Monday, October 27, 2014

UPDATE AND GIVEAWAY

Just an update as to what is going on. I have been listing and selling Fabric and craft supplies and Hand made items in the new group. Dani from Eagles wings  http://dani-eagleswings.blogspot.com/2014/10/thursday-turkey-and-huggins-haven.html     and Lynn Simmons also have some awesome items listed..
You can find all of us here   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1473867916235281/
As most of you know we are once again having to move (YEP..another SLUMLORD) so we are selling a lot of things that we can live without or replace easy enough.
I will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from a lot of my items to help this rescue place that runs totally from donations and has run out of money
http://www.gofundme.com/entps0...If anyone would like to donate even $1.00 it would be a big help.
I am also having a give away in the new group and here is how it works with my items only
1.You must look at the things I have listed and leave a comment telling me your favorite and why it is your favorite (Hand made items..not fabric) for 1 chance
2. Share on your TL on Facebook if you have 1 for another chance...Share on your blog for another chance
3.Make a purchase of $10.00 or more + shipping (of any of my items) and receive 2 more  chance's PLUS..you will receive a free gift with your purchase.
So you can have a total of 5 chances for you. The name will be pulled by my Husband (or maybe my Maggie) on Oct 31st
I have been staying busy listing plus I have an order for a baby quilt and when I finish the Afghan I started about a year ago it will be sold to a friend.
This is just one of the many Dog beds I am selling and Calli agreed to model it for me...There is links on the right sidebar to check out some of my items and my other blogs with item's for sale.
If anyone has a question you can leave a comment in here or email me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I know I haven't been posting much but maybe can keep up better now that some of our medical issues are taken care of :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

YEP..DOING IT AGAIN AND OTHER STUFF

I know..I have been bad for not posting sooner. Blogging used to be my favorite thing to do...and then my world kind of came crashing down.It is a LONG story and I don't want to write more doom and gloom for all my blogger friends to read..Enough of thet everywhere else including Facebook
So let me just start a new Chapter in my life.
I have been putting off getting a perm for over a year..Wasn't sure if I would like it and I finally decided that anything would be better than what it was. Still not sure how much I like it...as you know, it does strip your hair and you have a yucky color until you are able to buy the color and then color your hair. I will go and get some color and try it on Monday and see if I like the way it looks and of course I have to style it myself but if I still don't like it I can go Tuesday and get it trimmed (Special on Tuesday)
I also finally got really serious about quitting smoking..Different approach this time so I will let you know how that goes when I am finally a NON SMOKER.
And then of course we will be moving again this coming spring...YEP just keep getting slumlords. Like I said..No doom and gloom so won't go into that now.
I have been selling a lot of S T U F F on Craigs List and trying to down size. Have sold quite a bit but still don't notice a big difference.
I decided to try selling some of my overstock fabric on a web site I found and was doing great...then the admin started telling me I needed to follow the rules..Well maybe if they made the rules easier for people that aren't computer wizzards it wouldn't have been so bad. I was very frustrated with it ...(especially since my stuff was selling so I decided I would just start my own group to sell that stuff PLUS hand made OOAK items and I invited friends. It is a lot easier for everyone to list but now we have to figure out a way to advertize..Here it is for you to check out     
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1473867916235281/requests/?notif_t=group_r2j          
Please check it out when you have a chance and would appreciat it if you could help spread the word and maybe mention some of the things you like about it. Check back often as we will be having some give aways..some special sales and some other surprizes.
Guess it is just about time for me to go and soak in the tub for a bit but before I leave I would like to share a few pictures
This is one of the many Dog beds I have for sale..The Dog (my Calli) is not for sale...She is a keeper :)
Nice set for your new kitty or gift for a friend with a new kitty (or an old kitty that is Loved a lot)
There is MANY more items of mine and also Dani and Lynn's so go check them out :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So Sorry it has been so long..Trying harder now

