• Personal

    It is Time to Press Pause

    I’ve suffered from a bit of an existential crisis these past few days. My beloved daughter informed me that she plans to officially marry in November. By some time in December she should be gone. It’s all hitting me. This stage of my life is officially over. I started blogging as a form of cheap therapy. I needed to get…

  • Inspiration,  Personal,  Recycling

    The Story of a Failure

    Back when I was in fourth grade we lived within walking distance to my grandparent’s house. Every time I would see one of my uncles or aunts arrive for a visit I would race there in excitement. I loved visiting with my relatives. One of those visits is indelibly imprinted on my brain. I can’t recall the exact details; I…

  • Personal

    I Hear Banjos!

    A while back I had an older gentleman in my line. He was unkempt; his hair looked like it had seen neither brush nor a washing in some time. I waited patiently as he sat down in front of my register and whipped out a discolored sandwich baggie to sift through the stack of money in search of a twenty…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Personal

    What I Really Want

    I’ve done a lot of thinking as my Katie’s graduation approached and even more now that I know she will leave the nest in a few short months. What next? What do I want to do now that I know I’ll be on my own? I honestly don’t know. I don’t know if I want to remain here, relocate, or…

  • Personal

    A Storm Is Coming

    Thanks to my beloved Katie’s upcoming wedding we’ve got people re-entering our lives that we haven’t associated much with for ages. This is fine. It’s more than fine, since some of them want to help out with the wedding plans and whatnot. What is not fine is the fact that certain ones have decided to start in on how I…

  • Personal

    Katie’s Graduation

    The big day finally arrived. My youngest, the reason I worked so hard to live on less, finally graduated high school. It was a bittersweet day. I spent close to 20 years striving to work less so that I could spend as much time with her as possible. I swam against the current as a single mom but this day…

  • Personal

    Katie’s Prom

    My daughter’s growing up. It’s hard to believe that she is 18 and on the verge of graduating high school. She even has a boyfriend now. He’s leaving for the Army in a few months so he’s resolved to spend as much time with Katie as possible before he leaves. He even gave her a promise ring this weekend. Here…

  • Personal

    Microsoft Cortana is Evil

    Last night I stayed up until two in the morning. I was wired for sound over some Family Business. Normally I don’t get upset over things that don’t directly concern me but I’m very protective of my blood family. Even with the drama I wanted to wake up bright and early this morning to get some writing done before I…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Personal,  Simplicity,  Success

    Is Your Life in the Black?

    I ran into an old friend the other day. We hadn’t seen each other for several years so we took a few moments to catch up. My friend announced proudly that he had recently purchased a house, showed me his car, and bragged about his high-paying job. He was a little worried about making the new house payment but his…

  • Frugality,  Personal,  Simplicity

    The Wisdom of Experience

    I can always tell when Daughter’s payday arrives. She rolls into the house, arms filled with purchases as she hands me her share of the bill money. I resist the urge to ask her if she opened up a savings account. While I know from experience how unpredictable the world can be I still remember what it was like to…

  • Personal,  Writing

    A Sunny Solution

    Necessity is the mother of invention. It is an act of pure genius when one can use the things they already have available to solve a problem. One of the major problems I currently face is my inability to tolerate backlit screens for very long periods of time. Even when I dim the screen as low as it can go…

  • Personal,  Writing

    Busy Work…and a new Genre

    Hello everyone! I’ve been keeping busy writing here. I didn’t want to share what I was up to until I had something to show for it however. I’ve managed to finally get around to publishing my little weight loss book for 99 cents. I’ve got the page up with all of the distributor links here. And I’ve created a new…

  • Personal

    Threes

    They say that death comes in threes. If that is the case then we’ve got one more coming to deal with. A month after Emery’s death we received our second phone call. My middle daughter’s SO had passed away. On top of all that, thanks to an apparent mixup with our new mail carrier my electric bill failed to arrive…

  • 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…

  • Personal,  Writing

    Weathering Storms

    We have had an interesting time as of late. Not only have Katie and I lost a young friend, now the rough weather has rolled in. That is the view across our street. The river near our house is currently at 16.44 feet. Flood stage is 20 feet, and it will touch our floor joices at 22.98 feet. Isn’t life…

  • Personal

    In Memory

    A friend of my daughter’s has died. The police are calling it an attempted murder-suicide. I don’t know what to believe. The young man in question was my daughter’s close friend. He was a regular visitor in my home. Just the other day he came over. We sat and watched YouTube videos while we all laughed over dumb stuff. This…

  • Personal,  Writing

    An Early Birthday Gift

    Kes, who happens to be one of my oldest friends (I’ve known her since the 8th grade), listened to me vent my frustrations about writing with my current limitations. After learning about the workaround I discussed in the previous post, she decided to surprise me with an early birthday present: A copy of Office 2007. She found it on eBay…

  • Personal

    What Were You Doing Eight Years Ago?

    Time has a way of flying by when you get older. Ev Bogue reminded me of this in his latest post, as he reminisced about what he was doing eight years ago. Just for fun, I’m going to look at the old me from eight years ago, in January 2009. In January 2009 I was living in the projects in…

  • Personal

    Updates and Thoughts

    Hello everyone! Just wanted to let you know what has been going on. I’ve been slowly tinkering on the Shoestring Girl book (you can see my progress and help edit it here). It’s going slow but at least it is still going. Sending thanks and great big bear hugs to everyone who has helped so far with the book! I’ve…

  • Personal

    Old Posts

    Thanks to the efforts of reader JG, I am now able to go through the old posts that I sacrificed to defend this website. I am slowly going through them and plan to put the best of the stand-alone posts up one by one, Throwback Thursday style. As for the rest, since they are a bit like a journal, I am…