Monday, December 11, 2017

Dec. 11 - Sweet Fixations Haul

While I haven't been a wax blogger for a while now, I have still be enjoying wax.  And while I shouldn't be spending extra money right now because of Christmas and our barn project, I couldn't help but place an order when I saw that Sweet Fixations had added new scents.

Let's just dive in and take a look!

Apple Cider Donuts - 'Grab a blanket and curl up with this cozy scent of yummy apple cider and fried donuts.'

There were a few new fall scents that were added too late for this seasonal melter but I ordered them anyway and will tuck them away for next year.  And this one is amazing!  It has an immediate warm and spicy apple cider note but it's so quickly followed by the yummy pastry note that the blend seems almost seamless.  After the initial sniff, the donut part of it does seem a bit more dominant but it's the apple cider you recognize first.  The spice is not overwhelming, just warming things up in a cozy way.  Oh my gosh, this is going to be excellent next fall!

Pumpkin Chai - 'Hot chai tea with a hint of spice and baked pumpkin dessert. Has all of the fall / winter notes you'll love.'
 Another of the new fall scents, and of course I had to have it.  Pumpkin AND chai?  Uh, yes, please.  This is another seamless blend.  The chai notes are there, warmly spiced and clearly tea (as opposed to chai latte, which is a creamy scent).  The pumpkin equally there but on a very tolerable level.  Some people find pumpkin scents too heavy.  I was surprised to find I wasn't enjoying that heaviness this fall.  I don't get a lot of the 'baked dessert' that's mentioned in the description but I do get the sort of tangy pumpkin scent, like puree from the can.  Very nice blend!
Pumpkin Chai Eggnog - '(SF Blend) Pour up a cup of this delicious blend of pumpkin chai and creamy eggnog.'
 And here is a very nice, much creamier version of the previous scent.  The eggnog threatens to overwhelm the pumpkin chai but I do still detect the crisper tea notes.  Although this is eggnog, I will set this aside and melt it next fall instead because of the pumpkin and spice.

Dear Santa - 'Just in time for the holidays a wonderful fruity blend with a hint of vanilla, some clove and orange.'
This is an interesting scent.  I thought the orange and spice would make it much more of a holiday type scent but it's actually quite sweet and fruity.  There is a thick, almost creaminess to it, something like a hint of bubble gum lurking deep within.  The spiced orange IS there, but very softly around the edges.  This is a nice enough scent that could be melted any time of year.

Better Not Pout - '(SF Blend) A magical blend of Elf Sweat and Dear Santa! Great holiday scent or fun for any time of the year!'
 I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet and fruity scents.  I do like to try all of the SF new scents though because you never know what you might be missing.  I know Elf Sweat is supposed to contain candy canes and a lot of sugary notes, so I know that slightly sharper edge of this comes from that.  It is a fruity scent just like the previous one (Dear Santa) but with a little more crispness where the other is more creamy.  This could also be melted any time of year, since the peppermint of the candy canes is not distinct enough to make it Christmas-y.

Sugar Milk - 'Sweet and condensed milk. Great to use for blending or a nice light scent on it's own! Reminds me of whipped cream also!'
I think I've had a Sugar Milk scent from elsewhere and seem to remember it being rather blah.  But hey, it was a new scent at SF and I was trying all the new scents, remember?  I actually don't like this one.  I remember the other one being sweet but with a sort of sour note.  This one reminds me more of the scent of straight up butter.  I'm not a scent blender, as this one is suggested for, so maybe I'll pass it on to someone who is.  Or I'll just toss it.  Bleah.  Lesson learned.
Iced Strawberry Lemonade - 'Cool off with this fun blend of icy berries, sweet sugar, and citrus.'
Mmm, this one is full of summer fun.  The citrus is subtle, adding just a touch of zip around the edges of the scent.  There is a strong sugar crystal type note to this.  It's neat how you can imagine the specifics of that just by sniffing it.  I do get a strawberry note, sort of weaving itself among the other notes and pulling it all together.  This will be nice in the warmer days of late spring and early summer.

Those were all of the new scents.  I also picked up a few old favorites just to fill up my Christmas scent stash, which is a little skimpy this year.