As a lot of you may already know we have had to move 4 times since March of 2013 and it has taken a toll on us. I know God only gives you what you can handle but I truly hope he is done testing us. If we were still in our 30's would not be so bad but at 73 it is not so easy. I don't want to boar anyone with all the details but wanted to let all of you know thet we are still not in our forever home and now we will have to start saving up to hire movers. The best deal I found was $160.00 an hour and they say it takes 3 men about an hour a room. Therefor I will be putting a lot more in some rooms and some may be empty. I will be once again packing and I know I pack good and do not really want to pay someone to do something I can do myself.  In order to do this we will have to downsize a lot of STUFF that we really don't need and sandbagging some $ for 9 or 10 months but I know we can do it. I will be listing a lot of my hand made crafts and other items in one of my other blogs plus a lot of other nice items and am having a special for my cook book until the end of August and the supply is limited so get yours while supplies last. I will send to other countries but can not offer free shipping..sorry
If anyone can find a BAD Landlord it is us..We even signed a contract for rent for a year and then buy the house we are living in now but that will no longer happen.
We just want to find a place to live where we can be happy and take care of our rescue pets.
With that being said and now that we may be able to start taking better care of our health we are actually looking forward to May or June of 2015 being the beginning of a better life.
I have fibro and husband has had mini strokes and also have a few problems with health of our pets.
We have discovered pure oils from YL oils and have had amazing results
This is our sweet little Eskie and she will be 11 in Jan 2015...she has been having seizures since she was 3 and we have tried a lot of things and the phenobarbital price went up to 42.00 a month and didn't help her..Just made her gain weight and very groggy...not a happy life. I am now putting just a drop of oil from YL oils on top of her head every morning and NO MORE seizures and she is a happy pup.
Our other dogs get over excited and Calli even gets very scared when it storms. I now put 2 oils on each of them (just a drop of each) and for the first time ever they are calm when it storms or when there are firecrackers going off or a lot of noise (including cop cars) at close neighbors
 I got my nail caught in a heat floor register and almost ripped it off.It hurt really bad but Mom came to my rescue with one of her oils and I went to limping on 3 legs to running on all 4 in just 4 days..Thanks Mom
 I am afraid of the dark and storms and Mom just pet me with some oil she had on her hands and sure made me relax and feel a lot better...Thanks Mom

I am the big protector and can get a little crazy at times but Mom rubbed me with her hands with the same thing she rubbed on Calli and it calmed me down and made me relax..I love Dad paying attention to me and sharing his glasses..If I was still 10 months old I would have chewed them to pieces LOL...To bad you didn't have some of that oil back then huh Mom..That oil stuff is amazing



My sweet girls depend on us so we will do whatever it takes to keep them safe and happy....the challenge has begun AGAIN
Be sure and check out my cook book special by clicking on the picture of the cook book on the right side bar...you will not be sorry when you see what all is inside and it makes a great gift for friend or family too 
( it is not to early to start your Christmas shopping ) just a little over 4 months and if you wait you will get caught up in the rat race. Thank you to everyone that has stuck by me this past year of nothing but problems. Keep checking back for other items that you might just love and need coming soon. I will be having a garage sale and will be listing some goodies with great prices for all my Blogger friends..see you again soon :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

MAGGIE MAE HERE WITH A UPDATE

Hi everyone..Maggie Mae here to update all you great friends of my Mom's. She has been under the weather a lot lately and I noticed where she hasn't posted in a while. 
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back because I have a lot to say. Like I said..Mom has been down in the dumps for a while. The house we live in now has to many problems to try and list and as all of you know the last house also had many issues and this is now 2 slumlords in a row. We had a really nice LL when we lived in Mode and he died and Mom and dad decided to move back up North were they could find a good Dr. The LL there son took over and when Mom told him they were moving he came to the back door and started yelling and swearing at her and tried to slam the door in to her face. Of course she called 911 and they came and told him to stay away from us. 
Not many options so they decided to go to motel where one of my 2 legged brothers was a maintance man. He told her it was a nice and safe Motel..well guess what..it wasn't and we were stuck there for 2 1/2 months with 4 of us dogs and 3 kitties.That is why she got desperate and moved to the house in the country.
The LL (slumlord) in the country kept $600.00 of Mom and Dad's deposit and now things are pretty tight. While we were ther though Mom and Dad did rescue a Mom and her babies kitties.
 This is who greeted us when we went to look at house in the country..doesn't she look pathetic and lonely
 This is the kittens that are in a crate that Mom and Dad borrowed on our back closed in porch after they were trapped
 This is Lola befor they were all caught outside feeding her sweet little babies
 This is my Dad taming the kittens (that he was told was impossible because they were faral kittens) But he did it and they all loved him
 This is Lola and Sassy laying by me on Mom and Dad's bed..I Love them and they love me
 Here is Lola and Sassy playing with a piece of fabric that Mom gave to them..They have so much fun together and I am glad that Mom and Dad decided to keep them


