Day 322-Free Days-My Turn To Host Bunco!

Finally the time comes for me to host the ladie’s dice game Bunco! I was nervous, but wanted to do a good job. The best part is shopping for the gifts!

David helped me get the house ready and bought all the food for the event.

Food was simple finger foods
Theme was summertime and I made a special infused water

I made a chip and salsa tray, Chex mix was premade and loaded into the table trays. I had made a special fruit and cucumber infused water the day before and it was not the hit I wanted it to be. It turned out a little bitter. Luckily, I had other drink choices.

The ladies all had a good time and I even tried my hand at scoring…several times!

“Oh, I have to score?” 😬

It wasn’t as scary as I thought!

Table #1
Table #2
Table #3

Previously I had never won, so imagine my horror to win not one, but two prizes! As the hostess, it felt more than strange to have purchased the prizes and then be the recipient of two of them. All is fair in the world of Bunco though, the ladies assured me it was perfectly normal and just happened that way sometimes. Besides, now I have a lovely gift or two for secret Santa or those birthdays that keep on popping up right?! Or, I can keep them f I choose. I guess we will just have to see about that!

All in all it was a great time and I would not mind being hostess again…someday! 😉




Day 303-Free Days-Don't Let Rainy Days Get You Down

Evening everyone! The rain has stopped for the time being and we are enjoying some time on the patio with a beverage and some music. Earlier it was a different story as the rain soaked the streets and made for difficult travel and bad situations since yesterday. My son has been working almost non-stop for 48 hours! Should make a great check though!

Instead of letting the gloomy weather get us down, we went antiquing and tried to find a hutch/buffet type thingy for our kitchen. We want something that will serve as a coffee bar/pots and pans storage, so we can free up space in the new cabinet/pantry for food to go.

First, we tried the brand new vintage market right down the street called The Painted Tree.

Looking down the aisle at The Painted Tree

They had every kind of decorative items you could ever want, home made fresh smelling soaps, and more cute clothes than you could shake a stick at! Some stuff was vintage and some stuff was new but all of it was adorable. I found a booth worth returning to that specialized in Yellow Box sandals, bling filled caps and original clothing that while spendy, was so cute you couldn’t help desire them.

We came home for awhile and decided we could not sit, so we headed out again, this time for downtown Ft Worth and Montgomery Street Antique Mall. This place is so huge it would take a week to really go through (if you are like me and want to see EVERYTHING) 😂

We never found what we were looking for, but we had fun trying. Then we topped it of with a delicious dinner at my favorite Mexican Restaurant, Los Vicaros. Since then we have been enjoying some quiet, still, dry conditions and I’m trying a 0 calorie cream soda spiked with a 6x distilled vodka I’ve never tried before. It’s quite tasty! I also have to share a picture of my bogainvilla that was naked of blooms when I bought it and is now quite lovely!

My pretty!

Just now I learned we are about to be blessed by a visit from one of my son’s friends and his wife and child! I will take pics to share with you all tomorrow, see you then!

Day 290-Free Days-Errands Ran on a Rusty Knee

Happy Saturday everyone, before I get to the meat of today’s post, let me show you a picture I took on Friday of sweet Stephanie after I fixed her hair for her. I must brag, I think it’s one of my best hairdos ever, and look at the sweet smile on her face. I had the perfect model after all!!


So, after I left her house yesterday, I went to the doctor since my knee has been bothering me for a couple of weeks. I figured I better give in and go have it looked at since I couldn’t get the swelling to stop and the pain has been about a five on the 1-10 scale. After x-rays, they determined that I had lots of arthritis damage and could use a round of steroids, some pain medication and a consult with an ortho doctor, who I’ll see in a couple of weeks.  She also told me to ice and elevate whenever I’m sitting down, which I had been doing anyway. My friends on Facebook said it sux to get old and I told them-not old, just rusty!

I didn’t want that to sideline running errands with my hubby, our usual Saturday thing. So first we went to a delicious breakfast at El Tejas and I cheated big time and decided not to worry about it. I had 2 eggs overeasy, 2 slices of bacon, and a piece of French toast! Egads! So not Paleo, but my rule is that I follow the diet 80/20, so I made up for it with a salad at lunch. 🙂

Next we went by my Dad’s house to measure for new windows, a job we’ve been promising to do for awhile but have not had the time.

Dave and my Dad checking his windows

After we got done there, we went to Home Depot to order the windows and then popped over to Dave’s brother’s house to take Connie the birthday present she accidentally left at our house last weekend. She was busy as usual, putting together a different birthday present-a wagon for her plants.

