Archive for December, 2009

Christmas 2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009

To all who are far or near

I hope this day brings you cheer.

Merry Christmas To All!

And to All You Hold Dear!!

Pookah sleeping by the tree

Pookah sleeping by the tree

— From PookahBoss, S.O., Pookah, Dora, and Old Lady Cat

Should and Shouldn’t

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Should and Shouldn’t are close relatives of Can’t.

Should and Shouldn’t are those little monsters inside us that whisper FAILURE at us, when we’re most vulnerable.

“I shouldn’t feel this way…”
“I should be up doing X…”
“I shouldn’t rest…”
“I should have done Y instead of…”

Your First Number – You Have Pets

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Your First Number, your Emergency Fund, is the most basic one for your financial success, for too many reasons to list here (though I will return to this subject several times in the future). Your First Number may be different from mine… just like mine is different from the baseline I described in the linked article.

So what if you have pets?


Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Pookah-kitty sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry queen of the bush is she
Meow, Pookah-kitty! Meow, Pookah-kitty!
Gay your life must be!

Pookah-kitty sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the kuckaburras she can see
Stop, Pookah-kitty! Stop, Pookah-kitty!
Let those birdies be!

Pookah-kitty sits on a window sill
Getting all the sunshine as she will
Purr, Pookah-kitty! Purr, Pookah-kitty!
Glad you’re here with me!

Pookah-kitty sees the old man nap
Quietly cuddles up on his lap
Sleep, Pookah-kitty! Sleep, Pookah-kitty!
You’re sweet as can be!

(Sung to the tune of _Kookaburra_, by Marion Sinclair)

Numbers Afterword

Monday, December 14th, 2009

These numbers are one set of steps to reaching a Goal: Living life like Pookah. This is not the only process. It also may not be the best process for YOU. Your mind works different from mine. Your life is different from mine. Feel free to modify these steps as you need, and as you learn. Your numbers may end up being higher or lower than what I’ve written about here. That’s OK, so long as you understand WHY they are higher or lower.

Goal: Numbers – Q&A

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I hope you have already read all the posts about the Five Numbers. Here are some questions and answers:


Goal: Your Fifth Number

Monday, December 7th, 2009

If you haven’t read about your first four numbers, go do it now.

Now for the Fifth Number.

This is firmly in Pookah Finances 301. It is your long-term goal. This is the amount of post-tax income you need to maintain a debt-free, comfortable, meeting the first four numbers, lifestyle that can tolerate the expense of a heart attack or two.

Goal: Your Fourth Number

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I’ve already posted about your First, Second, and Third Numbers.

Here’s your fourth number: