Friday, December 26, 2008

Gifts - New Years Resolutions - Bargains

Gifts - New Years Resolutions - Bargains

We had our Christmas dinner Christmas Eve & opened our presents. Photobucket We laughed till we cried & had a festive time. We have to share our precious kids now that our 3 daughters have husbands and another family to celebrate with, we are glad to share their time. We are thankful we have this much time with them. They all have 4 legged "kids" - we have 6 grand dogs, 2 grand cats, 2 grand horses, 2 pretty birds, 1 rabbit, and a cute little furry thing that stays in a cage. Oh, we do have 3 grandsons who are FAR away in New Jersey with their parents, of course. So we rarely get to spend Christmas with them. They are gorgeous and the apples of our eye!

What to do with those "oddball" presents that you really don't want or need!!

Now be honest.......have you ever received a wrapped set of shampoo - conditioner from a hotel as a gift? or a purse shaped like a house? or used nose hair clippers? or body lotion that has been used with a very strong scent? I think everyone gets the oddball unwanted presents occasionally. How about you and your friends have a party after the new year, bring your most awful gift and swap them. What a great way to start the year with lots of mirth and turn a negative into a positive.
I received about the ugliest humongous shirt for a present this year (it was a joke gift). Let's see, how do I explain this beast..........looks like something that cousin Wilbur would wear proudly on the beach Photobucket Know what I'm going to do with it? It's going to get put in the Christmas box for next year and I will add something to embellish this shirt - like maybe some misplaced buttons or "tastefully" decorated paint splotches............. It will likely get regifted every year for years to come, giving everyone a good laugh!!
Has your husband ever gifted you with something HE wanted? with the reason being he can now fix, repair, etc something for you? Then I figure your next gift to him would be that new KitchenAid Mixer so that you can bake HIM something scrumptuous!! You know, this is a great concept!!
It's the thought that counts but what do you suppose they were thinking? Seriously it IS the thought that counts and receiving something shows that someone thought of you...........

2009 is rapidly approaching with all the hopes and dreams we all had at the beginning of 2008!!

I am trying to remember some of the things we wanted to accomplish last year.........I know one thing was to procrastinate less and to make lists so we wouldn't forget things. We've been seriously working on that - - - - -but it's come down to - give the list to my husband to put in his pocket - - - -then pin another note to his jacket or shirt front telling him to look at the list in his pocket. See? we're working on that problem.

What's in store for 2009? Find collectibles at less than EBAY prices is continually changing and MY OLA House will be growing this year! Check it out - My OLA House:

All my prices are of the BARGAIN variety for COLLECTIBLE items. For example:

Federal Bubble Dot Three Footed Cake Plate #2889 SUNFLOWER PRESSED GLASS with a starting bid of $5.00 Photobucket

SEQUIN CAP HAT MULTI COLORS LADIES WOMEN FULLY LINED at a fixed price of $10.00. An impressive bargain, for sure!!
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with a starting price of $5.00

Visit often this coming year & also my website at BISI.
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Monday, December 22, 2008

The day is arriving - get organized

OK, let's make an effort to get organized!! Company will arrive in exactly 51 hours. What has to be done before then - - - -

Have kitties nails clipped. Have our hair clipped. Thaw the turkey. Take husband to the Opthamologist (what a dumb time to make a Dr's appt). Start preparing food. Change sheets on beds. Clean house. Wrap Christmas presents. Do I have enough serving bowls? What is going to go in which dish? Choose table decorations. Do I have enough scotch tape to wrap presents? Better run to the store - what else do I need? WOW, I'd better get the crushed pineapple draining - that always takes time.

What did I do with that used nose hair clippers I was going to wrap as a gag gift for Wilbur? Is it 5 o'clock yet? Could sure use just a titch of wine!!

I know I am going to forget something - maybe I should make a where is my list pad.....maybe on my desk?....oh, this is a mess - I'd better clean this off. shuffle shuffle, stick stuff in drawers. There, that looks better - now what was I looking for? I should make a list - oh, that's what I was looking for - my list pad!!

Gotta check email and o-mail (my mail at in case somebody needs something or wants to tell me something).

