Thursday, February 26, 2009

Simple Solutions: No More Shaving!

I am one that truly loves to simplify things, especially the everyday things that just get tedious and cost us money. In this quest, I began by trying to find a way to not have to buy razors, blades etc., but still have smooth skin on my legs. In my quest I started with Nads, it is that gooey stuff that you put on and then yank it off, removing the hair. I found this to actually work pretty well but you did have to do it quite often and that stuff is not cheap, therefore there is no frugality there at all, although I didn't have to shave quite as often and of course didn't have to use a razor.
Well, I have lately been seeing a commercial for Smooth Away, you just take this little pad and rub it around on your legs, underarms, etc. I thought it would simply be the most wonderful thing if in fact it did work but had no faith at all that it would, therefore I didn't consider ordering it...but still was curious :O)
Then, a couple of weeks ago an online friend mentioned that she bought some at CVS and she loved it, she said it really worked well. This friend is a very frugal, make do kind of person so I knew if she recommended it, it must work very well!
Maiden and I looked at our CVS and sadly found none, but a few days later we saw an ad for it at Walgreens and decided on our next errand day we would try to get some.
We did find it at Walgreens and as soon as we got home we tried it and I have to tell you that it works great! It actually works for your legs, underarms and those little annoyances on the chin ;o) One thing I have to say about them is really read the directions and follow them, there is a method to using these but it is super simple.
The package costs $9.99 but you get quite a few replacement pads and they seem to last pretty long also, definitely something I want to stock up on....imagine after all those years of shaving to finally throw the razor away...Yippee!! Oh this would have saved me so much skin back in the 70's and 80's..we didn't have the nice smooth razors they have now and I had not just a few nicks but some real bad abrasions on the shin from the blade going a bit too deep.
Well, that's my simple solution for today...and a darn good one I think!

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Click above to go to Peggy's daybook blog and read her's and other dear ladies daybooks for today.

For Today...
Monday February 23, 2009

Outside my window... beautiful sunshine making the snow on the ground shimmer and shine


I am thinking... my whole schedule is thrown off because dh decided to surprise us and take off the next four days!!!...but hey - schedule be gone!!!! we're gonna just enjoy having him home with us!

I am thankful for...
my dear in-laws feeling okay and being able to stay by themselves again...they are so thankful for that also...God is so good, all the time!


From the kitchen...
breakfast muffins, tuna salad and carrots for lunch, swiss steak for supper


I am reading...
through the Love Dare, hav
en't started the dare yet

I am hoping...
things will warm up a bit very soon...bitter cold here


I am creating...
a nice tidy little sewing area to make skirts for dd and I


I am hearing... the coffee percolating

Around the house... laundry and tidy

One of my favorite things... is having dh home, especially a nice surprise of 4 days, he works 18 hour days, so now he can get so much rest home with us!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
no plans, just forget the sche
dule and planning and enjoy some family time!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with yo
u...not one of my pics but this is desktop background, so cozy and comfy

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Simple Seasons of Life

I just realized today that Wildcat Man and I are in a whole new season of our lives. Sometimes things like this just creep up on you and you're totally caught unaware. We have always been very funloving people, our kids have grown up with constant laughter in our home; not the laughter of ridicule, the laughter of joy. We have always taken every opportunity to find a reason to smile every day, in the 26 years of our marriage that's not always been easy but you have to do it anyway!
We have dealt with our share of problems, health issues in our children, wildcat man having to work in D.C. for three years, flying back and forth every week, health issues in us, money issues...there are many reasons to not look for the joy in life but we refuse to let go of the joy.
We have never been really serious people, that's just not who we are and I believe you can see that in our grown children also, we still have so much laughter when we're together!
In the past couple of weeks we've had to deal with my father in law having a very serious prognosis with his heart, it doesn't look good at all, but he is back home and out of the hospital, there simply is nothing they can do for him. In watching him deal with this I've seen where my sweet Wildcat Man gets his humor and zest for life. Today we visited them and he is just the same as always, he tires much quicker but he is still finding humor in life and in the midst of his own problems, he's nurturing and kind to his wife (my sweet mother in law) as she deals with her own issues of diabetes and her sugar dropping extremely low. He takes care of her and has no concern for himself at all, what an excellent example that is for our kids to see. These two people put themselves last always while taking care of the other one, they of course must take care of their own health issues but they are so full of love and compassion for their spouse, isn't this the perfect example of how we should all live our lives?
So sweet hubby and I find that we are in a brand new season of life, the season of caring for our parents, it's not a burden to us at all and it never will be because these people sacrificed all of their lives for us...we simply can't do enough for them.
Our lives are certainly different in that we have to spend more time cooking for them, taking them to Dr. appts., staying with them overnight, taking care of housework etc. but it's not a burden to bear...it's a joy and a blessing for us to give something back to them, be it our time, cooking meals, just sitting with them while they have some episodes...we don't mind at all.
God is good, all the time. His timing is perfect and He never, ever fails us. What an incredible comfort that is to us.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

