Saturday, November 19, 2016

There is nothing sacred in Retail anymore..

When I worked in retail, for 8 years, I knew that I could count on Christmas Day, New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Easter off of work.  Before and after Thanksgiving and Christmas was always insane but at least I'd get the holiday off.  I went back to college to become a Teacher and either I was a student or a teacher and had all of these holidays off.  Boy was I spoiled!!!  and I loved it!!!

I grew up with a mom, that was a waitress and a sister and stepmom that worked in hospitals.  My mom asked for Christmas Eve because that is when my family celebrates Christmas.  Then we had a quiet day on Christmas Day.  Maybe we went to see our neighbors or my Grandma that day but we had already opened our gifts the night before.  As a married woman this tradition has still continued. We celebrate with my family on Christmas Even and with Kurt's family on Christmas Day.  Last year we stayed home on Christmas Day and had his family over the Saturday after Christmas.  This year we're back to the regular schedule.  Just driving around Southern California is enough to drive someone insane.  Most of us still live here, in Southern California, so we're lucky that we don't have to travel by plane.  I keep on joking that we should all take a cruise and not worry about Christmas Eve dinners but everyone looks at me like I'm nuts.

One year, in my early 20's I went clubbing on New Years Eve.  Most of my friends were under 21 and so we went to an 18 and older club in Hollywood, CA.  Then almost all of us had to work New Years Day.  We were all exhausted, working, that day.  I thought are they crazy?  At the time, I had no idea that the retail schedules would continue to get more and more insane.

Now that Natalie, my 19 year old daughter, works in retail, I have to worry about when the stores are open.  Well some crazy person started having stores open on Thanksgiving.  What?  I won't shop on that day but now I have to worry about my daughter working that day.  We finally got her new schedule for next week.  She works 6pm to 2am  On Thanksgiving, then returns at 10am on Friday to work another long shift.  First of all, it's bad enough that we can't visit family on Thanksgiving but she doesn't even get enough time to sleep, so after Friday she'll be wiped out and probably still working the whole weekend.  Just thinking about it makes me tired.  Poor Natalie has been anxious about Black Friday Sales already.

I don't know about you, but I don't need to shop in Thanksgiving and I'm perfectly happy to wait till Friday morning to shop.  Sure super sales are grand, but sales people need to have lives too.

I wish more people, were like me, and boycotted the stores that had insane hours.  You won't find me Shopping on Thanksgivng and you won't find me shopping on New Years Day.

How do you feel about the crazy retail hours?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Time for Halloween Again

Can't believe it's almost Halloween.  The evenings are finally starting to cool off and make it feel like it's Fall.  We always have such a long Summer and the cool weather is always welcomed when it gets here.

I found a cute background and header at Itkupilli's website again.  Here are the links to this background and header.  My current Halloween background Here and my new Halloween Header is Here.  This is actually from this bloggers old background site but I just love all her backgrounds.  She also has some really creepy, if that is your thing, too.

Last year I had surgery a few days before Halloween and couldn't go to my friend's yearly party.  I hope that she has a party this year too.  I love Halloween and the day before is my birthday.  I have so much to celebrate since it's a year since I had my adenoma removed.  My health hasn't been the greatest, with a flu/sinus infection, but at least I'm healthier than I was a year ago.

My latest adventure is that I've signed up with  I just finished watching a Shaffordshire Terrier/Labrador tonight.  I'm going to miss Jordan.  He is such a sweetheart!  I may get to take care of him at the end of the month.  I hope so!!!  On Friday I'm getting a new dog for the weekend.  We don't have dogs because Kurt doesn't want one, so this is my way of getting to spend time with wonderful dogs and get paid doing it. :)  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Get The Best Homemade Cleaners Kindle eBook Free Through Friday!

Get The Best Homemade Cleaners Kindle eBook Free Through Friday!
Tawra, from Living on A Dime, is saying that you can get the Best Homemade Cleaners Kindle e-book for FREE now through this Friday!  She and her mom spend less than $10 on cleaning supplies.

The Best Homemade Cleaners e-book explains how to use cleaning supplies effectively to clean and save. You'll learn which cleaners work best for various jobs so you don't have to keep a closet full of different cleaners that you never use.

Go get it for FREE through Friday, September 30th at Amazon HERE!
Here is a few of the cleaners, from this e-book, mentioned on their blog, Living on a Dime:

Homemade Soft Scrub Recipe

1 tsp. liquid soap several drops of an antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) 1 cup baking soda
Add just enough water to form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.

Homemade Clorox Wipes 


This is another easy recipe by reusing a foaming hand dispenser.  I do the same thing with my Dawn Foam Dispenser.  I buy Dawn at the Dollar Tree, then refill the Foaming Dispenser a few inches and filling the rest with water.  I have had the same dispenser for a few years and finally it has stopped pumping.  By doing this I'm saving tons of money but still getting the same product.
The e-book has these recipes and more.  Get it HERE  for FREE through September 30th.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Goes too Fast

After all the hoopla this past June, from my daughter's graduation from High School, this has been a very sleepy Summer.  We're very proud of Natalie because she was Valedictorian of her Senior Class. My husband is finally taking a week off of work and we're going to the mountains for 3 nights, just the two of us.  I feel bad about leaving Natalie home alone, but she'll be busy with her boyfriend and friends.  Kurt and I need some much needed time alone together.  I told him as long as there is a pool I'm happy.

We're going to go to Big Bear, in the San Bernadino Mountains that is a few hours away from us.  We live in the San Fernando Valley which is North West of Downtown Los Angles.  If you ever saw the movie, "Valley Girl", it took place where we live.  Fer Sure!  

  The last time I was in Big Bear was when I was about 20 and had gone skiing for the first and last time.  Even though I only went on the Bunny Slopes, meant it was for the beginners, I was scared going up on the chairs and scared going down.  It didn't help that the first chair ride my skis caught caught with my boyfriend's skis.  They stopped the chairs from moving and he had to remove his ski, up in the air, then put it back.  I'm afraid of heights so this was a harrowing experience for me.  The second time I tried to go down the slope someone ran into me and I fell.  I had to try to get up and turn myself around.  When I was going down the hill I felt like I would never stop in time and run right into the crowds of people at the bottom of the hill, well I stopped but my heart was beating too fast.  I decided I skiing was too exciting for me. I was proud that I had tried skiing because I have always been a scared when it came to sports.

Snow Summit Chair Lifts

In 2001 and in 2012 we had gone with my parents and Natalie to the Pine Rose Cabins that is down the mountain from Big Bear.  I love this place but we wanted to try something different this year. Big Bear Lake is another 40 minutes farther up the mountain from Lake Arrowhead.   

Pine Rose Cabin #14 where we stayed in 2012.

Lake Arrowhead up the road from Pine Rose Cabins.

We're going to stay at the Big Bear Pioneer and are staying in the Queen Studio.  This means we will have a kitchenette and a small patio.  There is a pool and spa and it's right on the lake with a private beach.  When you go to Lake Arrowhead you can't access the beach unless you live or are renting a house on the shore.  I found this to be a total drag.  Big Bear has many more places for the public to access the shore, plus it's a much bigger lake.

Frontier Cabins at Lake Big Bear
Frontier Cabin's Pool

I'm really looking forward to this time with my husband.  I haven't had the chance to swim all Summer and that is one of my favorite things to do.  How had your Summer been?