National Thrift Week – Pay Bills Promptly Day (and some Pizza)

I’m just curious about how other people pay their bills… I’ve heard of people putting envelopes in dated sections of a mail organizer, then filling each one on that date, stamping, and mailing… that seems more than a little antiquated to me. For us, we just have a few bills. I have a bookmark folder


Jan 17 2009
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National Thrift Week – Are you observing it?

I had never heard of National Thrift Week until I read JD Roth’s post in Get Rich Slowly today (love that blog btw). An excerpt from the history of National Thrift Week reads: In 1916, with the First World War looming imminently on the horizon, the leaders of America’s major civic organizations launched an ambitious


Jan 14 2009
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Tax Time 2008/2009

So it’s time to do 2008 taxes… or at least start getting everything together if you aren’t the model of organization (I know I’m not). I pulled out all of my Joyful Abode files and receipts for 2008 and realized that really, I hadn’t done too badly with keeping everything filed and entered in my


Jan 07 2009
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Archery? Yes, please!

As I said before, I’ve never been a very physical person, but something about the idea of archery always seemed really cool to me… so in 9th grade, when my gym (ugh) teacher opened the supply closet and I saw ARCHERY EQUIPMENT, I was so excited. I asked if we were going to use it


Dec 23 2008
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This is where I wrote the Cinnamon Date Scone Post

My view… And to the right…


Dec 20 2008
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Visiting in SC

We arrived in South Carolina to visit our families on Thursday night. Since then, it’s been relaxing for us, but VERY exciting for Zora. First she got to go on an 8-hour car trip, smelling all sorts of interesting smells on the way. Then, she met my dad and step-mom and went to bed in


Nov 25 2008
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I haven’t actually done any prep for thanksgiving at all. I haven’t made any lists or schedules or anything! Luckily, last year I did this…  pre-Thanksgiving Preparations. Good stuff! I’m brining the turkey again (and now I know how I did it last year AND how long it took to cook last year), and making


Nov 03 2008
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Self-timer and a dog

It’s hard to take a family portrait with a self-timer and a dog. Husband holds dog. I set up camera and click. I run back to husband and dog. I hold dog’s collar. We try to pose and smile. Dog decides it’s time for a belly rub! We eventually got this one, which is pretty


Nov 02 2008
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Living Room Makeover – Final Version!

Last week I wrote about how we rearranged the living room furniture to make the space flow a bit better. To remind you, this is the “before.” And this is sort of the after. The little upside-down table was helping to flatten the rug, and the coffee table was obviously not in its final position,


Oct 26 2008
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Living Room makeover

We LOVE this house, don’t get me wrong. It’s big and open and has a fantastic kitchen with a huge walk-in pantry. The only thing that’s been kind of awkward is the living room/dining room area. It’s basically a long rectangle. On one side, there is a 5 foot wide entrance to the kitchen, and


Sep 08 2008
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Update on our foster dog!

So, Dog has been fine here all week (I think today was day 10 that we’ve had him), and he and Zora have really gotten along. Dog doesn’t have any desperate need to be “alpha” or “top dog” so Zora realized he wasn’t a threat (and that he was a cool playmate) pretty quickly. I


Sep 02 2008
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Rescue Dog

I placed a “found dog” classified in the paper, but the lady said that there weren’t any “lost yellow lab” ads placed recently. I’m really getting the feeling this guy was simply abandoned. Which makes me really angry. In happy news, there are a few people who have expressed interest in possibly adopting him once



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