Category Archives: Challenges

Code Violation Painting (and more!) Party

Some of the best advice I have ever gotten (and heeded) is this: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The worst that can happen is that someone says “no.” So here is my latest “Oh my, I have to … Continue reading

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Work on The Cottage…and More

Work on The Cottage We have been busy bees on The Cottage and have nearly completed the demo of all rooms except the front living room. So far, we have filled and dumped six truckloads at the local dump. I … Continue reading

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Winding Down Those Classes

I taught an ice creams class yesterday at North Kansas City Library. We tasted six different ice creams and sorbets: Pineapple Sorbet, Strawberry Cream, Coffee, Raspberry Sorbet, Mint Chip, and Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate. I’ve posted all of the recipes … Continue reading

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Chickens and Crowdfunding

And Then There Were Fourteen Last Saturday, I taught a class at the Ruiz Library. One of the attendees asked me, “How often do you lose a chicken? I answered, “Well, we haven’t had one in a while, but usually … Continue reading

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Oh Boy…

  When we bought this property, the inspector told us, “Your foundation and your brickwork need tuckpointing.” He meant “now” but with all of the other things on our plate, we didn’t start right away. There was a dog fence … Continue reading

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We are Okay and Here is Why

I regularly post about budgets. And not just budgets but knowing exactly where your money is going. This past week was stressful, for all of a couple of hours, until I sat down and figured it out on paper (well, … Continue reading

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The Perfect Bread Recipes

Bread, Bread, and More Bread! A few years ago I purchased Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and let me tell you, it is AWESOME. Bread making completely flummoxed me until I found this book. In fact, anytime I … Continue reading

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Uncle!!!

There is never a good time for it, really, but I suppose this week is better than others. I’ve done it again – thrown out my back – and I am currently lying in bed – propped, cushioned and “blanketed” … Continue reading

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And the Award Goes to…

Our decision to stick with cars that are both paid off, and not get newer ones with car payments has definitely been tested this year. To date, we have paid $4,327.87 in car repairs, exceeding our budget of $2,200 for car … Continue reading

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“Magic” Fridge

Yesterday, as we were driving to a house cleaning, Dee said to me, “Jeez, it feels as if we were robbed, the refrigerator took up ALL of yesterday.” Truer words were never spoken. On Monday morning the refrigerator had a … Continue reading

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