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NaPoWriMo Day 2

Family Poem and Portrait

Steadfast Determination

Purely authentic, individually unique, collectively talented. 

Loyalty steadfast, determination unmatched, ready for a challenge

Appreciation growing, hard working, idea driven.  

Trusting, honest to a fault, possibly too naive. 

All at home, family unit, savoring the days…

NaPoWriMo Day 4

I’m afraid these may show up out of order. Sometimes I can’t force out a poem, or it may take more than one day for me to write it!

Day 4 NaPoWriMo 

The Cruelest Month

Glorious sunshine
Thermometer bright
Boots in the box and coats out of sight. 

Children outdoors now 
Sunglasses we need
The warmth hugs and holds us, our hopes it exceeds. 

Spring break begins now
For April has come
Projects outdoors, and then hours of fun. 

But weather surprise us
A fire we need
Inside the air’s chilly, we just can’t believe

We wake to find white
No sign of the sun
Vacation is tarnished, what happened to fun?

Dear April why now 
Does snow grace our land?
Spring weather expected and now we demand. 

Sunshine come back now
And warm our bare skin
And let the vacation now finally begin. 

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 1

It’s April and national poetry month!  I am joining the challenge to write one poem a day in April. I am following the prompts from the NaPoWriMo blog, and today’s poem is…

Poetic form: Lune
American Haiku 5-3-5
No other rules

Love never forgets
And hearts yearn
For memories vivid

Hi Again!

I think about blogging often. I imagine a vibrant blog full of words that create pictures and imaginations and possibly tears. It requires action…action on my part, to get the writing on the page. 

It’s spring break. I’m home and have time to write. I plan to write more, especially during April. 

April is NaPoRiMo, National Poetry Writimg Month. The idea is to write a poem a day for every day in April. 

I’m going to do this again. I attempted this a few years ago and wrote some of my favorite poems. I love the challenge of rhymes and words and verse and rhythm and cadence!

I was looking through my phone (as I often scribble down thoughts on my “yellow pad”), and found this Haiku. It will probably sneak in as a poem on a day I’m short on time. I’m pretty sure I wrote it, but I don’t remember when!


Brightness falling dim
Many colors coming one
Sundown turning night

This was a recent sunset after a busy week.  Enjoy!



I blogged 5 times last year in this blog.  I plan to step it up this year!  It’s even one of my 3 goals for the year. 

The goals are simple…financial, mental, physical. 

#1. We’ve been working fairly diligently toward goal #1, and I think this could be the year we get to do the  debt free scream!  This is my financial goal for 2016. 

#2. Blogging makes me happy. I love sharing ideas and letting things spill of my tongue, through my fingers, and into blog land.  Seeing what we accomplish each year and documenting it gives me a sense of satisfaction, and I think that is good for my mental health. 

#3. And finally, food. It’s not my favorite thing…cooking and feeding my family. But it must be done, so my goal this year is to be more consistent about this process and to actually eat meals, instead of just snacks throughout the day. 

Happy 2016!  Happy New Year!

💗 Kristy

Salsa on a Saturday Night

Our life is very exciting!

We made salsa tonight. 

I’m going to show you pictures. These are not staged. I use my iPhone. I don’t have the time, energy, or desire to present an edited version of our life. I’m a regular person, in an outdated kitchen, and this is our real life.

My son just walked through the kitchen while I was typing and said, 

“Salsa smells good!  Its a bubbling!”


These are the last of the tomatoes from our garden. 


Sliced for the handy chopper. 


This is the best chopper ever. It’s called a Vidalia Chopper. 


Let’s be real. This is a messy job. 

Chopped tomatoes. We needed 17 lbs of tomatoes for the recipe.


I am not a super cook. I use this…


And this…


And all mixed together it looks like this. 


Right now it’s simmering for 10 minutes. Then we plan to process it in the steam canner in pint jars. 

Tonight I will feel like I accomished something, and there is a sense of relief that the tomatoes didn’t go to waste and rot on the counter!

Because it’s real life here, and stuff rots sometimes!!

Crisp Days of Fall

Fall has arrived. The mornings are cold. The air is fresh and crisp, and the nights flirt with 32 degrees regularly now. 

The sky was brilliant today, a perfect mixture of clear blue with clouds like pillows, floating past gently in the breezes that stirred up during each hour. 

The leaves are mostly gone, but a few swirl in a dance that goes nowhere and then settle in edges and cracks along the playground and parking lot at the school. The children wear hoods and gloves because the warmth of the sun doesn’t penetrate so efficiently now with winter around the corner. 

I snapped this photo late in the afternoon today. It seemed to embrace the essence of “fall” with the colors and cleanness and long shadows. 

The green of summer still hangs on, grasping for a few more days, a few more hours, before a hard freeze paralyzes the vibrant color and forces the soft grasses into a long sleep, and the delicate flakes cover the ground with a blanket of snow. 

Change is about to come. A change in the weather. A change in the scenery. And a change is happening inside as well.  


This meme speaks a truth that few ever own. What could be better than living a life that brings you joy daily, and one you don’t need a vacation from?  Is it possible to have peace amidst the daily schedules and surroundings?  This sounds like a very appealing life, and while it may take a few years, I am working to get there. 

I’ve been caught up in the Marie Kondo movement. I’ve read her book. I’ve done my clothes. That’s as far as I got. I expect that I will continue, but things may not happen in the “correct” order. 

I found myself with an hour to kill today. I can thank the fact that our kitchen clock seems to have missed the memo about “falling back” a few weeks ago, and all the humans that live here have not noticed the incorrect time until today, after it was too late.  

So I spent my hour deleting emails. Yes, I did that for a whole hour and managed to delete THOUSANDS  of them. There are still thousands more to go. I worked in topics. Facebook. Bunkbeds & Betties. Erin Condren. Flylady Flybabies. EC Fans Gone Wild. These are all Facebook related. I had my settings set up so I would receive an email notification for every last thing that happened on FB. While I dedicated an email account exclusively to this purpose, there was a LOT of stress caused by seeing over 60K in that little red email bubble on my phone. Yes, you read that correctly. OVER 60,000!!  So I deleted and deleted and deleted, select all, after select all, after select all. Nothing felt better than removing all the negativity from the last mentioned group, and all those names that contributed to the stress from that group. It’s all gone now, and there is a sense of relief and lightness. 

Etsy, Little Passports, Michaels, Bank of America, and Alaska Airlines are a few more topics I attacked in my email “inbox zero” quest today.  I look forward to the next chunk of time I can dedicate to deleting more emails and simplifying my life and finding peace without needing a vacation. 


Something fun I did today was getting photos of these precious puppies!  They are all 3 weeks old and touching their squishy faces and hearing their scolding little growls ranked this day as one of the finest in the past few weeks. 

Happy Fall to all of you. Thanks for stopping by!