• Life,  Personal

    New Beginnings

    This is it. Last night I said my final farewell to the kid. The very last call was scripted, just letting me know that she had arrived safely and that she would be out of contact for the next couple of weeks. I am now officially free of the full burden of motherhood. It started a few days ago. We…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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,  Investments

    Investment Update

    The other day I closed out my books for the month of August. Here are the numbers: Beginning Balance: $1,340.61 Dividends received: $20.46 Personal Investment: $286.00 ———————————————— Total Invested in the stock market: $1,647.07 August was a tight month. I had to set aside some funds to celebrate my daughter’s 19th birthday. Since this very well might be the last…

  • Inspiration

    Wisdom of Uncle B-Bob

    Meet Uncle B-Bob. He was the husband of my beloved Auntie. He died from cancer a few years back but his words live with me to this day. He was always busy but he would never fail to spend time with us kids anytime I came over to visit. Memories of riding in the back of his pickup truck as…

  • 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

    Love Shave for my cousin

    Hello all! Here are the pictures of the love shave I promised my Cousin Dani. She had to have her head shaved for an operation to relieve pressure on her brain so I promised to go through baldness with her. So far I have gotten a combination of shock, support, and a lot of “are you crazy” comments. Such is…

  • Health,  Personal

    My cousin looks like a borg…

    …now that she has had her surgery. I wish I could post photos but she is a bit embarrassed at her appearance. They shaved the whole entire side of her head and there is a tube running from the top of her skull behind her ear, down her neck, across her chest and into her abdominal cavity where the excess…

  • Personal

    Going bald for a cause

    My cousin has to have a shunt put in her head for high intracranial pressure. She’s worried about having a shaved head as a result. This is a cousin whom I spent many a lazy summer vacation with, playing dress up, roaming the hills, watching the tube with. I’m shaving my head in solidarity with her. I know it sounds…