Read This: Lose 30 lbs. & Gain $1400!

Read This: Lose 30 lbs. & Gain $1400!

If you made a New Year’s Resolution to lose 30 lbs. and thought this blog title was a sure sign that “This is the Year” I have to let you down.  
Ok, so I lied! It was a trick, just to get you here….. “hi”

Oh, you may lose the 30lbs, and you might gain $1400 this year, but reading this post won’t get you any closer to either. But thinking on it, that would be better than gaining 30lbs and losing $1400.00! {Actually it might cost you that much in groceries/fast food to put on 30 lbs.!}

But the real post is that whatever you might dream up for a 2014 resolution, make is reachable and obtainable! Don’t set yourself up for failure!  If it’s weight to loose, strive for 10 lbs. this year. Is it to quit smoking? Cut down to half of what you currently smoke. Taking smaller steps might be the key! 

I see others writing about their 2014 WORD. Is this a new thing or am I a day late?  It appears that others are picking out a suitable word for the upcoming year. I like that better than resolutions! Did you see others doing this? Have you chosen a word?

My word, Balance.

I can use this word in several aspects of my life:

Earn money: Goof off. {I goofed off a bit too much in 2013!} 

Spend / Save / Invest

Eat: Move.  I love sweets, and farm type cooking, so I need to learn to move more.


 Stretch / Yoga: This equals having balance, which I need to be better at!


 Family / Friends: I need to spend more time with some and balance my time with others. Make the time for those that take the time. And make that time quality time!

4 Grandkids: each need time, so balance is important here.

My husband: Work with him, play with him. {I need better balance here as we need to play more!}

Emotions / taking things personal / self-criticism. 2013 was a really good turning point for me. I set many things free and lightened my baggage. 

Keep / Sell: Since I am a peddler, and a pack rat, I need balance here the most. I need to balance out what is purchased, saved and sold. 
 Game plan underway!

Do you have a word?

~ Galoshes


What Makes You YELL...."Pull Over"

If you are out on a drive just looking for scenery, fun shops and places to check out, what is it that pulls you in? We are still waiting on our closing day for the South & Main buildings in Dalton. It was suppose to be April 29th, 2013...but there was a deed hold up, which lead to another deed hold up and here we are only a few days away from 2014 and still no closing. Luckily, esp since we sold our house in November of last year, the sellers have let us start to work on the buildings. There is only so much we are willing to do without having them in our names. Paint, seal up drafts, clean and move things around are about all we can do until the closing. So the huge front windows will have to wait till spring now to be replaced. Also adding to luck, is selling the house we owned to Taylor and her husband, as we have sooooo much STUFF to move! {and still move!}
But I dream about what to do with the shop front. Which leads me to ask you, what pulls you into a small town shop? What is it about a place that makes you do a U-turn? I really want to know what makes your heart patter and your lungs to generate a huge :SIGH:
 Is it the open door, the greenery mixed in with the found objects that calls to you? Could it merely be the signage or the word OPEN?
Photos from Pinterest

Perhaps you see that other than the shop's inventory they also offer coffee or cold sodas, would that encourage your visit? Do odd objects or art pieces mixed in capture your curiosity?
South & Main in Dalton will be open for occasional POP UP shop sales, set dates for flea markets and it will also be a "catch me if I am there working", kind of shop. Because of that and the fact that Dalton is unincorporated, I want it to look inviting and worth the stop or future return visit. We will offer, vintage, antiques, re-purposed along with a mixture of unique, new items. I would love to know what you look for! Could it be the words on the windows, a certain font or maybe the lighting. What is it that you look for that makes you pull over and skip with excitement? I want to create That Feeling!  Can you describe the vision? ~ Galoshes

Photos via Pinteret


Do you use Ebates.com?

MaryJanes referred me to Ebates, as she was happy with their service and cash back. I signed up and started using the site. http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=%2FWa6NFznJZlt3nXgA5wUHw%3D%3D

Have you tried it? You log into Ebates, find stores that offer this program, click on the stores, like Amazon and make your purchases. They then send you rebates.EASY! Love it! ~Galoshes.



Pic by Pinterest. Also noted nicolateakeup.
You add your eye liner free hand, right??...Then you make one side too thick so you even out the other side right? Perfect solution above!


Christmas Dog Memories

Dogs are a huge part of my past, present and future. They calm me, keep me active and they balance me as a person. Can you relate? I carry dog memories in my mind like a unfinished novel. One of those coffee table books that is often left open to a favorite page. My dogs are more than pets to me as they are a natural medicine of sorts. If I have ever been ill, down or just feeling blue, a dog kiss is my perfect antidote. Puppy breath, well that is my favorite smell. I could lay on a floor with a puppy kissing me for days on end!

