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Daily Prompt: Something I know I should do yet will not

Daily Prompt: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

by michelle w. on February 13, 2013

Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.

My Kitchen needs a really bad make over.  The cabinets are solid wood so I would like to reuse them in the make over.  With all of the rain we have had and are having, it would be impossible to take them down and redo them outside.  I do not want the mess in the house to redo them in here.  Especially since right now I can’t open windows for ventilation.

To redo the position of the kitchen to give me more counter space would change the new flooring that we put in around the existing pattern.

Instead of painting

Instead of painting

Lack of funding is my other issue.  After the tornado and storm damage, we have the roof fixed and the apple tree removed.  That is all of the repairs we have been able to do so far.

This project is on a back burner for a while and I am doing what I can with what I have.

What is going on with your life that you should be doing and will wait or will not be doing?

Would love to hear.

This is what some other Daily Prompt Word Press Writers had to say on the issue:

  1. Shoulda Woulda Coulda – But I didn’t, so I can’t, so I won’t « Q the Adult
  2. Daily Prompt: Shoulda Woulda Coulda | Phenomenal Lass
  3. 22 Questions and Hot New Finds « In Harmony
  4. Daily Prompt: Shoulda Woulda Coulda « My thoughts, My life
  5. The long list…. « Spunky Wayfarer
  6. I Should | Mind of a Mouse


Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment Is All About Hands On

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment

by michelle w. on February 10, 2013

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

Not only am I a “Hands on Learner”, I also teach the same way.  This post is just above two about my newest student.  It fits in so nicely.


There was a time back in the stone ages when I was just going through a divorce and could not afford to have plumbers, carpenters or electricians coming to the house to fix things.  So, I went to the local B.O.C.E.S. and took a Basic Electronics I & II Course.  If some basic wiring went wrong in the house or I had to change an outlet, a switch or  wanted to upgrade a lamp I could.

The local hardware store was wonderful.  They were only a phone call away.  My plumbing woes were solved.  I would walk in with a diagram of what was wrong and what I needed with the measurements and they would talk me through it with all the supplies.  If I hit a glitch when I got home, the speaker phone was on speed dial.

Since I did not own a car and had a really long driveway and an empty garage, a friend of mine asked if I would like to make some extra cash.  Hmm. Single mom, two teenage daughters and lots of formal dances to go to… First question, what am I doing? Second Question, Is it totally legal?

He changed out engines and his hands were so big that it was difficult to get into different areas.  I was his extra pair of hands.  With a set of overhauls and hair in a hat, I climbed into the truck.  With a can of WD40, I could loosen anything and get into the areas that were tiny with my long fingers.

When my daughters were older, I found myself going back to college as I needed some type of degree to get a decent job.  To work while I was going to school was difficult.  I decided to tutor while going to school.  I was supposed to tutor Anatomy and Physiology however, I found myself tutoring Computer 101 and English as well as Spanish.

Now I am taking my domestic skills and teaching others with a hands on approach.


Let me know what you think about how you learn and what style works for you.  Please take the time to answer the poll so that the readers can see the results.

Don’t forget to check out the other Word Press Daily Prompt Writers:

How do YOU learn? « Being Special

Daily Post: Teachable Moment | tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee

Studying New Skills In Sign Language « DiaryCube

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment | The Gozum Show

If You Can Read About It – You Can Read | The Jittery Goat

Learning time ! « Spunky Wayfarer

DP: Teachable Moment « Life of Me and Mine

Getting your hands dirty « Master Of Disaster

Prestidigitation | One for the Big Guy.. sometimes.

Teachable Moments « Q the Adult

Learning to Learn. « ayimas

Teachable Moment « Now Writing Every Day

Teachable Moment | Liquid Matthew’s Development Blog

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment | Rolbos ©

Teachable Moment « The Tarot Alchemist

Thank you for reading and Thank You so much for the wonderful words of support.

Tammye Honey


New Student, Part Two: Baby Blanket

For a student who has never sewn before to finish three projects that she can show her hubby proudly and state “I made these myself” is an accomplishment.

Perhaps it is the way that I teach, perhaps it is my patience, or just the fact that I listen to each student and their needs.

This particular student has jumped in the water instead of taking baby steps.  She is all about the learning and takes every open slot that I have.

Her next project is the baby blanket.  That type of project under other circumstances, I would discourage a new student that is fresh in the water from learning.  She is beginning to do an Olympic course of learning so that she can complete it before this baby is born.

blanket1 blanket 2 blanket 3 blanket4 blanket5 blanket6This plus the curtains is what we achieved in six hours.

Her next session will be to apply the seam binding and then get to the new project that she has already selected which is Nursing Coverings.   Stay tuned for updates on our projects.

