Too Smart for Our Own Good….

That’s what little Theresa is. My little darling has managed to get out of all her supplements today. I’m not sure how it happened either. She didn’t get them this morning, of course I still have to buy some of them because she’s out. Once I get them all together again she’ll be getting them like she’s supposed to. She spent the day being cute and making requests that for some reason she won’t make for one of her therapists.

Theresa has school in the morning, she’s going to be excited. She loves school and she made some progress on potty training this weekend. This afternoon she went into the kitchen and opened the refrigerator. When she was asked what she was looking for she said “special treat.” At the start of the weekend I told her that if she worked hard and made an effort with her potty training that she’d get a special treat. I ended up making her peanut butter cookies. She’s got a memory on her I’ll give her that. There are times when I wish that it wasn’t so good.

She did a bunch of cute stuff today but to keep from drowning you in cute I’m gonna call it a night.

Sunday Already?

Well, it’s hard to believe but it is in fact Sunday once again. This year is beginning to go by rather quickly and I’m not so sure I like it. I’d love to be able to go ahead and file my taxes but other than that I’m not really in a hurry this year. I’ve managed to do a lot of nothing since the new year began. Oh well, it’s fine I’m not in a big hurry to make sure the house is sterile or anything.

I did manage to figure out what sites I would be writing for this year. That took a bit of pressure off after the December changes to a site that I spent a lot of time writing for when I didn’t have private clients and since I gave them up. I finally found a way not to give up clients all together while ensuring that I don’t end up stuck with the same type of work to do repeatedly! I was rather happy about that.

I have found that I prefer to make my own laundry soap and I even managed to find all the ingredients. The main problem is that I have to go to three different stores to get everything. Well, two if I change the type of soap that I use for it. There isn’t that much time involved in making it either. The longest part is having it on the stove but fortunately someone finally put out a recipe for a gallon!

I also decided to dedicate a few seconds each day in order to ensue I have swagbucks each day. I used to get $5 paypal deposits from them but I decided it was more beneficial to use them toward Amazon gift cards. I see a lot of things there that I want and need which are difficult to find in stores. OK I’ll be going for now.

Getting Rid of One Area of Earnings

Well, I’ll be getting rid of my Sidetick account as soon as my last payment request is honored. They no longer give you points for navigating around the site and looking at other content. The site was fun while it lasted but $15 a month to open an email and comment on a blog post isn’t enough by itself. Without views of my daily or not so daily blog postings to help with the earnings it’s not worth my time. Oh well, I’ll just have to make it up somewhere else.

I figured out that a small goal of $20 a day gives me $600 for the month. Well, that’s a start but that means that my work efforts have to be stepped up some and I need to spend more time working than in therapy sessions. My solution? Find a battery for this thing so that I can write on the days that she has two hours or more of therapy at a time. This is going to be fun. I also need a back up computer.

I’m saving my Amazon gift cards in hopes of finding a reasonably priced battery until I can figure something else out. I’m also hoping to find a wireless router so that I can move around with my laptop. I can’t stand having to sit in one place or move my entire connection in order to change locations to work. OK that’s about all of my senseless ramblings about money for the day so I’ll be going now.

Weekend is Here Once Again and I’m Exhausted.

Today was spent mostly in the bathroom with Theresa, now that she’s got the idea of potty training she’s trying really hard not to have an accident. This means that she’ll sit on the potty for an hour at a time to ensure that she was through using the potty. She’s trying so hard and I’m so proud of her. While cleaning training pants is among my least favorite things to do it makes it a lot easier to potty train. I noticed that when I stopped taking her out in pull-ups she started staying dry longer while we were out and making more of an effort to use the potty when she’s actually on it. The biggest problem? I seem to be one of a very few people that can tell when she has to go to the bathroom. That could end up creating a slight problem until I can help her to verbalize before the fact.

I have a bunch of laundry to catch up on. It’s supposed to be 52 degrees tomorrow which means that all the laundry will be hung up inside. I have to dig out the clothesline to hang another one indoors because there isn’t nearly enough room to dry all the laundry on what I have now. I lost my drying racks a couple years ago because they broke. I wouldn’t mind training pants that have the plastic already attached but as you can see I’d have to order and order them.

Well, I’ve lost my thought completely so I’ll be going now.

Starting the Weekend Far from Quietly

This morning we had a speech appointment at 9:30. Well, of course it being Friday I wasn’t paying attention first thing in the morning. I managed to get Theresa up, fed and dressed what I didn’t do was remember to give her morning supplements or put her on the potty. See a problem yet? We got ready to leave and I was about the put her in her car seat when I noticed that not only were her pants wet but she was still peeing.

Of course this meant that I had to take her back inside. Did I mention she doesn’t transition well when there are changes made to her routine unexpectedly? She started screaming and crying as I brought her back in the sit her on the potty and change her clothes. It seems that tiny change in the normal routine was enough to make her think that she was in trouble. My little princess was afraid that she wouldn’t be allowed to go to speech therapy this morning.

