The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

Coal Creek Farm on Facebook

The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Sad and Bothered

I don’t know, maybe three weeks ago I caught an Oprah episode about the “working poor” in our nation. People working full time making minimum wage or even up to $11/ hour and not being able to support their families. The saddest comment was from a middle aged man that choked through tears how disappointed he was that he wasn’t able to support the woman that he loved making $9/hour.

Last night I watched POV on PBS. Again the same subject; people working full time and not able to make it in this country.

Churches are you helping people? Communities are you? Neighbors, friends, families are you watching out for your own?

This problem grips my heart. What are we going to do?

I don’t know the answer.

Get it, got it, good.

Okay so just a re-cap of what’s been going on out here in the woods and um trees.

-We’ve lost 6 chickens to whatever.

-We had Ed the tree guy come cut down some trees. That was some darn fascinating stuff to watch, seriously those guys swing from the branches like monkeys.

-We are finishing a long weird room in the basement and so help me God (really, God, please help me) it will be finished this week.

-I helped take my friend’s daughter to college. I’ve never seen anything like it. Two parents, five siblings, two friends, myself and my daughter. That’s how many people it takes to move one girl into a dorm. I also made this comment under my breath, ‘sooooo glad not to be in college’.

-I bought my daughter some new shoes in my size. Speaking of shoe sizes I slipped my 10 year old son’s shoes on my feet this week to wear outside…because I realized his feet are as big as mine. So, yes there are a lot of big feet in this house and my shoe inventory has just tripled.

And to end this post a couple loving comments that my sweetheart and I have shared with one another the past few days.

‘Do you want me to smack jaw you?’
‘Do you think “smack jaw” is an appropriate thing to say to me?’
‘Do you WANT me to smack jaw you? I need to add that to my blog’

‘Huney, huney, huney (add lots of poking, prodding, thumping, blah, blah, blah)’.
‘How can something so pretty be so annoying?’

I’ll just let you all guess who was the irritator and who was the irritatee in these dialogues.

**My personal response to this blog entry…ICK! Can you all tell I have no focus for blogging lately? I think I’m going to take a break this week, so love you all and I’ll see you later. In the meantime go visit some of those blogs on the right, except the house links that I think I messed up….I know, I know I need a new look and a fresh coat of paint, but no time or energy to be renovating in blogdom today.


Things my boys have said to me lately:

– Mom your just getting skinnier by the minute, except back here….you need to loose a little back there.

-Mom those shoes are cute. I wish I had cute shoes like that.

-Mom! Levi knows how to get out of his crib!

-Mom, the vaccuum is broken and I don’t know why.

-I didn’t bash it into the wall.