Monday, March 4, 2013

I needed new clothes to fit my new body. At the end of P2 I bought a pair of jeans, size 8. And now they are too loose. So I went thrift Store Shopping in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Having never been shopping there I googled and asked around as to where the best deals could be found. Following is a review of the stores I visited and what worked for me. But, before I list the stores and my ratings Here is some of what I found. 2 pair of size 6 jeans (and yes one is a pair of skinny jeans)  Those of you who know me know my opinion of skinny jeans. LOL However I decided that they are perfect for tucking into boots. 2 sweaters, 1 jacket, 4 tops, 1 designer leather handbag all for under $40. Yeah! most items were Coldwater Bay or Chico's brands.

I also found a couple other non-wearable items, 1 NIV bible for 25cents, 1 red fuzzy scarf for $1. A birdcage for $11 and donut baking pan for $3.

Now for the list of stores:
Goodwill, 3157 Sunset Ave, Springdale - this store was clean and well organized and the dressing rooms were large enough to turn around in. All of the staff were pleasant and helpful. over all I would give this thrift store a 5 out of 5.
Potters House, 2703 N Drake St, Fayetteville - I found several of my items here. This shop is definitely worth checking out.  The clothing was organized by size and color.  The staff were pleasant, Dressing rooms were small and there were only 2 and a constant waiting line.  You could find a lot of other items here beyond clothing. Because of cleanliness I would only give this store a 3 1/2 out of 5.
Second Chance - 3865 S. Old Missouri Road, Springdale - Not a large store but they did allow you to use the restroom.  The staff was very friendly and personable. It seemed like most of the clothes were either petites or 12 and up. Because of the friendliness of the staff I would visit this store again, but only give it a 3 out of 5, for selection and it was so cold everyone was wearing their coats, made the experience unpleasant. 
Peace at Home Thrift Store , 1200 N Garland, Fayetteville - Clothes run small, dirty, very small dressing room.  The girls behind the counter were nice but there was staff sitting around flirting and being a little loud.  I did not find the atmosphere welcoming at all.  I would only give this store a 1 out of 5 and will not visit it again.

My tip for shopping is wear shoes you can slip off and on easily and the same for the rest of your clothing.  I wore a tank I could try tops on with out removing it, with a zip up jacket that I did not have to take off over my head. Sweat pants that were fast to take on and off. 

Next Week I'm headed to Branson to try out the thrift stores there.  I'll let you know how I find them.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thrift Store Adventures Continued...

Here is another of my Thrift Store Reviews:
Second Hand Rose on the Square in Harrison, Arkansas
 I love this store!  
The clothes were clean and well organized and since it is a consignment store you never know what goodies you are going to find at any given time.
 I found a lot more trendy clothes here plus plenty of items for every taste.
 I found these great leopard print wellies for only $20.  
And just in time for gardening season as my other wellies developed dry rot and needed replacing.  
Hmmm... maybe one of those cute flower pots would be a good way to 
re-purpose the old ones. 
 You know like you see on pinterest!
I also found 3 great tops even though you only see 2 here all for under $14 Yeah!
There was more than one dressing room and they were furnished so I had a place to set my personal belongings down and hang up the clothes I wanted to try. I did not bump my elbows on the walls while trying on clothes, which is a big rant for me in most of the places I've been in.  
The owner of this store will help you by pulling clothes (when she has time)
 if you tell her what you are looking for.  
Personal shopper baby! 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lunch with a Friend

Don't you just love friends who no matter how long it's been since you've seen them, you just pick up right where you left off? I do! I see my friends so seldom since I live in a secluded area. It's a major deal to go to town, so I don't get to see my friends and have lunch or a movie much.  But, today one of my lovely friends called while I was in town and we got to have a little catch up time and eat a crisp fresh salad together.  And later I'll get in an hours worth of exercise with another lovely friend. I am so blessed!

Last night my Art and Soul group showed our collective works at the Chamber of Commerce's Business after hours.  Great Food, Great Company, Great ART!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Are You a Planter or a Weeder?

