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Hi there!

I just have to share this site with you! It seems like I am getting a lot of readers that are actual people that are filing or have filed!

I am sorry for your situation, but this can be done!

It’s a tool and for me, if it works, it will be the best decision I ever made!

But a lot can happen between now and 10/2017!

In order to get thru this,  I created this blog! I hope to be a help to others in the process.

There were no blogs like mine when I started and still no active ones that I know of! So I hope its nice for you to follow me here.

Boy I make some doozie mistakes! This is real life, and I am far from perfect! I am no expert, but learn something new every day.  And I just make it through each day, paycheck to paycheck the best I can.

I can always go to WWW.BKFORUM.COM for support and guidance!


You can just read through the stickies or post a question!


Someone, including me, will answer if we know the answer!

It’s worth its weight in gold!  We are not alone.  I hope that this community will help you as much as it has helped me and when you reach your successful discharge, you will get the hamster dance too!  (If you stick around the community long enough, you will find out what that means!)

See you there!



Song Bird Ornaments


Hello!  I started this project a couple weeks ago.  It’s so easy and fast, (and cute!)  I just don’t know what my problem was getting it done, but it is done now.

This project cost me a couple of bucks for a hole punch.  That’s it!

First I printed out the pattern and found some cardboard to use.  An old file folder did the trick.


Then I traced them.


Like so.


Then I cut them out:


I got quite a few.


I found some music online and printed that out.


Then I tore it up and Mod Podged it onto the cardboard cut outs.

First one side.


Let it dry and then  trim it around the bird.

If you Mod Podge both sides, you wont’ be able to see where to trim. (Something I would do.)

Then Mod Podge the other side.


Let it dry.

I decided to paint the wings white before I glittered them.  I think silver paint would have been better.

But this will do.


Add glitter, of course!


Now the birds are all dry and ready to fly.


After the glitter dried I used a hot glue gun to put them on.

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The final touch is the ribbon to either use to hang the ornament on the tree or tie on a package.


I’m using these as a little gift to add to the jewelry presents I’m taking to Oregon.

I think they are cute and that is my big holiday craft for this  year!  Winking smile

Cross that off my list of “To Do List” and now I have to get those Christmas Cards out!

What are you making this year anything?


Saturday Scoop

Hi there!  What’s the scoop?

What are your plans today?  Here’s the scoop in my little corner of the world.

Right now as I type this, I have a pot of chicken bone  broth  in the crock pot, since last night!  It just sounds better as just broth no?  Last night I stopped at Bristol Farms and picked up a Free Range roasted chicken and check this out:

Turkey necks!  I know!  They weren’t in the case, but  I asked the butcher and he went back and got me some!   These are free range, antibiotic free, hormone free.  I got two packs as I plan on making this “broth” a lot! I used some broth from my last batch to make our rice last night and so my daughter is reaping the benefits as well.

My healthy broth is cooking for 24 hours in the pressure cooker that doubles as a crock pot.  I’m so happy.  The benefits of this broth are AMAZING and I am not messing around with this flare.  Again, go here for a list of reasons to make this! Its a must have in any diet.

Also on my list of things for today is grocery shopping.  I want to go to Sprouts and Albertsons, after Golf Clinic of course.

Lots to buy for dinner on Thanksgiving but I already have a turkey breast in the freezer!  If I knew I was going to be on a soup kick I would have bought a small whole turkey!  No big.  I eat lots of lean protein daily as well.

Some items  are for Thanksgiving and some for staples, but all good deals.

I  want to pick up this Salmon.  It’s $2.00 off a pound.  I think I would like to try that mustard sauce I posted here.


I know, call me lazy, but I think prepared mashed potatoes are way better!


Gotta have this for my girl!


I am making my own cranberries.  When I bought these at the 99 cent store, I didn’t read the ingredients.  Full of



Gotta have something to snack on.


Albertsons has a few things and you cannot beat these prices anywhere!

$2.50 for butter!  That’s like half off.  I will buy 3~   I don’t use anything but real butter.


And really!?!  .39 cents!  I will buy 10!  We eat a lot of green beans!


There is more on my grocery list, but this is a snapshot of just some of the deals from the paper.  I swear if you watch the paper you can really stretch your dollar.  I am getting closer to my free pot!

Here’s what else is on my agenda for the weekend.

Yesterday I started cutting out some of these shapes!


I am determined to make some of those little song birds at some point this weekend.  My daughter said she might join me.  I printed out some sheet music to use.  So both free!

I would love to get a Christmas tree up!  I’ve been looking and Home Depot and Osh both got theirs in yesterday.  Home depot can’t sell until they get their permit and the guy at Osh told me they were just setting them up but might start selling today!  Its on the way back from Golf Clinic so that is convenient.

I would really like to have it up for Thanksgiving and take it down before we leave for Oregon next month.

My daughter wants to use our log cabin ornaments that I bought on a trip to Lake Arrowhead a lifetime ago.  So she is chief decorator this year.

So grocery shopping, a little crafting, setting up a tree and laundry.  That will make up my Saturday and probably some of my Sunday too!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay healthy and warm where ever you are!







Topanga Fiddle Fest – 2014


Hello!  How are you?  I hope you had a great weekend.

I went to the Fiddle Fest and Contest today.  Click on the image for more info~!


