Victim: Vanronica

I don’t know quite how to break this to you, Gary….  but Vanronica might have to be put down.     

She broke another leg.

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Oh no!! Poor Vanronica!

The 4th one this year!!      Well, technically, she broke the same one twice, front left, and then a right front, and now the rear right.

 

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Eeww! She needs her hooves filed, or something!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Maybe we need to repave her track???)

Thankfully, XH is a tire man, and always rides to the rescue when I call!!       What would I do without him??         Well, this time I’d be walking!

Thank you, XH, for rescuing me again!!

 


I know who to blame this time!!     And I’m gonna name and blame!!

IRMA!!       Good thing she’s already hightailed it outta town!        I’d be after her with a vacuum, to suck her up!

Oops!!        I’m sorry!         I was trying to avoid saying her name again!!         Yep, this makes the 5th time!

Another Irma post, brought to you by the letter  “V”, and spaghetti.

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Purse Purging

(More info about Irma stuff, when I can get the pesky pix to load!!)

That time of year again; ye ole annual purging o’ the purse.        Since I have a fairly small one now, it could probably be bumped up to biannually, at least!

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*Gasp!!* An orange purse??? PurpleSlob, are you sick??

I know, I know!     No one I know can believe I bought an orange one!!

Here’s the pix of this go round.          Start.

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Da dark depths of da dungeon. I mean purse.

1 lonely earring.    That I’ve only worn once, cuz I hate intensely dislike the colors.   (Well, I brought them to coordinate with a shirt, that then I got rid of too, cuz I don’t like those colors.    DUH!)

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1 lonely earring. 1 piece clear trash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many purple pens do I need in my purse??  

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1 lil, 2 lil, 3 lil pens!

Hint: probably not this many.         And I definitely don’t need the orange one!       No matter what color my purse is!

Receipts, mostly trash.     Except the one for rent, and the one with survey code for free Wendy’s sandwich!

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Mostly useless receipts.

Some more VIT= very important trash.

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DD1’s credit card, to get gas, in Vanronica.     Yeah, that was pretty much purged immediately, back into her hot little hand!         (DD’s, not Vanronicas’!)        But honey, it was orange, and I just couldn’t see it against the lining of my purse!

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DD1’s debit.

2 things hand sanitizer.      Since one is Norwex, guess which one is being purged??

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Who’s hands are the dirtiest??

I had previously purged the useless, long, skinny strap:

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Useless, long, skinny strap: gone!

Finally, we’re down to the lining.    

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Yucky mess! (So what else is new??)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning the lining will have to wait for another day.       I’m bushed!     Lol.

An 8 house post.      Brought to you by the letter “P”, and the color orange.

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Plotted Plants

The 8 House series:

(Which my Sis, Shirley, asked me not to post every time.    How’s this, girl?     Any better?)

House’s Home

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Plant Play

Today’s Plan: Plotted Plants

After last time in the garden, I was left with a farmer’s French tip mani.

Actually, a negative French tip:  black where it’s supposed to be white!

But, I had hardly touched the flower beds, so I had to go back out, and brave the heat, once again.

So, Thurs morning, after I dropped DD1 off at work, I came home, and it was only 8 am. The sun was barely touching the side of the house, and the ground was still wet with dew.      I thought, “Eh, I might as well weed some.      Then, I’ll reward myself with a long nap!!”        You know how I looooove my naps!

First I had to just stop a second, and admire my work!!         Then face today’s task.

Do you how hard it is to bend over, and pull weeds??           When you’re 5’10”??         And have a big, fat tummy, from regaining ALL the weight you had previously lost???    

Just in case you have no idea, from personal experience, it’s very!!        Hard, that is.

I managed to get this much done, before I almost dropped.     I only weeded close to the lamp post, so I could lean on it.    I gotta get a gardening stool, or somethin!!  

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Yay!! Good thing I have long arms!!

Yes, you can see the tip of PP’s shoe, because I took this after pic, much later!        And I believe that pale blur is PPJr’s leg.

By the time I get the whole flower bed weeded, it’ll be next year!!

I know that’s not very positive, but I know myself!!

Besides, I do have a very good excuse for not being out in the sun.         Really!        I do! The severest side effect of one of my meds is- the reaction of my skin to the sun.      It causes damage, not to mention how hideous it looks!

So, sorry, I can’t come outside and help you mow/set up your yard sale/ teach you to ride a bike/ play lawn darts.       My pharmacist said No!

However, if I park close enough to the house, I can usually make it to Vanronica, without bursting into flames!! 

 

Workshop Working

Oops!    This is a Seven Seconds Series post, and I forgot to alliterate it to that.       Drats!     Oh well, hopefully we will all live thru it!

