Comments for Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com Financial independence and simple living Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:15:39 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Comment on How A Diagnosis Of Postpartum Depression Changed My Life by Marlena http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/07/how-a-diagnosis-of-postpartum-depression-changed-my-life/#comment-201933 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:15:39 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18553#comment-201933 Thank you for sharing my story. I had a similar experience and medicine was the only thing that helped. Thank goodness for medicine, and thank goodness for those who can help us when we need it most.

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Comment on How A Diagnosis Of Postpartum Depression Changed My Life by Rebecca Costello http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/07/how-a-diagnosis-of-postpartum-depression-changed-my-life/#comment-201928 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:22:22 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18553#comment-201928 Thank you for sharing your story! It is so important for other parents to hear this. As an IBCLC who works with many postpartum families, it is not uncommon for parents to feel like they “shouldn’t” feel this way, that they just need to learn to see their blessings, that they aren’t good parents, etc etc. Depression and anxiety are sneaky and trick your brain into believing a lot of things that aren’t true, until you’re lost in the weeds. Big props to you and Mr FW for being able to get through that nasty thicket and to the truth, which is that you do not deserve to feel that way! My best hopes for continued healing!

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Comment on How A Diagnosis Of Postpartum Depression Changed My Life by Rebecca Costello http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/07/how-a-diagnosis-of-postpartum-depression-changed-my-life/#comment-201927 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:16:02 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18553#comment-201927 For those wondering, the generic name is sulpiride and it is not approved for use in the U.S., Canada, or Australia. I am a lactation consultant (IBCLC) and the South African IBCLCs in the professional Facebook groups I’m in love it for increasing milk supply. I had never heard of it as a mood stabilizer per se, I’d always heard it called an antipsychotic; but either way, it is not available to us here in the States.

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Comment on The Sweet Synergy Between Simple Living And Saving Money by Jeff Lambeth http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/01/27/the-sweet-synergy-between-simple-living-and-saving-money/#comment-201923 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:38:22 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=12515#comment-201923 I have to say as a 56 yo. Ive been this way my whole life. The less I have the more beautiful things around seem to be. I cant explain it, but freeing your life of clutter really does free your mind of clutter. And Id like to add that millenials are infact much more in tune than my generation gives you credit for. In fact the only people I hear discussing this issue is your generation. Maybe you youngsters will start a new trend of Americans not getting fat and not surviving on perscription drugs to compensate for the anxiety of stuff management.

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Comment on This Month On The Homestead: Building A Woodshed And Picking Blackberries by Jonathan Smith http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/14/this-month-on-the-homestead-building-a-woodshed-and-picking-blackberries/#comment-201819 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:40:31 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18633#comment-201819 A great book about wood was written a few years back by Lars Mytting. It is called Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. Check to see if your local library has a copy. I read the book and it got me very excited to chop wood. The shed looks impressive. Keep up the hard work.

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Comment on More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Frugalwoods Family by Tom K http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/07/16/more-than-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-frugalwoods-family/#comment-201794 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:49:59 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=1370#comment-201794 I just finished reading your fabulous book in one sitting and enjoyed every bit of it. I picked it off the shelf at the local library (we never actually BUY books unless its something we want for a long term reference) and was pleasantly surprised at both the content and the style.

If there was one lesson EVERYONE should take away from your book is a single paragraph where you caution people that few things are absolute necessities and that if you can’t pay cash than you should wait until you can.

That is the best advice you could give anyone, especially “youngsters” (we are over 65 years old) just starting out. Running up huge debt is a sure fire way to wipe out any chance of financial independence and so many of life’s necessities” are not really necessary, just desired. If you can control your desires you can control your destiny.

We have one car and while we bought it new we will drive it for 10-15 years until we buy a another (or perhaps a walker). We watch free broadcast TV, seldom eat out (and enjoy it when we can), use TracFone for our cell service and generally spend less and save more. Our two sons are smart and went to prestigious colleges (Drexel and West Point) on full scholarships so neither they not us incurred college debt. The younger one is busy building a Tiny Hose on Wheels when he is not exploring the world with a small backpack and his bicycle.

