Frugal Friday thoughts


I have to say I have no real nuggets of truth this week.  I couldn’t think of anything new that we are doing.  No new pantry tricks, no new How to warm the cold house news, Unschooling/library news…nothing.  The only real thing we have done this week is : STAY HOME.

I haven’t used the $20 allotted for gas money.  We’ve read a ton.  Granted my oldest at home has been alittle under the weather.  We invited a family for tea (before the sickness!!)  We did go to town yesterday, 15 minutes away & a quick visit to the library.  Living in a rural town one must think before hopping into the car!!  I haven’t the luxury of running to town for a pepper, or a bit of milk, or even a pizza!!

Staying home certainly isn’t a brillant concept, but it’s a frugal, natural way of being way before we had tele’s and cars.

What would the kiddos do if we couldn’t get to homeschool gym??  How would be deal with a new suit that must be bought?  And I can certainly attest that the cats in the house would have an uprising if we didn’t provide a bowl of store bought food on a daily basis!!!

Thoughts of Frugalness/ Livng Simply:  Stay Home!!  Need some more thoughts?  Have a glance at Biblical Womanhood!!




Teaching Good Things website

Just couldn’t resist in sharing this fabulous giveaway to everyone.  What a get chance to learn!! 

Be Blessed!

Giveaway- Your choice of CDs
This Friday we will be giving away a CD set of your choice from:
*True Beauty: 8 inspiring CDs recorded at the 2008 Father and Daughter Retreat
*The 2008 Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy: an up-to-date look at the most important constitutional battles we face. This album includes 24 CDs.
*Let Freedom Ring: 13 CDs from the Philadelphia Faith and Freedom Tour
*Lights, Cameras, Action! Highlights from the 2009 Christian Filmmakers Academy
*History Has Been Made: Moments and Messages from the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival
All you have to do is leave a comment on our blog stating that you would like to win and I’ll put your name in.Giveaway ends Friday night.

A truly scrumptious day!

A Jane Austen day:

I am pleased to inform everyone concerned that there were a many of a women folk that truly did enjoy our day.  We promptly had tea while our small children frolicked about the home and scrutinized how certain people must indeed change their ways before detriment sets in.  Many ideas were given to the simple concept of the garden beds for the summer as our dreams of fresh blueberries teased our tongue.  Our time together was so enjoyed as the sisterhood of friendship continues strongly.

* A truly scrumptious blog to visit is the Barefoot Mama!!



Jane, dear Jane!


What a simply marvelous way to spend a cold, cold day than to be wrapped up in a blanket, mug in one hand, and a scrumptious Austen novel in the other?!  Join Kelly (love that name!) and the group… grab a mug and relax for a moment or two!  It will be worth it.


In the Gospels, Jesus often uses the greeting “Peace be unto you,” a translation of shalom aleichem.


**I couldn’t even begin to translate this word the way Mr. Silver did.  This is a beautiful description of the word Shalom!

By David Silver from the Refiner’s Fire

The Hebrew word SHALOM is understood around the world to mean peace. But peace is only one small part of the meaning of the word SHALOM. Here in Israel, even though we don’t have much in the way of peace, we use the word SHALOM on a daily basis. We use it to greet people with, and we use it to bid farewell to people. However, SHALOM means much more than peace, hello or goodbye.

Strong’s Concordance 7965 – Hebrew Shalom ….. A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Shalom comes from the root verb Shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.

Sar SHALOM (Prince of Peace) is one of the descriptive names the Bible uses to indicate the ministry and personality of the Messiah: Isaiah 9:6 – The Son of God is completely perfect in all things.

So in essence, when you speak out the word SHALOM – you are not only proclaiming peace, but all the above meanings of the word over that person – that’s a mighty blessing!!!

Remember what the word of God says – “there is life or death in the power of the tongue”.

We recently heard someone on a Christian TV program say: “No wonder the Jewish people are so blessed, because every time they say Shalom to one another, they are also allowing the full meaning (see above) of SHALOM to be pronounced over them. He humorously proceeded to say that this greeting word would be much more beneficial to the American people if they greeted each other with SHALOM instead of their usual “Hi” or “Howdy” greeting. As Josie and I adapted to life in Israel, we adapted to the SHALOM habit over the “Hi” habit….As Messianic Jews, we are called to bless you and we take that very seriously, by praying for you and by greeting you with SHALOM. Therefore, from now on, when we or someone says SHALOM to you, you should receive it as a tremendous blessing. And bless them back with a hearty SHALOM!”

