Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I have found a new way to save some money. Actually it's been around for a while but I don't think that it's done in the home very often. I've been repackaging leftovers. I've found that if I put leftover spaghetti in a clear cute container, it gets eaten very quickly. Or a piece of leftover pizza in a baggie instead of wrapped in aluminum, it's gone in a flash. If I make the leftovers more eye appealing, they are eaten rapidly. And it helps if I move them to the front and center of the refrigerator. Ahh, product placement and packaging who would ever have thought that I could find a use for it in the home.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
The cat puked in the corner. So what did the three of them do, they argued about it. Then each one decided that it was the other one's problem. And of course, they left it. So 2 hours later, I find it. So a fight breaks out between the three of them because it was someone elses fault. You get only one guess to decide who cleaned up the puke. Me! Then I washed an entire pickle. Really!?!? I guess it was too much to ask someone(no one would own up to it) to scrape their plate. So they dumped the entire thing in the dishwasher. It held up surprisingly well, who knew you could run a pickle threw the dishwasher? At what point, do I get to get even?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
-->I'm a God awful parent. I'll just start another parenting story there. Poor D.J.
One of the women that Den works with just got back from
Now here's the kicker, each of my children whole heartedly believed that I would feed them bugs. This incident makes you wonder about my parenting skills.
Monday, February 16, 2009
-->I just want to start this story with Anna is a good kid. She is a honor role student, in sports year round, pays her own car insurance, does her chores every day and cleans her 82 yr old great grandfather's house once a week. And she is drug tested by the school, you can't play sports unless you are clean. She made a mistake just as we all do. Don't skewer her, I'm thankful she is as good as she is. And I'm glad that she is a better teenager than I was. So on to the story........
Little miss Anna was not going where she was supposed to be. She said she was going one place and then heading off to another. She was hanging out with an 18 yr old. She can date but we have to meet him. That's the rule and it's not negotiable. Well, she bypassed the rule but not for long. I came unhinged, who knew? I took her car, she was grounded from going anywhere and all friends and I took her phone. She is no longer with the boy and I'm thankful because he was in some trouble. The problem I ran into was the bus. She had told me a long time ago, after we had given her the car, that a lot of the kids were getting stoned at the bus stop. And when she started driving to school she was glad that she didn't have to deal with that anymore. She has sports after school and clubs so her schedule is up in the air quite a bit. Den said she should ride the bus. But that boy was on the bus too. So Den and I had a huge fight and I gave her the car back after 2 weeks. The school is
Did I make a poor choice in giving her the car back, probably. I've been very honest with the kids and I tell them that I'm making it up as I go along. When they grow up I'm sure they will have tons of stories about us but all I really want is for them to know that we really tried. I didn't always succeed but with all the love in my heart, I tried.
Thanks for reading,
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
We usually start to dethaw in May and I don't want to start cleaning when I could be outside. So I go through the house twice. I make a list and go through every nook and cranny and donate everything not in use. I try to do 3 spots a day, maybe a couple drawers or shelves. In about a month’s time, I'm done. And then round two, I scrub the hell out of everything. I don't use harsh chemical because I'm an asthmatic. But soap, water, vinegar and anti-bacterial soap are my weapons of choice. It's not clean unless your arm is weak and the muscle is burning, is what my wonderful grandmother would say. I would help her scrub when I was about 8 until the skin on my hands would crack and bleed. It sounds miserable but I loved the time that we spent together and I wish so often for just one more brief moment with her. But that said it's easy to see where this obsession began.
I'm off to clean and it's a good day. (I need help!)
Thanks for reading,
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I got this recipe off the internet a long time ago and I have modified it quite a bit so I don't know who gets credit for it. But here it is...
French Bread Rolls
5 to 5 1/2 cups of flour
5 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1.) In large bowl add 2 cups flour, 5 teaspoons yeast, and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 2 cups very warm water and mix well.
2.) Mix in the rest of the flour and knead into a firm ball. I knead right in the bowl so I don't make a mess. Knead 10 minutes.
3.) Place the ball into a greased bowl and cover, let rise 1 hour.
4.) Punch down and let rise another 10 minutes.