Candy Cane- 'Sweet cool mint candy. Great holiday scent.'
 One of my absolutely must-haves for Christmas.  A very nice peppermint that's not too sharp, as some straight-up peppermints can be.

Spiked Eggnog - 'A yummy holiday drink with vanilla, rum, and nutmeg!'
Another of my holiday must-haves, this is probably my favorite eggnog scent that I've ever had from anywhere.  It has that familiar eggnog 'sour' note, and spice to softly warm it, but it also has rum note and that's what seals the deal for me.  You should have this in your holiday stash!
Butterscotch Eggnog - '(SF Blend) Buttery butterscotch and creamy holiday eggnog.'
 I've also come to love this slightly sweeter version of my beloved eggnog must-have.  The butterscotch boosts the rum note while toning down that 'sour' note.  This might be the one for those 'sour' haters.
Gingerbread - 'Richly spiced gingerbread, nutmeg, and clove with just the right hint of sweetness.'
 Another must-have for me during the holiday season.  Sometimes I go back and forth on what type of gingerbread scent I like, the darker, spicier one or the sweeter one more like a gingerbread house.  This one leans towards the darker, spicier type, rich in molasses, but has just enough sweetness to keep it from being harsh.

Sugar & Spice - 'A sweet, strong cinnamon mixed with holiday fruits and spice.'
 I go back and forth on this one too, whether I like it more for fall or for Christmas.  On cold sniff right now, this is very spicy and sort of 'dry,' much more fall-like.  But I do remember it coming more alive once melted, with the deep spiced fruit notes really coming out.  I usually have a couple of these on hand each year, one for fall and one for Christmas.  lol

Hot Apple Cider - 'A cup of hot apple cider to warm you up on a cozy fall night. Cinnamon, clove and spices.'
This was not listed as a new scent, yet I don't remember ever having it from SF.  Why haven't I?  Because I never used to be a cider fan and always passed it by?  This is why it's so awesome when vendors include freebies, because we get to try things we might otherwise miss.  I love this one!  Ohhh, it's just a gorgeous, deep, spiced apple cider scent.  It has depth and richness, almost a hint of creaminess, which I know is weird for cider but it just works.  This is going on my Fall Must-Haves list for sure!
Cranberry Pomegranate - 'Sweet fruits and cranberries with traces of green and sugary vanilla.'
This is the other of the freebies included with my order.  I was excited at first when I saw that it was cranberry but no, this is not the type of cranberry scent I like for fall.  This is very sweet and pretty, with an almost powdery background note.  I like deeper, darker, spiced cranberry scents.  This is almost candy sweet.  I'll probably pass this on to someone else, someone who enjoys this type of sweet cranberry.
That is my order.  I'm quite happy with it, and quite happy just to be ordering wax again!
The scent shots at Sweet Fixations cost $1.75 each and usually have about 1.4-1.7 oz. of wax in each 2 oz. cup.   I like to cut mine in half.  Even 0.7 oz. in my tea light warmer gets me great results.

I placed my order on Friday, November 24 and received it on Thursday, December 7.  Shipping was flat rate $7.40, invoiced separately, and my order arrived in a padded priority envelope.

I've loved Sweet Fixations for many years now and will happily continue ordering from there.

Have you tried Sweet Fixations lately?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dec. 7 - Welcome Back Update

Well, hello there!  How are you all doing this holiday season?  As usual, I'm struggling with things and can't seem to find peace in anything lately.  I abandoned my blog for nearly a month and thought I was okay with the idea of never blogging again, but, well, here I am.

The barn project is still going.  To anyone but hubby and his friend, it seems that work has slowed to a snail's pace but in reality they are still doing a lot of things out there.  I just rarely go out there anymore, so I can never tell what's new.  They're working on things like shelves and cabinets for tools, getting layout of the machines and work stations finalized, things like that.  Still no fun crafty projects coming out of there yet though.  I'm getting anxious for that part of it all to start.

