Goontz Feed

*Dead*

Phew. I think I AM dead. Why? Well, it's hot here and I have been hiding in the air conditioning like I mentioned yesterday. Well, I desperately needed to mow the front lawn. I went out and got the mower started up after some work. (it has to be rigged up to run! LOL) So, I get it running, go and I"m mowing and it starts sputtering. I was hoping it would straighten out, but no. It cut off. I walked it all the way back around and put gas in it, worked on it a bit, and started it. Went and got the rest done. Just the front, mind you!  So, I do that, and then remember my friend asked if I would trim some of the bushes in my driveway so they didn't brush his car. They don't brush mine so I don't pay any attention to them hanging out a bit. I came in, grabbed my clippers, and went to do that. Keep in mind that I'm already hot as hell from mowing. I get that done and then rinse off Goontz as I needed to run out.  Well, I turn to go into the house and realize my keys are not on my wrist. D'OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, I think and think, where the heck did they go?  I looked all around and then I remembered when I went out front to clip a few weeds at the street that my mower can't get, I laid them down. I go, thinking they are there and they are not. I think, okay, I know I didn't leave them there. What if I did leave them there? What if someone came and took them? They'll have a key to my house and to Goontz! I was freaking the f out as you can imagine. I looked in that area thoroughly, left, went back, and looked several more times. I had left my phone in my room, so I had no way to call anyone.  I remembered that I have a tool that lets me get in my back door so I went to get it and got inside. (Yeah, my backdoor has issues too!)  I look, hoping I had brought my keys in and forgot. Nope.

So, I got back out to the front spot AGAIN and look.  I go back around the house and just stood there trying to think. It was on my arm when I was clipping the branches, maybe when I tossed the branches to the side, they fell off? So, I look in the first place, nothing, I go to the next place, move the branches and BINGO!!!!!! I let out a HUGE sigh of relief. I gathered them up and came in. Of course, by now, I was so hot, that I was almost sick. I was soaked in sweat and just miserable.  I took off my soaked shirt, washed myself off with cool water, and came into my room with the air conditioner. I still need to run that errand, but it may wait until tomorrow!


Nope

I tried more things today and...nothing. Oh well. I did take a break from all that and run out and wash Goontz. He was pretty dirty from pollen, birds, and dirt! He is looking and I hope feeling much better now. I wrote, too. Now, I'm going to get away fro this desk and relax until bedtime. I need to sleep for about fifteen days. :( 


Yum!

I tried the spaghetti today that I fixed yesterday. It's delicious!  I will definitely do it like this again. It was so easy and it was all done in one pot! I love my Instant Pot!  I don't know how my friend liked his portion yet. He was supposed to eat when he got home from work this afternoon and got involved in working on something.  I'm still waiting to hear what he thought. As for me, I like it. I had my portion for lunch and dinner. I gave him a lot more than I saved out for myself, so I really hope he likes it!

I finally got my butt out of the house today to do my recycling. I've been meaning to do it for weeks.  I did that and then ran Goontz to the car wash. I really need a car cover. The pollen and bird dropping are getting out of hand! :p  In other news did write for Camp today. I'm doing well to write every day and I'm consistent with my word count. The only thing is, I'm not sure I'm going to finish the book by the end of April. I WILL have 50,000 words, but I will not be at the end of my work. I think I might just get to my 50,000 words and continue until April 30. Then, I'll pick the story back up in July for the second Camp. Then, I have to find something totally new for November. We'll see how it goes.

 

 


Snow and ice, so nice :p

We had some weather today. It wasn't as bad as they were saying it was going to be.  At first, it was supposed to be up to afoot. We only got maybe a couple of inches, but it's snow and ice so it's more dangerous on the roads.  My street was a mess all day. People went by a few times, but nothing like usual. The city did come this evening and plowed the street, so that is good. :)  I took a few snow pictures to share.

