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Spring Cleaning: Clothes Inventory

After coming home from McDonald’s on Wednesday, I decided to do my laundry. I wanted to go through all my clothes to see exactly what I had and what I hardly wear. I wanted to see if there were anymore clothes that I could get rid of. A couple weeks ago I took a small bag of clothes and left them at the laundromat in the campground near my home. It seems like a lot of campers don’t pack enough clothes for a camping adventure here.

Now the picture above^ is my clothes laid out on the spare bed in my room. Seeing as the new roomie still hasn’t shown up, I can use the bed as my table for folding laundry or just throwing my jacket onto when I am to lazy to hang it up right away, or in this case….for spreading clothes out on for a picture.

4 long sleeve shirts and 5 short sleeve shirts…another long sleeve top isn’t in the picture because I was wearing it. All of my shirts was given to me for free or I got them for a cheap price at thrift shops. When I am cold, I wear one of the long sleeve shirts under my work shirt. But not counting “work clothes”, 10 shirts is actually more than enough for me, and more then enough to keep in 1 dresser drawer. I can’t comprehend why anyone would think they need a different shirt for every day of the month. That’s just extra unnecessary laundry to do. Maybe some people get a strange thrill out of doing laundry.

The 3 pair of leggings I bought from Amazon…the wild looking purple designed pair are getting loose now, but I like them so I will save them for a couple more months. Even though I am on a diet hopefully I won’t have to get smaller clothes until Fall. The leggings get kept in my 2nd dresser drawer along with my socks, underwear, hats, gloves, and pajama pants that seemed to get cut off in above picture. I am also wearing a pair of gray sweatpants (or jogging pants…whatever you prefer to call them). It was windy and snowing, so I had to wear cold-weather clothes today.

With 1 or 2 days off work every week, I can usually do laundry at least once a week. If I do laundry at least once every 7 days, then I see no reason to own more then 10 shirts, especially when I can wear the same shirt all weekend. While walking home yesterday I stopped into the trading post…just to see what they had. In case a customer came into the store looking for an item that wasn’t in there, I would know where to send them to find it elsewhere. While I was there, I found a couple shirts that I liked. I didn’t buy any, because I knew that I had enough. I also knew that I didn’t want to start cramming clothes into drawers and making it impossible to see what was in the drawer.

If you are thinking…”but isn’t that the American dream?” Doesn’t everyone want to walk into a store or gift shop and just buy whatever they like? While I am glad that I can afford to buy whatever I really need, I don’t have enough space to spread things out so buying whatever I want seems rather dumb. Why waste money on something that will get crammed into the bottom of a drawer or stored into a box under my bed. I might as well just stuff my paycheck in a Box under the bed.

Usually if I am going to spend money, it will be on e-books or food. Ebooks get downloaded onto the tablet that I already own so I don’t have to make space in my room for them. Yes, I still have some books in my closet and as soon as I read them all then they will get dropped off in the laundromat. Right now, I am reading a novel called “The Independence Club”, written by: Rachel Ann Nunes.


Random Writing


I think I have around 30-35 books downloaded onto my kindle, all about “writing a book”.  You see, my middle daughter is waiting for me to write her book. I have been told that a family member who is spending the rest of his life in prison wants me to write his story, and that is 1 book that I don’t think I could ever do. Oh sure, true-life crime thriller stories are interesting reading for some people. But some other person will have to write that one.

Today I was searching through the website for a magazine called “Writers Digest”, and found a poetry contest. I haven’t written any new poems for quite awhile, but I might send in one of my old poems.

According to Amazon,  I started ordering ebooks in 2011. Right now I am on my third or forth kindle/tablet. But I have figured out how to get Amazon to resend me almost  everything that I had gotten years ago on my other e-readers. If you have seen the meme’s on facebook of a big 18-wheeler delivering stuff from Amazon, with words to the effect “oh boy, my books are finally here”. Well that’s me! Good thing because I will soon be living in such a remote area that I won’t have wifi. But I will have lots to read, and thanks to the local dollar store I have stacks upon stacks of paper to write on.

Some people say to write what you know or in whatever genre that you, yourself like reading. Well according to the books on my tablet that would be (not counting my writing books) yoga, alternative health,  cooking (raw food, vegetarian, or stuff in crockpots), a few travel books, and my sappy romance stuff…either amish life/ romance, or some story set in the old-west/pioneer days. Good thing all these books are in a tablet and not in a bookcase waiting to get packed up. Actually I have 1 bag of real paper books in the trunk of my car. I put them there when I left Yellowstone and never unpacked them.

It’s after 10:35pm, so I will play a few turns of  “Words With Friends”, which I won’t be playing so much after I move. Then I will probably grab one of my word puzzle books to see how many I can do before I fall asleep.



My E-book Readings


With to much free time lately, I am enjoying some ebooks that I have downloaded on my tablet. Right now I am enjoying a novel series about a high school foster kid who has to live with a preacher’s family, in some little hick Texas town. The first book was free but seeing as I wanted to continue with the story I had to pay $3.99 for the second book in the series.

I get email notices from different websites every week listing free books.