It's not New Years yet but I've got to remember to make a resolution to not wait until the last minute to get all this done before Christmas eve eve eve day next year....and put my list pad on the refrigerator so I can write stuff on it before I forget.

I'm going to just sit down for a bit, have a fresh cup of coffee and relax before I start to seriously think about getting organized!

I guess I should clean house...................

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays everyone!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Holidays ~ Merry Christmas ~ Happy New Year

Happy Holidays ~ Merry Christmas ~ Happy New Year


I just received this from a very dear friend - it is a lovely read! I wish I knew the author so kudos could be offered to him. Even if you've read it before - take a moment and read it again...........

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just
a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her. On the
way, my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she
jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her
that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I
told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted .... "Ridiculous! Don't believe it! That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go." "Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun.

"Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in
town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked
through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my
mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.

He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right
behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat.

I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat! I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.

"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."

The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really
needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell
out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I
crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going." I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Deckers bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team. I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.

May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care...And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Holidays - Why blog this time of year

Happy Holidays!Photobucket Why blog this time of year?
Inquiring minds want to know...

Reasons for blogs:

Showcase your personality

Create a feedback cycle

Build a loyal community

Create an emotional investment

Increase your credibility

Blogging is as effective as word-of-mouth.

Blogs are the perfect tool for "hooking up" your site to the social web and to support traditional SEO initiatives.

Why pay per click or other advertising venues when you can BLOG - on yours, your friends, on social blogs, consumer products, etc. Keep your name out there by blogging often & adding your post comments to other blogs.

OK, now that we have that settled - have a look at some stores that have tremendous product & bargains - but don't overlook mine - wouldn't want to miss anything would you?

My OLA House:
My website:

Gifts Galore & MORE

Brightgems Treasures
You will find new fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, and vintage jewelry. Rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces, brooches, Pins, Body Jewelry, Toe Rings, and Boxed Gift Sets. Also selling, collectibles. Kim Anderson Figurines, Precious Moments, Disney, CocaCola, Die Cast metal cars and trucks. Barbie Dolls, MA's, and Shirley Temple.

DraggonTagger's Cave
A Dragon's lair, A Dragon's Fire. Look Here to Find, Your Hearts Desire . A multitude of collectibles from ephemera to jewelry to handcrafted items to the kitchen sink

A Touch of Class
Here you will find overstock & shelf pulls from a very high end Department Store. From the kitchen to the bath, indoors & out. Clothing, gifts & collectibles, something for everyone. Anything you see in their store could show up in mine & ALWAYS at least 80% off the retail price.

NEWS FLASH This just in............
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl. We should've known... ONLY women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost. Photobucket


Coming soon - What to do with those "oddball" presents that you really don't want or need!!

The solution is to use be continued........... Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Traumatized Reindeer Look

You know ... SG ... I see that look on a LOT of faces this season !!! It's kinda like the "deer in the headlights" look ... only more intense !!! People need to think about creative ways to share season ... get back to the spirit of giving ... without the worry of breaking the bank !!! Whoever said Xmas presents had to be digital or high tech ??? I'll show you what I mean !!!

If you're searching for a gift to give your favorite excentric gardener / dog lover ... how 'bout a new faucet for the garden ???


Now there's a gift that no one expected !!! Or maybe you've got a friend that loves the out doors ??? Here's a wonderful woodsey picture frame sure to bring a smile to someone's face !!!


What about that sports enthusiast ??? Why not get him a brand new copy of the Trivial Persuit All Stars Game ???


If you're lucky enough to have a cowgirl for a girlfriend ... try ... a silver braclet with dangling horse charms ... sure to set her heart a flutter !!!


Or show her you really care ... give her your heart ... in a sterling silver / onyx heart pendant !!!


Still ... WHAT to get gramps ??? Why not a great Jerry Randall Gospel CD ??? It'll provide fantastic music for his enjoyment all year long !!!


Now that should take the deer in the headlights look off your face !!! If these items weren't quite the ONE ... you can find more items like them at:

... and don't forget for the best bargains anywhere !!!

Can you top that ??? LOL

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Watch out! the Big Day is barreling down on us like a wild-eyed Santa riding his traumatized Reindeer!!

