Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Memory of Cruzee

Close to fifteen years ago, my daughter talked me into letting her get a cat. It was a compromise! She wanted a dog. I didn't want either! I was not a cat person and was not about to become one but I knew a cat would stay outdoors so surely it would stay out of my way and out of my heart! 

Cruzee Man did stay outdoors but he never stayed out of our way as you are about to read and he somehow managed to worm his way into my heart. Tonight I am very sad that he is no longer with us! 

- He was our second choice. The first one hissed at us and he was mean.  Cruzee also hissed but he sounded scared and we oohed and aahed at his hisses. 

- He shared his food. On many occasions I ran outside in the middle of the night because I would hear cats fighting.  Cruzee would be on top of my car looking down on the stray cats fighting over HIS food.  Silly cat! 

- He climbed a tree when he was young and was scared to come down. He would not respond to B.J. so I had to go outside to call him.  When he heard my voice he climbed down. 

- I drove to Wal Mart in the truck one day without knowing he was under the toolbox. I heard him meowing when I got out. He was so scared. I went in the store and bought tuna fish to coax him in the cab but he would not budge. I drove home with him still under the toolbox.  We made it home ok but it was his last trip to Wal Mart! Lol

- More times than not he jumped in my car when I opened the door. 

- Stubborn!! He was every bit of that!

- Katie took him to the vet and had him shaved one summer because his hair had become matted and you could just tell how much he enjoyed being lighter and cooler.

- He killed three baby squirrels one day and I was very mad at him.

-  He also killed cute little chipmunks.

- Amost every lizard we saw near our house was missing all or part of its tail!

- His real name was Chico. Cruzee was a nickname.

- He loved boxes.

- He used the door frame as a scratching post and we fussed at him about it. 

- He loved to climb in the attic but was too afraid to climb down.

- He stayed underfoot until we fed him every morning and every evening.

- When he made up his mind to run inside when we opened the door to the house there was no stopping him!  It was his sneaky side.

- In the winter when the temperature dropped below freezing, I would put him inside in the laundry room.  He loved it and never made a sound.  It was almost as if he thought if he was quite then we would forget he was inside and let him stay! 

- He liked it when I sat outside. He thought I was there to keep him company. He loved to rub up against my feet and legs.

- When we opened the door to walk into the house, he slapped at our legs.  He also sat on the car tire and slapped anyone who walked by. 

- He loved to play in fresh pine straw when we were trying to put it in the flower beds. 

- He was beautiful! 

These are only a few of the many memories I have of our silly little cat. 

Cruzee, you were so very much a part of our family and you will always hold a place in our hearts. It is hard to remember when you weren't a part of us! We are so sad! 

We love you and we will miss you, sweet man! 

Tuesday Morning on a Wednesday Night

"Do you want to drive to Waxahachie and go to Tuesday Morning?", he asked; coming in the door from work. 

"Ok!", I said. 

 And SO we did! 

And I SO could not come home without these! Fell in love and knew they would be perfect in the living room.  

Not sure he will be so quick to ask again!  LOL

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Just Do The Math!

Here is the way I see it! 

I saved us a little over one hundred dollars today by going shopping!

And I am more than happy to share with you how! 

I purchased this set of four plates for $5.00 each. They are called Tiffany Menagerie by Johnson Bros. I found them online for 24.50 each. A savings of $78.00.

I purchased this wall sconce for $17.50. Again, online for 80.00 for the pair. A savings of 22.50 since there was only one. 

And last, but not least, I found this mold to add to my collection for $3.00. Online it was approx. $13.00 for a savings of 10.00.

$78.00 + $22.50 + $10.00 = $110.50!!

See? What did I tell you? It's easy, just do the math!!

I LOVE saving money!!!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Wide Open Spaces

"Who doesn't know what I'm talking about..."

Here is what is now our TV/den. This picture was taken by the realtor for the previous owners.  When we painted in here I thought I would like the area above the windows to be open, so we removed the shelf and the curtain. most everything else, as far as decorating goes in this house, I was wrong.
I did not like the "negative space", as BJ called it, above the windows.

So yesterday, I made an attempt to correct my mistake. Seven hours of painting later...

 It went from this:

To this:


And after:

They look a little darker in the pic than what they really are although one did turn out slighter darker than the other.  I will make an attempt to lighten the darker one up today so the will match.  

On a completely different note, we had a storm to blow through our area last night.  It was here and gone in a matter of seconds.  Our neighbor looked pretty sad, but thankfully we did not have any damage to our house. Areas north of us were devastated. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The "Sweetest"!!

My sweetie came home from work yesterday and surprised me with a gift. I spotted these scales a few weeks ago at an antique store, loved them, told him so, but didn't buy them. So he went back to get them for me. He even wrapped them! Should have taken a pic of the box and wrapping paper (wedding) and the bow that covered the hole he had to cut out of the top of the box to make it all truly was a sight to behold.  It was the sweetest thing ever, really!! 

He gave me this card first.

Is this not the sweetest??  Is he not the sweetest?? 

He told me that there IS actually a "Sweetest Day" this month. It's true. I looked it up. (created by Hallmark I am sure) 

But nonetheless, I would like to wish you a very happy Sweetest Day a few days early!