5.) Divide into 8 balls and place on 2 greased cookie sheets. I sprinkle the cookie sheets with cornmeal so they don't stick.
6.) Let rise anywhere from 45-60 minutes.
7.) Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.
This is a very forgiving recipe. One time I forgot it and it rose for almost 3 hours. I just punched it down. Another time I didn't have enough time and I only let it rise for a hour total. It was flat but still really tasty. I did brush these with butter because I wanted the picture to look better but I normally don't do that. It doesn't change the taste just the look.
No one ever complains about having to eat these and I always have enough left over for the next night. We usually have this with homemade vegetable soup. So tomorrow, we will have left over soup, salad and the french bread roles. So for a few minutes of measuring and 10 minutes of kneading, I have enough good bread for two nights.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Great depression jobs parallel may not be far flung
Monday, February 9, 2009
1.) Lose a few more pounds (I only lost
2.) Write 2 books at the same time
3.) Improve the blog
4.) Start generating an income from writing
5.) Knock down our debt (I will continue to make 2 extra payments on the house a year & will try to pay extra on the 2nd mortgage)
6.) Find a way to pay for Anna's college
I'm giving myself a boo or a yeah rating!
1.) I gained
2.) I'm writing 2 books now. It's really hard and is taking up a lot of my day. I'm hoping that it will get easier once I get into the swing of it. Anna thought that I might have a hard time keeping them separate but that's not the hard part, it's keeping up with my household chores. Yeah!
3.) Well, I'm still writing so I'm ok with this one.Yeah!
4.) Haven't made one penny. BOO!
5.) We are still paying down the house but I haven't found any extra to put towards the second mortgage yet. So Yeah! and Boo!
6.) I've been researching grants on line for a while and have gone to all the classes that Anna's high school offers. And I've been talking to Anna's cousin that received a bunch of grants and she said she would help us. I don't know how to rate this one it's not a Boo or a Yeah. I'm going to keep working on this but she can't start applying until August so I will have an idea then.
So far I've got 3 Boo's and 3 Yeah's so I guess I'm getting somewhere. Or I could look at it as a wash. But I'm going to look at the positive side of this and appreciate the fact that I'm still trying.
I'll check back and let you know if I'm actually getting anywhere.
Here is the budget now
1296.00 House payment(bi-weekly) so we save $324 a week
122.00 Car Insurance
183.00 Nicor and Comed
25.00 Home phone
135.00 2nd mortgage with a little extra
280.00 gas for all three cars
480.00 groceries for the month
75.00 Den smokes
70.00 garbage and water
24.00 synthroid and iron pills for me
On unemployment (It's sketchy)
1190.00 House payment (stop all extra payments)
115.00 Car insurance(raise deductibles)
125.00 Nicor and Comed (line dry and freeze)
0.00 phone (drop it)
100.00 2nd mortgage(no extra$)
80.00 gas for car
0.00 satelite(drop it)
75.00 Den smokes (you tell him to quit)
60.00 garbage and water (bathe less and stink)
12.00 synthroid and iron pills (generic)
This is rough but I might be able to swing it. I think that I might be able to shave a little more off of the car insurance and the Nicor and Comed. I might have it too low for the groceries and the gas for the cars. But it looks like it might work itself out. I just hope that I never have to implement this. I feel very blessed that we are still hanging on.
Thank you for
Sunday, February 8, 2009
This is a good one. First read the article and then download the free workout videos.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Dear Mr. Bezos,
My name is SonyaAnn Mott and my book Dissipate is for sale on Amazon. I’m sure that you are wondering why I’m contacting you. I have a very slight request. I would like to have a quick synopsis about my book added to the information on your site. Now before you discard this letter, I have tried all the avenues offered by your wonderful company. I truly love Amazon and at times wonder if I’m an addict. This is in no way a letter to bash you or your company.