I am sure I have others lost in my many pages of unread emails, but those are my most recent ones. Some I like for old classic books, some are just trashy fun reads, some are for educational textbooks (on a variety of subjects like health, business/finance  stuff, learning the French language), some are for a future DIY project or some “self-help” issue that I want to figure out later on. No matter what you like to read, I am sure there is a website that will let you download books on the subject.
I had an email to get a month’s free trial of kindle unlimited…but I declined it. I figured that I would end up paying the $10 monthly fee after I forget to unsubscribe from it later. I used to subscribe to different free trials for alot of online stuff and then forget when the trials end and get charged later for them, so now I just don’t sign up.

Seeing as it’s still very windy & chilly here, (64 degrees outside now. Never would of imagined Death Valley to get this cold. The Wind is rattling the windows in the dorm), what better way to spend a morning then reading or searching for new books to add to my ebook library. It’s  almost time for me to get ready for work…got 3 nights of working the late shift again before I get another weekend off. Which means I will be reading after Midnight.

My New Tablet

I signed up for an unexpected trip to Walmart in Rapid City, the other night. So after grabbing a few food items I went to the entertainment/electronics department. It cost more than I expected and more than the 1 I found on Amazon. But it’s a bit bigger and has more storage then my old tablet.

My old tablet died while I was still in Vegas. I missed being able to do some things on the tablet that I can’t do on my outdated laptop…like play canasta, backgammon, and farm heroes saga. I also miss reading free e-books. I still remember when I got my first Kindle years ago, and my friend Kathleen told me all about free e-books. I have been hooked ever since.

I will have to write to amazon and explain that I have a different e-reader to see if I can download some of the same books I had before. This morning while trying to get fictional books about the Amish all I could get was a message  saying that I already purchased the book. I also want the books by: Patricia Cornwall & Dean Koontz  that I had before. Today I found 2 books by: Harper Lee that I must read. I went to a play here in South Dakota, last month,  about her book “To Kill a Mockingbird “, and loved it. Now I must read the book, and Harper’s new one.

One nice thing about ebooks, is that you can read anything in public and nobody knows what you are reading. You can read trashy mind-numbing stuff all day long without hearing any comments about it being a waste of time. To be honest, what is your impression  of someone reading trashy romance novels?

Some people like my brother like real books that you hold in your hand and turn a page. My brother built a library/office in his home and it’s actually 1 of my favorite rooms in his house. But I like e-readers too. With my lifestyle, it’s easier to carry thousands of books around in my purse on my tablet. I can travel easier with my e-reader then my brother can with his library.

My Fabulous Five

Now I have been reading a blog from a lady living in Arizona for a couple years now, and quite often she posts different lists titled her “Fab 5”.  Seeing as I can’t think of anything else to post today, I figured I might as well try to come up with my own list of “Fab 5’s”

  • 5 (non-food) things I want to buy: Kindle (never replaced my broken one), camera battery charger (left my in AZ), more time on my cell phone, new laptop, memory sticks to hold more pics
  • Last 5 movies I watched: Fargo, Hansel & Gretel, My Cousin Vinny, True Girt..(the new one), Damn I can’t think of a 5th one
  • 5 things I wish I had a college degree in: Photography, Nutrition, Computer Programming, Nursing, Web Design
  • 5 places I still want to visit: Alaska (yes I have been before, but I want to see more), Coast of GA (hope to visit in October with my aunt), Hawaii, Canada, Australia (need to add PASSPORT on my list of things to buy)
  • 5 things I miss from Arizona: public transportation, variety of grocery stores, funky little coffee shops, pretty flowers/plants everywhere, unique artwork everywhere

Well that’s about it for now. I need to clean up my room a bit before I go stay at my Auntie G’s tonight. She will help me with some of the paperwork I got from the “NH Housing Authority”. Still hoping to get into my own place by the end of the year.


Is it Time to Sleep Yet?




These 3 pillows would actually look alright in my nephew’s room..well my nephew is away in college so it’s my room for now. Now some people would want to sleep with all 3 pillows at the same time. But not me, that would be to uncomfortable.


Now that fun pillow was done with a picture I took in a restaurant while I was in Anchorage,AK. I had a “Chicken Fruit Salad”. It was huge & yummy. Yes, I am one of those silly people that takes pictures of food.


I like the message on this pillow, and should have put it on both sides.

Why am I thinking of sleep? Because I seem to just be tired alot lately. It’s weird but I am more tired now then I was when I was living in the homeless shelter in Phoenix. How can doing nothing make a person so darn tired? I bought vitamins and typing this post now reminded me that I needed to take one today. So even though I know I don’t eat enough now, I still try and make sure to take vitamins.

At least by not eating as much (well not this week anyways, because I ain’t staying over at Aunt Geri’s) I am losing the weight that I gained from the last time I stayed over at her place. Just my luck, that will mean she will be back over soon to see if I want to go visit her for a couple days.

Well I guess I will go lay down and read for awhile. I’m still reading “The Burn Farm”, which is a true crime story that took place in NH.

Thawing Out


I have spent the last few days with my Aunt Geri. The picture above is the temp at her house. As you can see, she likes to keep the house cold. It was 59 degrees inside AND outside..Parts of NH, also got snow this last weekend & a flood up North.


The picture is blurry because it was taken out the car window. I was with Geri and we were on our way to visit her sister,Valerie, on Monday morning. This was the little bit of snow that was left.

Well for now, I am going to curl up under the blankie and read the crime-story novel that Geri gave me. Sharon has Chicken cooking for dinner but I am not to hungry now…probably because I had to much junk-food earlier.