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this is how skinny Lola was when we first rescued her..She sure is a lot bigger now and has made herself at home and even steals the comfy beds that Mom made for me and Calli
Now Mom and Dad are looking for a new and forever home for all of us and Mom told me she would make sure that there is a nice yard for us to run and get some exersize and also a 2 car garage for Dad.
 Moms friend found a vet to take the other kitties and they were all spayed and had their shots and so did Lola and Sassy. The vet that spayed them said they never saw a cat as friendly as Lola. When they started to spay Lola they found out she was pregnant again and that is so sad because she wasn't finished nursing her babies. The neighbors told Mom that she just had litter after litter and they would die and it made om angry that even though people knew they never did anything to help her.

Was kind of funny because Dad made a screen to put in the window on the porch and Lola knocked it out and went out in field and came back through same window with a dead and very Mutilated bird and dropped it on the floor for Mom and Dad. Mom screeched..it was nasty looking and dad took it out and got rid of it. Then Mom realized that Lola was trying to thank them for rescuing them
Now Mom calls Lola and Sassy her $600.00 cats and does believe that it was meant to be that they live in that disgusting house so they could save lola and her kittens.
Mom is planning to have a Garage sale next week and she is also listing things on ebay and Craigs list to save up so we can find a better place to live.
A lot of LL don't allow pets and think that Dogs will do bad things to their house but Mom says it isn't the dogs that are bad and it is the owners that don't train their dogs and a lot of people trash rentals that don't even have pets.
Mom and Dad are having a hard time finding a caring LL that like Dogs and she would NEVER dump any of us just because someone does not like dogs.
Mom even has a sign that says "If you don't like Dog's then we don't like you. :)
Mom is on meds for pain and for depression and the Dr told her that she would have a lot less pain if she wasn't so stressed out (and can get out of this house).
So far the furnace has quit twice..LL never hooked up the washng machine like he promised and they have to haul laundry to laundromat and so far they have spent over $133.00 just to wash clothes. The only reason the  dryer got hooked up is because slumlord sent electrician here to give him estimate to run 220 out to porch but the electrician just went ahead and hooked it up..slumlord was really mad but if he didn't just go ahead and do it they wouldn't have a dryer either.
Hot water heater leaks and he was told about it in Oct before we moved in.
Gas stove had a leak and they had to find another one,,,he would not replace it
Also have storm windows and screens missing..no electric outlet in bathroom and not even a towel bar or toilet paper holder.

closed in back porch leaks when it rains and there is no way to lock the storm door that goes outside. Anyone that wants to come in can just come in and we have a freezer out there full of food (and the meat ball treats Mom makes for us)
One day when Mom and Dad came home from the store there was flyer from Jehovah,s Witness which means they just came right in. There is a door that can be locked going into the kitchen and if someone comes in and then knocks on kitchen door (and they went to store and we stayed home) it can make my little white sister dog "Annie" have a seizure and that could kill her. 
I would like it of all of you would keep all of us in your paryers that we find a nice and safe place to live. Mom and Dad are 72 and 73 years old and this is all very hard on them. Mom has mentioned that she should write a book about all of this but I don't think she will.
She has a sale going now for her cook book (link on right side bar) and all money from anything she sells will help take care of all of us and also a better place to live..She wants to be out of here by July 1st.
Hey...thanks everyone for reading all of this..I sure am long winded and now I think I will go curl up on Mom and Dad's bed and take a nap




Just a few of Mom's favorites



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

COUNTING THE DAYS

I know it has taken me a while to post again but having problems with blogger so will try again now
All the fur babies as well as us are counting the days until summer..(not counting on have a great spring...might just be a wet and cold one but I hope not)
Won't be much longer girls and you can go out and get some fresh air and then when the weather gets a LITTLE better Mom and Dad will look for a home with nice yard with a fence. That is at the top of our to do list,Yes..us furbabies are very alert and we know what is going on...We hear Mom and Dad talking about what size house to buy and Mom is looking a lot on the internet just to see what is available here and we do like WI a lot
Mom made 2 nice big beds for me (Maggie) and my sister Calli and Bianca took it over so now she has to make another one but I don't think she cares since there isn't much else to do in weather like this.
Mom keeps her batting and stuffing in a huge plastic bag and when she needed some for a pillow she was making this is what she saw when she went to pick it up off the floor ..isn't that the sweetest face ever 
and now Lola and Sassy are taking a spot on Moms bed..Mom said she is glad she rescued them though or they would have froze and starved to death where they were.
We are all counting the days until Mom and Dad find us our FOREVER home

