My family doesn’t really celebrate birthdays, but this year my sister’s engagement party fell on my birthday weekend and it was actually really great. I love parties and people don’t have birthday parties anymore. That needs to change.
We also don’t really do presents so it was really cool that I had a stack of presents to open. It really felt like Christmas.
I did something different this year. I sent out a link to an Amazon wish list so folks could get ideas for presents. As someone who has to come up with gifts for other people my age, it’s tough! Amazon makes it so easy to create and share products lists and I’m glad I gave it a try. From my wish list, I received the following:
- Amazon Basics Sound Bar: I have a really great TV, but the sound is really terrible. This Amazon Basics Sound Bar has changed that. It plugs in and clearly tells you what to do to the settings on your TV and it sounds great. It even connects to devices via bluetooth.
- Hunter Boot Inserts: I love my Hunter boots and wear them a lot. I have been layering many pairs of socks to keep my feet warm in them during the winter and these inserts keep me from having to do that. The cold comes straight up through the soles so this will provide a warm barrier between me and the ground. I can’t wait to wear them!
- Maglite LED flashlight: I needed a flashlight. I wanted a fancy flashlight. Why not make it red? I really love this flash light. Is that weird?
I continually update my Amazon wish list and if you would like to take a peek, click here.
Always ask if a store price matches. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
A few weeks ago I went to Staples to buy a USB-C adapter for my new MacBook. The prices seemed high and when I scanned the barcode on one of the items, I found that Amazon’s price was lower.
The cord I was buying was $19.99. Amazon was offering the very same cord for $13.60. Apparently Staples offers a lower price guarantee and they took $7.03 off of their sticker price! After tax I spent only $13.83. I was absolutely thrilled!
I am in love with my new MacBook. It’s so tiny and it’s just a smidgeon lighter than the MacBook Air. I didn’t have a case small enough for my computer so of course I checked out what was available on Amazon.
This case set is only $12.99 and they come in a bunch of colors.
The mini case is perfect for my power cord and adapters and keeps them separate so my computer doesn’t get scratched. I highly recommend this set case.
Since listing my spare room on Airbnb, one of my guests killed my Keurig.
I wasn’t upset that the Keurig broke. I was upset that the guy didn’t tell me and the next time I went to make coffee, my counter flooded. Not cool.
My little red Keurig had survived many moves and I think it was about 7 years old.
I thought about getting a larger Keurig one with a reservoir, but my Keurig sits by my sink and it’s no trouble to dump a cup of water in the top. When I ordered a new one I got the same model in black from Amazon for $62.99. These usually run $99.99. Hopefully this one will last just as long as the old one.
After two head on collisions this year, I’m not too eager to hop in the car and go exploring. Extra time spent off of the road has let me spend more time in the yard.
A couple weekends ago, my little bother came over to help me take out some shrubs and move some plants around. Once everything was pulled out of my flower beds, I was able to paint the trim on the downstairs windows. It made a massive difference!
I painted the trim on my front door also. I’m super happy with the way it turned out.
Next item on my to do list is to paint the trim on the second floor windows… wish me luck!
Lately I have been spending a little more time outdoors.
For a while now I have been frustrated with the way my yard looks and have been wanting to make a change. The mood to finally do something about it struck in the dead heat of August… of course.
Sometime in the spring, my water went out due to a ground line issue. To restore water to my house, the yard was torn to pieces and never really put back together. I moved my walkway and created space to park my car closer to the house. My new path ran right through a couple dead trees that were full of spider webs and dropping sticks all over the place. I am thrilled with my new path. I need more pebbles so until, then I’m making do with some step stones. Now I park where a tree is laying in the photo below.
The cabin was looking very tired. In the springtime, the flowers made up for it’s drab appearance, but during the summer everything was very very brown. I slapped a new coat of paint on the shutters and VOILA! I painted the panels next to the doors the same green as the shutters and it made a really big difference.
Now that the shutters look fresh, it has become very apparent that the window trim needs painting also. I certainly have my work cut out for me, but I’m enjoying it!
There is very little to do where I live. When people ask what I do in my spare time, I answer honestly. I watch Netflix and I rearrange my furniture a lot.
Last night I couldn’t wind down enough to go to sleep so I stayed up and completely flipped my room. I don’t have a before photo, but my bed was where the sofa is, the shelves were on each side of the sliding glass doors to the left of the chair, and the sofa was in front of the sliding glass doors. My bed is now in a corner on the other side of the room with my desk as my bedside table.
I LOVE this arrangement and it gives me so much more space and better light.
Pinckney loves being able to look out of the sliding glass door and go out on the balcony. The balcony was just fixed so now we can actually enjoy it!
My next organizational project is my upstairs bathroom. I have set my plans and I am one shopping trip to Ikea away from really fixing that space up. Stay tuned!