Probably the majority of folks are still SHOPPING & will continue looking for the BARGAINS until Christmas Eve. Some of the best bargains to be had are on the internet. Here are a few links to check out.

Remember to check out my websites
My OLA House:
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& here's some other suggestions:

ABigMixedBag -
Visit My OLA House ... my website

Fleapirates Plunder - hunt for treasure old and new, in places far and wide. Specializing in estate sale goods and flea market finds such as antiques & collectibles

All Things Bright & Beautiful - My primary auction listings are vintage beads, dolls, fabrics and Victorian crazy quilting supplies

The Fabric Stash - a potpourri of items from Hello Kitty fabric to childrens clothing to sheets, curtains - you name it she's got it!

Old Turtle Heart An Ever Changing and Diverse Array of new, Vintage, Collectible and Antique Items

CurioCache is a treasure trove of sparkling genuine gems & jewelry, books, toys, collectibles, what-nots, bric-a-brac, knic-knacs, whatzits, widgets, oddities, "uniquities" and so much more!

It's December.......We're almost through 2008. I'm trying to decide if I accomplished anything I intended to accomplish this year..............that's a hard question to answer. I'll give that more thought after Christmas - I certainly wouldn't want to dampen my spirits, yet!

Here's a thought - what do you do with those pink elephant gifts you get at the Holidays or your birthday that you will never use? I read about an idea that sounds like lots of fun to do with them to make it a real "event" in January. Or, do you actively re-gift? Hummmm, inquiring minds want to know........
Check back in a couple of days & we'll "talk" about it - in the mean time - don't get overwhelmed with the wild-eyed Santa & his traumatized Reindeer bearing down on you.....................

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Holiday Season has been officially launched with Thanksgiving.....


The Holiday Season has been officially launched with Thanksgiving.....

We all ate turkey Thursday - by late afternoon - our belts & pants buttons were undone - & a good share of us were having a post turkey snooze Smiley Sleeping 1 Pictures, Images and Photos
Let's face it - a lot of people were dreaming of shopping the next day & plotting their strategy for going after those bargains! Grocery shopping cart smiley Pictures, Images and Photos
Maybe we all should make sure we have a list & a plan. I can remember in the past seeing something for Aunt Bertha & buying it because it was such a good bargain but knowing deep down she would hate it - but, hey, my job was done - I had a present for her! That was oh such a bad attitude! Totally thoughtless!

Maybe she collects cups & saucers or vintage linens or vintage kitchen items or old photos - maybe she would appreciate something that is collectible - a present doesn't always have to be new.

Here's a suggestion an inexpensive collectible Hazel Atlas Teardrop Pattern Mint dish
that would make a beautiful soap dish add a bar of genuine homemade goats milk scented soap from Metzy Mom's Emporium - choose a bar from many scents & sizes
& you have a thoughtful useful beautiful collectible gift for under $10.00.

Visit for luscious homemade soaps that will nourish & moisturize your skin.

My OLA House:

Have fun shopping - avoid the rush, the traffic & high prices - shop the internet at the above sites for true quality bargains.

ENJOY the Season!!! Look "outside" the box for ideas..................

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I received this bit of information from the Kovells Newsletter that contains some information I did not know - I enjoyed it - we love history & appreciated learning some new tidbits.


Has the celebration of Thanksgiving always been on the fourth Thursday in November? The answer is No. The date was changed to make a longer shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 1863 President Lincoln set the date as the last Thursday in November.

In 1939 it was moved to the second-to-last Thursday. Then in 1941 it was moved to the fourth Thursday.

There are many myths and historical oddities connected with Thanksgiving. Did you know the Mayflower was headed for Virginia but, oops, it ended up in Massachusetts?

And Indians were not invited to the celebration. A large group of men just showed up--the 17th-century version of party crashers. There were probably twice as many Indians as Pilgrims, so it seems unlikely the Pilgrims would have asked them to leave.

Unfortunately, no one is sure why they came. Perhaps they heard the musket shots and were curious. But they did bring deer to eat. No popcorn, though. It wasn't even grown in New England then. But Indian corn was, and it was probably dried, pounded and cooked into a porridge. They probably ate waterfowl and turkeys, too, all living in the wild. Also available were fish, squash, cabbage, carrots, turnips, spinach and onions. No potatoes--they were still grown only in South America. Although cranberries were growing nearby, no records show they were cooked and eaten until the 1670s.

