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Herb Jar

Posted by terrepruitt on May 15, 2019

I have toyed with having an herb garden for a long time. There are always reasons that keep me from doing it. One reason is the only place to keep it is in the kitchen on one of the window sills and since the kitchen is the only room in the house that is not always all cluttered I hate to do that. Another reason is the cats. I don’t want them chewing on the various herbs. I just figure they would want to chew on them. And, as I said, the only place to grow the herbs is on the kitchen window sills that would mean the herbs would entice the cats onto the kitchen counters. The cats are not allowed on the kitchen counters, which is not to say they don’t get on them when we are not around.  But I don’t want things up there that entice them. I do always look at various little gardens and pots for growing herbs but decide against it. But recently I saw a self watering blue jar in a catalog I thought I would try it. The jars were for one individual herb. I WANTED sage because its leaves look the frilliest and I would love to have sage to make some sage butter, but the internet warned me off that (cats). I ordered basil.

Well, it turns out the jar is not blue it is green, oh well. I started growing the basil on May 2nd and here (see photo) on May 10th I spotted some little shoots. And today, May 15 they are twice the size. I am looking forward to having basil in the not too distant future.

Do you grow any herbs? What kind? Do you grow then inside or outside?

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Gotta Be Paranoid

Posted by terrepruitt on May 8, 2019

Recently I was reminded about how no matter what, you have to be diligent. It helped me feel better about my recent actions at the grocery store. I was at the grocery store and pulled my cart next to the produce I wanted to buy but then realized that the bags were across the aisle. It really was only about four or five steps away and I took one step toward the bags but then decided that as much as it was an annoyance I had better either take my purse or the whole cart. I felt foolish, but I pulled my cart over to the bag dispenser and grabbed a few bags. Sadly that is what we have to do in order to keep (adjective) thieves that see things as opportunities at bay. It only takes a second for a practiced pickpocket/thief/(adjective) to take your purse or your wallet out of your purse. And it only takes that one time for you to drop your guard and then you are stuck dealing with the aftermath. It can happen to anyone.

I won’t buy a purse that does not zip and it is not really because people can easily slip their hand into bags with one snap, it is more because I literally throw my purses around and I don’t like the stuff to fall out. It is just an extra added bonus that a zipped purse is more difficult to grab a wallet out of.

It is so unfortunate that we always have to be on the alert and on the defensive but there are experts (adjective) thieves out there that know how to use sleight of hand and distraction to take what they want. When they take what they want they leave a trail of waste. The violation they have done. They have taken what is yours and what you have worked for. They have taken your information and your sense of safety. It is just so awful.

I have often wanted to post about my habit when I go to the grocery store, because I think it might help someone. Then I convince myself that it is silly. But this past week has made me think that being cautious is not silly and while it may seem paranoid, if it saves us from having to deal with the aftermath of the (adjective) thieves then it is needed.

In addition to guarding my purse in my cart like a mother bear guards her cubs, my diligence doesn’t stop when I leave the store. I park my cart next to my car. I unlock my car and put my purse in my car then I LOCK my car. I want my purse locked in my car and not sitting in my cart while I am busy putting my groceries in my trunk. I want to make sure my car is locked so that someone can’t just walk by while I am bent over in my truck and grab my purse. Those cars that have all the doors unlock when one door is open are just asking for trouble. I make sure my purse is locked up.

That way if the “I need help” type of (adjective) thieves try to get my purse the door will be locked. One person trying to distract me while the other one gets my purse type of thing can’t happen.

Sadly, we just must be diligent. You can’t hang your purse on your chair and think it is ok. You can’t leave your purse in your cart and be a step away from it and think it is ok. You can’t have your purse in your unlocked car while you are right there getting gas and think it is ok. Thieves are *adjectives* so you have to guard against them.

I hope you all stay safe.

What savvy thing do you do to protect against adjective thieves? What advise do you have? What stories do you have to share?

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Glass Stove Top

Posted by terrepruitt on May 1, 2019

For a month or so now I have been wanting to post about my glass stove top. Glass stove tops came up one time when a few of us were talking after yoga class, it is what made me think to post about it.  Then it came up again today, so I thought, “What the heck!” My parents’ house has a glass stove top and there is something on the burners. I had asked my parents about it but they claimed to not know what it was. I always thought that they didn’t clean it properly and then cooked on it again causing a blemish that couldn’t be removed. But it could be that the top got scratched from cookware that wasn’t made for glass tops. I don’t know. But it made me leery about having one.  We had one of those stoves that had the coil burners and I HATED having to take the coils out and clean the bowls underneath. Being such a spill-over-pot-cook I am, stuff used to spill over from the bowls into the underneath. To begin with the stove the bowls were in bad shape when we bought the place. So I really wanted the ease of just wiping the stove top. I did some research before buying one, though, so I would have an idea of how to up keep it. Our stove came with Cerma Bryte.

