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Unexplained purchases may come back to haunt you

Unexplained purchases may come back to haunt you


What do you do when your husband leaves at 4:30 am to hunt? My first thought is it’s too early to get up because it’s still dark outside. That leaves me one of three choices.


  1. Close my eyes and sleep for a few more hours.
  2. Bake those three loaves of banana bread I need for tomorrow.
  3. Research YouTube videos about the Cricut Explore Air 2.

You guessed it! The best answer to that question is #1. But after tossing and turning for thirty minutes, fretting over whether I had made a good decision about my recent purchase, I relented and chose #3. That banana bread can wait. Sleep will come when I least expect it.

I bought this nifty little machine yesterday, and frankly, it scares the heck out of me. I’m using that word, nifty, very loosely because I have yet to connect the power cord and turn on the switch to see what this baby can do.

So pretty and shiny!

What was I thinking? Like I really need another project to undertake. There was a great sale! What’s a girl to do? I figured I could cut out appliqués for some of the pillows I design for my etsy shop. After watching a few videos I realized there is just so much more I can do with this new piece of equipment. The endless possibilities are overwhelming. Where do I start?

I can see it sitting there in all its glory, right where I left it last night, surrounded by all the extra supplies and shiny new goodies that came in the bundle. All those items I have absolutely no idea how to use. I hear it beckoning to me in a ghostly voice. 👻“Come to me…Plug me in…Switch me on…Start your first project.“👻

I told H if I bought this item he would probably have to listen to a few choice words as I mastered the learning curve. Right now I’m dumbstruck and mute, no coherent thoughts in my head.

I tell myself to stop making excuses. Stop procrastinating. The sun is peeking through the slats of the blind.

Time to make that banana bread. Look who’s waiting now!


A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

This year is almost over and I’ve been very lazy in my blog writing, but it’s not because I haven’t tried. I looked through my drafts and counted twenty-nine – yes! 29 – partially written blog post for 2019. I was afraid to look back any further. 😬

This has been a busy year.

  • I published Avoiding The Tilt, my third book and then got bogged down in marketing and promoting.
  • I started an email list. You can sign up here. And believe me when I say you will very occasionally receive emails. So far there have been two since July. I do give free stuff away when I send out one so sign up and don’t miss out.
  • I purchased a new computer – a Mac versus a PC – so that has been a learning experience. I think I have the hang of it now. I know now I’ll never go back to a PC.
  • I have been working at my real job more this year. I actually had to work for six weeks straight in the shop in October and November. That was a nightmare because I usually work from home. Deb is retiring in February so there goes my job and all that free scrap fabric! 😂 Here’s where I use a lot of it.
  • And speaking of retirement, I’ll be there soon. Medicare is coming my way in December. My card has arrived along with my insurance supplement card. My insurance girl said I was the only one she has talked to who is happy about receiving Medicare. I’m just glad to be getting some medical insurance at an affordable price.
  • To relieve some stress, I’ve started dabbling in publishing low content/no content books. Yes, that’s a thing. What I love about it is making the book covers in Canva. So much fun! (I’ve got a lot of drafts here too) You can check out my content here . It’s stuff like this that makes great stocking stuffers at a low cost. I think I’m most proud of my password keeper books. Who doesn’t need one of those?!
  • Last, but not least, I’m still writing. Working on another book, but not ready to share details yet so stay tuned.

As you can see I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire. It’s no wonder all those blog posts got lost in the turmoil. The holidays are upon us so I see no relief in sight! We are traveling to Atlanta for Thanksgiving to celebrate with all but one of the kids. I’ll see her in December. What are your plans for Turkey Day?


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