One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ring Bling ~ One Writer's Muse

Who knew that a gift from my mother would also be my inspiration to write?  For years, "ring bling" has been my writing muse, along with a secluded place.

On the left is my grandmother's ring, in the center my mother's ring, and on the right, another vintage spoon ring (also my mother's).  

I love these unique rings.  They not only have family ties, but are so fun to wear. 

On the far left is my fun, department store bling.  My 10 year-old also uses ring bling for her writing inspiration.  These rings are on one of my mother's vintage hankies.

I think I'll spend time writing today....

Yesterday I made a trip to the grocery store.  I came home and filled small lunch size containers with fresh pineapple, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

I also filled bags with pistachio nuts, almonds, and bought organic raisins.

Now I can finally break the kids of grabbing store bought granola bars for breakfast.  I stopped buying them, but cannot make them myself every day, so I stocked  up on fruit.  Now the kids, hubby and myself, can grab a healthy snack "to go."

Although I am not keen on buying plastic lunch bags, it will have to work for now.  I need to invest in more reusable containers.

This morning, I heard one daughter screaming in delight.  She was thrilled to have healthy food already packaged up for a trip to school.

Yesterday, my daughter and son, placed cement blocks out for the billy goat to stand on.  He was so tickled to get them, that my daughter had to have my son hold him off, so she could place the blocks together.  When I heard that Orion (billy goat) was thrilled, I went out with my camera to snap some photos.  

However, he was already tucked away in his shed and was not about to come back out for me.  On my walk back up to the house . . .

....I snapped these photos.  Each one in another direction.  It was light out, so the back ground on the moon is interesting.  The jet was pretty neat to see too.  Next time, I plan to take a tripod out and get better photos.

A year of quotes:
"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking."  ~ Earl Wilson


Candy C. said...

I love your rings displayed on your mother's vintage hankie! :)
The moon and plane photos turned out great!

labbie1 said...

I like the way that you used the hankie to display the rings rather than stowing them away in a jewelry box. It shows they are treasured and loved.

Those photos are wonderful. You must have hit "The Blue Hour"--a time when you don't see the blue but your camera picks it up and creates stunning photos! If you want to know when your blue hour is you can go here Have a great day!

nancypo said...

I used the snack size baggies a lot for our 3 kids. Quick to fill and have on hand, and can toss in a backpack, etc. for the day...

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

great ideas for the healthy snack battle!
I did this same thing when my kids were home. I must say, when I started doing it- I wasn't using healthy snacks...I was buying big bags of potato chips and other UNhealthy things and would divi them up. I started this way to help with portion control. Once I got them used to that...THEN I SWITCHED TO HEALTHY!
baby steps. one thing at a time.

pictures looked great.

RUA2J said...

I get my re-usable containers at the Dollar Tree! You get 2-3 depending on the size & they are just like the more expensive ones!

Sam I Am...... said...

Wonderful pictures! How did you get them so good...I tried taking pictures at night and it did not work at all! Those are just awesome!

Kristina said...

I am able to take nice photos due to the camera I have (Canon).