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FREEdom in Family

Sometimes my life feels like the old Rolling Stones song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.  I guess my high school teacher who said life isn’t fair was right. But if I try sometimes, I might get what I need. Life gets in the way when you make plans. My plans never included helping my husband care for his parents.  I don’t think his did either. I was thinking more along the lines of cabana boys feeding me grapes in Cabo. He was thinking of a 2 room cabin in Alaska.  We unfortunately lost his mother in 2009 and moved in with his father in 2010 to help out. I worked and then I didn’t. Then I worked again. Then I didn’t (can’t we just stick on the not working part?).  One day while I was at work, Virgil decided to check out a slow drain in the bathroom sink. He made his version of a DIY rotor rooter that involved some left over cable line and his electric drill. It was PVC pipe. Stop laughing. I’m serious. We didn’t have a bathroom sink for a week. I haven’t decided if he is allowed to watch DIY YouTube videos unsupervised or not yet.



My father in law and I have morning coffee together and contemplate our plans on solving world hunger and rescuing all the homeless animals. Don’t lie, you like animals more than humans too. We eat breakfast together and make our conquering the world plans for the day. Sometimes those plans include doing absolutely nothing. Everyone needs to stop and enjoy nature, or read a book or watch a John Wayne movie one more time.  I have a friend who has a doctor who actually prescribes this stuff.   I’m not sure he’s in good standing with the American Medical Association.  Other days we conquer it all. I cook and he washes dishes. I load the washer and dryer and he helps fold and put up. Someone needs to convince my husband I really could use a maid. I spend more time with Virgil than I do my husband of almost 18 years. Whoever said Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder was a genius.

Once or twice a month, my husband will take me out on a date. I’ll give you his email address if you want to talk to him about date night ideas or convince him to get me a maid. It’s a rarity for us to be alone, and I cherish those times. When we were first married, I took care of his children as well as my own and him. In all of our married life, I think my accumulated total working years might add up to 5. He’s a pretty great guy even if he won’t get me a maid. We’ve been financially stable and down on our luck. One year we were so down on our luck we spent the summer living in a 25 foot Winnebago in the backyard of a friend’s home. Learning the best and most valuable ways to save money has been a learning lesson spanning almost 2 decades.




The men in my life are very supportive of anything I want to try. So they didn’t even bat an eyelid when I told them I wanted to pay for a subscription to Amazon Prime. There was no argument. Although my husband did ask me why. I told him I was interested in the free shipping. He asked me what I was going to buy. When I said I wasn’t going to be buying anything, he just shook his head and walked away. I should have told him I was going to order cleaning supplies but I was afraid he would laugh at me. It’s one of the reasons I need a maid. To use the cleaning products.


He was still shaking his head days later when all my items started arriving by postal service and UPS. And of course they both reminded me I said I wasn’t going to buy anything. In actuality, I may have spent some money. Not very much. They didn’t mind. My father in law is tickled pink to get to play with and test out new kitchen gadgets with me. I pick out a pillow for my rear and a robe to keep me warm.  Vigil uses them both. My husband is overjoyed with the survival goods and the Zombie Apoalyose throwing knives.  Neither one has figured out how I’m doing it but they’re loving every second of it. The curiosity is killing them. Subscribe to my blog and you’ll learn my secrets before they do.  You might want to subscribe to Amazon Prime while your at it.



I stay at home to care for my 81 year old father in law and my permanent roommate (read: hubby). We enjoy all kinds of activities, together and apart (I'm sure you know how this goes..) My interests are varied and I love learning new things. I am a self declared beauty product junkie simply because I refuse to look any older than 29. My father in law and I grow 8 different berries on our property but would love to expand our garden in the future. We adore kitchen gadgets, aromatherapy, crafting and anything DIY. He is a retired artist, my husband is retired USMC and into all things survivalist (I mean, the zombie apocalypse COULD happen y'all) and I am in charge of everything the men would forget about.

2 thoughts on “FREEdom in Family

  1. Brandy, this is a wonderful post, I think my favorite so far. Thank you for sharing your life, your heart, and your money saving mojo!


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