Monday, May 20, 2024

Happy Monday Everyone 5/20/2024!

Well, how was your weekend? If you were off, did you get rest? If you worked, I hope you didn't have to deal with Karen's or Ken's! This weekend was a busy one for me as I tried to get cleaning and things done here. Did I get everything done? Not at all. Am I stressing about it? Nope. However, the power went out as I started work this morning. So, I ended up being thirty minutes late for logging in. Thankfully, the workplace was very understanding.  I hope this is not a prelude to the week to come. What does this week hold for you? This week's goal is to work and get things sorted, cleaned, and organized. May the odds be in my favor.

As we are creeping into June, I did want to put a gentle reminder out there. Hurricane season starts on June 1, so please start preparing if you live in areas that could be affected. Even though we have supplies, I try to add more hurricane supplies to the pile just in case. So be safe and remember to keep your heads up.

I hope you all have a great week, and remember to check out the story page.



Thursday, May 16, 2024

It's Almost The Weekend!

We are almost to the weekend! How are you all holding up this week? I hope you are all handling things like the rock stars you are. What are your plans? Anything exciting?

Here at the house, my most exciting plans are cleaning and getting the first post in the cookbook challenge started. Last night, I was looking through the cookbook, trying to figure out which recipe I wanted to do. With some recipes, I have to convert measurements due to the ingredients or substitute them due to availability. Remember, back in the 1940s, everything had to be on hand to cook, and we could not place a Walmart order or go to the store when we needed one thing.

I hope you have a wonderful upcoming weekend!



Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Cookbook Challenge

Hello, everyone. I will be doing a cookbook challenge starting this week! This cookbook is from 1941, and a family member who has passed away gifted me this book. I will be experimenting with the vintage recipes from my cookbook. 

The Way To A Man's Heart, The Settlers Cookbook

 I am still looking through to see which recipe I want to start with. But this new series will have pictures and the recipe in the book! Cooking up these recipes may be found here. There may be a Tik Toks added as well. I hope to see you all there!




Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Joy's Of Writing

Yes, I write, as you all know! If you could do me a favor. If you read any of the stories on the books page, could you do me a favor and let me know what you think? I put a lot of thought into my writing and would love to know people's opinions! These stories have been works in progress for a long time and are slowly coming to life and will be published. Some are also books turning into series, so I would love to know what everyone thinks!




Monday, May 13, 2024

Exhausted

 Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to the start of the week check-in! As the title of the post states, I am exhausted. This exhaustion comes from stress and worry. Do you know what I will not let it do? Slow me down. Is this a poor me post? Most definitely not! I am here to remind you amazing readers that no matter how bad things may seem, we can pull on those proverbial boots (partially because I do not want to dig for my actual ones). Do not stress about all the things on your to-do list. You are the only person who can get everything you need finished. Remember, if some things fall by the wayside, then you succeed. If you do not get it done today, there is always tomorrow.

So grab your drink and a snack and start on your way. Remember, you are a strong and fierce person who can conquer all the mountains you need to climb! Consider this your motivational reminder of the day, and you have this!

Blessings and Love,

Angie



Sunday, April 21, 2024

Happy Sunday!

How are you all doing today? I hope you are all doing well. This weekend, I planned on having a mental health weekend. Full of writing and binge-watching YouTube videos. Saturday, I did sleep in, but today, I woke up with a determination. I made biscuits to use during the week. Then, I thought, why not make pita bread and soft rolls to go with meals during the week? I made both yeast doughs and set them to rise. However, neither dough got a good rise. I have made these recipes so often that there should not have been an issue. Thankfully, the rolls did rise enough after I shaped them so the dough did not go to waste. The pita bread ended up being flat bread in the end. Am I complaining? Not at all, because we will eat it all. Also, I did gift some to a friend who loves my baking. The only thing that we thought that could have affected the dough was the humidity, which was seventy percent.

While I made the biscuits and baked them, I made three salads to use as sides for dinner tonight or lunches the next few days. I made coleslaw, macaroni ranch, and tomato cucumber. I will be posting these recipes later this week! Earlier this week, we had made a turkey. So yesterday, I put the carcass and bits into a crock pot covered with water and let that go on high for twenty-four hours. I love fresh stock. This stock was rich with flavor, and I ended up with two-quart jars, a salsa jar, and a pasta sauce jar full of broth. I did not pressure cook these for long-term storage because I will use them for cooking meals during the week. Then I picked the bones clean, and the dogs got a large container of turkey bits to eat for dinner during the week. 

With the cost of food, I have been doing everything I can to ensure no food waste. What about you all? What steps have you taken to stop food waste and make things last longer in your home? 

I hope you all have a great upcoming week. Blessings to you all.


Monday, April 15, 2024

Why Thank You IRS (Sarcasm Intended)

Many do not know I work from home. Technically, I am an Independent Contractor. I love what I do! The pay is typical, but I do have to pay my taxes out of pocket. Yesterday, I had to do my federal taxes, and thank heavens that I did not have to pay state tax because of living in Florida. Willingly, I pay my taxes, but I think it's so unfair that I get dinged for not having health insurance and for being a self-employed worker. How are people supposed to make it through life in this economy with the government charging us an arm and a leg for working for ourselves? I know it sounds like I am complaining, but I am not. I will gladly pay the tax because I do suffer from anxiety, and working from home does help. But, people in my position should not have to worry about extra taxes and working so we can have a mentally stable day. Just my rant this morning. Blessings everyone!



