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Hoo Boy!

What a thrifting trip that was! We started in Reidsville and went to the Salvation Army store and Goodwill. I found an Apple-branded cover for my iPad mini in there. It's light blue and I love it.  At Salvation Army, I got some cards, a snowman pin, a wallet, a CD, a cheese grater, and two packs of those cute little animal cable protectors.  We went from there to Wentworth NC and ate at a place called Mom's Kitchen.  We were looking forward to it. It was not great.  It was just.... I don't want to be mean, but it wasn't good. We won't be going back there.  We went from there to the Mayodan Goodwill that we recently discovered and I found a few things there.  A small Keurig k-cup holder (It fits under the little brewer in my room! LOL), a case (that will fit an external HD), a set of Tetris magnets, and a cute little Halloween ceramic thingee with a ghost, a tree, and little jack o lanterns.  We went on to a 'new' Goodwill in Walkertown NC.  I found a Sak bag exactly like the one I wanted at Myrtle that I bought on eBay. This one is the same bag but instead of being black, it's teal. I absolutely LOVE it.  I got that, a bit metal jack o lantern, a S'well bottle with donut design, a purple zipper pouch, a box of Ticonderoga pencils, and a Homer Simpson shirt! I can't wear it, it's way too small, but I had to have it! Lol

We left there and were heading to the Goodwill in Eden but we ended up going right past the one in Mayodan. They are constantly putting stuff out there so we stopped back in. I found some stampers and a cute crab plush.  I love crabs! He is red is so cute!  We then went to the Goodwill in Eden and I found a DS game! They had quite a few, but there was one that I was pretty sure I'd love. It was Crafting Mama!  I always adored the Cooking Mama games so I got this. It was still in the original case, too. That was $4. I was so happy to finally see some DS games and one I actually wanted! I'll try it later as I haven't been home long and I've been working on my writing.  I'm too tired to do it justice tonight so I've just been editing.

After Eden, we headed to our last stop, Martinsville, VA, and to the Goodwill there.  We ate again in Eden at a drive-up place.  That was much better than our lunch!  At the Martinsville Goodwill, I didn't find anything!  That was okay because I had already spent plenty.  I love all my finds. I'm so happy that I found that purse! I adore the black one so much and this is the same purse only in a cooler color. This once still has the Sak dangle thingee on it, too!

The CD I found in the Salvation Army in Reidsville is from the Vince Guaraldi Trio. It's all the music from the 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas special  I just happened to see it while I was in line and snatched it up!  I've already ripped it to my MacBook Pro so I can enjoy it on here and on my iPod. I love the music from it.  

I just looked up the cover I got for the iPad Mini. It sells new on the Apple store for $39.99! @_@; I got it for $4.99. SCORE!!!! lol  I am pretty sure this will also fit any iPad Mini so if I get a newer one, I should be able to use it with those too. :) It was a good thrifting trip. I'll try to remember to take pictures tomorrow.  I need to move everything off my bed so I can actually sleep in it tonight. Plus, I want to try Crafting Mama!

 


Thursday late afternoon post

I walked down to the Springmaid pier and back just a bit ago.  I came back here and took a quick shower and put on fresh clothes.  I was sweaty and hot!  That shower was nice.  The walk was great.  I had a nice time.  I hope my friend will get himself in gear soon.  We are planning to go to Victoria's again tonight.  Yummy!  I want some of those delicious pork chops.

I am so glad the weather cleared up today.  It makes it much nicer for doing things.  I am glad I waited until this afternoon to walk as it really is pretty toasty.  I will have a nighttime beach walk much later, but for now, I'm going to relax and wait until my friend is ready to go eat.  After I cool down a bit more and post this, I'll go sit on the balcony.  It's shady out there now and it should be a bit cooler with the breeze from the ocean coming in.

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This last picture was taken on the little porch/deck on the back of the hotel.  I sat there for a bit and enjoyed the shade! :p   It's a peaceful place when there aren't a lot of people around and I had that advantage today. 


Sheesh!

I just wanted to run out get a little gas in my can and come home. I need it because my mower is almost out and a few gallons will last me just about the whole season. 

So, I go to the station closest to my house. I get out, swipe my card and it says to pay inside, NOPE I am trying to avoid people and their germs! I go to another station, swipe my card and it asks for my zip code. I get, 'invalid zip code' I tried twice, same thing. By now I want to scream, but I drive to yet another gas station. 

This one only asked for my PIN. Success! I put the can up front with me. I usually sit it in the back behind my seat. I wish I had done that! 

