Somehow in all my years, I never quite learned how to do a budget. Or, more accurately, a realistic budget that takes into account my real needs versus my wants, what's coming in versus what's going out, etc. Somehow I'd discard the budget before finishing it, or even acknowledging that it's there. Messed up on … Continue reading A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)
I had to go grocery shopping yesterday because my parakeets needed some more greens and I was down to kale, lettuce, and cauliflower (at least they like 'em). But I also planned to get enough for myself so we could all get healthier. The tricky thing is, I don't mind a bunch of vegetables so … Continue reading Q #161: How do you make healthy salads (& not get sick of them)?
I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that I should maybe get off this "I want to be a writer for a living" kick and try and save up money for a farm, because plants seem to be all I've focused on this past month. Somehow, without planning on it, I started thinking of nearly every size … Continue reading Oops, I did it again… hopefully for the last time this year.
Except for those anxious/exciting days when I was messing with my well system, that feeling of being mentally checked out hasn't budged. When it wasn't really dumb stuff or acts of nature working on me, I was just not there. Honestly, if you asked me what I'd done the past few days, I'd have a … Continue reading Trying to pull myself back up and get my head on straight…
It's become clear to me that other than our tempers, when it comes to the big things, my mother and I are polar opposites. I started yesterday morning off fine & was taking pics of some of what I was pulling from the garden (didn't want to risk losing them to the storm). We had … Continue reading I may have orphaned myself yesterday, but only time (& more dreadful conversations) will tell…
I knew today was just gonna be weird. Started out crazy and never seemed to stop. My computer abruptly (after a storm) stopped connecting to my TV and that led to me finally updating both my computers. My office is a wreck so I've been using the computer in the living room exclusively. Plus, my … Continue reading One way to ensure house cleaning gets done fast: sudden roommates.
My Copy: 9780761116967 (image from bn.com) Well, that was a surprising read. And for the most part, "weedless gardening" seems to really mean weedless. Weedless Gardening has an interesting premise in its pages about how to start gardening and what you're supposed to do with the soil to get your plants a healthy start, whether … Continue reading Weedless Gardening: the hassle-free all-organic system, by L. Reich.
I didn't quite start it like the rooster--my annoying alarm clock was sufficient--but I spent the last few minutes before sleep on a coordinated attack on all the crap I've wanted to do in my yard for months. Since I ended up with an unexpected day off and perfect weather, why the hell wouldn't I … Continue reading This is the first morning in a long time where I’m excited to get up & start my day… weird.
Funny how this is the stereotypical day for "new life, new you" thinking, and the day when everybody posts their goals and the things they want changed at the turn of the calendar. Mine's a little different. I am going through my book list and seeing what I should tackle this year (leaving some lee-way … Continue reading Being overly ambitious with your goals, & getting away from that.
(Def not my location, but the spirit's the same) For a bit there, I thought I might be well on the way to dying. I was probably 20 minutes in before I felt the beginnings of a stitch in my side. Oh, I did NOT want that. It's been over a year since I'd done … Continue reading My first day back at cardio kickboxing… nice to know I lasted instead of dying.