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My home is in North Carolina, but I have also lived in Georgia, California, Colorado, Texas, and South Carolina; I am a fanatic for animals of almost all kinds. Right now we have 2 dogs and a cat. And there are lots of wildlife that come into our back yard. My main hobbies are crocheting and knitting, or any craft using yarns. I always have at least one, if not several, projects going. I also enjoy reading and watching movies. My favorite books are mysteries. I have many favorite genres of movies, but my favorites are disaster movies. I also enjoy mysteries, dramas, comedies as long as they aren't slapstick, and documentaries depending on the subject. Another thing I really like is trivia. I love playing trivia games, and watching trivia TV shows. I don't remember how I got into ThriftyFun but I've been hooked ever since. Even if I don't post something every day, I do check through the site every day. This is my favorite web site of all the ones I have. It's fun just to read what people have written. If I ever have a question about any subject though, more times than not, ThriftyFun is the first place I look to for answers. Very seldom have I not found several hints of what to do. The picture on my profile is my dog Princess laying on her favorite stuffed animal under a blanket that I crocheted for her and my other dog Buddy. I also crochet them and myself at least one new sweater every year.
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Keep House Cool Without ACWhere I live the summer's get pretty hot and muggy, many times temps will be 90s and 100s, with humidity at or above 50 percent. And if I ran the A/C, my electric bill would be close to or above $400 a month, way more than I can afford!


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Prepare a Disaster Bin For EmergenciesI live in southeastern NC and although we don't get the full force of hurricanes like you do in FL, we do get the damaging winds, rains, and tornadoes spun off from the storms. So keeping disaster bins is important here too.


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Mesh Laundry Bag With Baby Shower GiftA friend of mine is having her first baby soon, so I have been having a ball knitting and crocheting for the new little one. I went to the dollar store and picked up a bunch of those mesh laundry bags.


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Warning: Avoid Citrus Products with PenicillinThis is a tip that my daughter and I learned the hard way. Most doctors won't tell you that penicillin and citrus don't go together. The citrus (OJ or any other citrus) will negate all the benefits of penicillin.


A woman shopping for non-perishable supplies.

Stock and Rotate Emergency SuppliesSince you never know when an emergency is going to happen, I stay stocked up and prepared year round. I have a specific cabinet set up with canned foods, cereals, powdered milk, water, pet foods and other necessities.


spaniel in a car

Summer Cars Can Be Dangerous To Your PetThere are many things to consider before deciding to take your beloved pets in the car with you, whether you are running errands around town or traveling.


A young witch with a cute Halloween puppy.

Keeping Trick or Treaters and Pets...Halloween is around the corner, which presents a myriad of potential dangers that can take dogs, cats, and their owners completely by surprise. If you want to include your dog in your Halloween celebration, make it an event that is safe and enjoyable for both of you.


Brown and white crochet lapghan.

Crocheted LapghanThis was crocheted using Super Saver yarn and a size H hook. It uses 2 colors: one solid, one matching variegated. Works up very quickly and is warm without being heavy. This was made for a friend with cerebral palsy.


cleaning bin

My Cleaning Made SimpleInstead of keeping specific cleaning things for specific jobs, I have learned to "generalize" my supplies. So now, I keep on hand the following things for cleaning any room in the house.


Traveling With Pets

Traveling With PetsMany of us travel with our pets, and when we do there are always worries with hotels, maids, leaving the pets in the car while we go in and eat, among other things. Here are my solutions. I have used these for many years and have never once had the least bit of a problem.


Buddy (Miniature Dachshund)

Buddy (Miniature Dachshund)Buddy is a 7 years old Miniature Dachshund. His birthday is March 7. We got him from a breeder at 8 weeks old. I traveled 300 miles to get him and he's been worth each and every mile, and then some!




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