Category Archives: Beginnings

Thrifty start

I took the oldest child to a thrift store to get some living-on-your-own basics (all he has, literally, are plates and mugs), and am very happy with what we got for $70: toaster frying pan sauce pan w/ lid can … Continue reading

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Flight of the fledgling

The time that parents both anticipate and dread has arrived in our house: our oldest child is preparing to leave the nest. A war of emotions has me vacillating between joy and sorrow, pride and fear. On the one hand … Continue reading

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Digging in the dirt

As January draws to a close, I look towards spring and get a jump start on my garden by planting seeds indoors for those plants that can handle it. Tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, and a couple of herbs all … Continue reading

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Strung out

I’ve been more or less trying (mostly less) to learn the guitar for, oh, five or six years now. I bought a basic steel string acoustic I affectionately dubbed Big Bertha and signed up for lessons from an ex-rocker, but … Continue reading

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Going SLS-free

As I take my health into my own hands, I have recently added another crusade: SLS (and SLES), known as sodium laurel sulfate (and sodium laureth (laurel ether) sulfate). SLS is an inexpensive surfactant, foaming agent, and degreaser – commonly used in … Continue reading

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Craft show bound

Today I am prepping for a craft show – making lotions, applying labels, packing soap, making signs… Somehow I always put this off to the last possible minute and today is no exception. I love the bustle and variety of … Continue reading

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On growing up

As my birthday draws near, I can’t help but reflect on my life a bit. I’m not quite 40 and I hope to live a good long while yet, but there has been a lot of change in my life … Continue reading

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Getting out of Dodge

To celebrate our anniversary, we decided to get out of town. That is a nice thing about having teenagers – it is so much easier to go somewhere and leave them at home. This year we are taking the train … Continue reading

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All you need is love

Nineteen years ago today I married my soul mate. I don’t know how he’s put up with me all these years, but I’m glad he has. 🙂 We were both so young, it’s impossible to describe what it’s like to … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different

I have quite a few knit projects on the needles at the moment, but that didn’t stop me from picking a new project and casting on last night while watching a movie. This time, however, I’ve started a crochet project. … Continue reading

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