Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Winn Dixie Sleepover

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Because of Winn Dixie is a book written by Kate DiCamillo and later made into a movie.

Opal, a lonely girl and her preacher father live in a trailer park. While at Winn-Dixie Supermarket one day, Opal notices a Berger Picard running around the store creating chaos. Not wanting the dog to end up at the dog pound, Opal tells the manager the dog is hers and that his name is Winn Dixie. Opal takes the dog home and hopes she can convince her father to let her keep him. After some persuasion he agrees.
This is a wonderful, heartwarming movie suitable for all ages. It examines abandonment, loneliness, understanding and hope. 

During the promotion of the movie in 2005, Winn Dixie Supermarkets had for sale stuffed animals resembling the Winn Dixie dog from the movie. I bought one and I still have it. It’s as close to owning a pet dog as I plan to get.

Just recently, a local library sponsored a Stuffed Animal Sleepover for young children. They were to bring a stuffed animal of their choice and leave it overnight.

While the animals are there, the staff will take various pictures of what they (the animals) are doing then post them on Facebook. I’m not a young kid but asked if I could bring Winn Dixie to the sleepover and was told yes.
First, I had to fill out a form concerning my stuffed animal before I could leave him.
  1. My friend's name is Winn Dixie
  2. My friend's favorite snack is Oreos
  3. My friend likes to chase cats
  4. My friend can't go to sleep without a lullaby
  5. Any other instructions for your friend? He has a peanut allergy. No horror movies.

Below are pictures the library staff took and posted on Facebook. The captions are mine.

*NOTE: The stuffed animal in the toilet was placed there by it's tiny owner when tiny owner's Mom took him to the restroom. After being fished out and rinsed, the stuffed animal was placed in a ziplock bag and allowed to sleep over. 😀
That's it***
Next week: Dominoes Masters Games

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Grocery Shopping Online, "First Time"

(Late and only 5 photos. email had not sent the pictures I took. Grrr😠 )

Grocery shopping is right up there in the top five of things I dread doing. I will make all kinds of excuses to myself as to why I can’t do it. A day turns into a week. A week turns into weeks.  

During this time, I’m eating fast food.  I have three places I’m a regular. Being a creature of habit, I get the same thing every time.  Not surprisingly, the full-time employees pretty much know what I want and will ask, “You want the Kid’s Chicken Finger meal?”  The answer is always,” Yes.” I get the Kid’s Meal so that I won’t feel as guilty for eating fast food.

I’ve been told the proper way to food shop is to;
  •  have a list of menus for the week. 
  • Make a list of the items you’ll need for the menus.  
  • Stick to the list when you shop. 
I don't want to do any of the above three. It's okay. You can call me lazy. I know my strengths.
I had a menu sheet from a previous time I wanted to eat nutritiously 🤩.  I decided to use it to try online grocery shopping.  I chose ALDI.

First, I had to register at Instacart. I'm assuming it is the software agent used by grocers for online purchases.  I went to ALDI's website and discovered that they also deliver. (even better) As an extra incentive they will give you $10 off your first three purchases of $35 or more. (I'm beginning to like this) AND, delivery will take place within one hour. ⭐⭐On a previous site I'd seen delivery within 2 hours. Still, that's great.

The page was categorized by departments such as Produce, Meats, Canned Goods, etc. I typed in my items and the amount I wanted. 

I apologize for my poor pictures. 
The ones I took haven't downloaded to my e-mail yet.

I pressed ENTER and immediately I was taken to my $ sum along with any other fees.
Order Totals
Items Subtotal
Delivery Fee
Sales Tax
Service Fee
Credit/Discount Applied
Savings from ALDI
ending in 4355
Original Charge

Shortly afterward I got a text  stating that the shopping had begun. As the shopper shopped, she'd send me a text if an item wasn't in stock and would send pictures of a possible substitute. I'd let her know yay or nay. On only one item did I ask her to omit it from the list. She made great choices.

