• Empty Nest,  Housing

    Broken Bones

    I received a letter from Katie yesterday. As I was reading it the phone rang. It was the kid. She’d suffered multiple stress fractures in her right leg during a PT test in addition to injuring her knee. As a result, the Navy was sending her home. To say that she was disappointed would be an understatement. Even with a…

  • Decorating,  Holidays,  Life

    Making Christmas Memories

    Christmas dawned bright and early in the Brewer household. Katie had been sad since it was the first Christmas since her father had passed so I wanted to make it memorable. We invited a few friends to come visit with us so it was time to start cooking! It is amazing what you can whip up using a toaster oven,…

  • Decorating

    Honoring Memories

    My dad kept a magic box filled with memories from his life. He rarely opened it; I didn’t have a chance to really look through it until after his death. I’ve kept the contents undisturbed, looking through them whenever I felt myself missing him. The inner dialogue with my future self caused me to realize that his memory should be…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Housing

    Winter Worries

    The kid will be moving out this winter. She plans to get married once her fiancée graduates BASIC training and move on base with him once he gets things sorted. Here’s a picture of him in training: The demon Fear has raised its ugly head since I’ve received this notice. She will probably move out mid-winter when the bills are…

  • Car-Free,  Finances,  Frugality,  Housing

    Frugality and the Pareto Principle

    According to the 80/20 Principle, 20 percent of actions will provide 80 percent of results. This is especially true when it comes to frugality. When you break it down the majority of money I personally save falls into two main categories: housing and auto. By renting a one-bedroom house in a less than ideal area, I saved $200 a month…

  • Housing

    Baby Steps

    Two days after my friend arrived, she had a job. When she received her first paycheck, she rented a house. When she received her last paycheck from her job in Michigan, she had her utilities switched on. Now her daughter has managed to secure employment. Just a small series of baby steps and she is well on her way to…

  • Housing,  Simplicity,  Writing

    A Quiet Solution

    My friend and her family (I mentioned them in an earlier post) have finally moved down from Michigan. Until they find a place they are camped out in my tiny house. As a result, privacy is virtually impossible to come by at home and the quiet time I need in order to write is completely nonexistent. I could gripe and…

  • Housing,  Simplicity

    Crowded House

    The other day my friend from Michigan moved her family to this area. Until they get situated with employment and housing they are all staying here. I must confess that I was concerned about this. Five adults (since Katie is almost 18), two dogs, and two cats living in a 500 square foot one-bedroom house means that we are stacked…

  • Housing

    Sardines

    A friend of mine and her family is down from Michigan.  They want to move to this area to help me out while I get situated. They arrived late this evening, so we removed the mattress from the sofa sleeper to make them a bed with. My couch will be a spongy sleep but it works. When daylight comes I’ll…

  • Freebies,  Housing

    Would you like a Tiny House?

    If you’ve ever wanted your freedom or independence here’s something you might want to sign up for. A tiny house is going to be given away to one special person. All you have to do is apply. If you win, you agree to foot the expense to have it towed to your place of choice. Here’s the link if you’re…

  • Happiness,  Housing,  Personal

    What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

    At first I was nervous when the water started rising. “What will I do if the house floods?” I worried. I don’t exactly have the resources to move and this is the cheapest place around. The fact that it was happening 20 years to the day that I was flooded out in 1997 made me nervous as well. Would it…

  • Frugality,  Housing

    Cheap Rent: Man lives in storage locker for two months

    Talk about cheap rent! Here’s a video about a man who actually lived in a storage locker for two months! This is actually doable; I know a family who lived in a storage building for several months after a job loss caused them to get evicted. I wouldn’t want to do that around here when the weather was cold; my friends did…

  • Decorating

    The Living Room

    I have finally gotten unpacked enough to show the world my living room at least. I love the simplicity of the space! You can tell the wallpaper in the kitchen needs replacing, it looks horrible, but for the price I paid for this place, I am definitely not complaining! The goldfishies are by the front door, so unless you are…

  • Housing,  Law of Attraction,  Personal

    moving update

    We got to look at our new place yesterday. It is in good shape considering it’s age (36 years old) but of course needs a bit of work. First on the list is to get the roof sealed up good, as there is no knowing when it was last done! My daughter’s bedroom is very small, so will have to…

  • Decluttering,  Housing,  Minimalism

    Downsizing

    In anticipation of the move I have downsized some of our possessions. Meaning, I have sold several pieces of furniture too large for me to move single-handedly in my van. As a result, my queen-sized bed is no more, along with a heavy solid wood desk, a matching nightstand and shelf, both with glass shelving. Beautiful pieces, all. Beautiful. But…

  • Housing,  Personal

    A New Home

    Today it became official: I now own a mobile home. Totally. Lock, stock, and barrel. It still doesn’t feel real. Someone is living there illegally, so I started procedures to evict them today. Once they are out, we can move into our new (to us) home! My daughter is sad to be leaving her friends, but I am excited to…

  • Housing

    A New Home

    I went to look at another place today.  A mobile home.  Apparently the lady who owns it needs to get it off of her hands and is offering it to me at a price too good to pass up.  The whole deal is screaming at me to “TAKE IT, stupid!” Should I move there, I will reduce my housing expenses…

  • Finances,  Housing,  Personal

    Fish and things

    So far, the shock of losing my job has worn off and life has continued as usual. School is out and talk about the layoffs are dying down.  My sympathies to the other 50 billing agents who were laid off as well. Fortunately I have been in tougher spots so I know I will survive this one.  Already plans are…

  • Housing,  Uncategorized

    The Small House Book Has Arrived!

    Finally, the day I have been waiting for:  Jay Shafer’s Small House Book  arrived in my mailbox! I must say, Jay likes his books as small and high-quality as he does his houses!  In the book he gives basic building plans plus a treatise on small house living.  I will describe more when I finish the book. As I was reading the…