At my last paying job (before I retired) our office moved in 2008 to a new location. While cleaning out and tossing old stuff, I found 15-20 reams of pre-printed letterhead. That’s a lot of paper. The logo and business name were at the top and the address was printed at the bottom. But the back was pristine. Obviously, we weren’t going to be able to use it with the old address printed on it. I asked my boss what I should do about all that paper. She said she didn’t want to move it and to see if anyone wanted it. I think a few people in the office each took a ream but we were left with lots of letft over.

Not being one to waste anything (thanks Mom) and with permission, I brought the rest home with me. We used it in our home printer for things we wanted to print but not important enough to use the “good” paper. I used the paper to print off maps and directions, templates, knitting patterns, sewing patterns, and much more. I cut off the tops and bottoms and used the middle sections for notes and stationery.

When grandkids entered the picture, I gave a ream to my son’s children and a ream or two to my daughter. They loved endless amounts of paper to draw or write on. My daughter used the last of that paper in 2020 when the schools were closed and she needed to print off worksheets for her children.

Our supply ran out yesterday.

But fear not as I have more backup scrap/printer paper! My mother gave me a box of assorted colors of printer paper many years ago. Paper dries out and gets crumbly with age so we might as well use it or lose it.



Snow storm Izzy dropped about eight inches of snow on us Sunday afternoon and evening.

Mr. Aitch used the snowblower on most of the driveway and then we both shoveled what the snow plow left at the bottom of the driveway. It was heavy and compacted with a crusty layer on top.

Mr. Aitch commented to the neighbor across the street that he would hire her three kids (ages 12, 9, and 5) to shovel our snow in a year or two. Her comment was that they didn’t want to help her shovel their driveway. Um, excuse me? We didn’t have a choice when I was a kid as to whether or not we “wanted” to shovel snow. With only one shovel in our house all of us had to take turns clearing off the driveway and sidewalk.

Whether we wanted to or not.

Happy (belated) New Year!

2022 is only three days old and new enough to still wish everyone a happy start to the year.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and once again WordPress has changed a few things around on this end. If things don’t look right, I’ll do my best to fix them.

2020 and 2021 are behind us. Thank you, Lord! Let’s hope and pray that the pandemic porn and craziness in the world ends and we get back to normal living. You do your life and I’ll do mine.

This is a new year. So many people designate a “Word of the Year” and try to focus on that word for the next 365 days. I’ve not done that but if I had to pick a Word of the Year, it would be “light”. I want to lighten up my attitude, thoughts, surroundings, and body.

Spontaneity is light, overplanning is not. Looking forward is light, ruminating the past is not. Painting the cement block walls in the basement is light, leaving them as is, is not. Clean dust-free surfaces are light, clutter is not. Eating less and healthier is light, overindulging is not. Walking is light, being a couch potato is not.

Do you have a Word of the Year? If so, what is it? Do you consciously focus on it each day?