Forget the black clothes, too. Pilgrim women wore green, blue and purple. Men liked red linings in their cloaks. And they didn't have buckles on their shoes and hats. Buckles were not in style till years later.

Next time you see a painting of the first Thanksgiving, look carefully. An iron cooking pot was really used; it may even be the one that survives in a museum. But there were no log cabins. They were built by Swedes who came 18 years later.
Tomorrow after everyone sleeps off the enormous amounts of delicious food we've eaten - we'll then turn out thoughts to the next Holiday - are you excited yet???

Monday, November 24, 2008

Turkey Day & Married for 30 yrs or just a few

Is everyone having a turkey for Turkey Day? Photobucket
That could mean several things - could be an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual;
Could be a joke of a day: a person who does something thoughtless or annoying;
Could mean when a bowler gets three strikes in a row! All kidding aside -
This year it will just be the two of us - have to wait to celebrate with the kids at Christmas. We still have much to be thankful for - we are not alone - so we'll spend the day baking & cooking together.

Have you been married Photobucket for many years or just a few?
In todays shaky economy, this might give us gals a good way to save some serious money! Read this to the end - it's worth the time.............

On their wedding night, the young bride approached her new husband and asked for $20 for their lovemaking encounter. Her husband readily agreed.
It set a precedent -- this scenario was repeated each time they made love for more than 40 years, with him thinking that it was a cute way for her to afford new clothes and other incidentals that she needed.

Arriving home around noon one day, she was surprised to find her husband in sitting at the kitchen table, head in his hands. During the next few minutes, he explained that with the economy shattered, General Motors had laid him off from his well-paid management position. It was unlikely that, at the age of 59, he'd be able to find another position that paid anywhere near what he'd been earning, and because he had counted on his pension, he never invested any money and they were financially ruined.

Calmly, his wife handed him a bank book which showed more than 40 years of steady deposits and interest -- the total nearly $1 million. The husband was starting to get rather excited, but then she showed him certificates of deposits issued by the bank which were worth over $2 million, and informed him that they were one of the largest depositors in the local bank.

She explained that for the more than three decades she had "charged" him for sex, these holdings had multiplied and these were the results of her careful savings.

Faced with evidence of cash and investments worth over $3 million, her husband was so astounded he could barely speak, but finally he found his voice and blurted out, "If I'd had any idea what you were doing, I would have given you all my business!"

They found him submerged in Lake Erie, in his favorite Chevy. Some men just don't know when to keep their mouths shut. Photobucket

Looking forward to the next Holiday & being with family & friends - leave us with the benefit of your musings............Have a blessed Holiday!!

Don't forget to do your shopping at or

Both sites have a tremendous amount of Sellers with bargains & unusual & necessary items both new & gently used.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Check out my other website

I have just recently opened a store on BuyItSellIt. Here's the link:

Plumdrop is a great place: View My Plumdrop Profile!

I've discovered a seller of quality items ranging from shower curtains to Southwest fashions to Anteater Boots - check out this store: it is called ABigMixedBag Family Album

To quote kiltNkaboodle, the creator of this cute slide show.
“To meet up with some of your favorite sellers here on OLA rather than have to go through all the posts, simply click on the link below and watch our slideshow work in progress …..”We chose NOT to be nameless & faceless anymore and thats why we are here at OLA”…….Enjoy the show and thanks for looking.”

Friday, November 14, 2008

You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.

WOW, some strange voices must have been talking to me because I would never have believed a year ago that I would be glogging - excuse me - blogging!

What a world we live in - I remember sitting around & staring at the radio and our house had 2 paths - now its 2 baths.

Some of us "grown up" seniors spend part of our lives being a part of an Online Auction site - listing & selling. One of the up and comers is

The bargains you will find will give a new meaning to the word bargain but NOT just for the buyer - also for sellers. I'll get some friends to come over & give us the benefit of their musings - maybe they'll be having a good day......OR maybe they'll be having a bad day. One never knows, do one?

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