My own crafty woes seem closely related to the lack of crafty things coming from the barn end of Achy Joints.  I have brief surges of ambition and excitement about it all, and throw myself into it 110%, but then it seems to fizzle just as quickly when nothing comes from it.  Greeting cards and paper crafts are hard things to sell in this digital world.  I know things take time, and I know I have to self promote and help things along but it really is frustrating.  I'm thinking it might be a little easier once we have some actual wooden crafty items from the workshop.  Ya know, people buy home decor items more than they buy cards and treat boxes.  Once we have some little decorations I can help paint, and have those types of things to sell, maybe people will be more likely to add some cute little notecards or gift tags to their shopping cart.  So yeah, until crafty things start actually coming from the workshop, my own crafty ambitions fizzle and get shoved aside.  I'll probably putter if an urge hits me but I'm going to step back from purposeful production for now.

Having said all that, I do have some crafty things that I've bought in my bloggy absence.  I'll show those in another post, along with the few things I've made lately.  I just want to make this post a sort of recap/update after my month off.

I hit a deer on Nov. 27!  I was not hurt but my car has $2700 worth of work to be done and goes in next week for that.  It was such a stupid situation too.  I'd left work in an absolute rage that night.  I'm supposed to gather up paperwork at the end of my shift and make sure it's accounted for and put into the proper folders.  I skipped it that night and just stormed out, hopped into my car and was racing home.  It's dark when I drive home, and I live out in the country where there are tons of deer running around at this time of year.  I *knew* I was being crazy and was even telling myself to slow down and settle down, and -BAM- hit a deer.  As I sat in my car and waited for the cop to arrive to do the report, I was scolding myself, "If you'd just done the damn paperwork none of this would have happened!!!!"

I'm still working my way through all the seasons of Big Bang Theory.  I'm about half way through the seventh season now.  I found season nine really cheap in Walmart's Black Friday leftovers bins, and I ordered season eight when I was ordering some Christmas stuff, so all I need now is the tenth season.  (The current season on TV is the eleventh.)

The new season of Vikings has begun but I think I'm done with that show.  I suspected this at the end of last season when it became all about Ivar, and some other stupid things.  I watched part of this new season's premiere and was like 'Nah, done.'  Just like Game of Thrones, it feels like they just go for shock value now instead of telling a story.

I've been trying to get into that Versailles series but it's difficult.

Brand new series called Knightfall started last night.  We have it recorded but did not watch yet.  It's about the Knights Templar.

Work is work these days.  I was telling Julie I think my bad temper towards work is more related to my general life struggles than to work itself.  Like, has anything at work actually changed to make me so crabby?  Or am I just less tolerant of work that hasn't changed because I'm just frustrated with life outside of it?  Ya know?  Well, my workplace is still a mess but . . . lol

I'm not really feeling any holiday mood.  Thanksgiving was rather blah.  The boys were here, and Matt came over later but it was just blah.  We even tried to play Munchkin but Casey and I got so bored with it that we kept leaving the table when it wasn't our turn.  I put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving but didn't really put out any other decorations.  I'm okay with it because it's non-cluttered and will be easy to put away afterwards, but I'm also kinda bummed about it because it seems half-assed on my part.  It's just the way things are for me right now though, every little thing piling up and stealing my joy.  I have a couple extra days off work this coming weekend, and I'm not pressuring myself about crafts for now, so maybe I'll get this sanity train back on track soon.  I'm going to try and relax, watch more Big Bang Theory, and maybe take naps.

And hopefully keep blogging!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Nov. 23 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello!  I know I've sort of fallen off the earth these past two weeks but I still wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!  Do you have big plans for the day?  Traveling to family gatherings, or having family over to your home?  Watching the parade?  Watching football?  We are staying home and only having Ty and Casey over.  We'll have the big, traditional meal but it will be a casual day of football and maybe some Munchkin after that.

Be safe and be thankful, friends!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nov. 10

Today is the anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  I don't know how well known it is in other parts of the country but it's kind of a big deal around here since there is a Wisconsin connection.  I'm sure you all know the song.

[The video/song was supposed to be here.  No clue why it won't show up!]

 I wasn't nearly as productive today on my crafty stuff as I have been.  My mood dropped, my excitement fizzled, and my ambition withered away.  I don't even know why.  And now that the day is winding down I'm kicking myself for it.  I did make a bunch more of the little gift card envelopes, and started making the labels that will go on them, but never did fully complete any or get any listed in the shop.

