2019 blog topics

So, I said there would be some changes coming.  At one point I was going to just stop updating the blog.  With the world (California wildfires, politics, etc) being so weird lately I felt like talking about DIY projects was just dumb.  But after stepping away for a while I realize that I like blogging, but just not the way I was.

My word this year is to Focus – on my family, my health, finishing projects, etc.  Blogging isn’t my main hobby.  So, this year I definitely won’t have a set schedule (I am just not able to commit to that), but I have decided there are certain topics I want to blog about.  So, some of the topics will be the following, but there will be other random topics as they come up.

  • Bargain of the month – Years ago my mother-in-law and I would talk about our ‘Bargain of the Month’.  I realized that I had fun telling someone about my super deals so I decided I will post them on here, if nothing else.  Sometimes they won’t have a photo, but most of the time there will be a photo.
  • Money saving topics – This could be able a new book I heard about, a discussion I saw on the internet or a tip that we follow.
  • Projects –  There are multiple projects that I have been working on.  As they are completed and/or given away I will post them.
  • Favorite blogger, Instagram or YouTube site I follow.

So, I am not going to commit to a posting schedule, but I hope to post at least one a month, if not more often.

If there is a topic you would like me to approach leave it in the comment section.

Later – Heather

 

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Good Story #1 – Paradise, CA area

Here is the first good news story I saw about the Paradise, CA wildfire.  I think this story touches me so much since this could have been my mom.  My mom wasn’t driving the last few years she lived in the Paradise, CA area.

Expect to smile before you get to the end of the story.

https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/93-year-old-Rescued-from-Camp-Fire-By-Garbageman-Then-He-Took-Her-Home-to-His-Family–500800521.html

Later – Heather

#ButteStrong

#ParadiseStrong

#prayforparadise

 

 

 

Paradise, CA

There is too much I want to say, but I don’t have the right words yet.  Maybe I never will.

I can say that my mother-in-law’s house is destroyed with what appears to be a large portion of the area.  There are still areas of homes that haven’t been documented yet.  So far, out of all of the many people (and their extended families) we know who live there, there are only three houses that survived (one high school friend lost 10 family homes).

When my family lived in the Bay Area and my dad was ready to early retire there used to be ads on the television about ‘Paradise Pines’ and what a great retirement community it was.  I did a search and Paradise Pines, CA does come up, but it is listed as an unincorporated community above Magalia, CA, which is above Paradise, CA on the ridge.   Since dad had a friend that already lived in Paradise Pines we went to visit one weekend and my parents decided they wanted to move there.  Instead of living in the Pines, my parents decided to build a house in Paradise, I think mostly since I was still in school.

Paradise, CA has been a big part of my and my husband’s family for a long time.  We still take multiple trips over each year and we were actually there at the beginning of October.

As of last night over 600 people are listed as missing.  I am very thankful that I don’t recognize any of the names on the list.  My husband recognizes a few last names so they could be relatives of classmates,etc – we don’t know.

Before I start posting the ‘good’ stories that I have seen, here is a story that was listed on KLove’s website that hit home and I think explains how a lot of people feel about Paradise, CA.

http://www.klove.com/news/2018/11/16/Memories-Survive-The-Flames-As-Town-Of-Paradise-Reduced-To-Ash

#ButteStrong

#prayforparadise

Do you have an evacuation plan?  If not, please talk it over with your family members.

Later- Heather

Paradise, CA update

This is a totally written from my heart post.  Please bare with me.

I am assuming, by now, you have heard about the huge wildfire that started Thursday morning and has gone through Paradise, California and the surrounding areas.  #Campfire  (worst tag name ever)

My mother-in-law currently lives in that town, my husband and I grew up there and my parents used to live there.  We know MANY people who still live there – friends, acquaintances, family of friends, friends of my mother-in-law and my parents former neighbors and others.

My mother-in-law escaped from Paradise, CA.  She left within minutes of the emergency call with the minimum – medicine, some important papers, some food and two days of clothes.  It took her over 4 hours to get out of town due to the gridlock.

Paradise is on a ridge and there are only three main roads out, but two were blocked due to fire.  Over 27,000 people live in the town of Paradise and probably about 30,000 live in the area above Paradise with no direct roads out without going through Paradise.