Click the above picture to go to Peggy's daybook...and many other sweet ladies!


For Today...

Outside my window... very sunny, the trees are so
very bare with all of our snow gone and it's very, very cold!

I am thinking...about the recipes we'll be making all week to take to Wildcat Man's parents, they're both having some physical issues and we want to make them some good healthy and hearty food.

I am thankful for... for my sweet father-in-love being out of the hospital and home, there will be no surgery and the prognosis for all of his heart issues is not good but the Lord is in cont
rol.

From the kitchen... Bekah is making Pancetta wrapped pork roast, whole wheat bread, I'm making broccoli, hash brown casserole and 7 layer salad

I am reading... A book from the Guidepost Sparrow Island series

I am creating... Lots of skirts for Bekah and me

I am hearing... Bekahs music in the kitchen while she rolls out our bread

Around the house... the usual homekeeping and some extra clearing of items that can be packed away so we have a more clutter free home, especially as we may be moving soon, always best to be planned and packed ahead!

One of my favorite things... organizing...I have to ag
ree with Peggy on this, Bekah and I absolutely love organizing our home!

A few plans for the rest of the week... lot's of cooking for Bekah and me, deliveries courtesy of Puritan and Wildcat Man

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
My veggies I've been cleaning and chopping this afternoon:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lovely Simple Days


I have been a keeper at home for well over 24 years now, that simply means that I do not work outside of the home and my joy is in keeping my home and keeping my family all taken care of, yes I said that's my joy!
We spend a tremendous amount of time at home, seriously we generally do not leave our home for the five days that wildcat man works, we only have one car right now since our van was sent to it's eternal reward to Goodwill, at least someone can tinker with it and drive it now...but we are true homebodies which the dictionary defines as:

home⋅bod⋅y

–noun, plural -bod⋅ies.
a person who prefers pleasures and activities that center around the home; stay-at-home.

