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Got Seeds?

“The more you can learn to do for yourself,


the more money you’ll keep in your own pocket.”


I know I’m on a big coupon kick right now…
and soon I’ll be back “into” growing food again here shortly…

But it’s true. The more you can do for yourself… the better 🙂


Have a great week!

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Two weeks ago I received a phone call…

Mavis? It’s me … the world cheapest person…
Oh hey… what’s going on?
Well, I was just calling to make sure you are signed up for the half marathon we agreed to do back in January… you’ve been working out… right?
Ummm…

… … Oh sure… you bet… almost everyday (big lie)… I was just getting ready to call to make sure YOU WERE SIGNED UP… (super big lie)…

So I hung up the phone… signed up… and this Sunday I will be “doing” a half marathon…

First things first. I have NO INTENTION of running the thing… I plan on doing what I did for the Seattle marathon… fast walking (but not in a hip swinging weirdo way) and jogging about 1 song every mile or so. I did this for theSeattle marathon and it worked for me… better than expected actually.


The one thing that bothered me about training for the Seattle marathon was that I basically walked/jogged for 3 whole months in preparation for the big day. And even though the marathon was 26.2 miles… the furthest I ever walked was 18 miles (3 times I think)… ANYWAY… my point is/was that 3 months “training” was waaaaay too long for me. I was ready to get the marathon over with by the 2nd month… the 3rd month was kinda torture… but I kept at it because I was afraid to slack off (obviously a good idea).


My split time for the marathon was 2hrs. 41 minutes.

Soooo…. I suppose my goal for this Sunday’s 1/2 marathon is 2 hrs. 4o minutes…

Last year my friend did this particular 1/2 marathon and finished in 2hr 47 minutes…

So I’m hoping with her extra training… and my forget fullness… (but determined to finish in a decent amount of time)… we can both meet our goals…


And FYI:
The reason I’m looking forward to this race with my friend “the worlds cheapest person”… is because… quite frankly… she’s not afraid to ditch me. Bottom line… If I can’t keep up… she is not going to wait for me… she’ll just see me at the finish line.

And that… it a good quality to have in a friend…

Unless of course she were to ditch me in the middle of someplace like… the grand canyon… or a rattlesnake pit… then I’d be ticked…

But a race? C’mon… it’s everyman for himself.

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You Must Make This Tonight!


I so desperately wanted to try this recipe last night that I hoped in my car and paid FULL RETAIL prices for the above items… $6.05… HOLY CRACKERS… What an outrage!

4 ingredients people…

Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapenos

However if you are going to make this appetizer…
I would highly suggest breaking out the swine flu gloves first…

This is one of those fool proof recipes they should teach kids in Home Economics class…

IT’S THAT EASY!


I give this recipe… 10 out of 10 peppers!
Way to go JJ…

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Nowhere really… I’ve just been BUSY…
With things like… baby chicks… did you know they liked chopped asparagus?


I had thought about doing an entire post about public bathrooms…
So far… Nordstroms has the best one… and Walmart has the worst… in fact my kids school bathrooms are better than Walmart… well the girls bathroom anyway… I didn’t venture into the boys.


I planted out my seed potatoes… both at home and at the community garden.


These 5 birds are a HANDFUL!


I found myself wondering…
At what point are children too old for an egg hunt?


I cleaned out one of my desk drawers and found this…
Hmmm… what does THAT MEAN????


Black Fatty… thinks the girl who thinks she’s a bird is her chicken mama…
And will only let her hold her… Black Fatty even takes little bird naps with the girl who thinks she’s a bird… Is that normal?


In other chicken news… we moved the baby chicks outside. After 3 weeks in the house I had had enough… They’ve been outside for a week in their temporary housing and are taking to the great outdoors well… Soon they will be moving to “THE BIG HOUSE”… more on that later.


I’ve also been busy making refried beans…


Oh… and look at this… last week I scored some FREE magic toothpaste…
My teeth are white already! Woo Hoo… I think this means I can cancel my appointment for the dentist.


I’ve also been receiving free crapola in the mail each day…
Yesterday I received some free Ritz crackers, $20 and a coupon for some FREE SALSA…
Hey, by the way… would YOU like to win some free salsa? (you can win up to 5 times…I’ve already won 3 times...just click on this and enter SAL235 when they ask for the code).


I’ve also been digging thru the trash again…
for coupons of course…


Bologna and zucchini relish sandwich’s… yumm!


One of our chickens has decided to stop laying eggs…
She is only 1 year old… so what’s up with that?


I’ve also been VERY busy texting my husband while he’s busy at work…


and eating LOT’S of these…


And entertaining teenagers…
For some reason they keep coming over to our house…


So this week I made them move some furniture for me…
We’ll see if they come back.


Mrs. Hillbilly and I also had a yard sale… IN THE RAIN…
That was fun!


Oh… and let’s not forget all the free products I’ve been collecting with my coupons… just this Sunday I was able to take all this crack home for free… and the best part? It wasn’t just free… I made a whopping .72 cents just for bringing it home 🙂 Let’s just say… if you are a female on my Christmas list… you will be receiving a YEARS SUPPLY of feminine hygiene products… OH and light bulbs too… for some reason I’ve been picking up a bunch of free light bulbs…


I’ve also been busy with bartering again… with the neighbors…
Girly Girl called me the other day and wanted to trade some free range Elk for some garden starts/seeds…


And lastly… It’s almost time to set out all those tomato plants I started from seed… I’m thinking this weekend might me the time to do it…


So that’s what I’ve been up too… How about you?

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What is this world coming to?
Who on earth would pay $139 for a pair of cut off jean shorts?
If you know anyone…please let me know… I’d be happy to sell them my old jeans… cut off and rolled up… for 1/2 of what the Sundance catalog is selling them for…Hey, I’ll even throw in free shipping… and a box of cocoa pebbles!

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Dear Mr. Chinese Viagra Guy…

Please stop leaving me comments about you and/or your product.

#1 I don’t read Chinese

#2 I don’t take Viagra

#3 What kinda of sicko leaves male enhancement product messages for a nice suburban housewife who grows vegetables in her backyard and clips coupons? Do you think I’m really going to post your comments? Even if they are in Chinese? Don’t make me hurt you… Don’t make me snap off your highly prized possession. Cause I will.

Sincerely,
Mavis… who is currently high on coupon crack and processed foods.


The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters

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I’m taking a break…
from blog land…
Please enjoy this picture of a poisonous mushroom while I’m away…

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