The inside of her car still smells like smoke.  If you have seen a video of someone driving with flames, etc on the sides of the road that could have been my mother-in-law, but she was in solid traffic, which was mostly stopped.  She had to drive/ sit next to burning cars, burning trees, burning buildings, etc.

It will be a miracle if her house survives, but she is alive and currently at our house.  We are very thankful that my father-in-law died seven months ago or they probably would not have gotten out of the house in time.

We have heard that some other people we know are also safe, but we haven’t heard from everyone.  Per the news over 6,500 houses and 200 businesses have been destroyed already.

Some people, who don’t live there, think the fire probably spread so fast due to people not clearing their brush, etc.  That is NOT true.  My mother-in-law lives on an oversized city lot with no brush.  I will say that the ‘public’ forests in the outlying area have not been logged, etc in a long time.  Also, there were 50 mph gusts and 30-35 mph sustained winds.

What I am thankful:

  • That my mother-in-law and the others we have heard from are safe
  • For the fire fighters and emergency people who got so many people out safely
  • For the community – I am already seeing posts of former high school classmates that are offering help, when they are allowed in
  • I am thankful that my mother-in-law is still able to drive
  • I am thankful that we had discussed what my mother-in-law would do if she had to evacuate – where she would drive to so we could meet her (we live too far away for her to have driven to our house by herself)
  • I am thankful that my mother-in-law only had to worry about herself
  • I am also very thankful for her car and that she had plenty of gas in the car

What I am asking for:

  • please pray for Paradise, CA – the people who evacuated, the people who didn’t survive, the families / friends who are still wondering about their loved ones
  • please donate to the emergency funds
  • Please hug your family and call your extended family and tell them that you care for them.  This life is short and you never know when / where a disaster will occur.
  • Please forgive me if I don’t post much lately.  My heart is just not into it right now, but when I do it will hopefully be the good things in life.

#prayforparadise

 

Heather

Walgreens Photo discount

Through August 25th, 2018 Walgreens.com has 50% off prints, posters and enlargements!

The code is SCHOOL50

If you want an extra discount then go through a shopping portal.

Southwest Airlines gives 2 points per $1 spent at Walgreens.com.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up and keeps the miles I have with Southwest Airlines active even if we don’t fly that often.

Do you have photos that you need to print? I definitely do.  I have a list of ones I need to print and mail out, but just haven’t got there yet.  This discount is definitely the kick in the pants I needed to get the photos ordered today and picked up at the local Walgreens tomorrow.  Maybe I can even get the envelopes addressed tonight so I can just mail them tomorrow.

Later – H

Wedding dress stores

Note:  This post is not sponsored and I am giving 100% of my own opinions.

Earlier on the blog I said that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged.  The wedding will be held in June 2019 so you will randomly be seeing wedding posts before and after the wedding.

I had also stated in the post, where I announced that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged, that my Father-in-law had recently died and had lived with Parkinson’s for many years.

Due to that fact, when daughter ‘A’ was searching for places to go wedding dress shopping she was interested in going to the Glamour Closet store in San Francisco, CA since each year, a portion of Glamour Closet’s profits will be donated to foundations dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

http://glamourcloset.com/closet/html/about.asp

In April, daughter ‘A’ and I made a very quick trip to the north end of the Bay Area to see a family member before he moved to Switzerland for a job.  We decided to swing by the  Glamour Closet store and just look around (we had already promised the bridesmaids that we would go dress shopping with them).

Well, daughter ‘A’ found her wedding dress!  No photos of it will be seen until after the wedding, but I will say that the family of another bride-to-be gasped when the curtain was opened.

When the store clerks were told about daughter ‘A’ ‘s grandfather they said that he had a hand in her finding that dress for multiple reasons and we agree:

  • the dress was dropped off on a Friday and we were there the following day
  • the dress was a sample and had never even been tried on by anyone else
  • the dress was smaller that the sizes they usually carry (it needs a couple of tucks taken and a lot taken off the bottom, but we are not surprised by that)
  • the cost of the dress was less than her budget

So, if you know someone getting married and you live or are visiting the North Beach in San Francisco, West Hollywood in Los Angeles, River North in Chicago or Chelsea in New York areas I would be grateful if you check out the Glamour Closet store.

