Oh taste and see

Recently at a new friend’s place and they offered me some choices of unfamiliar things.  I said, “surprise me.” I enjoy going shopping with a new friend, especially grocery shopping.  Or having a different home-cooked meal.  These are opportunities to get new recipes and try something different.  It is an opportunity to encourage someone else…Read more »

How to have Holiday Peace

I remember holidays full of high expectations and obligations, often too much to enjoy. Shopping Spending Cleaning Baking Traditions Hurrying to events Scheduling visits with friends and relatives Deadlines for mailing cards and gifts What should be a fun experience may become overwhelming. Plan ahead – Decide in advance what events are most important to…Read more »

To give or not

Generosity is a wonderful thing. Wise giving is a skill we can learn and hone. Here are some questions to ask yourself at this time of year when many groups are vying for your hard earned income. If the charity has the resources to advertise on TV do they need my money? Can my donation…Read more »

Be like the Squirrels in October

The squirrels are busy gathering.  October is a time to plan for the changing seasons, a time of harvesting, storing and planning ahead of winter. In the financial world, it is also a time to plan as we look at the prior 9 months. It’s good time to review your spending, set next year’s budget.…Read more »

The Perfect Card

Ever go shopping for a card for someone special? It can be so hard to find just the right message.  Then you see it:  the perfect card! My mother-in-law used to get out the same card each year for my father-in-law’s birthday.  She would mark through the date and write the next date on it. …Read more »