Books Read in 2016 (Part 4)

Here’s the last portion of my list of 199 books read in 2016! (If you’d like to read the other parts of my book list from 2016, part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here.) Oh! Be sure to take a look at the tabs at the top of my site – I’ve added a page for sharing my 2017 reads! I hope you enjoy reading through those as well.

And now, here’s the last two pages from my reading list: Continue reading

Oh, What a Wonderful Wednesday!

Just for fun, here’s a little list of random bits and bobs I’ve come across (or done) this week:


The above picture is a picture that makes me very happy, indeed! While my daughter was taking a free crochet class at the library, the Bubby and I hit the stacks. I picked up Vern Yip’s Design Wise; The Urban Homesteading Cookbook; Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox; and 101 Easy Homemade Products for your Skin, Health & Home. I’ve already finished Design Wise – some loooovely photos and great tips for decorating, no matter what your style. See those two pieces of pottery? The yarn bowl is from Knitting Lagniappe – I purchased it at a fiber festival in Texas a few years back and so enjoy using it. The piece on the left is a mug I received for Christmas; instead of a handle, it has a piece that wraps around your hand so you can use the whole mug as a hand warmer. Perfect for my cold hands and achy joints! (If this sounds useful, my folks ordered it from Lehman’s. It was hand made by a potter in Washington state.) Lastly, those of you with sharp eyes may have noticed that my shawl is larger than it was Tuesday morning – eight more rows done on the Knúsa!

If you haven’t already noticed the Blogroll tab here on my site, I’d like to encourage you to go check it out. The blogosphere is chock full of amazing people – I bet you’ll stumble across a few that you’ll enjoy reading as much as I do. To get you started, I’d recommend:

One last thing before you go: remember that post of mine about how my Uber Frugal Month was going? I got my final statement from the phone company and my official balance due is -$3.20! Not much, but I’ll gladly take that check and stick it in savings. Every little bit counts, right?

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Knitting and Reading ~ 17 January 2017

Some of my favorite posts each week are Keep Calm Craft On at Frontier Dreams and Yarn Along at Small Things. I love having the opportunity to peek into other people’s craft rooms and yarn bags and see what they are working on and reading. I always see such lovely work and find something interesting to look up at the library or bookstore. I also so enjoy sharing my current projects and what I’m reading. I may not always participate with my own posts, but I hope that you’ll enjoy these little vignettes when I can share them with you. Here’s to books and crafts; lovely words and handmade goodies; visiting new blogs and making new friends!

This week I’m working through a couple of books my mom loaned me: Living Large in Our Little House and Living Without Electricity: Lessons from the Amish. Not shown is my current Kindle read, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time. The projects I’m working on are the Knúsa shawl (from the current issue of Taproot magazine) for myself and a Baby Amanda hat for donation.

Want to see more great books and awesome projects? Visit Frontier Dreams and Small Things to join in or just peruse the amazing things everyone else is making!

Embracing Austerity

A few years ago (and a few blog locations ago), I really enjoyed joining in the collective attempts of the blogosphere in the “Riot for Austerity”. As soon as I saw Wendy’s recent post about it, I knew I’d have to join in. Over the fall of 2016, I backed off on a few frugal and homestead habits, but have been feeling the need to get back to them. The new “riot” is a welcome reminder to help get on track while we are still in our current home, and to find resources that will help us continue to stay on our path in our new one. I’m quite happy to join in and to have found the new-to-me blog of the new riot’s hostess.

The first thing I’ll be tackling in our utility usage. In our case, living in military housing means we don’t receive any information about our water usage, whatever it may be – my family simply uses good water conservation practices and assumes the best. We do, however, receive a monthly statement of our electric and natural gas usage, and with an electric water heater, our hot water usage does affect our electricity bill. In our case, the statement often comes with a rebate check; our monthly rent prepays for the house and utilities, which are figured into a neighborhood average. Those under the baseline amount receive a refund while those over the baseline are charged for the extra they use.

Since I happen to have recently received our electric & gas statement, Continue reading

Books Read in 2016 (Part 3)

Well now – none of you have reported falling asleep while reading through my book lists from last year, so I’ll go ahead and throw some more at you. I found while typing my last post that I could actually do two pages from the list, so bear with me and I’ll give you two more. Doing this makes the posts a bit longer, so bear with me. On the up side, there’s just one more section to go and you’ll have read everything I read last year ~ well, the titles of everything I read. 😉

I hope you spot something that sounds interesting to you! (If you’d like to see the prior entries, you can find Part 1 of the list here and Part 2 of the list here.)

Will Write for Shoes – Yardley
299 Days IX: The Restoration – Tate
Who Do You Think You Are? – Smolenyak Continue reading