New Years Blessing and a Prefix for 2016

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Do you feel the sun setting on 2015? The cold wind is blowing and the last bit of this holiday season seems to be on fast forward. The afterglow of Christmas is still glittering… but my birthday week began on the 26th. I have to share my birthday week with the most important person who has ever […]

Bountiful Baskets – More Groceries For Less

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One of the most difficult things about living on one income is the increase in the cost of groceries and gas over the past decade. We have been homeschooling since 2001, and have felt inflation chip deeper and deeper in to our monthly budget. I used to go to the store and get whatever we […]

Low Tech Menu Planning

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I meet myself coming and going in this busy house with two homeschooled teens and two toddlers bent on world-domination. However, even a family in fast-forward needs to eat. Just because mama is on a diet doesn’t mean the rest of the gang has to suffer. I know my kids were lost that first week […]

Using Isis to Pay on the Go

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I live in my car. I can drive figure-eight spaghetti-bowl asphalt ribbons around the proverbial soccer mom. Trust me. Texas sized BIG. Just like my gas bill each month. Think SUV, six-people deep… plus backpacks full of heavy books and fossilized french fries under every seat. So, I mentioned a while back that I was trying out […]

First Experience with Isis Mobile Wallet

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I mentioned a week ago that I got a new phone – an android phone – from AT&T. They wanted to let a few bloggers try the wallet-free payment system called Isis that is being advertised all over town. Apparently Austin and Salt Lake City are the start-up cities, and we live relatively close to […]

Landinvitations of the Seller

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This post was inspired by the book of Lamentations in the Bible. It’s a bible-ish spoof on the woes of trying to sell a house while you are already practically living in another city (as the bank account dwindles). I wrote it in June of 2005 while we were trying to sell our home for […]

Carpet and Constructive Conversion

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The Bee family is doing an about-face. Change is synonymous with a few key words that leave deep images in your mind. Words like “born again”, “growth”, “reconstruction”, “reformation”, “regeneration”, “resolution”, “transfiguration”, “remodeling”, “turning around”. I’m pretty sure the sort of change absorbing us over the next few years will be heavy on the remodeling […]