I did watch a lot more Big Bang Theory though.

Today I am thankful for:

What are you thankful for today?

Nov. 9

Hmm, I seem to be falling into a habit of posting morning after recaps.  Last night I just did not feel like posting again.  It wasn't because I was crabby or anything.  In fact, I was in a great mood and very relaxed, which was why I just didn't want to bother.  I'm having a bit of a 'Why?' itch creeping back into my brain.  I'm not really posting anything worth noting anymore.  I'm not really sharing much.  My attention is fully on the crafting right now and I know that's lost me a lot of readers so yeah, it's kinda like . . . 'Why bother?'

Anyway, yesterday, the 9th, I worked pretty much full-time on Christmas craft stuff for the Etsy shop.  I've joked to people recently that my days off will now be working at my other job, and I was glad I actually stuck to it all day.  I finished 18 Christmas treat boxes and got them listed in the shop, then started making more gift card envelopes in the evening while hubby and I watched football.

I've finally started plowing my way through Big Bang Theory episodes.  I'd started from the beginning a few years ago, determined to watch all the way through and then start watching the current episodes weekly, but got sidetracked somewhere along the way.  I borrowed the DVDs from Ty again earlier this year (I think?) and am just now finally working on this monstrous marathon.  I'm about halfway through the third season.  Yeah, I have a long way to go.  LOL

Today I am thankful for:
Sheldon.  My gosh, I just love that guy.  He's so awkward but there is something so heartwarming in his honest view of things, in those times where his bumbling caring does show through.

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov. 8

There was some subtle weirdness at work, like an underlying vibe of something going on but I haven't figured out just what.  I heard there was a lot of drama yesterday, and not only had I called in but my supervisor hadn't worked either.  Apparently he got fed up enough the day before and decided to take a day off instead of the walking out that he wanted to do.  It's all so weird because it's felt a little bit like things were starting to change for the better lately.  Ah well, who knows with that place.

I was anxious to just get through work and get to my days off so I could get back to working on Christmas things.  Even if my paper order doesn't come, I can do other things like color the little images for the labels, get photos taken and some things listed in the shop, etc.

I've even been sleeping better the past couple nights!

Today I'm thankful for:
The check that came today from the farmer who rents our little bit of land.  It's just a small amount, but it definitely comes in handy at the moment.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nov. 7

I skipped work today.  There are a bunch of reasons and I felt bad about it all day but, well, yeah.  Because I stayed home I told myself I had to work at my 'other job' and got busy on Achy Joints stuff.  That was going pretty darn good until Ty showed up to do laundry and then we ended up just sitting around visiting about half of the day.  It was good to hang out with him for a while.

The Christmas paper that I ordered yesterday has shipped already today, so that's exciting.  I was showing Ty the little Christmas boxes and envelopes I've been working on and he thinks they're really cool.  He was less thrilled with the Thanksgiving ones, saying he couldn't really see a point for those.  And that's kinda what I thought too, that Thanksgiving is not nearly the big draw like Christmas.  He was even telling me how a friend of his would probably be totally into things like the boxes and envelopes.  Apparently she's a ThirtyOne consultant and would possibly want such things to hand out when she does parties or whatever.  I also noticed on her Facebook page this evening that she just found out she's pregnant so of course my mind is churning with ideas for doing the little boxes as baby shower favors and other things like that.

And of course all of this makes me want to go to my real job less and less.


Today I am thankful for:
Mountain Dew!  Comfort food to the rescue!

What are you thankful for today?

Nov. 6

Hmm, another day after post because, hmm, I just didn't feel like posting last night, again.  What's up with that?  Am I losing my bloggy interest?

I went to my mom's, got her laundry and shopping done.  We had to stop at Menards for something and ended up chitchatting with one of my brothers who works there.  Then when we got back to her place another of my brothers called to chitchat.  There is mild drama all over in my family these days.  Ah, the holidays.  lol

I ordered more Christmas paper to keep working on projects for the Etsy shop.  Also had to order more of the Scor Tape that I use to put the boxes together.  While I was placing orders I browsed the other little box options but didn't like any of them enough to order the dies.  I'll just keep plugging away with the scalloped treat boxes and little gift card envelopes that I have.  I can't wait to get some listed in the shop!