Origin:
1815–25, Americanism; home + body

Truly, if you knew me you would know that this describes me to a tee! A part of being a keeper at home means that I must stay home! Being without a car right now definitely dictates I stay home but truly I'm happy about that. We do have to do quite a bit of planning to make sure we have what we need in the kitchen for the full week, although we could go to the store late at night when Wildcat Man comes home I prefer to be with him when he's home, therefore we have to plan ahead for all of our meals etc.
I know alot of ladies that truly thrive on 'going', they say they are homekeepers but they are away from their homes most days, that just doesn't seem exactly the way it should be but I know for a fact it's not the way I want to be. I'm not a person that is always running places. Even when our kids were younger and we were homeschooling them, we spent most of our time at home. We did have a lot of fun on Wildcat Man's off days, we would go for long drives and stop whenever we wanted just to do some learning, like at the Markland Dam, or just to have some fun! We never needed things to have fun, just a creek to throw rocks in or some hills to run up and down or some trails to hike on. When we went on vacation we always loved to go to Gatlinburg, there are so many hiking trails there and although Bekah and I did love to visit the shops we spent most of our time outdoors walking and hiking...soo much fun!
Life is not much different now than it was then, we spend most of our time at home but the days of going on long drives are over for now. Woodsman is working a lot and living on his own and that era has passed so we stay pretty close to home most of the time. We have more responsibilities with our parents now, helping them whenever they need us, but we are more than happy to do this because we feel very blessed to still have them with us...it's funny but now that they and we are older we've become the best of friends and love them so very much!
Maiden and I like to spend a lot of our time cooking for them, especially when they're having some health issues as Wildcat Man's parents are right now, we love to cook for them to make things easier and they always enjoy our meals (of course we all enjoy some else's cooking and some different meals not prepared by us don't we???!!) so that is our joy and we have plenty of meals lined up for this week to cook and deliver.
Maiden makes the best breads, mine, hers and Puritans' are her whole wheat bread but Wildcat Man and Woodsman will only eat her white bread (which is heavenly fresh out of the oven with some butter!!)...but we are definitely focusing on cooking healthy meals, cutting way down on salt.
We do use butter, whole milk etc. because we do like to cook in the Nourishing Traditions style. For us there are not really any restrictions but we do like to keep the sodium to a minimum.
Puritan is very good with electronics so he is called on quite a bit for help to help with their electronics etc., my parents have computers and have learned quite a bit about theirs, Wildcat man's parents have no desire whatsoever to use a computer...that's just their way but they do call on Puritan to fix their CD player, TV, remotes etc., they truly appreciate it because they find them very frustrating!
Well, although it's Sunday we do have a meal to prepare for dinner, Maiden is making a Pancetta wrapped Pork Roast and we'll have broccoli and a potato casserole to go with it. Always plenty to do but we put the Lord above it all, this is His day and we honor His Word for today...and everyday.
God Bless

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just a Simple Kentucky Girl

Did you ever notice that just when you have all of your peas lined up in the pod and feel like you've finally got things down and your plans are falling in place...that reality sets in and you see that all the planning in the world cannot prepare us for the unexpected.
I find that what I want to be in life is just a simple little Kentucky girl living a simple existence with my family and extended family (and I have a huge extended family!!!), but in fact as I go about my plans and visualizing the way I want things to be...reality hits and all the plans are out the door! Somehow we get so caught up in our vision of how we want life to be that our visions and fantasies forget that reality might just creep up and change it all.
I'm a visionary type of person and can see just how I want things to be so I set off on my little journey of hoping I can make it all come true....but sadly when I'm well into my plans, well, I remember that I forgot to ask the Lord if indeed this was the road He wanted me to travel. Yes, over and over again I keep making the same old mistakes, I want to rush into this or that and forget to make sure that it would be honoring to Him if these things happen or if I even start them to begin with. Now, you would think I would learn after doing this over and over again but it's just my stubborn will, I forget that I need to step back and stop trying to control everything.
You see, my plans should simply be following His Plan and being an empty vessel for Him to fill with what He needs me to be...I find myself once again having to ask forgiveness from Our Heavenly Father because I try to put myself first. What a terribly ridiculous thing to do.
There is no way I can be in His Will if I'm not following Him...and if I'm not in His Will I might as well be nothing at all.
I pray to die to self so I can be what He needs me to be and I find that I have to do this daily...you see it's not a simple thought that you can have occasionally, it's a total commitment and just like our relationships here on earth, our relationship with our Father must have our constant attention and we must always remember that He wants the best for us, but sadly what He knows is best for us may not fit into our plans...what an awful thought that we would pass by the sweet grace He wants to shower us with just so we can follow our own path.
I pray today that this simple Kentucky girl will stop her own planning and fall into His...I know His is so much sweeter.
You see following along in my plan I forgot to remember that the bottom may fall out of it but I always want to be where He wants me to be so when things happen, I can fall into the comfort and peace of Him.
Please pray for my father in law, he is going to have multiple bypass, valve replacement and an aorta stint surgery in the next couple of days. The prognosis looks dim but we know the Lord is the bright shining light of hope.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Choosing Simplicity

