Hacked Hair

Decided my hair was just too long, again!   So, instead of going to the hair dressers, like normal people do, (or so I’ve heard), I got out my scissors, sat down, and went to town.

The next day, my aunts came over.   One of whom requested anonymity, and the other was Sherry.    (My besties can easily figure out which sister she is.   Sorry, if you don’t know me IRL, then you’ll just have to suffer the curiosity.    Hope it doesn’t kill you, like it did the cat!)

When they saw me, their gasps were so loud, the neighbor yelled “Shut up over there!”   {Maybe a slight hyperbole.   Possibly.}  

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Where was I??   Oh yeah, they were shocked by the hacked up appearance of my hair.   IDK why, since Sherry has done worse to me!!!

So, after we ate lunch, gotta keep up our strength!!!   The aunt who-wants-to-remain-anonymous offered to use the scissors to try to even it out.    {It was BAD y’all!!!}  

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This was after the pass with the first razor. Pitiful, I know.

 

That helped so much not at all, so with a sigh, she asked for a razor.    And I knew where 1 was!  Yay me!!    I’m loving this organized-so-I-know-where-things-are-immediately change in my life!!!    There is hope, and recovery for slobs!!!

Anyhoo, so she attacked shaved my head down to the scalp.   She did the deed in the dining room.    Oooohh, I love feeling the wind in my hair on my bare skin!    It’s quite a delicious feeling!   I highly recommend it, if you’ve never tried it!   {Truly tho, attacked IS an appropriate word, since she snipped my forehead once!   In her defense, they were horrible scissors!   Cuz I didn’t know where my hair trimming scissors were.   hangs head in shame   And of course, I found them when I went looking for the second razor!    Too late for my poor bleeding self.

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No, I don’t have cancer! (I know that question is coming. I got it ALL the time last time I shaved.)

 

Another bonus, I get to spend less time in the shower!   I was already spending a whole 20 seconds lathering up my short hair, so I can “shave” off that time!    See what I did there?   Now I’ll finally be able to get to that 1 push up I’ve been meaning to do, and just never could find the time!

No more gray for me!!   Haha, now I can save that zero dollars I was spending every month on hair color!

Good thing I have a prettily shaped head!

Red Rudolph

Have you thought about Rudolph in awhile?  Since it’s been a whole month since Christmas, probably not.

Well, I thought about him today.  Why?  Here, let me show you.

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Melinda, the red nosed dear

 

Is my nose blinking and glowing?   Or is that just me?

If you think toilet paper is all the same, and why bother paying more?  Just remember the lesson of my nose.  It knows! the difference between soft and scratchy toilet paper.   (Why was I blowing my nose with toilet paper?  I had already “blown” through all the Kleenex.   Bwahahaha, I crack myself up!!   3 outta 4 selves agree, that I’m the funniest of them all!  Me, myself, and I agree.  Melinda is the odd (wo)man out.)

Don’t let the quilting fool you:  All tps are NOT created equal!!

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The one is soft, and soothing.   The other feels like I’m using sandpaper to buff out my face.

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Are the swirls the softest??

 

 

Now, if I can just remember which is which, BEFORE I scrape off my nose to spite my face!!

MY newest new place!

Finally!  After OVER a month!  Here are the pix of my newest new place!  Just the outside, though.

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Part of my “Front” garden.

 

 

 

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Purple Passion Plants!

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Purple Flower

 

Or wandering Jew, as my SIL calls them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yes, that’s the official name. lol  According to me.  It is also the sole occupant of my “Side Garden.”

Those last 2 plants are the 2 I most wanted in my other garden, but never went to the actual trouble of getting any!!  Then, God gave them to me here in my newest home!!  God is so good, all the time!!  He cares about me, and my life, even tiny little details, like what plants I like!

 

Still working on inside!!  I had the living room, kitchen/dining room party ready for Christmas Eve, but you know what happened 2 days later… yeah, slobbery overran the place.  😦   (Don’t ya love how I blamed the slobbery, instead of myself????)

Anyhoo, back to the pix:

Front views:

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Flag still flying high!

 

 

 

 

 

Front.    

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Front Entry

Yeah, the recycling can doesn’t look the best there, does it??   sigh   Yet another sign of my laziness.

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The carport- duh! there’s Captain Obvious again!

 

Right side:  

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 Notice the central air unit!!

See that scraggedy bush?  That’s the right side of my “Front Garden”.   It’s a yellow rose bush, which can’t be proven by it now!   But I was excited to see it, because it was Granny’s favorite flower!

I didn’t take a pic of the butterfly sculpture over the carport, because it has already worn out it’s welcome, by just existing!!

Boy, am I cranky or what??? 

I didn’t take any back views, because who wants to see more moldy siding???   Oh, wait, there’s a hand in the back.  “Hi, there. Yes, you, in the multi striped shirt.  You want to see more moldy siding???   Ok, just scroll back up and re-look at those pix there!   Thanks!”

