Money Savers: Christmas

I recently read somewhere that a woman felt her family would understand if their presents this year had to come from Walmart. Wait! You can afford Walmart and you think your family would look down on you for that? I aspire to be able to afford Walmart! Darn, woman! What the heck?!!! So, here IContinue reading “Money Savers: Christmas”

Cranberry Sauce Solution

For years I have avoided cranberry sauce. I like cranberries (as witnessed by my cranberry bread!) I even like to eat dried cranberries or put the jellied cranberry sauce into thumbprint (jolly jelly) cookies. However, every year when I face whether to bother with cranberry sauce, since only child #2 really likes it, I wonderContinue reading “Cranberry Sauce Solution”

A Recipe for Disaster

When I was growing up we didn’t have much. We had a place to live and food, but not much more. My dad, as I mentioned before, had suffered two heart attacks before I was just barely five and was not able to work. Really, it was a miracle that he lived at all. MyContinue reading “A Recipe for Disaster”

Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving 2020 approaches, I feel a deep sadness at the way it is being rushed, so that Christmas can come faster. You do realize that pushing Christmas doesn’t really make it come any faster, right? Anymore than we could make it come faster as children. Over the years it seems that Christmas has beenContinue reading “Giving Thanks”

Cranberry Pecan Bread

I used to make cranberry bread when I was a teen, before I found out that I had celiac disease, and subsequently, dairy issues. I had found a recipe in one of my mom’s old cookbooks, and baked it several times a year, whenever I could find fresh cranberries. It was flavorful, sweet, and wonderfulContinue reading “Cranberry Pecan Bread”

Mental Health Update-Child #3

You may remember my writings regarding my third child. She has struggled greatly with the abuses piled on her by her father. Since he is no longer in our lives (thank you, Jesus!) I am left to deal with the fallout of so many years of abuse. Currently, she has eight different diagnoses, and strugglesContinue reading “Mental Health Update-Child #3”

Old Movies

Child #2 and I watched “Going My Way” tonight. It’s an old black and white movie from the 1940’s starring Bing Crosby. That child had not seen it yet! Now, we watch “Holiday Inn” at least once a year as well as the old “Miracle on 34th Street,” but “Going My Way was a newContinue reading “Old Movies”

To Win at what Price?

I visited my mom today. If you have been a follower of my blog for long, you know that we have had a tempestuous relationship with my extended family, since I kicked my now-ex-husband out of my house over four years ago. She took his side, ignoring the fact that he was terribly abusive toContinue reading “To Win at what Price?”