It's August

Hi everyone!

It's August already! How can that possibly be?! Once my birthday hits (September 1st) it seems like, in a blink of an eye, we are ringing in a new year! 

We have been blessed with a bit of cooler weather the last couple of days so, that has me thinking Fall. I have been gathering up different Autumn craft things and starting to make some Fall projects. And to be honest, Fall is my happy season. It's my favorite time of the year and I'm ready to enjoy all Autumn things. I love the cooler weather, the changing of the leaves, the rainy days, the apple orchards, roadside stand selling pumpkins and corn stalks and just the whole mental need to start nesting.

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Why The Thrifty Groove has been MIA

Hi everyone!

You might have noticed that I haven’t posted for a very long time.  The past few months have been tough for me. If you follow me on Facebook, you already know what’s been happening. A couple of months ago my mom died. She and my dad were on vacation in Florida and one day she woke up and didn’t feel good. My dad took her to the hospital. They didn’t find exactly what was wrong and wanted to keep her overnight for observation. She said that she was just tired and wanted to go back to their trailer and take a nap. My dad helped her get comfortable on the couch while he ran out to get her prescriptions. When he got back she had passed away.

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Wow, that was harder to write than I thought it would have been. I have been putting off writing this because I knew  it would drudge up pain but, I needed to do it for myself and for my mom.

When it happened, Troy and I were in Oklahoma. I had went out on the road with Troy so we could be together for our anniversary. We hadn’t quite been out for a week when I got the call from my dad. So, we notified Troy’s employer and they worked as hard as they could to get us back home quickly.

It was such a horrific thing to happen especially since we were all separated at the time of her death.

I had just talked to her late the previous night. We were joking around and I made a video on my phone to show her where we were at the time. She was always excited to hear where Troy and I were heading next.

A week after the funereal I had to start dealing with her things. I am the oldest child and the only girl. My dad was just lost and hurt without his best friend. A lot of pain and sadness was filling our lives.

I stopped by my dads house everyday for about a month. A lot of those days I worked on going through my mom’s belongings. Wow! I had no idea how hard and that was going to be. I tried to keep a positive attitude and talked to her the entire time I went through her things. She was there with me smiling, laughing and giving me strength.

She and I took the same size in clothes and shoes so, I kept many of her things. And that just turned into a lot more work. Which I think she found pretty funny! I have been slowly purging my own things to make room for some of her things.

There are still things that I need to deal with at my parents house but, the more personal things of my moms are taken care of.

This whole ordeal has really opened my eyes to a lot of things and I have felt some things inside of me change because of it. And I will delve into those things at a later time.

I’m still going to be a little MIA here. I have things that I need to sort out both physical and mentally. So The Thrifty Groove is still on a hiatus. I just wanted you to know what was going on in case you didn’t know.

Okay, I want to share a little bit about my mom on the rest of this post.

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A fun thing I found when I was clearing out her nightstand was this class notebook. It was a school journal from 3rd grade of my moms. She was 8 years old and a budding artist then.

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My mom was a wildlife artist all her life. She was in a couple of art galleries and sold many paintings.

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She also would paint pretty much anything. It was a running joke with us that if mom could catch it and hold it still enough, she would paint it!

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She bought this cabinet and swore she was not going to paint on it. We all knew better!

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On the front porch of our cabin she painted all kinds of little things here and there. You can see some of the other things she painted around the porch HERE.

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One day she was bored and painted a paver stone. Troy and I both took one look at it and knew we could sell them at the Farmers Markets. She didn’t believe us. We told her to make a couple more and we would try it out at the market. Sure enough, they sold like hotcakes! We had people requesting them and paying in advance for them. She was just shocked by this. She really didn’t understand how talented she was!

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Another talent was how creatively she wrapped gifts. Everyone always looked forward to receiving a gift from her and could spot her gift on a table of gifts easily. She just couldn’t wrap a box and put a ribbon and bow on it.

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She was a good cook!

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She loved to cook for people.

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She especially liked to cook family dinners.

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She was silly and we had lots of goofy times together. The above is the sign she made up quickly for our “re-do” of the deer stand my brothers and nephews worked so hard on. They did not find it amusing at all. You can see all we did to it HERE.

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My mom was smart and beautiful. She truly enjoyed life to the fullest. Everyday she saw as a new adventure. She always found joy from the smallest things. She was a great mom and a great friend.

I miss you so much mom! You are in my thoughts everyday!


