Sunday, May 29, 2016

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

Ahhh, the minivan dilemma!!! I have to say that I completely love my van and I have since we bought Ol' Girl off of my MIL. She is a 06 Kia. As much as I love her, she is having some issues now. Her doors open and close at will. The radio changes stations when you turn the volume up. The lighter/charger no longer works so when you head out to retrieve the boy, you better have a full charge on your phone if you use it for GPS. That model was notorious for wiring problems. That said, we paid $3000 for her and we have gotten every penny out of her.
Pop over to the Penny Hoarder and read the article on minivan love. Do you have a van? Is it a love or hate relationship?
Sonya Ann

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Our 2016 Mission And Our Favorite Person

Well, well, well what have I been up to? Everything and nothing.
I think we about have the yard together. That is a big one. A couple of bushes to trim and getting the pool clear. DJ and my besties daughter are already looking forward to having parties. Me, all I want is clear water. 
I haven't posted about Christmas money yet this year!! I got an entire $5 from I don't know who. I must have sent for a liquor rebate and forgot about it or perhaps I was not sober. Anywho, I now have $5!!!

$5  Liquor Rebate
$5 total
That is pretty sad looking but I have to hit 25000 points before I can cash out for $250 on my credit card. I also have My Points that I can cash out and a few other things.
I also have more than half of my shopping done so that's a plus.
Pretty boring here and that's a good thing.
And our favorite person of the day is....................................................
NDChic'sCents!!!! Pop over and say hi to her maybe even give her a hug.
Have an awesome long weekend!!!! Do you have any amazing plans? Cocktails?
Sonya Ann

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fabulous Friday

How cute is this!?!?!?! Paint old bricks to look like books. I need to do this. Wait, you need to do this for me. You wouldn't mind paying to ship me old bricks, would you? Run over to The Glamorous Housewife and check out her post!
Where would you put your bricks? I don't think that I would put them on the steps though. Someone would get drunk and trip over them.
Sonya Ann

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Expensive Cheat

Den and I were at a high end nursery looking for some hard to find plants when I spied this Amazing and Crazy expensive fairy garden. They sell everything your heart desires to make a perfect fairy garden. And trust me, your heart's desires are incredibly expensive. It was $8 for a flipping jar of sand. SAND!!!!!!
I'm thinking a trip to the beach and Goodwill add some creativity and you could get something almost as cute and a hell of a lot cheaper.
I'm terrible at plant names so I cheat and take pictures of the flowers and then look for them at cheaper places. The high end nursery wanted $15 for this plant, I got it for $5 at another store.
I need this!!! I try and love my plants but so many don't make it. It's the effort that counts, right?
Gardening loser,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wicked Wednesday

"Sorry dad!" Or how about, "But it wasn't my fault!" Or even better, "I really don't see why you are getting mad at me over something that I had no control over!" Ummmm, you were supposed to have control over the car!!!!!!
Been there,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Glowing Pool

Doesn't this look so inviting? Makes you just want to dive right in. Nope.
This was a weekend of work, more yard work and pooling.
The garden is overgrown again. But the good news is we have most of the plants/figures/crap in place. We also have a bunch more projects ahead of us. I think Den is going to deck over the front cement stoop. It's a train wreck and it is really making the house look run down. And oh so many bushes need to be trimmed.
By Saturday, we had the pool water to the color of antifreeze. It's a process, people.
I went a bit ape-shit last year with the solar lights. I had them lining the deck but it was a bit overwhelming. And quite a few didn't make it through the winter. So Den suggested I throw them in a basket that way we could move them to where ever we needed light. An old basket, a plastic bag, an old Styrofoam cooler, and some pool sand and voila........................
a basket of glow! He has his moments.
His buddy Scott came over Saturday night to jam. It was a pretty tame night, neither one ended up smashed or standing in the herb garden.
Sunday, the pool water was getting closer to looking like water. We spent the rest of the day, pulling weeds, buying crap for more projects, staining the back deck and bench. We are exciting people!!!!
We like to have everything up and running in the yard by the end of Memorial day weekend but since we have a wedding to go to next weekend, we had to get a jump on everything.
What did you do this weekend? Does your water look like water?
Sonya Ann

Monday, May 23, 2016

Vegas Addiction!

I picked up a terrible addiction while in Vegas. No, not hookers and cocaine. I'm not saying that it can't happen, I'm just saying that it didn't happen this time. Wait, where was I? Oh yes, my addiction. My dairy allergy cuts back on so much yummy stuff in my life. I miss the days where I had a splash of milk in my coffee. Den ordered me an iced soy coffee while in Vegas. I, of course, made a face and then retracted the statement once I tasted it. It didn't taste fake at all. It was yummy. But at close to $5 a drink, I won't be getting them often. So I made a knock-off of sorts.
1 cup super strong coffee
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup of Soy milk
10ish ice cubes
Add the sugar to the hot coffee and then pour the coffee and sugar over the iced soy milk. Then thank me!
Do you make knock off drinks? Do you get hookers and cocaine?
Sonya Ann

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

Ahhhh, lazy Sundays, I like to find some time to poke around the internet and chill. Over at the Penny Hoarder, they have compiled a list of the best 26 Internet Freebies. Sending for free stuff is a much better use of time than say yard-work, right?
I only send for the things that I will need/use. How about you, do you send for everything, a few things, nothing?
Spill and chill,
Sonya Ann

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Our 2016 Mission And Our Favorite Person

Well, good morning!!!! I guess this is the day I fess up to what I have done this week. Good, bad? We shall see.
I half-assed worked on the insurance. My lovely Aunt(Hi Aunt Ruby!!) told me about U.S.A.A. You have to be military or related. Since my father isn't alive, we can't sign up under him. But my FIL was in the military so I'm going to suggest it and then if he signs up, we can too.
I worked on our property taxes. We were the highest paying home in the subdivision. Bastards. I guess our money taste better than everyone else's. Sigh. I called and politely argued. Den told me to start with nice. Why does he think that he has to remind me of these things? Dumb ass, I know this already and have great manners! ;p Anywho, come to find out we never got a $6000 deduction the entire time that we lived here. Lucky us! We now get the deduction which will save us $700ish a year off the bill. We lost about $10k in the 21 years we have lived here. Ouch. I'm going to try and fight to get the bill lowered as well. But I can't do that until June. Nothing like stretching out a fight.
We have been working on the yard. For some reason, it seems to take longer and longer every year to get it in shape. We either have more things every year or we are getting older. Ha ha, I was at the bread store one day this week and they had a sign out that if you were 50+ you got a senior discount. I thought about how old that was and then realized I'm 6 years away. HOLY SHIT, BATMAN! I'm pushing 50. Oh well, I still have perky tits so I'm cool with it.
And my favorite person is $12 a day!!! She fights the good fight with money. I love how she tracks it and is so honest about it. And she is in MI and the weather is still cold. I feel her pain.
Have a great and frugal weekend! What are your plans? Planting? Yard work? Saving money?
In the dirt,
Sonya Ann

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fabulous Friday

I have so many good ideas to steal from people! Our hose is a big jumbled mess out the back door. I tried those expandable hoses and while they are lovely, they don't last long. So I have to go back to my trusty but bulky hose. Hmmmm, I'm sort of describing myself, trusty but bulky. Anywho, jump over to That's My Letter and check out how to improve your hose problem.
What are you doing with your hose this weekend?
Sonya Ann