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Is this Tuesday? spoiler, it's not....

I haven't posted since Friday and I'm sorry about that!  I meant to every day, but you know how it goes.  I'll try to make up for it tonight.  I didn't go out on Saturday or Sunday.  I didn't go out yesterday either for that matter!  Wait... this is Wednesday? LOL Sheesh.  Hmm..... Okay, I didn't leave the house at all since Friday. I did go out today.  My friend and I walked a bit. Only a little over a mile, but we got a walk done.  It was drizzling a bit while we walked so we didn't walk as much as we would have.  It was too bad.  

I need sleep. I just realized I DID go out yesterday! LOL! My friend and I did our usual Tuesday thrifting. We went to Reidsville and Mayodan. I found some good things.  At the Reidsville Goodwill, I found two Fossil handbags and a Fossil wallet! Very cool.  I found some other things, too, but those were my favorites. I'm always happy to find Fossil bags.  Both of these had the keys still on them. Yay! The wallet needs a bit of cleaning, but I can definitely do that.

Here are two pictures I took on the trail to share. One of the river from the trail and one of the river from the old rail bridge that has been converted into a walking bridge to get across the river.

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Hopefully, I will remember to post tomorrow!  

 


Friday fun?

Yes, I realize I didn't post last night.  Sorry about that.  I only went out once yesterday and that was to pick up a gardening bucket at Lowe's.  They have a promotion going through the month of April where you can go each week and get some things for free.  This week was a bucket with a bag of potting soil, plant food, gardening gloves, and seeds! Very cool! You can use the bucket and do container gardening or plant the seeds elsewhere.  I am not sure what next week's 'kit' will be, but this was very cool. While I was out, I called my bestie to see if she would like STarbucks.  She is recovering from Covid, so she can't really go out right now.  I took her a peppermint white mocha (her favorite) and place it outside her back door and hurried away! :p  I felt a little treat would be nice for her.  I got myself one, too! :p

Today, my friend and did a thrifting trip.  He did not get off at noon like he sometimes does on Friday, so we had to wait until he got off at 2:30.  We went to Greensboro and ate at Herbie's place.  They have breakfast all day and it's good, too!  We ate and then went to five Goodwill stores over there and we didn't even get to all of them!  I found some goodies, too!  Remember the Sak bag that I found at the beach and didn't get and then bought on eBay? The one I found in teal later and then had two?  Well, one of the Goodwill stores had it in purple!  Now I have three versions of that bag. :p  I also picked up another Sak bag in there that is blue. It was very pretty and in excellent shape.  I found two Starbucks things.  One at two different Goodwill stores.  One is a plastic 16oz tumbler and one is a lidded ceramic tumbler from the holiday collection in 2011! Very cool.  Here are those finds:

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I have another green tumbler like this one that I bought in the store back in the early days of me going to Starbucks.  This one is just like it with a different design.  The ceramic was is nice and in perfect condition, not a nick or scratch on it!  Other finds today were a small paper cutter, some pens, a ream of printer paper for $2, a cute Mario Bros mushroom zipper case, three ceramic jack o lanterns and one big fabric 'bucket' jack o lantern, and a weather alert radio just like the one I found on the way home from the beach last year.  This is the same radio, only the newer model and it wax still in the box and had the manual. It will be nice to have backup or I could put it in another part of the house.  Speaking of weather alerts, it's storming here and the lightning was so intense I could see it through my blinds.  I was waiting for a loud BOOM!  I hope I don't lose power before I get this posted. Yikes! :P

In one Goodwill, I saw a pair of almost brand new Nike shoes and they were my color and they were in my size.  My friend bought them for me. Yay!  I love them and they'll probably replace my daily shoes. I even wore them for a bit after I got them to test them out.  Pretty comfy.  like Nike shoes so its was a nice thing to find.  I have one more picture to share.  I took a picture of the pretty little tree in the parking lot at Herbie's.  Here you go!

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Such a pretty little tree! :)  I forgot to mention that after we left one Goodwill and were headed to another, we passed a Starbucks that I'd never been to.  My friend asked if I wanted to stop, I said YES!!!!!!!!! lol, I got a peppermint white mocha again and was able to grab a stack of cards to add to my collection.  I also saw a Tumber I want. :p  I didn't get it, but it's on my 'want list' now. 


Nice and warm!

