Thursday, August 25, 2016

Day 25 of Happy

It's Day 25 of the August Happiness Challenge! If you want to join in, create an icon of something, anything, that makes you happy, post your 'happy', and head over to One Gal's Musing and let her know, in the comments, that you're on board! That's it!

Today, memories make me happy! Ok, yes. Sometimes I will tear up when my memories take over my day but they aren't bad tears. They're kind of bittersweet in that I am so very grateful for the memories even though I miss the people or the times. Here are a few of my happy memories:

My grandparents:

Family reunions at Papa Campbell's house:


Sitting on Santa's lap:


The Lovelies' excitement at Christmas:

And so many more! Thank goodness for happy memories! 

What's making y'all happy today?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sweating to the Hodgepodge

How's the heat in your neck of the woods? It's oppressive here. Still.It seems hotter this year but, do we say that every summer? Hmmm. I'm looking forward to some cooler temps so I can get back outside and walk. Poor Tucker can't even stand it. The last time we walked, he stopped the last half mile and I had to carry him. Ten pounds doesn't seem like much until you have to carry it in the oppressive summer heat of the low-country. Once it cools a bit, we'll take Baby M for walks and, if Tucker gets too hot or tired, he can ride in the stroller. :)

Luckily, today is Wednesday and that means staying inside near the AC vent and enjoying the Hodgepodge!

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over') Rugs. I can't seem to make up my mind and, when I do, I refuse to pay THAT much for a stupid rug.

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? I feel like I rush fall but that's because I hate the summer heat. Summer would be fine if it didn't bring such oppressive heat with it. I think others aren't really rushing the seasons but are lucky enough to already be feeling the change in temps. The stores don't rush the seasons. They rush the holidays. If so, does that bother you? Not really. I do tend to get a little envious of those who live in areas where they're already feeling some cooler temps but when they get crazy below freezing temps in the winter, that feeling goes away. Until I see their snow, then it comes back. I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close? I've done all the summer related activities I care to do. Plus, I'm busy working on the nursery at my house for Baby M! Here's a sneak peek:  

Can y'all even tell the color in this one? It's a mint green. Kind of what you'd find in a 1950s house. I'll have better pictures later. The painting is complete now the clean-up and moving furniture around and putting together the crib...This has been a PROJECT, y'all. 

3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature? Nature tends to look the same down here regardless of the weather. I remember more seasonal changes pre-hurricane Hugo. Now, everything seems the same year round except for the leaves on the trees which fall off in the winter. We don't even get the beauty that fall brings to other areas. I'm going to go with the various shades of green that I see among the trees. So many shades of one color. It's pretty amazing. There's also a lovely emerald green that you can see in the ocean some days and I only see that in the summer months. 

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? No. I try not to judge at all but y'all know how that goes. I have no way of knowing the intentions of others and you really don't know what they are doing. I think I judge more by who I think they are rather than what I see them do. Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else? I define myself based on the person I am not on what I want to do or the things I do, do. What? Does that even make sense?

5. Are you useful in a crisis? It depends. Elaborate. If I'm expected to administer some sort of medical service then, no, I am not useful. However, if I'm expected to remain calm, maintain some level of logic, and know who to call and follow directions until they arrive then, yes, I am useful. I will break down after all is said and done, though. 

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Fruit smoothies. Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change? Yes. I've been making smoothies since before summer began and I'll continue. They're a great way to start the day and I like to have one ready for New Mommy Daughter since she's nursing Baby M. :)

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? I have given them as gifts and the recipients have enjoyed them. I have one but I haven't used it. If not is this something you think you might enjoy? I think so. There are times when I do enjoy coloring so, when those times hit, I'll pull mine out. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. I sure am enjoying seeing this little sweetie every day! Grandma-ing is so much fun! Be warned, though, when you have one of these and you talk to her or even when you just look at her, the tears are likely to begin flowing. There's just nothing like it! 

SO--- the August Happiness Challenge part of the post:

Day 23: Seeing my granddaughter every day makes me happy! (Have I mentioned that before?)

Day 24: People who don't believe everything they read on the internet make me happy! Wait, maybe that should read, people who don't share with me what they believe to be true that they found on the internet. Sheesh, y'all. For every 'fact' someone finds to support their view, I can find just as many to support 100 other views. Save it. 

 (If you want to join in, create an icon of something, anything, that makes you happy, post your 'happy', and head over to One Gal's Musing and let her know, in the comments, that you're on board! That's it!)

Have a great rest of the week, y'all!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ordering Groceries Online

Have y'all tried Boxed or JET? I have. I like being able to order bulk items online and having them shipped to my house in two days FOR FREE instead of going all the way up to North Charleston or  all the way to the far side of West Ashley to shop at Sam's or Costco. Yes, there is a minimum amount you must spend to get that FREE SHIPPING, but it's not that bad.

When I first tried Boxed, I loved it. All I had to do was spend $50 and the shipping was free. After the first few times, however, they up that amount to $65 for the free shipping. AND, their customer service is not the best. I ordered a shampoo/conditioner pack for one of the lovelies tand Boxed sent me TWO shampoos instead of one shampoo and one conditioner. I contacted them and received NO response. When I mentioned this in a review, they immediately responded that someone would contact me and resolve the problem. They never did. I don't like that. I also do not respect that. And I'm' not that fond of having to spend $65 to get free shipping. It is because of the customer service ball drop and the upped price for free shipping that led me to JET.

