Friday, September 19, 2014

Fabulous Friday

A shepard's hook and an old wash tub! YES! And my next door neighbor has both of these in her yard. Not put together like this but I now know where I can steal it from-I mean borrow. FINE, I will just look for some at the Goodwill.
Sonya Ann

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Not To Brag But.....

This is not deja vu. See all those years of French in High School paid off. I finally used French in the real world. See High School was not a waste of time. Cough, maybe, cough. Comment allez-vous? Ahhhh, bien! And don't be cute and leave a comment in French cuz you just got all that I retained.
Anyways, how did I manage to get sidetracked? Oh yeah, that's a picture of Den. He is quite proud of himself. It's a damned fish and I could get one cleaned and frozen for probably $1.99 a pound compared to the hundreds of dollars that it took to pay to catch that one and sleep on the ground. Sorry, I am once again getting off the point. Hey, at least this tangent was in English.
The owners of the property that Den stayed at really liked him. Somehow when you talk about fishing Den doesn't shut up. Maybe I should talk about fish more. He just grunts at me.
Anywho, he showed them this picture and they are going to use it in their flyers and advertisements. Yup, I'm married to a model. I would have said that I'm having sex with a super model but that might be an overstatement and over-sharing. He's cute and all but my pillow wins out.
So to all the people that I know and the girls in high school that thought they were cuter than I was. Piss off, I'm with a male model!
Oh and he threw the fish back. There might have been $4 worth of fillets there. I'm fine with it though, my van didn't stink of fish when he got back. It did smell a lot like Febreze though.
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Car Care-Girl Speak

I don't normally lecture but its the time of the year when us girls need to step up our manly duties. We need to get our cars ready for the winter.
The above ugly assed picture is of the bottom of my car. My screws are rusting. Damn it.
A few easy maintenance steps will keep your car or van going strong for much longer. 
Run the lovely vehicle through the car wash and pay for the wax.  They also sell a super easy spray on wax. Just spray and wipe. I would recommend that too.
Clean the tires and look for any damage. And don't forget the wet shine. I buy the spray on that doesn't need to be wiped off. This is all about being lazy. Yes, I vote for that.
Look for any rust spots. I buy the cheap touch up paint. And I'll even sand small rust spots if it seems to be too bad. For the ugly bolts, I'll paint them and then spray them with a clear coat just to make sure that its sealed. I would only do this in areas that you can't see.
Not perfect but much, much better.
This mess is the bottom, inside of the driver's door. YUCKY!
It's not perfect but it really does help control the rust. Also, a magic eraser will help clean up the area before you touch it up. It gives you a better idea of how bad the area really is.

Any black rubber parts have the tendency to turn grey. Yup, ugly and it makes your car/van look old. No one wants to show there age, especially my van, Ol' Girl.
I use the tire shine on my bumper. Hmmm, that came out wrong.
That is so much better. She looks 10 years younger! Think it would work on me?
I also give the inside of my van a good once over. Shhhh, don't tell anyone but I keep a dust rag in the cup holder in case I see any dust.
OCD and Rust-free,
Sonya Ann

Monday, September 15, 2014

Leaking and Naughty Mashup Monday

Well, it was a busy weekend that ended super quick. We closed the pool and packed up the deck. That is always a massive job. We shouldn't even have opened it this year. We swam in it once. Yes, ONCE! And we were both looking forward to Den coming home from work and jumping in with NO KIDS to bother us. Maybe next year, it will be nicer out and we will get more pool time. Ha ha, Mother Nature laughs, not on my watch! Bitch.
The good news is we think that we found the leak. To drain the pool, we disconnected the pipes on the return and intake. Once it gets below where the pipes are no more water will drain out.  And then we watched it for a day. The water levels never dropped so that is wonderful news. The liner doesn't have a tear. That means the pipes are leaking. And that is an easier fix! Den filled the pipes with RV antifreeze(its what you use for pool pipes too) and next year we will see which pipe is empty and that will be the one to replace. So, so, so much easier than trying to go over the entire pool inch by inch while it is full trying to find the leak. Or maybe it is just procrastinating. No, I will call it planning.
My inlaws were watching my nephews for the weekend so we went out to lunch and then to Chuck E. Cheese. The boys call me Tia and Den is Bubba. They like to hang on Bubba and give him grief. I wholeheartedly encourage this behavior.  
This little one is Andrew. He is the naughty one. And he is cute as can be. He also reminds everyone of.......
of Bubba. Den was more than willing to spend some time playing games with the boys.
My Favorite Santa Pic EVER!
I earned $89.24 from BP! I just need to keep this up for a few more weeks and we are set! Go Sonya!!!
But really BP is the way to go for earning points/cash back on a credit card. 5% for gas is the best that I have seen and it is 1% on everything else. And the kicker is that we use the BP card almost strictly for gas. Our Bank of America card is our go to card for everything else. 
So here is where we are....................
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$114          Pinecone research
$268.33     BP
$25            Amazon gift code from Saving Star
$25            Bass Pro Gift card from MyPoints
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
$50            Gamestop gift code from e-rewards
Total $607.82 for our 2014 Christmas!
And spent,
Sonya Ann

