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Today’s prompt was concerning pets, if we own pets, or why not!
This is our cats, Oreo and Arizona. They are my daughters therapy cats to help her recover from PTSD!
In my life they bring lots of trouble and causes more than thier share of disarray, another words, don’t let the cuteness fool you!
This is being sent from my cell phone for double points!
Later,
Reba

Who Else “De-junks” the House to Add More “Junk”?

Hello World! I hope your morning is pleasant and bright. While you are enjoying your morning coffee or quiet time alone before the family wakes up, I thought that I would ask a pertinent question.

My whole life, I have always saved things “cuz one day I am gonna need this”. Eventually that pile of stuff gets to the point of falling over and I have to de-junk that pile. I am famous for doing that with crafting supplies, material,fleece, my t-shirts, and buttons. By my t-shirts, I mean the t-shirts I physically wear on a daily basis. I don’t work, the farthest I go is the grocery store, so I love my t-shirts. No matter how thin, frail, and holey, my t-shirts get, I still wear them. When the t-shirt is at the brink of me looking like some sort of homeless person and I must give up the t-shirt, it’s almost like I have lost my best friend. Of course, the t-shirt is not trashed, rather up-cycled into something else usable.
I am also here to confess that I have a button fetish of sorts. I will purchase a top or coat at a thrift store just to cut the buttons off. What am I ever going to do with all these buttons? Probably leave em in my will to my kids as I can’t ever use them all, but for right now I am using them as crafts to make headbands and bracelets with. When we ruin a shirt or it becomes to thin to wear, the buttons are cut off, along with any other useable part of the shirt. If the shirt is just too cute of a print, I will cut that into scraps as well.
I am a crafter of sorts, I sell my wares to help support Laure+n and I. We attend several craft shows during the year and I also sell on Etsy.
Many of my items are hand me downs from friends and family, I am also a member of freecycle group, which main purpose is to keep the landfills free of re-usable items. I am a big fan of shopping thrift stores and garage sales, so if I have to pay full price for an item, you know I am desperate and can’t find it anywhere else.
I will make of post of items I have created in the past at another time. Right now, I am dealing with a very important question.

Who else here “de-junks” the house, only to bring more “junk” in. I am not referring to old newspapers or magazines or just junk. I am referring to items that I can use to create other items and even upcycle. “Upcycling” has become very popular in the last several years in order the rid the world of excessive waste. I use old blue jeans for several projects including blue jean quilts, purses, and headbands, old t-shirts are used to make dog toys, and hand me down scraps of material are used to make everything from quilts to hair bows, if it’s usable, it doesn’t get thrown out.

But eventually my craftiness takes over the house and I have to start decluttering. This week, I am decluttering the house of anything useable, including old clothes because my oldest daughter Becky is having a yard sale. So perfect time to declutter and help her make some extra money since she does so much to help out Lauren and I.
What does not get packed up for Becky’s garage sale is going to be packed up for a pet rescue group who is having a garage sale the middle part of April. I am doing dog friendly toys as a donation for the garage sale to send home with any animals which are adopted that day. Yep, that’s where my stash of old t-shirts, fleece, and that fabric I have been hoarding comes into play. As soon as I have several items ready to donate to the pet rescue group, I will make a post w/ instructions there as well. A couple of items require no sewing, the rest of the items, are just basic sewing skills needed.

As I am decluttering I have a long time friend texting me telling me that she “has a pile of stuff with my name all over it”. So the clutter around here may become more manageable but will never be completely gone.

As the old saying goes “one man’s junk, is another man’s treasure”.

With that I am off, to do what I do all day, which is everything, I be back later,
Reva

Good Saturday Morning to Everyone!

Hello World! It’s Saturday morning. Any plans for the weekend? Sleeping in (I wish I was)? Getting out and about enjoying your day?

How’s the weather? I know I ask too many questions for this early in the morning, but they are all revelant on my end, so I just go ahead and make this my first post for the day.

I wish I was sleeping in. My two daughters and I went on animal rescue yesterday, we had to run up north of Baton Rouge and we were gone for like 10 hours. Between, me waking up feeling terrible, the grandbaby who had to ride along being grouchy, Lauren, my youngest daughter having allergic attacks, my oldest daughter, Becky, doing her best to keep everyone healthy, us not having a clue as to where we were going and the GPS got us lost, and the fact that every 10 minutes someone was hungry, thrist or had to potty, we are lucky to have arrived home in the same 24 hour day.

The rescue group is called Rat Rescue, it’s in the town of Walker, kind of northeast of Baton Rouge. Don’t let the group’s name fool ya, we were not there to adopt the rats. Anyways, the group is run out of the founders home. She needed people to help her foster or adopt out her rescued pets. Becky and I took her a donation of a cage and some old bath towels. The family had cages stacked 3 cages high for the animals, mainly rats. She had rats with fur, rats without fur, small rats and she had big rats. I am not a fan of rats at all. I guess it’s the tail that gives me the hee bee geebies!

I do not like Baton Rouge, I can drive most any other big city, New Orleans and Dallas included, but something about Baton Rouge just gets confusing in my head. I have tried to drive Baton Rouge twice alone, while I was a truck driver and the results were always the same, I ended up lost, even though Louise, my GPS was fussing at me to go left. Heck one of the places I ended up, wasn’t even recognized by Louise, she was just as confused as me. SO I no longer drive Baton Rouge, even though if I get on I10 it’s a straight shot thru, I still do not go and I have extended family there, they come visit me here, in my neck of the woods.

I was always raised with animals. I had dogs, cats, iguanas, rabbits, lived on a horse farm twice, and helped run a dog boarding kennel for a couple of months. Once I was married and a Mom we had dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and chickens. The rabbits were always my favorite animals for whatever reason. So the fact that my children have a love of pets and a desire to help should be no surprise at all. As a family, 3 of our dogs were rescues, as well as 2 of the cats.

Becky was there to adopt an adorable 4 month old guinea pig, named Lee Lee. She’s white w/ patches of black and dark brown. Very well behaved and going to make a great addition to Becky’s home, she already has a baby girl guinea pig about the same age, Cinderella. Now Cinderella might have a princess name, but she tends to get a little unruly and bossy at times, so how those two share a cage will be interesting to say the least. My daughter also has 2 rescue hamsters. The first is a huge teddy bear hamster that she found on facebook. The hamster was only being fed celery and according to the post, if someone didn’t come get the hamster that day, the owner was going to let it starve as she couldn’t no longer afford hamster food. This hamsters name is Hammie, I.e. Hammie Hamster. Of course now Hammie is well fed and living in her own cage in the lap of luxury. Not only was hammie a rescue, but she’s also a special needs hamster. She came to Becky blind in one eye.

Becky also took in two fosters. The fosters are rabbits. When the rescue lady pulled the one rabbit out of a cage, my heart almost skipped a beat. It was a tri-color angora rabbit, my most wanted and desired rabbit of all times. He’s absolutely gorgeous. His colors are brown, a tan and black. His cage mate is also being fostered by Becky, and she’s a harlequin, mainly black w/ spots of brown and tan.

So now that Becky has her new pets to care for, I am a day behind on homeschooling lessons, even though Lauren did bring books and work on some lessons while traveling. I am also backed up on doing laundry as well as getting this house cleaned and in order. SO you ask how will I be spending my Saturday, now you know, just as I spend the other 5 days of the week, cleaning, teaching, doing laundry and caring my family and the cats. I will be back later, to post another blog,
Thanks again for the read, have a wonderful weekend,
Reba