JET is great! You only have to spend $35 for FREE SHIPPING and that does not change. They also have a bulk section listed under the WHOLESALE tab. Also, I ordered some chips a few weeks back
and the bag was busted open during shipping. I contacted JET and two days later, a new bag of chips. Customer service heaven, y'all! They responded immediately and did what they said they would do. AND, they apologized. NICE people.

Do I order from Boxed anymore? Yes, but only when they show up on ZULILY because then, you only have to spend $50 to get the FREE SHIPPING. And, I don't shop with them every time they show up on Zulily. Because I do prefer JET.

I haven't stopped shopping at the grocery stores or farmers' market. I always go for the fresh, local, organic produce. But, sometimes, the convenience of online shopping is just what I need AND, many times, the prices are better online. Combine that with the two-day FREE SHIPPING and you've got a winner in my book.

UPDATE: After sending a link to this post, they have FINALLY refunded my money on the above-mentioned goof on their part. Of course, the apology came in an email wherein they tried to put this on me and yet because they're so awesome, they would refund me and give me a $10 credit. Wow. That would have been fantastic had they not claimed not to have received an email from me. Good thing I keep all correspondence of this kind. 

SO--- the August Happiness Challenge part of the post: customer service that responds and resolves issues quickly make me happy! (If you want to join in, create an icon of something, anything, that makes you happy, post your 'happy', and head over to One Gal's Musing and let her know, in the comments, that you're on board! That's it!)

Ok, y'all! Have you tried online grocery shopping AND, what make YOU happy today?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Catching up with Happy

This post is going to cover 4 days of the August Happiness Challenge, again. If you want to join in, create an icon of something, anything, that makes you happy, post your 'happy', and head over to One Gal's Musing and let her know, in the comments, that you're on board! That's it!

I was going to keep up with blogging since I'm not at school this year but life has a way of making you out to be a liar. I'm the lone stranger on the nursery project for Baby M at my house and that has been going rather slowly. Snail's pace is speedy quick compared to my pace with this room. It didn't help that I got sick. And, of course, Baby M is already coming over in the afternoons and there's nothing more important than watching her smile and sleep. Anyway---

Day 18: Hiring a guy to paint anything from now on will make me happy. Hell, way more than happy. Ecstatic. I have now added windows and trim to the list of things I shall never paint again. Ceilings are already on the list. I freaking hate painting. 

Day 19: Football makes me happy! Even preseason! Y'all might already know that about me.

Day 20: Caramel latte with an extra shot makes me happy! And bouncy. Especially when they accidentally put in TWO extra shots. Sheesh. Didn't speed up the painting process, though. 

Day 21: Friends who are beyond generous with baby clothes, strollers, cribs, toys--I have the BEST friends on the planet-- make me happy! Y'all are so AWESOME! Thank you a million! No, a gazillion! 

Ok, get your happy on and tell me about it in the comments! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Running with the Hodgepodge

Where is fall, y'all? I'm getting a bit tired of all this heat. I've been inside avoiding it for over one month now and I'd like to get outside. Meanwhile, school started without me. And yes, I was a little bit sad. Until my granddaughter arrived at the house Monday afternoon and, BAM! All joy! :)

Another good thing about being inside is participating in and reading everyone's Hodgepodge answers! WooHoo!

1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? None, really. I've already made a cookbook and I write letters. I dance around for fun and I've tried calligraphy- thank goodness Lovely 1 does this as my efforts were fruitless. Will you add it to your August? So, that's a, no. Besides, who has time for that when I have a baby to stare at every day? :)

2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? I'm not sure. Explain. I guess if it means that we can't be happy if we have everything we want because we always want more then, I guess that could be true. If he means that we will never have everything we want so we need to find happiness in the midst of 'the moment' regardless of what you have, then I guess I agree with that as well. To a degree. Maybe I just don't know what the hell Russell was talking about. College and thought producting brain cells was a long time ago. Ha! 

3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? I am not. If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. HOWEVER, this is changing. I'm beginning a few projects that require some vintage, or antique, items and looking around in thrift stores or flea markets are going to become necessary. 

4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? I'm going to say, 3. What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? On the rare occasion, this actually occurs, it most likely stems from a desire to get away or a strong desire to go visit someone. Other than that, I'm a homebody. 

5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? A sprinted marathon? How so? I'm working on the Divine Baby M's nursery at my house and, while the push is on to get it done, I feel it's been a marathon process. What does that mean? I'm doing it all by myself and I am slow but feeling the pressure to get it done!

6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? When I finish the nursery I have to paint one bathroom and this needs to be done before fall because that's when the work starts on the outside of the house. We are going to German smear the brick and replace the front door, shutters, and columns. And yes, we're doing it ourselves. Say a prayer. Or a hundred.

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time? The weekend everyone was home at the same time. There were several times I lost track of the time. And that was better than the moments I spent realizing the time was going to end too quickly. Which it did. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. The Divine Baby M has been here all week while her mommy went back to work. It's only part time right now because Baby M's mommy loves football season and, being an athletic trainer, she gets to be on the field and she loves it. She won't start back full time at clinic until the end of September. So, Baby M coming to my house every day is another reason to love football season!!! 

It's Day 17 of the August Happiness Challenge! If you want to join in, create an icon of something, anything, that makes you happy, post your 'happy', and head over to One Gal's Musing and let her know, in the comments, that you're on board! That's it!

I actually owe days 16 AND 17. 

Day 16: Happy families make me happy. Like the ones I get to read about on the Hodgepodge.

Day 17: Happy babies make me happy. Like the Divine Baby M!

Have a great rest of the week, y'all!