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By: palmettobug53, 10:08 PM GMT on July 30, 2013

Well, I figured I might as well get up something fresh and clean and make a new start. I haven't been able to think about a fresh topic, so this will have to do, for the time being.

I'm headed back to work tomorrow, in the first few steps of getting back to a normal routine.

Thank you and many (((HUGS))) to everyone who posted on my last blog. Your words of sympathy and support are greatly appreciated.

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Updated: 10:35 PM GMT on August 24, 2013


Ye Olde Cheapskate Blog

By: palmettobug53, 7:04 PM GMT on July 20, 2013

Thank you all for your sympathy and support.

Dad had been getting more and more fragile in the past 2-3 years. He had very severe respiratory issues, on oxygen and housebound. He was unable to do much more than sit in his chair, watch TV or get on the computer to play solitaire and check his blog and mine for daily news.

I am so glad I was able to set up those webcam links for him. He thoroughly enjoyed watching Phoebe raise her chicks this year. He also enjoyed watching the Alcoa Osprey nest cam.

Dad had been an avid outdoorsman all his life and the cams gave him a way to do something he enjoyed but couldn't physically get out to do in person.

He truly appreciated visits from my friends, who would stop by and leave a short message or post a photo.

Hubby and I will be leaving shortly to drive up to Orangeburg to Thompson Funeral Home to finalize the details of his service. I'm not sure when the visitation will be; probably tomorrow afternoon or early evening. I think the service will be on Sunday. We'll find out later today.

He will be buried beside Mama in the family plot there in O'burg.

I think the obit will likely be up tomorrow. It will be for George Connor Jeffcoat of Greenwood, SC.

I'll check in after we get back later today or this evening. I'm not sure what all might be going on this afternoon.

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You folks know me. I'm always on the lookout for bargains or cheap ways of doing things. The July/August issue of the AARP Bulletin has a list of 99 great ways to save.

It wasn't online when I put up this thread but here it is:99 Great Ways To Save.

It covers a range of catagories from finance, gardening and shopping to beauty, entertainment and at home.

Here are a few handy hints from that article, as well as a few I've heard of or found online. Feel free to contribute any handy, cost saving tips of your own.

I do this one a LOT: Instead of buying books, visit your local library. Depending on what services they offer, you can check out more than hard copy books. Some offer movies, ebooks and access to computers.

After hours, skip the ER for minor, non-life threatening health issues. A more affordable option is an urgent care center. To find one near you, search for 'urgent care center' or 'after hours medical clinics.' I've used them before, with great results. They run about the same cost as a visit to my PPC and they accept most insurances.

Instead of spending money on expensive eye creams for puffy eyes, try cucumber slices or cold, moist green tea bags. I've had one friend tell me that her mother uses hemorrhoid cream! The white cream, not the greasy, clear ointment, though.

Insulate odd shaped windows by cutting bubble wrap to fit. Lightly spray the window with water and apply the bubble wrap. It supposedly holds for weeks and is easily removed. The only problem I'd have with this is refraining from popping the stuff! It's addictive.

What to do with those tubes of lipstick that no longer reach the top of the tube? Use a lipstick brush. Or scrape the remnants out into a small jar, mix them up for a new shade and apply with a lipstick brush. You can also add a little Vaseline for a sheer gloss.

To detect leaks around windows and doors, use incense sticks. Then apply caulk or weatherstripping as needed.

Instead of buying plastic scrubbies for doing the dishes, save the plastic mesh bags from oranges and other fruits. Remove labels and staples and tie into a knot.

You can kill weeds by mixing up an inexpensive and eco-friendly spray made from white distilled vinegar and one cup of liquid dish soap. This is a variation of another recipe I've seen online: One quart vinegar plus 1 tsp dish soap plus 1/4 cup of salt. Use it on a sunny day after the morning dew has evaporated, when there's little or no breeze and no rain forecast for 24 hours. Do not get it on desirable plants. It is an indescriminate plant killer. I haven't tried this one yet but I plan to.

Spread cornmeal in areas where you want to eliminate weeds. Corn gluten is a pre-emergent. It will prevent both bad and good seeds from gernimating, so you would have to use in an area with established plants or one that you plan to plant with transplants. To determine the best time of year to apply pre-emergents in your area, note when the weeds begin to sprout this year and count back two or three weeks. That's when you should apply a pre-emergent next year. It's a little late to do that now but it's good to know.

Convert your small bills into big ones. You're less likely to spend that $50.00 bill than a $20.00 bill.

Take advantage of senior discounts. Many retailers and restaurants offer discounts to people age 55 and up, either daily, weekly or on certain days of the month. All you have to do is ask.

If your shoes get wet, stuff crumpled newspapers into them to wick up moisture. Or put a charcoal briquette inside a sock into shoes overnight.

This tip might keep deer out of your yard and garden: Mix 6 raw eggs in two gallons of water, let sit outside for a week, then spray around your plants. It may also work well for other unwelcome guests, such as that annoying neighbor or obnoxious relatives!