The Packers lost last night.  That was awesome!  Actually, I had mixed feelings during the game.  I wanted the Lions to win just so the Packers would lose because, well, a Packer loss is hysterical in this house.  But I also wanted the replacement quarterback to do great, and wanted the team to do well to show that friggen Rodgers isn't the only thing that makes up that team.  Vikings are in first place in our division.  Woot!!!
I never did show my latest little craft haul, did I?

I already put the other paper packs away before getting pics but this was a separate order so I can at least show this one.  This is a fall/Thanksgiving themed set of 12x12 papers that I got specifically for the little treat boxes.  Since I've decided to stop Thanksgiving production and jump into Christmas things, this pack has been put away for next year.

I got another jar of clear heat embossing powder.  Nothing exciting there.  I've found I don't have much luck when using the colored powders.  Maybe I need to find a different brand of the colored ones.  But I've been doing a lot of clear embossing over black ink so I wanted to have more of this on hand.

This is the super cute set of angels I got with my little envelopes and treat boxes in mind.  I have some cute card ideas in mind too but I'm all about the boxes and envelopes right now.

And this is the cute little deer set I got with the same thing in mind, boxes and envelopes.  I've already stamped and colored a sheet of these.  They turned out SO cute!

Okay, this was not from the same order but I wanted to include it anyway because I want to rant about it.  I'd been eyeing this on Amazon for a while and finally just went ahead and ordered it a couple months ago.  Well wouldn't you know, it shipped from China and took with no communication, and no updates.  This is the second time I've had problems with Amazon orders shipping from China, and I will never do it again if I can avoid it.  But anyway, the eventually arrived and I thought 'Okay, well at least I finally have them.'  Cute, right??  Millions of adorable baby cards or baby shower items can be made with these, right?

HA!  First of all, the are not steel dies like most are.  These are super thin and flimsy and feel like aluminum.  There is no company name anywhere on the packaging.  In fact, the packaging was just the dies loosely tossed into a little cello bag.  And then those word dies . . . 

The feet managed to cut out okay, but the word dies would NOT cut.  I tried multiple times, adding shims and trying different positions on my cutting plates.  I eventually gave up and just colored in what the cut-out would look like and, what?  What the heck does that say???  It took me a while to figure out it's supposed to be 'Baby Shower It's A Girl.'  Really???  What a freakin' joke.  So yeah, the word dies will go in the trash, and I'll get what I can out of the feet dies until they bend because they're flimsy.  Ugh.

But anyway, pushing those crabby thoughts aside and diving back into Christmas creations as soon as this gets posted!

Today I am thankful for:
Any team that beats the Packers!

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov. 5

I didn't post last night because, well, I just didn't feel like it.  Thinking about it this morning though, I don't want to have gaps in my three months of holiday posting if I can avoid it.  So here I am, sneaking a post in for yesterday.

It was a pretty mellow day.  I had a little frustrated meltdown in the morning related to some Achy Joints/Etsy things.  Hubby tried to help but he just doesn't understand how all that stuff works.  He ended up heading out to work on the shop more, and I eventually found a workable solution to my problem, so from then on it was a mellow day.  Casey stopped over to pick something up, and I made a quick trip to his place to help with something and visit his kitty for a bit.  Other than that, it was laundry and relaxing on the couch with murder shows on TV and my bubbly shooter game on my phone.

I did get four different sets of these Thanksgiving treat boxes finished and listed in the Etsy shop.  I have a ton more fall themed paper but like I said recently, I'm going to stop Thanksgiving production and jump into Christmas.  If these sell out immediately for some reason, maybe I'll whip more up quick, but I think Christmas will be the much bigger draw.  Go figure then, that I don't have enough Christmas paper!  LOL  I'll probably be placing an order today and hoping it gets here fast.

