Author Archives: Judy

About Judy

Wife and mom in southwest New Hampshire trying to slow down, and live more deliberately on a budget.

juggling priorities

Juggling priorities

I have been struggling with my blog over who owns whom lately.  I have been doing a lot of work on my relationship with myself over the last year and my priorities have shifted.  I am now taking more time to do things that I enjoy, especially time that I have previously used to zone out online reading clickbait from Facebook.  I have come to value my time more and be more productive.  My house has gotten into better shape as I have kept up on the chores better, I have been publishing this blog three times a week, and I have picked up my crafting again.   Continue reading

drying apples

Drying apples in a dehydrator

This week, I dried apples for the first time.  This is a simple preservation technique, and I’m not really sure why I never did it before.  I wanted to make these delicious sounding Apple Pie Caveman Bars from Civilized Caveman, and it called for dried apples.  I actually looked for dried apples at the grocery store, but we didn’t find any.  Then the light bulb kicked on and I remembered that my dehydrator was actually meant for drying things, not just making yogurt. Continue reading

allow others to help

How to allow others to help

Although I titled this like a tutorial with the words “how to”, it isn’t one.  Instead, it is more a realization that I had today.  With our words, we often ask for help, but then with our actions, we push it away.  We often don’t realize that we are doing it, and we get frustrated.  With awareness, we might get our words and our actions into better alignment. Continue reading

strong willed children

Strong willed children {Thankful Thursday}

Last century, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  Before she was 10 minutes old, she uttered her first word.  No!  That has been the theme of our relationship ever since.  She has been a very strong-willed child her whole life.  She knows what she wants, and she doesn’t let little things like reality get in the way. Continue reading

crossed back apron tutorial

Crossed back apron

One of the items my daughter put on her Christmas wishlist this year was an apron.  That was easy for me to take care of.  Aprons are practical and pretty, and I have a few myself.  I found the perfect bacon-themed fabric for her at JoAnn and purchased one yard.  I figured one yard would be enough for most any apron I would probably want to make up.  After I got home, I found a crossed back apron design I liked and decided to make my own pattern for one.  I think it took me about four or five hours to draft the pattern and make it up. Continue reading

New Year's resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

So many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives at this time of year.  According to Nielsen, popular resolutions include health goals, happiness goals, and financial goals.  I usually fall into the 16% of Americans who don’t make resolutions.  I know that real change needs to come from within, and simply flipping a page on a calendar is not sufficient motivation to sustain real change.  At least not for me, and I guarantee I am not unique in this. Continue reading

Christmastide

Christmastide {Thankful Thursday}

This is Christmastide, specifically, the fourth day of Christmas.  No, today, I did not receive four Calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, or a partridge in a pear tree.  We did have a delivery of heating oil, time to knit a mitten, a new rear suspension in the car, and breakfast made by R.  I highly doubt those will repeat daily for the next week.  I certainly hope not.  For many things, once is nice, more than that is too much.   Continue reading

harry potter scarf

Harry Potter Scarf — a knitting pattern

I am back from my hiatus and I am so excited to show you what took up so much of my time these last couple of weeks.  This week and next I will share my original crafting patterns, and then I will show you all the fabulous things I made my family for Christmas.  I am so happy the kids liked them. Continue reading

death in a new light

Death in a new light

The darkest night of the year will soon be upon us, and this is the season of endings (in the northern hemisphere at least).  So just what is an ending?  Some would say that an ending is nothing but a new beginning.  Sometimes it is easy to adopt that slightly different perspective, like when we change jobs, move to a new home, or complete our schooling.  Sometimes it is hard to see the new beginning in the ending, like when we lose a loved one.  We usually see death as the ultimate ending, but it can be a beginning as well, even without getting into the concept of reincarnation. Continue reading

My son’s tender heart {Thankful Thursday}

Today I struggled with coming up with a topic for today’s post. I started my day by opening up a bill in excess of $1000 that I was totally not expecting. That put me in a sour mood, so I put off writing. I wanted an authentic gratitude post, not one that felt forced. I went about my day, washing dishes, knitting a Christmas present, supervising kids after school, and then attending E’s and A’s school concert. Eventually, I realized that my inspiration for today was that my son is a very kind-hearted and generous boy. Continue reading