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The one thing that I remember the instructions stating was to let the stove cool before cleaning. For me that was so difficult. I was always worried that the crud would not come off and was anxious to see that it did, so a couple of times I didn’t wait for it to cool. But then I worried that doing that was really how my parents’ stove got stained and so I would wait. I didn’t want to have the cleaner or the material from the scrubber melted onto my stove. I am better now at waiting until the heat indicator light has gone off before I clean.

I just read the instructions and I don’t actually do what they say.  I pour the cleaner on the cooled stove, then use the scrubber to clean the stove, then I use a wet soapy dish rag to wipe off the loosened food and cleaner, then I dry the stove top with a towel.

It is easier at times to use the blade to scrape off most of the spill, then use the cleaner and scrubber to scrub the rest off. I am notorious for pasta overflowing. I swear I turn away for just a second and the pot is boiling over. That always leaves a great mess on the stove.

The information I read in my research many years ago, said that sugar was the worst thing for the stove. So I am always very careful when making hummingbird food. I don’t want to spill the sugar onto the stove or have the sugar water splatter on the stove. And then I wipe it up as soon as I can.

I have never used any other cleaner so I don’t know what else is out there or if it is good. I love my stove. I am pretty good at having faith that whatever I spill on it will come off, but sometimes I make such a mess I get concerned, but so far . . . so good. It is way easier to clean then the coil burners.

Do you have a glass top stove? What do you use to clean it? Do you find it easy to keep up?

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White AND Yellow Roses

Posted by terrepruitt on April 29, 2019

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I think it is odd how the roses have changed colors over the years.

It has been years and I still don’t know how to properly care for the roses. They just grow wild. Whenever I want to cut some to bring them in I do. And whenever the bushes start looking really unruly I hack them down. The last time they got a good hacking my husband had done it. I always have a fear that they won’t come back from such a drastic cutback, but they do.

Here are some pictures of the white and yellow rose bush. Do you see the photo bomber in three of the pictures?

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Do you have roses in your yard?

 

 

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M&M’s Get Personal

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2019

Party favors and whatnot. Do you like those kinds of things? Personal things that help add to the specialness of an event? I do. I love all that stuff. I went to a party that my friend had and she had goodies bags for all of her guests. They were full of silly kinds of things. Most of them could be worn to take pictures – you know how it is done now-a-days with props for a photo booth? Well, she had glasses and jewelry to be worn while taking Polaroids. It made for some great pictures. Well, I didn’t want to get that fancy and have things to buy and bags to make. But, did you know you can get personalized M&M’s? I learned about them for her party a few years ago. Her favorite color is pink so we had some pink ones personalized for her. I don’t see that I have any pictures of hers. I don’t remember what they said – otherwise I could have used the same sayings. When I had my 50th party I wanted some personalize M&M’s too! I ordered mine in blue. It is not easy thinking of a personalized message with only 9 letters per line. There are a lot of things you can choose, but the idea is PERSONALIZED. So here is what I ended up with:

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50 y/o TP!
Terre’s 50!
Terre’s FIFTY!

I mean, the whole idea was “personalized” and to celebrate and acknowledge the 50 years.

So c. is actually the abbreviation for century . . . .so “1/2 c.” is half century.

Many of you know y/o is year old. I thought 50 year old TP was funny. I mean, those are my initials, but it could sound like 50 year old toilet paper!

Then the last two . . . just trying to keep it personal. I couldn’t think of anything else. And the FIFTY was like a shout out to the “WHOA!” Whoa Terre is FIFTY!!! How did that happen?

If you have an event coming up where you would like to have candy it is really fun to have personalized M&M’s. It might be better to have them at a party where people don’t need reading glasses to read them though. 🙂

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Dance Like Everyone Is Watching

Posted by terrepruitt on March 20, 2019

When I was younger there was a dance place to go to every night of the week, except Friday, there wasn’t a good place on Friday nights. I don’t remember why, but I do remember that every other night of the week there was a place to go. And we would go, every night, except Fridays. Specifically on Sundays – dollar drink night – it wasn’t a case of calling people up and making plans to GO. The only reason you would call someone about it was if you WEREN’T going, otherwise it was just assumed you would be there. There was a small group of us that would meet up. The other nights of the week, we would usually need to make plans, but the atmospheres of the places we went to were ones that you could show up by yourself and be fine. It was easy to dance, drink, mix, and mingle with people until the core group showed up. It was pretty much always the same people at the same places so even if you weren’t friends outside you were friends inside and it was fun. But even though that were the case there was still that fear of getting up on the dance floor and dancing. That fear that people were watching you, judging you, or whatever that fear is about. One time we were out one of my friends solved that problem for me for life, he said something like, “Yeah, they are all watching – not because there is something wrong or they are making fun of us, but they are watching because they want to be us! They are watching because we are so awesome.” And from that moment on, I didn’t care who was watching.

