Category: Small House Living

The No Kids Allowed Movement


Headlines scream, The No Kids Allowed Movement is Spreading!

The subject seemed to pop up everywhere last week, from newscasts, to blogs and social media.

Ironically, my week started last week a little on this theme. Last Sunday, while Dale and I were enjoying a breakfast at our favorite country café, we heard someone do something that took us both aback.

As a large group of family members sat squeezed into this small eatery, a child, probably age 4 or 5 began to whine. An older man (presumably grandpa) leaned over and said quietly, but in a firm voice, “You’re going to stop that because no one else in here wants to listen to that while they eat.”

No threatening with violence, jerking him up and storming out of the place or threat of a “time out.” Everyone in the cozy café enjoyed their meals, including Mom and Dad.

It was a refreshing thing to see a parent/grandparent actually parent. The boy obviously knew grandpa meant business. More importantly, the boy knew what was expected of him in a restaurant.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw that happen.


Zen Doggy

My week has gotten away from me and I have a ton of work to finish before the end of the month. I thought you might enjoy contemplating “Zen Doggy,” today before taking a browse through my 7 favorite Living Large Links post from Tuesday (read the comments too as there were two posts readers liked as well!)

I’ll be back on Tuesday with more news from Our Little House!

Paging….Mat… need to claim your audio book at


My Best of List for Living Large

Mat, you’re the winner of the audio book, Ozark Mountains Fishing Stories,” by Rolland Love! Please email me at with your snail mail address by the end of this week.

I was tagged by our friend over at Frugal Kiwi in The Seven Links circle going around blogs that began at Tripbase.

Here are my choices for the “Best of” Living Large:


Life’s Defining Moments


It’s Summer Book Giveaway Thursday. Read to the end of my post to see how you can enter.



There are defining moments in everyone’s life.

Graduating from high school and college, getting married, buying your first home (or dream) home, having your children.

There are the ones that aren’t considered good, too. Events we see as failures and the death of the ones we love.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first defining moment of my life. My dad suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 58. I was 17.


When Giant Alien Green Worms Attack

Mary Nida Smith, you are the winner of the book, “A Pug’s Tale.” Thanks to everyone who commented, Tweeted and voted in the Petties for my other blog, K9 Chronicles Rescue Me for the Best Cause Related Blog. Remember, you can vote up to 2-3 times per day until July 29!  There will be more book giveaways to come this summer!


Photo Courtesy of University of Minnesota


When I went to let Molly and Dakota out before dawn one day last week, I knew there was something strange about my three potted tomato plants that sit on the party deck.

As I stood there, keeping one eye on the dogs and one eye on the tomato plants, I thought I saw one of them move.

“What the…..”


Lessons our Dogs Teach us and a Book Giveaway

Molly, giving Dale one of her famous kissies

The tell tale signs were all there: The coughing, heaving, wheezing.

I tried to ignore them. After having pets all of my life, I knew deep down that it wasn’t allergies or a cold.

Last week, our (approximately) 8-year-old red Dachshund, Molly, was diagnosed with an enlarged heart.


Silver Anniversary at Our Little House

First, these winners need to email me at ASAP with your snail mail address: Cheryl, you’ve won a copy of Vision Boards and Tabitha, you’ve won a copy of Math for Grown ups! Thank you all for entering. I have more giveaways coming this summer, so keep reading!



Today is our 25th wedding anniversary. Besides feeling really old because we’ve hit our Silver Anniversary, it’s also a day of reflection on how much we’ve changed in our goals and how we envisioned our lives.

When we met on July 11, 1979, we were very young and we envisioned the suburban American Dream. Two kids, a nice sized house, good jobs that could buy us  our wants.


Math for Grown ups at Our Little House

Note to our Living Large community: I took an extended weekend this past holiday. This is Thursday’s post, coming to you a bit early! Nest week, we’re back to our regularly scheduled Tuesday and Thursday posts!


Raise your hand if you’re one of those people, like me, who have had problems with math all of their lives.

I’m not sure where my problems began, although I do know my mother didn’t like math and wasn’t good at it. My dad only had an 8th grade education, so he wasn’t a lot of help either.

I had to take Algebra I in both 8th and 9th grade and because I wasn’t required but to have one year of high school math, my second attempt at it counted as my math credit for graduation.

I was thankful I didn’t have to take it again until college, at which point, I had to take remedial college math to even make it into statistics, which I also had to drop once and take again. I had to pay for a tutor both semesters.  

Math wasn’t my friend and by the time we built Our Little House, I was not ready to deal with the square footage measurements, dimensions to get cabinets and the refrigerator to fit, or even the coordinates for our land survey.