Seven Seconds

Second Seven Seconds

Second Seven Seconds Sequel  

Seven Seconds Scullery 

Seven Seconds Scullery Spices

Seven Seconds Scullery Scape

Seven Seconds Scullery Sunder

Seven Seconds Scullery

Seven Seconds Scullery Spices

Seven Seconds Scullery Scape

Seven Seconds Scullery Sunder

Seven Seconds Scullery Scrape

Seven Seconds Scullery Scaffolding

Seven Seconds Scullery Second Scraping

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Seven Seconds Sisters’ Scene

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Seven Seconds Shed

Seven Seconds Shed Seconds

Seven Seconds Sinking

Seven Seconds Second Sinking

Seven Seconds Shade

Seven Seconds Siesta

Whirled thru working on the workshop today.    (Sat.  Should have done it Wed!!)

In an hour, I quick sorted thru half of the workshop!!       I couldn’t believe I went so fast!  DD1 was there, helping me.      She looked thru boxes very quickly, if it wasn’t even mine, she put it on the trash pile.       Things that weren’t sentimental, not personal ornaments, new stuff that I forgot I bought, etc, she could donate, or discard for me.   

I kept a couple boxes of pictures, etc, that I need to take my time to go thru at a later date.  But so much stuff I let go!!     Very proud of myself!     And so was she!      She really has been a wonderful cheerleader, in this process.     She acknowledges how hard it is for me to give up stuff, and she applauds every effort I make to trim down.       Thank you, honey!!

The paving bricks, left big pic on bottom, I gave away last Thurs, on Freecycle.      I was so glad to see them waltz away, under someone else’s heavy lifting power, not mine!!     And XH was grateful, too!      He’s been helping me so much, in this purging, and packing up to move process!

I was so tired, (it was HOT in there!), that I forgot to take after pix.      Ah well.     Tomorrow’s another day!       It’ll still be there!        I haven’t signed the title, and given the keys to the new owner yet!       I’m still waiting for him to be approved by the park.      He only came to look at it Wed.    So, I’m trying to chill my jets!

DD1, and I will be moving in together, to facilitate taking care of the girls more easily, and the sharing of Vanronica.      We’ve looked at several places.     Even put a deposit on one, moved the furniture in, and then I decided I really couldn’t live there.     I know!!    Why can’t I listen to my gut feelings the FIRST time????     Anyway, we are supposed to get back half our deposit, when the lady re-rents it (for realz that time).      So, only cost me $400, plus turn on fees for gas, and electric.      Quite an expensive lesson!      But, it would have been far worse, to actually move in, and suffer!!      My mental, physical, and emotional health are far too valuable to me now, to not live peacefully, and comfortably.

(There were code enforcement cases open on the property, parking was a nightmare, the only play space was all concrete, and DD1 and I would have had to share a bedroom.     And the very worse thing of all_ the potty space was too tiny!!!!     I knew better than to say yes, at the time, but squelched my instinctive NO!, just so we’d have a place right away.     The decision was made out of fear on my part.    And I had already promised myself not to let fear run my life anymore.      So, to stay true to myself, I had to suck it up, and cancel the deal.     DD1 was disappointed, so was the landlady, but better they are disappointed, than I live torn in half against myself.     And scraping the hide off my thighs every 3 hours!!)

After an hour’s rest, I asked SF to let me borrow his car, and go back over, to bag up the trash, and the donations.     But instead, he came with me.     Even better!!

And that meant I could take some after pix!     Yay!

Then, he and I went thru more stuff, that she and I didn’t get to. 

Whew!   The results of 2 more hours work!      Well worth the effort!

He piled all the donates outside, on the carport.  

                                                                   Isn’t it lovely??!!

Look at that glorious humongous pile!! I feel tremendously accomplished today!!

 

Previous House Time: 20 hrs 38 min

Workshop Time: 2 hrs x 2 people= 4 hrs   (It was 3 different people, but only 2 people each hour.     Does that clear up the mud?)

Total House Time: 24 hrs 38 min

I’m so exhausted, I.can’t.even.move.    (In more ways than 1!)

 

Seven Seconds Sisters’ Scene

All the blathering-ons, this time around.

Seven Seconds

Second Seven Seconds

Second Seven Seconds Sequel

Seven Seconds Scullery

Seven Seconds Scullery Spices

Seven Seconds Scullery Scape

Seven Seconds Scullery Sunder

Seven Seconds Scullery Scrape

Seven Seconds Scullery Scaffolding

Seven Seconds Scullery Second Scraping

SS Scullery Scrapings, Scobblelotcher

Seven Seconds Sisters’ Scene- today.

I’m still NOT done in the scullery, anyone surprised??, but after 8 days in there, I had to move on, to the bedrooms.      (Day Four, on Ashley’s totally fictional, for me, schedule.     I really don’t mean to make fun of Ashley.     I’m sure she is a wonderful person, and an organizational whiz.      It’s just that her schedule is totally, TOTALLY, unrealistic for a slob, purple or otherwise.    And for hoarders, or possible hoarders.)

