Walmart & Buddeez 32 qt ‘pet food’ container for $6.99

Hi, world.  Long time no type.  Life has just been weird….

  • Main computer died
  • Was sick, before the Virus officially hit
  • The Virus (no, not willing to say it’s official name) threw a major wrench in life
  • Did not if I had anything I wanted to share….

But, since I just ordered two of these I figured I would share.  I have always had a small stockpile of food since I never knew if there would be a major earthquake, major snow storm, etc.  And yes, the snow storms we had this last winter did delay trucks from getting to the stores.

And now with the Virus it has been random if I can find the things on our list.  We don’t go out often and when we do we are wearing masks.  Yesterday was the first time, since the virus made our state shutdown, that I have seen a 5 lb bag of all purpose wheat flour.  So, maybe things are getting back to normal.

A friend suggested years ago that I put brown rice, etc  in gallon ZipLoc bags and put them in the freezer for a least a few days to kill any bugs.  I did that, but bags are stacked in a Rubbermaid tote in the bottom of our pantry.  Not the best organization since they are just stacked on each other and there is a lot of wasted space.

So, when I saw these posted on Instagram today by @ivebeenlivingwrong I realized they should work for stacking my ZipLoc bags neatly.  Assuming their dimensions are correct they will fit at the bottom of our pantry.    Otherwise, I will find a different location or use them for the extra dog food that doesn’t fit in the sealed container we have for Pepper’s dog food.

Buddeez 32 Quart ‘Bag-In’ Pet Food Dispenser, Holds up to 22 lbs

$6.99 was regularly $21.99

 

They should arrive after Memorial Day.  I will try to post an update after they arrive.

I checked the manufacturer’s website and this size is totally sold out.

So, are you finding everything you want at the grocery stores?

-H

 

Cleaning up the blog

So, one of the things on my too long mental To Do List was clean up the blog – delete old posts, etc.

So, if you read it (does anyone read it??), you might find some changes since I was ruthless today.

Oh, and as of right now I am debating about closing down the blog in June.  I want to focus on important items and this one hasn’t been very high on the list by the length of time between posts and how many drafts I still have in the pile…

So, comment if you actually read this and would care if it closes down.  The minimum I will be doing is:

  • randomly post
  • maybe post some photos of projects I have completed so I have a record of them also

Credit Freeze for deceased loved one

Update:   I am happy to say that this worked!  I got letters back from the credit agencies that my family member’s credit report has officially been permanently frozen.

Hello world.  It has been such a long time since I posted I didn’t know my password at first!  Luckily it popped into my brain while I was looking for it.  I guess I need to write it down somewhere…

Even though an extended family member died over four years ago we have still been getting ‘pre-approved’ applications for the DISH for the family member!

The bottom of the page from DISH even says ‘This pre-screened offer of credit is based on information in your credit report indicating that you meet certain criteria’ – Ouch…

Today I saw something that if a loved one dies you should contact each of the credit reporting agencies.  So.. I wrote letters today and will be mailing them this week.  I hope this at least stops some of the mail to the deceased family member’s name.

Here are the addresses I am mailing the letter to and a copy of my form letter.  I hope it helps someone else out too.  Oh, and I wish the attorney who helped me with the family member’s estate would have suggested that I do this back then.

Equifax Options , PO Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

Experian, PO Box 919, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion Opt-Out Request, PO Box 505, Woodlyn, PA 19094-0505

(Credit report agency address)

Dear Sirs:                                                                             DATE

RE:  NAME

Social Security #:    SS NUMBER

(copy of Death Certificate enclosed, if enclosing)

This is to let you know that I would like NAME credit reports to be marked as ‘Deceased’ to create a permanent credit freeze.

NAME died (ON DATE) .

Latest address:

NAME

ADDRESS

TOWN, STATE, ZIP

Thank you.

YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS

 

So, if you read this far, what do you want to see on the blog next year?  I can’t find the option for putting the survey, but here are some of the things I have been thinking (yes, I have been thinking about the blog, but just not doing).

