My capable moving crew. Will work for food :) Dining set by Craigslist - of course . 

A Thrift Addict Speaks Out



I hear people say they don't go to Friday night farm auctions (it's a thing, look it up) because they don't need "hogs or hay balers." That's fine but do you need these - Boom! Pottery Barn style blown sea glass hurricanes for a combo total of $15 (Retail could easy be 6x higher) 

Cheaper than Craigslist


Seriously people. Shop those barns and garages Even cheaper than Craigslist is the "shop your husband's stash" collection. 

The industrial chic shelving I wanted was less than a click away - I needed only to cross my own backyard (I know, with the WALKING ugh). 

I was eagerly showing (annoying? Enticing? Challenging?) Mr. Wonderful with my Pinterest inspired dreams when he said "what  about this?" - and promptly lost his tool shelf. 

Now his air supplies (not to be confused with the 80's band) are on the floor and mama got out the pressure washer and now has a bookshelf she LOVES. 


Weekly Read: Bless This Mess



We have been living in squalor.
This is not new. 
We do it all the time ...

Bless This Mess (Click to Read this Column online)

Weekly Read: "Captain, O My Captain."


Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success. 
             — Henry Ford

There is a certain beauty in a Midwestern autumn afternoon. The light is golden and the air is brisk, but not yet bitter. We cherish those days. This is not one of them ...