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Hello 2018

Another year begins.  I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions.  I find that stating something that emphatically is a recipe to fail.  It seems like that is how it works for me anyway. So I make a list of goals for the year. Things I want to work towards.  I may not accomplish them all but,  I always learn something about myself in the process. That growth is sometimes more valuable to me than the goal itself.

This year is a big one, I turn 50 this year. That is crazy isn’t it?  What is even crazier is that I am a 50 year old college freshman, with a 4 year old child.  What that means is that a lot of my goals involve being more organized. We are renovating Miss A’s bedroom.  That means downsizing and organizing her things.  She is so very excited about her “big girl room”. I also want to finally get rid of all the clothes that are in my closet that I am never going to wear again.

Like everyone does I have goals to eat better and exercise more. I also would love to spend more time on my hobbies, especially knitting.  Just in general spend more time working on myself.  I would like to have more date nights with the hubby too.

Of course I also want to get good grades in my classes. I want to remember to appreciate everything I have including this amazing opportunity to learn and grow. Not just on these lazy reflective days but also on the days when I am trying to make dinner and study and keep my little miss entertained.  I want to remember to be grateful on the hard days too.

How do you commemorate the new year?  What do you want to accomplish? Leave me a comment.


Just Stuff.. · Momming


I have been exhausted this week it is midterms at school.  That means I spend most of my time studying.  Of course my four year old doesn’t understand midterms she just knows that she wants Mommy to play with her.  I am going to go do that now.  Before I do this weeks entry stems from a paper I wrote explaining a process.  I wrote about dressing a toddler.  I am sure all you moms out there will recognize this.  Have a great weekend.

Before dressing a toddler, it is always a good idea to have all the supplies laid on in a convenient location, such as, the toddler’s bed.  Next it is best to warn the toddler, you should say something like, “after breakfast we are going to go get you dressed.”  At this point the toddler will gobble down the rest of her breakfast jump up from the table and run to the playroom.  Follow the child to the playroom.  Say, “Remember, sweetie it is time to get dressed.” Then say, “Ok, you got to play a little now let’s go get dressed.”  Repeat these two phrases approximately three to five more times.  Then, lift the child and carry her to the bedroom.

Now that you have the toddler in the bedroom remove the child’s pajamas.  She will then run through the house, without any clothes, laughing and screaming, “Naked, Naked, Naked!” Chase the child through the house. Trip over the cat and twist your ankle.  Limp into the playroom.  There you will find the toddler playing naked.  Say to the child, “It’s time to get dressed!” She may look at you confused like she has no idea what you are talking about.  Pick her up and carry her back to the bedroom.

When you get back to the bedroom sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to distract her while you wrestle her into her undergarments.  Next pick up her pants.  The toddler will begin to wail.  Ask the child, “What’s wrong?”  Between sobs she will say “I don’t want to wear pants, I want to wear a dress.”  Put the pants away. Take out the blue dress with the teddy bear on it.  The toddler will continue to wail. Say, “I got you a dress.  What’s wrong now?” She will say, “I don’t want that dress, I want the yellow ladybug dress.” Explain to the child that the ladybug dress is a sundress and it is forty degrees outside.  Advise her that if she wears the ladybug dress she will freeze.  The child will argue that the teddy bear dress is not pretty enough. Tell her that the teddy bear dress is the prettiest and point out that the teddy bear is wearing a sparkly pink bow.  Put the dress on the child before she changes her mind.

Now grab the child’s tights quickly, before she runs off again.  Ask her to sit on the bed. Then pick her up and sit her down on the bed.  Slide the tights onto the child’s left foot and pull them up to her knee.  Slide the child’s tights onto her right foot and pull them up to her knee.  Notice that she has taken her left foot out of the tights. While keeping a close eye on her right foot, put the tights back on her left foot and pull up to her knee, stopping as necessary to keep her from pulling her right foot out.  Pull the tights up to the child’s waist.

Now all that is left is shoes.  Put the child’s left shoe on.  Now, she will likely throw herself on the ground screaming, “I want to do it.”  Take the child’s left shoe off. Give it to her.  Wait, in approximately forty seconds, she will throw the shoe and exclaim, “I can’t do it!”  Pick up the shoe, put it on her right foot.  Put the left shoe on the left foot.  The child will now immediately run back to the playroom.

You are finished. You will probably need a rest.  Make yourself a cup of coffee, congratulate yourself on a job well done and relax.  That is when you will remember that you must do it all again in just ten hours.

Just Stuff..


It is feeling so much like Autumn here in the rabbit hole. The air is crisp and I am craving apples. We have been very busy lately with allergy testing, car repairs, lighthouse trips, and a new tattoo.

I found out I am allergic to every inhaled allergen they test for. And eggs. I have been editing recipes and trying egg substitutes but I still miss them. So, expect more entries about the ongoing battle to be eggless.

We have been canning a lot too. Salsa, lots of relish, green beans and eggplant. I will post pictures soon.

Autumn also has me in the mood to knit, everyday. I have been working on a blanket all summer and am starting to make real progress finally.

What are you doing now that Autumn is here?

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Computer Management for Everyone

My real job is answering the phone and helping people get their computers online. I have been working in the computer industry for over ten years.  As a result, my family and friends often come to me for help with their computer issues.  You may not have a tech around but,  there are some things you can do to keeps your computer running.  Also if you have a problem regular maintenance will help your tech get everything back up and running faster and easier.

1. Have Antivirus software and keep it up to date.  Most people actually do this one.  There are many good antivirus programs out there pick one and use it.  when it asks you to update take a few miutes to do that.

2. Have a firewall and use it. If you turn off your firewall every time you go online,  it won’t protect anything.

3. Backup your data. If you think you may want a file later, back it up. you can use an external drive, an online backup service, or another computer.  If you don’t backup your files and you lose them, it is not your tech’s fault.

4.  Restore points.  Every now and then save a restore point on your computer. do this at least once a month.  Also create a restore point before you install ANY software or hardware.  That way if the new program or device messes up you computer, you can go back to before you installed it.

5. Use secure passwords.  If your passwords for everything are password, or you dogs name, change them.

6. Downloads.  If you are stealing files from the internet and you get a virus,  I really have no sympathy for you.  Sorry.

7. Secure your wireless.  That way when your neighbor downloads all 27 High School Musical movies, Disney and you ISP won’t come after you.

8. Be smart. If something seems sketchy, don’t click on it.

This is by all means not a complete list.  Just some basics everyone can and should do to keep their computer running.  besides if you do all these things then your computer geek friends will be much more likely to help you if something goes wrong.

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Hardcore Home Ec

Hi there and welcome to Punkhousekeeping! A blog about food, home, friends, and making stuff.  This is not your typical homemaking blog.  My house is not a showroom.  I fail, a lot, I swear a lot too, but hey, if I can do it, you can do it.  Along the way,  I’ll make some food,  throw some parties, share some recipes and ideas.  I’ll tell you what works for me, and what doesn’t. So stick around, comment about what you like and what you don’t.  Share your ideas and try some of mine.  So let’s rock home ec, hardcore.