I've been working in my garden a lot, as it is that time of year to be planting. While on my knees planting little tomato seedlings, I had an epiphany. I enjoy weeding much more than I do planting. I found much more satisfaction from pulling weeds and tidying up than I did from putting those tender little plants in the ground and nurturing them. This probably says a lot about my personality. I am a black and white person I don't see lots of shades of grey in life.  I like really strong, straight out of the tube colors. I don't have fun with conventional activities and don't live well in the moment. I'm always thinking about what I need to do next. It is easy for me to see the glass half empty rather than half full.   ...sigh ...   If those of you who know me would like to add to this analyzation of myself, you know how to contact me. You may even see your comments added to this post. Here are a couple pictures of my garden.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Christian Graduates and God Saves Pam's Car


 Dad Craig, Christian, Grandpa Gene, Grandma Dot, Aunt Vicki
Christian entering the auditorium

Presentation of the Diploma by mom and dad.
Here he is the proud graduate!!!  William Christian Laessig has now graduated and has a job and a drivers license.  He had to have a full time job to pay for his insurance.  He plans on going to college.  YEAH! We are so proud.   
 Throwing of the Caps
Auntie Gale, Grandma Rose, Mom, Christian, Charlie
Mom, Christina and Ann Usher (Sailor's mom)
William Christian Laessig and Best Friend, Conner MacArthur

It has been a wild and crazy trip in order to get to KC for the graduation. I told David (DH) several days ago that I was going to take my car and he kept insisting I either drive one of his BMW's off the lot at Godfather's Pawn or even fly. Well, he finally got that I was going to drive my car so the day before I was to leave he finally popped the hood and found, no oil and the air filter had fallen off. Who knows how long that had been that way and how much longer it would have continued. Then he said I needed new tires but then the tires could wait until winter. So he then tried to adapt the part that didn't work and he had to get another part which he brought home and put on early Friday morning. So now I'm ready to go right?  We are now at Friday noon. I get in the car and head to the pawn shop to pick up some albums for Christian, as I pull into the lot my car then makes a grinding noise.  sigh... So David decides it is the brakes and now he has to pull it into the shop and replace the front pads and rotors, which will only take 1/2 hour.  Uh Huh! So 3 hours later I'm still waiting...  I call everyone and let them know I'm not leaving for a while.  So then we take the car for a test drive and now there is a funny noise in the rear.  So in the parking lot of the library, David gets out of the car and has me drive around and around hitting the brakes while he runs from side to side to try and determine where the sound is coming from.  Finally as a crowd gathers to see this funny site he decides it is the right rear brakes.  So back to the parts store and then to the shop to replace that one. Finally, I call everyone and say I won't see them and then my sister to say I wouldn't be there until late that night. All thru this I'm trying to contain my frustration and just think how this is God stopping me from having an accident or something worse. As I take a deep breath I am able to let it go and relax and set myself in the moment and know it is OK that I will not arrive until late.  I'm so glad God was watching and taking care of me.
The graduation was great with talks by friends and family about each graduate with slides shows of their childhood set to music. They had photo montages and cake and cookies then a break to set-up for the evening party.  Lots of wonderful food at the party, a DJ and dancing and great fellowship.  All in all a really cool graduation!

Monday, July 2, 2012

This morning, I glanced out on the deck and amid the construction debris I saw what I thought was a big round rock.  Now this is weird and I wish I'd taken a photo but I was so alarmed that I forgot and rushed out to rescue a large box turtle that was turned on his back. His little head was stuck out and he seemed so upset at his predicament. He or She hissed at me as I picked him up to place him back on the ground right side up.  Never having had a turtle hiss at me before I almost dropped him. I know he was scared but the hissing was soooo ungrateful.

The real mystery is how he got up on my deck.  At it's lowest point it is at least a foot from the ground and I don't think turtles can climb. My guess is that Mr. Fatso picked him up some where and brought him up on the deck.  For those of you who don't know Mr. Fatso is our pleagle, pitbull, lab, beagle mix. He also has more than one name, My husband calls him Duke and he has a secret name but he answers to Mr. Fatso.  I did notice him the day before rooting around in the rocks that are scattered around the deck.  How the turtle survived without damage is a miracle because our dogs can take out an armadillo without breaking a sweat.

Want to see a photo of Mr. Fatso then head over to my facebook page he's my personal page header.
Are we friends?  I'd like to be and if you haven't liked my business page, you are missing out on little gifts that I leave there.

Here is one of my latest paintings. the size is 4' x 4' price $600.00

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Mother-in-law is a treasure!

