My wish list

July 31, 2007 at 8:54 pm | Posted in frugal, simplicity | 2 Comments

Having spent so many days reading through Mother Earth News, I have found all these cool books I want to read along with some cool items for the future homestead.

Wall shelf drying rack $76

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Glass bell butter keeper $14

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Clothesline $169

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I lucked out and checked out our library system’s online catalogue and found almost all the books I had been wanting to read. If I had bought all the books, I would have spent $375! I love the library! While looking for those books I even found some more. I hope that I will soon have figured out a lot of the homesteading ideas I am aiming for. If I am gonna do it from scratch, and do it right, I had better start now!How about you all? Any big ideas of things you would love to own? Are any of you planning your future “green” homes?

I like to dress myself and it shows!

July 31, 2007 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Doesn’t this handsome little fellow have an incredible sense of style?!?                                     self-dressed-boy-e.jpg

Lookie —>

July 30, 2007 at 4:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I got myself one of them there map thingies! Ya’ll put yourself on it and tell me how it goes! I feel so high-tech!

Upbeat Update

July 29, 2007 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

 

Things are going well. With Karma Hubby and myself both seeing Psychologists, talking a lot, and really being honest, things are going better. There was a huge fight between Karma Hubby’s sister and myself (via computer) where she laid out some stuff that really woke him up. Nothing like having someone go after a loved one to get ones resolve up. He really jumped up to it after that! He realized that he cannot shut himself off from everyone, both physically and mentally, and expect things to go well. He realized that by not allowing his feelings to show they must have mistaken his silence as agreement with their disapproval of me and/or my ways. It also helped me to realize that I don’t need him to defend my actions with them all the time. SIL chose to write me off and has decided to have nothing else to do with me. This makes things all the easier. It means he isn’t caught in this weird situation between his sister and his wife. It is quite freeing to me knowing I will be able to live my life without worrying about them approving of me.

Sigh. Of. Relief.

We lost our air conditioner a few days ago also. This has brought us together even more as we must fight the sweltering summer heat to keep the kids cool. Nothing like mutual crisis to bring folks together! Gotta love the subtropical temperatures and living old school. Folks used to live in the South with out AC, the only thing that has changed is house construction and our tolerance. Sure helps me with the planning for the future homestead.

Anyway, for now, things are looking up. I hope you all are also having good times. I know that with Ms L.

( http://thoseweirdhomeschoolers.blogspot.com/ ) having gotten herself a new place, and Muzakosis ( http://muzakosis.wordpress.com/ ) heading up North near her, there will be tales of new homes coming. Add in Alice ( http://alicesair.blogspot.com/ ) and Giselle ( http://gisellestotalwasteofbandwidth.blogspot.com/ ) getting ready to have babies, and my Belle ( http://bigassbelle.blogspot.com/ ) on vacation, there has got to be some exciting stories to tell. Stay tuned to all things good in your life and love each moment for what you can learn and grow by!!!!!! Peace out my Sistas!

Happy Birthday Shana!!!!!!!!

July 28, 2007 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Happy BIrthday Shana!!!

You are the

Bestest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Going home

July 25, 2007 at 4:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

We had a nice last day together, and got the mini-van-of love packed. We are trying to head out much earlier than we did before. So far so good. We had a nice dinner, and said our goodbyes. We put the kids into their jammies, and I gave them each a yarn doll that Shana tried to teach me how to make that day. We stopped and got a jumbo cappuccino and hit the road.                                                                                       ready-to-ride-e.jpg

 Apparently I drive to fast. I thought everyone knew this. I am a country gal who is used to winding roads full of big holes. Put me on an interstate and it is so on! So, for the first 6 ½ hours, I drove and I drove it like it was hot! The more responsible driver then took over and I dozed. We eventually switched off back and forth till we arrived home. It was good to be home and Karma Hubby was totally shocked. I was so tired it was all a bit of a blur. We all hugged and kissed and unloaded the van. Shana and I said our goodbyes and I went in, showered, and crashed. I got up to check a weeks worth of e-mails and blogs. After that, it was house cleaning time.

It is always so amazing how much stuff there is to do when you come back from vacation. Karma Hubby had done a darn good job of keeping up with things, but there is always more. Sigh. Everything seems to be going well so far, and I think we are gonna get back in a good swing of things in no time.

The final chapter of Wisconsin

July 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Well, I am nearing the end of my stay here. It is to much to ask of such a caring family to disrupt their lives with my emotional self, and my un-ruly kids. I feel like Karma Hubby and I may be on the track to understanding and a peaceful co-exisistance. He saw his Psychologist and gained a bit of insight into what he has been doing and why. He seems to really be aware of how much he has tuned out to all of us and is trying to re-connect. I admire him for that. It is never easy to screw up and be caught, but to stand up and be accountable for wherever the chips may fall, that is rare indeed. This is one of the reasons I will not shut him out of my life or the life of our kids.

I feel more confident now in the fact that I can handle all of this and keep my family whole, even if it is in a new definition. The kids are homesick, and so am I (only a little though). I have an appointment with a Psychologist coming up in a few days, and I hope that will also help me to handle all of this in a positive manner. We keep changing the game plan on when to leave, but after a wonderful dinner at the local “Hugo’s Pizza” I think we have decided to leave this weekend. Poor Shana will be stuck with me on the ride down again, as we have to get her car, and then she will be returning ASAP. That is a lot of driving! I will miss the exciting action here, like going to the Piggly Wiggly (Yup! They really exist outside of stories)pigglywigglye.jpg and farm shopping for the homestead of my dreams, but a gal eventually must return home. I will miss the good time had in Wisconsin, and hope that the next time I am up this way, it is under better circumstances.