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Winner Winner!!!!

I want to say thank you to Donna Freedman from Surviving and Thriving for the giveaway! You are awesome! You should stop by her site, she is way smurter than I am and can give you a ton of money saving ideas!!
And I would like to say thank you to J.Sherrod! I'm surrounded by accomplished people!
And the winners are........................(drum roll)........................
Val from Sew Not my Day
Linda from Practical Parsimony
Thank you so much for entering! I really love you guys!
Loving not lusting,
Sonya Ann 
PS-NO complaining about or to the winners, was in charge.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska Ebook Giveaway!!!!

I feel loved, no wait you should feel loved! Donna Freedman from Surviving and Thriving is sponsoring a giveaway on my little old blog along with the author of Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska, J. Sherrod!! How awesome is that!!!!! I feel a bit like a famous person that gets all the amazing swag. No wait, you are getting the swag!
Donna has a wonderful write up on her site about Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska so pop over there and have a quick read. Running wild in the woods and not wanting to find a cure for their "disease" was enough to get me hooked.
Two digital copies of Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska will be given away! And the great thing is you don't need a kindle to read the ebooks. Use this link to download the books to any device! 
Here's a few ways to enter-
  • You get one entry daily just for showing up to the party. Just leave a comment on this post.
  • Stop over at Surviving and Thriving poke around for a bit and then leave a comment on this post about what tidbit of information you gleaned.
  • If you are a follower of my blog, you get one entry.
  • If I am on your blog roll, you get one entries. Just leave a separate entry for each.
  • If you post about this giveaway on your blog, you get five entries. Just leave a separate entry for each.
Easy peasy!  I will pick two winners next Friday(I changed it, until Friday the 12th) !!!!!
Good luck,
Sonya Ann

Fabulous Friday

I think this would look wonderful in my yard, the raised gardens, well and the fence too. So many projects so little money or should I say no money. The joys of brokehood. Been there, done that and guess I'm staying there.
Have a great and productive weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bad Hose, Bad

I was so jazzed when I got Den the Pocket Hose. I hated lugging the heavy and awkward old hose around to water. I guess his gift was a bit more for me than him but I was willing to let him water the yard.
I was so jazzed about this product that I even went and bought 2 blue XHOSEs and another Pocket Hose so that I could reach the entire yard. Between watering all of the flowers and filling the pool, I had this shit figured out.
Now I do need to point out that the Pocket hose promised to be tough enough to tow a truck. That I didn't try. I only used it to water with. In fact, neither one of the hoses saw any abuse. Nor did they see much action.
I obviously didn't have my shit as figured as I thought that I did. Those things didn't last half the summer. And considering that it rained and was cold this summer, they weren't used much. Don't waste your money. The idea is awesome but the inner tube pops like a water balloon. I have one out of the four left. I am now back to lugging the heavy, awkward hose around. I hate that old heavy hose but it takes a beating.
Been hosed,
Sonya Ann
PS-HEY, LOOK DOWN HERE! Run over here and enter my giveaway!!!!! HURRY!!! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wicked Wednesday

I'm thinking I should make these and set them around the yard instead of a fairy garden, what do you think?
Still drinkin'
Sonya Ann