A Time for Gratitude

This is the time of year everyone begins talking about those things for which they are grateful....more


On Fridays I usually give my frugal tips.  Not today.  I was taught a lesson this week by my son and I would like to share it. This past weekend, my son and I ran some errands.  At one of the stores, I picked something up and quickly replaced it when I saw the price.  When he asked why I put it back, I responded that I didn't need it.  He quickly answered, "Mom...when is the last time you actually bought a want?" That set me back on my heels a bit....more


As I wrote yesterday, you can be satisfied with your life while still striving for growth.  That growth can be personal, financial, educational, or a multitude of other endeavors. Do you know anyone who has the perfect life?  Even with the facade of perfection, we never truly know what is going on behind the scenes.  That trophy wife may regret not finishing her education.  That high-powered executive may wish for more family time....more


Contentment is defined as:  "the state of being happy and satisfied".  Notice that happy is a component of contentment.  You can be happy, but that does not necessarily mean that you are also content. The second component of contentment is listed as satisfied.  Are you satisfied with where you are right now?  Let me clarify a bit.  Remember, this is just my two cents worth!  Just because you are satisfied does not mean that you don't strive for better....more


Have you found yours?  I haven't!  I try...but life gets in the way.  I am one of those people who have trouble turning off my brain just to sleep. I see the memes on Facebook about letting go, slowing down, and being happy.  I wonder sometimes if it is truly as easy as just believing it and it comes true.  I have also seen people who use that same principle of "letting go" as their own personal out for not taking resonsibility for or being accountable for any of their actions....more

A Blessed Benefit

Last week I wrote about the benefit of social media for introverts.  That message was brought home again on Saturday when I was blessed to reconnect with a dear friend from over thirty years ago.  Let me rephrase, from a different lifetime! This country of ours is huge.  Without the benefit of technology and social media, the task of finding one person out of millions becomes near impossible....more

Black Every Day

I know...it's not Black Friday yet!  But well in advance of the actual day, both WalMart and Amazon are already running daily Black Friday deals. Be warned!  You will have to check WalMart's page bright and early.  From what I've been seeing, they are selling out of the best deals fast!  You may wish to sign up for the emails notifying you of special sales. On Amazon, make sure to check the page at regular intervals throughout the day....more

The Perfect Medium

In real life, I am an introvert.  I am perfectly happy at home alone with my dog and a good book.  I rarely feel the need to be out in social situations and tend to avoid large crowds as much as possible.  I probably border on agoraphobic but for the fact I still have to get out and go to work every day. That is why social media such as Facebook is the perfect medium for introverts....more

Frugal Hobbies

Back in the olden days...and I mean before MY olden days, women had a variety of crafts to occupy long winter nights.  At the time, it was because of the inability to be out and about during the winter months. Today, we have the capacity to head out the door, get in our cars and go wherever we wish.  But there is something to be said for those old traditions. Making crafts at home not only is a frugal activity, you actually have something beautiful to show for your efforts....more
Thanks Jerrilynn for reminding me that I have a drawer-full of beads and buttons, chains and ...more

A Needed Reminder

This week I received a reminder from the universe of just how lucky I am. I am blessed with a wonderful home near the beach, a job I absolutely adore, incredible co-workers, a son who watches out for me every day.  I am blessed with the greatest group of girlfriends and an incredible support system.  I have a man in my life who treats me like a queen.  I have my rescue dog and the unconditional love that comes with her....more