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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


My Oldest Son and His Birthday Wish List


Seth will turn fourteen next month.  He still has the face of a baby, but sometimes I think he has the mind of a sixty-five year old retiree.

He’s started the count down to his birthday and informed me yesterday of  how many more days until we celebrate.  I decided I should probably ask him what he wants for his big day.  I was totally expecting him to list off; Phone with texting, video games, books, comics and a host of other electronic gadgetry.  So, you can imagine how surprised I was when, in all seriousness, he said, “I want a twin bag collection system for the mower.”

Yes, my friends…this is what my soon to be fourteen year-old son wants for his birthday.


“I’m serious Mom, that’s all I want.  I wanted one all last summer, our neighbor has one and his lawn looks so nice after he’s done mowing.  I’m tired of raking up all the grass after I mow in the back.  I want the yard to look nice.”

So, you’re only desire for a gift is a twin bag collection system for the mower?

“Yes, I’m totally serious.”

Nothing else?


The next day he did say, “Well, if you can’t get me the twin bag collection system then I’ll take a phone….with unlimited texting.  Or a camera.  Or a laptop.”

Good thing he doesn’t ask for anything BIG or EXPENSIVE!!!

And just to end this so you know he’s a fairly normal kid, he just called me and said, “Mom, I need a black and white cookie for my book report.  Sorry, I forgot.  I need it here in twenty minutes.  Okay, thanks.”

1. We live twenty minutes from school.

2. I don’t know where to find a black and white cookie…this is Kansas, not New York!

3. I want to kill him.

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