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My $600.00 cat and kitties (heavy with pictures)

Yes this is what greeted us when we were moving into dumpy house in Elizabeth,IL..I think she was checking us out to see if we might be the ones to save her
 This is what we saw when we pulled in driveway to look at house and she was very very skinny and soaking wet from being out in the rain
Here are her babies that she was so protective of coming up by the house to eat..at first we thought we saw some baby rabbits out in the field but then realized it was 4 kittens
 It did take a few days to get them to trust us and know we would not hurt them
 There was 2 that looked a lot alike and some were starting to get a little friendly and trusting
 After about a week they would come by the back door for food
 This is Lola (we named her that) and we put a dish of food inside on porch one day and she came in and sniffed it and left. About 15 minutes later she came back with 4 kittens following her. She wanted to let them know it was safe to come in and eat
We went to animal shelter and they let us use 2 traps to trap the kittens. Lola was not afraid and loved to come by us and rub up against our leg and let us pet her so was easy to ctch her..She would come in every time we opened the door but also wanted to go back out (not so now though).
We had one big dog crate and a friend loaned us another one and Billy started taming them and all but 1 was friendly and liked being petted. Right before we traped them they all disappeared and we hunted everywhere but it was Maggie who finally found them hid in a shed and that is where we put the traps to catch them.(Maggie was and still is facinated with Sassy)

We got some cerificates from shelter to have them spayed and we took Lola first since the kittens were eating the food we gave them. When we went to pick her up the vet said they have never seen such a sweet and friendly cat and they guessed her to be about 2 years old. When they went to do the surgery they discovered that she was pregnant again by about a month . That means she did not have any milk to nurse her kittens and if we had not rescued them they would have starved since they were not old enough for her to teach to hunt for food.
It was very sad learning how her life was for the first few years of her life when we found out that when the house was empty that the LL would come about once a month and stay for a week and just give her a tiny bit of food so she would keep the mouse population down. How dumb was that. He said when he pulled in the driveway she would come running looking for something to eat. He brought her in the house and sometimes he would even lock her in the cellar and never even put a litter box out for her and didn't even clean up after her so you can only imagine what the house was like when we moved in.
Why do you ask did we ever consider renting a house in that condition...well because of other circumstances we ended up living in a Motel for 2 1/2 months with our 4 dogs and 3 cats we already had. We were very depressed and so were the dogs. It was a not so nice motel and cops and ambulances were there 2 or 3 times a week...we had scum bags beating on our door asking for money..food...and a ride to town and even then a camper or tent would have looked good.
The yard in Elizabeth was nothing but weeds that were higher than the top of my legs and LL was supposed to have it mowed but that never happened. Billy went out every day and picked up rocks and all sorts of things and started mowing it with his small gas powered push mower.
This is what it looked like when we moved in (June 3rd)
This was the sidewalk going up yo the back door
This was part of the yard where a farmer tried to come in and bush hog it and needless to say he did a lousey job
This is what it looked like in front of the deck going in the front door
another part of yard and there was rocks and all kinds of junk everywhere (He even found cell phones..shoes..and a swing and other toys.
This is just some of the ruts in driveway we had to drive through to get up near house to carry groceries in
This is over to the left of the deck when we moved in
This is over to the right of the deck near the sidewalk going to back door after Billy took all the rocks and other debree and rusty dented up garbage cans out of there.
This is just one area of feecees that Billy spent many hours scrubbing with bleach. It was like that in every room but I won't bore you with pictures of all the other rooms.
This is a long shot of front of house when moving in
This is a hole in the floor on the one porch that we had to cover with a board to keep wild animals out and anyone from falling in
Billy worked very hard on the yard when weather allowed and the rest of the time he spent scrubbing inside.
The whole upstairs floor looked like this and he couldn't even get it cleaned real good with scraper and bleach. He did have pleanty of things to keep him busy such as leaking pipe in down stairs bathroom that leaked and also one under the kitchen sink that did cause mold. LL refused to fix leak in roof and would not even put a CMD in house that is required by law in IL and cost $20.00...
This is what it looked like in July..Rose bushes and other plants and bushes all around house and lawn (mowed weeds) maintained every day. (Billy made the fence sections for decoration from old barn boards in 2009 and we moved them with us and will do it again) Our Dog Calli had reaction and was itching a lot and we found out that she was allergic to the weeds (even though they were mowed). 