It was in the sixties today and it was nice.  My friend and I went to the trail to take a walk.  I didn't really want to go as I'm a bit under the weather, but I went.  It was nice down there.  We got to see the two bridges they have finally repaired and put back.  We walked a total of 3 miles. This, back in the day, would be nothing, but since neither of us has walked in a while, it was rough.  It didn't help that I'm sick.  The scenery was pretty as always and I got to love on a cute little puppy! <3 

I am going to try to crash a little early tonight and hopefully knock out whatever this is that I have.  I've been so careful.  I haven't been sick in over a year so this really sucks.  My DS charger is supposed to come tomorrow so I can play with it a little more. I haven't done anything with it since I got it since the battery was low.  I hope to be able to get some games for it. I'll keep my eyes out when we thrift shop.  We see them sometimes but I've never really looked into them since I didn't have a DS.  

As for now, I think I'm going to share a few pictures I took along the trail and then close the MBP for the evening and relax.  Hopefully, I can go to bed early.  I could use the extra sleep!

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I have power!

The storm wasn't as bad as they were predicting. I never lost power this time either!  My friends went out for a few hours this morning, but mine didn't.  Figures, the one time I prepared for it and it doesn't happen. Oh well, I'm going to put the Sterno stoves and the generic stereo in my heavy-duty Dew / Oakley backpack and make a bug-out bag with it. I had thought about doing this some time ago.  It will be good for a BOB or just an emergency kit for at-home during outages. 

I didn't do much today, I stayed in.  I was tired most of the day so that had a lot to do with nothing much getting done! I did write though, so that is good.  After I post this, I'm going to get in my sleep clothes and get comfy and relax and re-read what I wrote.  I did a lot of work on yesterday's writing. I added stuff to it to make it flow better. I also wrote another 1100 words in addition to the edits.  It's coming along great.  I only ate half of my pizza today, so I'll have the rest of that for tomorrow. It was pretty tasty!  Of course, it's pepperoni pizza so it pretty much has to be tasty! ;p


Yet another....

You won't believe this but guess what we did tonight?  We went back to Reidsville! No, seriously!  We went and ate at Carmela's. I got the fettuccine alfredo and it was sooooo good.  They had a special on pizzas so he bought us both one to go!  Why? Well, we are under a bad winter storm warning.  Lots of ice is expected. The last storm over the weekend caused many people to be without power here in the city.  Luckily, we both got through that with no outages, but we are probably going to have them this time.  I have put supplies in my room and I'm ready!  I have everything I need except a can opener. LOL! I forgot to add that to my stash. I figured it would be warmer to just stay in here and put a towel under the door and try to keep warm in here.  (If there is no power)  I brought supplies and stuff and I'm about to charge up my jump box so it will be fully charged to charge my phone and my MacBook Pro!  I have candles set aside, snacks, Sterno, and everything I need.  I remembered something after I posted last night.  I don't need a lot of ice cubes, I have a bunch of those ice 'bricks' I  can put them in a cooler and keep things cool is need be!  I wish I had been able to go out and hunt down one of my hard-sided coolers, but I never got around to it.  I think I'm prepared.

As for thrifting, we did! We got a late start, so no Salvation Army store, but we did hit Goodwill and I got some great stuff! I found a Starbucks tumbler (cold cup 16oz) and it still has the straw!  I found two Cricut items, one is a package of cutting pads/mats.  I can use those in regular crafting.  They also had a Cricut accessories kit.  It had a lot of items AND a paper cutter.  My old paper cutter's blade needs replacing and the blade for it coats more than this entire set!  This Cricut accessory set retails for $50! I got it for $2.99. SCORE!  I mainly wanted it for the cutter, but I would like to get a Cricut one day, so the rest will be kept safe in case I do!  I also found a wallet I liked and a laptop bag that is big enough for my MacBook Pro 15".  It's a Victorinox brand and it's sturdy! I was going to pass on it but it was only $1.99 and I couldn't beat that deal. It had the padded section for the laptop and it has an organizer section, too.  It's pretty nice.  It has been well used, but it's in great shape.  I love all the compartments.  Now I have a choice between it and my backpack laptop bag!  I just looked at it again and I keep finding compartments I didn't know it had! :p 

Oh! I forgot one more thing.  I found some Corelle dinner plates. I love these things as they are very difficult to break and I had wanted to buy a set of them or just some plates to add my set.  I am missing a few.  The individual plates are pretty expensive.  They had eight plates cellophaned together for $3.99! The pattern is very cute, too and I love them.  I love Corelle because they are sturdy, almost unbreakable, and they last FOREVER. It was a great thrifting trip! I will have an entire set of these and the other set of mine.  They had the matching saucers, too but I didn't get them.  If they still have the when we get back, I'll get those too.  I was not leaving without those plates!  I love thrifting!

