Showing posts from October, 2018

I Have Lost My Mind--What Have I Done?!?!?!

October 31, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I made a decision about an hour or so ago, and well, let's just say that November is gonna be real interesting... The video below explains my latest bout of crazy.

And don't worry, I will keep you posted on the word count here too. I need my 'peeps' to keep me on track.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

October 29, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I'm happy to say that we are getting back into normal mode--well, as normal as this group ever gets!

I'm a day late in posting, but after all the busyness of the weekend, the only thing I wanted to do Sunday night was put on my jammies, curl up next to the Redneck and pass out. It was a great weekend, but tiring.

Saturday morning I spent cooking food for a Sunday lunch event before we left to go to Trinity Ordnance's Customer Appreciation Day, and it was a lot of fun. There was music, free food and drink, lots of cool stuff to look at, prizes given out (I won a couple of goodies), and great people to visit with.

I made a short video of our day.

After a couple of hours we headed to the church for the Fall Festival, where we enjoyed games and more food, candy, costumes and fellowship. If you're wondering why Obie looks so disgusted, he just discovered what licorice tastes like!

When we got home we wrangled all the animals whe…

Feeling Disconnected

October 25, 2018

Pounce with her 'nose owie'

Hey y'all, it's me.
As you read a few days ago, the Redneck and I made the decision to not take the job offer and move out of state. We are both at peace with the decision, and thought we would just get back to our regular life, with no side effects from the past month.
However, this past week we have both been out of sync. We can't seem to get moving with projects we need to do, or making plans for the holidays. In fact, we have both been extremely disconnected from everything. We thought we might be getting sick.
Then Sunday night we realized that after weeks of thinking about what we should do about the job offer--do we take it, do we not, where could we move, where would we go to church, what about our animals, we would be leaving our family and friends, what's the cost of living there compared to here, what would we take, what do we leave behind, and on and on.
Every day for a month our lives revolved around th…

A Creative Genius Has Left Us

October 24, 2019

Hey y'all, it's me.

I am sad to report that a culinary giant, a woman who influenced the tables of Thanksgiving celebrants to such a degree that her greatest creation will forever be linked with the holiday meal, right alongside the turkey and dressing (and don't forget the giblet gravy!)

That's right. Dorcas Reilley, the woman who created the Green Bean Casserole, has passed away at 92 years of age.

Unless you grew up in a household of food snobs, you always knew you could count on that dish gracing the sideboard or dinner table on Thanksgiving. Honestly, it has to be one of the best known comfort food on the planet, second only (in my humble opinion) to chicken and dumplings.

The St Louis Post-Dispatch did a great article on the dish and it's creator. You can read the article here:…

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

October 21, 2019

Hey y'all, it's me!

I didn't get a lot of active money saving done last week, due to being stuck at home because of all the rain. The sun didn't come out until yesterday, and it's supposed to go back into hiding on Tuesday. So I will be mowing the yard as fast as I can, trying to get ahead of the clouds.

I did get to save a little bit, in both passive and active ways. Here goes.

I always have a lot of the meat juices left whenever we make a big batch of Puerco Pibil (slow roasted pork). I poured the juice into a container and let it chill in the fridge. Then I removed the fat and discarded it, leaving behind a beautiful rich gelatin. When I made enchilada sauce, I added this gelatin to the tomato sauce, along with sautéed onions and garlic. I didn't have to add any other spices, because the pibil has all kinds of it's own. The result is a delicious, spicy sauce for any kind of Mexican dish you can think up. Later in the week, I had made re…

The Day The Freebird Fell

October 20, 2019

Hey y'all, it's me.

Today is a solemn day in Rock & Roll history. It was on this day in 1977 that we lost many of the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd when their plane crashed in Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, along with several others, died. The band disbanded soon after the tragedy.

Fortunately, music would not be denied, and 10 years later, the remaining members reunited, and we once again had that sweet Southern Rock sound that to this day soothes the soul. Sweet Home Alabama, The Breeze, and Voodoo Lake are songs that are standards. And what would life be without Simple Man or the ultimate Skynyrd anthem, Freebird?

I thought I would post a few of the songs that our family love. You can be assured that these and many others will be coming from the speakers here at our home today.

Here are a couple of songs about that day.

Seriously, if I'm this maudlin over Skynyrd--I'm scared to see how bad I'll fall apart when we lose ZZ Top!

Well, I got ch…

Final Results On The Job Offer

October 16, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Okay, after much deliberation and going back and forth over all the facts, crunching the numbers, looking at all the pros and cons, yadda, yadda, yadda, about whether to accept the job offer which would require us to move to New Hampshire, we have made our decision....

