How to Use Your Daily Planner for Blogging

Filofax Malden

If you’re not a blogger, you may not be interested in this post.  However, the post still could be helpful for providing ideas about how to incorporate other activities/hobbies into your daily to-do list and planner without having to set up a separate book. I’ve been blogging for 3-1/2 years now.  When I first started, I set up an 8-1/2x11 notebook and filled it with all kinds of goodies to help … [Read more...]

Olive Oil Dispenser – My New Favorite Kitchen Gadget

Olive Oil Dispenser

We use a lot of olive oil at my house.  And until recently, I used it the old-fashioned way – straight from the bottle.  But a reader sent me a link to an olive oil dispenser and I decided to pick one up and try it.  It looked interesting but I was sure I would find that I didn’t need it. I was wrong. After a month or so of using it, I’m hooked.  And so is my husband.  Do I have to have it?  … [Read more...]

My Name is Patty and I Have ADHD: This is My Story

Ducks in a Row

My name is Patty and I have self-diagnosed ADHD.  My budget and health insurance never allowed me the opportunity to go for an official diagnosis.  Recently I’ve thought about going anyway but decided it would be a waste of time and money since I know without a doubt that I have it.  An official diagnosis would be nice but isn’t necessary. In case you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, it’s … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 127)

Menu Plan

I normally cook between three to five meals a week but lately I’ve been cooking meals that don’t stretch as far or that David’s been taking in his lunch the next day.  So this week I have SIX meals on the menu.  Oh, and they’re pretty much gluten free. And just for kicks, at the end of this post, I’m including photos of my actual menu and my grocery list. 1- Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca … [Read more...]

Easy Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

You may have figured out by now that my husband likes to eat healthy food.  Whenever possible, he chooses foods that are naturally sweetened rather than sweetened with artificial sweeteners or sugar.  Jelly or jam is an example.  He likes the ones that are naturally sweetened.  Unfortunately, Wal-mart stopped carrying that type of jelly so when he needs more, I have to make a special trip to … [Read more...]

How to Process Mail


Some people love mail and some hate it.  Some check their mail box as soon as the mailman comes and some check it whenever they get around to it.  Of course, these days there’s not as much mail as there used to be.  But piles of mail can still be a problem unless you have a method to deal with it. Here are two ideas for dealing with mail: Option 1: Process it daily, as soon as you take it … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 33


Friday, July 11, 2014 I wasn’t expecting to do any projects today but David came home from work and started removing the paneling from the back bedroom where our grandson, Calvie, sleeps when he’s here: This is the wall between his room and the bathroom. This is the wall between his room and the stairs to the basement.  It’s the wall with our mystery cut-out.  We never did figure it … [Read more...]