Within an hour and 10 minutes I got a text stating that my delivery was on the way. Turns out she was actually at the door. After omissions and substitutions my bill ended up at $59.??  A new list and total lets you see what was substituted, price, amount and etc.  You can also add on to the list while the shopper is still in the store. I chose to pay by credit card in case a discrepancy came up. Debit is cash and hard to retrieve.The service fee is what the delivery person is paid. I  put in a tip.
The delivery person was prompt, polite and all about business. I did ask if we could take a pic together since this was my first time.  She consented and then was out of the door. Afterward I received a picture of her from ALDI along with her first name. Reminded me of Uber's set up. There may have been a picture before she began shopping but the cell wasn't behaving properly until I texted her back during the shopping to let her know I wasn't getting the pics.

I was pleased with the service and will use it again. I also plan to explore other online grocery store programs

Well isn't that grand? 2 minutes after I'm about to close this post, the pictures I sent to my email have arrived. 😠Not adding them.I'm done.

That's it***
Next week: Winn-Dixie Sleepover

Excuses, excuses

Today's post will be later this evening.😟 I know I made a challenge with myself.  But, I have until 11:59 p.m.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

My First Craft Show (reprint from August 26, 2012)

The following is a reprint of one of my favorite posts from August 26, 2012. I no longer participate in craft shows but I enjoyed it while I did.

My First Craft Showing

Unable to have the banner I'd designed in Publisher, printed at an office supply store, I resorted to making this one around 11:00 pm, the night before my display.

I'VE  BEEN FREQUENTING THE  East Lake Farmer's Market (ELFM) at East Lake United Methodist Church. . From a previous post you will know that I subscribed to picking up a half basket of fresh fruits and veggies as well as homemade goodies every other week. This week was different in that I got to display my own craft items. This  is something I've wanted to do for a long time but couldn't get up the nerve. I enjoy being in the company of others who craft. I found it at ELFM. I was not so much interested in making money as I was getting up the gumption to actually get out there and experience the craft vending world.      
Most books I borrow from the public library but I was so impressed with, The Handmade Market Place by Kari Chapin that I bought it. It is chock full of worthy information and tips. It seems that every question I had was answered somewhere in her book.
A table showing my wares.

yellow tie dyed tee shirt scarf with matching yellow beads.
Here is one of my 4 cardboard models. As stated I "reuse and redesign  with discards." I found these photos in  a 2nd hand shop. They'd been taken from discarded photo albums. I was looking for vintage photos and found what I wanted. I took the head shots to Staples and had them enlarged. I then asked and was given cardboard boxes from a car parts warehouse (They have the best boxes, Sturdy and clean) and cut out the shapes.   The initial inspiration for the models came from  Bea Graansma and Carolina Gonzalez .
All neckwear comes as a duo. A tee shirt scarf with an accompanying  vintage necklace or a tee shirt necklace.
The lighted compacts in the forefront have vintage photos also.

**BTW All of the photos I used are from a secondhand store. I don't know any of these people. 

Neckwear doubled
White tee shirt  scarf worn with a decorative pin.
The neckwear can be worn together or separately. Most lengths are in the 30+" range. It can be worn long or short by doubling the necklace and scarf around the neck. Wearing it with a brooch  or pin would be nice also.
I only decorated 4 compacts. To see a close up of the others click the photo of the table above. I sold three of them. Below is a closeup of the first one to sell.

This is the backside of one of the lighted mirror compacts

This is the front side of the compact. I used lace, photo and cut outs from thrift outlets. I call this one "Saturday on the Town."

I didn't have a picture of the pink one showing the lighted mirror when slid open so
this is  "On the Beach".   Slide open to use the mirror. Slide the cover farther down to use the mirror lighted.

This is Lois whom I met weeks earlier. She gave me the info on who to call to get the "hook up" to be a vendor. We shared a booth this past Saturday. I was facing north and she was facing south. Look over her shoulder and you'll see my table behind her.

I am proud of myself for finally getting out there and trying it out. I'll be there again next week.
THAT's IT*** Reprinted from August 26, 2012