What’s it called when you don’t know what to cook?


The kitchen is full of food. Ingredients that cry out to be combined.

I want a big pot of vegetable soup bubbling merrily on the stovetop. A nice big hunk of chuck roast with roasted vegetables and gravy on the side. Pinto beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, and onion slices.

I am the only person in the house that eats such things, and I abhor leftovers after 2 days.

Sweet potato in the microwave, plain and shared with the two smallest dogs (who edge ever closer, but don’t dare try to sneak a bite from my hands) kills the hunger and interrupts this post for a few hours.

The next day is a weekend day; UNscheduled. There were IQF wings in the fridge, in water. Next to that were the beans I’d soaked. The beans were put in the crock pot too late to enjoy tonight, but will be magnificent tomorrow. The wings got tossed onto a sheet pan, plain. The rich scent of the chicken fills the house…

…and I’ve waited too long to eat, so long that I’m nauseous. And I don’t necessarily want to eat wings…but they’re ready. (Check that. They would be dog jerky if they were boneless. SIGH)


Depressed myself just WRITING that, sorry y’all.

Learning to fly again…

I need help around the house. There’s too much to do, and I want it all done RIGHTNOW (including replacing the flooring and buying all the furniture pieces I need). There’s so much to do that it’s overwhelming, and we all know what happens when I get overwhelmed…

I go to bed.
WITH my laptop.
And stay there.

(Re)Enter the Flylady. The first time around, I lasted for one day of email “reminders”. I made a Control Journal notebook, put it on the counter….and left it there.

Now I have a new house, new job, new furniture…. and new attitude. New realization that the previous system didn’t work.

Well, I take that back.

There really wasn’t a previous “system”. As long as the dishes were done, kids were fed, laundry in progress, and gross filth picked up? I didn’t stress about the rest.

That’s not going to work here and now. And I need a task list that’s going to work for a computer addict ….oh who am I kidding.

My name is Emily and I’m a voracious consumer of internet content.

But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about getting organized in a way that has a fighting chance of actually HAPPENING.

Enter: Flylady’s Cozi Calendar

I was already using a calendar app. I was already using a grocery list app. Cozi has both (see? decluttering already!) Now I have a todo list generated for me (still customizing it) and an appointment scheduled every day for 15 minutes of intense cleaning in one spot.

And I have that motivational reminder to slowthehelldown. Babysteps. It ALL does not have to be done RIGHTTHISSECOND. Baby steps. Having a chore chart helps. Knowing that the chore chart is a map through each room in the house helps. Being able to give the kids specific tasks helps.

Snowmageddon: NC Edition

It’s not the snow falling from the sky, it’s the ICE that’s the problem.

I’m out of work today, the kids are out of school.

My first Winter in the new house has been OK so far. Not spectacular, not tragic.

I have yet to use the woodstove insert. Didn’t think about having the chimney inspected/cleaned during the pre-purchase inspection period. But that’s OK because when I talked to my tree guy about leaving me a load of firewood? he said “okay” and I haven’t talked to him since.

The air in this house gives “arid” an entirely new definition. I *was* running a cool mist humidifier, but I’m thinking I need the vaporizer instead. We shall see…

Happy February!

and I wish I had more to talk about. It’s all all a blur of laundrykidsworkdogscleanshop

Admin note: I deleted all the plugins. All of them. The PLAN was to delete them all, export all my posts, back up the pictures, and wipe the database. Housecleaning: mushroom cloud setting.

Unfortunately, I did not implement this plan when everyone else in the house was asleep. As you can guess, I got interrupted.

When I got back to the computer, I had no idea where I was in the to-do list, so I just picked a spot and clicked teh delete button

and realized that I didn’t have a backup of the site.


The good news is that my webhost does regular backups as part of the hosting plan I have.

The bad news is….I did the Grand Deletion in December. All the backups that *were* there aren’t anymore. SO I’m still trying to remember what was where and are there better ways to implement them now.

Are you ready for Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas?

Well are you?

No, I’m not ready. We moved in July; I have found only one box of ornaments and still need to buy a new tree.

No, I’m not ready. I need to be able to shop when the kids aren’t with me AND aren’t home waiting for me.

No, I’m not ready. The corner that the tree is going in? Still full of boxes.

And I still need to find a mantel. And all of our stockings.

Aren’t you glad you asked??!!??