I love surprises and my Dear Mother-in-Law, Elida is always coming up with some thoughtful little gift that makes me feel so special. On our visit to Michigan this summer for my husband's 40th high school class reunion I received this set of kitchen towels and dish cloths. In my kitchen I have double ovens and I like to decorate by hanging colorful towels for the season over the handles. So now I have a new set from my ovens and to make it even more special I took a piece of brown scrapbook paper and using a calligraphy marker wrote familia then from my ribbon collection I added a green bow and a large headed white pin to attach it to the towel. I now have a wonderful memory and decoration that will last all the way until time for Christmas decorations which are coming up this weekend.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Penguins

On Sunday mornings, I stop at my friend Terena's house to pick up eggs. (They are the best tasting eggs in the world and supply is limited so I am not going to tell you where to find her, HA). When I got out of the car I was greeted by the cutest group of birds EVER! If you look closely you will be able to see where the chickens have visited the penguins and left a surprizing amount of feathers behind. I guess they were upset that these fine birds took over the yard.

Can you tell what she used to make them?
Here's a hint: old bottles, acrylic paint, cardboard, felt and I think the hats and scarves are from dolls or little socks. I bet they belong to her daughter, Morgan. hmmm I've got a bunch of little socks left over from making sock snowmen one year now I know what to do with them.

Kudo's to Terena for once again coming up with a novel idea that brought a smile to my face.

And thank you Terena for raising the bird house a little higher so I don't hit my head anymore!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

look who's 5 months old

14 inches of snow

It was amazing, I got up at 6am to get ready for church and was asking my husband if he thought that was ice on his truck but when we went outside it wasn't ice. The dogs water wasn't frozen but there was a fine dusting of snow as we watched Snow started coming down in huge flakes and fast. Within 10 minutes the ground was covered. I didn't take the chance of going to church and it was a good thing because they called about 7:30 and said it was snowing so hard on their side of the mountain they were calling it off so please send out an email letting everyone know.
The snow continued until late afternoon with about 14 inches before it stopped. Our power was out for several hours that afternoon. The snow was wet and heavy, perfect for making snowmen and David and I planned on making one when it stopped. However in the meantime campers had gotten stranded at Steel Creek and we seemed to have the only cabin left open so we shoveled the snow off the steps, it was still snowing so heavily that it covered the steps almost as fast as I shoveled. We helped the ranger get 5 people settled into the cabin. They ended up staying 2 nights. Deborah was running around in the snow and loving it she kept burying her nose in it and snuffling around. It was too dark to build a snowman by the time it stopped snowing so we thought we'd do it the next day. Well it melted so much there was hardly any snow left! Just a lot of mud. It was an utterly amazing winter storm on the first day of spring.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My First Grandchild

This is our little sweetie, Kaylee at 3 months.
Never having had Children of my own was a decision I made when I was very young and playing with dolls. It occured to me that this was not an activity I enjoyed so I stopped. I can say that I have never really regretted the choice to not have children as I believe that not everyone should. I think that if it had happened I would have welcomed it and became a good mother. I have 2 grown step-sons, one who is married and he and his wife had this darling baby girl on my husband and I's 12th wedding anniversary. What a blessing to have a lovely daughter-in-law and now this grandchild. I've been taking pictures of her since a couple hours after she was born and these pictures are from her 3 month birthday. I take so many pictures that I think she will not recognize me if I do not have a camera attached to my face. I'm working toward being able to take even better portraits and events and I'll try and be more diligent in adding them to my blog.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

here's a rave - FRIENDS

I don't know what I would do without all my friends in my little art group. We are a diverse lot, go to different churches, have different painting styles, different economic groups, different ages, so many things about each of us is different than the other yet wonderfully unique. We come together every week and it is the best day of the week for each of us. Together we make a lovely completely unique painting. Recently six of each chose a different subject and they bought 6 ea 8x10" canvas'. Then each of us painted one sixth of six paintings. The six individual canvas' were then joined together and we each had a painting done by our friends. I'll post pictures of the finished paintings later but it was so much fun. It was a wonderful exercise in how 6 diverse styles and friends came together to create something wonderful and have fun.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Here's a rave - Stories in Hand class by JessicaSprague.com and here's a wedding page I've digitally scrapped using techniques I've learned from Jessica.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I had a great photo shoot with this little girl, she always knew where the camera was and posed naturally. The photos haven't even been edited and I'm excited about how many good ones there are! Now I can't say the same for her puppy Buster. There is only one good shot of him and this ain't it. Buster was channeling his inner lab the day we tried to take photo's of him. O to be a puppy! There was also a good photo shoot with my wonderful beautiful friend Marquette the day before but she won't allow me to post any pictures of her unless I want to experience painful consequences...LOL

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