When hubby and I were shopping Saturday I noticed this Cherry Chestnut Bread in an end cap display of seasonal wax.  I don't remember seeing this one before in any of the fall scents or in the Christmas scents that my Walmart has just recently put out.  But oh my gosh!  I *love* this one!  It is absolutely perfect for this holiday time of year!  I find I'm liking my cranberry scents more than my favorite pumpkin scents this year, and this one slips nicely into the 'more fruity' holiday scent.  There is a good dose of cherry, slightly almond-y, but there is a wonderful, warm bakery scent wrapped around it.  This is a cozy and happy scent, and I'll probably grab another pack.

Today I am thankful for:
Remembering how to just relax once in a while.

What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nov. 4

Hubby went grocery shopping with me this morning.  Sometimes it's nice to have company, but usually when he goes we spend way more money.  And yeah, this week we spent WAY more money.  He's the type who just wants to buy a lot and fill up the freezer and cupboard.  I'm the type who plans out the week and sticks to a list.  Especially now when we're back in debt from the barn, and with Christmas creeping up.  Ugh.  But, oh well.

Casey was here a good part of the day, doing his laundry and playing video games.  We were catching up on drama and gossip.  It was fun.

I switched to making Christmas themed treat boxes today and gave up on the Thanksgiving ones.  I *might* still try to list the Thanksgiving ones I already have made but I'm much more concerned about getting the Christmas ones done and listed now.  Even Christmas cards have taken a back burner to the boxes and gift card envelopes.  And my craft order that I wasn't expecting till Monday showed up today, so that was exciting.  It was too gray and dreary to get any decent pics taken though.  I'll try to get those for Sunday's post.

Hubby worked in the barn most of the day.  His friend showed up about halfway through the day and they managed to get most of the interior painting done.  I'll try to include a pic or two of that in Sunday's post too.  It's not high quality painting, just a slathered on layer of white to try and brighten up the interior.  Still, the whole place is coming together.

We finally got caught up watching The Shannara Chronicles.  We were two weeks behind.  Anyone else watching that show?  We were surprised how much we enjoyed the first season, and we're enjoying this second season too, although there are a lot of things I don't remember about the first.  I would like to read the actual books at some point.

Today I am thankful for:
The renewed interest I have in my struggling crafting hobby.  Maybe cards are not my actual calling, but maybe other paper crafts are!  Maybe this surge of excitement will be brief, who knows, but for now it's lifted my spirits and I find I can't wait to get back to making more.

What are thankful for today?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Nov. 3

I felt like I was skipping school today, like I was going to get in trouble for not being at work.  I did manage to have a pretty good day though.  I was able to stay focused on the project I mentioned last night, and got quite a bit accomplished on it, although not quite as much as I'd hoped too.

This is what I'm working on!  Little treat boxes for Thanksgiving!  I die cut a bunch of pieces and assembled eight boxes today, then spent a chunk of time coloring little Thanksgiving themed images like turkeys, pilgrim mice, and pies that I will use to decorate them.  They can either just be treat boxes, or also serve as place cards at the family holiday table.  I did hit a little snag when it got to the actual decorating part though.  I couldn't decide which image, tag style, sentiment to use with what, and ended up calling it quits for the day.  I was sooooo hoping to get these done today because it really is almost too late to get these posted in the Etsy shop.  I'd hoped to have Thanksgiving cards made and listed by next week, and I don't even have any made yet.

I'm thinking of skipping Thanksgiving items for this year and jumping into Christmas stuff instead, get them up as soon as possible.

I already started working on these last week while waiting for my order of fall colored 12x12 papers to arrive.  These are gift card envelopes.  These are super cute and festive just as they are but I'm planning on decorating these a bit too.  I'm waiting on another order which has a set of little angel stamps and a set of little reindeer stamps that I intend on using for these.  And heck, gift cards are given more and more these days during the holidays so these little envelopes are perfect!

Minion was feeling a bit under the weather today.  He slept most of the day and threw up a few times this evening.  He didn't even want his canned food supper tonight!  Eventually though, he hacked up whatever was bothering him and then ate the canned food, and then went back to bed.  Hopefully it's nothing.  I mean, it was nice having him sleep and be out of my hair all day, but not if it was because he was sick.  Poor baby.

Well anyway, hubby's watching some dumb movie that I have no interest in (Baby Driver) so I'm heading up to read more of my Hex Hall companion novel.