As I am going home, it tips and starts to leak gas. Ahhhhh! I had to reach awkwardly and set it right while driving. I get home and the fumes are almost enough to kill me. I get out, wipe down the door where it spilled and get out. I was going to mow, but after that, I just said forget it! 😂 

I sanitized the hell out of my hands after pumping gas btw. I put the gas can away and go in the house and scrub my hands again. I hope my car airs out quickly. 

Yes, I wrote for Camp Nano today, too! 


Only me!

So, my floor lamp has been blinking on and off lately.  I thought the bulb was about to go.  I checked the bulb and it was okay.  It didn't do it for a while and then today, it was flashing off and on and I couldn't take it.  It was making me sick so I turned it off.  I figured that my lamp must have a short in it.  I look at Target.com and find they have a lamp that looks a lot like the one I have.  It was only $8.99 so I drove over to get it.  I got it and one other item I needed, did self-checkout and headed out.  I was right there near Starbucks, so I went to the drive-thru there.  I decided to try something new since they don't have my cascara any more.  I gave the smoked butterscotch latte a try.  OMG, It was delicious! It was sweet without being overly sweet. This is what I loved so much about the cascara latte. This is definitely a new favorite.  I only got a tall to make sure I liked it.  I did! Delicious!

It was after 4 am when I finally laid down and tried to sleep last night so I've been pretty tired and out of it all day.  I did get a puzzle done though. It's a pretty scene, too!  I enjoyed working it.  While I was in the process of working it, my shoes came.  I tried them on and they fit fine.  I was distracted then, so I didn't really walk around in them much.  I'll try them out soon and see how they are.  I think they'll be okay.  They come with a spare set of insoles and a pair set of laces.  Pretty nice for $10.  Now that I see them in person, they are more red than pink.  I think I'll like them, but that all depends on how they feel when I wear them.

My friend had plans tonight, so I knew he wouldn't want to walk.  I hope he wants to go tomorrow.  I'd like to give them a try.  Ah! I got distracted by Starbucks earlier and forgot to finish my thoughts about the lamp.  So, I get it put together and plugged in and guess what? It is doing the same thing as the old one!  I noticed when I bought this one that it is supposed to take a three-way bulb.  The old lamp did too, but I never had an issue.  Well, I turned it off and ran up to Family Dollar and bought a three-way bulb and put it in the lamp.  No blinking!  So, I didn't need a new lamp, just the correct bulb.  That is okay, I can definitely use the old lamp in another room.  I just need another 3-way bulb.  I only bought one to make sure that is what the problem is. 

At Family Dollar, I also got a small table lamp. It was marked down to $4.  I have two just like it. I put it away for a backup.  Couldn't pass it up at that price.  I also got a few other things I needed and I got a couple of bags of Cheez Doodles. :p I
love my Cheez Doodles!  

So, there is a novel for you.  Here is the pretty puzzle:

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Weird and tired.

So, this morning, I was in a dream so intense that when my Fitbit alarm went off, I noticed it but it was in the dream so it didn't wake me up! LOL It went off again ten minutes later and that woke me up, sort of.  I was still so out of it and tired.  It took me another ten minutes to get up! Sheesh!  I finally did though.

I needed to run out and mail a card and I wanted to get some milk.  The one month I go grocery shopping and don't get milk with my groceries is, of course, going to be when I need some! I went to a local store that is old fashioned and pretty much like a step back in time.  It's a neat store.  They have a butcher on-site and they have great meats.  I was able to get a couple of slice of country ham.  They sell the big smoked hams and they sell small packs of one or two or sometimes three slices.  I can't eat a whole ham myself. Well, I could, but... LOL!   Anyway!  I like to get the ham slices.  I got those and a few other things I needed and there is a post office drop box at the edge of their parking lot, so I was able to mail my card too! 

I wanted to go to the post office downtown today and check my box, but when I realized I had planned to go get milk and ham at the store, I knew I could mail my card so I just did that instead.  Sometimes this store has Little Debbie Devil squares. (MY FAVORITE!!!!!) but they didn't have any today. Phooey!

I finished my puzzle today and I'm sad to say that one of the pieces was missing! :(  I am hoping that I just dropped it and I will spot it, but I don't think so.  It's a cute puzzle. It makes me sad to be missing a piece!  Anyway, here is the 'completed' puzzle:

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Cooler weather ....

