You know there are stores

I cannot how many times I hear this.  Yes, I am aware stores sell many of the items I choose to make myself.  I have made a conscious effort cut down on my purchases.  My mission started about 8 years ago during The Great Recession, B’s business was down and I was making less at … Continue reading

Laid Off, Let Go, You’re Fired

Whatever you want to call it, it sucks.  Two weeks ago, I was let go from my job.  There is a part of me that is relieved as I have wanted to escape the typical 40 hour a week position.  My hope is to use my time with unemployment pay to start a business as a … Continue reading

So this happened…

MIA again. It has been an eventful summer over on Prairie Creek. Mr. had a bit of an accident at the end of June which has taken up most of time and energy. Everything has just become less important. So here’s the scoop: While I was mowing the lawn, he was in the garage and … Continue reading

New Rug!

We bought a new couch and chair last March for our living room but kept the old rug until I could find something bigger that I loved. After seeking input and reassurance from some of my favorite people I found the perfect new rug. Bonus it is made by Mohawk in the USA.  I am … Continue reading

Buying American Made

B and I have made an effort to purchase American Made products when possible for a few years now. It hasn’t been a huge focus but it has been something we check when choosing between multiple items. This year I decided to make it my New Year’s Resolution. Dude. In some categories it is pretty … Continue reading

Overcoming Doubts

I often doubt myself. B tries to remind me to be more confident but I still doubt that I can do things and will give up before really trying. Today, I got my car stuck in the snow trying to leave for work. This would have been avoided if I had moved my car to … Continue reading

Homemade Extracts

So I started vanilla extract about a year ago. Ah-Mazing!  Today, I started mint, lemon, orange, and almond to give my mom for Christmas.  She loves to bake and was amazed at how simple it is to make but I know she will never do it for herself.  Yeah for handmade gifts that are awesome.

Allergies and Cold

This week I was hit with both seasonally allergies and cold. I have spent most of the week watching old episodes of Law & Order, CSI and House Hunters.  I am finally feeling better and the day is absolutely beautiful!  The windows have been thrown open, tomato sauce is simmering on the stove and laundry is being … Continue reading

“American” Dream

 This post has been popping up on my facebook page lately.  http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/ It lists some of the realities of being poor.  I am so thankful that I have not been in many of these situations but I have been close too close for comfort.  I am fortunate that I was able to take time after … Continue reading

Summer Garden

Summer and the garden has taken up most of my time and the poor blog as been even more neglected. I have worked for hub’s business along with job hunting. Canning season has begun and I have started with pickles and jalapenos. The tomatoes are just starting to turn red and I except to be … Continue reading