Thank you for reading

Tammye Honey



After losing so much weight I can now take this inspiration and revamp my summer skirts Thank you…

Diary of a Mad Crafter

So I know I said yesterday that I probably wouldn’t be posting anything today after my long day yesterday, but you know me, I just can’t stop!!! Anyway, a few days ago I went garage sale hopping with my friend Tracy (totally addicted btw), and I got this amazing skirt. I would never wear it as a skirt, but it’s amazing nonetheless. It also appeared to be handmade, which in my book, is awesomeee. I knew immediately that I was going to cut it all up and make it into a dress.

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New Coffee Maker Purchase Ideas

For over a month now I have been trying to explain to my hubby that it was necessary for us to spend the money and just go get a new coffee maker.  The last one that we purchased was a Mr. Coffee and it has done nothing but leak all over my counter since day one. ***A safety hazard as it can leak into wiring…***

Without thinking…I filed the receipt and have no idea where to even start looking for it so that is totally useless as far as trying to get a refund.  Making other purchases at the same time was also a foolish mistake which did not happen this time.

Taking an hour to decide which coffee maker to purchase may seem extreme, however you have to remember that I took my hubby with me.  So the discussion of what we needed in a coffee maker and what we did not soon began.

We did not need a timer, auto start or a gold basket.  We did need a twelve to fourteen cup pot and filters not cones.  Hubby did not like the individual Keurig Cups as he did not feel that in the long run at the rate that we drink coffee they were cost effective.

(We purchase Maxwell House Blend of Wake Up Call) which is made for the military.

So price was not an issue as far as the maker went as much as the features and warranty that the actual maker offered.  We ended up with people stopping and watching the two of us carrying on our discussion of coffee makers as we lined them up on a display and discussed our likes and dislikes of each one till we narrowed it down to one that we both agreed upon.

The winner:  Kitchen Aid Model KCM111 12 cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker.

We did not go to Kohl’s and saved

We not only saved $20.00 from what Kohl’s wanted but we also saved on what the tax would have been for going there vs where we got it and if we had gotten online what shipping and handling would have been lol.  It pays to shop around.

By shopping for just this item and keeping receipt separate and with manual I know when it was purchased and where.  I also know how long the warranty is good for.

Shop smart and buy for long term…it is more cost effective in the long run…

Tammye Honey


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My Surprise at my hubby’s ad

Mickey Mouse Cookie Jar, I want the Rat Gone !!!

An email arrived to my email address instead of hubby’s quite by accident today in response to an ad that he had placed …it was regarding a smiling Mickey Mouse Cookie Jar that I had purchased for the store to put on the shelf to decorate…thought it would bring a smile to his face…

Here is the ad:
I am selling my wife’s cookie jar.

So do not say anything.

I am tired of looking at his cheery, smiling Rodent Face every day.

It depresses me.

So I want the Rat Gone.

Price: 10.00

Series of five pictures

Picture Two

Love the dollar to depict size

Never knew Mickey had so many poses

Showing it is genuine

So that is my blog of the afternoon…be cautious when you buy an item that a spouse has to look at every day… (when we opened the store his man cave was not out there)…

It may have a different reaction that what you think….

Tammye Honey

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Great Finds

To let you in on some other great finds that we found to decorate…

Hubby suddenly started to show an interest after I had painted the bedroom and then attacked the main bathroom and really brought that to life…with just paint…by using the new “Create your walls” on the Lowes website.  I was able to take the dark toilet area and with a different shade of color brighten that entire area yet it looks the same as the rest of the walls.  Kudos to Lowes for creating that site…

The bathroom curtains I made from towels that I had purchased from Target as they matched the shower curtain.  Simple and easy, two bath towels and a hand towel later…

When they get dusty, I just take them down, toss them into washer and dryer then rehang…

Bathroom curtains

One of my favorite places to find really great reasonable items is at our local Goodwill and the staff at our local store is so friendly and courteous.

Hubby decided that he wanted in on decorating after I had gotten the ball rolling so now he has also been on the look out for great finds…here are just a few…

Our Art Wall

These were slowly collected and a few had to be re-framed with frames that we also got there.

Love This

This piece was a yard sale find which I picked up frame and all for $3.00…

Our Guitars

Our Guitars sit nicely in this room where they are safely out of traffic and are right next to the keyboard.  We now call this the media room.  (Guest Room) and it is stocked with a Wii as well as a tv and a lot of children and adult books on shelves as well as a computer.


