Tips for Tidying

Messy room

Tidying is my #1 most important home task.  As soon as I moved into my first home, I started making it a priority and I’ve done so ever since.  After Bible reading, it’s always the first item on my list, followed closely by sweep and/or vacuum.  I can get by with a lot less cleaning if my #1 and #2 chores are done daily. At this stage in my life, my house doesn’t get quite as messy as it … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 43

House exterior front

Well, the plan for this past weekend was to put the final coat of paint on the body of the house.  But it didn’t work out.  David was using the sprayer on a job for his business so he couldn’t use it on our house.  The job he was doing was spraying lacquer and it’s a big deal to switch between lacquer and paint.  So when he’s finished spraying lacquer, he’ll finish the body of the house. In the … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 136)

Place Setting

Finally, a fairly normally week for menu planning and cooking!  Yay!!! We’re still eating gluten but David felt so crummy this week that he decided to go back to gluten free (GF).  He had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for October when they’ll do a blood test for celiac disease but he called the doctor’s office and asked if they could do it now.  They were willing so he had it done on … [Read more...]



My husband really loves salmon so I’m always on the lookout for good salmon recipes.  This recipe for Salmonettes was easy to make, and with a little doctoring, a definite keeper.  The Salmonettes were great for sandwiches but were a little plain to eat by themselves.  A few added spices and this will be a winner. Ingredients: 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) salmon 1 egg, lightly beaten ½ cup … [Read more...]

Chicken & Bean Chili

Chicken & Bean Chili

This delicious Chicken & Bean Chili is so easy to make and it tastes great.  Don’t be scared off by the long list of ingredients – it’s mainly spices.  And if you don’t have one of the spices, leave it out (except the cumin – that’s the most important one). Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 cans … [Read more...]

A Tale of Three Planners


No, they aren’t all mine, although I do often sit on the couch with three planners on my lap (personal, compact and classic) trying to decide which one to use.  But in this case, that’s not what I’m talking about.  What I’m talking about is how three different people use the same planner but in completely different ways.  Take a look: Rachel Rachel is my daughter.  She’s married and expecting … [Read more...]

How to Remember to Close the Garage Door

garage door

Have you ever driven away from your house only to ask yourself, “Did I close the garage door?”  And no matter how hard you tried to remember, you just couldn’t?  So even though you really didn’t have time, you turned around and went back to check.  And, of course, it was closed. I know I’m not the only one who does this.  I’ve heard other people talk about it.  But I get tired of doing it.  I … [Read more...]