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~
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Lost ~ Door Knockers ~ Tidbits
Yesterday was a day for running to the "big city" and getting errands done. We typically recycle an old-print newspaper into wrapping paper, but his year I bought some at the local dollar store. Just to make the kids laugh, I bought one with Buzz Lightyear on it, ha ha! My biggest "find" was a package of 60 round labels for $1.00. I needed some this year, and that will come in handy.
It's that time of year again. The time where certain religious groups start knocking on the door (even way out in the boonies, they try that hard). They stopped when I was out running errands and Daughter was home doing her workout. The dogs pretty much scared the woman off, Daughter said.
My two youngest girls got their hair cut recently. Today's to-do list involves printing out "Locks of Love's" form, and mailing one daughter's hair in for a donation. We've done this (at least one of us) every year now.
Last night I made the family's favorite dish - stove top tuna and noodle. It's a family favorite recipe my Mom passed down, but I make it with gmo-free canned milk, organic butter and flour, pole-caught tuna (soy free), and homemade condensed mushroom soup. It's fantastic! Our side was simply peas.
When we sat down for dinner, my 18 year-old was eating peas. That was all she ate. Peas. I was stumped. Tuna and noodle was her favorite and she wasn't eating it. She told me, due to her views now, she is going to be vegetarian.
I told her she needs to find a source of protein, because I won't be making my meals special for her (not being mean, simply being a person who grows and raises food for our health and for a reason to keep us healthy, all hard work).
Even explaining that the tuna was "pole-caught" tuna and did not contain any gmo ingredients, she refused to eat the fish. I honestly feel social media is the reason for this sudden change. I feel sorry for our kids growing up with so much influence that may or may not be good for them. They have a lot of pressure on them, and way too much influence.
What happened to roller skating, biking, reading a real book, visiting a library, going to the movies, having friends hang out, and bowling? Now they all sit on electronics. In fact, I have to share something relating to that (now that I'm on my soap box).
The last breakfast I went to for the honor society induction, while each member was speaking at the podium, I looked around at the tables of parents. I saw about 9 out of 10 looking down at their smart phones. Sad.
I do believe there needs to be a balance and most kids can't do it themselves. Okay, I'm off the soap box.
I'm working on finishing an ornament to share. Hopefully I can glue the final piece on today.