Thursday, May 28, 2009

In My Pocket

In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

God is Great!

It all happens in God's time. It all happens in God's time. I have been praying for months now for hubby to come around to having another baby. Mother's Day we went to do a little shopping I got some seeds for lovely flowers and veggies. We had to stop at Kmart to pick up some pullups for Wyatt (who just turned 4 years old in February and will not go on the potty) and as we were walking through the baby section I said awwww I would love to have another baby.

Hubby: I don't want to be 100 when it leaves the house
Me: You won't be you'll only be 58
Hubby: With the economy the way it is we can't afford it. Maybe when the economy gets better.
Me: I won't be able to have babies when the economy gets better.
Hubby: Let's see what happens with my hand and my job.

PTL! I am so happy for him coming around. It's all in God's time. God will answer your prayers in his time..... :)

Grandma's Apron

Great Grandma "Fannie Mook" Erb circa 1952

The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect [ pointing out the obvious, right from the dictionary definition] the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken-coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.

Author Unknown~

Monday, May 11, 2009

Not Me~Monday!

I was not walking through Walmart to look down at my 11 year old son's feet to see he left his shoes in the car. He exclaimed "I have always wanted slide across the floors in Walmart. They are so shiny and huge" Not me!

I didn't shove clothes in the shower and dishes in the stove when unexpected company showed up :O Not me!

I didn't shove my trunk full of toys, coats and leftover clothes from camping in the trunk of my car when there was an unexpected invitation to the park. Not me!

There is a not me from years ago. I miss my grammy like mad. But once she took too many excedrin overtime and her tongue started bleeding. So she called me to come down and take a look. I thought best to go to the ER. We get there and she wasn't holding her tongue right to keep it from not bleeding. So they asked me to hold her tongue. I can now say I held my grammy's tongue. Not Me! I wrote that because it will be 3 years since she went to be with Jesus and I miss her so much. I am so glad the Lord gave her to me. I always wished she was my mommy. (Oh I do love my mommy~but my grammy taught me alot and was a sweet lady)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

13 ways to save

From Consumer Reports
Last reviewed: May 2009
Illustration of supermarket aisles
Illustration by Harry Campbell

This article is the archived version of a report that appeared in May 2009 Consumer Reports Magazine.

Think of supermarkets as giant selling machines, where traffic patterns, product placement, smells, displays, and signs lure you to spend more time cruising the aisles and more money at the checkout. These tips should keep you from falling for the tricks:

Look high and low

Supermarkets are in the real-estate business, and prime selling space includes the middle or eye-level shelving. Vendors sometimes pay retailers hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in slotting fees to take on new products or display products prominently. There are differing schools of thought on slotting fees, with critics contending that they stifle competition and boost prices. In any event, check whether similar products on top or bottom rungs are less expensive.

Eye end caps

Some shoppers assume that products on aisle ends are on sale, which is why those displays can boost sales by a third. But end caps can highlight items about to expire or those that aren't a bargain. At an A&P near our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters, we spotted an end cap loaded with Pepperidge Farm cookies, all at full price. The end-cap tie-in is another trick: Related items are featured, not all of them on sale. Take the Tostitos display we saw at Stop & Shop. The chips were on sale; salsa and dips weren't.

Compare unit prices

Only a few states and metro areas have laws requiring price tags on every item. Elsewhere you'll typically find shelf tags under each product that reveal the cost per ounce, quart, pound, or 100 sheets. To see whether big packages really are cheaper, compare the unit price. We found many instances in which bigger wasn't better. At a ShopRite, for example, we eyed a 14-ounce box of Frosted Flakes on sale at $2.29 per pound compared with $4.38 per pound for a 17-ounce box.

Consider organics sometimes

Organic means expensive, so buy organic versions of produce that's most likely to harbor pesticides when grown conventionally, such as peaches, strawberries, and bell peppers. Organic meats and dairy foods might be worthwhile but not "organic" seafood because standards aren't in place. (Always cook meat thoroughly to avoid pathogens.)

Weigh the cost of convenience

Is it that much work to cut up carrots, celery, lettuce, and cheese? During one of our many shopping trips, we spotted a 6-ounce bag of shredded carrots for $1.50, almost five times as much, on a unit-cost basis, as a bag of whole carrots.

Avoid checkout temptations

Snacks at the checkout look more appealing the longer you're in line. But they're overpriced. At a Stop & Shop, a chilled 20-ounce Coke was $1.49 at the register. In the beverage aisle, a six-pack of slightly smaller bottles cost $3.33 on sale—about 66 cents per 20 ounces. For that much savings, you might want to wait until you get home and add ice.

Go deep

Retailers regularly rotate stock so that you see the oldest milk, cereal, cold cuts, and other packaged goods first; the newest stuff is pushed to the back. To get the longest shelf life from the food you've bought, burrow to the rear of the shelf, refrigerator, or freezer.

Read flyers carefully

Three-quarters of people we surveyed rely on weekly circulars to find out what's on sale. That helps explain why the mere mention of a product in a flyer can send sales soaring by as much as 500 percent, even without a price reduction. Manufacturers might have paid for placement in the ad. Don't assume featured products are on sale.

Watch for sneaky signs

Many sales tempt you to buy more than one bag or box—by touting, for example, four boxes of cake mix for $5. But rarely are you required to buy all four to get the discount. Retailers are just planting a number in your head, hoping you'll buy a lot.

Look at the location

The same food might be sold in several places throughout the store. At Stop & Shop, "premium" store-brand Swiss cheese was on sale at the deli for $6.99 per pound with a bonus card. In the refrigerated case, the same sliced Swiss was $5.58 per pound—no card necessary. A chunk of the same cheese was $4.69 per pound, also without a card.

Buy at the bakery

More and more supermarkets sell store-made baked goods, often for less than the commercial alternatives. At ShopRite, six hot-from-the-oven rolls cost $1.99; a packaged half-dozen from Freihofer's cost $3.19.

Check the receipt

In our 2008 survey, 6 percent of respondents said that they were overcharged at the register. That's in line with what readers told us in 2005. Both surveys also revealed that no chain stood out as particularly accurate or inaccurate. Many chains will give you the item free if it scans at the wrong price, but the onus is on you to point out the error.

Buy bagged produce

Some produce is much cheaper by the bag than by the pound. A ShopRite recently offered a 5-pound sack of potatoes for $2.99, compared with 99 cents per pound for loose ones in a bin. If the product has a long shelf life, bagged produce is a better buy, unless, of course, the only alternative is the 20-pound behemoth at Costco.



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