This is an annual event in the Santa Monica mountains and I’ve been wanting to go for years.

Its actually held at the Paramount Ranch. Lots of cowboy movies are filmed there.  Its a cute little country western town surrounded by miles of hiking trails.  So pretty.


They offer quite the line up for the cost of $20.00.  A person could spend the whole day, but we only stayed a couple of hours.


By the time we got there, they opened up a second parking lot.  (The Amgen Bike Tour was today and it was crazy traffic from my house to here!)  The race will make national news tonight I am sure.  Its like the Tour de France.


Anyway, back to the Festival.  Lots of of old time music and lots of little groups of people just jamming with their instruments.  Everyone just shows up and jams!  Wish I had a tambourine, to play.  Ha!


Little groups of music all over!


So fun.  Its hard to figure out where to stand and listen.  One Russian musician sang “Those were the days my friends” and we all sang along. Corny but fun.  I haven’t heard that song in years.  La la la la~!


There were all kinds of booths, pottery:


Clothes, beads and jewelry:


And many other items including these interesting bags:


These are made from cowboy boots!  Sometimes I forget that I live in the Wild West until I see things and visit places like this!


So cute.  The best part is this is open all the time if they are not filming here.  I hope to come back and do some hiking.  Its very close, like 20 minutes from home.


Next time we will bring chairs and sit out there and watch the main stage.


It was warm today, about 84.  They sold some really cute parasols and my BFF bought one, but I just borrowed her umbrella.  I swear, I am an umbrella in the sun kind of gal!

So that was fun and then I came home to relax and get ready for the work week.

Hope you’all  had a great day Partner and I will see you soon.

Gonna mosey off to finish my day!



Valentine Tree Decoration


Do you remember the tree branches I brought home at Christmas time and painted white?

Anyhoo… I kept them and I decided to make a Valentine Tree for our decoration this month.

I pulled out the branches and the Epson salt that I saved and put them back in the vase!


Then I got busy cutting out the little hearts, in two different sizes.


I used the same scrapbook paper that I used for the coasters that I never finished. 😉


I even used an old romantic paperback to add some interest.


I pulled out the glue gun and glued in some ribbon for the hangers.


Then I glittered them up.


You know how much I love glitter.

I strung a pearl necklace on the tree too.


Then filled it in with the hearts!


Its pretty simple.




And a little romantic.


So that is my valentine to me and my girl!

Do you have any crafts that you are making for Valentines Day?

Do share!



Tile Coasters – An Inexpensive Gift

As promised I’m showing you the best idea for a homemade Christmas gift that doesn’t even look homemade.  It really looks expensive.  Probably costs less than a buck!  Per Gift!

I have to tell you that I started these months ago but never finished them.  I don’t know why.  I pooped out. I do plan on making them and giving them as gifts during the year.

So here you go!  You will love these and I hope that you are getting these early enough to make if you want to give this year!  It might take 2 days.

Go to Home depot and buy these little square tiles, you will need four per gift.  They are about .16 cents  a piece.


You will need to get some scrap book paper.


Its pretty cheap, I happen to have an old book full.




You need to cut out squares to fit your tile.


Then brush on some modge podge on the tile, put on the square and modge podge some more over the top.


I could see the brush strokes but I don’t care.


Let that dry and do another coat.

I also bought some felt backing for the feet.  This has self adhesive, but I would add a dab of hot glue.


I plan to use a hole punch that I bought and adhere them (one small circle per corner) to the back.


Here’s the important part you must not forget.

You need to buy some of the clear lacquer spray that is shown in the first photo.

It is a must have!  Otherwise the modge podge will get wet with coffee or whatever and these will not hold up!

Once they are dry, spray them and let that set up.

Oh and don’t forget to use a very fine sandpaper to soften the underside and corners of the tile so that they are not sharp.

I got as far as the last coats on mine and then never sprayed them or put on their felt feet.

Some of mine got ruined though because I stacked them before they were completely dry and then they stuck!  Doh.

I do have a few that are still salvageable when I get around to it!

Here’s a great link! Modge Podge roundup!

Here’s another link.  She uses polyurethane as a sealer though.

You must use something to seal them!

Let me know if you make them!

See you soon!

Wooden Match Stick Jar

Hello!  Hello! Clever Tip alert!

The other day I decided to finally do this simple, clever little project!  I’ve seen the idea floating around  Pinterest and I love it.  I thought you might like it too.

I used  lots of matches before I started using the battery candles, which I’m rethinking by the way!  I miss real candles!

The other day I bought a small candle and YES, I’m hooked again!  The smell, the ambience, the glow!  Hooked I tell ya!

So I pulled out my wooden matches to light it and remembered… this idea I had seen.


Look at that ratty ol’ box!  Not very nice.  Pinterest to the rescue!

I found the perfect jelly jar,  put the matches in it and cut out the strikers from the box.


I got out my handy dandy glue gun:


Cut one of the strikers in half.  (I put the other one away in case this one wears out).

Then I applied some glue!


There you have it.  A much neater solution to keep your matches!


The match stick jars I’ve seen have the striker on the outside of a canning jar.  I put them on the inside, to keep them from getting wet.


I think it’s the perfect, two second solution!


Now I need to go and get s’more candles!

Have a great day!