So, here are the obligatory befores:

The Sisters’ Scene, (of the crime- messy and cluttered- guilty as charged, Your Honor!)

But!!    There is a small space of cleared carpet in that first pic!!     There is hope!!

Okay, so it was time to wade into this ocean of…..   of…..    of treasures, oh I mean junk!

Tell the truth now!!      Oh, okay then, some treasures, lots of donatable junk, oh I mean stuff.

DD1 and I worked in there 1 hr, and 15 min!!      We both were so proud of ourselves!!       We would have broken our own arms, patting ourselves on the back, but since there were 2 of us, we could do it to each other, thereby saving 2 huge ER bills!!         Yay for saving money, and time!!

We cleared off the dresser!!      We cleared out all the toys!!     (To be gone thru at a later time.    We were exhausted!!)     We cleared out the Christmas tree!!     Poor PP almost had a heart attack, watching it go by, out the door.     The only thing that calmed her down was assurances that it was ONLY going to the shed, to wait for next Christmas.      Heaven help us if someone tries to donate it!!

We ended up with lots of actual trash, broken stuff, and unusable clothes, torn or whatever.   No pix.    Are ya sad???    And tons of donate items!       (Oops! Forgot to photograph those.     No worries!!      Since I had to drive over here to SF’s, Vanronica is just outside.      Hold on, while I ran out and snap some pix!     Be right back!

 


Huff, puff….. I’m back!!     Hope that wasn’t too long to make u wait!

Oh no! I forgot to take pix of the end results!     Drats!!

Oh well, just imagine it looking so much more, empty!

                                                                                  In the first dresser drawer, were the cords.           

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The infamous cord drawer, from Scullery Scape.

  In the second, 1 shirt.  Yup!    1.    

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1 single, solitary, solo shirt.

All the other drawers were empty!     And here I have been having to store all their clothes in the crib, all this time!              Yeah, right, HAVING TO!      Suuuurrre!!

Closet afters:

So nice, and empty!!     The little white pinafore I made for DD1, and PP wore it!      So, I’m excited to put it on PPJr, and get some pix!!      It’s still a little big tho, at the moment.

Here’s the donate piles, that I ran strolled outside to get.

 

Diapers, shoes, and clothes, for the New Life Center for Family Preservation.      When my 2 outgrow it, they get it!      If they can’t use it with their clients, then they can sell it in their NLC Boutique!  

2013 E Main St     Lakeland, FL   33801

Please go by, and buy!!

 

 

 

Vanronica is loaded, and ready to run!!

Total House Time before Today: 6 hr 28 min

Plus 1 hr and 15 min in Sisters’ Scene= 7 hr 43 min.

And I already realize I can’t just yell “Dun!” and run……

More’s the pity.    But I made the mess, and I’ve been lying in it, and I don’t like it anymore!!

Patrick’s Page

This was my St Patrick’s Day post from 2015.        Wearing O’ the Green.

So, this year I thought I’d research it a tiny bit more.         Here’s what I learned.

From the website: http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/real-st-patrick.html

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The “Real St. Patrick”

“Patrick isn’t really a Saint with a capital S, having never been officially canonized by Rome. And Patrick couldn’t have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes there to begin with.”

“Though he was not solely responsible for converting the island, Patrick was quite successful. He made missionary journeys all over Ireland, and it soon became known as one of Europe’s Christian centers. This, of course, was very important to fifth-century Christians, for whom Ireland was one of the “ends of the earth.”

 

But, he DID use the shamrock to explain the Trinity, right??

Well, according to this website, no.     It was all just legends.

http://catholichotdish.com/the-pastors-page/saint-patrick-the-shamrock-and-the-trinity/

“There are several popular legends about how St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the mystery of the Trinity.”

Being as how I wasn’t there, I am not gonna argue the point.      I do think it’s a great illustration!

Alright, now on to my St Patrick’s Day stuff.           You already saw my mantel.

slob, humor, St Pat's Day shelf   From Seven Seconds Scullery Scape.

Now, here’s my porch door, outside.   

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                                  Front door, outside.                       Front door, inside.                                              

And I also put one on Vanronica’s window, PP’s side.    And immediately she said “Wheah’s baby _____(PPJr)’s??”         Bless her heart, for being so sweet to her baby sister!!         (Now, I gotta go take one down off the mantel, and tape it to the baby’s side!!)                                   

  Here’s some funny stuff I saw at the store.

I want these tights!!     Of course, I’d have to wear them on my arms…..                                       And the white fuzzy things are leg warmers!!!     LOL

Ok, so that’s all the green I got going on today.