Connie assembling her wagon

She has done an amazing job in her backyard, as evident by her beautiful back corner.

The fruits of Connie’s labor

After that quick lunch at Wendy’s where I enjoyed the new fresh mozzarella chicken salad, Dave went to play golf and I went and had an amazing hour and a half at the nail salon. To say it was relaxing was an understatement, I almost fell asleep in the chair, although they were extremely busy.

A very busy ABC Nail salon today!

When you order a regular manicure and a callous pedicure, you not only get the nails done but a lovely paraffin wax massage to the legs and a thorough massage to the arms. Not to mention, the chairs have a back massager on the whole time, and I was further relaxed by the CBD oil I was vaping prior to arriving at the shop. As I’ve mentioned before, CBD oil from hemp cannot make you high, (it has no THC in it) but just relaxes your system and helps make you less anxious.

My finished nails plus the added design on the toe

Now, I’m writing this blog and relaxing with my knee up and ice on it. If I hurry, I may be able to squeeze in an episode of The Walking Dead before Dave gets back from the golf course. It’s been such a relaxing afternoon, I don’t even miss the fact that I can’t have any alcohol for the next week or so-not until I finish my steroids. I use pain medication very sparingly anyway, and what they gave me was very light-I barely noticed I had taken anything at all. 😉



Day 258-Free Days-How Was Your Easter?

The reason for the season

How has everyone’s Easter been? I hope it has been an enjoyable day of faith, friends and family.

I started the day with church and it was a lovely service. We as a congregation put a flower in a plain wooden cross and when it was done, it was beautiful. I didn’t take a picture because I had a bad vantage point from where I was sitting, besides, I didn’t know how the pastor would feel about me snapping pics during the service. The hand bell choir did a lovely number and then the children performed a song with the chimes. I could’ve listened to that all day.

David cooked all day and we had a delicious ham, pork roast and vegetables, fresh green beans and his home made potato salad. My brother and sister-in-law brought angel cake, fresh fruit and cool whip for strawberry shortcake. Unfortunately, they also brought a lemon pound cake, which I could not pass up, I made my shortcake with it. (It was a small serving but still!) Back to being good tomorrow! No one is perfect, I follow a Paleo lifestyle 80 percent of the time, and it’s a holiday.

I promised some before and after pics of the front yard.

Before-notice: bushes, ground cover and glass front screen door

I want to say this pic was from a year and a half ago, when we first moved in.

After-Bushes gone! New screen door, able to open for cross breeze!

Two days of work later, bushes gone and ground cover dug out. Love my new screen door! Now, we could sit on the front porch and see the neighbors if we want!

A different view
The left side of the front of the house-all bushes out

 Some pretty new flowers to greet guests.

All in all, it has been a great and productive weekend. How was yours? Tell me all about it in the comments, and join me tomorrow for Motivational Monday! See you then.



Day 230-Free Days-Sunday Happenings

I so hope you have enjoyed the beautiful day this has been! Sunday in our part of the world got up to 80 degrees, and was spent working on the blog, the yard and dinner for family. Now, to be honest, Dave did the yard, I worked in the office and cleaned up after dinner, but hey-it was still a team effort…go team Smyth, lol.

The family, sans Chris, enjoyed thick, juicy Angus beef from Sams, baked potatoes (some of us had sweet) and salad. Unfortunately, Chris opted to go play disc golf with his friends, which is his choice of course, but he missed out for sure! I did try to help him out before he left by preparing him a special foot soak to treat his athletes foot (poor thing has a chronic problem) and dab treatment with specific essential oils. The foot soak had Epsom salts, tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus and peppermint, along with baking soda in warm water with apple cider vinegar. After he soaked for five minutes, he dried them well and I dabbed them with a cotton ball that had a few drop some of lavender and tea tree oil. These oils are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and some, like lavender, provide anti-inflammatory benefits. I sure hope it helps, but truthfully, he should do the treatment every day.

Now, everyone is gone and I have the evening breeze flowing through the living room, as I Watch Shades of Blue and compose this blog. A perfect end to a joyful weekend. Join me this week for my regular daily features and to hear the outcome of my appointment with the ENT and kidney doctor, which will hopefully end my doctor chores for the month. See you mañana, on the patio! 😎

Day 188-Free Days-What Did I Learn?

Good morning everyone, and may I just say, I hope you all have a fabulous Superbowl Sunday if for no other reason than you got to spend time with friends and family, cause, like me, you don’t really have a stake in the game or care who wins or not-it’s all about the joy of breaking bread and hanging out with your loved ones…and the commercials of course!

Speaking of commercials, that brings me to what I found out when I did some research into which would be a better course for me to take, and there were two I was interested in. Working with Brands or Affiliate Marketing Course.