We finally got to therapy and she great once she realized that she was allowed to go with the therapist. She did great during the session and since we came home we’ve had potty training progress. OK back to life, cartoons may not be ideal but they’re a great reward for my little angel when she uses the potty.

Finally! Found It!

I was excited today. I went to the local ACE Hardware after a search high and low for actual Washing Soda. They had one box left for $3.79. Sales tax is 9% which means it’s cheaper to drive out there and get a few boxes once they get more in than it is to order it at the price and pay $6 worth of shipping. That means since I found it locally my Amazon gift cards can be used for something else that I need. I found Fels Naptha at Ace too. It’s a little bit more than the Zote and almost double the price of the Octagon. I’m wondering how well it works in homemade laundry soap.

The bar of Octagon I have on hand for the next batch, and the borax I have also. Next time I’m only making a gallon so I can use the empty five gallon bucket to store dirty training pants. The kid’s getting more of them to cut down on the amount of times I have to wash them. Two five gallon buckets should hold enough that I can watch them every third or fourth day instead of every two to three depending on how often she has an accident. Once she’s fully potty trained I can sterilize the buckets and use them for something else. I need a small bucket to put bleach water in and soak my kitchen towels so they get a bit whiter.

I managed about five short and sweet articles today and had a rewrite accepted. I’m up to $21.64 for my next TB payout request, I have $46.84 requested for the payout that I should be getting in the next few days. I have another $25 coming from Sidetick provided they get caught up from the holidays and the weather which will be $71.84 that would go a long way right now. Helium’s next payout is the last day of the month and at the moment I have $24.96 which means I only need four cents for payout. Given that there is another week in the month I’m good there. I just need to do a few promotions.

Well, I’ve got an article I’d like to work on some more so I’ll be going.


OK so Theresa’s four and doesn’t know what a fork is. She doesn’t get one yet, she’s a bit to hyper for me. OK so I’m paranoid careful, she makes me nervous. Now I have to teach her without it. Potty training is going well sort of. She has to wear pull-ups to school still because I’m not sure just how long she can stay dry and I don’t want her to have an accident while we’re waiting on the school bus.

OK so now we have to learn fork with pictures and other peoples. I’ll be back later. I just found a news article that I want to do.

Still Cleaning Things Out

I’m still cleaning things out and attempting to get rid of everything but what I actually use and will continue to use. That’s easier said than done. About the only thing that I accomplished today was to do a load of laundry and start another one in addition to doing revisions that will probably be returned and writing one new article that was accepted within minutes. That wasn’t how I wanted to begin the day but I take it as a lesson learned that next time I have five days to do something I’ll take more than a day and make sure I’ve covered all my bases by proofing it more than twice as I write it.

I did remember to put some of the over concentrated five gallons of laundry soap that I made into a smaller vinegar bottle and dilute it just a little bit to keep from having to rinse the clothes twice for soap residue. At the moment I would have a load of jeans in the machine that I really need to find hangers to put them on so they’ll dry. Funny thing is I only saw one or two pair of my pants in there. Guess this means that my next payday I have to come up with some clothes. I don’t know where they went but I’d love to figure it out. I need new shoes but the thought of shopping for them makes me feel a bit ill.

OK that’s all of my ramblings for the day it’s time to hang the pants up.


I began my day by finding that I had a revision request for a rewrite that I did yesterday. Seems it was too much like a rewrite which is what they asked for. Apparently they wanted a new article completely. What is it with people and not saying what they freaking mean?

So this morning I’ve done that revision still waiting on word about that $7 and had a short $1.50 article that took about five minutes if that to write accepted already. That’s a strange way to start the day but I guess either they’ll accept my rewrite as it was resubmitted or I’ll turn it into a new article can sell it myself somewhere else. The whole thought of spending hours trying to figure out what to write is irritating in itself.

My break will come during therapy this afternoon as I read “Thinking in Pictures” while I watch the therapist. At the moment the fact that I need a new roof I can’t afford would be clear as I feel water from the ceiling fan. Fortunately turning it off seems to solve that issue. I should have a payment from Textbroker in the next few days that will cover pull-ups for nights and school. I may use it to buy a few more training pants with the plastic to protect the furniture. Just another pack to put off the amount of time between washings and save a bit of electricity, as it is I’ll be washing them tonight so ensure that there is enough for tomorrow and Friday. We’ll be gone this afternoon and in cloth the entire time as well as tomorrow afternoon. It’s speeding up potty training and saving me a small fortune on pull-ups. I have some regular underwear for her that I might put on her to see if the prettier ones make a difference for her, if they do then I’ll start using them too. I just hope I don’t run out of old towels for the floor.

OK I’m off to see if I can do some more work and check my Amazon gift card balance.

Fed up

I’m fed up and that’s about all I have to say. I could go into a long rant but I won’t. I’m just tired all the time. If it’s not one thing it’s another. Money appears to grow on trees or at least some think it does. If it did I’d be tending my crops constantly.

Anyway, I’m going to see if I can find some peace. I’ll be reading a chapter or two and going to be shortly.