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Happy New Year everyone!
May the blessings of heaven rain down on all of you!
Sending prayers for much love, good health, joy, peace, happiness, and lots of laughter. Lots n’ lots of laughter…

Mimi’s quote for the day –
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***Spent time with family. Ate some great food, enjoyed a cocktail (or three) relaxed, watched the “ball” drop, vegged out on Netflix today and enjoyed life. Thankful and blessed.

***IN THE CRAFT CORNER:
One of my crochet groups is having this challenge,
A Granny A Day Crochet-Along.”
We’re following Yarnutopia on YouTube and their
365 Days of Granny Squares tutorials.
This is my square #1.  (I’m using my scrap yarn.)
#YARNutopia #385DaysOfGrannySquares

#2 – MISSED CONNECTION MONDAY – Cart Full Of Babies

“Missed Connection Monday” is brought to you by your local Craigslist. These are real “love notes” that strangers leave for other strangers in the ‘Personals’ section of Craigslist.
Or as I like to call it –
‘Your local serial killer hunting ground.’
2017-divider-line-blue-icydaddy w flat bill hat and full sleves – w4m – Boise
**Yes. That is exactly as she titled and wrote her post.
“u are so fine omg u were at winco with a cart full of babies looking confident and sexy and boy ill call u daddy anytime. maybe u will remember me i passed u in the frozen section and said nice tats looks like u like pain u smiled and said? let me know i would love to see if u have any other tats on that body of urs.”
***Seriously? A cart full of babies and “full sleves” are your turn on?
You should probably check out the brother down below…
I’m sure he’s got a cart full of babies and a few tats…

need a penpal – m4m – Boise
“I am looking for a penpal for my brother please email if interested. Fun outgoing gentleman.”
***Translated this means his “brother” is incarcerated.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyIN OTHER NEWS:
The Lions blew it yesterday and gave the game to the Packers and just thinking about it makes my head want to explode. They play the Seahawks on Saturday. I have no comment.
2017-detroit-lions-just-one-before-i-dieOne of my goals this year was to sew my way thru my fabric stash and not buy any fabric until I absolutely, positively must. This is going to be beyond challenging but I’m going to give it my best shot.

After rummaging thru box #1, I picked out my first fabric of the New Year to start my first project of the New Year. I’m pretty excited to start because I’ll be doing the majority of fabric cutting on my new Cricut that “Santa” brought me. I LOVE this new toy.
Project photos to follow.
2017-1st-fabric-jan 2017-divider-line-blue-icyAnother one of my goals was to read more so I signed up for the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge and 2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge with Corinne over at ‘Everyday Gyaan.’ I committed to reading 50 books this year. I’m hoping it’s more and it’d be super cool if I doubled that! I love to read and I used to have a book glued to my hands. I need to get back to that.
My current read is…
2017-book-1-the-untellingSo far it’s super good.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyI jumped on the scale this morning just to take a lit’l look-see and immediately set another goal. Holy crap, there’s no way I’ve gained that much weight and yet, apparently there is… Back to Slim Fast and Weight Watchers, it is
2017-batman-robin-you-were-fat-in-august2017-divider-line-blue-icyWe’ve still got quite a bit of snow here and it’s super cold out so I’ll definitely be inside working on my projects and getting some reading done.
What do you do when it’s too cold to really go out and enjoy the day?
Are you working on any projects?
Reading any good books?

Also, it’s day 2 into the New Year. What’s the vibe?
Does it feel like it’s going to be a good year or one fraught with challenges??
Lemme’ know in the comments below.

Happy Monday! Here’s to a great week ahead!
2017-divider-line-blue-icyMimi’s quote for the day –
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#1 – MEET THE “GLAM-GRAM”

2017-numbersHappy 2017 Everyone!
How many of you started out last night like this?
2017-new-year-groupAnd ended it like this??
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Or if you’re like me. Your night started out like this.
And ended like this…
2017-netflixingHow ever your night began and ended I hope you all remained safe n’ sound and are ready to grab this New Year by the pussy, balls, horns!
2017-divider-line-blue-icyWORD OF THE YEAR –
Every year I pick a word to focus on and guide my year ahead and this year I have chosen the word, ME!
That’s right. ME.
Seriously. That’s my word for 2017 and I make no apologies. This year I’m going to be a selfish bitch. This year truly is going to be all about me.
all-about-me2017-divider-line-blue-icyFrom the top of my head to the tips of my toes and every crack and crevasse nook and cranny in between, 2017 will be me, me, me.
It’s going to be a year of pampering myself physically, mentally and emotionally.

I have goals that I’ve set for myself and self-imposed deadlines that I must and will meet this year, with lots of play time in between.
My only concern is that 24 hours in a day is not enough time.
NOTE TO SELF –2017-24-hours-in-a-day2017-divider-line-blue-icyI know I’m not the only one who picks a “word of the year” and I’d really love to know if any of you pick a word and why.

Most importantly, because you all know what a nosy bitch I am. I want to know about your New Year’s Eve and whether or not you ended up on the floor or in the bathtub like say…
My friend the “Glam-Gram.
2017-stacey-floor 2017-stacey-bathtubAnd through it all, much like Indiana Jones and his dusty ‘ol hat. Her tiara and faux leopard print QVC full-length coat remained intact, thus earning her not only that faux Walmart tiara but also, the title of “Glam Gram.”
Long live the glam! AND the gram!
2017-divider-line-blue-icyHere’s to a New Year filled with whirled peas and everyone remembering to love their neighbor as themselves.
Minus the fondling.

