Category Archives: Thoughts of a Frabjus Lady

Beautiful Pictures

This late summer and early fall has been very busy with school starting, an abundance of pears and apples being picked and processed, green beans to gather, a new family dog and soccer.

I wanted to share some of my favorite picts of the last month or so. A picture speaks a thousand words, so I will only add a few words. Continue reading Beautiful Pictures


Your Building Character….Oh shut up!

One of my least favorite things that people say in hard times is: “It will be okay. You situation is building character”. Here is some harsh honesty for you…Most of the time when people say that to me I just want to tell them to shut up, hit them with a chair and tell them to develop their own character. Continue reading Your Building Character….Oh shut up!

Beautiful Things in Today

I have been having one of those Mom days where the kids are making me crazy!

My three year old seems to think she needs to say my name about 10 times in a row to get my attention and then gives me an obvious observation (don’t get me wrong. She is absolutely adorable). My two oldest have a love you hate you relationship and this morning the fast swing from one to the other mades my head spin. So surrounded by them and loads of laundry I started to get grumpy.

That is when I decided “Time for my happy place!” Continue reading Beautiful Things in Today

But I don’t have a Clothesline…. Over 20 awesome uses for clothespins

Since we have started our new adventure I have had several people say to me “But I don’t have a clothesline, so I don’t need clothespins…”  So, I gathered over 20 ways we use clothespins… Here they are… Continue reading But I don’t have a Clothesline…. Over 20 awesome uses for clothespins

Clothespin Adventures: Testing them out

I have had several people ask in various FB and forum posting about the strength of our clothespins.

In June I did some testing of our pins using a heavy rug. I wanted to see if they could hold up to the challenge…

Continue reading Clothespin Adventures: Testing them out

Our new Business Adventure

When I started this blog we had several goals. The first was to see if blogging was something I would enjoy and could continue doing on a regular basis. After several months at it and 35 posts I can say I still really enjoy it. I have had challenges along the road but I find that I keep wanting to come back to it.

The next goal is to start a primarily internet- based business featuring products that The Carpenter creates. Continue reading Our new Business Adventure

Stepping up to the Deep End

Anyone who knows me well knows I DON’T like to swim or like being in water that is much deeper than to my knees. I tolerate it for my children and they aren’t even fully aware of how much I don’t care for it. l don’t want my fear interfering with their experiences. I swim well enough to survive and teach the kids the basics but if I never swam again that would really be okay with me. Luckily my husband is like a fish. He loves the water and helps instill that love (with the necessary respect for it) into our children.

When I started this blog it had a couple goals connected to it.

1) I love to write and teach. It gives me a forum for that.

2) The Screwy Carpenter would love to step into a new employment of woodworking. We would like to have internet sales be part of that transition.

So, step one was to start blogging and see if it was something I enjoyed and could see keeping up with on a regular basis. There have been some glitches but overall it has been successful.

Step Number Two:  Today I changed our domain name. We are still with WordPress but no longer have that name in the domain.  That was one piece of advice that was pretty consistent in the readings I have gone through so far. If you want to be taken seriously, have your own domain name. So, if you want to visit you can simply type in and WAALAA! here we are! WooHoo!

Back to swimming…(This all relates, I promise)

When I was about 13 I visited my father for the summer and there was a pool available for the apartments. I would go and enter the pool, mostly staying in the more shallow end, but when the water was past my chest I would constantly hold onto the wall. I met  another girl there and we became friends. She knew of my fear and said “Go ahead and jump in. When you do you will touch the bottom and you just push yourself back up. It’s not a big deal. You won’t drown. Plus I am here.”

I stood at the edge of that pool for what seemed like forever. I still remember the fear and tightness in my chest. Before I could think myself out of it I just jumped. Like she said I touched the bottom, pushed myself up and popped back up to the surface. That was a life changing moment for me. I knew I could jump in and survive. I still don’t regularly jump into the deep end but I know I would be fine if I did.

The next step for our blog is kind of like walking to the deep end of the pool for me. I stand here saying in my head “AGHHHH!  The body screams “Don’t do it you may drown!” I am looking out onto this sea of information and thinking… I could sit here all safe and just go through the regular motions or I could take a chance.


I now have a lot of education in front of me and a sea of information to explore. I am sure sometimes the waves will come but here we go. I know I can swim through it (I won’t be looking like an olympian by any means). I can tread water when needed and my wonderful Carpenter, who is a wonderful swimmer, is right here with me. The nice thing about this adventure is that it isn’t a life risking adventure, but still calls for a measure of brave. Everyone needs to have times in life where they step out of comfortable and take a swim.

Jumping in,

The Frabjus Lady