May 24, 2019


I was contacted by the person who was my best friend growing up.  She wants to get together.  She actually said she wants to hang out and she misses me.  It made me so happy!  I can't wait to see her.  We spent so much time together as teenagers, all of my best memories of those years involve her. 

May 23, 2019


We did a little running around today, trying to get things accomplished.  While we were out, we stopped by the library. It is beautiful and welcoming.  It has a whole floor for kids, which is really bright and friendly. There was the cutest sign up on the end of one of the kids shelves.  There are some great programs there too.

May 21, 2019

New One

This little guy tried a new food today!  He ate peanut butter cookies that I made for the kids.  He smelled it.  He poked at it.  He nibbled it.  And then he declared it yummy and asked for another "macaroni cookie". He makes me laugh, my boy.

May 20, 2019

Little Prince and Princess Magpie

Little Prince had a good day today.  He was giggling and happy.  He made my heart smile.  He was reading all the books he could get his hands on.

Later, when Princess Magpie was with him she came out to tell me a cute thing he did.  Then she looks at me and tells me that she is glad he is the way he is.  He is sweet and cute and if was any different than himself, she would be sad.  I love that she doesn't resent the extra responsibility she has to help us with her brother.  I love that she doesn't see anything wrong with her autistic brother, he is just a boy she loves to bits!

May 19, 2019

Good Start

We got a good start on going through the girls' room today.  We have more to donate, more to toss, and less to keep.  Little by little I  whipping this place into shape.  Prince Charming will be home tomorrow with a much appreciated care package from Grandma Great.  We will be glad to have that too.

May 18, 2019

Bits and Bobs

Prince Charming is away visiting his family for the weekend.  So, it is just me and the little bits.  It wasn't bad.  I got some more unpacking done, and got my floors clean.  It is so good to have floors that I can actually clean.  Little Prince is a big fan of Doctor Seuss books, so we spent quite a bit of time reading them together.  And, I finished my day with a nice hot chai tea and a girly movie.

May 17, 2019

Little Imp

I love this little face.  He was so silly and impish today, it made me happy.  I love our days together, the way he makes me smile and the way he put his feet by mine, like he is enjoying the connection.

May 16, 2019


Well, it looks like we may eventually come out of this financial nightmare.  Sometime in the next month we will have income again.  Thank goodness!! Because of the job mess with Prince Charming, by that time it will have been close to three months without income!  That is tough on a family of six!! (And stressful)  I haven't really had a chance to enjoy being home, I have been survival mode.  But at least now there is light at the end of the tunnel.

May 15, 2019

Look at This Grin

Thus little guy takes great joy in destroying his sleepers.  I mean look at this grin.  He has wrecked one more sleeper and so he is one step closer to being nekkid and that is his greatest happiness.  He is SO cute!!

May 14, 2019


Our lovely friend let us come by to do laundry today.  It was a nice chance to have a visit with tea a well.  One good thing about being here is that we are no longer isolated.  We have connections here.  I really appreciate that.

May 13, 2019

Little Prince

I had a good day with Little Prince.  We watched shows together and read books.  The only bad part is that he is having trouble adjusting to his new schedule in the new house.  But that will come
  In the meantime, we get beautiful sunsets from my kitchen window.

May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all my mom friends.  I hope you all had the special day you deserve.

Mine was nonexistent.  Considering the fact that the job we moved here for has evaporated and now we are completely broke, we had no money to do anything. So rather than having the girls be disappointed, I didn't mention it to them. 

I did however, get some fresh lobster sent to me by Grandma Great, (that she had been planning to send and just happened to arrive today) so that was a wonderful surprise supper.

May 11, 2019


Princess Magpie mentioned that she noticed that being in a smaller house means that we spend more time together and she is right.  It is also easier to keep on top of housework.  When we get settled, it will be really nice living here. 

Little Prince is enjoying it a lot.  He does all sorts of little things, like hold our hands while he eats, putting his foot by mine, or even letting me know when he needs to be changed.  