This life changing statement/attitude is a great thing to have when dancing Nia. It really allows you to realize that dancing is not about the people who are not on the dance floor, it is about you and your body. It helps make it easy to just forget about the people who may or may not be watching and really move your body.

I just don’t agree with this thing/saying, the one that says to do all these things as if no one is watching or hearing or as if you’ve never lived before. But . . . I get the basic sentiment, I just don’t agree.

Dance like everyone is watching, but don’t worry about them – who cares? Dance anyway.

Love as though you have learned how to love and make it wonderful – Every. Single. Time.

Sing as though the whole world can hear you and STILL wants to listen.

Live in a way that makes you happy.

That is what I say . . . . today anyway.

How do you feel about the saying?

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Dancing Bug Butts

Posted by terrepruitt on March 13, 2019

There used to be this really cool Art and Wine Festival that my husband and I used to go to whenever we could. They always do it on Mother’s Day weekend so there were times when we would be visiting my mother so we wouldn’t be able to attend. It is a one day festival, which I think makes it a little challenging for the actual artists because driving from afar and setting up just for one day might not always be worth it. It used to be my favorite festival. It was small, but big enough that we could always find a lot of stuff to buy. And over the years we became friends with a few of the artists and so we would hang out in their booths and visit with them. One of the artists was the creator of solar art.  He put together things with solar cells and they would spin.  He made solar bugs. The festival isn’t the same as it used to be, it is less artists with really cool stuff and more like booths of merchandise that you can buy from Oriental Trading Company. At least that was how it was the last time I stopped by.  We don’t make it a point to attend, but we did hear from the solar guy recently.

The artist of the solar bugs sent us a note at the end of last year and said that he had redesigned his “solar dragonfly’ and offered us one because we had always been such great customers. So we are the lucky recipients of this newly designed solar dragonfly. His past designs were the same in that the sun made the bug move around and his spiral wire butt danced. But they used to be secured on a small metal stake, so they would stick in the ground. This new design is for hanging. Since the bug is not secured to a stake at the bottom, Jon, the creator, has attached things on a ring that spins around.

These bugs are so funny. They make me happy watching them dance around. When the sun is bright and hitting the solar cells just right they really get moving. As they get less light they start to slow down. It is really fun when they are getting all the light.

If anyone is interested in buying a dancing solar dragonfly for your yard let me know. I can get you in touch with Jon so you can order one (or more)!

 

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I Can See The Benefit Of Online Buying

Posted by terrepruitt on March 6, 2019

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When I finally went to the doctor I was impressed and relieved. The doctor was so nice and gave me a prescription for both single vision and progressives. I don’t like the way progressives cut out such a big portion of the “viewing window”, with the lower sides – both inside and out – being just blurry. I don’t understand why they aren’t made more like bifocals but without the line. I thought that was what they were until I started looking at getting some. The first place I looked had different areas of blurriness depending on cost. The more you paid the more actual viewing area you have. That is annoying. Again . . . why can’t they make them so you are able to use the entire lens?

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I decided to really go out on a limb and order some glasses online. I looked at several online places and my first purchase was with EyeBuyDirect.com. I usually buy metal frames, but, as I said, the one thing that “forced” me to go get new glasses was the broken plastic pulling my hair out, so I didn’t mind that this place didn’t have any metal frames that I liked.

Since I was very leery about buying glasses online I didn’t want to spend a lot. Somehow I found REALLY CHEAP frames so I decided to buy two pair. I got two pairs of single vision glasses for $27.95 each! I figured if they didn’t work out then it really wasn’t that big of a loss. I mean, I certainly don’t want to throw $56.00 away, but I thought that it wouldn’t be too bad of a loss. While I don’t really care for the frames . . . one is too dull/gray and one is too dark, I do like the glasses. The lenses are great, the frames are comfortable, and they aren’t that bad (the colors). I love the sunglasses. I love the different colors and the little winged sides. They were more because when you add tinting to a lens it cost more.

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I ordered another pair from a different place. I wanted a metal half-rim. They were $36.00. I am waiting to see what they are like and if they will work. We will see.

Since the glasses are so much more affordable, I might just go ahead and try some progressives . . . they are a lot more than $36.00, but about half the cost of some places that I have seen. But, not having anything to compare them to, I am still kinda unsure. I mean, I have single vision glasses so when I purchases some online I could compare, but I don’t know about progressives.

