Captain Feathersword

Curly Haired Baby is generally pretty fearless. Nothing scares her. She loves the vacuum. She gets excited when I use the hair dryer. Things that terrify other kids make her laugh. Then she saw Captain Feathersword from “The Wiggles.”

She’s terrified of Captain Feathersword! It’s weird. (Okay, so he scares me a little, too, but not for the same reason.) She goes hysterical whenever he comes on. We just bought her a “Wiggles” dvd, but I think we’re going to have to sell it or something. I guess I could just skip every song with Captain Feathersword in it.

I don’t understand how she can love toys that scare other kids, but she’s afraid of something from “The Wiggles.”

Published in: on April 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Corner Gas

Does anyone else love “Corner Gas”? This show is hilarious! And it’s surprisingly “clean.” I don’t watch a lot of TV, but this show is worth watching. It does have some language, but it’s much better than most sitcoms.

Published in: on April 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm  Comments (1)  

Financial Shape in 2008 Check-in




I thought I’d check in for Financial Shape in 2008. This is sponsored by Money Saving Mom.

We had a goal to save money for a new-to-us vehicle. We want to pay in cash, if possible. We did get some savings put away and we also didn’t have to use any savings. None of it was earmarked for a car, but we did get a little put away.

Another goal was to get some health insurance. We got this accomplished. Yay! It does take quite a chunk out of Curly Haired Husband’s check, but at least we’re not without health insurance anymore.

We also wanted to start an IRA for Curly Haired Husband. We didn’t get this done yet.

And we wanted to work on some upgrades and repairs to the house. We were very blessed to be able to find closeout sales and floor models at very cheap prices! We now have a working dishwasher and a rocker-recliner. Before we had no seating other than our couch, so this was something we really wanted. We also haven’t had a working dishwasher in a year, so I’m very thankful for that!

All in all, I’d say it was a good month! Next month, I hope to get some more savings put away for a car or emergencies.  

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

WFMW–Eating more fruit

I’m always trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into our diet, but honestly, I don’t like a lot of different fruits. So I found a painless way to do it–freeze them. Grapes and berries taste great frozen. It’s like a little treat. I don’t particularly like blueberries, for example, but they’re great frozen. Try it–It works for me!

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 10:54 am  Comments (3)  

WFMW– Prolong a dying dishwasher


I now have something I never thought I’d own. A stainless steel dishwasher. I know, aren’t you jealous?! Thanks to a closeout sale and our tax refund, I no longer have to wash all the dishes by hand. (This is sad. Next I’ll be excited about an iron.)

We had a dishwasher. It just didn’t work. It died slowly, over a period of several months and I did learn how to help prolong it. So if you’re in the same boat, here’s what worked (for a while, at least.)

*Use the best detergent you can afford. It really did make a difference. I like Electrasol tabs.

*Run the hot water a minute or two before starting the dishwasher. This way your dishes will get hot water immediately.

*Be sure to load the dishes so they face the water spray.

*Rinse before loading. (I know, this totally defeats the purpose, but it’s better than handwashing.)

*Use vinegar in the little liquid bin.

These things worked for me! Check out more tips at Rocks in my dryer.

Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 11:31 am  Comments (4)  

Kids bring lots of joy…

and vomit. Lots and lots of vomit. I think that’s all the detail I need to give. The past 4 days have been a complete blur. I don’t think my house has ever been so messy. We had to miss a family wedding that I really wanted to attend (though I am glad we didn’t infect the whole wedding party.) Curly Haired Husband didn’t exactly have a great birthday. But here’s what I did learn from all three of us being sick at the same time:

–We can never be sick at the same time again. We only have two bathrooms.

–I’m not sure I’m ready for another child. Maybe in about 8 years.

–A ham and cheese sandwich when you’re sick will set your recovery back a good 6 hours.

–Curly Haired Husband is pretty good at housework.

–I have really nice parents.

–Kids bounce back a lot quicker. She’s climbing on the kitchen table again and I’m barely functioning.

–I think I’m going back to bed.

Published in: on April 1, 2008 at 12:21 pm  Leave a Comment  


This might be a strange thing to say, but I totally don’t understand the tanning craze. Here in the South, girls tan almost every day and it’s all they talk about. I think it’s asking for skin cancer. I can somewhat understand tanning outside, but why go to the tanning bed? It’s like paying for skin cancer.

I’m a Southerner. I’m very pale, too. I don’t tan. Get over it. I’ve been made fun of for years because of this, but I’m hoping it pays off when I’m older. It already has, when I run into people I went to high school with. They already look years older than they are. And they know it. Yet they keep going to the tanning bed. I don’t get it.

My sister-in-law and myself are the only women under 35 I know who haven’t ever been to a tanning bed. I think everyone thinks we’re weird. I’ve used the self-tanning lotions, but they just make me look worse. I don’t even want to bother with it. What’s so bad about being pale? I do admire a pretty tan on other people, but I sure don’t want to pay for it.

I had a friend in elementary school whose mom was addicted (literally) to tanning. When I first met her (the mom), she was still in her twenties, but looked ages older. I actually thought it was my friend’s grandmother at first. I’ve never seen anyone that young that wrinkled. That pretty much destroyed any tanning for me!

Published in: on March 24, 2008 at 12:32 pm  Comments (2)  

The Empty Tomb

1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.

John 20, NKJV

Published in: on March 22, 2008 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  

My non-scientific study

This is very non-scientific, but I thought I’d share. My one and half year old daughter has not been sleeping well for months. I thought it was stress at first (my husband lost his job and was out of work for some time) that she was picking up on, but it seemed to be getting worse. She went from sleeping 10-12 hours a night (with a 1 hour nap) to waking up every 4-6 hours and not napping at all.

 And no, I don’t want advice. I’ve heard it all. I’ve tried it all and I’m pretty tired of hearing how I’m somehow doing something wrong. I tried everything in the book. Nothing worked. Her doctor wasn’t concerned, but then he’s pretty calm about everything. (And he wasn’t the one getting up with her.) Finally, this week, my grandmother suggested she might have a milk allergy. Not lactose intolerant, but allergic to milk. Curly Haired Baby has had a chronic runny nose and a slight cough (at night, when she drank milk), too, but I just dismissed it as general allergies since she was playing fine and not running a fever.

 So, on a whim, I switched her to soy milk. I read if she truly had an allergy it would take up to 2 weeks to work. This week, her nose hasn’t been runny for the first time in months, she’s not coughing, and she’s sleeping better. Not great, but a lot better. This may be coincidence, but I’m sticking it out for two weeks.

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 10:54 pm  Comments (1)