  • Photos of the sewing, etc projects I have been working on
  • Helpful hints – like this post
  • Recipes that I have tried and the family likes
  • Books that I have enjoyed
  • Photos of places we have visited
  • YouTube bloggers and websites that I like
  • ??

Note:  Only your name and comment will show to anyone reading the blog.

 

 

Reasons to be on Facebook

So, I had someone a couple of months ago tell me to get off Facebook.  Their reason was they didn’t want to see what their cousin ate for dinner.  I tried to tell her that my friends usually don’t post about that and there was other things on Facebook, but I got ignored.

Then earlier this month someone else told a group of people to get off Facebook.  Her reasoning was there wasn’t anything worthwhile on it.

Wrong!  At least for me, I have multiple things that I follow on Facebook that are worthwhile.

Here are some of my general examples of the type of pages or groups I follow:

  • local fire and weather
  • local community events
  • garage sales, Facebook Marketplace
  • hobbies I am interested in – sewing, etc
  • local Zumba instructor’s page – then we know if the class schedule has been changed and so we can learn the meaning of new songs
  • new InstaPot, etc recipes
  • stores that I frequently go to
  • etc, etc

If you looked I am guessing that you would find pages that interest you too.

Also, in the last month I commented on a grocery stores post and ended up winning a $5 gift card.  If I hadn’t been on Facebook there would have been no way for me to win the gift card.

So, are you on Facebook?

Later – Heather

Unwanted calls?

Long time no post.  I do have a valid excuse, but that isn’t what this post is about.

So, in the last couple of days we have gotten multiple calls from

‘DSCNT CBL SRVCS’ 702-359-7676

Every call we had sent to the voicemail and they never left a message.  After a few of the calls I did a Google search and found out that some people were getting 7 – 10 calls a day from this number!  Ouch.  So, I went into our phone system and blocked it.

Then, I got an email from FTC titled ‘How to Stop Unwanted Calls’.  Since I know everyone isn’t signed up for the FTC emails I figured I would attach a link to their website that gives options on how to stop the unwanted calls.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-stop-unwanted-calls?utm_campaign=unwanted-calls&utm_content=text-link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Let me know if the link and advice helps you.

Later – Heather

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Long time no post…  I just saw a photo of a Christmas present I made so I figured I would do a quick post.

Who else has gotten into using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)?  There are many videos on YouTube, individual blogs, etc so I won’t repeat how to do it, but I will show you the first project that I did for a family member.

heat transfer vinyl, HTV, present

first HTV shirt

The lighting wasn’t great, but the trees are a solid green.  I used my Sizzix hand die cutting machine and some of the dies I had for making scrapbooks.  I had to play around with which way the HTV needed to be placed on the die since I wasn’t able to electronically flip my text.

The shirt is still being worn, but I have had to touch up a few of the letters with an iron.  I am still working on the correct amount of time, etc that they should be ironed for, etc.

Since this original shirt I have made eight more shirts for different family members.  So far I haven’t heard that the shapes or letters have fallen off.

What is your latest craft project?

Later – Heather

 

Instant Pot recipes

Hi.  Yes, I am still here, but have been spending more time living life and working on projects than updating the blog.  I catch myself thinking ‘I should make a blog post about this’ so one of these days I will write about some of my current projects.

Just wanted everyone (anyone?) to know that I just added the links to some of my family’s current favorite Instant Pot recipes to the ‘Links to Instant Pot Recipes’ page.  Tonight I cooked the Pork Chops and they were very good.

Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe?  If so, please share the link.

Later – Heather

Why we should all consider taking a midlife gap year — ideas.ted.com

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When Caroline Harper suddenly found herself jobless in her mid-40s, she decided to step off the corporate ladder and travel to all the places she’d always wanted to go, from Antarctica to Egypt. Here’s how it changed her life — and her career. Caroline Harper loved her work negotiating big contracts in the oil and…

via Why we should all consider taking a midlife gap year — ideas.ted.com

I read this article and definitely agree with it.  Maybe if you can’t take a gap year you could at least do something different on your next vacation which would allow you to think about what you would want to do in the future.  As I have been known to say, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up 😉

If money was no object, what job would you like to have in the future?