Well, for a bit anyway. I know it will be back up to 90 in a day or two. lol . I took advantage of the cooler weather today and finally put up my Halloween stuff.  It usually goes up on September 1st, but that was the day I went to the beach and came home from the beach. lol

It's been way too hot here.  It felt like July last week!  It was a bit cooler today, so I figured I'd get my Halloween stuff out.  I realized when I was done that I was missing one thing.  That lead me to remember another two things and then one more.  That means there is a box o' Halloween still missing. I have no clue where to look for it as I always keep all the boxes together and it's not with the others. :(

Aha! I just found two of the four items.  That means only two things are unaccounted for and I'm sure I'll find those. I sort of remember that I didn't pack them up with the rest of the stuff last year and did something else with them. I just have to remember what it was I did with them. LOL 

The main thing I missed first was broken last year and I put in a box to keep it safe. I don't know why I didn't fix it then, but I've glued it together now and I have it sitting until the glue sets. Hopefully that will fix it. :) It has a matching friend and I didn't want to separate them.

I didn't start a puzzle today.  I planned to.  I got out the board, the puzzle, and had it ready to go, but I never got around to it.  Maybe tomorrow.  I might just wait until I get back.  Then I'll have more than enough puzzles. :p

 


Happy Birthday? Yeah, right!

The only good thing about today was that I did get to go to Starbucks.  My friend carried me over there when the other one bailed.  I went in because he doesn't like to go through the drive-thru and order my 'weird drinks' lol   I'm glad I did go in because I got one of the cards I was missing from a set AND several cards I didn't have. Yay! I'm always happy to get new cards to add to my collection.

My friend took me for a ride for an errand he had to run and since we were out, he got me a beef and cheddar from Arby's. Yay!  That was delicious! After that, we ran his errand and then we rode around a bit as it was storming off in the distance.  We drove that way to see it. After we circled back around, I found out that the friend I was depending on to go to Starbucks wasn't going to take me, so he offered.  I got my cascara latte and brought it home to enjoy.

I worked on my puzzle today, too, but I didn't finish it yet.  I will finish it tomorrow.  It's busy.  I have a headache that is not helping matters any. I didn't sleep well at all last night and I've felt like hell all day.  I hope to sleep well tonight.  I really need a good night's sleep!  

So, it's my birthday and it pretty much sucked.  If you want to make it up to me, you can join Evernote by following my referral link. You'll get a free month of premium and so will I! ^_^ . Here is the puzzle and I'll link the referral after that.

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Camp NaNoWriMo is almost over

Well for me at least! I only have two more character profiles to create.  It's funny how much I'm learning about my characters as I go along.  I did some editing of characters last night instead of adding any.  I gave everyone a last name that didn't have one. I found a very useful tool in this website.

I was able to come up with the last names of several characters.  I also realized tonight that when I was doing a few of the profiles I haven't done, that it would be a good idea to go through and say who shares a room with whom.  The compound my characters are in has a lot of rooms.  I think it would be good to know who stays with who.  I'm going to add that on tomorrow or the next day.  I went aheaad and did it for the characters I wrote up tonight.  

I started a 'new' puzzle today.  It's one of the ones I got from Goodwill at the beach that were old.  So far, the outline is done except for two pieces.  I'm hoping they are in the box and I keep over looking them. I did get a small section of the puzzle done today.  It's slow going, but the pieces fit really well, so that part is nice! I don't think this is going to be a two day puzzle. :P 

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Hopefully on the mend.

I have felt a little better today, but I'm not where near back to normal.  I mainly stayed around the house and didn't do a lot.  I did some work on organizing my Starbucks cards.  I got some new ones at the beach so I wanted to get those all sorted and put in my binder.  I also went through and found that I had some ones with pin intact.  I changed all the ones that I had in my collection that weren't like that.  I also had some 'special' cards and I put them in the other binder.  I was glad to get one task done today! 

I finished one of the books I was reading too.  I just have to finish the one I started on the Kindle waaay back in May.  It's sort of meh, so it's been slow going.  I might skip it and start something else. I haven't decided yet.  I'm just not getting into the story.  I'll give it a few more pages tonight and see if it picks up.

I do have a picture to share.  On the night of the storm at the beach, I walked to the SkyWheel/Pavilion area on the beach like I had been doing and went up on the boardwalk to the Gay Dolphin. I'm pretty sure I already mentioned that, but just in case. :P . When I left the boardwalk and got back on the beach, I took this picture of the Skywheel.  I think it's my favorite picture I took of it while there:

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Hello again!

I'm back again.  After I'd been here a while, my friend wanted to go out. First he was going down to the beach, but then he changed his mind and we went out. lol We went up to North Myrtle Beach and he went to the pawn shop and then we went to Goodwill.  I found some pajama bottoms, (three pair) and two vintage 750 piece puzzles.  I hope all the pieces are there!  I really liked the pictures on them.  They were not sealed, so I was taking a chance, but I think it will be worth it.  The puzzles are Guild puzzles made by Whitman! That is a brand I remember seeing a lot when I was young.  I think having them for that alone is pretty cool.  I hope they are complete!

