Reformed Grits

Limerick Thursday
November 30, 2006, 6:36 pm
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There once was a mom who went shopping

but money she did not love dropping.

She lived for the free stuff

(This mom ain’t no cream puff!)

And that way she bought without stopping.  😀 


Our family loves Christmas each year.

It’s such a good time of great cheer!

Christ’s birth we observe,

In reverence, preserve.

God with us, Emmanu’el, revere.


Shopping “Free”dom
November 30, 2006, 12:23 pm
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Just about everyone who knows me knows I do NOT like to shop.  I have mentioned before, too, that I hate money and it stresses me out.  Well, yesterday I actually got to enjoy shopping!  I had to do my shopping for stocking stuffers for my kids (no easy feat with 6 kids!) and I was able to use not only some money that someone had kindly given me for that purpose, but also my rebate check!  (Ok, ok, I know, I will quit raving now!)  So that was all free. 

On the way out of the shopping center I remembered I had an unused portion of a gift card that I had not used so I was able to use the remainder to buy some really nice Christmas decorations to put on top of my cabinets in my kitchen.  One is a nice big set of those opaque-glass, glazed snowmen and the other thing I got were some Christmas-y tall platform candlestands.  That was fun! 

After having lunch with my hubby I remembered he had a gift certificate for $15 to the local Christian bookstore he had gotton as a thank-you for being a Sunday School teacher.  I asked if I could use it to go buy this which I have been wanting ever since I first saw it.  (BIG fan!)  So of course he obliged and off I went. 

You know, I really don’t like to shop… but when I get everything for free it ain’t so bad!  😀

Don’t tell me you are surprised
November 29, 2006, 1:55 pm
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Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know “no” from “know.” Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

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Works For Me Wednesday
November 29, 2006, 12:37 am
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Wfmwheader_copy3_7_9 I’m sure you can find some better ideas than this one if you pop on over to Shannon’s! I’m running on empty here…!

Baby poop.  I wouldn’t believe you if you told me you were a mom and your baby NEVER once pooped out his diaper.  Actually, I’d ask what brand you used, but that’s beside the point.  Here’s my fail-proof (well, in my experience) no-mess way to get those nasty stains out.  I have a large jar with its lid in my laundry room.  If I get a baby poop item I put about a tablespoon of OxyClean in there and fill it with HOT water.  Put on the lid, and shake it up.  Drop the baby item in and replace the lid.  Shake, shake, shake.  Now forget it for a day or so, unless you happen to walk by.  Then shake it again.  On the next laundry day dump the whole mess in the washer and launder as usual.  And save your jar for the next time, because you know there will be one. 

Aw shucks
November 28, 2006, 8:30 am
Filed under: Life

I can’t believe y’all jumped all over that purse/bag/whatever-you-want-to-call-it thing I just happened to mention in passing!  I got not only comments from interested folks but I got a TON of emails from people who were interested.  I’m really appreciative!  I spoke to the Ever-Wise Mr. Grits about it and we decided to make it a matter of prayer.  There are a number of considerations I have about doing such a thing and I don’t want to barge right in.  It really was just a "thought" when I mentioned it.  Certainly a "random thing."  My biggest interest was finding a way to raise money for our missions trip to Scotland next summer.   Still praying about that one too. 

On to an irritating thing…

My cell phone has been acting up for a while– garbled service, etc and so I called the company to find out what was going on.  I was out of contract and could upgrade my phone so the gentleman on the other end of the line suggested a new phone may help, as software upgrades, etc make a difference.  So I got the cutest phone!  It was PINK.  But it stank.  Bigtime.  So I sent it back, very carefully observing all the guidelines so I wouldn’t be left phoneless and in a contract.  Yesterday I called the company, told them that I was less than pleased with my current reception and that I had tried a new phone, etc, etc, etc… and that I had come to the conclusion that I must switch carriers.  I would be taking my phone number but after 7 years with them I’d finally been let down.  A very nice man did all the necessary things to shut ‘er down and I emphasized that I would be moving my number, was this how I needed to do it?  He assured me, yes, this was what I was to do and that the new carrier would handle the rest.  Cool.  So I pick my new phone, service, etc and at the check-out page it said "Make sure you don’t cancel service with your old carrier until this one is up and running" (or something like that.)  Oops.  So I call the new guys, explain it all, and he said, "Well, basically that is between you and the old guys" but I told him I had explained to the old guys I was transferring that that the gentleman had told me something about it going until the 7th… was that what he was talking about?  The feeling I got from this guy was, "This is your problem; not mine."  ARGH.  CUSTOMER "SERVICE!"  SO I said, "Well, I’m talking on the old phone now (my house phones were all dead whicih is nothing new) so all must be well. 

