Friday, January 06, 2012

Our Washer Machine: The Agitator is Working Again !

Just a quick review: the agitator stopped working in our apartment washer several months ago. We didn't want to rent or purchase a replacement. The apartment manager kept advising us that they would either replace the washer or get a part.

Well, today Mark, maintenance person, stopped by to fix our heating system so I mentioned the washer. He than informed me had the parts in his truck and would tend to the washer as well.



I'm thrilled to announce that the agitator is working! Issue resolved!

January Clean Up Month: Shampoo Carpets

Whee! When I walked into our apartment I was met with clean smells!

The carpet cleaning company was at a neighbor's yesterday so I scheduled them for today. I even got a discount.

Now I can scratch this task off my list!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

"Mom ! What's for Dinner !" Marcus' Simple Lasagna

When your kids ask you "What's for dinner"? Have them prep and cook with you!

I started with sauteing the onions, mushrooms and ground beef. Then we started assembling the lasagna.

Marcus was in charge of grated the Mozzarella cheese.

Frozen ravioli makes this recipe very quick and easy.

Here's the finished product before we add foil and place in the oven at 350 degrees.

Ah! I Love Waking Up to The Smell of Dirty Laundry in The Morning!


At least I have lots of sunshine in my laundry room to keep me motivated!

Let's Get a New Microwave !

While it was nice to have some extra kitchen counter space after the microwave died, Charles and I decided to purchase a new microwave at Target.

We're actually glad to have one in the house again. My husband works late and it's much more convenient for him to heat up his dinner in a microwave.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

It's a New Year and New Health Plan: Is It $15 or $30 Co-Pay?!


My husband's new health insurance plan kicked in on January 1st so I decided to schedule a doctor's appointment for him today.

I went with him since we were going to do some shopping afterwards. So, while he was checking in and paying his co-pay I sat down in the waiting room.

Later, the hubby sat right next to me and said, "Take a look at this"! I looked at the receipt to see that his co-pay was $30!

So, here I sit, on hold with my husband's health insurance company, listening to music, to confirm if his health insurance card co-pay $15 is incorrect!

Update: $15 co-pay should have been charged! Now I have to speak with the billing department! Ugh!

Starbucks Carmel Marcchiato ~ Ah! I Needed That!

I started feeling really droopy at Target and realized it's time for a Starbucks coffee fix!

My coffee to go cup stress ball

For this coffee drinker, Starbucks is a treat! I make and drink my coffee at home. If I'm out early I might stop by McDonald's or a gas station for an inexpensive coffee to go.

So, in honor of not having a Caramel Macchiato for over 10 years I decided to treat myself today!

After one sip I had the energy to go grocery shopping and clean our home!

Thank you Caramel Macchiato...I'll see you in another 10 years!

Monday, January 02, 2012

50th Birthday Dress Pre-Shopping

On January 29, I'll be turning 50 years old!

My husband, Charles asked me which restaurant do I want to go to. I haven't decided yet because I'm actually trying on dresses for my birthday dinner. Then I'll have an idea of where I would like to celebrate!

I purchased this dress at Target for only $7 a few years ago.
If I choose this dress I just need a new pair of shoes.

January Means Clean Up Time! Starting With The Purse

January is typically the month that I replace, sort, and deep clean!

This tote was full of expired coupons, receipts, old gum, loose change, and expired medical ID cards.

After dumping the tote on the bed, spending almost an hour I actually filled this small wastebasket!

No Snail Mail Delivery Today ~ January 2, 2012

Since New Year's Day fell on Sunday the USPS is taking today as a holiday. So, no snail mail delivery today.

We'll be having Chicken Enchiladas this week!

Also, many banks are closed today so check their website or phone customer service for confirmation.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I'm Watching "All Creatures Great and Small" This Evening!

When my pain gets worst this on my favorite TV shows to watch on DVD or on Netflix Watch Instantly.

This was a series that I got hooked on while living in Portland, Maine many years ago. Every Sunday, I watched the trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940's Yorkshire, on the local PBS channel.

Tristan, Siegfried, Helen and James ~ All Creatures Great and Small

James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the 1940's. He is assigned to the practice of Siegfried Farnon, who already has a successful vet business. James undergoes a variety of adventures during his work, which are just as often caused by the characters of the county (including the Farnon brothers) as the animals in his care.

Over the years, Marcus has become a fan of the show. He'll sit with me and watch a few episodes. I love hearing him laugh even when Siegfried yells at his brother, Tristan Farnon for his latest mistake.

Happy New Year 2012 From The Berry-Morins!

I'm still recovering from a severe pain flare up on New Year's Eve. It left me on bed rest for the whole day. What a way to ring in 2012!

I did manage to hear the fireworks from The Strip! Charles had a route but managed to be near Fremont Street Experience at midnight.

Today was clean up, sorting and storing of the Christmas decorations. I'm so glad I decided to hold on to a large packing box. It came in handy for the larger decorations.


The tree was saved for last! Putting it back in the box seems more difficult than taking it out.

Now, I just need to change the calendars, purge the files and photos...I'll save that project for another day.

Happy New Year from the BerryMorins!