The Goodwill at NMB is right next door to a Dollar General and we went over there.  I needed some batteries for my camera and a compact.  I also bought a cute bath sponge shaped like a popsicle! :p . After we left there, we headed for Victoria's to eat.  That was delicious and filling.  I got the special.  Pork chops and three sides!  They brought me two delicious pork chops and I got two mashed potatoes and one Mac and cheese as my sides.  It was delicious!  Sooo much food and only 7.99!  My friend got a breakfast platter that had 3 eggs, 3 pancakes, 3 sausage patties, and 3 strips of bacon!  6.99!!!!  Wow.  Good food for a great price.  We were both stuffed. lol . My pork chops were delicious.  

After we left there, we headed back here.  It was still light when we got here, but it's dark now.  I'm sitting on the balcony looking out at the ocean and towards the 2nd ave. pier.  It's lit up and pretty at night.  I would like to walk out on it at night.  I should check their hours.  I would love to go out during the day and then go back at night.  Some piers will stamp your hand so you can come and go all day.  I'll look into that.

I want to visit the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum that is at the Pavilion area.  It's 19.99 a ticket, but I found a coupon for $3.00 off.  I'll decide in the next few days and see what I decided to do.  I'm not sure yet.  I do plan to go out on at least one of the piers.  I just haven't decided which one, yet!


Whoo!

So, it's just a bit after 2pm and I've already done quite a bit.  I slept pretty well. That was a relief. I did wake up several times in the night like I usually do, but it wasn't too bad.  I got up before my Fitbit went off and fixed some pizza that was leftover from last night.  I had a piece on the balcony and then I had to come in because of how hot it is out there!

I finished up in here and relaxed for a bit.  I then dressed and headed out.  I decided to hit the Boardwalk as it starts right next to our hotel. Yay!  I got on it and walked to the Sky Wheel / Old Pavilion area.  I went in the Gay Dolphin as is tradition.  I bought a couple of shirts in there.  A MB one and a Gay Dolphin one!  I got some stickers and a grab bag, too.  I went across the street to I Love Sugar, but I didn't buy anything.  I went back across and hit the boardwalk and walked down to the ocean front Starbucks.  They didn't look too busy, so I headed in.  I was able to get hte same little table I got when I discovered it in September.  I got a caramel ribbon crunch frappuccion and a trenta sized ice water.  I stayed in there and cooled off and relaxed.  I wrote in my trip journal and drank my frappuccion.  I carried my water with me. 

I walked back along the boardwalk and went in a small beachwear store and then went back out and across the street to check out a Bargain Beachwear.  After that, I went back to the boardwalk and headed back to the room. Oh wait! Before Starbucks, I went up on Pier 14 and got a smooshed penny and got to meet a cute dog.  When I was coming back to the room, I stopped at 2nd Ave Pier and got a a smooshed penny there too.  Oh, and I went in Peaches Corner and got a penny but it came out badly. Boo!

I came back to the hotel and got to meet another cute doggie (they are allowed here) and came up to the room.  I was totally roasting, so I took a cool shower and put on some fresh clothes.  That was nice.  Here are a few pictures I took today to share with you:

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I'll probably do another post this evening.  Until then, enjoy these pictures. :)
 


Spring time and puzzles

I got in my walk today.  It was overcast for the whole walk, and the wind really got up towards the end.  I was a bit afraid I was going to get rained on, but I didn't.  It never rained at all today as far as I know.  It might tonight for a bit as they are predicting possible thunderstorms, but it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, so I won't have to worry about rain while walking then!

I didn't get a lot more done on the puzzle.  All that sky is pretty daunting.  I did get a little done. I also took a couple of pictures of my walk today that I wanted to share.  One of some cool looking mushrooms in the park.  When I first was walking up on them, I thought they were stones.  Then, latter, I noticed one of the blooming spring trees had shed most of it's blossoms and they were a blanket below it.

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Pretty, yes?  I thought so.  I haven't done much since coming home from my walk.  I worked on the puzzle off and on.  I think I need to get out the chess board to put the rest of the pieces in the box on.  I think it would make working it easier.  I did find some pieces today by just shuffling through the box!  I found the pieces I was looking for last night and now the lighthouse is complete.