Inside pix to come at a later, undetermined date, when I have the rooms back to non-disaster status.   {Please don’t hold your breath.  Not responsible for any fainting you may incur.}

 

There you go- Home Sweet Home. Again!  Hopefully Forever this time!  [But not gonna say “Never  Moving Again!!  Because that is the surest way in the world to ensure that I’d be moving again shortly.  Not.Gonna.Happen.]

I MEAN IT!!

Publix Pilgrims

I know, I know.  Thanksgiving was a week ago, already.  But, clearance sales have me thinking about it again already!!

Publix is my favorite store!!   If you don’t have them where you live, I am so, so sorry.   They are only the best grocery store in the world!!!!  First of all, because they are a home town store that made good.  Second, they have EXCELLENT customer service!!  They even followed me around pushing my buggy one time, when I was on the electric scooter, and was buying more than the little basket could hold.   Third, when they have BOGOs, and there is a manufacturer’s coupon, AND they have a store coupon- MAGIC happens!   One time I got a whole cart of groceries, and they PAID me $10!!!   That high lasted a long time!!

Ok, back to my topic, Thanksgiving.  I bought a Pilgrim platter,

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On each side is a Pilgrim, 1 guy, and on the other side, the girl.  So cute!  And matching salt and pepper shakers:

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Uh oh!  She turned her head, looks like she’s mad!  Burnt turkey in the Pilgrim household tonight!

This year, they even came out with the kids’ set, “The Lilgrims”!!!  That is just too precious!!

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Look, the girl’s a redhead!  Reminds me of PP, when she was born!!

Okay, now you know what’s gonna be on our table next year!   If you live near a Publix, and don’t have these, run! don’t walk! to get your own!  The salt shaker sets are half off, and the platter was 66% off!!!!   Going fast!

Your table scape will thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excellently Exciting!!

I was gonna wait, till I finished all my posts, but I can’t, I’m too excited!

I just moved!  {We know, Melinda, you just moved into “MY First Place All on My Own” 6 months ago.  So what’s news about that???

No, I mean I JUST MOVED!!  AGAIN!!  YESTERDAY!!

WHAT????

Yup!  I was bustin outta the seams of My First Place, what with ALL MY stuff, and ALL PP’s stuff, and then we have PP Jr. set to arrive in April…

And you know babies come with their own HOUSEFUL of stuff!

So…..  I decided on Saturday, 11/21/15 that I needed to move.  The next day, {Sunday the 22nd, for those of you like me who are calendar challenged}

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I drove 1 street over, where I knew I had seen a for sale sign.  AS I was writing down the number, I hear a “HEY!”  I looked across the street, to see a woman motioning to me.  

“Are you looking to buy a place?”  Um, that would be why I’m writing down this phone number, yes….  Fortunately, I was able to keep that thought internal.   Go me!

I responded, “Yes.”   She said “I’m selling mine!”   How many bedrooms?

Two.   My ears and eyes perk up!   How much?   “$1,000.00.”    

Eeerch!!   You’ve never seen anybody drive across a street so fast!!

We sat down, after looking it over and made a deal!   Wednesday, when my expected check arrived, I RAN to the bank to cash it, and RAN back to give her the money!  She signed the title, and away I went to the tag office.   She forgot to sign the front, so I called her.  Thankfully, she was driving right by, so she stopped in and signed it.

Now I’m the proud owner of TWO homes!!  I never imagined in my whole life that I would be rich enough to own 2 homes!!  I better enjoy this  week, it won’t ever happen again!   I’m showing it tomorrow, and praying someone buys it before the first, when the rent is due!  {which is Tuesday, tomorrow!! for those of us who are calendar challenged.}

I don’t even have a picture, cuz I was so excited.  Why aren’t you surprised by that???  Gale_HenryUpdate:    I didn’t sell it for THREE months!!!    Yeah, so that was $1,000.00  in rent on an empty place.    😦    And I was only asking $1200!     So, I got desperate, and ended up selling it for just $10.00,  (YES!  TEN)  just to get it outta my name!!     The guy couldn’t hand me that Hamilton fast enough!!    And I’ll have that #1,100 loan paid off by June September 2017.     All’s well that ends well…

Silly Soap

Nope, it wasn’t the soap that was silly, it was me.  Shock, shock, right??

Remember last year when I was pontificating about being too old to use broken, ugly stuff??  

Well, then what was the justification for this???

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Fancy dancy soap dispenser, order yours now!

Um, straight up laziness, is all I can plead.  No excuses, especially since I’m even older than when I wrote that!

Even worse, look at the counter.  Shameful, shame I say.

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Shock and horror that a slob would have a mess!

And nobody to blame but myself.   So annoying!   Sometimes, I regret living alone!  At least when 1 other person lived with me, I could always delude myself that everything was their fault!  (Even when it wasn’t, as was usually the case, if I have to be honest.)

There, now isn’t that better??

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Ah! Lavender, my love!

And it took all of maybe 60 seconds to pour the soap in it, and throw away recycle the bottle.  Take that, laziness!

I even took a few extra seconds, to wipe down the counter and throw away the bowl.  (Yes, it’s been sitting there for over a month, and…..?  The point is, it’s gone now.  Just be happy.)

