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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Saved by Pie

I'm back...I think. My internet provider blamed the storm, but I was having trouble with service all last week so I'm not so sure it was entirely to blame. I've been offline since Friday.

At least I had plenty of virtual pies, cookies, and cake. Thanks to everyone who cheered me up during my isolation. It was nice to see all those comments when I got back online.

There were more than 1000 posts when Google Reader came back up--too many to answer. If I missed you, I apologize. I'll try to get back into a rhythm once I've answered all my mail.

Other than no internet, (and a dead car for two days) it hasn't been too terrible. Next week I have a lot of workmen coming in to put in the new countertop so I've been prepping the kitchen, emptying cabinets and clearing a nice big path when they bring in the granite slabs. 

I have to remember to tape a big sign on my office door. I'm keeping the dogs there and I don't want anyone to open that door accidentally. The workmen are supposed to be here at least eight hours and it would be easy to mistake it for the door going out to the garage. 

Maybe I should put a picture of the dogs too. Just to make my point. Rottweilers don't growl a lot. They prefer to charge first and warn later.

As soon as my connection was restored the first order of business was to post a bunch of freebies and discounts on The Frugal Way Facebook page. If you haven't 'Liked' it or subscribed to the page, you might want to take a look to see what I've posted recently. 

I test all the links before I post to make sure they work. Sometimes I even sign up for the freebies myself. I got a great one just the other day--two spray bottles of a degreaser and cleaner. Most of the freebies are samples, but sometimes those samples are pretty generous.

I want you to know that I don't put just anything up on that page. I really give it some thought before I post. I want these offers to be useful and money-saving.

So what did I miss while I was in virtual Siberia? You know how people like to read my comment stream. Share your news--good or bad. Maybe I can send some new readers your way.


K.T. Hanna said...

I read that as dead cat... instead of dead car and had to reread it. I'm so glad it said car.

Glad to have you back :D

Raelyn Barclay said...

Glad you're back :) Perhaps your boys can teach Roxy the charge first ask questions later routine. It might be quieter around my house, LOL

I just plugging away on revisions. We're talking books on my blog today.

Maria Zannini said...

KT: Bite your tongue. LOL. Though if the cat was only dead for two days, I should've had a news conference for the resurrected cat.

After all the death and heartache I've suffered in the last two months, I call it a good week if all I had to deal with was a dead car and internet.

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: I'm on my way to your blog as soon as I finish here. I love your reviews because:

a. They're short.
b. You don't get all drama queen on them.
c. They're so refreshingly objective.

People: Go visit Raelyn here: I promise you'll go back again and again.

Raelyn Barclay said...

Aw, thanks Maria.

Angelina Rain said...

Welcome back.

I read that as dead cat instead of car (I'm a little doped up on cold meds. Damn cold wouldn't leave me alone!) and I'm thinking since when did you get a cat, lol.

Maria Zannini said...

Angelina: Oh, man. Sorry to hear you're sick.

Luckily no dead cat here. Just a dead battery that refused to be resurrected.

Hope you can stay home and shake off your cold. You need time to recover.

Tracy Jo said...

Glad your back! Not too much news here...just plugging away. :-) Make sure to post pictures of the new cabinet tops when they are in and share. Have a great day!

Angela Brown said...

Now that you're back, I'll send a virtual pie to celebrate!

Mike Keyton said...

Maria, it makes you appreciate the internet when you don't have it - bit like appreciating the absence of tooth ache.

Maria Zannini said...

Tracy Jo: Will do. I've been keeping a photo journal of our projects as they develop.

Angela: I need to figure out how to get you to come to Dallas. Then I can shanghai you the rest of the way to the boonies. :)

Mike: You have such a wonderful way of pointing out the bittersweet phenomenon that is the internet. Damned if you use it and damned if you don't.

jackie b central texas said...

Not much going on with us except the exciting find of a squash plant in the planter that we set up with 90 odd seeds in the garage. Went out there a short while ago after mowing and after blew all the loose stuff off the mower cleaned the garage floor. While doing that noticed the plastic lid came off the little planter and now there is an even bigger squash plant to show my husband tonight.
Maria it was finally sunny our way today after being overcast and drizzly for a solid week, hope your area stays storm free for a bit too and the granite job turns out the way you are hoping.