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Not very exciting as I didn't get outside to take more, but there you go. It was a great day to stay in and drink coffee. :p


Yesterday's thrift

Well, first of all, I had no clue we were going to thrift.  My friend texted me at noon and said he was getting off then and we'd go thriving.  I agreed and we headed to Reidsville.  We went to Salvation Army. I only got some vintage buttons there.  We ate and then went to the Goodwill there.  They had two Amazon basics office chairs for $15.00 each! These are $61 at Amazon. These chairs were brand new and assembled.  My friend didn't have room in his car to carry the chair so we bought it and let them know we'd be back to pick it up.  We headed back here and got Goontz and went back.  We picked it up and then headed on to a few more places.  I also got a Fossil handbag in Goodwill with owls on it while there. Very cute!  We got the chair and then went to Walkertown.  I found a few little things and one Fossil thing.  I got a tiny clear zippered backpack with colorful icons on it and a Fossil travel/toiletry bag.  Here is that:

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It's really cute!  We went to Mayodan and I found a few assorted goodies. A 3 ring binder, two wallets, a cover for my old video iPod, and I think that is all.  I probably forgot something from one of the places.  By the way, here is the exact chair I got:

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Amazing deal, yes? I loved that I didn't have to put it together too! :p  It still had the protective plastic on it and the little instruction booklet was included.  I love great thrift finds! As for my package, still nothing. I submitted a request via USPS as I said before and asked to be notified via email only.  They called. So annoying.  They left a voicemail and it was pretty much useless.  "It's stuck in transit... bla bla bla." No, really? Sheesh!


Busy me!

Today was busy and I still got my NaNo writing done.  I did my usual. Washing my hair and bed linen, putting away yesterday's laundry, etc.  Last night I was looking at Target's website to see if they had Christmas lights in yet. I have bought from them several times when my lights go out.  They didn't have any of the ones I usually get, so I looked around. Lowe's had them for $4 a box, but Home Depot had them for $3 a box. I decided I'd go with Home Depot.  I was going to do that tomorrow, but I checked today and saw that they were open until 8 pm and the curbside pickup was until 6. I bought six strands. I went to pick them up after a bit of a wait. The price was too good to pass up. I hope to get a few more strands in December if they still have them to store for future use.  Last year as I took the STILL WORKING lights off my tree, I plugged them in before wrapping them for storage and several of them no longer worked. WTF? UGH! So, if you remember, I tried to order some after the season last year but my order kept getting delayed and I finally had to just cancel the order.  These were available the same day and I got them myself! :p  Now when I put up my Yule tree I will have plenty of lights for it. 

While I was out, I went by the car wash and gave Goontz a nice clean-up.  I also picked up one of those delicious KFC sammiches! :D I ate at the park before heading back home.  I still have to put the bed linen back on the bed, but other than that, I'm done for today.  The extra hour of sleep last night just made everything weird. Good old time change. BLEAH!


No thrift for me. Phooey!

I thought my friend and I were going thrifting today.  We talked about it yesterday, but it didn't come to pass. Boo! I did run down to the grocery store to pick up a few things I needed. I wanted to get myself a little cake for my birthday tomorrow, but they were all out of birthday cakes! Phooey!  I got a six-pack of cupcakes instead.  Pink and yellow ones.  They are delicious as I had one early! :p  A funny thing happened when I was in the store. I went down the cereal aisle and there are several kinds of bagged granola there. I love granola and it hit me that I had bought two bags on my last trip. Then, I was going over in my mind, well, did I buy them? Did I get home with them? Where the heck are they! So when I got home, I looked and they were in the cabinet! lol I would have found them eventually, but it was funny because I had forgotten all about them!

My little Goontz hit 100,000 miles today! :( Poor fella!  I took pictures of the odometer at 99,999 and at 10o,000! I plan to stay in tomorrow except for running to Starbucks to get my free birthday drink. It's only available on the day of your birthday. I hope to run over and get that, but I might just skip leaving the house altogether and just spend a quiet day at home. My plan is to just relax and do whatever I want, so going out may not happen!

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D'oh!

I went to get my car inspected today. I got it inspected, but it needed front brakes. D'oh. I got them and the inspection sticker but I'm now pretty broke.  Thrifting trips will have to be very thrifty! :p  The place I went to has this cool old Pepsi bottle return rack. It's from way back in the day when soda all came in glass bottles and you returned them for the deposit. They had some old bottles in it, but most of them were newer ones. I thought it was cool in any case, so I took a picture to share. 

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They even had some old soda crates next to it as you can see in the second picture. I love vintage things. Of course, it would have been cooler had it been Coca Cola. :p


Finally!

I have needed to wash dishes for a long time. I kept putting it off. I finally got off my booty and washed them.  I am so glad to get those washed. I don't want to use any dishes and have to do it again. :p  I got my laundry going today, too. I just need to put it away, but it's getting close to midnight, so I'll put it away tomorrow.  In fact, I need to go and check and make sure it's dry.  I have written and done all the other things I needed to do today.  I"m going to relax for a bit.  I need to get Goontz a new inspection sticker on Monday. It's hard to believe that it's almost been a year since I got my Goontz! 