After watching the introduction video that Jenny Melrose did on Utube for her course of working with brands, I learned that the course would teach me everything from how to pitch to a brand to how to create the perfect proposal piece, how she makes up to and even beyond 10k per month by working with brands and how you can too, how to invoice and follow up, and how to stay true to your voice and let your personality win over the brand and keep them wanting to work with you for months at a time-not just a one-and-done kind of thing. Her course costs anywhere from $397 for the Basic class to $597 for the Master class. Wow! While that doesn’t seem like much to end up earning over 10k a month, I would completely have to restructure and plan in advance my entire blog…not sure that’s the route I want to go.

The second course I looked at, was Michelle Gardner’s e-course on Affiliate Marketing (How to build  six figure income without millions of visitors or selling your soul)  which earns her around  100k a month, and how she went from $0 to 50k per month and how you can too, even if you are a beginner blogger. Testimonials from students talked about how their income quadrupled in the first month after taking her course-which in total cost $197! Even if I had to create a separate blog to achieve this goal, it would be well worth the investment. However, I would not know if that’s what I need to do until I take the course, which is, by the way, at your own pace and waaaay more affordable for this girl to take. She runs an award winning blog called Making Sense of Cents which earns her around 70k per month, 50k of that being through affiliate marketing.

So the bottom line is, I have a lot to think about and sort through, but I think it’s a no-brainer. Even if I only worked on the course an hour a day, it would take me about a month to get through it, and then I can apply the lessons I learned to this blog, or create another-I’ll figure that out as I go along. Yes, to make money you have to invest some money, and yes, it will take some work, but I’m willing to do it. And I want to take you all along, if you’re interested. Maybe I could do a post each Saturday (since that’s a free day) on what I learned that week and you could apply it to your blog and then we could all learn how to make extra money! Who couldn’t use some extra money? And since my goal is to help people with my blog, it sounds like a win-win to me. What say you?

I’ll let you know when I start the course, and we will be off and running after that. I’m excited to learn something new and profitable…but will continue with my blog as it is for now, and speaking of that, heres the run down for this week coming up.

Motivational Monday as usual will feature a quote or scripture- this week it will be a quote I found on Pinterest.

This is my essay Tuesday will be about how I worked in a nursing home, starting from when I was 16.

Wednesday’s Medical Minute is still a mystery, unless someone wants to chime in and provide me with a subject they want me to address.

Throwback Thursday will be on another photo I cull from the archives (or that shoebox full of pictures I keep in the office)

Flash Fiction Friday is the usual surprise, even to myself, lol. Last week I did it off a word prompt, this week I might try a picture prompt…who knows?

I hope to see everyone back here tomorrow, enjoy the big game, family and friends and I hope the commercials this year are worth all the millions they spend on them. Have a blessed day. 🙂


Day 180-Free Days-Flower Chowder

So…not a word has been written so far today, except comments on other people’s blogs, therefore, I am fulfilling my promise to blog every day with a peek into what I created for our dinner today, for lack of anything else to write about. Day five of Dave’s recovery has meant quite a lot of sitting around together, due to the fact he wasn’t feeling very chipper today. I didn’t want to leave him by himself all day while feeling yucky, so at least I’ve been next to him on the couch, watching various food/flip type tv shows, alternated with a couple of episodes of Netflix series Orange is the New Black. The last one I watched was so intense, I needed a break. I laughed, I cried, I recoiled in horror, then cried some more.

I decided it was a perfect time to make us some home made chowder. What kind of chowder can you make from a flower you might ask? Why, cauliflower of course giggle yes, I’m goofy today. Anyway, my friend Michelle turned me on to this gem and sent me the recipe. It was easy, low carb and delicious! Here is the recipe:


I subbed almond milk for the 2%, so it was thinner than it might have been with dairy but still tasted great. Poor David has been on a (creamy) liquid diet since coming home from the hospital and I thought home made would be better for a change of pace. He has got to be getting sick of chicken noodle by now!! He has been nauseated and sluggish today (kinda like his digestive system) and I think when he has some movement, he will feel so much better. At least the gas is mostly gone, and for that he is grateful.

Let me know if you try the chowder and how you like it. For those on a low carb diet, this is a perfect fit. Turns out it is less than 5 carbs per serving…pretty good right?

At least watching tv with Dave is a learning experience- what not to do while flipping a house, where the original Porsche belonging to Janis Joplin really resides (not the Museum of the Gulf Coast like we thought, that is a replica), who is winning the golf tournament so far, and other bits of information you are just dying to know. 😉