Saturday, March 28, 2009

Paying attention to detail

Those of you who read my blogs know that we're selling our house and scaling back. The market is tight and so far we haven't had any offers. Our Realtor friend suggested that we upgrade our kitchen hardware and even the faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Details count these days.

I've been looking around and really like Grohe faucets. They have good prices and a wide variety of the latest styles. They offer classic styling with an up to date twist that the younger people are looking for. We've been told that young people with a family are the ones we need to market our house to. Young people are aware of details and we have to be too.

Prom time again

Today going to the prom is a huge event and a costly one as well. When we were in high school, the prom consisted of getting a formal gown, or wearing a suit and buying a corsage.

Today not only is there the expense of a formal dress or tuxedo, there is also dinner out at the fanciest restaurant and a ride in a limousine with the expense running into hundreds of dollars.

Our grandson and his date are keeping it simple and less expensive by grilling at the park and having a quiet picnic before the dance.Instead of a limo, he's borrowing his grandpa's truck so that they can sit in the back on a pallet covered with a blanket to eat. Getting back to basics is the key. I'm so glad to see young people taking money seriously.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Creature Comforts

When we travel away from home the thing that I miss the most is my bed. Don't you feel the same way? I think most people do. We have a great mattress. If I have a backache when I go to bed, it's gone when I awaken in the morning. This is all due to a good mattress that offers good support.

Our daughter and her husband recently bought a sleep number bed and they are really happy with it. When two people have different needs in a bed, this is a great option for them.

Like good shoes, investing in a good mattress is essential. These items are right up there with nutritious meals when it comes to what I feel is important to overall good health.

Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Year's resolutions revisited

Some of us vowed that we would lose some weight and get healthier in 2009. How are you all doing with this?

Well, I'm here to confess that I haven't lost a pound. I haven't gained any either which is great news. However, once we got caught up in preparing our house for sale everything else when by the wayside.

Rather than eating regular meals we've been grazing, eating a little here and little there. That isn't a good habit to get into. It's harder to make sure you don't take in more calories than you should in a day. Keeping track of what we eat if vital to losing weight.

I've been reading about Solo Slim and have been considering giving it a try. The ingredients are all natural which is important. With my health issues, I need to ask my doctor about it first. It looks like a good option, though.

Cell phones vs land lines

My husband and I have been talking a lot about canceling our land line service and just keeping our cell phones. Although we still get occasional calls on our home phone, people primarily call us on our cells. That insures that they connect with the person they want to talk to, for one thing.

In the earlier days of cells phones, service wasn't as reliable as it is now. Wherever we go we are able to connect to a cell tower, so we never lose calls or find ourselves without service.

We both have businesses that we depend on our cell phones for, but again, more and more people have our cell numbers and just call them. I do think that the time to get rid of our home phone has come.

Any thoughts on this?