Less is more and the simple lifestyle you have chosen should serve as an example to most Americans. having less does not mean enjoying life less and you are living proof.

I am glad I pulled that book of the shelf on a whim and met the Frugalwoods family.

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Comment on How A Diagnosis Of Postpartum Depression Changed My Life by LivingDebtFree http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/07/how-a-diagnosis-of-postpartum-depression-changed-my-life/#comment-201617 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:56:10 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18553#comment-201617 I suffered from postpartum depression with my first daughter for several months and vehemently resisted medication. I initially saw a therapist who basically told me I should get a divorce. Needless to say, I quit seeing that therapist. However, I did find that my health care plan offered appointments with a “behaviorist.” I found this to be so helpful. He provided me with the skills I needed to learn how to cope with my immense feelings of pending doom. I probably would have improved much more quickly had I opted for medication along with the therapy, but this did help me turn the corner and begin to climb out from under the chronic anxiety riddled and tearful state that I was constantly in. The bottom line is recognizing the depression, listening to family and friends urging you to seek help, and seeking it. The “help” may look a little different for everyone. Thank you so much Liz for being so candid about your experience. Your honesty will help so many others. Kudos to you. Wishing you and your beautiful family the best!

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Comment on This Month On The Homestead: Building A Woodshed And Picking Blackberries by Mrs. Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/14/this-month-on-the-homestead-building-a-woodshed-and-picking-blackberries/#comment-201615 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:30:47 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18633#comment-201615 A good question! We’ve been able to observe the wood during a few rainstorms and luckily, the overhangs are working well against rain. We’ll have to see with snow. It’s a double-edged sword because the wood can’t be kept fully enclosed or it would never dry out, but you want it covered enough to keep the rain and snow off… a never-ending conundrum. You are spot on with the tarp idea–that’s what we’re thinking if snow really piles up on there. So, TBD 🙂

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Comment on How A Diagnosis Of Postpartum Depression Changed My Life by Elin http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/07/how-a-diagnosis-of-postpartum-depression-changed-my-life/#comment-201598 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:27:07 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18553#comment-201598 Parenting is very hard even without PPD and much harder than I even imagined it to be so I don’t think it is wrong that people point that out. Yes, having fight is also very common and being prepared for this and have ways to try to minimize this is also important. I did not have PPD but both of us did fall into depression for other reasons when our child was around 1,5 years old. Parenting is hard in general, doing so while depressed is a new level of hard. The difference is that when you are not depressed all of this hard work that you do will always feel worth it and you will also see all those sunshine moments and for that matter the times when it is generally OK. When you are depressed however you tend to see all of what happens in black even when you are happy, then you feel depressed because you are not always happy.

Be on the look out for symptoms of PPD for sure but do not assume that all the hard parts of parenthood are due to it. Also, when the baby is just born everyone can feel a little low or have varied moods from superhappy to supersad but this should pass quite fast. I am just saying this so that you are not alarmed if you feel bad say during the first weeks. I have had crying fits the first couple of days but then they disappeared after about 2 weeks or so.

Having the ability to meditate is probably going to help you a lot. Some days can be very rough with a baby and allowing yourself 20 mins or so where you can think and be something outside being a parent helps a lot. I took hot showers and meditated while in the shower a lot and this made me re-charge very well. The showers helped me to calm down another level but that might not be your thing but I am sure you can find your thing if necessary. I sometimes showered in the dark to further help me focus.

I hope your baby time will be fine and you will enjoy parenting. If you do struggle I want to point out that a childhood is much more than the first year and you have plenty of time to be a parent later on if babies are not your thing. It just isn’t for everyone, I like 2-3 year olds much more than I ever do babies.

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Comment on How To: Cheap Homemade Seltzer with a Modified Sodastream by 8675309 http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/08/11/how-to-cheap-homemade-seltzer-with-a-modified-sodastream/#comment-201553 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 02:55:48 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=1887#comment-201553 @ this point in time its been floated that pepsico if successfull will be redesigning the entire line under aquafina

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