After we left Goodwill, we ran by Pete's so my friend could get ice cream.  I had noticed last night that the menu said coffee, hot chocolate, and cappuccino.  Well, I got a cappuccino and it was delicious! :p After that, we headed back here.  I finished getting my supplies together and now I'm writing this.  I need to do my French lesson and I want to write a little more.  I may not as it's so late. I wrote a little over 1300 words, so that isn't too bad!  Even if I don't have power tomorrow, hopefully, I'll still have data on my phone so I'll try to post.  That year that the hurricane came through and I was out of power for over 24 hours, my data went screwy too! Boo on that! 

Here are the pictures of the cup, bag, and plates. 

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I'm glad we went, we might not get to go again for awhile!


BLEAH!!!!!!!

That is what I think of today's weather! It was cold, icy, and rainy all day.  A lot of the city was without power.  Luckily I wasn't one of the houses without power.  The city near us, Martinsville, VA where we do our thrift runs to was completely out.  The power was out for the entire city! That had to suck for them.  It is back now there and they are still working on the outages here. I hope for everyone's sake that the power comes back on for them.

We are still under a winter weather advisory so there may be more power outages. Hopefully, if my neighborhood gets an outage, it will be when I'm ready for bed! I an add extra blankets and be snuggly warm!  I wrote a LOT today.  I had a part from yesterday that I added a lot of dialogue to and then I wrote another long scene. I'm very happy with it.  I can't wait to re-read it and see if it's as good as I think. 

I didn't do much today except to stay in and try to stay warm and dry. I didn't go out because there were trees down all over the city (thus the power outages!).  I didn't want to risk my Goontz! It's supposed to be rainy tomorrow too, I'll decide I plan to go out or not then.  I probably won't as I would have to put air in the tire and it is messy out there!  I have all my usual Sunday things to do tomorrow, too.  I meant to wash dishes today so I'd have a clear spot to wash my hair tomorrow, but it's so cold in my kitchen that I just didn't feel like messing with it.  

I think I am going to get off the computer for the night and get on some comfy pajamas and get in my bed and relax until bedtime.  I am hoping to be able to sleep well tonight. I've been sleeping very poorly lately and I need a good night's sleep!

 


Friday frozen follies!

My friend texted me today. He was trying to buy a house and made an offer but his offer didn't get accepted, so he was a bit bummed. He texted me and asked if I'd like to 'go somewhere, anywhere.'  I said, yes even though it was cold and overcast and we had rain/freezing rain. Luckily it didn't start up again until we were almost done with our adventure.  We went to Yanceyville, NC to the Goodwill there.  We then went to Roxboro NC and on to South Boston Virginia.  We went to the Goodwill there, too.  I didn't get anything major, but I did find some fun things.  Our favorite place to eat in South Boston was closed.  I looked on Google and it said it was 'temporarily closed' I hope it's not permanent.  We went looking for something else and found a place called Italian Delight.  It was right near the Goodwill we'd gone to so we had to backtrack.  We gave them a go and they were great. It was an order at the counter and fill your own drink type place.  He got spaghetti and I got a small pepperoni pizza.  It was delicious! Definitely a place we'll go to again.  

It was very cold out there today.  My car had ice on it when I got in it!  I noticed a lot of ice-covered trees in one area where we were. When we got home, he noticed that something was falling but it was very light.  We are under a winter weather advisory for the weekend, but sadly it's ice and freezing rain and no snow. Boo! I have no plans to go out this weekend and be in this mess!  I hope to get some writing done. I did write some earlier but I have a feeling tomorrow I'm going to want to edit it.  I have the entire weekend to just chill, write, and drink coffee! :p


Meh

Well, the snow didn't last long.  We got rain and some sleet too.  It was pretty much a bust.  Oh well.  Maybe we will get one nice snow this year.  I didn't go out today just in case the roads were icy.  I got all my usual Sunday stuff done.  I got a good deal of writing done too! :)  I was happy with that and I can't wait to re-read it.  I am sure I'll add a few things to it and edit it some tomorrow.  I love writing in Scrivener and being able to edit as I need. It's so much easier than writing in a basic word program!  I also want to give props to Evernote for always being there to back up my work!


Snowing!!!!!!!

It's snowing here right now! :D  It's so pretty It's already stuck to the grass, but not the street.  I went and watched it from the back door for a bit.  It was too cold to watch any longer. Hopefully, it will continue through out the night.  It probably won't as the forecast keeps changing, but we'll see!  I might turn off everything in my room and look out and enjoy it if I can actually see anything.