Later – Heather

Focus – Word for 2019

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

I have decided to make some changes to the blog, but I am still mentally working out the details so it will be spelled out in a future post.

Do you select a Word of the Year?  Last year I picked ‘Be’ as my word.   ‘Be’ fit what I needed, whether I knew it or not on January 1st, 2018.

This year I decided on Focus since I want to focus on:

  • my family
  • my health
  • on projects
    • Hopefully I will finish some projects so my active ‘partly done’ list is smaller at the end of 2019 than now.  This doesn’t mean I won’t add new ideas to the list, but I have to get some of the partly finished projects sitting around here done and provide some free space – physically and mentally.
  • etc – I know other things will come up that will need my Focus for at least a short period of time.

One thing I am trying this year is to fill out a planner again.  I have tried to use a bought planner in previous years and have failed.  Then I tried a Bullet Journal for a while, but gave up since I was constantly having to rewrite tasks from week to week since they were not getting done.

So, this year I created a three month planner (to start) of my own design.  It is a combination of a regular planner and a Bullet Journal.  I will let you know at the end of March what worked and what I will be changing for the next three months.

Until next time, Heather

 

Jordan Page YouTube Blogger

Do you watch or listen to YouTube.com?  Did you realize there are bloggers who post on YouTube?

I have found that I can listen to the YouTube bloggers through my smartphone and get things done around the house at the same time – hey, it at least makes the time go by faster when I am doing the dishes, etc.

So, here is the first (I think, since I have been planning on posting these for a long time, but don’t think I ever wrote one up) of the YouTube.com bloggers that I listen to weekly.

Oh, and no, these are not sponsored and if you say you found them through me they would have no idea who I was, but I would love it if you did tell them 🙂

If you see Jordan Page’s face you might recognize her from the Rachel Ray Show or other television shows.  I had never checked out her blog or YouTube channel until another YouTube blogger mentioned her earlier this year.

Jordan Page – https://www.youtube.com/user/funcheaporfree or search Jordan Page

or go to her blog:  http://funcheaporfree.com/

So, in September Jordan did a challenge called #Shelftember Challenge.  The premise was to eat the items you already have in the your refrigerator, freezer and pantry before going to the store and shopping for groceries.  You were give a small amount to buy fresh vegetables, milk, etc each week.

Since we were going on vacation in mid-September (yes, we had fun and I will post about it in the future) I thought this was a good idea for us to implement.

Well, other than a few shopping trips where we picked up bargains, something special,  something we needed to make a dish that went along with what we were eating from our refrigerator, freezer or pantry or to replace something we were running low on we have been eating mostly this way since September.

Oh, and I will say that we still go out to eat randomly, but I consider those ‘Dates’ and the cost falls into another bucket in our budget.  Hey, we need to have some fun in life and at least once a week I don’t want to cook 😉

I can’t tell you exact amounts, but our food bill was definitely lower in October versus August.  The other bonus is we are starting to see some blank space in our freezer, etc so I will be able to buy the turkey that is on sale this week and have room for it in the freezer until Thanksgiving.

I will always be happy to have a stockpile of food for in case of emergencies (earthquakes, snow, floods, power outages, etc can all happen here), but it was getting a little crazy that each week we saw multiple things for sale in the ads and had to go buy them instead of having multiple days a week that we ate the food that we already had.

So, after doing this for a couple of months the husband appears to be on board.  From now on I will plan my menu for the week and then look at the local sale ads.  If there is something we are craving, a super bargain (think baking supplies that go on sale before Christmas, etc) or something that we are running low on then I will buy those items, but I will always be looking to get the items on sale or with a coupon, if at all possible

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How do you keep your food bill under control?

Later – Heather