20 Motivation Starters

20 Motivation Starters

I struggle with motivation - Big time. But I can't be unmotivated because I have too much to do. So here are a few tricks I use to get motivated and stay motivated. And by the way, if you don't struggle with motivation, just know that you are very fortunate and accept the fact that this post may seem really stupid to you.  But for those of us who struggle, we have to employ whatever means … [Read more...]

Let Others Bless You

Let Others Bless You

McDonalds Play Place is one of my grandkids’ favorite places to go so my daughter-in-law, Ashley, and I took them there for some play time recently. My 4-1/2 year-old grandson, Calvin, is autistic.  He usually just runs around the Play Place and has a good time by himself.  But this trip he kept going over to another table where a grandma was having lunch with her four grandkids.  He wasn’t … [Read more...]

We Finally Went on Vacation – to the Middle of Nowhere!

Jamesport Vacation

Vacations are awesome, but when you’re self-employed, it’s more complicated and expensive to take a vacation.  Not only do you have to find a good time to take off (customers don’t like when you leave in the middle of a job), but you also have to save money for the vacation and cover your lost wages while you’re gone.  So David and I hadn’t taken a vacation for a very, very, very long time - until … [Read more...]

Just For Fun: The Mouse on My Doorstep


I’m taking a break today from the practical homemaking articles I usually write to share some bits and pieces of my crazy life because there’s more to homemaking than just cleaning house, making dinner and doing laundry.  Some people actually think homemaking is dull but I haven’t EVER found that to be the case. So here we go. Our family has a long history of interesting animal encounters - … [Read more...]

Protect Your Valuables

Protect Your Valuables

Our house has been broken into twice.  Not this house – but the one we lived in before. The first time was horrifying.  Our daughter came home from work to find the front and back doors open.  She called her dad and the police.  The thieves were very efficient!  They took pretty much everything of value.  They took two laptops, every single dvd we owned (my daughter had a pretty extensive … [Read more...]

10 of My Most Interesting Quirks


I think it’s important that we get to know each other – quirks and all.  So periodically I write a post like this, sharing a few more tidbits from my life. I want you to know that I’m no superwoman, no expert and nothing special (I don’t intend that in a demeaning way – it’s just a fact).  And once you read through this list of quirks, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Oh, and just for the … [Read more...]

Lessons from Jury Duty

Jury Duty

This past Monday was my third time reporting for jury duty in the last 10 years.  The first time I was there from 8 to 2 and then went home.  The second time lasted 2 days and I sat on a jury pool.  This time I was there one day and again was sat in a jury pool but was not chosen to sit on the jury. Jury duty was interesting but it was also a long, tough day.  Of course, most of the … [Read more...]