FREE Friday Download from Kroger. 11.17.17

If you have a Kroger (on the East coast and Fred Meyer on the West coast) you can score a FREE Mist TWST.  You have until December 3, 2017 to use the coupon, but it must be downloaded TODAY.

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Adoptable Love. Des Moines, IA

There are 776 pets waiting to be adopted in the Des Moines, IA area today.  Here are just a few of them!  Click on the photo to find out more about these sweet animals.

HenryIf you can’t adopt a pet today, think about donating items to your local shelter.  There is always a need for something.  Here are some items, all under $25.00 that your shelter might enjoy.  And if you can’t afford to gift them with things, donate your time.  Our shelter always welcomes people to walk, groom or just sit and talk with the animals.

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Ethical Pets Gigglers Hedgehog Dog Toy, 6.5-Inch, AssortedNutmeg -- Bonded Buddy With CookieMindyMollyBear -- Bonded Buddy With WillowMooseYankeeDidn’t see what you’re looking for?  Click here for all of the animals up for adoption in Des Moines, IA today.  You’re not from Des Moines?  Just type in your zip code on the Petfinder.com website and you’ll be taken to a page with all of the animals up for adoption in your area.

I hope you find your new companion today!!

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Logan.

2017 | R | Amazon | Director: James Mangold

Starring:Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

Runtime: 2 hours, 17 minutes

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Have you seen Logan yet?  We watched it earlier this fall and I have to say, I think this is my very favorite Wolverine movie.  No, it IS my favorite Wolverine movie.  As always, I never want to give away any of the details….It’s a beautiful movie, I know that sounds weird because we are talking about an X-men movie, but it’s true.  I loved it.  There is so much about this movie that makes me want to recommend it to you – but I can’t tell you what any of them are!

The acting is top shelf.  Patrick Stewart as always is amazing, Hugh Jackman is incredible and the rest of the cast is superb too.

One of the best lines in the movie is:  Don’t be what they made you.

I won’t tell you who said it, but really, go get this movie.

Caveat:  This movie is rated R.  It’s rated R for many, many, many reasons!  You are definitely not going to want your 11 year old to see it.  Sadly, she or he will have to wait until you want them to hear the F-word about 50 times in one movie.  It’s also bloody and gory which none of the other X-men movies were to this extent.  Just keep that in mind!

Go watch a movie tonight!  Preferably in your own home theater, where people don’t run across the room and block the screen, crinkle POTATO chip bags, laugh at inappropriate moments and just altogether ruin the movie going experience.  All of these things have happened to me at the theater.  Sigh.

 

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Bridge Day 2015 | New River Gorge, West Virginia

Have you ever been to Bridge Day?  Have you even heard of Bridge Day?!?  When we moved to our tiny town 10 years ago, I don’t think that I had ever heard about it, or if I had that it even registered in my brain what it is.

Then my Daddy said very casually one day, “Hey, you should take the kids to the New River Gorge Bridge, it’s pretty cool.”  So we did.  And it was astounding.  Amazing.  Crazy.  Breathtaking.  And it wasn’t Bridge Day!

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I have to say, if you want to have a relaxing experience of the bridge in all of its glory, go on a day that isn’t Bridge Day.  There are just so. many. people.  But, you need to go on the weekend that they are holding Bridge Day too.  It’s A-MAZING.

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The New River Gorge Bridge is located just outside Fayetteville, West Virginia.  The bridge is 876 feet ABOVE the New River.  Did you read that?  876 feet.  On Bridge Day they shut both sides of Highway 19 down and let people JUMP OFF OF IT!!!  Want a visual of just how high that really is?

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Yeah.  We didn’t jump off of the bridge and it was exhilarating.  I cannot even imagine the thrill that the people who were jumping were getting.  Crazytown, people, crazy. town.

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As you approach on the day, you will be very aware that you are not going to be able to drive across the bridge.  They have it clearly stated along the way.

IMG_9657Since you can’t drive to the bridge and they don’t want 50,000 cars lined along the highway, they provide shuttles for $3.00 and will drop you at the entrance to the bridge.  You can park at the local Walmart or five other places you can read about here.

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The day we were there, our shuttle was a school bus.  I don’t think I’ve been on a school bus since I was in the tenth grade.  They’ve changed a lot!  Did you know that school buses now are automatics!?  Every school bus I have ever been on was a stick shift.

