• Decluttering,  Housing

    A Simple Goal

    In order to simplify one’s life without going insane, one must start small. Only by taking small bites can one even hope to begin corralling the chaos that rules so many of us. Each of us has different needs, different lives – as a result our steps will be different from each other. What one thinks is laughable another will…

  • Frugality,  Housing

    Winter Conservation and Solar Homes

    It was rainy this morning. My daughter had set her alarm and was getting dressed in hopes that I would let her go to school, for they were having a play today. The child slept most of yesterday and was obviously still ill, so I kept her home. She cried and was upset. I am so thankful that I have…

  • 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…