May 10, 2019


We went out to a laundromat yesterday.  It wasn't too bad. The ladies there were friendly, and it was quite quickly done.  I haven't been to one in years.  I do hope we have a washer soon though.  I made good headway with unpacking boxes too.  I will be glad when we can be done with this.

May 7, 2019

Getting there

I hurt my back while moving  so unpacking is taking longer than usual, but I accomplishing something every day.  We do have WAY too much stuff for this house, but we are working that.  In the meantime, the kids are happy here and I love living home near family in a city with water, mountains, trees, and convenience too.

May 6, 2019


Watching television with Little Prince is funny these days.  He isn't allowed to use the remote (he has smashed several in the past).  So, has taken to giving me instructions.  "White arrow!" "Up! Up!" "OK." Which means push the white back arrow, move the icon up twice and hit okay.  He reads the television and tells me what he wants.  I am his version of a voice activated remote.

May 5, 2019


Since Little Prince figured out that he knows how to read, he is fascinated with it.  He reads everything he can find.  He likes us to read with him so that we can fix his pronounciation.  He even read a kids cookbook!   It is so cute to see him so thrilled with his accomplishments.  I am so amazed by him.

May 4, 2019


The more I unpack, the more I see to do.  It is like a glass that keeps refilling itself.  I have gotten my kitchen and bathroom unpacked and a start on the other rooms.

May 3, 2019


We went out to the local mall for a few things.  It was funny to see it SO different from how it was 20 years ago when I lived here before.  Stores were empty and the food court disappeared entirely.  Then, when we went into the basement, it was like going back in time! It had a video store!!!!  And a payphone!!!  I can't remember the last time I saw either of those things. It made me giggle.

May 2, 2019

Day Four

I got a LOT done today.  I am completely exhausted, but I have a kitchen and room in my living room.  Everyone seems happy with our home and I look forward to getting settled in.

May 1, 2019

Day Three

We crossed on the ferry last night.  The kids were great and the cabin was comfy.  Princess Magpie was amazing with her brother and stayed awake until he fell asleep so she could cuddle him and keep him happy.

We unloaded the truck today after driving a couple of hours from the ferry.   It was a super long day and I have NO idea how I am going to cramp all our stuff into in this house or to even reclaim some semblance of order, but I will do it!! I am super mom, I can so anything, (now where did I pack my painkillers?)

Apr 30, 2019

Day Two

We got our uhaul packed and got on the road.  It has been a long, hard day of driving since I got only 3 1/2 hours sleep last night.  We got started today at 6 and now it is 10:18 and we are waiting to get on the ferry.  I am so grateful for my friends and for how great my kids have been.  As an additional treat, Little Prince even read a whole book by himself!!!  He has been so funny today.  There is nothing better than his giggles filling our van while we drive.

Day One

Well we picked up the uhaul and spent the day loading it.  It was a nightmare picking it up.  Ready was completely incompetent and man9to make the process take 2 hours!!! We mostly have it loaded now with a few things to go in morning.  I am supposed to be sleeping but after 2 hours sleep, I am awake. It is going to be a long day. 

Apr 27, 2019


I got such a lot done today.  I am feeling a lot better about some things.  Princess Belle and I even bleached our hair in preparation for dying it red.  I am tired and my back hurts, but I feel a little more ready for things.  Good thing since we pick up our trucking two days! So soon!!

Apr 26, 2019

Bright Spot

I have to say that while I am VERY stressed with this move, there is one bright spot.  I am very grateful for my friend, Princess Tigger.  She has been completely there for me as she always has been, she has been someone that I can depend on.  This move would be impossible without her and I have no words to say how much I appreciate her!!

Apr 24, 2019


We got a few more things crossed off our before move to-do list.  A good thing is that we got permission for a few more bags of garbage to be picked up on moving day.  I really need all the final details to be laid out for my stress levels and I could really use a good night's sleep but I am glad to be accommodating things.

Apr 23, 2019

Princess Belle's Biscuits

These are Princess Belle's favorite biscuits.  I will sometimes make them for breakfast or to serve with stews.

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups margarine cold, (I use vegan)
1  1/2 cup whole milk (I use cashew milk)

Combine dry ingredients.

