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Flannel Lined Jeans and Snow Shovels

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It snowed yesterday. Actually, it Whited OUT yesterday. It is snowing again now.

Here is a photo I snapped during the whiteout while walking with Winsten. Gives you an idea of what we were walking through.

Actually, this was the beginning of the white out. It got much worse a short while later.

I need to do Cardio today. Ok.

I found my flannel lined jeans which I bought several years ago, and haven't fit into them since washing them.

Hmmmmm........maybe it's time to try them again.

HOLY SMOKES!!! I could pull them right up. And even almost got them zipped while standing. Laying on the bed to zip them up worked nicely, although I am not going to snap the waistband.

I mean, I am going SNOW SHOVELING, for Pete's sake. I don't care if my belly folds over the waistband; I just care that I have warm pants on. This is not a time for a fashion statement.

What better motivation to go out and shovel snow than to have your fat hanging over your jeans???

Last time I shoveled, I did so for three days running. Then I did one week down with my bad back.

Today I am going to try to do this rationally. I am setting myself a time limit.

I will do one half hour of shoveling, then come in to shower and work on my art quilt.

Wanna make a bet that I can keep it to one HALF hour?

Any takers?

Those of you who know me, stop laughing!!

Here's what I did the last time we had a good snow.

Winsten is telling me to get off Flicka and come play in the snow, so I gotta go for now, Sportsfans!

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TOWHEE 2/24/2011 10:17PM

    Well, I knew you couldn't limit yourself to 30 minutes, but I'm glad it was only 65 and not 180. Shoveling snow is like eating potato chips or peanuts or cookies. It's really hard to stop.

Woo hoo, good for you to get into the flannel jeans. I buy winter weight pants for my dh, but never think to do the same for me. Maybe next fall ...

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TYBEWALLACE 2/24/2011 6:02PM

    emoticongetting in your jeans..... Lovely pictures too and I thought your little snow angel was creative... Winsten is also beautiful..and I like that expression of his.

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MARYANNGI 2/24/2011 5:56PM

    Didn't take the bet!! As a fellow snow shoveler, I new better! emoticon Snow lady is stunning by the way!!!

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GRANDMACOO 2/24/2011 5:14PM

    Wow - flannel lined jeans. It's been a while since I've heard of them. Congratulations on fitting into them. I LOVE the snow lady.

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LKWQUILTER 2/24/2011 3:20PM

    Fitting into old clothes makes this journey worth while. Congratulations!!

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ACROSONIC 2/24/2011 2:52PM

    Snow. I'm wearing shorts and have my air conditioner on!

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1BEARWIFE 2/24/2011 2:16PM

    I came in after 65 minutes, because DH made me! Those of you who bet that I couldn't stop in 30 minutes of shoveling WIN! emoticon And GUESS WHAT!!!! i can button the jeans after shoveling!! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 2/24/2011 1:53PM

    Congrats on the jeans. They will snap soon knowing you.
Great snow angel.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/24/2011 1:41PM

    I hope you took a timer with you out to do your shoveling--take it easy there, my friend! The snow is *supposed* to be done later today, we'll see what the weather decides to do. I'm glad our 'snow event' here hasn't been as bad; no real need to shovel at our house (only 2-3 inches has fallen so far), but I'd still rather stay home than have to drive in it. Glad the flannel-lined jeans fit sufficiently, wish I had a pair today!

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MAMASUDS 2/24/2011 12:38PM

    How great! I whole-heartedly believe if we are going to be cold, it might as well snow and look pretty. The last time I got out and shoveled though, my gout flared up and I couldn't use my hands without pain for several days. Definately something to put a time limit on. I hope you were able to limit yourself and not hurt your back. Backpain is no fun!
Flannel-lined jeans - oooohh. I wish I had a pair. I have bought them for my kids, but have never seen any for adults. Gotta get me a pair of those. I did invest in snow pants last winter though. So grateful for those!
Have fun in your winter wonderland.

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I am SO ASHAMED of our Government So-Called "Leaders"!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dem Congressman tells unions that they “need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody”

Gee, I seem to recall when violent rhetoric was the bane of political rhetoric, at least when the Left was shrieking about the latent, seething violence of Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin’s campaign maps.

The media did a dog-pile on the Right when a lunatic in Tucson shot Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spending the better part of a week scrutinizing Palin’s utterances and campaign artwork when the shooter’s schizophrenia was known well enough within hours of the massacre that killed six and wounded 14.

Now one of Giffords’ Democratic caucus colleagues tells a union crowd that they need to go out and “get bloody,” while pointing out Tea Party counterprotesters across the street:

A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation’s fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren’t enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members. …

This is not Capuano’s first brush with violent rhetoric.