When they drop you off, you’ll have to walk down the highway to actually get to the bridge.  Try to keep yourself away from the welding helmeted man with the kettle corn.  You can try. 😀

And the Hillbilly Hot Dogs.

AND the thousands of people.

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It’s truly not a long walk to the actual bridge.

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I thought this was pretty ironic.  You know, since there can be up to 100,000 people walking it on Bridge Day.

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Good reminders along the way, especially if you have small children.

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Here are some things you may see on the way…..

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How.  How do you lose your shoe, adult person, and not realize it?

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And you are there!  Lots of people will be hanging over the rails, watching the people who have just jumped.  It’s a very long bridge.  My advice is to head straight to the platform they have built over the edge for the jumpers.

This is where I thought most of the excitement of the day happened.

Two people taking the plunge.  See the guys hand in the air?  Yeah, he’s already airborne!

This guy.  From what I gathered, he had been there all day.  Watching people, jump, waiting, watching people jump and waiting.  He was gathering his nerve.

He stood there a LONG time.  But he did it!

I mean, come on!  Look at that.  Seriously, I honestly don’t think I could ever do it.  Do you see that tiny red and white bull’s eye down there?

Yeah, there.  That’s what they are supposed to aim for.  Go back and look at the previous picture.  Those are humans next to it.  Uh-huh.

This poor guy didn’t make it to the bull’s eye.  He landed in the water.  That’s what all of the boats are there for.  To get people out of the river.  The frigid river.  We had winter gear on and it was still cold.  I can’t imagine what the river felt like.  But these guys did it over and over.  Jump, land, ride the bus back up, get on the platform and jump again.

If you’ve never been to Bridge Day I HIGHLY recommend it.  There are a lot of other things happening during the weekend too and you can read all about the plans they have for 2018 here.  Have fun!

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Black Bean Burgers

Black bean burgers.  Yum.  Liv hasn’t eaten meat in over two years now.  Actually, I think it’s closer to three years.  Finding ways to up her protein was high on my list when she made the decision to become vegetarian.  This one is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Start with your favorite can of black beans.  Or cook your own from dried beans.

Drain and rinse very, very well.

Yum.  Black bean burgers are so good!

Put your drained beans into a food processor.  You don’t have to, you can mix everything by hand, but I’m tired at the end of the day and I have a food processor soooo…..  Then add a big spoonful of minced garlic.  I always used the canned stuff.  See earlier sentence.

Salt and pepper.

Bread crumbs and a good glug of olive oil.

Jujsh it until the mixture comes together….

Patty out your burgers.  One recipe will make four of the hamburger happy meal type burgers you would get at a fast food joint.  I always lay the other three onto wax paper and put them into a freezer bag.  Tada, I have three extra burgers for later because Liv is a tiny human who can’t eat four burgers, but you may want to eat all four.

You will want to put this burger onto oiled aluminum foil to grill.  Trust me, they do NOT do well if you put them straight onto the grates.  Flip once and you are ready to eat!

Deliciousness on a plate.   Here’s the handy dandy printable.

Black Bean Burgers
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Ingredients

  • 1 (15.5) ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 TBSP of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Put everything into the food processor.
  2. Mix until combined - less if you want some whole beans in your burger.
  3. Patty into four burgers.
  4. Place onto oiled aluminum foil and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Eat and enjoy!
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Calories
644 cal
Fat
19 g
Carbs
84 g
Protein
25 g


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Do you use Instagram?  I didn’t until this year, and let me tell you Bob, I LOVE it.  It’s just beautiful and quick and easy  and fun and insert 347 more adjectives into this slot.  You can follow me if you like!  Here’s the link:  https://www.instagram.com/somewhatawry/

 

The Best of the Randomness This Week. 11.13.17

These are the best of the memes I found this past week and shared over on my Facebook page.  Enjoy!  To share, just click on the meme.

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And Daddy’s.  I don’t know what I would have done without Denton over the years and I certainly don’t know how my brother gets it done now.Image may contain: one or more people and textImage may contain: textImage may contain: textImage may contain: textImage may contain: textNo automatic alt text available.Did you miss the other quotes, memes and videos I shared?  Find them all here.

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DIY: A New to Me, Vintage Chair.

NOTE:  Every single time I finish up a project another one rears its ugly head.  See:  That red wall.  It has to go, but I HATE painting.  Moving on!

