• Housing,  Personal

    How I Spent My Day Off

    I set my alarm bright and early. I had plans to visit the library book sale and have lunch with a friend before applying at some local factories so I wanted to get all of my daily tasks completed. That way, when I arrived home after lunch I could dedicate the rest of my afternoon to decimating the jungle in…

  • Housing,  Personal

    Adventures in Weeds

    I arrived home after work to discover that, true to Amazon’s word, my weed trimmer had arrived. Squee! This is the first time in a decade or so that I’ve actually owned a weed trimmer. While I borrowed mowers the first year I moved here I eventually started paying my neighbors to maintain my yard. I wasn’t sure if I…

  • Frugality,  Housing

    Baby Step to a Better Life

    I trimmed the tall weeds in my front yard with a pair of scissors today. I chuckled at myself while I worked; it reminded me of all the times when I washed my laundry in the bathtub. It was also absolutely, completely ridiculous. I could hire someone to mow my yard but I’m no longer inclined to do that. It…

  • 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…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Housing

    Bubble Wrap

    Once again I have managed to achieve my goal of washing the dishes before bed. Maybe I’m starting to get the hang of this! My daughter and I spent the day watching movies – though I took some time out to grab a snack for dinner. Simple snack of summer sausage with cheddar. I used bubble wrap to line the…

  • Housing,  Organization

    The Living Room

    Once again I have managed to get all of the dishes washed after dinner. It is a relief to know that another day has passed in which I achieved my goal of having all my dishes washed before bed. I have taken a few new pictures of my living room. I have a kiddie pool to house the guinea pigs…

  • Housing,  Organization

    Success!

    It is 8:30 pm here, and I have managed to wash all of the dishes for the evening. The kitchen is clean as a result, and I can breathe easy knowing that a night has passed and my goal has been met. I look forward to the day when getting all of these dishes washed every night is a habit!…

  • Frugality,  Housing

    Electric usage and Mini blinds

    For those who are curious as to how much electricity a device uses, I found a post where someone checked just that. I was surprised to discover that the microwave used less electricity than an electric oven, considering that I have heard that 110 will always use more than 220 in terms of electric devices. Hmm… I have scavenged two mini…