Numbers 6:24-26: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His face upon you and give you SHALOM. In the name of SAR SHALOM – the Prince of Peace.

Out of the box: red flag churches?

So, people who know me, know I am out of the box.  Meaning, I’m open to alot of different beliefs, different ways of living, loving, and worshipping.  Now, having said that, please be gentle with your comments.  God is important to me, it is why I am here.  I may go to a different church than you, may worship differently but doesn’t mean I am not a child of His.  I am, and am totally assured of that.

I focus in sometimes on the current “trend” in religion.  (Truthspeaker’s spits it out loud and clear) Lately that has freaked me out so much that I want to crawl into a box!!    I have been digging into these articles, doing cross searches, Bible referencing and fact checking.  Very interesting folks.  And for one who tends to be a bit open to alot, some of this scares me.  Being raised Southern Baptist, getting out of the Mormon cult after 10 years, and loving the Pentecostal movement (from afar), and very much a hippie earth lover at heart……well, I’m well rounded I suppose.  But weary.

Who is this Rick Joyner, what is this IHOP church???……wow!!  These “churches” are making an impact folks.  They are rocking and shaking some folks…..Even this little rural country girl is noticing red-flags in the blogging world.  Is this what Jesus intended?  Is this really how it is?  Is it really what the Bible says?? (there is the kicker!)

Without being judgemental: my thoughts are to stay away (thought to self: isn’t that judgemental?) , bury my face in the Word, lay at His feet, worship Him the way I know how…..not how someone else tells me too….and Love Him & be very, very quiet, so I can hear.



It’s the little things



Frugal Friday it is. 

I was thinking about the phrase above, “it’s the little things” and how that can be used for alot of different situations in life.  Our passions, our finances, our relationships.  I look around here at Sage Manor and think of the little things that impact us.  Here are some little things that we don’t give priority to in our lives:

*HE Laundry Soap.  I make my own.

*Cable.  We use the library and Netflix (savings $34 a month)

*Clothing.  We are Environmentalists: we shop at the Goodwill and other Resell shops, or make our own, or do without.

*Heating: more clothes & digging out the blankets.  Basic hibernation skills kick in.

*Personal Hygiene: (stay with me here!!): My daughter and I use minimal cosmetics and nail stuff.  Actually I hardly use any at all.  My crazy hair does best air dried, my Love is allergic to nail polish….so none of that in the house, and we don’t prescribe to all the hype of different soaps, conditioners, and colours.

Here are some little things that DO get priority at Sage Manor:


*books: if it cannot be found at the library or used book store.

*Soup Night: it is a must to have friends over and be able to serve simple, delicious soup with homemade bread.  Most of the time this is a very little cost, sometimes more if wine is involved!!  But it is always, always worth it.

*Socks: sounds silly.  But my Beloved has had many bouts of frost bite from the military and he must have certain socks that protect and comfort his feet in the winter.  Here is a favorite brand.

*Shoes: our feet are important.  Mine: well, I can still find discounted shoes at Targets that makes me very happy.  My Love: oh my.  A $144 dollar bill this Valentines day weekend for his shoes.  Because of his super wide feet, “normal” shoes are impossible, so this is a “normal” twice a year cost.  Feet are important my friends!!

*Fun: Meaning like this past weekend when we went rock climbing.  Major expenses for our wee family, but so very worth the memories for the kids and the friend they were able to bring along.  Certain “fun” things are worth the cost in our book.  Think: State parks instead of Disney land for our family. (not that Disney land is wrong, it’s just not us).  Certain memories have a cost investment involved, and we are willing to adjust and plan for those fun times!

All this to say is that what is frugal to some families is way off base for others!!  Don’t fall into a silly guilt trap by trying to emulate other families and how they deal with their finances.  We all need certain little things in life for comfort. 

 Enjoy your little things!!  I am sure they are scrumptious!!

Peace & Love!


Hippie Radical

edit: My orginal post!  I found it!  I have no idea where it’s been?  But here it is!!

edit again:  If you start this series, Alan does say a few colourful words in the 1st class (2 words, a** and the *f* word once)…haven’t heard him say any others (we are on the 5th class).   Just a heads up to Mamas.


