Archive for August, 2006

Find a Better Deal!

I want to tell you about Price Pirates. This is an application for comparison shopping. It compares both eBay and online stores (shopping.com and Amazon marketplace) so you can find the best deal. It’s a quick download with no spyware, pop-ups or ads. And! Free tech support via the web site and email. Other features include:

* Auction search in up to 13 eBay countries * Ingenious search options * Statistics function for online auctions * Auction watchlist * Smart search option for bargains on eBay * Integrated Web search * Alert function reminds you of auctions ending soon * Free SMS reminders to your mobile * Look at auction gallery pictures straight from the program * Adjustable background search with saved parameters * Automatic program updates

I used the price comparison tool to try to find yarn. I searched Lorna’s Laces and Brown sheep. I got no hits on ebay and nothing on Amazon or shopping.com that actually included yarn. I did find shoes and books. So, I went to ebay myself, and they do have Lorna’s Laces, but only in eBay stores, not auctions. There were 51 auctions for Brown Sheep. I think this could be a great tool, if they sharpen up that search function.

Flow-ies!

You Are a Snapdragon

“Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh.”

What flower are you?

Coupon

I found a coupon for you! The coupon code is gnome-bloggers and it’s good for 10% off a garden gnome or anything else at OnlineDiscountMart. They have some beautiful things and they are having a clearance sale to boot!

They have stuff for inside:

They have stuff for outside:

They even have games.

Head on over and get some of that Christmas shopping “in the bag”!

Loose Ends II

The design of it mandates that the first 2 rows of blocks be made at the same time, but after that, I’ll be able to do one row at a time. At that point, I’ll start taking care of all those loose ends. I am totally loving this blanket! This picture totally is lame as far as showing the colors and the interplay. When viewed in person, it totally rocks!� Even DH says so, if that tells you anything.

Loose Ends

I’ve had several posts in the past few days that left you hanging, so let’s take care of those loose ends.

I did indeed get a new vacuum cleaner. We seem to go through them about every 12-18 months. The current model is a dirt devil. We promptly clogged it right up as it sucked up what the old one had been leaving. I know it works though, because after it clogged, when we turned it over to check it, half my backyard fell back out of it. The design is *much* easier to clear out that any other vac I have had. I can do it myself instead of having dh do it, so that’s a plus.

DD#1 and I balled up the yarn for hocks, and I spent the weekend working on it. I’ll have to take a pic of it for you, and upload it later today. When you see the picture, you’ll know why I enjoy it so much..

Thanks to those who replied to the post about children. Sometimes, this lifestyle is a tough row to hoe, there’s no way to get around it. I appreciate the support while I am in the trenches. I’d just get into trouble with too much free time anyway, LOL!

We did get the baby beds done. Instead of shuffling the children around, we shuffled my room. We got the 4 of us back in there, with the new beds with some re-arranging. It took a good portion of the day on Saturday, but it was less work over-all than shuffling the children’s room. Also, clothes for DD#5 are in the dryer and washer. I’ll spend some time today tidying up the remaining piles from the furniture moving and getting her clothes sorted and in the proper place.

Also, I helped my mother set up a blog!!!!!!!!! My mom the blogger, how cool is that? You can find her at Me and My Life.

Yesterday, Mama called before I was even out of bed and said let’s go to WalMart. I was still asleep, and told her I’d be ready in 15 minutes, as I was swinging my legs out of bed. About the time my feet hit the floor, we both said “pumping”, and I told her it would be about an hour or hour and a half.

It was a successful trip. The thing I am most tickled with is my new hook bar. I have been using one of those accordion cup holder things to hold the assorted diaper bags, etc near the door. They’ve been falling, I’ve been picking them up. They’ve been falling, I’ve been picking them up. They’ve been falling, I’ve been picking them up. They’ve been falling. Now, I have actual, proper true curved hooks for them, and I dare them to fall anymore. Also acquired: sheets for the boys room. (Mental note, you know you have a lot of children when you buy sheets 3 sets at a time.)