Wow, it seems like every time you turn the TV on or even go to a website you've got adds thrown at you for everything you 'need'! That got me to thinking about what we really do need and I'm ashamed to admit that I live with such an abundant amount of stuff.
A while back I read a series of books about a fam
ily that lives through a year or so of no electricity, no water, no telephones, no source of communication at all except for the postal service and they didn't have vehicles to use (because all of the vehicles stopped working when the power went out, except for the old cars), anyway this of course was a fiction series but the same thing could happen any day. Natural disasters as well as man made disasters could stop all of our systems that supply us at any time. I'm not a doomsday person, I am a Christian and believe that as long as we love the Lord and follow His Word, He will see us through but I truly believe that He expects us to help ourselves and our neighbors when tough times occur and regardless of where we live we could have to do without electricity, water, phones, sanitation, gas, automobiles, and for me I think about all the appliances we use on a daily basis.
We buy whole coffee beans and grind them with our manual grinder...this one:it works very well and never gives us a problem and of course we can use it even if we have no power, to brew our coffee we use this:We currently use the 8 cup style but will soon be getting the 12 cup to be able to serve a larger crowd with it. We find our coffee to be very good and tasty.
Now, the coffee grinder was pricey when we bought it, but we've had it for years and it will still serve us well for many years to come because it is cast iron and we take good care of it. The percolators are a bit pricey also, but they are workhorses, we've had ours for a number of years and it's so very simple that there is nothing to break on it. Initially when we bought ours it had a pla
stic percolator at the top but it did break after a while and we ordered the glass one from Lehmans and have never had a problem since.
We do own a washer and dryer but I would love to have the James washer and do our laundry by hand and then hang on a clothes line. Wildcat does not share my pioneering dreams so insists on me having a
washer and dryer...maybe one day!
We also have a nice coleman charcoal grill and we have put wood in it and used it for cooking also, we had a gas grill but we were very uncomfortable using it and were happy to get back to a charcoal grill!...we were actually terrified of the gas grill and craved the simplicity of doing it ourselves by hand...no gas!
Whenever I see the adds for electric hot dog steamers, inside the shell egg scramblers, etc. I think what a cluttered kitchen peopl
e must have to have all of these 'must have' appliances...no thank you, I'll happily do it with my pots and pans and whisks!
Then there are the appliances that actually make more work for you, what about the microwave french fry cooker:
...now who wants to put those french fries in the little holes one at a time, and then of course you have to wash the thing after the fries are done...and it would take filling this up about three times for our family of five, our men like a lot of french fries!
Well, this isn't even an option for us because we got rid of our microwave years ago and will never have another one. I really felt like it took up my counter space that I needed for rolling out bread dough, preparing our food etc. and we have never missed it at all, if we need to heat something up we just put it in a pan or in the oven.
We definitely believe in choosing simplicity instead of buying everything that comes along, our manual tools work great and do an excellent job for us.











Monday, February 9, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook


To visit Peggy's Daybook and see the other ladies daybooks click on the photo above!
For Today...Feb. 9, 2009

Outside my window... very sunny and getting warmer, all of our huge snow is melted but now the grass and trees are just brown...I miss the pretty snow!

I am thinking...
of the list of things I have to do today


I am thankful for...
that my father in law is okay after coming close to a heart attack on Friday, thank you Lord!


From the kitchen...
chicken and dumplings


I am reading...
Mystery and the Minister's Wife series, they are so good!


I am hop
ing... dear father in law gets to leave the hospital this week

I am creating...
lots of new skirts for daughter and I


I am hearing...
Christopher and Katie playing FIFA09, it's a soccer game on XBOX, the only video game they play


Around the house...
cardmaking supplies needed to be organized and put in their place


One of my favorite things...
talking to my husband, he's not really the talkative type but when he does talk I learn so much about him, even after 28 years!


A few plans for the rest of the week...
keep the homefir
es burning while my husband works and makes trips to the hospital to visit his dad and stays some nights with his mom so she won't be alone.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....the view from my office window in the summertime!!...sure miss the green!



