Sunday Selfies -Tocktober Edition-Part 2

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Penny

Millie

Emmy

 

Polar Bear

Before we go, I wanted to let you know that Athena’s mom is offering another one of her books for free this weekend. The Snowflake Pendant is a great book, I reviewed it back in 2015, click here. To get your free copy on Amazon Kindle, click here.

 

 

 

Penny’s Tips Volume 26

Hi everyone! I’m back! Well, at least for this week.

This razzberry is for my mom for not letting me post last week and I know next week is Chewy week so I will get bumped yet again.

My tip this week is to use a penny to hold your curtain or drape down if it doesn’t sit evenly.
There is usually a space to fit it right in there.

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More Than Just Making It

 

Hi everyone. I have another book review for today. More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom.

Being that I stole Penny’s day, I thought I would let her pose with the book.

*Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of The Book Look Bloggers book review program. I am not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own.

The author writes a blog, The Humbled Homemaker. She grew up middle class with frugal parents, but she always had enough. Her dream was actually to be missionary which she did do after college.with her husband. They thought they were making a wise financial choice when they purchased a home. Unfortunately, the recession hit  in 2009 when they both lost their jobs. They ended up owing more than the value of the house. They also had a little girl to provide for.

The family ended up moving in with the author’s parents temporarily. Her husband found a job teaching in North Carolina, but the pay was very low. She worked for the newspaper, but her salary varied monthly. She ended up having to apply for Food Stamps which she was embarrassed to do, but had no choice. She eventually realized that she didn’t have to feel ashamed because those services were there to help. It made her rethink everything she believed about government services. She always thought those on them were lazy, but she discovered that is not the case. Many are working poor that just can’t make ends meet.

Part of this book is her personal account of her family’ s continued financial struggles. These also led to marital problems, yet they somehow ended up having three more children since 2010 which made it even harder to make ends meet.Once she started making money on her blog in addition to her husband’s salary, they were able to get off of public assistance.

They have more money now, but still live frugally. They purchase all their furniture used and their vehicles too. Much of the book is about how anyone can live on less money. She writes about planning meals and saving money on them. She also explains that some have spending problems and others have income problems. They had an income problem because they did not earn enough to cover the basic needs. The only debt they had was their house.

I think this is a great book for anyone that has financial trouble, especially young couples. I did have one major problem with it though because for me personally, it was useless. My financial troubles are always around veterinary care for my 13 cats. They did not have a pet or write about anyone having one. I know it is my choice to have so many cats, but what would someone in their situation do if they had a dog or cat and it was sick? So many end up returning them to shelters or abandoning them when they can’t afford them. It would have been nice to read some solutions to these issues so people would not resort to that. Because of that , I am only rating it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Penny’s Tips Volume 25

HI everyone! I will let Penny give her tip in a minute. Today is the one year anniversary of Phoebe leaving us. We miss her every day, the house just isn’t the same without her. Her little harness dress still hangs on the hook by the door like Tiny Tim’s crutch.

I have been saving this story for today. Last year, when I kept bringing Phoebe to the vet for fluids and checkups, her vet was expecting a baby. Guess what she named her daughter? When I was there a few months ago she told me that when I kept coming in with Phoebe it struck her that should be her baby’s name.

Now time for Penny’s tip-

Hi everyone! Mom paid me in silvervine so excuse my pose, she caught me rolling in it.

My tip is if you don’t have a ruler, you can use pennies to measure. There are 16 pennies in one foot ( each one has a diameter of .75″ ).

Do you like Mom’s ruler? It is a Peanuts one that she has had since she was a kid.

Tomorrow we will be participating in Madi’s Come Laugh With Us Blog Hop.

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Don’t forget you have until 9 PM (EST) Tuesday to enter to win a copy of Prancie’s Prayer. Rules are on Sunday’s post.

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Mewsic Monday

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?And we are also joining Mewsic Moves Me (hosted by Curious as a Cathy, Xmas Dolly, JAmerican Spice and Stacy Uncorked.)

The theme this week is a tough one, things you like about autumn. I love everything about it, apples, Halloween, colder weather and more, but I had a tough time finding songs. The words to the songs don’t fit, but the titles do and I like all the songs so here they are:

  1. Autumn in New York ( Frank Sinatra)-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmrb29W_Ktk

2. Wake Me Up When September Ends (Green Day)-https://youtu.be/jVO8sUrs-Pw

3. Colder Weather ( Zac Brown Band)-https://youtu.be/oouFE51HcqM

 
Penny is in deep thought. She is thinking of a tip for her post tomorrow.

If you haven’t already entered our giveaway for a copy of Prancie’s Prayer  you can visit yesterday’s post for instructions on how to enter ( it is really easy).

Penny’s Tips Volume 24

Hi everyone!

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Did you miss me last week?

I have a great tip this week, but mean Mom wouldn’t listen to me when I offered it to her.

She made this lottery tree for a friend’s birthday party. She put a branch in a small glass bowl filled with sand. I suggested she fill the bowl with lucky pennies instead of sand, but she said the party had a beach theme. I think she was just too cheap to fill it with pennies.

Don’t you think my idea was better?

Before I go, I want to let  Bionic Basil’s family know we are praying for him and his family. He announced on Sunday that he doesn’t have long on this earth. We are very sad. To visit him, click here.

Sunday Selfies

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Brody sends kisses to Leia Trouble forgives Grammie for the time out last week. Thanks for the new container of treats. .Penny was not happy when she found out she can’t do her tips this week because we are doing a post for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.

This is one of the onions my hubby grew, it was 3 1/4 pounds.

Penny’s Tips Volume 23

Hi everyone!  Here I am with another tip, next week, I get a vacation day because Mom is doing a Chewy review.

This tip is more for people with sticky little people to entertain, but anyone can do this. Tape some pennies ( not me) to the bottom of your shoes and tap away.

Here is a very short video of The Great One tapping away.

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Penny’s Tips Volume 22

Hi everyone! Can you believe I get to post 3 whole  weeks in a row? I hope I don’t run out of tips.

This is a fun game for all ages. See who can stack the most pennies before they tip over.

Mom and Dad tried it, Mom won with 62 pennies. Can anyone top that?

And for kitties, a fun game is to try to walk past the tower of pennies without knocking them over. Millie is good at that ( see them by his back feet).

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Penny’s Tips Volume 21

Hi everyone! Can you believe I get to post 2 weeks in a row? It is about time!

My tip is to use a penny as a screwdriver. See this toy bunk bed, Mom has had it since she was a kid ( I guess that makes it an antique).

 

The Great One likes to play with it. One day , Mom realized a screw was loose so instead of going down to the basement for a screwdriver, Lazy Mom just grabbed a penny to tighten it.

Pardon her man hands, unfortunately there are no funds to hire a hand model.

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