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So, so pretty!  Thank you, Jeanette, my neighbor for the lovely lavender soap dispenser.  (She doesn’t even like purple, of any shade.  GASP!  I know!  I feel sorry for her too!)

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Strawberry Sessions

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7 Strawberry Daiquiri, part 8, Strawberry School, part 9, Strawberry Struggles.

Strawberry Girl was in the hospital, flat of her back.  Her broken back.

After 5 days, she was moved into a rehab facility for therapy.  It was hard work!  She was in a wheelchair, because it hurt so bad to walk.

Wheel_chairTherapy was not fun.  But she made friends, and was as okay as she possibly could be, considering.

Strawberry Girl realized she would be nearly helpless, once she went home.  So, she decided to beg Ranch Man to forgive her, and come back to her.  Fortunately, he did.

So, now Ranch Man

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was doing all the work.  He took care of Strawberry Girl, in her wheelchair, and the Strawberry Grandbaby.  He and the Strawberry Grandbaby went on walks, and he took Strawberry Girl places, with the Strawberry Grandbaby on her lap.

Strawberry Girl was not doing well mentally, so back to the hospital she went, to the Ward again.

And again.  And again.  three times in 12 months, she went back to the Ward.  The nurses, and counselors, and her doctors knew her by name, and told her to “Get well!  Don’t come back here again!”

She began going to weekly counseling sessions.  That helped.

By this time, she had graduated to a walker, instead of the wheelchair.  So, she was able to get around better, and do stuff.

She decided to start…..

To Be Continued…..

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Strawberry Struggles

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7 Strawberry Daiquiri, part 8, Strawberry School.

and got pregnant. Everyone was so happy that a Strawberry Grandbaby was on the way!

But, all was not well.  Strawberry Girl, and Ranch Man had been having problems.  So, Strawberry Girl and Strawberry Giant Daughter moved out to their own place.

A month later, the Strawberry Grandbaby was born to much fanfare!!

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Strawberry Girl, and Strawberry Giant Daughter were so thrilled!

Finally, Strawberry Girl was an Omie, grand mother, her second life long ambition, after being a mother!

She did everything for Strawberry Giant Daughter, and  Strawberry Grandbaby.

After 10 months, Strawberry Girl was so tired, and worn out, she didn’t know what to do.  Strawberry Giant Daughter had gone back to work, and taking care of a baby, and the house had exhausted Strawberry Girl.

One day, she was at a friend’s house, so unattentive to what she was doing, she tripped over something in the hall, and fell.

PAIN!!

A frantic call to 911.  Paramedics, firemen, confusion.

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To Be Continued……

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Strawberry School

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7, Strawberry Daiquiri.

divorce Strawberry Girl.  She had so many problems, and acted out against what she should be doing, and damaged her marriage.

It was a sad time for the whole family.

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But, life went on…

Fast forward several years.  Strawberry Girl met and married Ranch Man.

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She was still acting out, and doing wrong stuff. Her girls had both decided to go live with Man Giant.

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Strawberry Girl was so sad, but she knew it was best for the girls.

Strawberry Girl decided to start teaching again, because she really hadn’t been using her mind for a long time.

It was okay for 2 years.  Then, she was diagnosed with Manic Depression.  Finally, everything started to make sense.  Her drinking, depression, and other things were all part of another disease.  It helped Strawberry Girl to get on the right kind of medication.

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Mama had come back to live with her again, so Strawberry Girl once again had someone cleaning up her messes, and clutter.  So, she got along for a while.

Then, tragedy struck.  Strawberry Girl had a nervous breakdown, and had to go back to the hospital.

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She couldn’t work for 9 months.  And, it happened again, several times.

The 3rd time, Strawberry Girl realized she better quit teaching while she could still be coherent.  So, she got on disability.

About this time, the first Strawberry Giant Daughter came back to live with Strawberry Girl, and Ranch Man.

This led to interesting adventures, but they’re not part of this story, alas.  Maybe another day….

Strawberry Giant Daughter fell in love……..

To Be Continued….

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Man Giant

(Part one, Strawberry City, if you missed it yesterday.)

A Man Giant standing there!!

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Incredulously, she said “Hi.”

Man Giant mutely nods head.

Miffed, Strawberry Girl repeats herself, ” Hi.”

Another mute response.

Strawberry Girl,  “Well if he won’t talk, bring another one.”  she huffed, irately.

Her friends chorused, “Sorry, this is the only one we know.”

Man Giant had been struck dumb by her beauty.  And he fell instantly in love.

He pursued her.  Literally.  He invited her to Bible study, and offered her a ride.  She refused, so he rode  his chariot

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by her side as she walked, to ensure her safety.

At the feast afterwards, he eagerly offered to pay.  She ingraciously accepted, but then ignored him.

Man Giant persistently  showed his love for her, by serving her in any way he could.

On the last day of the year, Strawberry Girl finally agreed to take a ride with him, on his Charger.

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It became a horribly rainy night, as they rode home.

Suddenly, they were galloping on air, instead of terra firma.  Strawberry Girl screamed her terror……..

To Be Continued….

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