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Any Direction February 20, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 10:51 pm

You can steer yourself any direction you choose. (from Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess)

Today I drove my car for the first time in . . . well, I don’t rightly remember when. The last time I drove it was about a week before it was buried by an un-neighborly neighbor. But our mini-spring last week and a little elbow grease got my car unstuck and so away I went! Just to church and back, but was it ever nice to be able to go where I wanted, when I wanted to go there. No waiting in the cold for the T, no walking over treacherously icy sidewalks. I’ve discovered these past several weeks that I can surely make do without a vehicle, but I’m pretty glad to have it also. I think a trip down the street to the grocery store is in order this week!


On the Move February 19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 6:18 pm

They say Aslan is on the move–perhaps has already landed. (from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis)

This week, this frozen landscape experienced a three-day thaw. Three days with above-freezing temperatures. Lots of snow and ice melted away, landscape features have begun to re-emerge, and green grass is even visible in some places. I know it’s not spring yet. I know we’ve got a lot of winter left up here. But three days that felt like spring were uplifting indeed!


Must grow up February 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:59 pm

Today, a full paragraph. Enjoy.

All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, “Oh, why can’t you remain like this forever!” This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end. (from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)

The other day I had a baby. And today he turned two years old. I don’t know what kind of trickery time is playing on me, but I swear he was only just born. Today he sat across the table from me at dinner, feeding himself rice with a fork with impressive precision and saying, “More broccolies, peez,” with his cheeks full. I was struck dumb for a few moments at the sight of him sitting there like a grown up in a grown up chair eating like the rest of us. I mean, just the other day it seems I was eating my dinner one-handed while he drank his at my bosom. (Feeding him was cheaper then.)

And then, after dinner, I made a fatal mistake. I looked back at pictures of him. And videos. And I died. If he was just born the other day, why don’t I remember him being so small? Why does it seem like he’s always been walking and talking and building lego things? I guess he really is two and it really is true what they say about how fast it all goes.

Tonight, while his banana flavored monkey cake bakes, I think I’ll console myself with a few chapters of Peter Pan. Sometimes mamas with growing up boys need the consolation of Neverland.


Sacred savings books

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 12:57 am

If there was anything that was sacred in the family, it was the savings books. (from Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield)

I still cannot see Noel Streatfield’s name without thinking of You’ve Got Mail and saying it just like Meg Ryan does in the movie, sometimes to myself and sometimes out loud. But that’s beside the point.

I have a new obsession, a bona fide addiction. My name is Kristi and I am a Cheap-a-holic. In the past three weeks I have collected a veritable mountain of coupons. In the past three days, I have used them to provide goods for my family for next to nothing. Being in the landscaping industry, February is a pretty slow month for us and living on a variable income is hard even in the busy months. I started clipping coupons under the encouragement of a friend who was getting great deals and after watching a short clip about extreme couponing on a morning show. I thought it might save us a bit here and there. And I thought my friend was a tiny bit obsessed.

But then, after a couple of weeks of clipping and saving coupons, I walked into a drug store armed with a small stack of them and a Visa debit card my husband earned with business purchases from an irrigation supplier (so, no money out of our family budget at all). I handed the cashier a body wash, two packages of bar soap,  two deodorants, and a few coupons. My total was $4.95!!! Then she handed me a receipt with $3 store credit back! I walked back into the store and bought two small packages (31count) of diapers for a total of $5 after coupons. I used the $3 register rewards and my total out of pocket for both packages of diapers was $2.15!!!

That’s all it took. I am now totally obsessed. Retail prices are totally out of the question for me. How could I ever pay full price for diapers again now that I know how to get them for less?

Yesterday I got three boxes of fabric softener sheets for free + sales tax. Today I bought a 180count box of diapers from originally priced at $34.54. After coupon codes and subscribe and save discounts, my total was $7.27. But I had a $20 amazon gift card from livingsocial which I got for free for referring three friends. So that comes to 180 diapers for free and no sales tax or shipping! Do I even have to say what that means for our budget in our lowest grossing business month?

You may see my rear end hanging out the door of a recycling bin as I lean all the way in to pilfer discarded Sunday papers. This may prompt you to organize some kind of intervention. But I’ll just say, I don’t need help. I need coupons!!!!


Great big holes February 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 11:05 pm

Some losses leave great big holes, Ruby. It’s hard to lose someone you love so deeply, especially when you’ve known them as long as Miss Eula knew your grandpa. (from Love, Ruby Lavendar by Deborah Wiles)


The messy glory February 15, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:15 pm

Uncle Edisto always said, “It takes courage to look life in the eye and say yes to…the messy glory.” (from Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles)


A deteriorating process

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 12:02 am

I’ve determined never to marry. It’s a deteriorating process, evidently. (from Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster)