Yep, cheers to Monday and the beginning of a new week. I bet many of us have started our to-do list for the day and week. Are you wrapping up a project from last week today? If so, that's cool and you can check it off as done. I know one thing that's on my to-do list for the next three days...watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. I'm going to already fess up and tell you that I plan to have a tissue box nearby because it's going to be teary. I can't wait to watch and know that there will be plenty of happiness as we all wish her farewell. Before I close this blog post, check out this neat idea ->take a 3x5 card and spray it with your favorite perfume or cologne. Place the card in your car for a dash of freshness. You can also open those fragrance samples that fall out from magazines or store mailings too. Enjoy your fave scent while out and about. Have a great week!
Hope your weekend is off to a great start. The warm temps finally returned to Atlanta after starting the week off on a chilly note. I am planning a day out and about visiting shops around town. I have a plant that my neighbor gave me which she calls "chicks." The plant is quite unusual because you keep it outside even in the winter months and stop watering it during this time too. The planter is full of these chicks and it's time to pull some out to make room for more to grow. Hey, I dig it!I spent a few hours with my gal pal yesterday and went to see her new booth at a neighboring antique store. She used to own an antique store in our town, but closed it at the end of last year. She really has a knack for displaying her items in a neat way and I hope she gets lots of buys from shoppers. We had lots of fun! It's a beautiful day to either wash the car or drive through a car wash. I'm thinking the latter idea. Check out the YouTube video on my blog today of the 70s classic that everybody was spinning back in the day. Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who visited my blog this week and became followers. I truly appreciate your comments and kindness. I have visited and followed some new blogs too and hope to see everyone again soon. Have a Happy Weekend!
For those who work from home running a small business, telecommute a few days out of the week, or work as a freelancer, it can be isolating at times especially when you might be used to an office setting. Here are 3 ideas to help in the day:
1. Step out on the patio or deck with your first cup of coffee or tea before getting started on your work. Use the time to gather your thoughts on the projects ahead for the day. 2. Have lunch with your neighbor who may work from home too or be a stay-at-home mom. It would be a nice way to chat during the hour and engage with others. 3. Take a walk in the neighborhood especially on a beautiful day. You might see a neighbor gardening or walking their dog and stop for a quick catch up. It's a great way to feel refreshed and exercise before starting back on your work.
I like the idea of telecommuting for employees. It sure will help during these high gas prices and long commutes. Plus, it's eco-friendly!
I mistakenly picked up a small bag of organic carrots during my grocery shopping yesterday. I realized the register price was more than the carrots I usually buy. I didn't want to go back to the produce section to switch them out so I bought them. Today, I washed and cut them up and I must say these organic carrots taste much better than the ones I have been buying. Is it all in my mind...I don't think so. I would like to buy more organic products especially produce, but my food budget doesn't stretch that far. I like carrots a lot and might find a way to add this organic favorite into my shopping basket, Yum!
The U.S. has reached it's debt ceiling and will need to find ways to start paying it off soon. The debt level as of today is $14.3 trillion dollars. I am pretty sure the average person will never see themselves in trillions worth of debt, at least I hope not :-) It's a good idea to try your best not to let your borrowing and credit cards get out of hand. If you find yourself in a pinch or an unexpected expense comes up, try to use the credit card with a low interest rate and possibly not a high balance already. Plus, when the bill arrives and hopefully your cash flow is better, send in a double payment to start paying the card off quickly.
Happy Sunday and it's cool & breezy with temps in the 60s today. A far cry from the near 90s last week and fall seems to want to make a comeback for the next few days. I guess the tank tops and shorts will get a break as I pulled back out my long sleeved tops and pants. The one nice thing is that it finally rained late last night. My poor grass was starting to sound crunchy :-) I gave my house plants a jolt of plant food last Sunday and they sure appreciated it. When I went around to water them today, I could tell it gave them a burst...I don't think it's my imagination.
I plan to watch more of the NBA playoff games this afternoon. Since the Atlanta Hawks were eliminated by the Chicago Bulls last week, I've got to root for another team. I'll choose soon! I am delighted to have my laptop up and running again. I can't thank my neighbor enough for all the work he put into fixing it. I didn't want to ask him at first because I wasn't sure just how much work would go into it. When I went to pick it up last Sunday, he was giddy with excitement that my laptop was back working. He received his Bachelor's degree in IT about a year ago and was glad to be putting all the knowledge to use as he put it. I'm happy indeed!
TGIF has fallen on the 13th! I don't have any quirky superstitions, but I do wonder what types of weird things might happen in the day :-) Like many other bloggers, I have been trying to access my blog and posted a few things yesterday, but it looks like they aren't there anymore. I'm kind of bummed out, but understand the maintenance problems. I'm happy Blogger is back!
If you have your own office at work, keep a set of 3-5 lb free weights in your office. Grab them for a quick workout routine during your 15-minute break or return from lunch a few minutes early. You don't need to change clothes for this simple workout, just close the office door. Do 2-3 sets of 10 reps that work the arms, biceps, and shoulders. You will be ready in no time flat to show off your shapely arms this spring & summer. Rock the Look!
Just had to ask as the new week begins. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and great time celebrating with family and friends on Mother's Day. I heard plenty of birds chirping happily this morning so I'm looking forward to a great start to the day and week. Now back to the question of what's in your brown bag lunch? I'm hoping you packed a delicious sandwich with the leftovers from yesterday's dinner. More importantly, a piece of fruit like banana, apple, orange, or pear. Any of those will do fine when you and your co-workers head to the park for lunch outside in the sun. Have a great week!