Need compost and don't have space to make your own? Skip your local home improvement store and check with your local government or recycling center. Our County Recycling center offers a spectaclular deal on compost at $10.00 per TON! If you need a slightly smaller amount than that, you can buy 1.5 cubic foot bags for $2.00 each.

If you need mulch, keep your eyes peeled for road crews. Ask if they will drop off a load of wood chips at your place. You can probably get it for free. You can also check with your local government/recycling center.

Don't forget your thrift shops, consigment stores and places like Habitat for Humanity Resale stores. Our local Habitat store offers used doors and windows, as well as household items and inside/outside furniture.

Want free plants? Don't hesitate to ask friends, neighbors or relatives for seed, cuttings, bulbs or shoots. Just be sure to respond in kind. I have several things in my yard that I've gotten that way.

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This photo was taken in September after they moved into Wesley Commons, a retirement community in Greenwood, SC. It was about 4 years ago, I think. Once you move in, they will take care of you for life. It's a very nice place. Dad and his wife opted for a free standing 2 BR, 2Bath, 2 car garage house.

Dad was freed from the onerous job of yard maintenance and could sit on his deck in nice weather and bird watch, sip a glass of wine, potter with the plants on the deck. He looks thin in this photo but he was robust compared to what he looked like for the past two years.

Updated: 10:04 PM GMT on July 30, 2013


Days of Summer

By: palmettobug53, 12:26 PM GMT on July 05, 2013

Back in the days of yore, before there was a TV in every house and long before personal computers were even dreamed of, the sounds of neighborhood children playing in the backyard were heard from one end of the country to the other.

Here in the South, backyard activities were generally carried on year round but spring and summer were the prime seasons. As soon as it warmed up outside, the neighborhood simply oozed with kids

Once school let out, though, it was about all our mamas could do to get us back inside long enough to shove lunch in our mouths. Five minutes later, the screen door would bang and we'd be gone. (Very few of us had A/C back in the Stone Age, either!)

Come suppertime, it was the same struggle to get us in for supper. With fathers home from work, there was no rushing through the meal, like we did at lunch. "Don't swallow your food whole. Chew. Quit fidgeting. You can go back out for a while after supper."

Was it just the fact that school was out that drew us outside? The longer daylight hours? Or the myriad things we could come up with to occupy our time? Probably all of that. There was just nothing like summer!

In my earliest years, there was a lot of former farmland near our street. Perfect for walks with the dogs, who would occasionally scare up rabbits. There were young and easily climbed trees in those fallow fields. There was a small bog/pond over there where bullfrogs lived, which may have been a former cattle pond.

There was a drainage ditch that ran beside our property that never seemed to go dry. It was full of minnows and crawdads. Much time was spent wading there and catching whatever moved.

In the spring, the ditch was full of toad eggs. We'd scoop them up, bung them in a small aquarium and put it on the dining room floor to watch the metamorphosis ensue. Mama was just as interested as we were. Until the toadlings started hopping out onto the floor and getting squashed flat. She drew the line at that and we'd be told to take them outside to finish growing up.

We had swings of various types; swing sets, homemade swings with wooden seats and heavy duty chain. Tire swings tied from a tree branch with rope. The best ones were the various big vines, such as Virginia creeper or wild grape. We spent much time perfecting our Tarzan yells!

We built tree forts and forts on the ground. We played cowboys and Indians and army. There wasn't a child among us that didn't have a toy gun of some type, girls included.

The arrival of the bookmobile every two weeks was eagerly anticipated. Many of us enjoyed reading, even the boys. As we got older, there were usually summer reading lists handed out at the end of the school year. Few of us minded. I always looked forward to seeing where those books would take me.

After supper was when most of the neighborhood kids of various ages would usually gather in someone's back yard for games. The daytime heat would be waning and we were all under warnings to not go too far and be back home before dark.

We played baseball, Simon Says, Red Rover, Hide and Seek, Mother, May I?, Red Light, Crack the Whip, Statues, Kick Ball and Dodge Ball, for the most part. I don't recall playing any form of football at these backyard gatherings. Perhaps the boys played that themselves, during the day. Very few girls would have participated and the backyard games were co-ed.

Time has probably enhanced my memories of these days. I know it was hot but I don't really remember it ever being too hot to spend outside. There were probably days when we whined, "I'm bored" but the threat of chores being added to our list were enough to make us find something to do.

What do you remember doing in those marvelous days of summer?

Here's a list, to trigger your memory of some of those games we played: Traditional Games.

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Many thanks for the wonderful get well gift!
Gams, OGal, Pros, Sandi, Karen, Emmy, Foxx, Beth, Ally, Wanda, Jus, surfmom, Ksmom, Caro, CLady, Shore, Wendy, Mike, Crab, Finn, Calpopy, GG, Aqua and beel.

It is now hanging up in our bedroom. Hubby remarked to me this morning how good it looked in there and added, "You have some really nice friends."

I know I do and I am blessed. It doesn't matter if your name was on the card or not; I appreciate all of the kind thoughts and well wishes. Many (((HUGS))), all 'round.

Updated: 1:41 PM GMT on July 09, 2013


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