• 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,…

  • Investments,  Life,  Personal

    When Life Takes A Left Turn

    My life has taken a really strange turn since Thanksgiving. Not only has my ex-husband passed away but certain aspects of my personal life that concern the situation have also gotten very, very strange. The worst part of the whole situation is that I can’t share what’s going on yet. Things are still in motion; I might jeopardize the outcome…

  • Life

    Late Night Visitor

    The other evening as I prepared for bed there was a knock on my door. I opened it to discover a friend of mine who had decided to come visit despite the fact that it was well past the hour for it to be socially acceptable. I was annoyed but decided to be polite. I explained that I was getting…

  • Life

    The Changing Circle of Friendship

    I unfollowed a few old friends last night on Facebook. I had known some of these people since I first moved to this area. I had laughed at their jokes, sat on their porches for chats…some of these people had been regular visitors to my home for years. But something has changed inside of me these past few months. I…

  • Finances,  Life

    The Necessity of Facing Reality

    Now that I’ve had time to breathe, it is time to face my current reality. I need to know what I’m facing in order to move forward. Facing our current reality is a necessity. Burying your head in the sand won’t help one bit. You must know exactly where you stand, regardless of how shaky the ground so that you know…

  • Life

    When the Unspeakable Happens

    We all have our demons. For the most part I keep mine stuffed in a box that I have hidden in the back of my mind. They like to escape sometimes, as they did recently when I made the mistake of watching Ford testify during the Kavanaugh thing. Those demons caused me to go on a crying jag and write…

  • Life

    Chilling Encounter

    It was Sunday, September 10, 2017. I was working the closing shift when I greeted my next customer. “How are you tonight?” I asked cheerfully. “Not too well,” he replied. He went on to explain that he was having relationship problems. I responded sympathetically. I hate when my customers are having a rough time so I try to comfort them…

  • Life

    The Art of Owning Your Issues

    This old broad is sad to report that she is quickly becoming a toothless crone. The other day I had two more teeth pulled and my dentist asked if I would consider getting dentures. I informed him that I had been exploring my options for quite a while. I could blame my current dilemma on the doctor of my youth.…

  • Frugality,  Life

    It Doesn’t Cost a Fortune to Look Nice

    The older I get the worse I look. My hair has started greying and things have started sagging that never sagged before. I’ve never really been self-conscious about the effects of aging but over time I noticed a difference; not in me, but in my customers. While some of my customers appear to be ageless, others appear considerably older than…

  • Life

    Laundry Day

    Laundry day is always an adventure in this house. Once we decide that it is time to visit the laundromat we wander through the house to locate any stray items that have managed to avoid being placed in our laundry bin. We bag everything up and stick the whole load into our shopping cart along with our washing supplies. After…

  • Life,  Success

    How I am Teaching Responsibility to my Young Adult

    As my daughter Katie neared her 18th birthday the inevitable challenge arose: “I’m almost 18!” she huffed at me one day. “You need to start treating me like an adult!” “I’ll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one,” I retorted firmly. This led to a conversation about what it takes to be considered an adult. I…

  • Life

    Moving On

    Going back to work has been a surprising success. While I still have my issues I have discovered that I am able to cope for the most part and bury my secret breakdowns in my pillow at night. Even now I am worried that I will be discovered as a fraud and a brain damaged failure. Even so, during the…

  • Life

    The Difference Between Men and Women

    There’s a difference in how men and women are treated in this world and it’s time I pointed out one of the major ones. When a man says he’s broke, guys offer to loan him money. When a woman says she’s broke, guys offer her $$ for sexual acts. I’ve had it happen more times than I can count. Very…

  • Health

    Rough Night

    Hello everyone! Last night was a rough night. After spending the day working outdoors I guess I didn’t drink enough water and ended up paying for it with an intestinal attack of some sort.  I followed the Water Cure method of sipping water when I finally calmed down enough to think (the pain was rather bad) and eventually it faded…

  • Law of Attraction,  Life

    Relationship Epiphany

    It has just occurred to me that perhaps I am resisting the happy relationship I could be having. I talk about being lonely, and make plans for spending the rest of my life alone, yet part of me wonders if I really want to be alone. I want happiness.  I am going to stop and ask for a lead for…

  • Food,  Life

    Busy Day

    Today I stirred up the batch of liquid laundry soap I started yesterday and added more water. This bucket is pretty close to five gallon size, so when I dilute this in a 50:50 solution for the final product I should get close to 10 gallons from the mix. This batch of liquid is thicker than my last batch, I’m…

  • Happiness,  Life

    Living Large at a Traffic Light

    Last night I found myself headed to the store when a rockin‘ song from the 1980’s came on the radio. “I Can’t Hold Back” by none other than Survivor. Such a rocking song! I found myself jamming to the beat, drumming on the dashboard, singing along and “banging my head” just having a blast while I cranked that poor stereo on…

  • Health

    Tummy Tamer Candy

    My little girl has a stomach bug. Poor little thing was too ill to go to school as a result. I am making a batch of tummy tamer candy to help her out. Usually I keep a batch of this candy around just in case either of us has an upset stomach, but with the moves and ensuing chaos I…

  • Food,  Health,  Law of Attraction

    Following a hunch

    When you become closer to the Universal Mind, sometimes you get hints, or hunches that guide you in interesting ways… Like the hunch to move to a house that didn’t really suit us.. but across the street moved a lady who had a mobile home for sale that did – a mobile home whose layout is strangely similar to the…

  • Health,  Personal

    Instinctive Fury

    Someone posted something as a comment to my cousin’s post-surgery photos. “Sorry to see these photos. Won’t show Ms. X. Hope the reaction is better.” (Paraphrased and names changed). My blood boiled. I have calmed a bit since that first gut reaction. Like my cousin is so ugly people wouldn’t want to see her… Grrr. I love my baby cousin.…