Why I Write Boring Blog Post Titles

Post Titles

I read an article recently about how blog post titles need to be something special in order to get the reader’s attention.  I’ve also heard from a few of you (really just two) that my blog post titles are a little boring.  But I’m okay with that and here’s why. I don’t intend for you to read every single post I write unless you just want to. So I make my titles very clear so you know whether … [Read more...]

How to Deal With Friends Who are Chronically Late


This post is NOT about how to deal with a chronically late spouse, child or boyfriend/girlfriend.  That’s a topic for another day.  This post is about dealing with a friend who is chronically late.  A friend isn’t quite as frustrating as a spouse, child or boyfriend/girlfriend, but they’re still frustrating.  It would be nice if you could wave a magic wand and cause your friend to be on time from … [Read more...]

Homeschool Record Keeping & Scheduling

homeschool record keeping

It’s been ten years since I last homeschooled.  I have fond memories of those years although I’m also glad they’re done. I’m not one of those people who believe everyone should homeschool.  You have to do what’s best for your family.  Homeschooling was a good choice for us. I’ve had several readers ask me about my homeschool recordkeeping and time management practices so I thought it was … [Read more...]

When You Smell Natural Gas, Don’t Ignore It!

natural gas

No, nothing happened except that I did smell natural gas yesterday and it was a little scary. The temperature dropped during the night so David turned the furnace on when he got up.  When I got up a few hours later, I smelled natural gas.  We’ve had some issues with our furnace so I was worried there was a problem.  I shut it off.  I didn’t worry about it too much since I had turned the furnace … [Read more...]

Are Batteries a Fire Hazard? They Can Be!


I knew there was a reason I didn’t like 9 volt batteries – besides the fact that they’re expensive and annoying to install.  They can also be a fire hazard. I had no idea about this until I posted a link to an older article of mine about battery storage and a reader mentioned this issue with 9 volts. The problem is that a 9 volt battery has the positive and negative posts on top of the … [Read more...]

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Post-It to Change a Habit

Post-It Note

Have you ever wanted to break a bad habit or start a new habit but you couldn’t quite do it?  Maybe you didn’t have the will power or the want to.  But maybe it was as simple as forgetting.  I have ADHD so I forget a lot – unless the thing I need to remember is in front of my face.  My husband and I were just talking about this.  He doesn’t have ADHD and can’t believe the things I forget!  Like … [Read more...]

Ashley’s Story: An MS Diagnosis

toy medical kit

Many of you may have read  in my What’s For Dinner post a few weeks ago that my daughter-in-law, Ashley, was recently diagnosed with MS.  Since you have gotten to know her a little bit through her writings and my comments, I thought you might like to hear her story. I have dealt with anxiety for a long time along with being a raging hypochondriac. Anxiety isn't necessarily as it sounds though. … [Read more...]