Crap, I broke the blog.  Hopefully you all are reading this via your feed reader, so you can’t see the ugly.  Tech support is currently sleeping, so this may stay broken for a while.  


Happy new year (only 3 weeks late, not too bad for me)!  The past 6 months have been pretty busy, with the kitchen remodel turning out to be the project that never ends.  What is left to do includes a backsplash for the kitchen (we’re waiting on the tile to be in stock), base boards installed, and shelving next to the fireplace.  We have no deadline, so we’ve decided to take things slowly- better for our stress levels and wallets.

This is the time of year that people make resolutions in which they will break by February.  So, I’ve decided not so much make resolutions as to have a theme for the year.  This year is about simplicity.  My life has become too cluttered, and it’s time to simplify things.  
Step one:  simplify the house.  We have a house larger than we really need, and it’s filled with junk.  Most of said junk is mine.  I hold onto things for way too long.  I don’t need these things to remember.  So, throughout the year, we will be going through a major purge.  We (and when I say we, I mean me) will systematically go through each room of the house, and remove what is no longer needed.  Anything that is in good condition will be donated, anything left that can be recycled will be, and what’s leftover will be trashed.  
Step two: simplify our budget.  We (and again, when I say we, I mean me) have become wasteful in our spending.  There are so many things that I buy that I can just as easily make myself for a fraction of the price.  I think there needs to be a shift in our priorities.  
Things that I will be making as opposed to buying include: 
  • cleaning products
  • soap
  • anything I have the ability to sew
  • canned items (like salsas, soups, jams, jellies, pickles)
So, wish me luck!