Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I had to laugh at my son yesterday. I told him that he reminds me of myself. For Christmas he received a large drawing pad, and a table top easel. For two days his drawing pad has sat on the easel, and has been moved from place to place. However, he has not thought of what he wants to draw or paint. I laughed because I completely understand the feeling. My computer or paper and I can sit for days with nothing concrete. When I saw his easel moving from place to place, I was inspired to not cave into procrastination. To simply pick up and write, even if I have to put headphones on and blast out the kids chatter.
Well see if my son picks up his art pencils today. I know I will be writing, even if it means turning off my phone for a few hours.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Just ask my kids. They see my composure after a good workout. Even though the heavy bag and speed bag are in the cold garage, I can still work up a sweat. It is so worth it. The kids laugh at me, but they see how I benefit from it and they encourage me to keep at it.
With all of the tension released, and spending time for myself, I can think more clearly and use my writing time more seriously. Even if it's writing on this blog, a specific journal or writing out the day's to-do list. Once I have a clear mind, and start writing something, anything, it all starts to come together.
Monday, December 28, 2009
"And just who is making these for you?" I asked.
"You are Mom."
You could have heard my long drawn out sigh when this was going on. However, last night I had time to sit and relax, and watch a movie with the older kids. During that time I did crochet her friend a pair, but I'm charging for the second pair (ha ha ha ha). Kids!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
The second photo is taken from the inside of the van. It's where my daughter's chin cracked the dash and where her head cracked the windshield.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
With my mouth open wide and my eyeballs about to pop, another daughter (10 years old) spoke up.
"Yeah, my friend says that our family is better than cable!" she exclaims.
I suddenly wondered if I should be happy to hear all of this. Everyone thinks we are boat loads of fun. And all of their friends want to meet their Uncle. Oh the stories I could blog! So much fun! Hearing this sure made all the bad stuff seem not so bad anymore.
I love my kids and my crazy brother who still wants to have a wheelchair race in the Cleveland Clinic's tunnel! We may just have to do it yet! As long as frogs are not involved.
Every child has been blessed with a hand crafted ornament for each of their classmates. I've done this for all of the kids, and many times for each one. Each Christmas I make, and hand wrap, a handmade ornament and make a creative treat container filled with goodies. It's been a tradition of mine and now I only have one child in elementary. I sure hope they like it.
I've been busy with a family member's health situation, and have been gone a lot. I'm running out of time to get ready for Christmas. The pets have even missed me. I came home to find that one dog had stolen one of my slippers, and we still cannot find it. He usually gives it back the same day. He must be really mad at me. I guess I have some schmoozing to do.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I have also found a very inspirational book at the library, in regards to writing fiction. It was printed back in the 90's, but it was just what I needed to focus on daily writing. If you get a chance to visit your library, look for the book titled, The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, written by Jack M. Bickham (© 1992). My library does not have this book, however I was able to inter loan it from one (and only one) area library.