Our Helpful Turkey Girl

So this story bears a little bit of introduction.

We have a turkey.  Having a turkey was not a plan of ours.  She just sort of happened.

I was driving home from Dollar Tree one day and on the side of the road is a big white turkey.

I assumed at first that she belonged to someone nearby so I took her home and put a message in our Local Lost and Found Pets page.  Apparently, she had shown up a couple of weeks earlier and had been wandering the neighborhood.

After I got a better look at her it seemed likely that she came from a big commercial farm because she had only half of a top beak and the last joint of her toes were clipped off.  That's apparently how they know the difference between the girls and boys on the big farms. Our theory is that she somehow jumped off of one of the giant turkey trucks that drive through town to the processing plant.

We had planned on giving her to my friend who has lots of chickens and a turkey, but the kids (yeah, just the kids...not me...really!) go…

Transforming my Kitchen

So in an effort to make cooking low carb easier and faster, (See Plan #2) I've been simplifying and deep cleaning my kitchen. That effort is going well.  I'm nearly complete. 

Have you ever looked at something and realized it was so dirty that throwing it out and buying a new one would be way easier.  Yeah, that's where me and my ventahood are.  I cleaned it for half an hour last night, and it's STILL filthy!  I realllly wanted to just disconnect it and toss that sucker out of the backdoor.  Sadly I had to think about Plan #1.

As I was cleaning my canisters, I noticed all the nicks and chips in them.  It didn't make me love them any less, mind you.  It actually just made me worry a bit what might happen if they broke. I flipped over the cookie jar and there was a URL. I got these from my mom and dad about 20 years ago before I got married.  In terms of the internet that's a LONG time ago.  That's almost pre-Google for heaven's sake.  So naturally the …

2019 (Not) Resolutions:

2019 (Not) Resolutions:

These are not resolutions because resolutions almost always fail. Let's call them plans instead.

2019 Plans:

Spend Less Money Last year my resolution was to write down every single transaction in my budget. I succeeded in that, but I still spent way more money than I should have on food and random stuff.
Action Plan: a. Weekly Grocery List: Yesterday, I made a weekly purchase list for groceries.
b. Monthly Toiletries and House Supplies List: Yesterday, I made a VERY detailed supply list and did price comparisons between (I HATE going into the store) and Amazon/Amazon Subscribe and Save. I discovered that a very large number of our household supplies and things are much cheaper when bought in large packs on Amazon Subscribe and Save. So I now have like 26 subscriptions. I had about 7 before.
c. Stick to it  That's the hardest part!
Eat Healthier and Lose Weight
 The husband and I need to lose weight badly, and we need to make the kids ea…

The "Why" of Me

I believe that it is our responsibility to raise, educate, and develop self-sufficient young adults who can make a difference in the world in whatever field they choose. 
We are living in a changing world where technology dominates our lives.  Many people fear what that technology is doing to our children's attention spans and ability to relate to peers and leadership.  I, on the other hand, am not afraid of technology. I love technology and all the ways that it has added to our lives. 
I grew up in a very small town in southeastern Arkansas.  My graduating class consisted of about eighty-five students of which approximately 15% were African American and the rest Caucasian.  The ethnic diversity was virtually non-existent.  If your religion was anything other than Baptist or Methodist it was best just not to mention it, and if your sexual or gender identity would not one day land you in a happy, little nuclear family then you took a deep breath, tamped it down, and waited until …

Purple Freddy Perler Bead Pattern

Nicky is totally into Five Nights at Freddy's.  Actually Avalon kinda loves it too.  Which is weird for a 4 year old girl...but whatever floats her boat.

I've been totally into making things with Perler beads lately.  You know those melty beads?  I couldn't find a good pattern for Purple Freddy so I made one for him, and I don't think it's half bad.  I did the eyes in glow in the dark white. (which really looks more yellow)

It's kinda huge so you're going to need several of the interlocking square boards.

And here is the finished product!

The Great Dress Debate of 2015


Is it okay for only one third of our population to be "good citizens"?

Okay, I started this as a Facebook post and it grew too big for that.

So I read this article... 

I think that this article and maybe the whole liberal arts based core curriculum of college educations places too much emphasis on the learning of what you need to be a "good citizen" at a college level.  Only 33.5% of 25-29 year olds have at least a bachelor's degree.  So that's only 1/3 of students (if they learned and retained everything they should have haha) that have what it takes to be a "good citizen."

This stuff needs to be taught at a high school level and not just as part of the college prep.

They need to understand the basis for our government and the history behind it's creation.  No high school graduate should not be able to tell you why we have a balance of power between the three branches of federal government.  They need to be taught how to read an article and recognize if it's sources are worth listening to, and they need to fully unde…