Copper’s Day Off – Crunching the Numbers Edition

My husband was home today. Hooray!

We spent a good portion of the day adjusting our budget. It’s not a task either of us particularly relish.

We are, quite happily, debt-free now, with the exception of our home. That made making the budget adjustments for rising utility and food costs a […]

Home Cookin’ – Menu Plan Monday

There’s nothing like good, old-fashioned home cooking! From pancakes fresh off the griddle in the morning, to Steak Burrito Bowls at lunch, and ending the day with a family favorite for dinner, home cooking is just plain ol’ good!

I’m already mapping out some new recipes to try in the coming weeks, but this week […]

The S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Acrostic

The S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Acrostic. The week as captured in eight photos and eight words, in an acrostic format.












The Hundred Days

It’s not a secret that I love to read. I read from a wide variety of genre, including the occasional jaunts into a series of novels. Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novels were one such series. There are twenty complete novels in the series, and I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them. Unfortunately, Mr. O’Brian died […]

Fixing the “Broken Window” in the Schoolroom

I’ve had a broken window in my schoolroom for several months. Oh, don’t worry. There was no broken glass involved. I’ve talked about the broken window concept before in this post. In brief, one broken window in a neighborhood, if left unrepaired, might lead to other windows being broken by vandals, leading to a slow, […]

Copper’s Day Off – My Baby Is Thirteen Edition

My husband declined the opportunity for overtime today because we had a birthday to celebrate. I love my kids’ birthdays. I always have! Celebrating their special day, taking them out to the restaurant of their choice for dinner (or lunch, as we did today), inviting extended family in, and watching them blow out the candles […]

This Week’s Menu – January 23, 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted our menus. I’ve been following more of a Flying By The Seat of Your Pants Approach to menu planning for the last several weeks. It works for me for awhile, but sooner or later I hit that brick wall of reality and need to get back to a system […]

Showing love

It’s interesting, I think, when a friend who blogs links to to a post I’ve written in the past. It’s humbling, too, especially when I go back and re-read the post and realize that I’ve not followed through as I’d hoped I would, or, as in this case, that I’ve not made any forward progress […]

Copper’s Day Off – Red Couch Edition

Today was Copper’s day off. It’s been quite a long while since he’s been home with us on a Monday. All of the overtime he’s been working has been directed toward some needful things in and around our home.


Our big couch was in fairly good shape, the love seat […]

Just Like Riding a Bicycle

I’m a home body by preference. We’ve made some choices in the last few weeks that mean I will be spending more time out and about. William is trying out for baseball this weekend, which means practice days and game days will take me to town a few times a week. I am also taking […]