Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 St Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl– Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado


Everyone loves a parade.


Especially when a long leprechaun is sitting directly

across the street from you…


I brought the a wee lad and wee lasses


I love the name of this bar – Drunken Monkey - the local merchants do not.


Who doesn’t love a man in a skirt ??


Or a pup in a skirt ???



My daughter and her friends are extremely huggable !


This Leprechaun was on a unicycle


This one on two


There was a train


Trucks of cutie pies


Fur babies


Look at this puppy’s face !



And this pups face !


This small horse was a beauty !



Pretty ponies !


These dapple grays were quite the lookers !


Pups came by foot and also a few in wheelchairs…poor little guys


Dogs of all sizes !


This one was trying to escape the madness !


Flowers for spring..


Megan and her friends had a great time !

I am linkin up with Cuisine Kathleen for

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The Annual ST. Patrick’s Blog Crawl

Please visit Kathleen  - make sure to

wear your green – or get pinched !



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Not going to the thrift stores, enables you to save money….

For about a year of not frequent shopping at my local

Goodwill, ARC or flea markets, I have been

able to save money.

I was able to save money to take Hubby , daughter

and myself to Disneyland last year.

Nothing felt sogood.

I was able to save for everything and it was

such a great feeling.

In January of this year I decided to save money to

finally replace that un-matching fridge in the since

then remodeled kitchen. It helps that the price on

refrigerators are much less expensive then they

were in 2008 (French door style). It also helped that

the one I got – with all the bells and whistles was

about 25% off, free delivery/haul away , no city taxes-

because I live in the country annnnnnnd I got it at

Lowes and they had a deal  (still going on for a few

days). Pre-load a special gift card – turn around and

use the gift card immediately (If you want). They

then take 10% of the original purchase amount and

load the card in the middle of this month. So Basically

I spend 2 grand on my fridge and get two hundred dollars

of free Lowes money to spend.

Isn’t that a steal ?

I love a good bargain !

Here is a before and after:





Yes, the new fridge is like a mirror.

( need to get the right cleaner to make it spotless)

I don’t work for Lowes and

get no moola for giving them brownie points.

I know that there is a sticker showing.

This is the only time the fridge will be empty for

two seconds.

I have installed a “diet alarm” on this

new model. It will sound when making

poor choices .

No really this isn’t needed, because

of the shiny surface being like a

mirror – just take a look at yourself

BEFORE opening the fridge and

make your choice.

The last picture is the fridge open -

doesn’t it look like it wants a hug ?

I wanna hug it because I paid






P.S.  Yes, I have

been through Financial Peace

University with Dave Ramsey .

Cash is King Baby !


I am linking this to Susan’s Met Monday – because it

is a before and after !

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Who says you have to get married to get new dish towels ?


How come the last time I got a mess

of dish towels, it was when I got married (1984) ?

My dish towel drawer (I am so embarrassed to show you) looks like this …



I gave myself permission to retire all dish rags – towels

to Hubby’s rag drawer (located in the garage).

I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a

whole drawer full for about twenty five bucks.

I really really wonder, why I never thought of this before…

Now, I give you permission to look at your dish rags – towels

and give them the boot.

(aren’t I sooo nice ??)

Go ahead, go buy some new ones….

Blame me..



p.s. I believe that I will be doing this to the bath towels next….

they are scarrrrrrry !

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day !

Happy Valentines Day, Friends !

May your day be Sweet !

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p.s. Did you have a great weekend ?

I did, I bought 3 pieces of French provincial furniture….

From my man Craig (Ooooo, I lava that man !)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Cupcakes–Thrifty Style




Feel free to drool…


The calories are zero…(if you look only!)


$3.99 – brand new in the box at the thrift store

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$5.00  Swirly cupcake stand at Walmart

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Priceless mess – notice the empty wrappers ?

I had a couple of helpers…

Linking to the following party !



p.s. no cupcakes were harmed (just inhaled) during this photo shoot

Monday, January 31, 2011

It’s so Icy out–school has been cancelled !

Yes, you heard it right..

School is cancelled tomorrow because of the icy cold weather.

Is work cancelled – NO


My daughter gets to sleep in tomorrow .

My daughter gets to watch TV all day tomorrow.

My daughter gets to play on the computer all day tomorrow.

Am I bitter ?

Do you see me pouting ?

Was that sound heard , a  grown-up (me) stomping my feet ?

Grown ups do not have temper tantrums.

All kidding aside, I am glad the kiddos will be safe and warm at home.

Maybe I could leave a list of things for my daughter to do (if she gets bored).

Hugs and Stay warm where you are planted !


p.s.  Shhhh  this picture is my currently 16 year old , when she was about 10 (she is going to kill me….)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Magazine Holders for Met Monday–from Blah to Waaaaa Laaaaa !


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I think it has been forever that I have done a MET Monday..

