Published in “Our Iowa Magazine”

I’m so excited! I was published in the Oct/Nov “Our Iowa Magazine!” They are paying me with an Amish pie! I don’t care. I love pie!

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For My Followers Only

My apologies

I was not happy with the photos on yesterday’s post. I took all new photos and was downloading the last one when the post published! (I scheduled it to post later, but must not have hit the “update” button!)

I uploaded the new photos and those are the ones seen on other services: Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Please return to to view the improved photos.

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Salt and Pepper Mill Caddy

One of my favorite things about eating at a fancy restaurant is when they offer freshly ground pepper on your salad. Or when they shave Parmesan cheese on to your salad until you tell them to stop.

I wanted to have the same experience at home! I bought a salt and pepper mill, but they made a mess in my cupboard! There was always salt and pepper leaking out.

I found the perfect solution last year after eating a mini loaf of pumpkin bread. I washed the tiny, tin pan out to recycle it and realized it was the perfect size to hold my salt and pepper mills.

It is easy to transport them to the table in it and my surfaces stay clean.

Salt and Pepper Mill Caddy

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No Longer Getting Posts?

I have been getting my posts sent to my email, (to proofread again), for a few years. Last week, they started being sent to my junk mail.

If you use Outlook and are having the same problem you need to click on the post in your junk mail; at the top of the page click on the “…”; and go down to “Create Rule.” You will be able to create a rule that anytime they receive an email from this sender, to send it to your inbox.

If you are following both of my blogs, you will need to do this for posts from both of them. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


In July, my son lost all of his recorded shows when his box overheated. It was in a case behind a closed door. I checked my box and noticed it was hot. As a temporary measure, I put two pieces of wood on it to raise the DVD player.

When the warranty period on my computer expired I recycled the box. The two pieces of foam in the box were black. I trimmed them to fit the area and put the DVD player in the grooves. I placed the box on top. Now the air can circulate around the top and bottom of each device.

Free foam spacers for media.

Free foam spacers for media.


Being housebound makes it difficult to have much fun when my granddaughter comes over, especially on the really hot days. Sometimes, I have her uncle take her to the park for an hour. She loves that, but he is not always available.

On one particularly hot day, I came up with a solution. After her nap, I let her play in the tub. I used Baby Vapor Bath to create bubbles and put all of her toys in it. She had a ball!

If you have a tub, you have an indoor pool!

My indoor "kiddie" pool.

My indoor “kiddie” pool.


One of the best parts of being a blogger is the variety of people you meet online. Sometimes, I think I should do a followup on each post and tell you the great ideas others have had.

Last week I met a couple whose blog is called Gallivance. See They travel all over the world. Here is our conversation.

Frugal Fish says:

Wow, 57 countries! The only time I left the country was for an afternoon in Canada! Thanks for liking my post, “Easiest Roast Ever”.

Hi Frugal Fish, I loved your “Easiest Roast Ever” because we do the same thing with ham … and it’s great. I never thought about doing it with a roast. So cool! Thanks for sharing. All the best, Terri

I bet you could use cola on any meat and make it better!

Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate

A few years back, Eric and Donna Reed shopped for groceries and household products only once a year. How on earth? I know. That was my reaction, too.

The Reeds got the idea after reading a column in USA Today, wherein the writer confessed to his weakness when it came to buying clothes. So driven to buy new sweaters, slacks or shoes every time he stepped inside a clothing store, publicly he announced he was giving up buying anything for one full year.

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Eric and Donna wondered if they could do the same. Their minds went to the grocery and discount stores, the mall and And what about restaurants and home improvement stores, they pondered. How would they handle gifts and seasonal items every household needs through the course of a year?

The Reeds, like most of us, don’t simply stop into the store to pick up milk. Or eggs. No, they buy the milk—along with a basket of other stuff, too. It’s expensive to be a frequent-buying consumer. But could they plan ahead well enough to make it through a whole year without spending? They decided to see if they were up to it by trying it for one month. One month with no exceptions. Not even gifts. Could they do it? They bought supplies for the month and then gritted their teeth. Continue reading

via Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.