• Personal

    The Changing Winds of Life

    It has been one helluva week here in this tiny little home. Katie decided that she had placed her life on hold for long enough. She’d sacrificed several scholarships and opportunities for a relationship that went bust, so she decided to correct that. On Monday she decided that she would join the Navy. The Army was out, despite our family’s…

  • Personal

    Update on Katie

    It has been a challenging week or so around this tiny house. The kid had a major dust-up with her fiancĂ©e so the wedding is off. She spent a week at a friend’s house mourning the change but came back home the other evening. Now she’s exploring her own path to the future. We have a Navy recruiter coming to…

  • Holidays,  Personal,  Simplicity

    Family Tradition

    Once upon a time when Katie was small money was really tight. I’d spent most of my cash on Black Friday in order to afford to give my baby the best Christmas I could afford. Katie wanted Christmas candy that year. In order to keep her happy I promised her that on the day after Christmas, once candy went on…

  • 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…

  • Personal

    The Perfect Man

    After a year of silence it is time to come clean. I’ve met someone and we’re now committed to a long-term relationship. I didn’t think it would work out at first. His territorial ways and destructive tendencies had me ready to throw in the towel more than once, but one look into his deep brown eyes would net him complete…

  • Personal

    End of an Era

    My ex-husband died tonight. I was in bed when his brother showed up, banging on the door. “Get dressed!” he ordered. Katie was running through the house, frantic, so there was nowhere to change. I had the man turn his back so I could throw on some pants. I finally realized that the bathroom was empty so I darted inside…

  • Personal

    Counting Down the Days

    It is finally starting to hit my daughter that she will be moving soon. This morning she wandered around the house a bit before asking when I had to leave for work. As soon as she discovered that I work the evening shift she offered to treat me to my new favorite place, the Main Cup coffee shop. We settled…

  • 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…