Monday, April 1, 2024

Getting Out Of A Financial Mess

When I married my Ex-Husband, I was young and stupid. He and his Mom told me I needed to listen to the financial advice that they were giving. I was so foolish to listen. Why?

When we were married, his mother had suggested that only one of us take on the debt so the other could build their credit up in case we got behind. Since I was the one who took the kids to the doctor's and handled everything in the house, that burden became mine. When I say burden, I mean everything, but the mortgage, water, and gas bills were in my name. I am not complaining about being a Mom or handling things with my kids. I am not. I am stating I was foolish to put all the bills in my name, which my ex would push off as he was the only one working as I was a stay-at-home mom. 

Admittedly, my debt is horrible, which includes loans I had to take out to get me and my kids into a place to live after my Ex cost us our home. We were robbing Peter to pay Paul. After going through counseling, I finally learned this was a form of financial abuse that started from day one of our marriage. It is also not uncommon for this to happen in marriages.

Five years later, I am slowly chipping away at the debt and trying to build up my credit score. I have seriously considered bankruptcy but decided against that. All while my ex-husband has new cars and a brand new mortgage. Am I bitter? Not anymore. I could not afford the divorce and made him pay for it. But for him to pay for it, I had to agree that all of his debt was his and all of my debt was mine. All those bills we accumulated during our marriage are now mine.

Why am I even making this post? Because I hear so many people say, "I cannot afford to end a relationship financially."

Trust me, I get it. It is hard. I am slowly paying off my debt, which is a lot. When you add my student loans and back taxes due to my job, I know I have a long way to go. Remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if you pay a small amount at a time, it is better than nothing.

Here are some ways I am paying off my debt and getting myself out of this issue. I complete survey sites activities to earn a few extra dollars to pay the debt off faster. If anyone is interested, you can go to our page Help In Life, for a list of the sites that I used to earn some extra money.

I am a testament that things will work out. Knowing I am struggling now, but that does not mean things will not get better. Stay strong. everyone better days are ahead of us.






Thursday, March 7, 2024

When Your Future Plans Change

My dream has always been to buy land and have a small mini farm. Then, I started watching Kara and Nate on YouTube. They have great content, and I would suggest following their channel. I have never met them, but I started watching their videos when I moved to where I live now. Watching them has made me realize that my dream may have shifted a while, especially over the years when I have found joy in writing again. But I want to visit the world, or in my case, the United States, Canada, and South America. I always wanted to travel the country and boondock.

I keep joking that after my son graduates, you never know where you will find me. That joke has become more of a reality. I hope by then, my real job will allow us not to be hard-wired so I can boondock and work. I love my children, but the thought of being stuck in one place is making me get a case of the wandering foot. I am not saying I do not want my simple life with my land and home, but it may shift to land and RV, so I have a home base. Plus, the cost of land and homes has skyrocketed lately. Which means it will be even more unattainable for people in my position.

So what is in our future? I know I want a base camp. That way, we can decide what we want to do. This spot will be our home, an RV or camper van, so we can travel but always have a home or place to come home to. I guess only time will tell when it comes to our future. I still imagine myself with a cabin in the woods, but depending on life, I do not know what will happen. Sixteen months from now, my youngest will graduate high school. I will make more plans then. I guess it will be a let's see what our future will be.



Tuesday, March 5, 2024

1 Year Ago

 This little fluffball! Sweet and sassy. The cat distribution system gave JJ to us a year ago!

JJ came to us when shortly after we lost our baby Rodeo. This little ball of fire is Rodeo in kitten form.



Thursday, February 15, 2024

Hard Reset!


Do you feel like you need a hard rest? 

Is it just me?

I will be 100 % transparent right now. I am not feeling it. I am currently sitting at my desk writing while waiting for work calls to come through. In retrospect, I should be happy. I made my bed, and I have dinner planned. The editing I wanted to do today I finished already. But I feel like I am in a funk trying to get through the day.

What is even worse, currently, I have no less than three posts I am working on for the blog. My house is feeling like I had good intentions. Have you ever felt like you need a hard reset? I am physically feeling like I need one. My outlook on life the last few days has sucked, and I will be honest I am feeling in a funk. This past weekend flew by so fast that my spring cleaning seemed like a chore. Like I got my kitchen table set up, and I do not have the want to do anything else. Am I the only one who feels this way? 

So what now? Well, that is easy. I do what I always do. I put on a good pair of comfy socks, and between work calls, I am working on my house and freelancing. Things can seem bad, and I know I need a hard reset. I know the weekend is coming, but I will make the most of it. But I think a vacation may be in my future, even if it means a vacation along the river and relaxing. Remember, a hard reset can be whatever you want it to be. Just remember to do whatever makes you happy.

Happy Monday Everyone 5/20/2024!

Well, how was your weekend? If you were off, did you get rest? If you worked, I hope you didn't have to deal with Karen's or Ken'...