Thinking Thankfully

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!!        I do hope y’all are all spending the day with family, and friends       And that you’re giving thanks for your many blessings!!

If you have food, you’re blessed!     If you have a dry, safe place to sleep, you’re blessed!       If you’re alive, and well, you’re blessed!

And the biggest blessing of all is if you have Jesus!!

I’m so thankful for all my many blessings.     I can’t even name ’em all here.     WP would probably cancel my page, due to the humongously long load time!

So, I’ll try to just make a short list.

  • God!!
  • Family!!     
  • Friends!
  • Church!
  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!
  • You my readers!!
  • Food!
  • My house!
  • Vanronica!

And on, and on, and on…

I’m writing this Sunday night, and here’s what I just spent 1 1/2 hours doing:

Can you guess??

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You got it in 1!!      Homemade Thanksgiving cards.     (Or should I say “hand”made cards?!?

Well worth it, wouldn’t you say!      (And yes, for those sharp eyed readers, I did “edit”  PPJr’s hand a little!)    slob, humor, traced baby hand       This just wasn’t gonna do!!

 

To all my Readers,    Happy Thanksgiving!      

Love, PurpleSlob, AKA Purplelinda, Melinda

 

 

 

 

DD2’s a Doctor!!

YAYAYAYAY!!

As of May 20, 2016, DD2 is a Doctor!!   If you heard a tremendous noise that Friday, around 5 pm, EST, it was our family screaming for her, as she walked on stage to receive her doctorate!

Just hearing her name being called, (for the 3rd time in a graduation ceremony!!!) made me tear up with pride!   She is so smart, and dedicated!!   After HS, she has persevered, and labored for 9 long years, for this achievement!!

Kim has always been determined.   When she declared she was going to be an eye doctor, I knew she’d do it!!   When she puts her mind to it, nothing is impossible!

Here we are, after the ceremony.

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Proud Mama and Doctor!!

 

(Lookit the pretty flowers.  They’re a whole nother story!!)

Here’s some of the family.   (At Golden Corral, after the ceremony.   Can’t celebrate without food, amiright???)

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Me, Cuz Britt, Aunt Sherry, Dr. Kim

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YAY, Grandmama! Thanks for the flowers!

 

Celebrating!!!   {I just can’t get enough of saying Dr. Kim!!   My baby is a Doctor!!}

 

 

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“Good night, y’all!”

 

Dr. Kim saying a final bye.  

[Oh yeah, Vanronica is photobombing!  OR is it Dr. KIM who is photobombing Vanronica??]

Dr. Kim’s on her way to being the Surgeon General of Optometrists!

What??   There’s no such thing??    Trust me, she’ll MAKE it a thing!!

 

Congratulations on your success, Dr. Kim!!!

 

Van Vetting

The van didn’t really need vetting, but that’s a good alliterative title!

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Chrysler Town and Country. Nice! Stow and Go- luxury model even! I’ve moved up in the world!

 

It was Sis’ van, so I knew it was in good working condition.   She had even just bought brand new tires in January!   Woo hoo!   And, she had a oil change plan, that had 2 free oil changes left on it!   Double woo hoo!!

But then, when I took it in, they discovered a HUGE problem!

A tail light bulb was out!!   What would I ever do??   If I drove down the road like that, no one would see me stop!   They’d crash into me and I’d die!!

And it cost SO much money!!   They wanted a whole SEVEN dollars!!   Yes, I said SEVEN!!   Highway robbery, almost!   

Instead, Sweet friend fixed it for free!   Cuz super Sis already had the bulb in the van, waiting!   Triple woo hoo!!

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Lookit at the love Sis left me! (Look at the steering wheel.)

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All the back seats fold into the floor. So cool!

See how handy??   There’s even room to carry a washing machine back there!!   True story!

Okay, I think I’ve convinced you that I got a FABULOUS deal from my generous Sister.   It was more than generous!   (What’s the next level up from generous??)

Pssst   remember that google thesaurus thing we talked about??   This would be the time to use it again.

 

Magnanimous!   That’s it!   My magnanimous Sister!!   Thank you again, a million times, Sis!!   I love you!   And not just cuz of the van, either!

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LOVE!

Okay. Down to the business of naming the van.

Wow, I’m already at 277 words!  That went quick!   Can y’all hang in there with me, for a little bit??   Or ya want me to split up this post??

I can’t hear you!!

So, with there being no “nay” votes, onward we go!

Mama suggested “Silver” as a name.   But I already explained why that’s a no.

Then Gary jumped into the fray.  His quick mind came up with all kinds of suggestions!

“Vanity” from “Verity” was a good one.   So was “Vanonica” from “Veronica”.    I just took that 1 step further, and ta da!   

Her name is now, and forever more shall be “Her Royal Majesty the Queen of all Vans,  Vanronica”

Vanronica for short.

Thanks Gary for all your help!!