January 30, 2008

The more things change….

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:21 pm by sillydreamer

I’ve lived in my little town now for about 25 years and I love it.   It’s really grown a lot in the last few years and is starting to lose that small town feel.  We now have many chain restaurants and departments stores as well as several new subdivisions springing up.  It wasn’t too many years ago that if someone told you what street they lived on, you knew exactly where it was and probably a few of their neighbors.  If you went shopping or out to eat, you would see someone you knew at every turn.  That’s not so much the case anymore.

I’m okay with all the changes.  It’s nice to have more places to choose from and it brings valuable tax dollars to us.  Sometimes when I’m out and about I’m amazed at how much we’ve grown and changed.  What is that saying though, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”?  Here is a direct quote from our newspaper today. 

“I credit the people of Ellis County for using common sense in not burning or apparently not throwing out cigarettes,” Hudgins said. “We have had a lot of moisture lately, but these winds will dry the ground out quick as a lamb’s tail.”

I’m pretty sure you won’t read the phrase “quick as a lamb’s tail” in most newspapers.  LOL!!!!!  That’s why I love my town 🙂

January 29, 2008

Tuesday’s 10

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:04 pm by sillydreamer

I haven’t done one of these in forever so here you go!

10 Things I will do today

1.  Work on getting my tax stuff together

2.  Call the school and tell them that two of my kids are staying home.  They’re not sick, they are just using up their one skip day that I allow them a year.  Of course, I won’t be sharing that fact with the school though 🙂

3.  Take my fingernail polish off and think about repainting them.

4.  Cook dinner

5.  Take Haley to her Driver’s Ed class tonight

6.  Do some research online for computers since we are probably going to buy a new one in the next couple of months.

7.  Sew the borders onto the quilt I am working on.

8.  Make a trip to Wal-Mart

9.  Think about dusting the living room (notice how much I committed to that lol)

10.  Make some strawberry daiquiris this evening 🙂

January 28, 2008

To and Too

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:34 pm by sillydreamer

As I’m driving home from picking one of my kids up from a sleep over the other day, I look up and notice a new sign company that’s gone into business in my town.   Their slogan is “no sign to big or to small”.   I’m thinking if you are in the business of making signs, you probably  need to know the difference between “to” and “too”, don’t you?  LOLOLOL!

January 24, 2008

It pays to be informed

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:24 pm by sillydreamer

I’ll try to make this short and not too technical boring because it’s definitely worth telling.

Several months ago my check engine light came on in the van.  We had it checked out at an auto parts store, they hook it up for free and give you a code that tells you what the problem is.  We discovered it was something to do with the car’s computer system.  There is a more technical name but basically it’s the computer.  It’s ok to drive but something that eventually will need to be fixed.  In the mean time, we start to hear a slight knocking noise in the front end, usually when driving over the speed bumps at school.

We take it in to the dealership, explain our concerns and wait for their call, which we never got, we had to go down and find out what was going on.  The mechanic gives this big dramatic breakdown of $1700 because we need a new rack and pinion steering and something done to the computer.  They also began giving us a list of things that we should get done that would also be included in that price.  Ok thanks, we’ll get back with you.  We don’t like this dealership anyway so we decided to go with someone else.

The new rack and pinion steering that would have cost us $700 was not needed.  Another mechanic put some new bushing or bearings, not sure of the name, but am sure that those parts were $20 and with the labor we paid around $100 to fix the problem with the knocking noise.  So we’ve gone from needing to spend $700 to spending around $100.  Not bad huh?

It gets better.

My hubby gets on the computer yesterday just doing a little research on this code and guess what?  The replacement of the computer is actually under an extended emmisions warranty through the dealership.  We call another dealership and ask them and they confirm this.  They tell us to bring the van in so they can have a look.  They say yes, we need to have it replaced which would normally cost $3000 but would be free of charge. 

