For my birthday last year, my son and his wife gave me a one-of-a-kind typed book, printed on pretty paper and tied with ribbon. It was titled “Things We Love about Diane.” Continue reading
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1) That my new car’s side-view mirrors do fold in (if only I’d known that earlier…)
2) That a website called Nextdoor is a free and private social network for people living in specific neighborhoods. Locate your neighborhood, join at no cost and get emergency notifications, crime alerts, details for community events and services, notices about lost pet, and updates on activities affecting the local area. Sounds great – sign me up! (Now if only it could only locate Mr. Right within a couple of blocks…)
3) That it does pay to step outside your comfort zone and take action on “crazy ideas” sometimes. I somehow ended up running the local part of my company’s annual charity campaign involving 2,000+ employees and am coordinating a lot of wacky fundraisers. The first three have been very successful and participants seem to really enjoy them. The most successful one so far involved a bunch of professional people tossing ping pong balls over the balcony to try to get them in a cup in a bucket in a kiddie pool on the floor below. It raised $140 (at $1 a toss). Got the idea because every time I walk on that balcony I get an overwhelming urge to throw something over it…
I bought a gross of ping pong balls for the event (only $9.01, including shipping, on EBay) and only had four left. That was the fundraising idea that people looked most skeptical about when I suggested it — and it turned out great! It brought out the kid in everyone — and it certainly was something different. In fact, two people told me today how much they liked it!
4) That the movie “Gone Girl” is good, but not as good as the book!
5) That Scotch brand makes duct-like tape with a chalk surface and with a whiteboard surface. Can’t wait to locate some and find ways to use them! Sounds like both have potential for labeling things, making lists on random items, and who knows what else…
6) That there are still honest people. I was trying to do way too many things one day and got home and realized, after searching everywhere, that I’d left my purse at Walmart — either in the store or in the cart in the parking lot. I raced back — and my purse was intact in the manager’s office; a kind person had turned it in.
What have you learned this week?
Had some good luck at thrift stores the first two weekends of October! It’s nice to pick up a few fall things before going up to the attic and dragging out all my winter clothes.
The items I was found were: Continue reading
The primary newspaper for the Charleston, South Carolina area publishes what seems to me to be the absolute dumbest weekly feature ever. Continue reading
Paul Revere, leader of the good old ‘70s rock ’n’ roll band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died last weekend.
Wow. I remember the Raiders’ wacky Colonial outfits with the three-cornered hats, and their smiling faces. We used to groove along with them on the TV show “Where the Action Is.” Continue reading
Even the thriftiest person has some indulgence they’re willing to spend their hard-earned money on. It might be a small thing like Starbucks coffee, a special lipstick or a hobby item. Or something bigger.
I come from a frugal family — which is a good thing — and I pinch pennies and try to get the most bang out of every buck. Don’t mind being a careful shopper most of the time and buying many things used, but I’m willing to spring for a few big-ticket things that are important to me:
1) Helping my son financially. He’s working full-time on a Ph.D. and is crazy busy, but he’s a great kid who’s very smart and has a bright future — and it’s my pleasure to help when I can.
2) Traveling and vacations — like to take at least two nice vacations a year. Usually a cruise. Sometimes get a balcony cabin (big indulgence) and sometimes get an interior cabin, but the trips are always relaxing. A yearly weekend scrapbooking retreat and a couple of vacation days here and there in a Myrtle Beach oceanfront room are nice, too. Vacations make great memories (which you can’t put a price on) and they’re good for your mental health! Continue reading
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Let me tell you about a common online dating scam. It happened to me and it could happen to you…
This really good-looking man wrote me and poured on the flattery. Endlessly. Seriously, it was just ridiculous. (Red flag)
He said he was so taken with me that he “removed his profile” right then. (Red flag) Continue reading
Wow – public restroom facilities have changed over the past ten years!
Back in the day, you went to the bathroom, pushed down the handle on a do-it-yourself flush toilet when you finished and pumped soap from a dispenser built into the sink unit. Then you turned on a faucet by the handles, washed your hands and moved on to a paper towel dispenser, where you pulled out a folder paper towel.
Not any more! In the quest for improved sanitation and efficiency, seems like there are a zillion choices for (1) flushing toilets (2) dispensing soap (3) turning on a water faucet and (4) drying your hands. And very few public restrooms have the same configuration. Continue reading
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September’s been sort of a crazy, busy month. And it sure went by fast!
1) Have been spending a lot of time at work planning and coordinating about 14 different Combined Federal Campaign (annual government charity drive) fundraising events for this year’s campaign. Have never done it before, but got tired of writing articles for the employee newsletter and blog posts about the same events year after year. So this year we’re doing to do different activities! Not sure yet whether they’ll be a bust or “the best!”
The woman who is in charge of the campaign (and who I volunteered to help) wrote me an email at 3 p.m. the other afternoon and said she’d be out of town for training for 3 weeks starting the next day and she was going to tell everyone who needed help with the campaign to call me. Yikes!
It was fun to talk to people about fundraising ideas. Everyone I spoke to had a great idea to add extra elements to the basic ideas to make each event better, so that was great.
We had a paper plane contest today and people seemed to really enjoy it. Played “Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder” as the people launched their planes.
We also had the opening “Ice Bucket Challenge” outside today. That was interesting!
And we set up ping pong tables in the atrium for people to play at lunch time for a fee. That went well, too. Two wonderful employees volunteered to let us use two regulation size tables instead of the dinky little table I’d brought from home — the day before open ping pong play started!