I have have had dogs from pup to the end of their life. I have adopted adult dogs, and lost dogs. I had given a dog to a senior couple that desperately wanted a trained adult dog as a final chapter in their lives. This couple had only had Great Pyrenees and that's the only breed they had ever had or wanted. I had a wonderful one at a time when something in my life had to give....to many things going on including an upcoming surgery as well as three large dogs.  I hadn't intended on giving her up, she was  a wonderful dog. But sometimes you meet people by fate, and that's what happened to me. I drove to their retired farmstead with this big, white furry dog. There they were, Mr & Mrs retired farmer, full of hope in their eyes. They had known my dog since she was a pup, and she was 2 years old now. They knew her name, they knew her gentle licks of the hand. They adored and loved her. I sat with them and this big furry dog as I watched them interact. Mrs Farmer was in a wheel chair and quickly asked for her dog brush. She sat there in the yard and brushed my dog. It was the right fit, but not an easy decision for me. Was I really capable of driving off without her in tow? Could I be so unselfish as to gift this beautiful dog to this sweet couple? I explained that I would drive off, and I could not guarantee that in 10 minutes I would make a U turn back for her. I looked into the eyes of this beautiful old couple, and knew I had given them a gift so valuable to them, that nothing I would ever give could equal. I drove off, and the tears wield in my eyes, though I did not make a U turn. I have kept in contact with them on  few occasions and it makes me so happy to see the bond they have with that big, old dog. 

I have been the recipient of a wonderful golden retriever in a similar situation. A stray that had wandered in by my husband while he was working on an ATV. The shop door was open as she walked in and laid down next to him. He let her stay around and gave her a bite to eat then when he was done working he closed the door to the shop and let her stay inside. My husband knows me and love for dogs, so he had to explain to me that this might be temporary as he lead me to the door. I wasn't sure what he was up to,but I loved the anticipation. The door opened and there was a new friend. We bonded immediately. At the time I worked in a vet clinic, so she went to work with me the next day. She was groomed, heart-worm tested, vaccinated and loved. {I know, I was jumping the gun, that's me always slightly impatient.}A couple weeks went by and no one had claimed her. No ad in the paper, no word of mouth on where she came from.Then another week passed....my husband walked in and sat down, "there is a paper posted in the window of a small little shop a few miles away" he explained. Lost, Big, Red Dog.

My heart sank. I picked up the phone and dialed the number. A sweet woman answered the phone and was glad to hear that her dog had been found. They lived about 3 miles away and she told me that the dog ran off when the son was trying to cure her of the fear of gunshot noise. We loaded her into the car with us, and I cried the whole way there. We walked her inside to reunite her with that sweet couple. We talked with them awhile and then we headed for the door all the while the tears would not stop running down my face. That beautiful dog followed me to the door as it shut between us. That was so hard to do, the right thing to do, but so wrong for my heart. The next day the phone rang, "Lisa, come get "your" dog. She doesn't belong to us any longer." As it turns out she sat at the door after we left and whinnied. She cried her own way just as I had done. I could not get there fast enough to retrieve her. She was now mine and I was hers. The couple said she changed, she didn't belong to them any longer. She planted herself in front of that door and was ready to go back home. 
That was several years ago, I have since had to take her to the vet and hold her while she drew in her last breath as a senior dog.

Her memory still lives inside the chapters of my mind along with other special dogs of my past. There is something about the bond with a good, loyal dog. Something that can't be explained unless you experience it. Do you have a memory of that kind of bond with a dog? A memory that brings a smile to your face as quickly as a tear?
A dog is a rare friend that you can count on to understand your emotions. They are happy to run and play with you as easily as they will sit quietly along side of you.

When I was a little girl I had a dog named Rusty. He was a mid sized poodle mutt mix and he and I adored each other. Each Christmas Eve my family would drive two hours to spend the day and night with grandparent, aunts, uncles and cousins. On the return home from one of these trips Christmas Eve, we walked into the house to find Rusty had celebrated Christmas on his own! All of the presents were unwrapped. Wrapping paper was spread all around in his search for the dog bone gift buried under them. He was a happy dog! I thought it was charming. My brother and sister thought it was a great way to get a sneak peek at gifts. I love that memory, funny how things work out. He got his bone, and I get a smile each Christmas from the memory!

All pictures via Pinterest.
Merry Christmas to you and your dog! ~ Galoshes, Gus & Willow


Updates on SILVER and our lunch.

Did you get any of this snow that we did in Wisconsin? It is pretty, but it makes me worry about friend's and family that have to drive it it. 
As far as going silver..I am still a work in progress....and Taylor is being patient with me...thank goodness! She has my hair close to the EmmeLou color, but more blue tones. I purchased what my husband calls spray paint, which I tried tonight. I liked the results and wish it would stay in! My sister and brother in law are visiting from Arkansas and will be here in the morning. They will laugh at me or question my metal health! I will laugh with them, at myself....it's an adventure! 
So I mentioned that I would let you know how it was at the Chocolaterian Cafe in Madison! Oh......Lu and I had their shot glass of  hot cocoa. SOOO rich and yummy! Taylor opted for a whipped moose in stead. We had warm panini sandwiches and side salads. Everything was really good. There are windows by the tables so that you can watch them create chocolates while you eat. We chatted and laughed al over a beautiful lunch. When we finished we each selected take home treats from the bakers cases. I filled two boxes, one to gift and one for my husband and I.
 I completely over looked adding their Ugly Cookie to our boxes. Lu said they were her new weakness. So I need to go back and try them out! Taylor took special treats home for the kid's and put candles in them for the twins birthday. We had a great visit, and I know it will be a place we will meet at again!