Last month Capuano said, “Politicians, I think are too bland today. I don’t know what they believe in. Nothing wrong with throwing a coffee cup at someone if you’re doing it for human rights.”

But don’t worry. The national media will be certain to highlight Capuano’s remarks and screech about civility in politics, right? Right?

Don’t hold your breath, says the Media Research Center:

Last March, as thousands protested on Capitol Hill in the days before the passage of ObamaCare, CBS’s Nancy Cordes slammed it as “a weekend filled with incivility,” while World News anchor Diane Sawyer painted the Tea Party as a violent gang, with “protesters roaming Washington, some of them increasingly emotional, yelling slurs and epithets.”

In August 2009, ABC anchor Charles Gibson complainedhow “protesters brought pictures of President Obama with a Hitler-style mustache to a town hall meeting,” failing to mention that the signs were produced by Lyndon LaRouche’s wacky fringe movement, not the Tea Party or conservatives.

Over the past several days, the liberal demonstrations in Wisconsin (bolstered by the national Democratic Party and President Obama’s Organizing for America group) have included signs just as inflammatory as the ones that bothered the networks during the health care debate, including several showing Governor Scott Walker as Adolph Hitler. Others have likened Walker to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (“Scott Stalin”) and recently deposed Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak (“Walker = Mubarak”).

Another protest sign drew a cross-hairs over a picture of Governor Walker’s head, with the caption “Don’t Retreat, Reload; Repeal Walker” — an obvious parallel to a Facebook map posted by Sarah Palin last year, although that much-criticized graphic placed the target sights on maps of congressional districts, not any politician’s face.

Yet none of these signs in the hands of liberal protesters have drawn the slightest complaint from network journalists.

MRC analysts examined all 53 ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news stories, segments and anchor briefs on the Wisconsin protests from Thursday, February 17 (when they first drew major national coverage) through Monday, February 21.

While eight of the 53 stories (15%) visually displayed one or more of the signs described above, none elicited a single remark from the network correspondents.

Instead, network journalists actually suggested the “Walker = Mubarak” theme of some of the more inflammatory signs.

On Sunday’s This Week, for example, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour linked Wisconsin to the uprisings against oppressive dictatorships: “Populist frustration is boiling over this week, as we’ve said, not just in the Middle East, but in the middle of this country as well.”

So did NBC’s Brian Williams on Friday’s Nightly News: “From the Mideast to the American Midwest tonight, people are rising up. Citizens’ uprisings are changing the world.”

NBC’s on-screen caption: “The Uprising at Home.”

Unions and the politicians in their pockets using violent rhetoric, and the national media blaming the Right for violence. It’s business as usual The New Civility.

Update: Links and video are down at the moment; will keep trying to see when they’ll be back up.

Update II: A Republican deputy AG in Wisconsin tweeted on February 19th that security forces should use “live ammunition” to clear the capital. His boss promised to review the matter and deal with it accordingly, calling it “unacceptable.”

Now, which of these statements using violent rhetoric will be more likely to make the evening news tonight? And when will Nancy Pelosi do what Wisconsin AG Bryan Corbin has started to do?

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ELSEEBEE 2/24/2011 7:41PM

    You are so right! We are all facing the point in this country where we are going to have to start speaking out about all this. Too many Americans listen to the media and accept whatever they're saying as truth. Even though I'm suspicious of what forces are behind the uprisings in the middle east, I do think it's marvelous that they are using technology to organize and unite. Did you see the news story tonight how one of the organizers in Libya knew the authorities would be monitoring Twitter and Facebook, so he organized people by a code he used on a middle eastern dating website. Very clever!

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QUILTINGB52 2/24/2011 9:48AM

    All this political crap makes me want to "relocate" to another country!!!

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HEATING1 2/24/2011 6:58AM

    Thanks for sharing

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YMMATTAMMY 2/23/2011 8:39PM

    Well I have to agree with your views on politics my friend.
Now I would like to know how you are doing on this wondrous fitness journey of ours!! Anything we can help you celebrate? Any troubles or worries or questions we can help you with? Unfortunately, I cannot answer these political questions... they have me stumped!! I am MUCH better at positive life changes, weight loss and healthy choices!! LOL!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/23/2011 2:17PM

    Unfortunately it seems that this is just business as usual for both the media and the liberal left in politics. Sad but true; it's not the first time it's happened, and it won't be the last.

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NOTFATCAT 2/23/2011 2:14PM

    You need to start a blog and put some of your writings in the editorial section of the paper.

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If George Bush was an idiot.....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This wraps it up pretty well ............

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on?

If George Bush had pronounced the Marine "Corps" like Marine "Corpse" over and over again in a speech to the Marine Corps would you think him an idiot?

If George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render those same 87,000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in New York City, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given England's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this
embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, would you have said that he is clueless.

