Sunday, February 20, 2011


Well, my new job is going pretty good, I am worn out, but slowly getting used to being on my feet all day again. I work from 7:30 till about 4:30 or 5:00, and have a 30 minute lunch, and about 20 minutes or so that I actually get to sit down besides that. This grooming shop is busy, busy, grooming about 35 to 40 dogs a day. And, with spring approaching, I am told it gets much, much busier!  I have finally learned the computer, but am still struggling with the scheduling and what kind of haircuts go in which time slot, all the lingo concerning certain cuts, clipper blade sizes, etc. My boss has been great, she is patient with me, and assures me in a couple months, I will be doing great (I sure hope so.) One thing is for sure....the day flies by, and that is the good part. I am so worn out that I usually go to bed around 8:30 or 9:00, but I am hoping as I get more used to it, my body will adjust and I won't be so tired, LOL.

All the horses, mules, and dogs are doing great, we got all the horses up Friday and pulled shoes and trimmed feet. Soon, everyone will be shedding their winter coats, and slickin' up, can't wait.

My son and his girlfriend go to the doctor tomorrow to find out the gender of the baby, and I am looking forward to finding out so I will know what to buy at all the yard sales I plan on going to soon!

I have gotten to relax today, just puttering around, doing some laundry, and even made a lasagna and homemade Lemon Cream ice cream (which was REALLY good.) Tomorrow starts my workweek again, but I only have to work about 4 to 5 hours on Mondays which isn't bad. Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Well, it's time......

Well, my life of leisure is officially over.....I started a new job this past Monday. I am training as a receptionist at a dog grooming shop. I will probably be posting less than I did before, so if it is a long time between postings, that is why......I just won't have time between working AND coming home and taking care of all the horses, mules, dogs, and cats.....sigh...... 

This job is perfect for is about 1.4 miles from my house, only 2 minutes away, so I can come home on my lunch break,check on all the horses and let the dogs out so they don't have to go all day without a potty break. The hours are pretty good too...I only work about 3 to 4 hours on Monday to catch up on paperwork, and then from 7:30 till about 5 or so in the evening Tuesday through Friday, and I'm off on Saturday and Sunday which is great!

I am thankful that this job landed in my lap, as hard as jobs are to come by, and it couldn't be more perfect for me, so I am looking forward to it. I am learning the system and trying to take everything in, so it is a little stressfull right now, and will be until I am comfortable with what I am doing, but it is always like that when starting a new job..... 

So until next time, hope everyone is doing good!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Goodwill Goodies........

I admit it.....I'm cheap! I love to get a good deal, whether it's using coupons to get cheap or free items, finding great deals at yard sales, the Thrift Store, or my favorite......hidden treasures at the Goodwill!

This last week I have found several really good deals. First off, I found this awesome little Villaware brand grill, which was brand new, it showed absolutely no signs of use at all!

It features the non-stick grill which removes for easy cleaning, and a pull out tray that catches all the fat and liquids, nice! I had a hunch this was an expensive little grill, so as usual, I went online when I got home to look it up. Sure enough.....the cheapest I could find it was on Amazon for around $60!!! I paid $3.99 at the Goodwill!!!! Not too shabby, and I have used it several times, and love it! I have grilled chicken, steaks, pork chops, and even used it as a Panini Press.

A couple days ago, I was browsing through the housewares section at the Goodwill, and came upon this little gem......

It is a Deni brand Ice Cream and Sorbet maker! It has been used, but is in excellent condition, with all the parts included, and even had the instruction book with it.....WOW!  So, I got it home, cleaned it up, and am just waiting for warmer weather so I can make some delicious homemade ice cream.

So, I looked it up online ( I just love seeing how good of a deal I got), and this one retails for around $40.....and I paid $4.99 at the Goodwill!! So I paid around $10 for both these items that would have been at least $100 if bought new......and they both are in perfect working condition!

So, what good deals have you gotten at either a yard sale, Goodwill, or a Thrifty Store? I love to hear about everyone's great finds!

Totally unrelated, but I have been cleaning house and doing laundry all day today......... so I stripped my bed, took the sheets and blankets to the laundry room, and came back into the bedroom to this..........

Are you comfortable Greta?...... sure looks like it! That dog wears me out, but I love her!!

Have a great day everyone!!