We are staying right here, in our beloved Lone Star State.
We prayed, looked at all we could, spoke with Realtors in New Hampshire, prayed, looked at the cost of living there versus here, prayed, went over all the things we would need to do to transport our animals and household goods, prayed, what we would have to do to sell the house here, prayed, prayed, and prayed some more.
No matter how we looked at it, we just couldn't get the numbers to come out where it would be better to take the job and relocate. At best it would be a lateral move, and at worst it would put us deeper in debt. Not a good move, considering that we are so close to being completely out of debt, ot…

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

October 14, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I have had a lovely weekend. Taking a break from 'moming' duties was great, but I'm happy to have Obie back home now, and he is glad to be home, where it's a lot quieter!

His father got him a new small trampoline for his birthday. His old one died a while back, and he hasn't had a way to really work off the nervous energy he gets. This will help him burn it off, and prevent me from going nuts because he's keyed up.

This last week was pretty good for saving money. I got the movie RAMPAGE at the library so we enjoyed that.

Thanks to Little Pen Pen's ( advice, I got out my cast iron pan and started using it on my electric stove top. It works great, and no problems. Thank you Penny! I won't need to buy those stupid non stick pans anymore.

We had some leftover beef steak from Sunday night, so I cut it up and warmed it up (in my cast iron skillet!), then took leftover salad greens…

Bad News, Good News

October 12, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

A big ol' pile of purr
The bad news is, our church's annual trail ride to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital has been cancelled due to excessive rain. The ranch where we hold it is pretty much a swamp right now. I know that many of the riders who come from all over the country for this event would still be willing to ride in a hurricane (and trust me, their horses would love it), but it's just too dangerous.

This is the first time we ever had to cancel it. They will do the drawings for the various raffle items and notify the winners. Also, they will hold the auction in a week or so at the church bunkhouse, along with a dinner to raise more money.

It's a bummer, but it is what it is.

So what's the good news?

I had arranged for Obie to go to his father's over the weekend, since I didn't know what the weather would be like. Plus it's a treat for his birthday this month.

He's still going …

I Think I Have A Bargain 'Anointing'

October 10, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I just had to quickly share my mini shopping trip this morning.

I had decided that I would make spaghetti for lunch today, because the Redneck is off until next week. Our St. Jude's trail ride is this weekend, so there's lots of prep to get done.

I only had whole wheat pasta on hand, but the Redneck doesn't care for it. Since I had to go to the library anyway, I also stopped at Brookshires grocery store to grab pasta and bananas.

I counted what was left in my envelope for the week, and I had $4.60. I knew that would get what I needed with no problem.

In the store I got 3 pounds of bananas at 59 cents a pound, and a package of pasta for $1.09. I walked past the clearance aisle, and saw a small round loaf of French bread that was  marked down to $1.74. I couldn't figure out the sums in my mind, so I just decided to see if I could afford the bread also.

I got to the checkout and handed the cashier, Shelby, my little customer c…

Money Savng Adventures For Last Week

October 7, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Tonight I am so tired my tired is tired. It has been a week of ups, downs and turn arounds, with getting the Redneck to and from the airport, finishing up gathering donations for ST. Jude's trail ride, and just trying to keep up with October, which is our family's busiest month.

For instance, we got home from church, had lunch, and then the Redneck and I put together a BBQ dry rub for two racks of baby back ribs we'd been saving for a SLOW Sunday afternoon. We had put them into the oven at 275 degrees. Just as we were sitting down to relax, we got a phone call that a gentleman who works with metal had a donation for St. Jude's. We hopped in the truck and drove to Second Monday here in Bowie. We were surprised that the man not only wanted to donate a bench, but also a second bench, a small metal table with two chairs, two large flowers made from plow disks, AND he and his wife said that if we needed ANYTHING else for the auct…

Video--Kitchen Tour

October 5, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Have I mentioned how much I love my house? Especially the kitchen/dining area (which I'll be honest, it's ALL kitchen to me). I spend most of my day in there, cooking, cleaning, creating, planning, writing and so on. When the Redneck was looking for a home for us so he could bring Obie and I back from the mountains, he took one look a this house and knew it was the right one for our family.

So I thought I would share my little 'domestic domain' with you.

Hope you liked it. By the way, I now have 20 subscribers to my channel!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Update On Job Situation

October 4, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

A few weeks ago I told you about the Redneck being approached by a big company to go to work for them, which would require us to relocate to New Hampshire. I have been asking that people pray for wisdom about this.

I finally came to terms with the fact that I may have to leave my beloved state of Texas and move to New Hampshire. I may not like the idea, but I accept it, because I know the Lord always has good things planned for me--it says so in His Word:

Jeremiah 29:11-13New International Version (NIV)11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Also, several years ago, I felt Him give me a scripture from Deuteronomy 2:3, which says,

"You have gone around this mountain long enough, head north."…