I did forget one thing last night, though.  I didn't do any words for NaNo!  It hit me and I was like, D'oh!  I hit 10,000 words tonight, so I'm half way there so I'm happy with that.  I still can't believe I totally forgot last night. Oops!

I did my next week's layout in my bullet journal.  I had that on today's 'to do' list in my bujo.  I washed my bed linen and I just need to put it back on the bed.  I'll do that in a bit. I did my French lesson too.  I might work on the puzzle a  bit more tonight. I'm not sure yet.  We'll see how it goes.  I have a feeling this is not going to be easy to finish! :p

 


Back at it!

I got in my walk today.  It was quite nice out there.  In the 70's!  It was a pretty day too.  I enjoyed the weather.  I came home and relaxed a bit.  I worked on my puzzle and I totally made up for not working on it yesterday!  I got a lot done. In fact, the building is now pretty much complete and I have a lot more done.  It's turning out so pretty!  Here is where I am:

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I only have one new puzzle left after this one.  I haven't been able to find any more that I liked.  They did have a few in Ollies when I went yesterday, but they weren't puzzles I liked.  Maybe I can get over to Target or back to the Dollar Tree.  There was another 500 piece puzzle that I like and they may have gotten some more in since I went.  I do have an old puzzle that I never finished that I mentioned before.  I will probably get that one out and try it if I can't get any more new ones after I get the other one done.  They are so relaxing to do.  (Well, most of the time!)

I have a lot of stress going on and I'm thankful for anything that helps relax me!


OMG WTF! LOL

Sorry about not posting yesterday.  I had some issues.  I made several videos on my bujo backpack.  I wanted to put the one I liked best in iMovie and edit it.  I didn't get anything into iMovie until tonight. lol  I was going out it all wrong.  It also didn't help that a lot of places said that sometimes the format I was using wouldn't work in iMovie.  I finally figured everything out and got it in there.  I put a little header and footer on the video to make it look more professional.  I watched it to make sure everything looked okay.  The title 0r header if you will was great. It went right into the video.  The video played fine, but at one point, I had a problem.  Seems when I was trying to set up titles and end caps, I actually put in a title title title in several seconds of video somewhere in the middle. LOL  I will re-do the video tomorrow and get it right and then upload it.  I want to learn more about iMovie so I can make nice videos for YouTube.  I might get my channel going!

It was after 4 am when I finally got to lay down and try to sleep last night.  I wasn't sleepy at all even then, but I made myself try.  I woke up so tired and out of sorts.  I'm surprised I was able to make my coffee!  My friend called and she was talking about the date and I told her I didn't know what day it was, I didn't get any sleep last night. It's the 17th btw! :P

I walked today and believe me, that took some doing.  I wanted to just go back to bed. It was sunny, but not really warm, so I decided to go.  It was in the mid 50's so it wasn't really cold.  I was nice enough out there in my hoodie.  I was glad to get the walk accomplished.  I did some more work on the puzzle.  I'm still not close to finishing, but it's starting to look like I will finish. I took a picture to share.  I moved some of the pieces to the chess board so I would have more room to work with.

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Lame Library?!

Please tell me why I can get ebooks and audiobooks online through my local library, but I can't renew my library card online.  What is this, 1995?!  LOL . I had to go down to the library today to renew my card.  It took all of 2 minutes. Why they can't do it online is beyond me.  Oh well!  It actually expired recently and I went to put a book on hold on Overdrive and it said the card was expired and I'd have to go to the library.  I didn't want to have to go all the way down there, so I asked online if it could be done online.  Sadly, no!  The lady from the library told me that she would extend my card until November 1 so i could use it and it would give me time to come in.  I was glad to get that done.  It used to be you had to renew it every year.  Now it's two years, so I won't have to worry about this until 2020!

While I was downtown, I went by the post office.  Good thing I did.  My box was stuffed!  I had eight pen pal letters! Yikes! LOL!  I thought I had about four, I was not expecting eight.  I also had an ad or two.  I got all that and then swung by McDonald's.  I had a game piece for a free snack sized McFlurry.  Yummy!  I got that and came home.

I walked today and afterwards, I ran to get my car inspected.  I, for some reason, thought my inspection was in February.  That was my old car from eight years ago! LOL!  I looked in my journal at the beginning of February this year and didn't see anything about inspection.  I got out last's years journal and there is was, in October. Oops! LOL!  The place I usually go only does cash for inspections. No checks/credit.  I went to another place I've been before and asked if he had time to do one and if they took credit cards.  He said yes to both so I was able to get it done.  I felt bad going at the end of the month.  I am not one to wait until the last minute!  I was so glad to get that done and not have to worry about it.  One less worry on me is a good thing!