I have no connection to this store, but I love, due to first hand knowledge, that they also want to find a cure to Parkinson’s and are donating money to the cause.

Do you have a future wedding in your family?   Later – Heather

Last two months….

In some ways I know it has been two months since my last post went live, but in other ways it has gone by fast.

Some highlights / lowlights,  which will have separate posts in the future:

  • I went to Italy with our daughter ‘A’!  Was Northern Italy, in Winter, on my bucket list?  No, but she had to go see a vendor and drive a rental car around Milan and to a town about two hours away so I went with her.  The highlights, lowlights and things I learned will take multiple posts so that will be sometime in the future.
  • Our daughter ‘A’ got engaged!  The future son-in-law ‘D’ came and talked to her dad while daughter ‘A’ and I were in Italy.  (Our daughter said that ‘D’ had to get her dad’s blessing, which I thought was sweet.)
  • Italy or major jet lag ‘brain fog’ is a real thing.  If/when I travel to Europe, etc again I want to stop in the middle (New York, etc) and take a mini-vacation there for a few days before I continue on.  The nine hour time difference was killing me (going and coming home).
  • My father-in-law died earlier this month.  He had lived with Parkinson’s Disease for 18 years.  My mother-in-law took very good care of him.
  • I have lost weight.  Is it a huge amount, no, but I have gone down at least a pant size and people have noticed.

What have been some of your highlights / lowlights from the last two months?

 

Later – Heather

Animal Ark in winter – That is in Nevada?

Animal Ark is north of Reno, NV.  We had been there in the summer, but never in winter.  We found out that Animal Ark was opened for two weekends in the winter of 2017 .

The Reno, NV area of Nevada had received a lot of snow in the winter of 2016- 2017.  At one point Animal Ark didn’t know if they would be even able to open on Martin Luther King weekend since there might have been too much snow!  (What a difference a year makes.  So far in the winter of 2017-2018 the Reno area has only received a dusting of snow.)

We decided to go up with our daughter and her boyfriend and we had a blast, but boy were we cold!  It was so neat to see the animals be active instead of hiding in the shade like they do when it is hot.

! Animal Ark bear sign revised

The actual bears were hibernating.

 

! Animal Ark bobcat revised

Bobcat (photo courtesy of my husband)

 

We were seeing a lot of cottontail rabbit ‘remains’ in the enclosures.  We were able to watch this jaguar catch this rabbit.  The rabbit ran right for the jaguar!  The staff thought it was since there was fresh straw, etc put out in the enclosures.

!Animal Ark jag bunny revised

Jaguar with a fresh catch  (photo courtesy of my husband)

 

I have to admit that I mentally have to think of Pepper (the golden retriever) with her stuff toys when I look at the above photo.

This year Animal Ark will be open on Saturday January 13th, 2018 and Sunday January 14th, 2018.  They will also be open on Saturday February 17th, 2018 and Sunday February 18th, 2018.

I have no idea if there will be snow on the ground this year, but it would be nice to see the animals in their winter coats either way.

Here is the website for Animal Ark:  http://animalark.org/

If you are interested in going it is a good idea to either check out their posts on Facebook or check out their website a head of time.

Until later – Heather

 

 

 

Emerald Bay Painting

I went to a Paint and Sip put on by the same business, but located in a local restaurant with a group of friends from Zumba.

I felt more comfortable doing this painting and even had an idea of how to do the steps before they were explained.

paint and sip, Emerald Bay, painting

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

I really like how this one turned out also.

Have you done this before?

Later – Heather

Remember to vote

Please remember to go vote on Tuesday, if you didn’t get a chance to vote early.  In Nevada we were able to vote early so I and a family member went and stood in a line on a Saturday to do that.

I won’t give my opinion or allow a debate about who to vote for, but please vote.  There are local issues, etc that also need to be decided.  And in some states you are able to vote ‘None of the Above’ and even that counts as a vote.

How would you feel if a person or question lost by one vote and you hadn’t gone to vote for them like you were going to?

I am just happy to live in a country where I have the opportunity to voice my opinion even if what I want doesn’t win.

So, did you vote?  I would love a ‘Yes’ if you did vote.

Later – H