Monday, October 6, 2014

I still haven't been able to find any pallets for my compost pile but I've  been making some headway in my quest for self-sufficiency. 
This week I plan to try baking bread for the first time. I've made cakes and cookies from scratch before but bread has always intimidated me because it has to rise. We are going through a ton of bread between the two boys and their love of toast and Hagelslag sandwiches so learning to bake my own bread just makes sense. 
In other news we have a new family member. He is a Chihuahua Daschund mix, a chiweenie. He is little but fierce especially when it comes to toes as seen in the picture below:

Having a dog is a new experience for me because I am a cat person. Thankfully the two kittens are learning to get along with him and they all play and sleep together:

We are working on teaching him not to nip and also to go potty outside which is not as easy as I thought it would be.  Litter box training cats is much easier. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Back to composting: I have a plan!

After Googling and searching Pinterest, I've decided that I need 3 or 4 wooden pallets. I'm going to then wire them together to either make a triangle (3 pieces) or a square (4 pieces) and that will be my compost bin. Genius, right? Now to find pallets. And figure out how to haul them home. Hmm. I think that'll be the hard part.
I need to start a compost pile. If I do it now, maybe I'll have some nice compost by Spring.

I've read all about it but never actually done it because we've moved so much. This house is a rental too, but I have a little yard and place to compost this time.

I'm starting to feel really settled here. It isn't ideal but it is comfortable.

It's tough sometimes, not being a homeowner. Rentals feel temporary which can be a sad feeling. Especially when you have a family.

If it were our house, I'd replace the bathroom sink vanity, put ceiling fans in all of the rooms, re-do the kitchen so that the sink is under the window and the cabinets were better positioned and put up a privacy fence.

Oh and turn the extra closet in the boy's room into a bookshelf to improve storage.

I could come up with more if I went through my Pinterest boards. It makes me wonder if I should suggest just trying to purchase this house from our landlords.

Hmm. It's an idea but I guess that I'll start with the compost bin and planting more things and see how it goes.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Do I really have to have a title for each post?

One of my cats drowned my smartphone.

It has been over a week now. With Hubby transitioning into his new job, money is tight, so I'm making do without one. We do have a house phone so it isn't too big of a deal.

The first few days of not being constantly attached to social media was hard. I couldn't keep tabs on Facebook all day and I was a little tense. Pretty sick, huh?

I think I miss the camera part the most. My regular digital camera is old and slow and clunky. My phone was with me all the time so I was constantly snapping pictures. Even cruddy cell phone pictures are better than my regular camera. I also really, really miss Instagram. Looking at everyone's IG pictures online isn't the same.

I'm getting caught up on my letter or postcard a week goal for this year. I'd really gotten behind. I need to find more people to write to though. I use postcrossing when I start to get overwhelmed with my postcard collection. Hubby brings me a few every time he comes home but they can add up if I don't stay on top of sending them out.

I'm also reading more. Current book is "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs. The story itself is pretty peculiar. It's very imaginative and sort of scary and I'm really enjoying it. I went ahead and bought the sequel "Hollow City" so that I can keep following the story.

I love book series because I always want to know what happens next. I was one of the people traumatized when Harry Potter ended. I read the sequel to "Gone With The Wind" which was written by a different author decades later, just because I had to know what might might have happened to Scarlett and Rhett. It is a pretty unbelievable continuation of Scarlett's story but I sort of disconnected myself from the original and wound up really enjoying it. Don't tell my mother though. She thinks "Scarlett" is a literary sin. I have not gone on to read "Rhett's People" though. I was satisfied enough with the ending in "Scarlett", as weird and wild as it was.

What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

160 today

I'm 160 pounds today.

I'm going to cut out wine for the next two weeks and see what happens.

Orange goodness is here!

I won the Orange Giveaway from A Swap For All Seasons and the package came today! 

It was stuffed with goodies, all of which were orange. There is washi tape, cupcake lines, craft thread, fabric, buttons, two beautiful handmade Halloween cards, and more. It is all so delightful! Thank you so much Linda

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This is me

Oh my, this sad little neglected blog is still here.

I made two posts and then forgot it. Hah. Poor little thing.

I really like the forty eleven cats name though, so I'm back to take up the reins.

I feel like I have forty eleven cats right now. There is a pretty blue-eyed Siamese-y looking stray that keeps dumping her babies on us PLUS we wound up with two other homeless kittens. I'm fixing them as I can and I'm trying to get Mama to hang out long enough to be caught and fixed. Just an fyi y'all:

And a gratuitous snuggly kitten picture because KITTENS:

In the mean time, I've rehomed two of them, but still have two. Big Little has adopted one of them so I know she is going to have to stay. She is the sweetest, most patient cat. Big Little just hauls her around with his toys and she stays with him. She sleeps in his bed and hangs out in the crook of his arm when he is on the couch watching movies.

He is trying to look past me at his movie while I was taking the picture. Stinker.

Soooo... This blog. I'm staying home now and I'm going to use this to chronicle parenting, cats, thrifting, being a trucker's wife, cooking and craft successes and fails, and whatever else pops up. Let me know if you're following along.