Thursday, October 8, 2015

Diary of a Mediocre Homemaker - Operation Walk a Fat Friend

Dear Diary
I am the fat friend . Shh!  Don't tell anyone (except all 8 blog readers) but I successfully fit into a pair of regular jeans. There is no ELASTIC or DRAWSTRINGS.  Operation Walk a Fat Friend has been successful. I had bemoaning(lots of moaning) to my spouse and friends that all this walking has resulted in zero loss of pounds.  My friend has been taking me on some serious walks (death marches) I have been doing a lot better at reaching my 10,000 steps. - Diary entry from 9/29/15

Do you walk and wear a fit bit?  IS it helping you meet your fitness goals?  I find it addictive to reach that 10,000 step goal. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Diary of a Mediocre Homemaker - Apron Truth

Dear Diary
I am being ridiculed by my SO CALLED friends for wearing an apron. I wear an apron to bake and cook in.  I SAID IT.  My friends tease me.  I just think they have Apron Hate!  I have noticed that they never turn down bake goods.
Me in my Red Hot Chili Pepper Apron and Tiara

I am not a 1960's housewife but I play one in my kitchen because the truth is I am a hot mess when I bake and cook.  I have flour spread EVERYWHERE.  I am not neat.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Diary of Mediocre Homemaker - Explore the Detours (family motto)

View from Tommy Thompson Trail. Mt Baker in the Background
Dear Diary
We just can't go on an family adventure without some kind of mishap.  We are magnets for this type of thing. My husband may of mumbled a few choice words on our geocaching bike adventure this weekend.

We went on a bike ride on the Tommy Thompson Trail this past weekend with a geocaching group in Anacortes, Washington.  This is the first time we really cached on bikes with large group.  We had 12 riders in total. It was a blast to have so many people looking for caches. The trail takes you across the water on refurbished  2,000 foot long paved train trestle.

Trestle on Tommy Thompson Trail
Sign over Trestle at one end
The view is awesome.  We stopped as a group at the Farmer's Market. My teenage boys just wanted to hang out in the trees like monkey's.

We also did some caches around downtown Anacortes including the library.  I would of liked to spend additional time there. There was some cool art in there as well.

On the way back on the trail, my husband managed to blow out his bike tire.  I sent him back to the car with the boys and I walked the flat tire bike along the trail.  I have learned this is par for the course.  Our family motto is," EXPLORE THE DETOURS" . It was a beautiful day and to tell you the truth and walking hurt a lot less than riding.

art on trail
I enjoyed the solitude of walking the trail for a bit by myself. In the end, it was a great way to spend our Saturday.

Anyone else have a family motto?

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Diary of Mediocre Homemaker: Famous Last Words

Dear Diary,
No one was more sorry than I when I said, "You can have it if  it is free."  That is really words you should not say to your significant other.  Then I had the AUDACITY  to help my husband find the free thing. I just can't keep my big mouth shut.
I actually suggested that we go to the ReStore. Usually I avoid that place as lots of useless crap ends up at my house.  But I volunteered that we should go there.  Yes, I volunteered to go there.  My husband was looking for a door to use as a training aid for work.  (Don't ask)  The whole time we are looking at doors all I am thinking is about is Monsters Inc. Along with that, I am voicing anti use of personal money for work.  So I said , "You can have if it is free."  Well we didn't see anything free so we left.  As we were pulling out of the parking lot, I noticed that there was a free door in the free bin.  Why am I so helpful? This door is huge and heavy . We barely managed to get it into our car.  I even offered to give up my seat.  I think I need to turn in my woman card.

 I wonder how long that door is going to be propped up beside the house.  I have such a big mouth. I am tempted to leave this sign attached to the door.
Door Bell Broken. Yell DING DONG

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Diary of a Mediocre Homemaker - T-shirt Humor

Exactly what the Army Recruiter told us

Dear Diary
I am weird.  I find my humor at the thrift store t-shirt rack.  It really is cheapest  form of entertainment .  I never buy these shirts but they sure make me laugh. People will really put just about ANYTHING on a t-shirt.  Sometimes the t-shirt is funny and inappropriate. I enjoy those the most. 

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Pea in the Pool

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Diary of a Mediocre Homemaker - Personal Finance Lessons

Dear Diary,
Does money grow on trees?  My kid thinks it does.   Yeah Me!  He is so going to live with me FOREVER. I took it as a personal challenge to talk all the time about personal finance. Somehow,  discussing the cost of things with me was annoying. Who knew he didn't want to discuss the benefits of running a fan over Air Conditioning. My 17 year old doesn't have a sense of humor. Maybe I will just conjuror some dollar bills out of the sky.

It has come to my attention that my 17 year old doesn't understand the basics of personal finance. My friend reminded me that when we grew up we learned a lot of life lessons from sitcoms. 

Check out this post at Money Saving Mom - Why We Let Our Teenager Manage Our Budget- I don't know if I would be brave enough to do this but it would definitely be eye opening for my 17 year old.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Diary of a Mediocre Homemaker - When you turn into your parents

Dear Diary,
It happened.  What is IT?  I have become my parents.  My friends have warned me about this for years. I didn't believe it could happen to ME. 

It started with a hummingbird feeder.  I knew it, I have become my parents.  They are avid bird and squirrel watchers from their kitchen window. Who knew this would be such great entertainment. We have been enjoying watching the hummingbirds. This feeder hangs on our dining room window.

Hummingbird Food

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
Mix Well
Boil 5 minutes
Place in Feeder

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Did you ever have a moment where you knew you were exactly like your parents?  Come on be brave and share in the comments.