Trying To Go Silver & Chocolate

So a few posts down, I wrote about trying to find my groove with a new silver hair color. I made the appointment at a salon and went. First there was bleach and then I had yellow hair. Then toner was added and I was an ash blond. Ok, but not the silver I was looking to get. So I lived with it for a day. Luckily for me, MaryJanes, Taylor is also a Hair stylist, well, she isn't actively styling any longer other than our family...with her other five family members and Mike and I, that makes for several hair appointments in itself! Yesterday we went to Sallys to grab some "help me go silver" products. Well.....she picks them out, I just pay for them! I have no clue what to do with hair colors! I had tried a temporary hair tint, but it still wasn't the solutions. I wanted this color.............................
Via Pinterest, the beautiful EmmyLou Harris.

Not because of the current silver trend, but because I have always loved this color. So late this afternoon I packed up a few products and headed over to MaryJanes. She bleached my hair again, then I washed it. She bleached the ends to remove the remaining yellow. Then she added a new tint. I should have bought two tubes as the one didn't quite cover my full head of hair. The color turned blue after awhile...we laughed. I looked like a smurf.
I washed it again and there was that silver! We see it, but there is still alot of blond in the mix.

So tomorrow on the way to meet a friend, MaryJanes & Galoshes will go to Sallys once again and I will grab two more tubes of this color. Lunch is at the Chocolaterian Cafe YUM! I may try this: 

               Belgian Ale Monterey Pepper Jack soup with bacon crumbles and Italian parsley.


                  I'm so excited to see the beautiful sights and smell the delicious aromas!
So doesn't this cafe's treats look like art work!
I will let you know who everything was!
Photos from Chocolaterian Cafe ~ Yum Right!!??
The three of us friends, Lu, Taylor and I will sip on hot cocoa and have lunch. Taylor's twins turn 5 tomorrow so we will bring them home a special treat as well.
In the morning, I need to find a hat.....cause I look kinda....sorta...blond with hints of silver and grey.



Job Benefits & Holiday Perks

Do you ever think about what other peoples job benefits are? I don't mean paid holidays or health care coverage....though being self employed.... I would love both of those! The benefits I mean are say for instants  you sell things on the internet, and you work at the post office....heck, your errands to drop off the packages are a snap, just take them along to work! If you worked at a used car lot, you would get first picks at an affordable car or truck and be able to know the truth about the mechanics of it! Do you work at a bakery? I bet you never run out of day old bread, for free!!! Each job has its perks! What are yours? Some perks may not even be obvious to others, I am curious as to what your perks are! 
For me, Galoshes, I am an antique/junk peddler plus I am Taylor's assistant in MaryJanes & Galoshes Photography.  My Perks?? I get to use my inventory until I decide to sell it! See that silver dish with the candle in it? Spot the tag on it? Yep, inventory, plucked for MaryJanes & Galoshes Holiday Party. {If you are one of our friends and you weren't invited to this party, please know that we are holding smaller parties this year and you will be included in an upcoming one!} More parties, just smaller numbers of guests at each! Ok, back to what I was saying. Taylor and I are hosting our annual holiday party at South & Main in Dalton this year. Decorating is easy between my inventory and Taylor's creative talents! We just shop South & Main! Some decorations will still have price tags on them, but hey...maybe someone will buy something at the party!! "Welcome to our party,everything is for sale!" :smile:  Of coarse we make a couple trips into Target for added touches! We love that store!

Taylor has a nice selection of varied sizes of white candles, and since our lighting will only be large white Christmas bulbs and candles....it should make for a cozy environment. We looked around South & Main and found ironstone egg cups and porcelain insulators for candle holders. Put the insulators on a little, silver tray, waahla,,,now its safe from drips and adds some reflective light!  Taylor made up several permanent chalk board arts, each with a cute saying or picture, like the Fresh Cut above. So I go around the shop and pick out "like" items to pair up with the signs and make little vignettes. Those are perks! My perks for assisting Taylor with MaryJanes & Galoshes Photography.....spending time with her, a creative outlet, meeting new people and making great friends! I could say that I get to have my picture taken by a professional, but I am sickly camera shy!

This years MJ&G's holiday party theme....come in your cozy Pjs, 

Chinese take out supper, a huge, exciting and fun dessert and a game that will make everyone laugh to tears! Also during the night we will jot down funny things people say, write the quotes on slips of paper and disburse them through out South & Main in Dalton as fun reminders of a great time with friends! 
A Pj Holiday Party, a great way to de-stress and unwind right before the holidays! 
Friends, Good Food, Chocolate, Wine, Beer, Game and Atmosphere. Easy!