I found this little beauty at my local Salvation Army a few weeks ago.  It was $2.00.  Seriously.  As soon as I saw it I started dragging it towards the checkout counter.  Just look at those lines.  The beautiful curved wood.  Love.  I love it.  The original upholstery……No, I did not love it.  But it passed the smell test, from three feet away and then incrementally closer until I had my nose plastered against it.  If it had reeked of cigarette smoke or other smelly things you don’t even want to consider, I would never have bought it – no matter how little they were asking for it.

But apparently, they thought no one would buy it because it was so, so ugly, hence the wonderful price.  Yay, for me!

Lovely, bendy wood arms.

Filthy, but not for long.

Even more stunning from the back.  Just ignore the hideous upholstery. 

Okay.  First things first.  If you look closely at photo three, you’ll see that this chair is attached with two bolts on each side.  There were another three  3 1/2 inch screws on the front of the chair that attached it to the base.   That’s it.  Awesome.

I got out our trusty allen wrench set and got to work.  Easy peasy.  The screws took longer, but I mastered those bad boys.  Even if I had to rest between each one.

Then I started ripping off 942 year old upholstery.  Gross.  Seriously gross stuff.  Even if it doesn’t smell.  Old upholstery is just gross.  Good thing it was going away.

More ripping and tearing.

Ahhh, the loveliness.  If you read my post from earlier last week, you’ll remember that I got this bolt of material for $2.50!!  Yay, for thrift stores.

Just compare…..

Nope, there is no comparison.

After I removed most of the sections of old material, I measured out what I would need to replace it with on the back of my new material…… (ignore my sewing machine, it was out for yet another project I’m working on)

I placed the new material over the wooden bones of the chair……

Got out my trusty staple gun and went to town.  Stretch and staple in place, stretch and staple in place.  Rinse and repeat all the way around the back.

Then I scoured my pillow collection for an unredeemable one to sacrifice for the open bottom of the chair.

Slice it open and rip…….

These contraptions are for the back of the chair that you can see in the fourth photo from the top.  I ended up throwing the cardboard one on the left away and just stapling that top portion in place from the underside, but the two metal pieces are gold.

I wrapped the right side edge around and pressed the sharp as hades points through…..

Ditto for the left side…..Then started hammering the right side into place.  Did the same thing on the left side.  Denton came through at one point and asked why I was using his framing hammer.  Because, I couldn’t find MY hammer.  And in my world a hammer is a hammer.  Please don’t send me emails explaining the difference.

I measured out my repurposed pillowcase to the underside of the chair and stapled it in place.  (this took the place of the nasty black felt that was on the original, that you can see in photo 5)

Flipped it back over and put the three screws and four bolts back into place and ….. Tada!

I am so pleased with how it turned out.

It’s soft as a cloud.

And it looks like a baby lamb.

Don’t you love those wood angles?

Love it.  I love it.

I want to display it like this so everyone can see the marvelous back.

Exquisite.  I love it, did I mention that to you yet?  The moral of this story is, don’t let ugly, outdated upholstery stop you from buying something that you find lovely.  All you need is an afternoon, a $2.50 bolt of material from your thrift store and your own trusty staple gun,  allen wrench and framing hammer.

You can do it!

P.S.  Here are the tools I used on this project, just in case you need to build your own collection.

BOSTITCH 51-855 20oz Steel Hammer Rip Claw

Craftsman 9-47139 Phillips Screwdriver Set, 5 Piece

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100 Melamine Foam Cleaning Sponges for $14.99!!

Do you love Mr. Clean Magic Erasers?  I do.  They have uncountable uses at my house.  I clean my baseboards with them, my sinks, I cut them in half and use one on my toilets.  And on and on Amen.

When my Mama was here last we were cleaning something, and I got one out.  She mentioned how expensive they are and I told her about these.  Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are two for $2.72 at my local Walmart.  That’s $1.36 EACH.

Buying them from Amazon at $14.99 for 100 makes them $0.14 EACH.  Yes, please!

If you love your Magic Eraser, give these a try.  You can thank me later!

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*Expired* FREE Friday Download from Kroger. 11.10.17

If you have a Kroger (on the East coast and Fred Meyer on the West coast) you can score a FREE Lifeway Kefir Cup.  You have until November 26, 2017 to use the coupon, but it must be downloaded TODAY.

FREE Lifeway Kefir Cup

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