Ok.  Good.  We are fine.

Until this morning when the old phone has no service. 

I guess I’m out of luck and may be changing my cell number.  WHY CAN’T THINGS BE EASY?? 

OH and by the way, I went through to switch my service and got $15 back!  Woohoo!

****EDITED UPDATE:  My new cell phone was in the mail TODAY from UPS (along with 3 boxes of Christmas items!!) and when I got it I got Mr. Grits to call my old number and it RANG!  Praise the Lord for small mercies!!!  Woohoo!

I need something to blog about…
November 26, 2006, 9:12 pm
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Random things:

–  Our house is decorated for Christmas but we don’t have a tree.  Well, we got an inexpensive fake tree for our kids to have upstairs.  They are making the ornaments and have colored lights on it, which I can’t abide. 

–  Mr. Grits had a Session meeting, so I didn’t want to cook a real dinner for the kids, knowing full well they wouldn’t eat it and I’d get frustrated.   That and I need groceries.  It was a dash for the pantry to figure out "WHAT can I make with a can of pumpkin, some chocolate chips, and flour."  The answer came out to pumpkin pancakes which are a treat and we love them.  So I start cooking and lo and behold I’m out of eggs.  So NOW what can I make?  I found an old recipe for homemade granola so that’s what we had!  It was yummy and we were all satisfied.   Weird. 

–  Strange but true:  we have 2 dining rooms in our house.  One is more formal; one is smaller and has french doors to the back screened in porch.  Our original plan was to have breakfast and lunch in the smaller one (we call it "the green room" because I painted it "Boston Fern" from Behr.  Nice color), and to have dinner together in the other one.  (It’s just tan.  And has holes in the wall where Sugie yanked on the curtains and the rod came flying out the wall and fell on her.  But I digress.) 

But we don’t. 

And part of the reason is because the green room has become my extended laundry room (ok, not really but the REAL laundry room is just off of the green room and…) You can imagine how much laundry we generate.  G’ head.  Just imagine.  See the moving laundry at the bottom of the pile?  That’s either me trying to get out… or it’s that the dirtiest of items down there are trying to crawl away. 

Digressing again.   So right now it’s because the green room is my sewing room and I have some serious sewing going on.  I am sewing handbags for the women in the family (anyone got a clue for the men???), a dress for Bee for her baptism (I can not believe I haven’t made that poor child a thing!), and some Roman blinds for one of the MDO classrooms.  It’s a mess. 

Yes, that was my whole point. 

-I have been thinking about trying to figure out a way to raise money for our Scotland missions trip next summer.  I thought about making some of those purses and selling them but I’m really not sure (1) how much they would be worth and (2) where to go about selling them and (3) if I will consistently have the time to do that and most importantly, if anyone would even want one!  I made one for Sister and I patterened it after her Bible so she uses it to take it to church (she is very much not into purses.)  It’s really cute. (Picture below…)  The loop for the toggle is sticking up because I haven’t figured out just what I want to use for it yet. 


Told you I needed something to blog about! 

Don’t forget!
November 24, 2006, 5:11 pm
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For those of you doing your Christmas shopping online this year don’t forget to go through for money back.  I already have gotton lots of money back and it’s so easy– a no-brainer!  And if you click through here, you get $5 when you make your first purchase.   (And so do I!)  I’m already getting rebates from my Christmas shopping.  Also there are frequently coupons posted too for money off.  What a deal!

Sorry to pull a shameless like this but it’s just too good to pass up!  (Especially if you have big ticket items on your list.)