Tuesday Evening Post

Sorry for no afternoon post.  We ate and then went out for a bit.  I took a few pictures of the sky and beach before it got dark to share. This is probably my last post until tomorrow evening.  If I don't post then, I'll try to post on Thursday with a Google photo gallery of all the pictures I took. We'll see how that goes. For now, enjoy the ones I'm sharing. I still need to get my nightly beach walk. I am mostly packed so I won't have so much to do in the morning.  I'm ready to stay here forever and I'm ready to be home. I miss my Goontz!

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Tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, we are heading to Myrtle Beach tomorrow! :D  I just finished packing! LOL, I am usually done way before this. I have my things all ready. I only have to put a few things from the kitchen in a bag (coffee, creamer, etc.) I'm ready to leave now! :p  I wrote a bunch today and yesterday and I plan to write some more before putting my laptop in the bag to carry it. I always put my laptop in my suitcase with the electronics, but this laptop is too big so I'm going to use the laptop backpack that I bought at Office Max.  I think I got everything I need for the trip ready to go. I still can't decide on which bag to carry. I want to carry one of my cute little Fossil bags but I want to make sure it's the right size.  I don't like carrying my regular bag with me to the beach.  I usually pick one big enough for my trip journal to fit, but I am thinking if we are going into a restaurant, I can just carry it in with me.  I wouldn't carry it in a store.  The little Fossil bag I got last summer is so cute and I've not been able to use it because it was smaller than I thought it would be. I think I'll probably use that and just carry the trip journal.  Ah, I wish we could go tonight! I'm ready. I wasn't this morning, but nows that everything is packed, It's a go! I will try to post several times a day from the beach as I usually do.  The room we have is a two-room, room.  In other words, there is a bed, desk, dresser, tv, closet, and SINK! in the first part, then a kitchen and bathroom in the middle, and a two-bed bedroom with all the things in the first room (except the sink) and a table and chairs.  I can set my MacBook up at the desk.  I will try to do at least two posts a day and possibly three.  I will be sharing beach pictures and I'll try to take pictures of some other interesting things as I go. I'll also be posted to Insta. :) I have not used any money on my Starbucks card all month and I have several freebies so I'm set on that too.  I just finished the kitchen stuff, I've laid out my clothes, I just need to load this laptop in it's bag and load my friend's car.  No Goontz this trip. I drove him for a bit tonight so he wouldn't feel left out. :p


A week ago....

Yes, the last time I posted was a week ago. Sorry about that! I have NOT found my Golla pouch! I have looked several times but so far, it's nowhere to be found. It will show up eventually. I thought I'd check on eBay to see if I could find one.  I found someone selling the exact same pouch in a different color scheme.  Mine is dark grey on the outside and purple on the inside. The one I found on ebay is light grey on the outside and orange on the inside. It's brand new, too!  I ordered it and the estimate was from May 28 - June 2. I was hoping earlier since I bought it for the beach!  Luckily, it came on Wednesday!  I have it and it's ready to go to the beach.  Wednesday was also a busy day. My friend purchased a new car that for himself. It's a 2018 and it's very nice. He has been wanting to get a newer car so we don't put so many miles on Goontz. It will be a thrift trip and beach trip vehicle. He'll keep his old vehicle for work and other stuff.  It's very nice and it's comfy to ride in.  He got it Wednesday and we rode up to Nathalie where I got my title transfer and tags for Goontz back in July. We had to wait a long time then, Wednesday we didn't have to wait at all! It was crazy, but nice!

We came back to Danville and then he wanted to drive the car a bit more so he suggested driving to Reidsville. Since we had been holding off on thrift trips because of the upcoming beach trip, this was a great idea! We ate at Pete's and went to the Goodwill.  I got the cutest little Starbucks cup. It's 3 oz and adorable. I am very happy to add it to my collection.  Here is that and the new pouch. The color is so pretty and bright. I think it's very beachy! :)

I love my new pouch!  It's so pretty! The little Starbucks cup is adorable.  So tiny.  Sorry again for such a long time between posts. I'm sure I'll make up for it during the beach trip! I'll try my best to post again tomorrow and Sunday, too.  We leave for the beach on Monday.


No thrifting today!

My friend and I have decided to postpone our thrifting trips until after the beach trip. Well, we'll be thrifting at the beach, but we always do that! I want to save what little money I have left for the trip.  He has the trip, taxes, and the possibility of a car purchase before the trip.  He wants to get a larger vehicle than the one he has for trips and such.  I love being able to take mine, but if he gets one, I won't have to worry about so many miles being added to Goontz!  