Day 6

July 19, 2007 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Well! My standing up seems to have shaken him up a little! He has made an appointment with a Psychologist and has started taking care of things around the house. I was kind of amazed. It was like a light went off on what he is doing and he is really trying to start shaping up! A gal can hope! I have felt much more calm today. I think I just really needed to say some of the things I did to him. I needed to feel that he really understood the impact this was having on his family. I finally think he does. He actually seems excited about seeing the therapist!

Well, the fun with farm life never ends around here! We have been blueberry picking-so much fun, and got lost for hours trying to find an interactive dairy farm we heard about. This kind of stuff can wear a body out.

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It was great to get to visit for a while about the future homestead I am gonna have, and to talk of all the mundane little things that happen in the world. I have been enjoying this simple life and have clued by into many of my hippy ways. I now have a great recipe for Kale Chips, and a brush up on the healthy way to cook! Shana has always been an inspiration to healthy living and frugality. She has started me off on so many healthy paths in life, and regularly exposes me to new ideas that I never would have thought of. One of my biggest and most guilty pleasures on this trip was the reading of all her back issues of Mother Earth Magazine. I am really planning out the homestead and what we are going to have on it. I am thinking Llamas. Apparently they make good guard animals and I can use their wool to crochet. I am enthralled with greywater systems and solar energy systems. It is a useful way to take my mind off the harsher realities when I need to. I have the feeling though that things are only going to get better from here on out!

Day 5

July 18, 2007 at 4:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The kids call their dad several times a day, especially at bedtime. They then cry themselves silly cause they miss him so much. All of this has me quite miserable, so I assumed (yeah! I know that that makes me!) that their father would also be a little sad. Wrong. He went out to a movie with a co-worker. A guy. I never met this guy. I know many of his co-workers and this one I don’t. The last movie he took me to was Titanic. They went to a movie. He told me. WTF?!? Why tell me that?!? He says they are just “friends.” I am not buying it. I was so crushed all I could do was break down and bawl like a colicky baby. Once recovered, I decided I was through being all nice and stuff and trying to spend all my time considering his feelings. He obviously was not considering mine. I then cracked down and laid some new rules. These include, I don’t wanna know about dates, no dates in the house (the same would apply to me if I were dating) and that I was gonna get some legal protection. He agreed to all, and so now there is an attempt to get all the bankruptcy stuff into his name, and for me to get some things taken care of to keep the kids safe financially. This way, I can hope, that if there is total mind-loss, he will not ditch me and the kids where we wind up in a bad apartment, the kids in public school, and me working two jobs. That was not the life we chose for our kids when we decided to become parents. There is no reason for them to suffer just because he wants to change the game plan. They didn’t ask for this. I am still trying to keep the kids from hearing as much of this as possible. They get to hear the personal niceties when I talk to him on the phone, and the serious adult stuff is handled in another room, or after bedtime. My Hosts are wonderful about “protecting” them when something comes up. They help me have that privacy. They know I am not in there just gossiping so they allow me the flexibility to disappear with the phone, and have few minutes to recover before I return to the room. I am glad to have them here for that. They gave great hugs after this and just shook their heads with me. There really isn’t much to say about it all, it is just a head shaker.

Day 3 and 4

July 17, 2007 at 2:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Day three we went and nabbed another lady from church’s kid and went strawberry picking. He is the same age as Karma Boy so it was great for the boy to have someone to play with! How beautiful is that sky?!?strawberriese1.jpg

  The weather seems to be perfect all the time here! We picked tons of and they are delicious. We had time to get cleaned up and then went to a church softball game. My host is on the team so we got to watch him run about and “play ball!” Those Church Ladies in the stands can be quite funny over softball! We then returned said child and went home.Day four was another church softball game, this time it was the ladies. The stands were more quiet with the women on the field, but it was still fun! The Karma kids love running around the large grassy areas and climbing on the poles to the bleachers. There was also piles of dirt to play in. On the men’s softball night one of the moms had brought toy cars for the kids to play with. These were those big plastic trucks and dozers. I thought it was such a great idea that I went out and got my kids a little set of cars (the small metal ones) for them to share when out. It went over very well. Look how much fun they are having!softballsharinge.jpgI have never been a big fan of baseball or softball, but maybe it is because I have only ever seen it played in the South. There, folks have on long sleeves and had stadium blankets over their knees! It was actually cool/cold! I could handle outdoor sports better if I lived in a more mild climate.

The kids are crying all the time when there is mention of Daddy cause they miss him so much! We are now officially all co-sleeping again so the kids can get some sleep. Note I said the kids, cause I sure am not sleeping between my two wigglers. So, I am exhausted, physically and mentally, and trying to keep a good face forward. To add to it, I am on antibiotics. I got an old paint chip under my nail when doing some park clean up. It bothered me on the drive up. I dug it out the next morning, and then it really kept swelling till it was just gross. We called in for antibiotics, and still had to open it up with an exacto knife. It felt so much better after that. Within days I was able to start using my finger again. It is a real bummer to have an infected pointer finger!

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