Welcome to “The Knot in the Rope”

Have you ever had an idea that tickled and bothered and wouldn’t go away?  That’s what this blog is for me — the idea that wouldn’t go away, so I’ve decided to boot it out of the nest and see if it will fly.  I teach a 2-minute spotlight once a month to a group of ladies on the subject of food storage and emergency preparedness.  Because of that, I spend a lot of time thinking about and researching the subject, but due to the setting of the group we can only touch on the barest of essentials.  It isn’t possible or appropriate for me to discuss where to find bargains or to talk about side topics.  I decided that a blog could be a great way to not only “let out” some of the ideas running around in my brain, but to hopefully get insights and advice from others on any subject related to preparing for emergencies, surviving tough economic times or just making it through the day-to-day stresses of life.

Who is the Taxidriver Mom?

I’m nobody special.  I haven’t got a college degree, although I have taken some courses in Home Economics and I have accumulated enough random credits to be a senior.  I am slowly making my way through “The School of Hard Knocks”.  Most of what I have learned has been due to economic necessity and the challenge of surviving on as little as possible.  I have a husband, children ranging in age from 10-30, and young grandchildren.  My work experience has mainly been in the clerical, retail and customer service fields, but my best education has come from being a mom.  I struggle with balancing a part-time job, getting everyone where they have to go (hence the Taxidriver Mom nickname), finding the floor under the daily clutter, and answering my sons’ eternal question, “FOOD?”.  I have been through first steps, first days of school, first dates and weddings.  In short, I could be your friend, your next-door neighbor or your sister.

What do I hope to accomplish with this blog?

When I came up with the idea for this blog, I wanted to call it “The Knot in the Rope” because I want it to speak to anyone and everyone who is trying to “hang on”.  I want it to be a venue for sharing not just mine but everyone’s best tips and advice for how to make it from day to day and prepare for tomorrow. I’m hoping to see posts and comments on anything from how you store water for emergencies to your favorite cheap date ideas, your favorite laundry detergent to the best way to keep your car clean, where you found a great price on a fire extinguisher or cans of green beans, or how you get everyone out the door on time in the morning!

A few notes about this blog . . .

Because I want this to be open to anyone who is interested, I am not going to lock down the security on this blog, so please don’t post any personal information.  Also, because this MUST remain family-friendly, as the blog administrator I reserve the right to edit or entirely delete your posts or comments if I don’t feel they serve the best interests of those reading them.  Please do not take anything posted here as fact, gospel, or anything of the sort.  Use your own judgment and take everything with “a grain of salt”!  I will try as much as I can to back up what I post with research or fact, but I know I’m not perfect and neither is anyone else.  One more thing — this blog is a work in progress.  I don’t have a lot of time, and I’m still somewhat new to blogging, so the “face” of this blog could change from time to time as I polish it up.  And if you are an expert, please feel free to comment or make suggestions.

So here it is . . . if you like the idea, please make use of it and share it with your friends and neighbors.  If you don’t, feel free to leave us some constructive criticism or “just don’t say anything at all”. 🙂  But by all means, “if you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”!



  1. You may already know this, but Fred Myers has a hanging basket by their front doors (inside the store) that is full of free coupons. It says leave the coupons you do not want, in the basket, and take whatever ones that you want. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  2. Just wanted to say Hi

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