I ran out today and got a few snacks to have for tomorrow just in case.  They had said 1-6 inches, then they said a lot less and then it was starting at rain, but it actually started as snow, so I don't know how it's going to play out.  I want to watch it, so I hope it continues to snow well into tomorrow! I have plenty of stuff to eat and I also have a bunch of snacks so I'm set.  I wrote a good bit today, too! :)


BRRRRRRRR

It was very cold today.  There is still some snow in places hanging on.  The forecast now is for more possible snow and ice this weekend. I am not sure if it will, but it's certainly going to be something if it does. It's so blasted cold!  I'm glad my friend gave me a better heater for my room a few weeks ago or I'd be freezing to death in my own house! lol

Speaking of my house... Last night, I was in the bathroom that is next to my bedroom and I heard something.  Every so often, I'll hear animals under my house and they come near the tub and I can hear them in the bathroom. I knew immediately what it was, so I went on about my business.  Well, later on, I kept hearing this weird noise.  It was a sort of chirring/chittering/ churring sound.  I figured it was the animal. Since the bathtub in the bathroom next to my room is so close to my bed on the other side of the wall, it had to be that. It was SO LOUD at one point I could swear whatever it was was actually in my room. It trilled and made noises and then, it SCREAMED and I mean screamed.  After that, I heard nothing. @_@; I don't know if something killed him, or he ran away somewhere else. I haven't heard anything at all today. It was pretty damn creepy. I looked up various animals (sounds on YouTube) and I THINK it was a possum, but I am still not sure.  I was going to get a recording when it was doing the weird churring sounds and then it started screaming.  This was right after midnight too, so...  yeah, that was fun. :p

I wrote yesterday and today and I opened a Scrivener file for the other story idea I have. I'm not ready to work on it yet, but I'm going to have it to use to put my ideas in.  I have some already in Evernote so I'll have them both places.  I keep coming up with stuff for it,  so I figured I'd go ahead and get the Scrivener file started so I could put ideas and research in there as I go.  I think it's going to be good, but I'm too invested in the current one. I have enjoyed it so much! 

By the way, here is the weather from the app on my MacBook Pro:

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Looks fun, no? :p


Another new one....

I went to Starbucks today and tried another new drink.  The new one is an almond milk honey flat white. How is that for a mouthful! It wasn't bad at all.  I think I might like it better than the pistachio latte. The more I drank, the more I liked it.  At first, I wasn't sure, but it grew on me.  I would probably try this one again.  I went to Dan Daniel's park to sit for a bit since it was a little warmer today and I wanted to capture a few Munzees there. I took three pictures to share:

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Nice, yes?  It was a good little respite in my day.  I finally heard from my hard drive support team! They are going to try to retrieve my data and they are going to replace the drive. That is wonderful!  I hope they can replace the data.  I am anxious to get the replacement drive so I can back up my current stuff.  I also want to be able to give the borrowed drive back to my friend!  Speaking of my friend, he had given me a nicer heater than the one I was using but it stopped working. He came a week or so ago and looked at it and it was working fine. It worked well for a few days and then did the same thing as before.  So I was back to the original heater that isn't very effective.  It heats, but it's not as powerful as I need for those really cold days considering it's the only heat in the house! (I keep my door closed at all times).  He brought me another little heater tonight.  It's about 1/4 of the size of the heater I usually use and it's warm!  I plugged it in and then rode with him on an errand.  I could tell a difference when I got back.  This is going to be good! I'm quite happy with it and hope it lasts.  I'm actually pretty toasty for a change.  That is nice!


A little snow

It was snowing when I got up today. It didn't snow long and it didn't stick to much of anything but at least it did snow briefly.  I wish we would get one really nice snow.  It's been cold and bleah all day. Bleah all day except for the snow part. :p  I have been .... I don't even know what I've been doing. Seriously. It's been a long day.  I did remember to take a picture of the case on my MacBook Pro.  I was about to forget that, but I remember and here it is:

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I love the colors, it's what attracted me in the first place.  In the pictures, it looked like there was a cut out at the Apple. In the ad pictures, it shows a bright white apple so I thought it was cut out.  I realized when looking back at the add after it had shipped that it does not have the cutout. D'oh!  It's still gorgeous.  I wanted to write today and I haven't. I might do that after posting this.  I've had a migraine for several days. This is day three, so I might not be able to come up with a good day's work.  We'll see.  I need to do my French too as I've forgotten all about it.  I got the last of the Starubkcs holiday cards I ordered. I now have the complete set of 2020 holiday cards! ^_^ 

By the way, this is the picture on the listing. Do you see why I thought it had the cutout? :|

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Thrifting trip!

