles the size of a regular wine bottle.  (which used to be 750 ml  I’m not sure anymore because I’ve graduated to the large bottles and the boxes) 😉

Anyway, I digress, but isn’t that the point of a blog? HA!

It got me thinking about the things we’ll splurge on and the things we wont.  Now, I’m certainly not passing judgement on anyone who goes for weekly pedicures, I just happen to be the type of girl who gets one once a year.

It’s just that I can not press my own olives into a beautiful oil, or age my own vinegars into a thick, rich, sweet balsamic vinegar.

I suppose the point of my post might be that I certainly would if I could.  But the chances of the ZMan and I owning a vineyard in Napa valley growing our own grapes and olives is very slim.  Oh, how I would love that!  But it’s still unlikely.  So, I’ll keep buying my good olive oils and vinegars and be happy that I can.

And tomorrow I’ll be going by Sally’s Beauty Supply to pick up hair color to color my hair this weekend, because I have a very special wedding to attend next weekend, and the roots are a little too prominent right now.

What do you splurge on?   I’d love to know.

Tonight is pizza and beer night for me and the ZMan.  I think it’ll be a ham and pineapple pizza tonight.  YUM!

I hope you have a fun Friday and lovely weekend.


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Y’all Take Care!


What My Parents Gave Me For Easter….

I remember very well as a child my Mother taking us shopping for our Easter dresses and shoes.  It was always so exciting because it wasn’t something we did all the time.  It was a very special occasion to go buy a new anything.

I often tell people that my parents did not give me everything I ever wanted.  But they always gave me everything I ever needed.    I can’t even imagine trying to raise five kids, but they did it and I think they did it well!

My parents knew exactly what I needed…

What they gave me was the way to a relationship with GOD.  They took me to church and showed me the way to believe and the way to pray.   I’m so blessed that I had / have parents that cared enough to do that for me.  They took the time out of their busy lives to provide me the way to a relationship with GOD.  They gave me a place to come home.

I always loved going to church, but Easter Sunday was the best!

It was the most special Sunday in our new shoes and new dresses.  I remember everyone being so happy and in good spirits, wearing beautiful flower corsage and bright colored hats.

I remember shaking hands and the smiles on everyone’s faces.

As a child I thought they were just excited about the Easter egg hunt, like I was.

But when I accepted the Lord as my Savior and I developed my relationship with GOD I figured out what it was.   I figured out why everyone is SO happy on Easter.

The rejoicing is because JESUS IS ALIVE!



GOD gave his only SON to die on the cross for me.  Me the sinner.  Just because he loves me.  He guaranteed me everlasting life and love by his side for believing in him and accepting him as my savior.

John 3:16   For GOD so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever believeth in him shall not parish but have everlasting life.

That’s what my Parents gave me for Easter.

I hope you and your loved ones have a beautiful weekend and a very Happy Easter.

Thank You GOD For Loving Us!