Today I'm thankful for:
My hubby and his willingness to get supper from a local place because I was lazy and had nothing ready.  LOL

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nov. 2

In an interesting turn of events at work today, I was able to get tomorrow off.  Woohoo!  Four day weekend for me!  This was not at all planned, but I was having SUCH a miserable morning that when I realized one line was done for the week already at 9am today, I asked my supervisor if I could use a GP Day (general purpose day) since there would be extra people available to cover my spot, and he said sure.  General purpose days are unpaid days off, as opposed to paid vacation days.  I hadn't planned on using mine because we need the money more now than usual so we can keep paying off the barn project.  But heck, I have so many things cluttering my mind at the moment, I decided to go for the extra time off instead of the money.

I really really really want to work on a certain project for Achy Joints tomorrow.  I'm hoping like crazy my day can just be mellow and I can stay focused.  And I will show you what I'm working on in tomorrow's post . . . hopefully.

It was a little bit warmer today, up to the mid 40s, but it was still wet and was super gray and dark.  I'm in SUCH a holiday mood with all this colder weather!  Yet at the same time I can't believe it's freaking November already!!!

Okay, I'm off for tonight.  I got a good chunk of reading done at work today and the book is interesting enough that I want to get back into it for another good chunk before bed.

Today I am thankful for:
My lenient boss.  Some of the managers at my workplace can be sticklers for rules, but this particular boss is pretty flexible with me.  Like tomorrow, letting me have off with little notice.  Awesome!

What are you thankful for today?
Come on, people.  Play along!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nov. 1 - Thankful Natters!

November!  Time for Thankful Natters!  I couldn't come up with a name for the November version of Blogtober and Blogmas last year so I just went with Thankful Natters because, well, I tend to natter, and because each post will mention what I'm thankful for that day.  I also had a dilemma last year about the difference between thankful and grateful, and have decided I'm not thinking that deep about this year.  So here we go!

I packed away the Halloween stuff and got out the Thanksgiving stuff today.  I don't have a lot of decorations for Thanksgiving and that's one of the things I've always liked about it.  I did realize today though, that I have plenty of room to add to my pumpkin collection and scatter them around the house, so I will definitely be looking for more next time I'm shopping.

Remember not too long ago I said one of my old tea light wax warmers died?  I showed that pic of the horrible sunken burned spot?  Well, I think there is another issue at play here.  It seems my BHG and/or Scentsationals wax is just not working for me anymore.  I haven't paid enough attention to whether it is BHG or Scentsationals or both, or whether it is new stuff from this year or leftovers from last year or both.  Haha, way to be clueless, huh?  Anyway, I've noticed my 'Walmart wax' acts like it's overheating in my tea light warmers.  The scent takes on a sharp edge, there are dark patches of caramelized something (oils?) on the bottom of the warmer dishes, and the wax does not want to come out of the dishes once cooled, even after the freezer method.  It does this in my old warmers as well as my brand new warmers AND my Glade warmer.
I've had this residue every now and then from various vendors but these incidents I'm speaking of now are different.  It's not just oily residue, it's sticky like glue.  I've had to actually freakin' chisel wax out of one of the warmers.  And again, this isn't like the stubborn ones I get every now and then that just need a little coaxing.  No, these are frikken glued to the dish!

So I stopped melting BHG/Scentsationals for a while and tried indie vendors just to see if the same things happens.  Nope.  They all worked fine.  I went back to BHG/Scentsationals yesterday and they behaved almost normally.  One had a bit of the brown spot and need a bit of prying but nothing like the others had been before.  Weird?!

Well, I'm out of here for tonight.  It was cold again today, and right now it's raining and windy with a chance of snow mixed in overnight.  I'm curious as to what I'll find in the morning.

Today I am thankful for:
Days off. I might whine and complain about my painful 12 hour days but gosh I do love all the days off that weird schedule gets me.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oct. 31 - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, spooky friends!  Did you go trick or treating?  Did you have trick or treaters come to you?  I did neither, and I feel bad for the little munchkins who venture out around here tonight.  It's dang cold!  And windy!

