Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
So we had a massive rain storm last night. I woke up a couple times with huge thunderclaps. Then I realized the house was silent. No fans blowing. Just the sounds of a deluge and the tiny snores of Beagles. All of a sudden the fan started whirring again and I thought. "Ack! The electronics."
I scurried around unplugging items. Like my computer. Rob's phone and the TV and DVD player.
All was well until I plugged my computer back in and tried to boot up.
The picture is my sad, sad computer cord attached to my sad, sad, quiet computer.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
|Yes. When I repainted my living room....there were a few unnecessary Diderot purchases.|
I have never heard of The Diderot Effect. I know, of course, that there is tremendous psychology in marketing and sales. So it should be no surprise that there is something psychologically that clicks in when items are purchased.
Non-scientific and unverified info from my brain so take with a pound of salt...if we use credit cards we spend more than if we use cash. The Monopoly money syndrome? That's what it feels like to me anyway. And I know that is a something I have succumbed to more than once. It seems odd to use a card for a $2.00 purchase but not at all if using cash. Plus I know the surcharge for credit cards is hefty and that small mom and pop places have a minimum on credit card expenditures. I actually feel guilty if I spend less than $10.00 on a credit or debit card. Hello! If that's not a reason to always use cash, I don't know what is.
The Diderot Effect is (major summarizing of a really good article so read it above) the extra expenses incurred when one buys one new thing. Example. A new skirt opens the door to the perfect necklace or shoes or both. Soon the $50.00 skirt is $170.00 in purchases. Or the need for new living room furniture when the old is just fine because you replace the carpet that was a necessity.
You know how many times I've fallen for this one? Sheesh? Yikes! It might be right up there with the "It's on clearance" syndrome that plagues me.
But. The choices that we made yesterday belong to yesterday (unless we still have the receipt). But we are masters of the choices we will make tomorrow or today. Right?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Thank you, Lord, for good insurance.
The hospital bill alone (not including the doctor daily visits, the surgery labor, and the reading of x-rays) is pictured.
The parts (again, not the labor) as in the knee chachinging in at a cool 20K. Just the knee, ma'am.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
My in-laws own a little trailer in a park on the shore of one of Minnesota's 10k lakes. It's a trailer from the sixties with a few upgrades and a build-on, and a stackable washer and dryer. Orange and moss green shag carpet was cutting edge high-fashion when it was laid in the bonus build-on bedroom. Paneling was all the rage. And dog gone it if the decor isn't cheesy cabin tourist crapola.
But we make the trip almost every year. And once my little kids were beyond the toddle-into-the-lake-and-drown phase, this place has become what vacations are meant to be.
When it's just Rob and I we go and decompress completely. He fishes, I read in the boat, we eat twice a day and wear whatever we want.
With the kiddos my daughter and I had to be a little more on top of our game. And the lake was the lure we knew it would be. From about 8 a.m. to dinner time the kids were digging, playing, collecting and glorying in the secret treasures and new experiences of the lake. And as an adult along for this experience it was glorious. It was exactly what a vacation should be.