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Homemaking in the dunes

Homemaking in the Dunes.

New England Sass on the Western Slope.

Movie night for under 6 dollars: Movie rating 4 stars

So of course, I served pizza and pizza bites. I made two large cheese pizzas and pizza bites. Please note my family prefers a lighter crust. I grilled mine for a bit of char. I made a nice spinach salad from the cold frame garden. Dessert is homemade caramel ice cream. The kids enjoyed soda…

Friday’s Frugality:

Software is one of those expenses that will break you. Microsoft Office doesn’t need to be updated as often as they lead you to believe. Microsoft Office 365 is now being offered and you renew that every year to the tune of 70 dollars. There are ways around this, you can find Microsoft Office for…

A Farewell to Arms 5 stars

During the dark days of the Pandemic, my husband and I read A Farewell To Arms in bed every night. We made little things to look forward to. I read Little House and the Prairie books to the children at dinner every night. We wanted to focus on our inner world. I had always adored…

Book Review: Martha Stewart 4 stars.

I have owned this book since 2006. It has served its purpose. It is a homemaking tome that allows an easy answer for typical household issues. The only thing is I wish it was spiral binding. It has held up well over the years.

Thurday’s Thrifty Times:

We are still using ad-supported Netflix. I save several dollars a month. I am finding some shows we are locked out. It is still worth the price. As I have written in previous blogs we are moving down from the 70.00 Hulu to the 1.99 Black Friday price. My husband gets all the football he…

Being the Ricardos: 1/4 star

Last night, we were looking for something lighter to watch. Being the Ricardos is about the difficulties that Lucille Ball had in her marriage. In biopics, I don’t expect characters to be exact replicas, however, the actors are not multiple dimensions. The acting is flat. The dialogue is dull. The filming was flat.

Amazon HD 10 64 gb 10.1 Stars 3

It is okay for the price. I wish the screen was a bit bigger. I do like that office is installed. I have the keyboard cover with it. You can bank, watch Hulu, etc online. I have put a few google apps on it from the Google Play Store. It is quite easy to do.…

Wednesday Homesteading Happenings:

This morning we had an early shift at the food bank. I brought the kids to the animal shelter to volunteer. I returned to the food bank to teach a budgeting class. We did a cooking class after. By 11 we were back home. I fed the chickens and goats while the children went to…

Homeschooling on the road

Homeschooling on the road. We are not tied to the school schedule that many traditional families are. We can travel when we want to. I create a lesson plan geared to the area of the country we go to. We may read an author from that area. We are very lucky that no one gets…

Sweet and Sour Pork over rice, sushi, egg rolls.

This was last night’s planned dinner. 1/2 onion 25 cents 3 carrots 25 cents 1 green pepper 62 cents mushrooms 1/4 of a pound 30 cents broccoli 89 cents nappa cabbage (free I regrew it) pork 1/2 pound 3.00 rice 50 cents dry noodles .50 sauces I made yum yum, and duck. egg roll wrappers…

William Chapter 3

The wind grew fierce.  The snow grew heavier mixed with heavy sleet.   The fire died down. One by one people went into their tents.  Sally and William went into their tent.  William felt great relief in the very core of his bones. The dirty mattress that he had hauled from a dumpster was better than…

Does homeschooling enhance the parent/child relationship?

I never sought to be a homeschooling homesteading parent. I certainly didn’t expect to raise children when my adult children were grown. I have always said when you pause to take a breath, God laughs. We purchased a house in a bad school district. I had enough with our son’s teacher. You know you have…

Burrito Bowls Total Cost:

I used 2 cups of shredded chicken from a roast chicken 6/6:00 is 1 dollar black beans cooked 2 cups was 50 cents including spices, tomatoes, and onion 1 green pepper and 1 large onion 79 cents x2 frozen corn half a bag 34 cents rice cooked 4 cups. 40 cents Mango 69 cents guacamole…

Monday Money Moments:

Yesterday, our daughter wanted to go to the 1.25 store. They had The Hunger Games movies for 1.25. She thought it was a good value for the money. I haven’t been to 1.25 stores in many months. We walked around because that is what teens do. She noticed the things that people were buying, A…

Sunday Solace

It is Sunday, and I was headed to Mass. My would-be Bakery is now an eatery. I was furious because the owner pulled out of the lease. I did bill them for cleaning, painting, and dumping the junk the last business owner left behind. Now, of course, I am not one to mind my business.…

My first computer cost more than my first car.

Write about your first computer. My first IBM computer retailed for 1600 dollars. Windows 3.1 was the operating system. My word processing program was Word Perfect. To this day, I still have Word Perfect. Back then, all of your programs were PROGRAMS, not APPS. You paid your fee and received anywhere from 5-10 3 by…

Bakery plans

I was already in a mood today. My partner pulled out of the bakery which was fine. The next domino to fall was the building I signed a 6-month lease with, the owner has decided to use the building for their family’s use. They returned my check for 3 months’ rent. I had already cleaned…

Book Review: Murder in the Neighborhood 4 stars

My husband and I discuss mass shootings often because they are always in the headlines. Howard Unruh was a disturbed young man who was a veteran of WWII. He killed 13 people on his street. He shot 16 total He ended up being committed to a state hospital for 60 years. Some of the drug…

Scullery Maid Thoughts…

It’s one of those days where I go to bed irritated with my husband and I wake up in the same mode. Yesterday, I was sick of picking up after everyone. I was tired of the muddy dog footprints. I was tired of my husband leaving his prints everywhere. You know clothes, cups of coffee,…

Book Review: Timeless 4 stars

I adore makeup. This book is one of my favorites. I really enjoy different retro makeup looks. The reader is given makeup and hairstyles of different eras. I usually do a specialized makeup look for holidays and special occasions. The reader is treated to the cosmetics and tools of each decade.

Leisure

What do you enjoy doing most in your leisure time? I enjoy creating things in my leisure time. The mediums that I work in are metals, wood, cloth, and crystals. I enjoy having one of the kinds of things that other people wonder if they could have or make. I enjoy writing long-hand stories and…

Boundaries

What do you complain about the most? My chief complaint in life is people not respecting my boundaries. There are so many reasons why people do not respect the boundaries of others. Many times, people will attempt to cross my boundaries because they trying to force the hand in dealing with a family member that…

Cook book Review: Together : 4 1/2 Stars

Community is a group of women who lost everything in a multi-level flat fire. The UK was their adopted home. They had been trying to cook for their families while being displaced. These women had been cooking and meeting weekly at the mosque donated space. I have made several recipes from this book. The Yemini…

Frugal Friday:

One of the things that I am excited about is the food bank planning board has agreed to create a garden space for our clients. We are also going to be composting things that are too wilted to pass out. You can save quite a bit on your produce bills if you have access to…

Thrifty Thursday:

Football season is coming to end and we will be switching back to regular Hulu. I am locked into the Thanksgiving Black Friday deal for the year. It will begin right after the Super Bowl. That is a savings of 70.00 a month. Today, we had an appointment with the dermatologist to manage our daughter’s…


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