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him, would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He did all of this in his first 21 months -- so you'll have two years and three months to come up with an answer.

Every statement is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.


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NOTFATCAT 2/23/2011 12:42PM

    You always hit the nail right on the head.

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R-U-JELLEN 2/23/2011 10:46AM

    Thank you for this blog. There were several of these "bumbles" I didn't know about. I don't understand why some Presidents (not just Obama) seem to be able to make all kinds of bad decisions or faux pas that are just brushed off or ignored while Bush was judged badly on every word or deed. I pray for our leaders and our country that God in His wisdom will help us get on the right path.
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YMMATTAMMY 2/22/2011 11:52PM

    All I can do is believe that God is in control. He has a plan. For the life of me I cannot figure out what He was thinking when His plan involved this Obama fiasco.....

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MNABOY 2/22/2011 11:14PM

    politics and religion are tough on meals because it sparks strong emotions and some people have emotional eating challenges. Watching our President is something that is causing a lot of people to wonder what happened.

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1THING 2/22/2011 9:51PM

    still, decide for yourself .... facts are sometimes construed to support a thouhgt that differs from the facts, facts that is of the issue one supports. Keep things in prosective.

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Rained, Then Snowed, Out

Monday, February 21, 2011

Winsten and I decided we would get in more walking.

I got my jacket and uggs on, and out the door we went.

It was sprinkling. Not to worry; we have walked in sprinkles before!

We get to the top of the driveway, and it is RAINING.

I mean, RAINING. Ok. We keep going toward the mailbox.

Now it was sleeting. And sleeting rather hard, too.

We are committed to the mail box, so we travel on.

By the time we get to the mailbox, the sleet had turned to little hail, and then a very fast snow.

We are at the mailbox and then I remember today is President's Day, so no mail.

I have no hood on my jacket, and we are really getting pelted by the fast, blowing snow.

Winsten is looking at me as if to say "now WHY are we out here???".

We speedily walk back to the house, logging in a half mile, and wouldn't you just know it.

The snow is nearly stopped.

We are soaked, but sure did a fast half mile. Better than nothing.

I change my clothes, dry my hair and am heading into the quilt room. I think I will play some Harry Belafonte music and imagine myself in the warm, bright sunny Carribbean.

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KINSBAILE 2/22/2011 8:38PM

    Hey great job! I have jogged in the rain before but it was SUMMER!!! So you rock! I would be a wuss out there! emoticon

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TYBEWALLACE 2/22/2011 7:27PM

    We had the same weather yesterday and I applaud your halfmile, I hated walking thru the parking lot at the grocery store.

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KALISWALKER 2/22/2011 6:05PM

    That's the great thing about making exercise a habit, you just get out and do it!

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GRANDMA1951 2/22/2011 8:55AM

    That is so funny. But you got out, even though the weather wasn't great. Hope you warmed up and worked more on your quilt.

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BEVPRESLEY 2/21/2011 11:00PM

    I know you must be related to us. Congrats on your half mile and hope you enjoyed the music.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/21/2011 10:54PM

    What a weather day, eh? And you got to experience it all firsthand, lucky you! I'll bet Winston really was wondering what on earth you were doing outside in all of that; glad you got your exercise in, but not quite that way! Belafonte and the Caribbean, what a nice thought . . . stay warm and dry, my friend!

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TOWHEE 2/21/2011 10:09PM

    Oh, wow. I sure hope that's not what we're going to get tomorrow. My Wednesday walk is on Tuesday this week because of the forecasted bad weather.

Belafonte and the Caribbean... ah!

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LYNNOTT 2/21/2011 9:27PM

    I applaud you for going out in bad weather! When I looked out the window when I got up this morning there was already 3 inches of snow on my car roof - I so wanted to go back to bed! :) emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 2/21/2011 9:21PM

    Yes! A half mile is totally better than nothing :) Way to get it in despite the weather.

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I Think I Have This Figured Out

Sunday, February 20, 2011

By making sacrificial and proportional cuts in your own personal budget,
you can appreciate that cutting really cuts to the quick.

Please accept my apology in advance for the following about an
unpleasant subject.

I tried very hard not to do it, but because it helped
my perspective and made me feel much better, I thought perhaps it would do
as much for you. It's tough, but we all need to do our part.

The President ordered the cabinet to cut a whopping $100 million from the
$3.5 trillion federal budget.

I'm so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same
thing with my personal budget.

Let's suppose I spend about $4,000 a month on groceries,
medicine, bills, etc., and now it's time to get out my budget cutting ax,
go line by line through my expenses, and get to work.

I'm going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio as the President -
1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead
of spending $4,000 a month; I'm going to have to cut that number downward
by eleven cents!

Yes, I know that’s a lot and I must somehow get by with $3,999.89, but
that is what sacrifice is all about.