Blend margarine into dry ingredients.

Pour in milk and mix until just combined.

Form into 12 to 14 biscuits.  (I use my hands).

Bake at 425° for 12 minutes.
The countdown is on to our move.  One week!!!!  I am losing my mind.  Remind me why I am doing this again!  Agh

Apr 22, 2019

Oh boy

Panic is setting in with regards to my move.  I have so much to do and only 8 days to do it!!! This is crazy.  I am starting to lose sleep from stress, and I am drinking enough coffee to keep a whole coffee factory in business. 

Apr 21, 2019

Hoppy Easter!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter.  We had a nice one, even if it was smaller than usual. 

Apr 19, 2019

Oh boy

If Little Prince could stop destroying his stuff long enough for us to move and be in a better place financially, that would be great.  I can NOT keep up with this boy's destructive ways.  I just need his sleepers and mattress to last. 

Apr 18, 2019


This has been a busy day of packing, cleaning, organizing, and repeatedly putting clothes back on Little Prince.  I am trying not to dwell on the financial stress of this move and getting through it.  It is a good thing I have cute little ones to make me smile.

Apr 17, 2019

What Next

And now my living room chair broke!  I will have yo move a crappy broken chair and try to replace it when we move.  This sucks.  I am so stressed.
I was thrilled to wake up to the sight of a bright sunny day and all my giant pile of big garbage gone. 

I did get more packing done, which made me feel good.

I am overwhelmed by the amount of things to get done and the prospect of trying to stretch my budget enough to afford everything we need to pay for on this move.  I am getting stressed and have been having terrible dreams.  I will be glad when this is over.

Apr 16, 2019


I love watching the way the light is here sometimes.  Every evening right before sundown, the sky lights everything up gold.  It is beautiful.  Today, the weather has been yucky however this evening, the trees were lit up brightly against the dark sky.  It is so pretty.

Apr 15, 2019


Lately, every day when I change and dress Little Prince, he has been repeating lines from his favorite book, "I Love You Through and Through".

I love it because he gets so happy as we repeat lines like, "I love your top side, I love your bottom side, I love your inside and outside, I love your happy side, your sad side. Your silly side and mad side, I love your fingers and toes, Your ears and nose. I love your hair and eyes, Your giggles and cries. I love you running and walking, Silent and Talking, I love you through and through. Yesterday, today and tomorrow too." It is just the sweetest, most wonderful conversation to start our day.  I LOVE that boy!

Apr 14, 2019

Sunny Sunday

We had a quiet, beautiful day today.  It was warm and sunny and the kind of day that makes me happy. We put more stuff to the curb  for community cleanup and were pleasantly surprised to see that some of it was taken before the end of the day.  The guy came to get more of the furniture that we are not taking.  With each thing that we get rid of, it feels like one less thing we have to deal with on move day.

Apr 12, 2019


We finally managed to get rid of the old broken van today.  Little Prince was fascinated with the whole process.  It was so cute to see his little face in the window.

Apr 11, 2019

Good and Bad

We had another productive day today.  We got a lot done.  We did find out that the start of Prince Charming's new job is delayed.  Which means less money before we move, which makes our already tight budget even more tight.   But I will work to make it happen.  It is just stressful.  

And we had the cutest audience ever as we worked.

Apr 10, 2019


We got a lot done for the move today.  Prince Charming got the equipment he needs for his new job, we talked to someone about our old, broken van, and we arranged for someone to take all the furniture that we are not taking.  It was a very productive day.

I am feeling stressed about the move.  I keep feeling like I am going to not get everything done.  Moving is SO stressful.

Apr 8, 2019


There are little things that make me smile.  Starting my morning with a nice hot coffee in my favorite flamingo mug in the quiet of a sleeping house is lovely.  It feels like it starts my day off on the right foot. 

Spotting cute things at yard sales and  flea markets makes me smile too.  The other day I went to one and I scored a big bag of cookbooks for FREE (which is about my budget right now LOL). I also came across this funny sign which used to hang in a local establishment years ago.