Have any of you purchased progressives online? What do you think? Where do you buy your glasses?

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Breaking Out

Posted by terrepruitt on February 27, 2019

When my niece heard that Disney was changing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror out for a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride she was not happy. At that time she didn’t even like Guardians of the Galaxy. I had never been on the Tower of Terror so I was not attached to it. I DO like the Guardians of the Galaxy, but didn’t really care that Disney was doing a ride based around it. When we went this past week to Disneyland we also went to Disney California Adventure, that is where the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! ride is. I wasn’t really planning on going on it because I thought it was just a tower drop ride. I am not a fan of those. I had my fill of that type of ride when I was young and went to Great America and rode The Edge that was there. But, I decided to ride it, however my niece was making me nervous because she was nervous. She had me convinced I was going to wet myself because we have to stand in line for a long time and by the time I get to the ride I have to use the restroom. But it was super fun and I walked off dry!

It is not JUST a drop ride. The drop ride I mentioned, took you up in a lift, at the top of the tower the lift was moved forward and then it dropped. The bottom of the tower/ride was curved so you ended up lying on your back. It was not my favorite ride. I thought the Guardians of the Galaxy ride was going to be a bit of the same, but it is not.

The Guardians of the Galaxy ride takes you up, then drops you, then takes you up then drops you. It goes up and down. It is hilarious. In the middle of the ups and downs the lift doors up to show snippets of the cast of the movie working on the “break out”. At one point it takes you all the way to the top and opens the doors so you can see out over the park.

The manufacturer was Otis Elevator Company. Well, that actually makes sense, as it is an elevator. The ride has six songs and six versions. According to wiki the tower is 183 feet high, the drop is 130 feet, it’s speed is 39 mph, and the ride is 2 minutes and 10 seconds long. It is pretty fun.

My niece wanted the group that was going on it to be in the same row. Since my family goes to the parks all the time she was able to figure it out.  So that was our (mine and my husband’s) first ride on it.

We only went on it twice. Once in the back row and once in the front. I thought I wouldn’t like the front, but it was fine. Any seat is a good seat. It is not like a roller coaster where you get whipped around more or less depending on where you sit.  My niece loves this ride now.  I don’t think she misses the Tower of Terror.

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Do you like drop rides?

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Disneyland Information

Posted by terrepruitt on February 25, 2019

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“Disneyland officials won’t discuss daily attendance numbers, but theme park experts estimate that the 85-acre park draws an average of about 44,000 people a day.” This information is from 2015.

A website called Statista claims to have figures on attendance.  Stating that attendance at the Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 2017 was 18.3 million.  That is about a 6,000 person per day increase from 2015.

Disneyland had 53 attractions (as of March 2017). Attractions include exhibits, shows, and rides. (Wiki)

Popsugar says Disneyland sells 2.8 million churros a year. That is roughly 7,671 churros a day. I had a bite of one. Not that exciting for me.

Travel and leisure had an interesting list from December 2016:

Top eight rides at Disneyland:

“1. Splash Mountain. Clocking in at 10 minutes long, Disneyland’s take on the classic log flume is well worth the wait. 
2. Indiana Jones Adventure
3. Pirates of the Caribbean  
4. Matterhorn Bobsleds
5. Haunted Mansion
6. Mad Tea Party
7. Space Mountain
8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”

It was way too cold for us to go on Splash Mountain. We went on Indian Jones twice over a two and a half day period. Thankfully we went on Pirates of the Caribbean the first day we were there because it was down the other two days. I don’t need to go on the Matterhorn again. It is super rough. Haunted Mansion is always fun. I don’t know remember having been on the Mad Tea Party, but I am assuming I have, but when I was very young. I love Space Mountain. That is my favorite ride at Disneyland. Big Thunder I love too, but it was down at least one of the days we were there. We were there to be with my niece so she was in charge of what we rode. She had our Fastpasses on her phone and would reserve all of our spots for us. We just went where she said to do.

It was in 2017 that the Fastpass system was available on phones.  (Business Insider)

According to GOBankingRates.com:

It costs $3.25 million (estimated) daily to operate Disneyland.

There are about 3,000 to 6,000 people a day working at Disneyland.  The amount changes according to the need. So sometimes it is double.

“The estimated cost of employee pay per day is $396,000.  Many cast members are paid hourly, with most making $10 to $12 per hour.”

Estimated daily cost of landscape: $1.69 million

Estimated daily cost of roller coaster maintenance:  $7,424.00

Well, I find all of this interesting.  We enjoyed our time and I am thinking it will not be 20 years before we go back.

Have you been to Disneyland?  When was the last time you were there?  What is your favorite ride?

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