I personally don’t believe in saying anything that would be hurtful in anyway. That said I have two teenagers and I don’t always follow through on that but I try. Right about now you are wondering why I’m telling you all of this, there is a point just hang on. I try to be fair and respectful and never do anything that I might later regret. Key word is try. I help any friend or family member in need, often going beyond the call of duty. I recently helped a friend of mine; reorganize her entire house so she could put it on the market. I am also known as the cookie lady. I make many trays of homemade cookies during the holidays and give them out. And I bet at this point, you are back to wondering what does this have to do with you. Well, the point that I’m trying to make is I work hard to be a kind person. I am in no way a saint but I will do the best that I can to help anyone in need.
And where does Amazon come into play, I can hear your wheels turning. My simple little request of adding a synopsis has turned into quite an ordeal. I started by email my request a few times. Everyone was quite kind with their responses but we never succeeded in getting it added. Then my next few attempts were calling, your employees were very apologetic but again nothing was added. I had the sneaking feeling though that I wasn’t going to get results during the last phone call when I had to spell the word THE very slowly. Please don’t get me wrong everyone was very friendly and kind just not very helpful. And as much as I’ve tried to be upbeat and fair, I’m losing the battle of staying the sweet cookie lady. The voices in my head are now contemplating very bad things (rude letters and maybe voodoo). I try to always keep evil at bay but this friendly but frustrating exchange is wearing me down. Please save me from the naughty voices in my head and add the synopsis.
The normal creaks and groans of your home you overlook, the rush of the water from the sink, the gurgle of a draining tub. A new sound is added, possibly overlooked but not for long. Intoxicating and deafening, it hunts you. Paralyzed by fear and overcome with a sense of tranquility, you realize to late your fate is sealed. A single mother finds her inner strength and stands against what hunts us.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
-->These are the pictures of our room at the Hotel Rome. We had a great time. We ended up bringing Anna, DJ, his best friend and his best friend's little sister(9yrs old). It ended up costing us $170 for the room but that was because we had to upgrade to a room for 6. But I'm glad that we did.
We made sandwiches at home the morning we left and ate them on the drive up there. So that saved us from having to buy lunch for 6. And the hotel of course had a microwave and frig in the room. We took full advantage of that and brought cup-a-soup and lots of junk food. We got there about so when we got our room at , we went up stairs and filled up on junk. It's one of the few times I encourage everyone to eat like that. That night after a hard day of swimming, we ordered pizza and had it delivered. That was a real treat for us, we haven't ordered a pizza in a long time.
Hotel Rome is really a great place because for the price of the room, everyone in your party gets unlimited access to the indoor theme park and the indoor water park. The water park is not the best one in the Dells, the indoor theme park is. But for the price I would recommend it.
We left the hotel around and then went out to eat at Cracker Barrel. So we paid for 2 meals which came to $85 for both and the cost of all the junk food ($30ish). And I almost forgot $40 in the game room. But they won enough tickets to pay for a round of lazer tag. It would have cost $30 for the lazer tag but it's a rip off either way. But I'm sure the family would disagree with me on that one. And we had to put gas in the van and that was $40. So our total for DJ's 13th birthday was $365(ish). God, that's a lot for a party but he's only 13 once so I'll let it go. Anna had a nice 13th so I have to be fair. But when she was 13 we weren't having to watch our pennies so closely. Anyways, we used our credit card points for this so that took $250 off and I saved $75 for it. So it was only $40 out of pocket, I guess I won't complain too much over $40.
And on a side note, if there is ever a war and you're thinking about giving me a gun, DON'T. I got spanked at lazer tag. It was pitiful.
Thanks for reading,
Monday, February 2, 2009
Another good side effect of us making Jessie her food is that she has only had one seizure in 2 years. This is a miracle because she was having about one seizure every other week when she was eating dry dog food. It was getting to the point where she was going to have to be medicated. So this is a nice side effect of making her food. It proves to me that we are doing the right thing.
To make her food we just save all of our meat scraps and it's kind of nice knowing that almost all of our food is being used. Anything else goes to the birds or the cute raccoon family that lives under the neighbor's shed. Anyways, if your animal is sickly I would really check into making your own food. Just research different recipes until you find one that your pet likes.
For Harry, we were making cat food for a while but he was so picky that we went back to cans of cat food. He doesn't seem to be having any problems and he was wasting so much food that I'm ok with it for now.
It is a lot more work but I feel that their health is worth the extra effort.