And, I started Christmas shopping. I like very traditional toys, and last year I had a very hard time finding those. So, I was in the toy department looking for a birthday for DS#3 who turned 5 this weekend. And I saw the perfect baby dolls for DD#4 and DD#5. So, I picked them up. Then I found something else. So, when the stack was as tall as I could see over, I stopped and went and got a buggy, and decided to go ahead and do the deed. I got those 2 kids just about finished, and their stuff is on layaway. The dolls are plain dolls, they do *nothing*. No talking, no walking, no crying, no going potty. Nothing. Just the way I like them. Also some plain wooden blocks.

And an etch-a-sketch. I searched all over town, and the internet for a plain ol’ red etch-a-sketch last year. And then my Dad went looking as well. No regular etch-a-sketch to be found. Well, I have one now. And also words for whomever decided the thing needed jazzing up in the first place: LEAVE GOOD TOYS ALONE! Upshot: I now know I can find the good toys in August, before the classics are replaced by the latest gimmicks.

Today’s knitting will be on DH’s socks. Perhaps I will be able to get the first one finished in the next 2 days, as I am now on the leg.

Ok, that’s a longish enough post for now. I’ll be back later with more on hocks.

Holy HocksYarn, Batman!

Look at this!

Dh *just* came in with the box from Shelly .

Here it is all spread out. I haven’t even played with it yet, just took pictures for you all. But my vocabulary has been reduced to the level of my 2 year old, and I will be having fun with this later! Oh, and as for what I am working on today, it’s HOCKS!

Dressing Up

Around here, we don’t do much for Halloween. The kids go to the Fall Festival at church and that’s the end of that. But they all like to play dress up, and it’s hard to find better dress up material than Halloween costumes, now isn’t it?

At one of a kind kid, they have a lot of neat kids Halloween costumes . Here is a lobster. Hee! A strawberry. Ok, Ok, dress up. Here’s a pirate. And Dorothy.� In fact, all of Dorothy’s friends are there, too. And Rapunzel. And Snow White. And Cinderella. And, I just can’t help it, here’s a cow costume for a toddler. How funny would that be on DD#4, who is allergic to milk???
These are high quality costumes designed to last past the one night stand of October 31. I’ll be visiting this site again as I plan my Christmas shopping. Which should be……oh, any day now. It’s almost September.

Maybe she doesn’t understand

So, at the family gathering on Sunday, as my aunt was preparing to leave, she informed that school started on such-and-such a day. And I told her we were already in school here. And she said: If you sent those kids to public school you could get rid of them and get yourself a break. For once, the Holy Ghost took over my mouth, and I said (pretty meekly for me, might I add) “If I wanted to get away from them, I wouldn’t keep having them.”

Now, my heart has been grieved over this for 5 days. Do ya’ll realize that my aunt said, in front of my children, that they were a burden I should be seeking to rid myself of?

Aunt Faye, this is for you, even though you will never read it, because you don’t even know I have a blog, and only see me and my children a handful of times per year, and only when the whole rest of the family is around.

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition.

But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month, or
* $171.08 a week.
* That’s a mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is don’t have children if you want to be “rich.” Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your $160,140?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to:
* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs, and
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watching Saturday morning cartoons,
* going to Disney movies, and
* wishing on stars.
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay or Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day.

For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat to history to witness the:
* first step,
* first word,
* first bra,
* first date, and
* first time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, So . . one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!

Another Aunt, on another side of the family called me this morning. She asked what I was doing, and I told her feeding the baby. She asked how old she was, and I said 6 months. Man, did her jaw hit the floor. They did not even know I had another baby. She was astounded at 8. Just flabbergasted. It occurs to me that I am so very richly blessed. God has chosen to withhold material wealth and prestige from me, for reasons of His own. I don’t need to know them, as I am certain they are valid. But He has blessed my with eternal wealth in my children. And this is the fact of that: When those people with money and degrees and fame die, their bodies will become dust, as will their achievements. I will become dust as well, bodily. But the gifts that God has given me will continue on into eternity. I get to take them with me where I go. (Of course, I hope I have to wait on them a good long time, don’t get panicked.) I’ll take the trade, and I think I have the far better deal.

So family: if you think I am wasting myself here with my children, loving and being loved in return–it is you who are really missing life. I am living it every day.

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