Spring Break My Way
I really hate to say this considering all the snow-bound North Americans right now, but — spring is right around the corner here!
Although we have rain off & on, it’s quite warm — usually hitting 10° C [50° F] or higher. So, less house-bound days & more having-fun-outside days.
The little spring buds in the front have grown bigger & a couple of early spring flowers [both purple] have bloomed. One is a gorgeous crocus & the little plant — whatever its name is — already has two flowers.
Now, I have a better idea of what’s growing in this little flower bed. I can decide what perennials need to be added — like my favourite little flowers, the white lily of the valley, yellow crocus, & delicate daisies.
I took a break from writing, decorating, making patterns, designing projects — even, ugh, cleaning house. I took some time to have fun — to mentally refresh. 🙂
Lady & I spent more time playing outside — she definitely doesn’t mind rain & I love the warm rain as long as it’s not pouring.
I had a couple of great visits with my grand-daughter — it’s so much fun playing with the sweet almost-17-months-old cutie. I got a soft bunny for her for Easter but couldn’t wait that long to give it to her.
I didn’t realize how big Mr. Bunny was — she has to grab him tight! When she has him dance, his ears flop all over the floor. Now she has a new friend to add to her animal bedmates — I hope there’s still room for her. 😉
Always the bargain hunter, I was overjoyed with the deals I got at Home Outfitters. Typical me — I went in to get a good muffin tin for around $10 — came out with my arms full & my bank account $120 lower.
But wait! I got almost everything for 50% off so I figure this stuff is worth double what I paid! First of all, hmmm, something I’ve wanted for 20, 30, maybe even 40 years — ahem, a lady’s electric razor. Like seriously, I’m in heaven. I’ve wanted one of these babies forever but never willing to spend $80 — this Philips Ladyshave was ½ price at $40. Best of all, waiting until this modern decade means it’s cordless & rechargeable — bonus!
I’d seen this gorgeous tray in chocolate brown before & knew it would be a perfect side table — but not at it’s regular price of $89.99. Wow, plus tax, that would be over $100. I like the strong chrome stand & absolutely love the crocodile texture in red [no worries, it’s not real] — got this baby for $40 [tax makes it $45.20]. 😛
So, so far, paid $90 [with taxes] for value [yeah, that would be the MSRP I think — Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price? — with a HUUUUUGE markup] at regular price of $192 [with taxes]. Savings of $102 — yahoo! 😎
And I was quite pleased to get the last three of these beauties. Each pair of candle holders [including little wooden tray] was $2.39 — regular $7.99. Knowing I didn’t have candles at home, I picked up Yankee “Butter Sweet” votive candles for 99¢ each [I think their regular price was $1.49]. All these “inexpensive” accessories would usually cost about $50 with taxes — I paid $21.52, including taxes.
Oh yeah, there is one thing I paid regular price for — the muffin tin for $9.99. So, the GRAND total value of all my goodies would be about $253 & I paid, . . ., dum da dum, . . . $123. I saved, . . ., ta da — $130!
😀 Oh man, I’m always ecstatic when my savings is more than the receipt. 😎
Speaking of muffin tins, . . ., on one of those rainy spring days, my room-mate made a couple batches of wonderful oatmeal walnut muffins. Now Lady thinks you should simply give her some — it’s almost beneath her dignity to sit for a piece, . . . well, okay, . . ., if you must.
Mollie, the exploring cook’s dog, will do almost anything for food. While the rest of us are in different parts of the house [Lady with me], Mollie will sit by the kitchen counter — her eyes glued to the food all night — waiting for someone to give her a piece.
This time she had to suffer the torture of wearing a snap-closed jacket. 😀 Doesn’t she look like a gorilla? hee hee 😉
I felt sorry for her & asked if she really thought us laughing at her & Lady not going near her, was going to get her any more pieces.
She was a little worried, for maybe a minute, but, . . ., in her mind, persistence pays off. So there she sat, not moving, & not trying to get out of the coat.
Of course, she eventually got another piece [or two]. I’m sure for the next batch, she won’t have to stoop so low.
Now, it’s time for me to get back to glass work & maybe do some spring cleaning.
** most of the photos are mine but the ones of Mollie oggling the muffins are from Mark Bryant.