Wednesday, February 4, 2009



Bekah
at Unworthy Maiden did it to me again!


1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? my middle name is after the Dr. that delivered me.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? A couple of weeks ago, had my feelings hurt, way too sensitive!

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Didn't years ago, do now.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Black Forest ham
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, but my kids are 24, 22 & 19...hardly little kids anymore ;O)
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Heck if I know!
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? Yes, but only in a humorous way.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yeppum!...ditto
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? NO WAY!!!!!!!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Blueberry Morning...ditto
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? no I don't...a bit lazy!
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? United Dairy Farmers...Homemade Butter Pecan
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Probably their attitude, just in how they look, what they say, etc.

15. RED OR PINK? PINK!!...ditto

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I hate losing arguments, I'm really much better now than I used to be...I would argue to the end, sadly even when I knew I was wrong.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Tommy:(....me too, although we got to see him on Monday!!!...and he brought us Chinese food!!!!

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST? Well, it's a bit long and tedious...but if you want to go ahead.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? walking Reeboks, black bottoms
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Bekah, repeating everything as I'm typing it, so Puritan can know what I'm saying.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Orange!

23. FAVORITE SMELL? Hubbies aftershave...especially Aramis...ahhhhh
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My sweet little mama!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? on TV...soccer, in person; whatever my family is playing!

27. HAIR COLOR? Salt and pepper...much more salt than pepper!!!

28. EYE COLOR? Green
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope, but I did years ago.
30. FAVORITE FOOD? Anything homemade!...ditto
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I must confess that everything has to have a happy ending with me, whether it's movies, books etc....I love happy endings!
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? "The Note 2"...ditto...watched it with her!
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Coral
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? In the summer it's winter...in the winter it's summer!!!...very fickle!!!
35. HUGS OR KISSES? Ooooohhhhh....both!
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? ????

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? ???

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Dog Days...the next book in the Mystery and the Minister's Wife series from Guideposts.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? It's just a boring old sand colored one that has a lil logo type thing on the corner that has a tiny palm tree and says "Bahama Pad Co.", lol.......oddly enough mine looks exactly like Bekahs!!!!!...maybe because we share a computer!
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Usually go to sleep watching Nick at Nite...once again it must be something funny or a happy ending!!!
42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)? Puritan and Bekah chatting, usually it ends up in laughter!
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles....the Rolling Stones need to check into a retirement home already!!!!
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Hawaii
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? My last couple of automobiles were kinda old...I was the only one in the end that could drive them and keep them going...I'm a bit of a stubborn hardhead so I am determined to use them until they die...disposable vehicles!!!

46 WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Cincinnati, but have always lived in KY...well almost

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? ??????

Simple Living....not sluggish living

Well, I have been very lazy about keeping up my blog. I haven't posted for almost a week and I really need to make myself do better. Although the simple life is about slowing down and taking things at a slower pace, I feel like it's also about keeping commitments and keeping things up to date...therefore I've been very sluggish with my blog.
I have been going through a bit of a bout with anemia and it's enough to really keep you down, finally I've gotten on the correct iron supplement and I'm feeling so much better. Couple hypothyroidism with that and you are really, really, really tired!!! Since I've really kept up with my meds I'm finding that I am getting more and more zip every day!
I tend to want to think I can pray my way through something and if I just have the faith I can not take my medications and will be fine, sadly it doesn't work that way; at least not for now; so I find that I have to make myself take my meds so I can really feel not only physically normal but also emotionally and mentally, these are the things that help me keep me planning and thinking about what to do next...plan don't worry...that's something a friend told me a long time ago and it's so true isn't it? Of course also pray but sometimes we have to keep our mind and body busy and planning keeps us on course!
I know the Lord gives the knowledge to the correct people that make our medications so we must accept that as a blessing and stick with meds and not try to do things on our own. I would love to not take medication but that's just tough!!!!, because I have to anyway!, so I must be thankful that they are there for me to take.
Well, I have quite a bit of laundry facing me and I must get it going and also some snail mail letters I need to take care of!
Always something to do.
Judy