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Once upon a time, there was a man who, with a handful of employees, would spend late nights packing and shipping books from a tiny warehouse. The man’s name is Jeff Bezos, and this was the beginning of Amazon.com. That was in 1995. In 2012, they did over $61 billion in sales.
Eventually, this online bookstore offered just about every book title you could think of, and they were very competitively priced. As the years went by, this bookstore became larger and larger. In the beginning, Bezos only wanted to sell books. “We actually started to get e-mails from customers saying, `Would you consider selling music, because I’d really like to buy music this way, and DVDs, and electronics?” Bezos said in an interview.
Homemaking is popular again! Remember the days when our grandmothers (and grandfathers) would make everything from scratch, or perform tasks that most people hire someone to do today? Well, those days are here again! Doing things at home and by your own hand is a choice, not a chore. A new generation is embracing the do it yourself (DIY) mentality, even beyond home improvement projects.
Make your own cleaning supplies; alter, mend and sew your own garments; grow your own vegetables, can your own jams, knit or crochet wonderful gifts for family and friends. The list goes on. And you know what? Many of these are great family activities and can be so much fun to do together!
Think of how proud you feel after accomplishing a do-it-yourself project. Once you start, you gain the confidence to learn how to do more things you never thought about doing yourself. Things that many frugal moms have been doing for years. One such friend owns and operates Frugal-Freebies.com, where they post all kinds of do-it-yourself products and ways to save money.
Director: “Quiet Please. We’re rolling.”
Camera – Focus is on inside of solid door from distance. Zoom in and hold.
German Shepherd head butts the door, comes crashing through and says in a very deep voice: “You can’t handle the truth!”
Director: “Cut!” “Wrong movie. Let’s try that again. Everybody, take your places. Action!”
German Shepherd (head still sticking through the hole in door, and with those insane Cujo-like eyes): “Here’ssssssssssssssssss Johnny!”
Director: “Cut! That was perfect.”
This is just an example of the silly stuff that went through my head when I first saw this photo on Facebook. Does anyone else create these scenarios in their head, usually starting with a random thought or image? Please say yes, so I don’t think I’m crazy. LOL! ~Susan
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I came across a website today that brought tears to my eyes, happy tears of nostalgia. The website is named Toy Fishing Rod.
It reminded me of a time when my family went to Arcadia, Florida, where my brother-in-law’s family had about 20 acres of land, a mobile home, two small fishing lakes, shetland ponies, cows, vegetable garden, etc. There were so many things there to entertain the kids and all of us. We would bring our campers and tents and spend the weekends camping out, riding ATVs, and fishing all day. This was in the early to mid 80’s.
I don’t think there was ever a time when I went to Arcadia that something crazy didn’t happen to me. The umbrella provided little shade and, more times than not, being blond and Irish, I would end up with a bad sunburn, which looked really silly when I took off my sunglasses and flip-flops. One time, it was so bad that when I got home I had to go to the hospital for sunburn treatment.
Kahlua and coffee in the morning…YUM!
After discovering Lisbeth Salander for the first time, I was hooked. I first saw the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on Netflix streaming video. It was in Swedish with English subcaptions, but that didn’t bother me one bit. I went on to read Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, which included “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.” Read the first chapter of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” here. I follwed up each book with the Swedish version of the movie. I loved all three of them. I only wish that the last movie was split into two movies because so many important details were left out.
Then, I heard that there would be a U.S. version of the movie. I was excited when I heard this, but then I was afraid that they would ruin it. The U.S. version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was released on December 20, 2011 in North America. I never did see the movie at the theater. I figured I’d wait for it to come out on DVD. It was released today on DVD and Blu-ray.
A dear friend of mine died a year ago today. It’s times like this that make me think of the way things used to be compared to the way things are now. Then, I cry for awhile. It’s perfectly okay to cry once in awhile. I think it’s a great way to release tension. I’m talking about those times when I am sitting here alone, like today, thinking of the way things are now, and how I wish they would be, which is always two completely different things.
Watching the news doesn’t help.
This goes against my policy. I wanted to keep this blog free of politics and religion. But it’s really difficult to avoid them, especially with the politicians campaigning on a daily basis.
Go Mitt! Go Newt! Go Rick! All of you, please just GO AWAY! Blah, I’m tired of it. As far as I’m concerned, the Republicans don’t have one decent candidate. Obama may not be perfect, but come on! He’s trying to clean up one big mess that was made by the previous administration. At least he’s making some progress, as slow as it may seem. How can anybody think it can be done in four years? I mean, give the guy a chance!