Just want to send Happy Mother's Day greetings to everyone. I spoke with my Mom by phone this morning. She received my card and said she started to cry on the words I wrote. When I started to write my own words on the card, the loving thoughts of her love, support and kindness in my life flowed. She gave me the encouragement and confidence that have sustained me in many of life's choices. I was happy to know that her heart was touched. I'm remembering my fave breakfast that my Mom would make called "chipped beef on toast." It's a warm and yummy meal that really can be eaten anytime, but breakfast was even more special when I saw my Mom preparing it. I also have fond memories of my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. I always say that my green thumb for indoor plants came from her. I remember anxiously wanting to help her water the plants out on the back deck. She would say, "Cindy you already watered that one." Enjoy the memories of Mother's Day and all the women who have made an impact in your life. With Love, Mom!
If you didn't get to send Mother's Day cards to many of your family and friends, send an e-card to their email address. I am a huge fan of e-cards and they come with pretty, fun & cool pictures to choose from along with music. You can pick just the right theme that fits their personality. Plus, e-cards allow you to add your own personal message which is extra sweet. Don't sweat the small stuff, send an e-card that will truly bring a heartfelt smile to their face.
TGIF everyone and just as my blog title reads...it's Mighty Nice. This has been a busy week for me as my laptop is experiencing problems. Luckily, I have a tech-savvy neighbor who is looking it over and allowing me to use their desktop for awhile which I might add has all the bells & whistles including a huge screen, Sweet! I hope whatever is wrong with my laptop will be an easy fix. A new computer is not in my budget right now. But, onward and upward as the saying goes :-) I hope this weekend will be a special one for everybody since it's Mother's Day. I mailed a few cards to family and friends to mark the lovely occasion. The weather in Atlanta will be super sunny. Enjoy!
It's Wednesday, that day of the week that I really like so much. Why you wonder? It's a good day to review your weekly to-do list which I am sure many of us have or simply the tasks for the day. Take some time to see how things are coming along with what you have to get done. If there are small tasks on your list, knock them out pronto and move on to more time-consuming ones. This is another good day to treat yourself and family to a takeout dinner instead of cooking or reheating leftovers. I'm always talking about saving money, but a stress free night is also some kind of wonderful.
Hello to the new month of May. The rains last month have brought about lots of colorful blooms in the gardens around the states. Along with the beauty of May, it's always nice to give your budget a review to see how well you are saving. The brown bag lunches might be taking their toll, but with the high food and gas prices, you may want to keep packing them. I hope the start of a new week is off and running in a good direction.
The day can only be described as Super Sunny Sunday in Atlanta, say that 3 times fast :-) I am hoping you are experiencing the same weather today and for the entire weekend. I'm just basking in all the glorious sun as I prepare to plant a few begonias I bought yesterday at a really good price at Home Depot. The place was crowded with lots of shoppers in the garden center. It was delightful to walk around and peek at the shopping carts of items people were buying. One lady had two small trees with yellow flowers on them. I should have stopped and asked the name of them, Bummer. I have one planter that is empty and I'm glad to finally get my fave flowers to fill it up. My neighbor has a big gardening project going on right now. We chatted a few minutes ago before I started this blog post and she mentioned all she plans to do. I can't wait to step back out later to see how it's coming along. I hope everyone is enjoying the day with family and friends. I cannot think of a better way for fellowship, good eats, and laughter than with loved ones. After last week's devastating tornadoes and the lives lost, it's even more important to spend time with others. If you are not able to be there in person, a phone call is just as nice. Be Blessed!
I'm sure many of you watched the Royal Wedding today. It was truly a spectacular event not only for London, but everyone around the world. Her dress was beautiful and I especially like the lace touches and train. I thought Prince William looked dapper in his military uniform and the bright red color added a definite pop. I like Kate's new royal title, The Duchess of Cambridge. From the carriage ride to the two kisses on the Buckingham Palace balcony, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has made this TGIF royal indeed. Here's wishing them all the best as they begin their life as husband and wife.
We all know that food prices are up in the grocery stores especially in the fresh produce aisle. From high prices on lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, it's enough to make you want to ditch the whole healthy eating thing altogether. Not so fast! Try to find other cutbacks on snacks and sweets so you can still put fresh produce into the shopping cart.
I read a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution yesterday about a couple who climbed their way out of $83,000 worth of credit card debt. By the way, that's no typo on the dollar figure of their debt. I was amazed and thought to myself how anyone could get themselves into that much debt. I applaud their efforts in shaving down their debt and are now spending with cash. I know some people who use their credit cards and pay the balance off each month and this is smart. But, not everyone can and it doesn't take long for the balance to creep up with interest to where the minimum monthly payment is all that can be paid each month. By using cash, you're more aware of just how much money you have for purchases. Simply knowing that you can reach into your wallet and use a credit card is an easy way to begin the cycle of debt. Don't fall into that trap, use cash instead. You don't need to carry around wads of cash in your wallet, that's not safe anyway. I suggest carrying enough to pay for the purchases on your list. If you see a 'must-have' while shopping and don't have enough cash to buy it, think about it a day or two before heading back to the store to buy it. By then, you may not even bother.
The temperatures may be rising around the states like Atlanta where I live. I enjoy this time of the year because to me it's not quite hot enough to turn on the air conditioning. For now, I have opened several windows to let in some natural air and give the house a chance to air out from being shut up during the winter months. The cool mornings add a touch of fresh air from the open windows which is delightful. I know the pollen has been a big factor for allergies and open windows will blow that pesky stuff right inside. If the pollen has subsided, give your electric bill a break until it really gets hot enough to turn on the A/C. I know two-story homes are usually a few degrees warmer upstairs, but opening a few windows will bring comfortable relief especially at night. Save some bucks!