The week started with a decision. We have hired a real estate agent to sell our home back in PA. It will be well worth the 6% just for me not to have to use the computer multiple times a day. We got to see photos of our new roof and we love it. Too bad we didn't do it sooner so we could have actually enjoyed a night under the new roof!
My hubby is boggling my mind with waking up so early here in FL. We went yard saling Saturday morning. I had a blast. On days like this, I take half a Percocet. I don't do it often but it is worth feeling the joy of doing something normal. Anyway, we found so many great items and everything was so cheap! I didn't expect that.
I got a few new dresses for $1, a cotton woven king sized blanket that looks new (and retailed for $165 at Bloomingdales!) for $2 and a few small things. My favorite was a book of African American paper dolls. One of our Compassion kids is 17, lives in Tanzania and she is taking tailoring. I'm SO excited to send these to her! I have sent paper dolls to all the girls before but it is hard to find African American skin tone in paper dolls. She won't know any of the actors or actresses but who cares.
Two sets of snorkels! I am terrible at sticking my face in the water. Just ask my teachers at the YMCA. I hated it when I was younger and kind of still do. We tried these today in waist high water. The water had much less of a current and so I was able to stand today. No swimming or kicking yet but the water feels great. I looked down and saw my toes. Success!
Do you know what is better than cheap stuff? Free stuff! This desk was sitting by the side of the road Saturday night. This is the perfect little desk for me and I love it.
Know what else I got at the yard sale? A pair of denim capri pants for 50 cents. I had just seen an Instagram post about bleaching denim. Here was the photo:
There were no directions but I figured I could figure this out.
You basically need aluminum foil (or possibly heavy card stock), a few bleach pens and denim.
I started at the pocket. Basically you draw cat whiskers and then drag the bleach pen through the cat whiskers. Then draw a squiggly tail/trunk.
Here is the finished product! Well...almost finished. I ran out of bleach pen and so I will do the back when I get more.
(My feet were hurting this day and so that is why my toes aren't touching the ground.)
The total cost was around $5. Bleach pens are expensive.
Also this week was a doctor's appointment. I pretty much love my doctor. She is amazing. My blood work came back and I had a super low B12 level and a low iron level. No new news there. A few other odd levels were low and that resulted in me getting one more test in a few weeks. I also had fluid around my ankles and fingers. Again, no surprise seeing they hurt every day. But it was nice to know that all this pain can be seen on an X-ray.
|And I'm back to B12 injections.|
...and something simple on my hands.
And a FAIL! I tried painting with vegetable oil. Ha. I had a small amount of silver-ish paint that was oil based. I got this crate for free. I wanted to dilute the silver so the wood grain would still show. I figured that it wouldn't dilute with water and so I tried vegetable oil. Yup. Bad decision. (Spoiler: vegetable oil doesn't dry.) It went on beautifully though if that counts for anything. And this may be why I needed a chemistry teacher in high school.
My sister made these gorgeous pillowcases! We sent them out this week to a few friends this week.
Thanks for the free wrapping paper map Anna Maria Island!
Remember when we got to walk around an old house & take stuff? If not, feel free to read about it here.
We walked around one last time before they tore it down. I'm so glad so much of the house was able to be used!
And then it was taken down. It probably took about 3 hours. The concrete still stands and I'm hoping to watch the wrecking ball tomorrow.
And other photos from the last week or so:
Oranges in a truck.
A wavy beach! The storm from TX is blowing across the Gulf of Mexico.
Bob, the blue heron, on my chair.
Anna Maria Island use to be called Long Island. I grew up on Long Island, NY and so this made me smile.
I love, love, love that the library is right down the road. Free books!!!
Isn't this THE perfect reading spot?
A bad morning. Sigh.
A gorgeous sunset captured from the back yard.