Ideas on running a full house effectively and easily.

I really like this little joke.  When I was single and working I had time off, breaks, lunches, vacations, sick days.  Now I work an average 15 to 18 hour day, seven days a week.  I was sick and down one day this year, last year I skipped being sick altogether.  Since moving to this fixer upper I have had my back go out and had to get adjustments for a few days in a row.  One day I thought I was having a heart attack…turned out it was esophageal reflux.  I saw that on the Golden Girls the other night … Continue reading Ideas on running a full house effectively and easily.

The Housewife That Is a Writer.

My blogging book is done and out!  Starting early this morning it will be free for the next 5 days.  It is a plump book with a year’s worth of blogs on homemaking, frugal and green living, building a writing career while running a home, and plenty of advice on everything in between.  There are 3 sections so you can skip around and choose what you’re in the mood to be inspired on. I only hope it is as fun to read as it was to write this last year. Continue reading The Housewife That Is a Writer.

Running the backyard farm. Preparing for winter.

When I’m writing this post it is still early September and we have all sorts of Hurricanes going on.  Harvey just hit recently and now his family members are making their way down with Irma, Jose, Katia.  Who are all these windy folk?  It’s starting to make changes in the weather over here.  We went from triple digits to some rain in the night and a very cold and windy morning.  By the time this post comes out it will have been weeks as I post far in advance by 5 or 6 weeks.  Prayers for all who are affected. … Continue reading Running the backyard farm. Preparing for winter.

Being a housewife in this age and what a blessing it can be.

  I just read a sweet little book called, Living on His Income by Mrs. Sharon White.  She has a delightful blog http://thelegacyofhome.blogspot.com/.  I have really been enjoying all these new blogs by housewives lately. Being a housewife is a rare thing these days and can feel a bit isolating…that is until you find all these other women doing the same thing. I know not every woman can have this choice and that saddens me because it is a truly wonderful job and there are mothers out there that would love to stay home.  I know that not every woman wants … Continue reading Being a housewife in this age and what a blessing it can be.

Having a grandma in the house and the wonderful gifts she brings.

There is a lot of fun and laughter in our house these days even with an uncertain future.  We have borrowed a grandma and moved her in and it was the best thing we, as a family, could have done. Joette has a lot of life experience from being very poor to very rich, living and raising a family on a ranch and being a homemaker most of her life.  She teaches me things every day and is an amazing cook.  We spend some of our days in the kitchen cooking together and she shares advice from her days on … Continue reading Having a grandma in the house and the wonderful gifts she brings.

The benefits of a slower paced and old fashioned way of life.

I was reading an article of a homemaker. She had become habitual about watching The Waltons and the show made her long for a slower paced life and all the sweetness that came with it.  I used to watch that show in my childhood and I also was addicted to the Ingles on Little House on the Prairie.  I was sort of obsessed with pioneers to be clear.  I spent hours drawing log cabins and kitchen gardens, women in long aprons hanging laundry outside, babies crawling in the grass.  I was also into writing back then.  I would write and … Continue reading The benefits of a slower paced and old fashioned way of life.

Tid bits of stuff about hens, cast iron pans, and so on.

Let’s start off with this vegan burger.  Amy’s veg burgers are super cheap at Grocery Outlet if you have one.  I love the potato bread buns because they are soft and doughy.  I then load up the burger with avocado, butter pickles, tomato, red onions, vegan cheese if you like, and lots of sauce!  Oh boy! You can make your own healthy fries with Idaho potatoes cut up like steak fries and bake with olive oil and salt.  Another oh boy! Did I mention that along with the health benefits, it’s also inexpensive compared to McDonald’s.  Unless you do the … Continue reading Tid bits of stuff about hens, cast iron pans, and so on.

Mother hen.

Our family just keeps getting bigger!  Joette and I shared a laugh about having a family portrait done with all the family, that would include dogs, cat, and chickens.  We laughed but in the back of my mind I was setting it up.  There is now a baker’s dozen here on the Singh backyard farm. We picked up our girls from Animal Place yesterday and I was told they may take some time to get used to us as they were factory farm chickens.  I imagined them to be weird and skittish.  Part of their upper beaks has been cut off so they … Continue reading Mother hen.

Dirt poor by choice. And having fun with it!

I wrote a book called Dirt Poor and Lovin’ It!  I now feel like I’m living the experiment.  We are not dirt poor, however, we are preparing for an unstable future with not knowing if and when Bali will have to return to India and how long before we can bring him back.  In the meantime, I am doing so many things that I have written about and now living my advice and my books in their full glory.  It is crucial that we save every single penny for the future or we may be poor and not of choice. I … Continue reading Dirt poor by choice. And having fun with it!

The Lazy and Cheap Housewife.

  Free all week!  Great little book to get started on a simpler and more frugal life.  The title is deceiving because this isn’t really about being cheap or lazy, it’s about creating a life for your family and as a homemaker that is easy on all of you, peaceful and relaxed.  It’s also filled with ideas to begin a frugal and thrifty life which will also create peace and happiness in the family home. If you find this book only begins to peak your enthusiasm for a different lifestyle go on to my The Homemade Housewife that is literally packed … Continue reading The Lazy and Cheap Housewife.