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9 Quotes to Weather the Storm

Dear readers, Everyone has hard days, weeks, months, or maybe even a hard year. As human beings we doubt our decisions, beat ourselves up for the choices we made, and generally over-think what we may have under-thought before. When you enter into that rut, have your heart ripped to shreds, or have your will tested, sometimes we need some words of wisdom to yank us off our knees and back on to our feet. Here are nine quotes to help…

No-Knead Wheat Bread

Dear readers, There is nothing like home-made bread. I've managed to mash this recipe together after a few years, various recipes, and lots of trial and error. Too much wheat equals a brick. No wheat and well, it just isn't wheat bread. Lately, I've been using King Arthur Flour: White Whole Wheat. It's mild, unbleached, and zero preservatives. I make this bread once a week in the fall/winter because it requires very little effort on my part aaaaaaaaaand we all…

15 Goals of Summer 2015: The Recap

  Dear readers, I want you to know that you are officially a part of history, as this is the very first "recap blog" I have ever written. On June 8th,  I posted 15 Goals of Summer 2015, today my post will be a review of how well I managed to reach those goals. Since I haven't actually monitored my success throughout the summer, I am very interested in doing this recap. Here goes nothing Moxie people! 1. Go kayaking on various…

11 Reasons to Garden with Your Child

Dear readers, Gardening is something that I've started doing since we moved into our duplex. I always dreamed of having a little garden prior, but never had the room. The woman who lived here before me had a beautiful garden and she left me a few of her perennials, some seeds, and some tips. So this year, I planted some cucumbers, tomatoes, English Lavender, pumpkins, Sweet Basil, Rosemary, and a bucket of sunflowers. Along with the other perennials, Audrey and…

While We Were Out…

Dear readers, What a crazy few weeks it has been. With all the company visiting and fun events to attend, I decided it would be a wonderful time to take a writing vacation. However, now I'm back, and I have some updates!   1. My washing my machine (the one I just paid off) broke down, of course. The pump was broken, water leaked all over the motor, and totally destroyed it. One more thing to pay off yet again.…

Happy 4th of July!

Dearest readers, I had a wonderful 4th of July. I haven't been too keen on celebrating the holidays since the divorce. I do all the typical fun stuff for Squeak, but without a big family to celebrate with, there is a small amount of emptiness that still lingers. However, I think it's about time to have my own independence, from the past and not the British, so I borrowed some one else's family for the 4th of July.   Squeak…

Summer Walk with Squeak

Right on schedule, my daughter and I go for a summer walk every day around 6:00 pm, unless the weather is bad, which happens frequently  way up here in Sault Ste. Marie. Tomorrow's blog is about my fifteen goals for Summer 2015, and going for beaucoup walks with Squeak happens to be right on that list. I cut her up an apple and we hit our regular route which is about a mile. This is also the same route I…

An article about change.

Change and the Boring Girl

  Dear readers, Change. It's not just something that ruins my vacuum. New outlook. New life. New year. Thirty-One. I always found myself asking this age old question: is change really possible? I didn't believe that it was. Can't teach an old dog new tricks. But now every single day I wake up, I look in the mirror, and I see the face of change staring right back at me. Now let's not get all cynical before I plead my case,…

Weekend Project: Barefoot Butterfly

Dear readers, Have the weekend off? Looking for a fun keepsake art project to brighten up your home, or a cute little gift for a family member? Moxie Girl has the perfect project for you! Courtesy of my mom and her creativity (and Pinterest). SUPPLIES: 3 or 4 different paint colors One Sharpie One canvas 3 or 4 different sponges One bucket with soapy water A rag A devoted friend or family member to help Your child or children DIRECTIONS:…

The First Walk of Spring

Dear readers, Yesterday my daughter and I finally did it. We went outside for a walk. The air was just warm enough for a leather bomber jacket, and the snow was just melted enough to make me think Spring has finally made it's way to the Upper Peninsula. After all, it is April. Is any one else ready for Spring? I cannot wait for the flowers and rainstorms and bright sunshine. Spring fever in the Soo,