Alternative Housing

Most people are familiar with brick, wood, adobe, steel, concrete bock and stone houses, or combinations of those elements.  What I’d like to discuss today are some alternatives that I have found interesting for one reason or another. One fascinating type of construction, though using typical building materials, is the underground house.  These houses never…

De-Cluttering Tips

Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw / FreeDigitalPhotos.net In the past two years, I have twice gone through the process of revisiting everything I own.  As a result, I have learned a couple of things, believe me! There are many possible incentives to de-clutter.  One of the biggest that most people face is the need to…

Almost Starch-Free Diet

The picture above is a simple recipe:  chicken, veggies of your choice, spices and cheddar cheese.  It meets my definition of a starch-free recipe, and is as simple as it sounds.  Just wait until the very last minute to add the cheddar cheese, so it doesn’t make a mess or burn in your pan! About a…

Financial Freedom

Image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Wow — what does “Financial Freedom” mean?  Does it mean I am independently wealthy?  That I never need to work again?  What, exactly, does it mean, and is it something I can — or want to — aim for? To me, financial freedom means being debt-free, and being able to…

Shopping! (Do I need to say “Shopping on a Budget?”)

Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net What are your favorite things to shop for?  Mine include things like office supplies, craft supplies, electronics, anything sold in a hardware store (true of anything from the ma-and-pa store to the large national chains), candles in a specialty shop, pleasant-smelling bath supplies, and pretty much any type of…

Creativity — What is YOUR Specialty?

Do you have creative people in your family?  Almost everyone does!  You are probably creative, too! My husband was terrible with his hands, but he had the most creative mind of anyone I’ve ever known!  And we raised three creative children!    Our oldest is a writer, though I rarely get a chance to read what…