My Monday Morning – Hour by Hour

6:20 a.m.
I am pressing snooze on the alarm clock and pondering some thoughts…
What a great weekend.  Spent time with my family and with my Lord.  That’s the way I like it!
This weekend I have received some pretty inspiring emails from my family and friends.  It really makes me smile – thank you 🙂
And now on to some trash talk – because I have to get it off my chest!  It’s a new trashday in our hood a great Monday and there has already been a lot of excitement for this dumpster divin’ diva. 
7:30 a.m.
On my way home from carpooling this morning (bye kiddos for 8 hours!) I drove by the motherload of curbside dumping!  Looks like some neighbors had cleaned out their garage this weekend and now seeing this pile of junk stuff that could be refurbished into some goodness got me a little exited.  I guess My Love could tell how excited I was so he offered me a hand to help grab a few items from the curb before the trash men were coming down the street.  I had to do something, especially since my “curb-shopping-white-truck Monday-Morning-Competition” had not made it by yet.  Yes there is competition for this skill!  I am not the only lunatic reduce, reuse, restore type of person out there.  I just could not let those things go to the dump!  Just so you know how awesome he is (my husband, not the competition) – he agreed to let me take his picture and post it!  I.LOVE.THIS.MAN!  What a sweetie – MUAH! xoxo

Yes that’s My Love grabbing the shelves for me in just the nick of time!
Moving on to 9am…
Buttercup and I took a little drive further out of our trash scouting neighborhood usual zone this morning over an awesome bridge singing “London Bridges” and various other tunes to go pick up these:
Don’t call me crazy yet – I havent completely lost my mind because there is a reason for this mission! and I will get to that later at 11am.  I answered an ad in Freecycle again.  The homeowner called me to give me directions and she mentioned her kids played all Sunday with the tires, washed them off and arranged them in a pyramid for me so I can find their house easier!  I crammed all EIGHT tires in my mini-SUV, felt like a true Beverly Hillbilly driving away but hey that’s how I roll!  My old friend Sanford would even be proud! 
Speaking of Sanford and back to the blog where I have vowed to chronicle my weekly carpool trips and curb shopping extravaganzas…I promise not to bombard you with too many blog posts this week.  Well I will try not to.  I am trying to focus on much needed cleaning and projects around our house.  We are enclosing a room and turning it into a bedroom.  Although I am very sad to lose this… 

My beautiful dining room
We are turning it into an additional bedroom for our little one!  I will be very happy that Buttercup will now have her own space.  A happy toddler makes a happy momma!
10 a.m.
Driving to deliver the free goodies and to explain the mission…
I have committed to help decorate the KidSpace sunday school area for our church each month so this week I really need to focus on this and prepare for the November deadline.  I am so proud of two of my sweet girlfriends who are the new Children’s Directors at our church and want to try to help them out any way I can! 🙂  It also allows me to get some of this crap out of our garage  really put a focus to all of this curb shopping nonsense and put my crafty skills to good use!
I’ll give you a hint – it involved a little bit of this…yes the tires!
and that…
“Wait Mommy, let me put my Punkin’ in the picture!”
…but the rest is a secret so I will fill you in on it later.
11 a.m.  
Spending quality time with Buttercup and planning the afternoon when the rest of the kiddos get home. 
Looking forward to well-deserved Sonic trip to reward all of my kiddos for excellent grades in school!  I am so proud of them! 
Again, one very happy momma! 
Happy Treasure Hunting! 


  1. Laura @ Our Prairie Home

    Were you hiding behind the bushes to take the pic while you made your husband do the diving because that it TOTALLY something I would do! LMBO!! Its funny though… I now find myself scouting out yards for stuff that I might be able to use. (I haven't gotten brave enough to knock on any doors yet though! LOL! Unfortunately, we live out in the sticks, so there's not a lot to choose from as far as garbage days – everyone has to haul their garbage off. I thought I was losing my mind for even looking, but I guess its just a true sign of how far I've come in my quest to upcycle and save some moo-lah! 🙁 Lucky you for having every trash day every Monday morning! Oh! And I'm following you back! Thanks for your kind comments about my buffet. 🙂 Lovin' the Sanford and Son music. LOL!!!!!

  2. ~ Tami @ Curb Alert!

    Yes I was hiding in the bushes while my daughter was screaming across the street "daddy hurry, the trash truck is coming!" It was a funny sight, but I was so proud of him for volunteering to help me. We actually knocked on their door first (because we KNOW them!) but they did not answer! Just thought it would be better to fess up front and laugh about it than to be caught digging in their stuff 🙂
    I am in LOVE with your dresser, you did such a beautiful job with it. Cannot wait to see what else you are working on!


  3. Debbiedoo’s blogging and blabbing

    Oh I have a funny story about trash picking…A few years back while visiting family we went through this fancy neighborhood just to look at houses. There was some great stuff kicked to the curb. I had my husband pull over. My younger boy at the time thought we were stealing and screamed bloody murder NO, NO this is wrong LOL…we laughed so hard. The neighbors came out of the house so we had to take off in a hurry, NOW that was wrong. Thanks for sharing your finds with us.

  4. ~ Tami @ Curb Alert!

    That's funny Debbie. Reminds me of a friend that I used to drive around with a few years ago until one night her son was screaming out of her suburban "MOM! There's another bag you forgot to dig in!!!" All the homeowners lights came on and I slumped down in the passenger seat and begged her to hurry up! She did well digging deep though, she found some designer boots and a Coach purse. I am not quite that brave 🙂

  5. Katie Franck

    Your posts crack me up! My hubby would make me get the stuff while probably yelling for me to hurry up! Or he would be apologizing to the garbage men about my crazy behavior & about me getting in their way! I can't wait to see what you are going to do with the tires……

  6. ~ Tami @ Curb Alert!

    Oh that's happened before Katie! A few years ago we drove by a white daybed on the curb (just like the one I bought for $10 last weekend) but I begged him to pull over and after a few blocks of whining and pleading he stopped traffic while doing a quick u-turn and finally did. Well by then the bed was gone! He almost got in a wreck and said I AM NEVER doing that again! … and years later here he is 🙂

  7. Maria Elena

    Tami, I was laughing out loud by the time I finished reading your post. Too funny about your husband! I can just see him!
    We have been there and done that!
    Oh, yes! You are not the only one with the disease! LOL
    When we were stationed in Germany, there was a time of the year when all the German people would do their spring cleaning and throw away the most amazing things. We were there for 9 years, so we had plenty of time to find many "treasures". It has been a while, I guess we are slowing down as we get older! LOL

  8. ~ Tami

    Thanks Maria. It was definitely a fun day. I think I may have a new accomplice now!

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