How to Make a Thrifty and Easy St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Hi Everyone!

Doesn't it feel like February gets shorter and shorter every year? And the older we get the faster time flies by! Not too mention I got a text from my dad (he sent it out to my brothers and Troy also) saying " You know you are old when all your kids quality for AARP". Oh thanks for the reminder Dad! Geez! 

Anyway....

I went thrift shopping with my mom earlier this week and I was looking for a wreath to use to make a St. Patrick's day wreath for our door. It's always nice when you head out shopping looking for a specific thing and actually find it! And that it was the right color sticker. When I shop at Salvation Army, I only buy items that have that weeks 50% off color sticker. Their everyday prices are just too high!

How to make a simple and thrifty St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi everyone!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Originally Troy was going to be home today and I had planned on making a nice meal for the two of us. I don't get to cook very much for my husband these days and I occasionally miss it. Yes, just occasionally. LOL But, in our world, the whole phrase "Best laid plans..."  is a normal case scenario for us. It's one of the many joys of being an OTR driver's wife. 

Fortunately for me (and hubby) I have never really placed a lot of weigh behind Valentine's Day. It's nice but, not real significant in my life. 

But, it does give me an excuse to decorate in shades of pink and play with pretty dishes. I so have my priorities straight! 

Hey, I like pink and I don't have any in my house!

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How to Save Money and Eat Healthy

Hi everyone!

One of the few areas we have a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to our household budget is food. Grocery shopping is probably one of my least favorite things to do. I feel like Mary Tyler Moore when she is grocery shopping and looks at the price of a package of meat and just shakes her head and tosses it into the shopping cart. The high prices just don't make sense to me. Remember watching for sales on hamburger for .99 cents a pound? Now you are lucky if you can find hamburger cheaper than steak!

I have always had to watch our budget and groceries was one of the areas I could make stretch for less. I learned a lot from my mom when we were growing up. Thank goodness! That gave me a foundation to work with!

Save money and still eat healthy


How to Deal with Another Clutter Zone - Receipts

Hi everyone!

What a boring subject this is! Receipts ~ Blah!!

Unfortunately they are something that has to be dealt with that can really turn into clutter very quickly.

Like most of you, I have tried every method possible to keep receipts under control and easily accessible when needed. And with the best of intentions I start out strong and then gradually slipped back into receipt chaos.

How to deal with the clutter of receipts. Simple, easy and thrifty method


Forget Trendy Decor, Think Happy Decor!

Hi everyone!

I have added a few new (okay, some brand spankin' new and some just new to me) little decor items in our living room. It takes so little to make small changes in our homes. Sometimes when money is tight, doing some small change or addition to our home decor can really go far in just lifting us up a little.

Forget what others say are trendy. What makes you smile and happy is the perfect trendy decor.


One Habit to Start to Become Clutter Free!

Hi everyone!

 I chose the title of this post very carefully! I stated, "Start with 1 habit to become clutter free".  The keyword there is Start

You are going to see a ton of posts on blogs and websites that will have miraculous titles that claim things like "5 secret steps to a clutter free life". Wow! Sign me up!! January is the big "Let's get organized" month so your social media feed, store ads and email subscription are going to be flooded with organizational "helpful tips". 

And that is what they are, TIPS not miracles. Don't think there is a cure all for becoming clutter free. If anyone tells you that, they are lying. Pure and simple!

This is the first step to take on your journey to a clutter free home!


Everyday is a New Beginning


Hi everyone!

Everyday is a new beginning. I have heard that all my life and intellectually totally get it. So, why does that other part of me think, "That's fine for everyone else." ? 

January is always the time for fresh starts. Kind of like Mondays, a fresh start to a new week.. But January gets big hype and build up because it is a brand spankin' new year! And we tell ourselves "This is it! I'm going to do blah blah blah" and my life will be perfect. 

Enjoy each day because everyday is a new beginning and fresh start.


My Goal for 2017 is Routines

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year!!

I'm not going to use the word Resolutions. Nope, those get broken about a month into the new year. Instead I am going with Goal. One overall goal for 2017.

My goal for 2017 is Routines. This is a tough one for me. And I bet it is not so easy for a lot of you either.

Since I stopped working outside of the home I have had a hard time keeping myself on some kind of schedule. And I am not talking about a tight schedule. Even the smallest of routines have disappeared.

My goal for 2017 is routines. They help keep my life on tract.