To Trust..or Not?

The trust issue: I've been wrestling with it lately. Maybe I've always been subconsciously struggling with it, but circumstances in recent times have perhaps brought the issue to the forefront and forced me to deal with it. In years past, we've trusted con men/women and have been burned, but brushed it off as a "lesson... Continue Reading →

Fall Mushroom Find!

Exploring along our creek bed the other day, I came upon this beautiful cluster of "honey" mushrooms (armillaria sp.) and harvested a full 5-gal bucket of them! Here's the process I used to clean and preserve them: The stems of the armillaria "honey" mushroom are woody and stringy, so they need to be discarded. What... Continue Reading →

Journey to Going Green – Part 3 (Conclusion)

Recent experience has us second guessing this whole solar thing. Granted, turning off all the lights whenever leaving a room, not letting the water run when brushing your teeth or doing dishes, buying manual kitchen gadgets instead of electric ones, etc. is part of lowering one's footprint and helps toward living green... but when it... Continue Reading →

One Humble Chicken

One single humble chicken can go a long way! Here’s how we used up a chicken:Seasoned and oven-roasted for a delicious dinner. With the leftovers, we did the following:1. Picked the good meat off of the bones and put in 1 Qt container to enjoy later. 2. Covered the remaining carcass with water and slow-boiled... Continue Reading →

Moving: It’s a Beast! (but not a burden…)

We have moved many, many times in our 30 years of marriage. We've made several international moves, cross-country moves, across-town moves, you name it. There's something exciting about getting a fresh start...and something daunting in the process. Well, we're at it again! In every place we've moved, we've had new experiences and learned from each... Continue Reading →

Divulging the Dream

There is a woman whom I recently met online. We have many mutual friends, mutual backgrounds, mutual "stomping grounds," etc.  In other words, we have huge commonalities.  We hit it off right away and became fast friends.  We've spoken on the phone, kept in touch daily via social media in our mutual group memberships and... Continue Reading →

When is Enough, Enough?!

"It's not clutter, it's my collection." "I am just sentimental.  I can't throw anything away.  Everything has a story behind it." "I plan on fixing this up someday and reselling it." "I can always use this for parts to fix something else!" "I love to give gifts, and I really know that [so and so]... Continue Reading →

Journey to Going Green – Part 2

As stated in the first part of "Going Green" we are still in the process of debt elimination. That's a slow work in progress.  What I'm going to write about in Part 2, you may balk at the investment I'm going to talk about, but believe me, it's worth it in the end.  And it's... Continue Reading →

Journey to Going Green – Part 1

It's been a dream in the making for several years, this "going green" thing.  Not because of the "global warming" hype you hear in the media.  Not because of the tree-hugging advocates and lobbyists.  It simply boiled down to our need to live a much simpler lifestyle, reduce our daily stress and save money in... Continue Reading →

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