Jennifer Shirk said...

No internet stinks. I have no internet Thursdays and Sundays by CHOICE and that's tough. LOL

Shelley Munro said...

I try to stay away from Internet stinks. I can make enough drama on my own. How exciting about the kitchen. I'd love a granite counter top. What color did you go with?

Sarita said...

I'm glad you're back. I hate it when the internet is persnickety. Out here, it happens more than I'd care to remember.

Congrats on the new countertop! Granite is just so gorgeous. Good for you!

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: You got squash plants already!! Holy cow. Now you're going to have to keep them safe until it warms up. What kind of squash is it?

Jennifer: You know that's a really good idea to have no internet days. I don't think I could do it voluntarily but I can really see the value in it.

Shelly: It's called Tropic Brown. What I really wanted was a granite embedded with tiny fossils, but Greg said he wasn't made of money. I should've planned better when I was picking husbands. :)

Sarita: I hate my internet provider. It's a nice family-run business, but it's always something that's 'out of their control'. As a consumer I'm not interested in their excuses. I just want the service I paid for.

Maria Zannini said...

Michelle: I can see your comment on my email but not here. Now that is weird. The only internet provider I ever liked was Verizon FiOS. It was fantastic!

Take care in that snow.

jackie b central texas said...

We bought a little indoor plastic greenhouse that has a bottom tray, a middle planting section that has 90+ holes for soil and a seed and a clear plastic lid to cover it once you plant the seeds.
There is 3 total of those and we put summer squash in one and have 2 plants coming up, this weekend we planted cucumber seeds in the second one.
The whole kit and kaboodle are in the garage and will stay there until all seeds sprout, plants are big enough to set out and weather is warm enough to plant them in garden plot.
My husband is experimenting so we will see how that turns out for him.
My green thumb is good for pothos ivy and wandering Jew, pretty much anything else besides that and lily's and it dies on me so the garden is 100% my sweeties project. Anything goes wrong he is only going to be able to blame his own impatience.

Dee said...

I suggest you post a really big pic of the dogs on your door with the caption, "Bite first, ask questions later..."

P.S. We have granite counters, black, and they're gorgeous. You're going to love them, except be careful. A little tap of a glass on the edge of the counter and you'll have shards...

P.P.S. We've got Verizon Fios here in the suburbs, and it's terrific, very fast.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: You're a little further south than I am so he should be okay. He can keep plants potted for quite a few weeks until the weather stabilizes.

Dee: Okay I am officially jealous. I would kill for Verizon FiOS. I had it when I lived west of Dallas, but there ain't no such animal in the boonies.

Ref: granite
I picked a blunt edge for the counter, so I hope that will keep me from doing too much damage. I'm looking forward to it.

Julie said...

Nice to see you back! I'm sorry you had such troubles, how frustrating. I had to laugh about the dogs and the workmen. My dog is the worst with workers coming to my place. I nearly had a terrible incident a few weeks back when I had to call a plumber. Putting a picture up sounds like a good idea! :)

I hadn't checked out the Frugal page, will head there now.

Sarah Ahiers said...

no internet + no car = time to read!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I used to have a Rottie and I know what you mean about not barking much but they have a way of getting their point across.
We're a little worried about the snow and ice tonight. Hope I don't end up in Siberia.

Maria Zannini said...

Julie: I'm usually very careful with the big dogs, but I once had a small dog (30 lbs) who wandered over to a repairman who had his head in the oven. All of a sudden I hear this strained whisper: "Lady, lady. Get your dog." LOL. He was afraid to move with the pooch right next to his face.

Sarah: Hi lovey! Did you have a nice birthday? I would've loved to read, but I had lots to do. At least it wasn't wasted.

Susan: Brr..hope the snow lets up for you.
Ref: rotties
They're such efficient protectors. LOL. They never waste their energy on growling.