• Financial Freedom

    Claiming My Reward

    It was raining. The drips hitting the buckets matched the tears that flowed from my eyes, matching the constant drips from my bank account that threatened our very existence. I’d barely enough money for food, much less to patch that leaky roof. I had kids to feed back then and a never-ending dread: what would happen next to decimate my…

  • Financial Freedom,  Goals,  Law of Attraction

    Mission Accomplished

    When we walk away from something, we can gain the distance needed to see. When we walk away from something, we change our perspective in a way that reveals aspects that we’d previously been blinded to. I’ve been aware of the theory for ages. I’ve rarely seen it work, however, so it’s just been a random bit of knowledge that I’d tucked…

  • Finances,  Financial Freedom,  Frugality

    How to Acquire a Cheap Car

    Shortly after the near-miss flood, Katie announced that she’d become tired of walking to work in the rain and wanted to buy a car. I watched her scroll through posts and eye the selections at local lots before I made a suggestion: “why don’t you ask around at your job? Surely someone knows of a car that you can pick…

  • Happiness,  Personal,  Simplicity

    How to Know That You Are Loved

    I stayed up until sometime after 1am to watch the water. Even with the crest prediction being lowered, I wanted to be cautious. I gave my auntie one last call to let her know that we were okay and headed to bed. BoomBoomBoomBoomBOOM! My whole house shook from the banging. I rolled off the bed, landed on the dog, and…

  • Uncategorized

    Pandemic, Hornets, and Floods, Oh, My!

    I’ve spent the day today watching the water rise in the field across the street from my house. They’ve already called and told us to evacuate, so we’ve made plans to do just that. Hopefully it won’t get that bad, but the forecast calls for it to get in my house about three foot or so. I lived through the…

  • Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The Importance of Ingenuity

    As I repaired my mother’s quilt, it became obvious that I would have to re-quilt it. The thread she had used to quilt it initially had disintegrated in places; to skip that step would defeat the entire purpose of repairing it. I had a problem with completing that task. In order to quickly quilt it, I needed to use the…

  • Decorating,  Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The 40 Year Old Quilt

    I didn’t even know my mother was working on a quilt back then, but one day I arrived home from school to discover it upon my bed. It was her very first quilt, and she’d made it for me. I’ve cherished that quilt over the years. Even as it became tattered, I kept it. Eventually the holes from where I’d…

  • Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    Old Pants, New Tailor

    “Grandma, can I spend the night?” It has been ages since I’ve heard those words from my beloved grandson. Risk or no, I could not have refused to save my soul. I reasoned that since we’d both been at home (and not exposed to potential nastiness), that we should be okay. He was fascinated as he watched me sewing masks.…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    A Mother’s Work is Never Done

    My Katie managed to score a day off from work yesterday, so we had the rare treat of sipping coffee together as we started the day. The conversation turned to brainstorming, since a relative had called to request some masks for herself and her son; she wants to pay and I don’t feel that it’s proper to accept money from…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    The Shoe Patch

    A few years ago the kid bought this cute pair of “boat shoes.” I liked the shoes so I watched her enjoy them because I knew that, in time, she would get bored of them and pass them to me. One night I noticed she had tossed those shoes in the trash can, so I fished them out. “Why are…

  • Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Organization

    The Difference Between Stockpiling and Hoarding

    “I’ve got coupons for the crackers!” Katie dug through her coupon holder as we entered the cracker aisle. “How much should we get?” I checked the expiration date upon the boxes, holding one up to show my daughter. “How many boxes do you think we’ll go through by this date?” Katie frowned. “Not a lot,” she muttered. There is a…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Recycling

    The Stitch Rebellion

    As our governor began to list the dead yesterday evening, chants from the protestors outside drowned him out. He sighed, explained that this wasn’t about popularity. He would save as many lives as he could save, despite the protestors campaigning for him to let people die by reopening our economy. It reminded me of a parable I read in the…

  • Economy,  Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism

    Supply Chain Concerns

    Okay, folks. At last count these are the situations we are dealing with in addition to the COVID-19 outbreak: Massive unemployment Strikes and walkouts Natural disasters Supply shortages Meat supply shortages On top of that, there also happens to be a Swine Flu outbreak that I’m watching that will affect our food chain as well as the fact that the…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Blast From the Past

    “Is it done yet?” Middle Daughter bounced in her toddler chair as she watched me sewing her latest dress. “Not yet, honey,” I repeated patiently. “It takes time to make a dress.” “Okay.” “Is it done yet NOW?” she asked a few minutes later. “If you don’t quit asking, I’m gonna quit!” I’d eventually warn her in frustration. The death…

  • Finances,  Frugality

    How to Plan for an Uncertain Future

    Okay, folks. We’ve got some work to do. Sitting on the couch isn’t going to make things any better – it will only make you insane. Best case scenario is we have another recession. We live through this, our friends and family live through this, but we have some financial challenges to deal with. Worst case scenario is we lose…

  • Finances,  Minimalism

    This is Not the Time to Practice Minimalism

    We are currently experiencing an entirely new situation. Millions of people are now out of work, told to stay home in order to control the spread of Covid-19 because that is the one thing we can do to minimize the spread and loss of life. Businesses are closing their doors and they may not be able to re-open once this…

  • Economy

    Do What You Can, Where You Are, With What You Have

    It is with a growing horror that I’ve realized over these past few days that my grandparents were right. My parents used to tease them for their decision to save most anything they came into possession of; even the tinest scraps of fabric were preserved to become quilts. Every winter, I would watch them sort through bags of old clothing…