Ahhh….my roots run deep!!  I have this inner hippie running wild in me!!  I love being intellectually challenged, love to debate and dive into hard issues.  And being who I am, my kiddos are learning the fine art of being diplomatic.  In a respectable, politically correct sort of way.  Free thinkers.  Yes, indeed, that is what we have.  Although my religious views are solid, my kids have a ton of questions about so many different things.  Religion, Politics, Relationships, how to live and love and be in love with what they do in life.

Some of you know that a few years ago, my eldest daughter and I took off to a fabulous retreat at the Farm in Summertown, TN.  Wow!!  That experience has definately been one of my best.  Now my youngest (age 14) is offering to help drive when it’s her turn!!  I simply can’t wait to share that with her.  To meet the Midwives, put her hands in clay and create, eat food directly from the Earth, drum and dance and dream!!!  ahhh…….anyways all that to say that this Unschooling family has discovered through the Farm that Alan Graf has posted a ton of You Tube classes on his website.  This morning we listened to Class one of Radical Civics!!!  If you want to chat and open up your teens on a duldrum, dark, February day……..tune into Alan and start a lively debate with love!! 

We are taking a 20 minute break and then we will listen to the rest of the class.  Loving it!! 

Free thinking w/ kids!!


Hippie Unschooling thoughts

I forgot to mention.  Actually I posted this fabulous blog about it last Friday and our electricity flickered and *poof* it was gone!! 

Our homeschooling routine changes daily.  Daily, I say!!  I do not follow a book, a set curriculum, or even a calendar.  It’s a changing, swirling, thought of doing sort of teaching.  Hunting and gathering information.  Having a thought and asking, questioning and researching the answer until satisfaction enters. 

Many of you know that a few years ago, wow!  Maybe three? I took my oldest on a road trip to the Farm in Summertown, TN. to see the Midwives.  She wanted info on midwifery and the only way I could think to really cement the idea into her head is to go and show her.  So, roadtrip we went!!  I LOVE, LOVE the Farm!!  I would live there in a heartbeat.  It is sooooo ME.  It is NOT soooo my Beloved though!!  *smile* so we compromise!!  And now my youngest poppet (age 14) is asking about the Farm!!  woohoo!!  I told her maybe we could wait a year or so and she could help me drive there!

So, anyways all that to say this!  I have found a fabulous teaching online from a fellow Farm brother:  Alan Graf.  He gives an online Radical Civics class!!!  We LOVE it!!  It’s one of the things on the list To-Do today (among all the other stuff listed in the Daybook below!).  If you have an open mind, love to learn, or would even like to join in on a field trip with me and the kiddos: check out the Farm!!  I love learning about the land, the environment, making conscious choices and being a free-thinker!!!  So, we will be in front of the computer today finishing our Radical Civics class while the washer works!!

Peace & Love & Free thinking!!

Kelly & fa.

Simple Woman’s Daybook


FOR TODAY Monday, Feb. 16, 2009

Outside my window…Sun is shining brightly, the dog is in the window desperately wanting out!

I am thinking…about how incredibly sore I am from rock climbing yesterday!!  climbtime-side

I am thankful for…Fresh, organic carrot juice this morning!!  It always gives me the energy I need …. and I need to make this a daily habit.

From the learning rooms…reading, reading, and reading.  We MUST get caught up!!

From the kitchen…needing to go to the store today and pick up some more veggies.  I am wanting to eat raw today…..very healing and I think I need that after yesterday!! I have a grocery list from my favorite Raw website: the garden diet, so I’m ready to go!!

I am wearing…Yoga pants and yesterdays shirt.  Please call before you come over!! LOL!! 

I am creating…a clean sanctuary today.  I have my post-it notes (Flylady style) and going to be buzzing around the house alittle today!

I am going…to vacuum, dust, mop, polish mirrors & doors, purge magazines, change sheets, and empty all trash……..whew!!

I am reading… a health book from Bragg Organic apple cider vinegar, very interesting!

I am hoping…for my Mama to get out of the hospital soon, an early Spring, and continued blessings and favor!

I am hearing…the tv click on!

Around the house… all the cleaning and skittering about, the hum of the tape player tonight….we are listening to a Harry Potter book!!  Fun winter time activity instead of the tv being on!

One of my favorite things… my new Japanese tea set from my Love on Valentines day!!  We went to Teavana!!  Wonderful day!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Bowling on Wednesday, gym on Friday, maybe a violin lesson…..other than that, I am hoping on a calm week.  A calm week!!


All other great Mama Daybooks can be found at Peggy’s website!  Check it out….we are all so very interesting!!

Shalom!  Peace & Love!!  ….Kelly & fa.


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