Now, if this dealership knew this, don’t you think the original dealership also knew this?  You bet they did!  Getting informed, especially when you have access to a computer, is free and it’s so important because there are so many businesses out there that are not honest and are looking to make a quick buck off of you.  I know there are also many, many good, honest businesses out there too but the sucky ones make it harder for them.  I’ll never set foot in our local dealership again and I’ll tell everyone I know about my experience with them.  On the same token, I am going to tell everyone about the great experience I had with the other dealership and will remember them when it’s time for my next car 🙂

January 23, 2008

Quilt pictures

Posted in cherokee charmer tagged , at 4:49 am by sillydreamer

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I got the pattern for this quilt here It was very easy and fun. It took me quite awhile because I did all the quilting by hand. I liked the way it turned out but it was a slow process.
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  Because this one was so easy and I liked it so much, I’ve already began working on another one for Holly. I think I’ll be machine quilting this one though LOL!
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January 22, 2008

It’s Done!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:27 pm by sillydreamer

First of all, sorry I haven’t been around much in the last week.  I had set a goal to finish the quilt I was working on and that’s what I’ve been doing.  Actually my goal was by the end of last year and that came and went so I had to buckle down and get serious.  So that’s what my week has been filled with and I’m glad to announce

da da da dum………

It’s done!!!!

I will upload some pictures in a just a little bit.  I just wanted to share my excitement 🙂

January 14, 2008

Kharma

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10:01 pm by sillydreamer

You gotta be careful

if you believe.

Those actions, those words,

those thoughts that no one sees.

Not punishment or retribution

only the effects of your actions

so watch out

be careful.

Think positive

act positive

be positive.

January 13, 2008

Is this the mall or the carnival

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:51 am by sillydreamer

Going to the mall is really starting to bug me.  You can no longer walk through at your lesiure; you are constantly harassed by the kiosk people!  It’s so annoying!  It really makes you think you are at a carnival rather than the mall.  Mall management needs to get a clue because it’s a real turn off.

January 11, 2008

A Fish Tale

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 3:46 pm by sillydreamer

First of all, take a moment to peek over at the right side of the screen to the calender and note that I have blog something for 5 days straight now!  That is a record for me.  Not saying that I blogged anything noteworthy, but I did blog 🙂

Now on to my story…..

Almost 3 years ago I purchased a beautiful red betta fish, Reggie the Red Fin Fish, Reggie for short.  He’s in a vase in my kitchen window and he and I spend lots of time together.  I think he’s lived a very long life for a betta and I’ve enjoyed his company.  He doesn’t backtalk, make a mess or disagree with me in any way.  He swims to the side and watches me as I clean the kitchen and causes no drama in this house.  For this I am thankful. 

Now here’s my dilemma.

A few weeks before Thanksgiving I noticed he wasn’t swimming as much and gradually he’s spending more and more time on the bottom of the vase.  He will swim up to get his food but basically floats back down to the bottom.  I’ve taken most of the water out in the past couple of days so he doesn’t have to swim up as high to eat.  I know what’s coming, he’s dying.  I’m not in love with this fish but I hate to see him suffering.  My family thinks I need to flush him and put him out of his misery but I don’t think I can do that.  Not that I’m emotionally attached, I mean, he’s just a fish, but I don’t think I can just toss him out.  I don’t like seeing him the way he is so part of me wonders if I need to just do it.  He’s not going to get any better and I fully expect to go in the kitchen and see that he’s finally died any day now.  Then again, I’ve been thinking that for almost 2 months now. 

Now I know in the grand scheme of life, this isn’t a problem at all.  I’m just wondering what is the “right” thing to do.  What do you think?

January 10, 2008

2 More Birthday Girls

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:20 pm by sillydreamer

dsc01635.jpgToday is Heather and Holly’s 16th birthday!!!!!  I can’t believe I am the Mom of a 17 year old and two 16 year olds!  LOL!  But I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I am truly blessed and thankful for my family.  Happy birthday little Twinsies 🙂

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