So, my friend texted today and was going to head home early for work as he had a package coming to his house and there was the one coming to my house.  He was able to get the one that was coming to my house at the hub.  He wanted to know if I wanted to go eat, I did!  I am glad I did because if not, I would not have seen much snow.  We did our full thrift trip. Reidsville, Eden, and Martinsville.  I got a lot of stuff. I actually wrote a list. lol Here it is:

Thrift trip goodies
 
  • Canon Selphy Printer
  • French coffee press
  • milk frother
  • backpack
  • stainless water bottle
  • candle
  • jack o lantern that is a lantern lol
  • three coffee themed mugs
  • stainless steel straws
  • jack o lantern votive holder with candle
  • iPad Mini case
  • Relic wallet with a dime in it. :p
  • Envelopes
  • burger stack salt and pepper shakers
  • 1 snowman shaker
  • colorful jingle bell wreath with snowmen
  • metal colorful decorative tree
  • A book on aromatherapy
  • phone case looks like Gameboy
  • metal tape measure
  • brass looking little tree with colorful bells as ornaments
  • Halloween stickers
It was a good haul!  The Canon Selphy is a photo printer and it looks like it has everything except the CD to install the drivers to the computer.  I am pretty sure you can print straight from the printer as it has slots of SD cards and such.  I am not going to try to use it tonight as I'm very tired. I was going to install it on the MacBook Pro, but the software that I was able to find online was too old.  I'll see tomorrow if I can print from the actual printer.  The box included photo paper and cartridges.
 
The French coffee press was brand new in the box. I have wanted one for a while now.  The milk frother was a whole.25¢!  The backpack was sturdy and nice, the water bottle was brand new, too.  I looked up a few of the things I got and found that I made some damn good deals!  It was a nice haul for sure. :)   Here are a few snow pictures I took in Martinsville. They got a lot more snow than we did!

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Mmmmm....

Guess where I went to tonight?  If you guessed Starbucks, you win! I sat waiting on another package for my friend all day and couldn't go out.  Well, the package never came, but it did. What the hell you say?  Well, the driver stopped here.  He got out, went in the back of his truck, scanned something, looked around in there and then got back in his truck, and left. D'OH. I was not amused. So now it will be delivered tomorrow (maybe) who knows at this point?

After I realized that it was not coming, I ran out just to get out and went to Starbucks. I decided to try a new drink. It's the pistachio latte.  It was pretty good.  It was sweet without being overly sweet.  Just like my beloved cascara latte. If it tasted just like my cascara latte, I'd be in love.  Sadly, it doesn't, but it's still a pretty good drink.  I'd probably get it again. I got a tall  just in case I didn't care for it.  They still have the holiday cups! I am not complaining at all. I love them.  I hope they bring the smoked butterscotch latte back this year. That is sooooooo good.  I want one so badly!  Here is hoping!

We are under a winter weather advisory here. They are calling for snow tomorrow! YAY!!!!!!!!  As you know, if you've read this blog in the past, I LOVE snow. I am going to enjoy sitting in the window watching it fall. I'll have on fuzzy socks, drink some coffee, and enjoy! Now watch it just rain and spoil everything. :p


AHH!!!!!!!!

So I was going to write some more today. I wrote a nice little bit yesterday and all.  So, I have been meaning to clean this one area of my room. It's the corner where the trash can is and it gets a little messy.  I decided to pull everything out, sweep, dust, and toss any garbage.  There was so much stuff back there that missed the trash can! lol. I got all that up and everything looks so much better.  I thought it would take me about half an hour.  It was several hours of work. D'oh!  It's done now and it looks so much better, so I'm happy to have it done.  I'll try to write more tomorrow to make up since it is too late to start on any writing tonight.  I have to clean off my bed and get settled in and relax a bit so I can sleep tonight.

I went out today to get my Zeeops mission on Munzee and since it was a little over 50˚, I went to the car wash! My Goontz needed it badly.  I did that and then did my Munzee and came home. I wasn't even tempted by Starbucks.  Go me! :p. Now I just have to sweep up the area where I moved everything to when I moved the stuff and I'll be ready to relax.  Oh, forgot to mention, while I was on the floor cleaning, a big spider came walking by.  I captured him and released him safely outside. He wasn't paying rent, after all! :p