What music room would not be complete without this find…hubby was funny walking through the store with this one…he could not stop playing songs on it lol…


This trunk was a Salvation Army find which I store my huge supply of yarn in that I had purchased when I was single and lived in Upstate NY and Joanne Fabric and Walmart had their huge material and yarn sales.  I stocked up and stored them in clear bins…

Baby Cradle

To me this baby cradle is priceless…I added an old raggedy Ann and it is there with the Wii Step board under it so that it does not rock all the time lol…bad enough the cats walk across the piano to hear the keys at night…

Picnic Basket

Not only does this serve as a door stop to keep the door open and allow the breeze to circulate through the house, it is a great out of the way place to store when we are not using this little find.  We use this for sandwiches when we go fishing or for a picnic for the concerts on the lawn at .  What a great place to go with a group of friends for a free evening out…

Pie Keeper

This was a great find at the Goodwill I store my bread in the top compartment and cereal and snacks in the lower compartment…got it for $25.00 and by using some scratch cover I brought it back to life…

Thank you for viewing…

Hope that I did not bore you…

Smile at a stranger today


Tell them to have a great day 🙂

Tammye Honey

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My Insomnia Bedroom

I finally charged the battery in my camera so I could take pictures of the bedroom that I painted which has a half bath that now matches also but I did not want to bore you lol…I was suffering from pain from a gall stone that was huge and awaiting surgery so sleeping was not an option so painting was a way to get my mind off of it.

I also took pictures of the accessories that were picked up at flea markets, the Goodwill and Yard Sales to complete the room and the Media Room as my hubby calls it (I call it the guest room).

Over the headboard

Next wall

Here three simple boxes on a shelf from a book case that was going to be discarded by a neighbor that I took apart and recycled the lumber adding two holders worked perfect…

Curtains were already there

Since the curtains were already there I just used a bit of rit dye and toned down the golden color a bit…lol hubby never noticed…

Simple mirror and picture

By adding a simple mirror and a single flower (Goodwill find) which I just laid at an angle hubby had a mirror for his dresser

Night Stand

Hubby came home with this night stand for me when he was out while I was in bed from surgery to put my reading on (Goodwill find)

Recycled Shelf

Recycled shelf like the other one and the remainder are in the tiny bathroom with a vase (From the Goodwill) shells in the bottom and a philodendron in with two candles simple but pretty.

Grandchildren Stool

Just under the shelf is the time out stool for the grandchildren for when they visit and we have to bring it out…great place to store it.

Turning on side makes an additional dresser

Since this trunk is full of the old slide projecter viewer and slides it is not something that I really want to stick in a closet to fill up the closet floor so I decided to make it an addition to my dresser and stick my little collection of piggy banks on it except for the door stop one…we have to make sure our doors do not close on one of our cats of course lol…

A simple picture

A simple picture of a flower with my sock dresser tucked behind the door and out of the way was an easy hide away for my jewelery on top as most is still in original boxes lol…

The picture is of a single flower and was again a purchase from the Goodwill…

Cold Winter Nights

No room would be complete without the dog pillow for the floor with the flea lamp near by for just in case…I turned it on so that you could tell what it is…it also serves well as a night light for Trina at night…In the Summer she stays on her pillow in the store on the Terra Cotta floor with the big overhead fan and the two screen doors open for a big cross breeze… but Winters dad got her this so she is comfortable…

Hope you enjoyed the insomnia bedroom and when I put down the plastic to paint I did make sure he could breathe I had already done his head area during the daytime lol….

Thank you for viewing and feel free to comment…

Tammye Honey

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Additional Tips

I told you I lay awake nights…and that my hubby is afraid to walk in the morning cause I no longer lay in bed lol…

Vintage Medium Lid Holders

By hanging these on the side with bread tie wraps it enables me to move them the next time that I decide to roll this entire rack somewhere else… this mount is great cause it is not in the way of anything and holds all of the smaller lids.

Towel Holders

By making a few of the towels so they stay in place as a decoration and changing out the two towels on the ends daily I have fresh towels in hand to wipe my hands while cooking that are safe from flames yet close enough for use while necessary and neat at all times.

Calendar and Items Clipped

Our stainless steel fridge does not allow to use magnets on front so a calendar with a paperclip for shopping list and the points from Betty Crocker for the grand children’s school in the envelope that I seal just before a visit and place in my over night bag is a great way to save everything right at hand where I need it…as I run out of items I log it on my grocery list.  As an appointment comes up the pen that is attached to the calendar allows me to jot it as I am doing something else…

Power Strip

By simply attaching this strip to the back side of the rack, which actually turns out to be out of view from the front I simply pull it up and plug in an appliance in the front if needed in the work area there so the rest of the counters are still free and I can continue cooking….

Often Used Business Cards

On the side where no one normally looks is where I use my magnets with the business cards…yes in my office I have a file of them…I ask for two business cards for a business we use often actually more cause we place a stack in our store for customers and put one on our bulletin board that I made….

I hope that these tips helped and I hope that you will also share with me some of the tips that you have done on a shoe string budget as well…

Thank you as always for viewing my blog….

Tammye Honey