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Posted: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 @ 1:37 pm in Christianity, Foofy, General, Parenthood, Projects | Comments Off

A pile of things that I’ve wanted to blog about:
I used some of my Christmas money to buy a print of one Van Gogh’s Trees and Undergrowth paintings from 1887. We don’t have much art on our walls yet; it’s our most neglected area of decorating. Over time, I am appreciating the print [...]

Setting the foundation into place

Posted: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 @ 4:32 pm in Christianity, General, Pregnancy | Comments Off

I don’t get out to sales very often these days, but a while back I went to an estate sale, with a short “shopping list” of useful items I was looking for (which are more likely to be found at estate sales than regular yard sales). But at this sale, 95% of the items [...]

And then there’s March

Posted: Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @ 8:09 pm in Foofy, General, Parenthood, Projects, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

This month started off with family stomach flu fun, and tendonitis, the latter of which I am still dealing with–which limits my standing or walking, but I have to say that it’s good to have minions. Even StrongBoy has been doing a lot of helpful fetching and table-clearing and dishwasher-unloading. A tip I [...]

Goodbye February

Posted: Saturday, March 1st, 2014 @ 9:57 am in Foofy, General, Parenthood, Projects | Comments Off

February is my least favorite month of the year, even worse than August. I’m very happy to see this last one over and done: cabin fever, medical bills, some seasonal depression, social drama that unearthed a variety of older hurts, and on top of that all the fun of trying to get [...]

Shovelling the elephant

Posted: Friday, February 21st, 2014 @ 1:43 pm in Christianity, Foofy, General, Projects | Comments Off

Several inches of wet, heavy snow yesterday, then several more inches of blowing and drifting snow today. We still have places to put the snow, but we’re running out of easy places. It’s starting to look like God brought the U.P. to me this year.
What God has been saying lately: There is [...]

Onward and upward

Posted: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 @ 3:20 pm in Foofy, General, Parenthood, Projects | Comments Off

I made the happy discovery yesterday that I could whittle the 29/64 inch pegs from the old couch down to 27/64–which I have a drill bit for–and re-use them
I’m at the postpartum stage where half of my clothes are too big, and the other half are still far too small. I’ve actually taken the [...]

I am not making this up

Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 @ 12:12 pm in General, Parenthood, Pregnancy, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

My contribution to My OB Said WHAT?!? came up more quickly than I expected; it (and the rest of my story in the comments) can be found here.
Bonus tidbit: one of the other NICU nurses said, “In thirty years of nursing, I’ve never seen a case of nipple confusion.” I suppose in a [...]


Posted: Thursday, January 30th, 2014 @ 8:51 am in Foofy, General, Projects, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

After pulling several hundred staples and a few tack strips, I reduced the couch to a pile of lumber, a pile of fabric, and a few odds and ends. Now I am starting to rebuild, which is going very slowly because of the weather: if it’s warmer, it’s snowing, so I spend much [...]

Food security

Posted: Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 @ 5:28 pm in General, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

You are going to have to eat more or less every day for the rest of your life, so you might as well know how to cook. Cooking from scratch is one of our core strategies for making my time at home affordable. These days I find convenience foods very expensive [...]


Posted: Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 @ 1:47 pm in Christianity, Feminism, Foofy, General, Parenthood, Projects, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

The biggest challenge of having four children is remembering my to-do items long enough to write them down on my list.
The dishwasher fixed itself after a day or so; apparently the drain froze in the extreme cold. There is a definite draft under the kitchen cabinets, and when I looked underneath with [...]