I purchased these wood magazine units on clearance some time ago.

I of course, sprayed them with black paint.

Then I got out the scrapbook papers  and some Modge Podge – Waaaa  Laaaaa !

Linkin up with Susan’s party at:



Frugalicious Prescription Glasses

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I would  love  to share my frugalicious find,

  on prescription glasses                  

What do you need ?

  • moola , aka a debit or credit card.
  • chocolate – for patience, as it will take about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks to receive
  • a current prescription
  • a ruler with c/m measurements -
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My hints – to be used if you are a fraddy cat ~

  • use the c/m part of the ruler to measure glasses that you currently own or ones that you like
  • if you are going out on a ledge and trying something new, go try some on a a local place for a “test drive”
  • download a picture of you to the website, so that you can virtually try glasses on

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  • I have ordered about 7 pairs of glasses in the last year for me and my daughter
  • I claim not to be a millionaire and I am not being paid by this company for any type of advertisement
  • I like to coordinate my glasses with my outfit – pure Vanity
  • My glasses range in price from eight bucks up to about twenty bucks !! Pure insanity..

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Wishes  Why I am thankful

  • I wish I didn’t have to wear glasses,  I am very thankful that glasses protect my eyes.
  • I wish I could wear contacts, I am thankful that more then one honest eye doctor has told me that if I wore contacts and I got an infection, I could lose all of my sight. Very important fact when you only have one eyeball that is working.
  • I wish I could see out of two eyes, I am so overjoyed that I can see out of one eye – thank you Lord ! (I do sometimes wonder what it would be like to see out of them 3-D glasses, sigh..)


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How to

  • go the the website
  • look and shop for glasses
  • compare measurements to glasses you currently own (this helped me out a ton !)
  • double click on pictures to get all the details – like the size
  • then fill out the form, it will ask you the type – I ordered single vision
  • PD-Pupillary Distance – this is the distance between your pupils. You can ask your eye doctor for the measurement or measure yourself. To do this, use the ruler on the c/m side and look in a mirror. Next, take the ruler and find the middle of one of your pupils and measure to the middle of the left over eyeball. Make sure to measure 3 times and cut once..hee hee. I also marked with my finger where(on my current glasses) my pupil was and took my glasses off and measured again. If I have you completely and utterly confused , there is a great question mark with a professional description/tutorial.
  • Choose your lens – I just got the free no upgrade one. There is many to choose from and I even ordered the darkening type for my last vacation.
  • Anti reflect coating is $4.95 – I would definitely recommend.
  • Lens color – if you want rose colored glasses, blue, yellow – I ordered nada color , as I just am plain Jane and I don’t need to tint my world.
  • Next fill in your prescription for your left and right eye. Remember to triple check your entries….
  • Then add it to your shopping cart
  • The whole order has one shipping price, so go ahead and order a couple of different pairs. If you order something you don’t love – you can always wear them around the house.
  • Sit back and wait – this is where the chocolate comes in handy. It takes about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks, but worth the wait. They come shipped in a hard case in a plastic bubble wrapped envelope.  Mine came out of California but, were made somewhere like Japan, China  - somewhere exotic !


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Hugs and Have Fun ~ Kammy


Monday, January 24, 2011

My Frugalicious Find–a Teaser

I always get corrected when I say


I mean cheap or aka thrifty

I thought that I need a better word..


Is Frugalicious a word ?

Why yes,( even if it currently is being rejected by spellcheck )

I even looked it up on

Urban Dictionary

Frugalicious – to be frugal and fabulous at the same time. Someone who looks for a deal

instead of just spending recklessly. AKA – Kammy at Small Home In The Country.



Is there an Urban Check vs Spell Check ?

The red squiggly line is underlining every word I write …

I will not Obey the red squiggly lines….

Now back to the post..

Do you wear glasses ?

Perhaps not (you must be under 40..)

I am a penny pincher.

I want a deal.

I want to be Frugalicious.

And I am.

Coming soon, I will post a tutorial on how I bought prescription

glasses on-line for about

twelve bucks

yes, read that again…

I really said $12 bucks.



p.s. this is not advertisement and I am not associated with any companies, I am not a millionaire -

I just want you to also be Frugaicious !

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blogger having blurry issues on headers…

Picnik collage

I finally come up with a new header 

and Blogger is having issues with blurry pictures….

I will keep trying in the next few days – grrrrrrrr

Hugs - Kammy

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What has Otis been up to ??

First Otis brought in the New Year… (who made me wear a sissy tiara ??)


During goose season….Otis helps keep Dad warm hunt gooses….296

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Otis likes to supervise Dad while he is working on cars….

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Otis says “Mom, can’t you tell we are a busy ??”

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Otis loves to hang out on the kitchen floor

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Otis really loves laying in bed and NOT the dog bed, LOL !

Hugs, Kammy