Cheap thrill

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-Ted Drewes open a bonus day – discovered while driving home from Target, source of my second cheap thrill…

-These cool handle thingies instead of a bag:

-Clean house (okay well except for the dining room table) for the first time in months

-Didn’t have to yell at Fanny a lot today

-Uploaded my 1st video (to Facebook in this case but coming here soon)

-Making some chicken and potatoes with my own homemade pesto

That’s enough. There were a couple more but you probably don’t care that I finally washed my area rugs (again, for the 1st time in months).

I’m so thrilled I hope I can sleep tonight.

(The 2nd line, assuming you could read the 1st, says “I see nothing”)

One cool thing about getting your walls painted is that you can write on them before they get repainted (or if what you write will be hidden for 20 years, as described here).

I’m getting my bedroom ceiling drywalled and the whole room painted soon, so I’ve been getting stuff out of the room, off the walls, etc.

I also left a note to the drywall guy by writing it on the wall. I forgot how FUN it is to do that!!

It feels so “bad,” like¬† you ‘shouldn’t do it except you CAN, ’cause it’s YOUR house, YOUR wall and (most important) it will be repainted soon!

I also left notes for the painter about what nail holes to keep/cover, notes to the ceiling dude about patching something else, can you also attach my headboard to my bed, etc. All on the wall!

It felt so bad. It felt so good. Yet another of life’s contradictions, summed up in something I would’ve gotten in trouble for if I’d done it when I was a little kid.

I also had a flashback to trying to play with my dad’s carpenter’s pencils and not understanding what their point was. Well – duh – it was so you could write on walls!! (yeah, yeah, and all those carpenter-y things too — I know)

(says “time to paint” if you can see through the dirty lens and the dust)

I’m going to get some more painting done just so I can write notes on the walls.

or maybe the apricot one

Sure there’s the $15 Walgreens’ version, and this one costs a little lot more but I want the original product because of its name.slnk

Anyway, as I was saying before I was so rudely laid off, attritted, Reduction In Forced (RIFd), notified my services would no longer be required, downsized, right-sized, pick your term…

Bonnie Hunt. Funny show. Previous entry here.

In yesterday’s show she also showed some ideas for Christmas cards:

1. (outside)

To my Stock Broker – You’ve really lived up to your title this Christmas.


I’ve never been Broker.


2. (outside)

Happy Holidays to my yoga teacher.


Am “stretching” my dollars by not giving you a gift this year…


3. (outside)

To my Money Manager



You’re welcome…

Today I:

1. used my 18 volt cordless reversible driver with built-in level and light with one of my multipurpose hi-speed steel drill – screw bits (background)


2. remove the “summer” toilet seat (background) and install the much – sought and almost – a- match pink salmon “winter” padded toilet seat (again, I refer you to this to more fully understand the importance of having a “winter” toilet seat).

Sure, the use of a driver might possibly be considered overkill, but if you have “screws” to unscrew and you have the tool to do it why use the fly nut? How pedestrian…Plus, it really was faster to use the driver. Really!

Plus I found a forgotten 8 1/2 x 11″ glass baking dish hiding under the driver so it was like an early Christmas present!

So I used the driver to change out the toilet seat and now…

3. Sitting on the toity is like sitting on a warm feathery puffy cloud.

When running my dishwasher I always use the Water Miser, “no heat dry” settings to save energy. And I am cheap , frugal care about the environment.

Anyway, usually when I have casserole-type pans I let them soak until all the goop comes off or until the sink is full, and I think we all know which comes first…

Somewhere (Real Simple maybe?) I read talked about using the Pots and Pans setting to save water (versus scrubbing manually, which I avoid at all costs, which is why the sink is always full), to keep the sink clean, and of course, to clean the pans.

Suddenly I realized I had never used the Pots and Pans setting and I’ve had a dishwasher (well 2) for 15+ years!

So I tried it. At first I felt wasteful for using a non-Water Miser setting, but damned if it didn’t work!

(As always, click to expand)


I realize there’s no “before” photo, but I normally don’t think about photographing my dishwasher loads with the thought of a blog posting. Piles of bones maybe, but not dishes.

The pan had Grandma N’s spinach casserole remnants in it, including burned cheese (yum) so in my PPPS (pre-Pots & Pans Setting) world it would’ve required scouring. Now though, it’s a whole new world.

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