I wrote a LOT today.  I finally stopped at 4567 words! @_@; Yes, I was on a roll! I am now going to relax a bit until bedtime. I want to re-read what I wrote, too! :)


Saturday

So, I didn't post the last two days. Sorry about that. I meant to yesterday, but it didn't happen.  My friend and did a thrift trip yesterday. I didn't think we were because I was broke. My friend said he'd spot me if I found anything I wanted.   I agreed and we went. We went to Reidsville, Walkertown, and Mayodan.  I found a pair of Ryka shoes at the Salvation Army. I love Ryka and these looked pretty new and they were my size. They will replace my daily shoes that were also a pair of Ryka that I bought brand new at the beach in 2018.

At the Reidsville Goodwill, I found a nice Starbucks holiday mug from 2013. I'm always happy to find those.  My friend was looking in electronics and I found something.  We checked it out and it was a vintage hair dryer from Sears. It's all in one. It's a plastic case and everything is inside. The bonnet for your hair, the hose that goes to it, and the power cord. Totally compact and totally cool! It was $6." It's even got a built-in plastic carry handle. My friend said it was small enough to carry to the beach. He is right!

We went from there to Walkertown.  Last time, I saw and left a Fossil bag.  I was sort of hoping it would still be there, but it wasn't.  It was priced at $20 which is not bad for a Fossil, but I didn't have it.  I didn't have it yesterday either, but my friend said he'd spot me the money if I found another purse I wanted.  This particular Goodwill prices nicer name brand handbags are a bit more. There was an off-white or Bone as they call it Sak bag.  I debated on it and debated on it and left it. As we sat in the parking lot, my friend told me that if I wanted it, I better get it or I'd regret it. He was right. I want back and got it. I took a picture of it today:

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It's lovely and I love it!  I don't think I've ever mentioned the seat covers. If I have, sorry! We found those on another thrift trip some time back at the Salvation army. The pink and black looks nice with Goontz dark interior. :)


Friday fun with thrifting.....

So, I thought my friend and I were not going to thrift today. He had the day off and didn't mention it so I was settled in at my desk ready to spend the day on my Mac and write and just enjoy my day.  He had texted me earlier this morning and didn't mention going, so I thought that was that. He texted around 2 this afternoon and mentioned going. I really wanted to just stay at home, but I agreed to go.  I dressed and went out and washed off Goontz.  It's pollen season and my Goontz had a layer of yellow/green pollen all over.  I got that done and then waited for my friend.  He came and we went to Reidsville. He ate at Bojangles and then went to the Salvation Army store.  I found a Sony clock radio for $2, a pack of Post-it note page flags, (Well two packs), and a package of pretty napkins. Don't judge me! lol  We went to the Goodwill and I only found one item. It's a Jack o lantern metal candle holder that originally came from Bath and Body Works. It was very cute and caught my eye so I got it.

We then went to the Goodwill in Walkertown NC. I found a little purple jack o lantern candle holder in there.  I also found a very nice little cabinet/stand. Here is a picture.  It still has the letter stickers from where it was assembled and the price sticker.  It was only $8 and I am not sure where I'm going to put it, but it's in excellent condition. The drawer works well and the shelf is adjustable.

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It will be a nice addition to my house.  I just have to figure out where I'm going to use it!  We went to Mayodan after that and I only found two things.  A disk holder and a sleep mask.  The disk holder is a Fellows brand and it was for computer disks back in the day. It will be perfect to hold my specialty Starbucks cards.  I was going to search for one of these for that purpose and this one was there so I got it. It's in great shape, too! Speaking of Starbucks cards, several I ordered on eBay arrived today!  I was happy to get them. I only have one thing that I'm waiting on now and that is a Starbucks tumbler.  I saw it in-store when I went to the 'new' Starbucks in Greensboro and I knew I wanted it.  I decided to look on eBay. I knew I'd have to pay more for it, but I found one that was only a few dollars more with free shipping so that saves me trying to find it at the local Starbucks. :)

I forgot to mention that I found a Fossil purse at the Walkertown store but I had to pass it up as it was priced pretty high.  I was short on funds. My friend got the little cabinet for me. He would have gotten the purse too and let me pay him back for both, but I'm still doing monthly payments on the Docs! We went back to Reidsville before heading home and ate at Carmela's.