Found new homes for 2 kittens with a vet 90 miles away that would see to it that they had good homes. One that was not real tame went to a neighbor there and we decided we could not move and leave Lola behind and decided to also keep one of her kittens so she wouldn't try and take off when she became an inside cat. It has worked out very well and Lola and Sassy are VERY close and we are happy that we chose to do that. No more litter after litter for Lola or freezing out in a shed and having to catch what she could to eat. (I am sure she would have froze with the weather we are having now) 
 One day right before we moved she knocked a screen out on the porch and went and killed (mutilated) a bird and came back through the same window and dropped it on the floor by my feet. Her own special way of saying thatns Mom and Dad for helping us.
Here are a few pictures of her and Sassy now in their new forever home. She doesn't try to get out and once in a while we see her looking out a window and since she doesn't see fields and sheds she knows she is safe in her new home. Her and Sassy both like the dogs (especially Maggie) and they stick together all the time.
Bought this little cube thing with 3 openings for $3.88 at WM and it was worth every penny just to watch them play in it the first hour they had it
This is a kitty tree and scratching post (since Sassy likes to scratch everything) that a dear friend bought them for Christmas and Lucky likes it too
Sassy waiting for her turn to go up in the tree
Lola and Sassy taking a nap on Mom and Dad's bed
Sassy loves any kind of string..even the lace's on Billy's slippers
Sassy Loves to snuggle with her BIG sisters too
Lola loves Mom and Dad's recliners and if they get up to go in the kitchen or when they go to bed that is where she goes. We also found out that Lola likes to lay on top of a piece of newspaper and we are pretty sure that may be all she had to lay on when locked in the basement.
No more of this Lola
Just this
Lola and Sassy are nice and healthy and have gained weight and that makes everyone happy
Slumlord there (and I could write a book about him) refused to give us our deposit back..We gave him $600.00 security deposit and $300.00 pet deposit (even though the house had feecees everywhere)  Total of $900.00....and after 6 weeks he sent us a ck for $300.00 and is charging us for the 300 gal of propane he claimes he put in tank. Propane was only used for hot water to do dishes (not that many dishes for 2 people) and to take a shower and a lot of hot water to scrub floors. I paid him $76.00 and that should have more than covered any hot water. Plus he says it cost him $47.00 to put ad in paper to rent house (Gee..thats funny..we found the house through an ad on Craigs list)
 I called an attorney (a friend of my one son's Father) and talked to him for about 5 min on phone twice and sent him a copy of lease and all he said is to read all the fine print next time and then sent me a bill for $360.00..No one ever told me when I called that he charges $200.00 an hour for advice. Called another atty office and she said they would charge a min of $600.00 to take it to court. Even though there is a web site for renters rights you still have to take slum lord to court to get deposit back but there is no law to inforce that  LL follows his obligations. Kind of sucks when you live on SS and a small pension. With that being said I figure it cost us $600.00 to rescue some kittens and give a home to 2 of them.
And to top it all off we got suckered again by another smooth talking slumlord that does NOT fix anything or do anything he says he will before you sign on the dotted line. Because of his LIES we have to take our laundry to laundromat just to wash it. Our dryer is plugged in so we bring it home to dry it. Very hard in this kind of weather and so far from Nov 1st to end of Dec we have spent $49.00 just to wash clothes)
 I will not be so stupid here and will NOT be paying my last months rent ($700.00) and will be looking to buy a place of our own. If we have to fix and repair things that are necessary on a weekly basis then we might as well do it for our self and also not have to ask permission to hang a towel bar in the bathroom. I will save the story about this slumlord for another post.
It will be hard to try and recoop $600.00 but I know with hard work..garage sales and selling on line and a lot of praying we will not be in this house no longer than Oct of this year (maybe even sooner and would mean breaking the lease but thats O K..) Will do whatever it takes