I thought I was done with Halloween vibes but it was actually quite fun to here all the random spooky related songs on the radio throughout the day, and see the pics and greetings everywhere online.  Heck even one of the soap operas my mom had on while I was there was doing a trippy ghost episode.  So I guess I still had some festive fun in me.  We didn't carve pumpkins or anything like that this year but that's okay.  I'm a little bummed we didn't get the outside decorations done though.

I'd mentioned my Halloween decor pics a couple times during this Blogtober, and when I realized I wouldn't have enough throwback pics for the whole month I decided to save my decor pics for this final post.  Yay!

As usual, the main display is on the buffet. The wreath and the runner are not new but everything else, the whole spooky apothecary scheme is indeed new.  One or two pieces were bought this year but the majority of it all was bought at clearance price last year from places like Target and Kmart.

Closeup on some of the potions bottles and books.

Closeup on some of the others.

In the living room we have these light-up pieces.  The two tall totem poles are quite old.  The metal solar pumpkin is from a year or two ago.  The handmade Halloween coasters are a few years old.

The coffee table has Pumpkin Waffles candle from 719 Walnut Avenue, with the little black cat clinger from Yankee.  We have fake tea lights in the four votive holders.

The old bookcase dvd shelf holds these old McDonalds Happy Meal pails.  These are from the early or mid '90s.  We got them when Ty was little.

Some years I totally decorate this corner shelf in the living room.  Some years I don't bother.  This year I was in the mood for decorating.

Closeup of top shelf.  I painted this haunted house MANY years ago, like over 20 years ago.  It was a kit.  The house and figurines were already made, and you just needed to paint them.  It provided paints and instructions for how to do different techniques, and I think it turned out pretty darn nice.  We'd also bought an add-on pack of figurines to go with it.  The spooky bare tree in back was bought last year from Target's Dollar Spot.

Closeup of second shelf.  All of these things are old.  The skull and pumpkin floral things were made by my mother-in-law many many years ago.  The Frankenstein and owl/pumpkin figures on the right are *really* old and were actually air fresheners back in the day.

Closeup of third shelf.  All old things again, except for the black cat on the left.  That was a Dollar Tree purchase a year or two ago.

Closeup of bottom shelf.  The ghost might have been from last year, from Dollar Tree.  The plastic trick or treat pumpkins are ancient.  The smaller one is the same one that appeared in both Ty's and Casey's 1 Halloween pics, and it was already ancient then because it used to be my sister's when she was a little kid.

This spooky swing set scene is many years old and sits on a cabinet in the dining room.

In the kitchen is this spooky Welcome sign on my little shelf.  You see this as you first walk into the house.

Below that shelf, on the kitchen counter is this small plastic pumpkin serving as a pencil cup, and my wooden BOO that I got a few years ago from Target's Dollar Spot.

On top of the fridge are these frightful figures.  They both used to light up.  I don't think they do anymore.

On the kitchen wall by the stove is my one lonely Halloween pot holder and this cool canvas Halloween scene that lights up.  It serves nicely as a little kitchen nightlight.  lol

The kitchen table is very simple this year with just this one little pumpkin.  This one does still light up.

By the door between the kitchen and the back room (or mud room, or entrance room, or whatever you want to call it) is this pumpkin sign.  I think it was from Walmart a couple years ago.

This is new.  We got this at Menards a few weeks ago.  It hangs beneath our porch light next to the back (main) door.

And finally, the few decorations I did manage to put out this year.  The mini flag on the right is old but the one (barely visible) on the left is new this year.  The three floral things on the left side of the steps are old.  I made those many years ago by just putting some fake fall florals into plastic trick or treat pails.  There are two large totem type pieces on each side of the door that we got several years ago at Menards.  And there is a wreath with a ghost to the right of the door that I got, probably from Walmart, a few years ago.  (Ignore the green moss or algae tinge all over the side of the house.  We've never had that before but the past year or two it seems everything in this area has it on the north facing side.)

That is my Halloween decor!  And that brings this Blogtober 2017 to a close!  Did you enjoy it?  Did you follow along each day?  Did you enjoy the throwback pics each day?  I really wanted to have something Halloween related in each post even if my actual nattering wasn't.

Tomorrow is November and I'm hoping to do the Daily Gratitude posts like I did this year.  I hope you'll join me!

But for now it's still October 31 so . . .