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

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Lovely Things

When we went to Colorado, this was the view out of the front of our cabin. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

My two oldest took a brief break from going down the slopes to take a picture with me and their little brother. See the bag my 5 year old is holding? I had to go buy him a toy because I accidentally threw away a cup that his dad told him he could save as a souvenir…..a paper coffee cup.

Could they get any cuter? Look at those little skis! He did such a good job skiing…..after we put him in a class.

Ike turned five last month. I love that I captured his surprise opening up his gift. It was a light saber!

On his cake he wanted everbody….so, Ellen drew all of us on his cake. He wants me to put a picture of him on my birthday cake, I said okay, cuz who wouldn’t want this face on a cake?

They both start with C.

So the confusion is obvious. China…..Canada.

My husband went to Canada for four days on business. I told him to bring me back something good. I told him not to bring me back anything contemporary or masculine. He said, “Then I have no idea what to get you.” So this is what he brought me…..

Some lovely Chinese paper, that I will, um, uh, do something with.

A gigantic amount of green tea.

And this; he dramatically whisked out of his bag and proclaimed, “What Mommy doesn’t need one of these?!”

Uh, I can think of at least one Mommy who doesn’t need or want one of those. So next time I’ll add, don’t bring me anything Oriental to the list. But, thanks for trying Hon.


Our cats have been sneaking in the house. They have trained themselves… pee in the toilette.

(long exaggerated pause, while that soaks in)

I’m not kidding. Now, the sad part is I think they thought that it was obvious to pee in the toilette, because after all, it is constantly splattered with the strong smelling urine of boys that refuse to watch their aim.

So, if you all want to see if this works for your cat, go ahead; pee all over the seat, leave it for a few days and see if the cat reacts.