And if all else fails. Be the “Glam-Gram” and go drink in the tub!
2017-divider-line-blue-icyMimi’s quote for the day –
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SERIOUSLY? THIS IS HAPPENING???

2017-divider-line-blue-icyWhat – in – the -hell???
Raise your hand if you EVER thought you’d be hangin’ out in the year 2017.
Never in my wildest dreams as a kid did I ever even contemplate the year 2017!
Holy shit.
2017?? And here I am. Here YOU are! And here WE are! Chatting, sharing, laughing crying, across the state, across the country, across the freakin’ globe!
It just blows me away and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be ringing in the New Year with all of you.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyI say it every year. No matter how many birthdays I celebrate on this planet I’m still a lit’l bummed that we are in fact, NOT living like this
My goal (dream) is to live to be 100 and please, oh please, oh please can we at least have ONE thing accessible to us from The Jetsons? I don’t care what cool thing it is but I want to see something.
As a woman, I vote for Jane Jetson’s morning mask.
How fabulous would this be ladies???
2017-divider-line-blue-icy I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I never have and I suspect I never will.
I do shit and make changes when need be. Most often those things do not fall on January 1 of any year and most often those are last minute forced changes.

Example –
(Dr.) You need to quit smoking.
(Me) Okay.
(Dr.) Smoking increases your risk of stroke and/or heart attack.
(Me) Okay.
(Dr.) Smoking causes cancer.
(Me) I’ve already had lymphoma and bone cancer. What are the changes I get lung cancer?
(Dr.) Quit smoking OR YOU WILL DIE!

I quit smoking. Change made. It wasn’t on January 1st.

The point is. You don’t need January 1st to roll around before you get shit done and make the changes that you want or need to make if you feel you need to make any at all.
Pick a day, any day. They all work.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyRANDOM QUESTION –
Why do people eat black-eyed peas on New Years? I mean I know why. I know the tradition but seriously? Of all of the foods you could’ve picked to be “lucky” you pick some kind of bean-pea that tastes like it’s been burnt??? Ugh.
SIDE NOTE –
Cranky,’ you do NOT like these!
You cannot possibly like fruitcake AND black-eyed peas!
There is no way you’re ending one year with fruitcake – gack! – And ringing in a New Year with black-eyed peas – bleh, yech, no! Just no!

I’m afraid to ask… Do any of you eat these, nasty ass “good luck” bean-peas????
Please, make me vomit and tell me you eat them with a nice thick piece of fruitcake and a tall glass of – gag – buttermilk! Ugh.
Needless-to-say, I won’t be ringing in my New Year with burnt bean-peas.

RANDOM QUESTION #2 –
What New Year’s traditions or superstitions do you partake of?
2017-divider-line-blue-icyMy wish for all of you in this upcoming New Year is first and foremost, good health because no amount of money in the world can buy you that.

However, if you are in need of things that money can buy, I wish for you a New Year of prosperity and a year in which all your wildest dreams come true.

May you be surrounded always, by love, peace, and comfort.
And laughter. Lots n’ lots of laughter…

Laughter is good for the soul and I have a feeling we will need all of the good souls we can wrap our arms around in 2017.

Happy, Happy New Year to each and every one of you.
God Bless you all.
Cheers!
2017-divider-line-blue-icyMimi’s thought for the day –
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OUT WITH THE OLD

In December, I like to do a lit’l something called “a clean sweep.” I start with my clothes. If I don’t like something, but it’s still in good shape I toss it into the “Good Will” pile. If I don’t like it and it’s seen better days, it ends up as a “car rag” or in the trash. I try to live by the rule that if I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s out, but as with most rules, there are exceptions.

If I haven’t worn it in a year just because I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s definitely gone. If I haven’t worn it in a year because I’m still working on whittling down my girlish figure, it stays. Unless of course it’s dated and then it goes no matter how much weight I lose. The 80’s aren’t coming back folks so rid yourself of the notion and any 80’s wardrobe you may have hangin’ around.

On that note – Interestingly enough, skinny jeans are back but sadly – sniff, sniff – gravity old age dictates I cannot wear them again… Sigh.
Big sagging ass + big sagging boobs + skinny jeans = Blindness and projectile vomiting for all those around me.

I also make a “clean sweep” of paperwork. I’m a receipt hoarder. I keep receipts from 30 days to a whole year, depending on what I’ve purchased. I don’t think its a bad thing but in most cases it’s certainly unnecessary. But still, I do it. So the last week of December has me going through a mountain of receipts because after a year, ya’ never know. I may want to return that case of yogurt I bought back in February…

The freezer, fridge and cabinets get a clean sweep too. I’m absolutely anal with expiration dates on food! I’m constantly checking online to see how long food stuff will actually keep. I like this site, ‘Eat By Date‘ because it tells you other bits of info to consider when you’re deciding whether to toss it or keep it. If you’re into food storage for the long haul you’ll find lots of good info here, ‘Prepared Housewives.’

Emotionally, I make an effort to toss out old negative feelings and replace them with new warm fuzzies to start the New Year. I always look at the New Year as my last and final present to be opened because inside my glorious New Year’s box are even more presents!
This is me waiting for the New Year.
A year FULL of presents! Endless possibilities and all things wonderful that are yet to come! A surprise awaiting me around every corner! When the New Year comes I am definitely an “out with the old, in with the new” kinda’ girl.

Something the “out with the old, in with the new” phrase doesn’t apply to?
FABRIC! Seriously, is there even such a thing?? Old fabric, new fabric..
It’s fabric people and you can never have enough or too much of it!

Do you do an end of the year “out with the old, in with the new?”
What do you get rid of and what absolutely stays??