The President has requested that we
get some of our own “skin in the game” with everyone else. So we’ll just
have to do without some things, that are, quite frankly, luxuries those
eleven cents normally buy us.

Hope this helps brighten your day ... and gives you a little better
understanding of just how serious our current President is about his job.
Don't you feel better now?


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KINSBAILE 2/21/2011 2:42PM

    Great blog!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/20/2011 8:36PM

    I have been doing that most of my life and even more since my husband and I no longer are able to be employed! I could probably live more comfortably on $4000 a month but live on less than half of what you are allowing. I told my son I could live on what he throws away! Its not easy but you can earn to live on less or go without.

I have cut my water consumption down, and wash less; learn to just change something's in my life, and eat less! (have very few sweets in the house, got rid of most junk food, no more potato chips, no cupcakes, no brownie mixes, no candy except for Mounds, [cant live without my mounds). I am cutting down a lot of food in packages. It sure saves. I can a lot of goods and freeze a lot of veggies, so that helps to cut out extra cost. Because the cost of groceries these days is horrendous. We just learn to do without! Or make do. But you can actually find ways to cut your expenses and still meet that sweet tooth. ( Our church has a coffee hour and eating sweets once a week; you kind of enjoy it when its less often! )

I would hang up clothes now and then, it cuts electricity and clothes smell nice when you hang them outside, cant wait for warmer weather! But hanging them in the basement saves electricity and money!

I recycle things like I save all plastic containers using the plastic for templates, saves me $5 dollars a sheet. I used to go thru a lot of that plastic sheeting! Just for templates when I appliqued! Plus I use plastic bags from oranges for support in some of my art! Great for reinforcing purses and bags and art that needs a stiffening! Saves me more dollars on my art! Its amazing what you can recycle to save a few dollars. I recycle old clothes for my art and for some quilting! I even save all those labels I get from all the companies who ask me for a donation, and don't donate to most of them! (Man if I made a donation to every one that's end me a freebie, I would be in the poor house! I also recycle some envelops that companies send me. It sure saves me from buying envelopes! You'd be surprise how many are sent to you! I also recycle old magazines in my art, saves buying scrap paper!
What helps me save also is baking all on one day and freezing extras, saves gas money! I also make one trip for all things, paying bills, and buying groceries and getting gas all done the same day, saves gas! I went from filling up every week to filling every other week, that is a savings too! And when you make one trip instead of three it cuts down your use of gas and prolongs the life of your vehicle. I also don't go and get an oil change as often as I sued to. So fat one this year and two last year! I go every 5 thousand miles with my car and its been less often because of the savings in gas by driving less, I pay less! I also coast down hills a lot. That alone can save gas too! So I reroute which way I travel just to save, and its actually less miles too! And I purchase my gas at Indian reservations, gas cost less and I go on the day we are also saving 5 cents a gallon more on certain days! It may be only so much less a gallon but it does save twice more and you don't pay taxes, least not yet! Another savings! That's just some ways I cut corners! I try to do a lot of things myself too.

Like I learned to cut hair long time ago and now cut my husbands hair, sure saves me enough to be able to afford to get my hair done professionally! (I looks nicer too since I cant see as I used to when cutting my own hair! I stopped cutting my hair! ) I also do my dogs grooming too! A great big savings. Since they charge you more to groom a dog than to cut hair or a perm at a Hair salon! lol Unreal! Stopped paying for my dog and pay for myself for about 6 years now, and that is a Huge savings! (You can learn a lot of things to do for yourself if you really get desperate or try to save!) One year I saved 16 thousand dollars and bought me a new car with what I saved! I also saved enough to take all my kids to Europe one year! Great trip they never forgot! And went on another cruise to the Bahamas Free! Where there's a will there is a way! I saved for everything I ever wanted to do, and we did a lot of traveling with three kids over the years! All being tight with our money! (I had hope to go to Japan and Scotland in the future!) If you have a will there;s always a way! My favorite saying is "do what you desire before you get to old to walk!" Glad I traveled while I was younger!
But you'd be surprise how much money you can save if you really desire to!
Or have such tragedy that forces you to go without! I will bet you can save a lot more if you "had" to!

The year my husband got unemployment, I managed to most of it, and that year I managed to save more than I ever saved, knowing he would be out of a job soon. We saved quite a bit before he lost his job, going without because my husband had a hard time finding any work. He gave up but we managed to live on all we saved for almost two years! I paid off all our bills too! so I know you can do a lot when you need to!

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NOTFATCAT 2/20/2011 5:36PM

    You are right on!

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MARYANNGI 2/20/2011 4:19PM

    Good lord, I love reading your blogs!! I even copy them and send them to friends with very similar views - hope you don't mind! Keep them coming.


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