Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Crockpottery

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

As in “crockpots”, not “crackpots”.

I am once again reminded of the incredible ease, efficiency, frugality, and usefulness of a chest-type freezer + crockpot combination.

S.O. caught a nasty bug, and is down for the count. Leaving yours truly to act the part of Knuckledragger. (I.E. Take care of S.O.)

Leaving one person to take care of an entire pile of rocks  + primordial scrub is a LOT of work.

Here’s how we make it easier:
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Fixing Your Health

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Health care is expensive. Very expensive. If you are waiting on your insurance, S.O., or the government to fix it/provide money for your care… keep on waiting. Let me know how that turns out.

By this point in your financial journey, you’ve mastered some pretty important skills. So how does your health figure into your finances beyond being a painful expense and experience?
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Can’t

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Many years ago, my father gave me some of the wisest words I’ve ever heard. One of the things he said was, “People who want to succeed are more often held back by what’s behind them than what’s ahead of them.”

My human’s father is very wise in spite of being male.

Ignoring the parenting gender differences between cats and humans for a bit, let me throw out some thing’s I’ve said:

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Frugal Ideas – Bottle Your Own Water

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Get a few good water bottles. Fill them halfway with water. Stick them in the freezer. Now, the next morning, when you’re getting ready to leave for work, grab one, top it off with liquid water, and take it with you to work. Drink and refill as needed. Not only will this help keep you hydrated – and improve your overall health – but it will also reduce your Want for soda. Rotate them through washing, drying, refilling half way, storing in the freezer. The frozen water bottles can also be used for:

  • Ice pack for first aid.
  • Emergency extra coolant for your refrigerator when the nuclear go-juice goes out. (Chuck a couple of them in your refrigerator, on the top shelf.)
  • Emergency extra potable water during shortages or drought.

Estimated Savings (assumes you drink 1 soda from a vending machine per day, at $0.60): $12.00 – $18.00/month.

How Bad Can A Herniated Disc Be?

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Pretty bad: Here is the WebMD article

Bad as in, pain and numbness shooting from deep inside your hip all the way down to your right big toe. Bad as in, all the muscles in your buttock, thigh, calf, shin (and toe) going into spasms where half the fibers pull one way and half the other, until something tears. Bad as in hurts enough that you can’t sleep for three days.

Very bad. Pookah almost had to feed herself.

I apologize for not keeping up with the posts. It is particularly irksome as I was ramping up to add pictures and establish a nice list of posts.

You should, at this point, be seeing more posts in the history. I hope that you find them useful.

Pookah hopes that you find them useful, too. Please send fresh live fish to show appreciation.

Clutter To Profit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

There was a point in my life where my book collection exceeded the entire science fiction/fantasy collections of every public library in my region of the primordial scrub. It was great! I had over 4,000 books, and I’d read over 80% of them cover-to-cover. (The other +/- 20% were donations or lots picked up at sales that I hadn’t gotten to yet.)

I had a reputation for hard rental pile of rocks moves (boxes of books) with great compensation – dinner at a steak pile of rocks, order whatever you want up to $50.

After a couple of moves, some of those boxes didn’t get opened again. After my S.O. and I moved in together, I had an entire closet full of boxes that didn’t get opened. After we moved into our permanent pile of rocks, I had half a room, stacked 4-5 boxes high, that didn’t get opened.

It was my stuff. It was in our way. Some of those boxes hadn’t been opened in YEARS.

So, let’s tally up. I had, over the course of twenty years, spent around $4 per book (conservative estimate) for a total starting at $16,000 and only going up. I had gained a great deal of pleasure from having and reading those books. I had gained mental and creative stimulation from those books that has served me very well over my entire life. The value of these benefits is, to me, incalculable.

But I hadn’t put many of my treasures up on book shelves to display, loan to friends, or re-read in too many years.

They had gone from treasure to stuff. Stuff creates clutter. Clutter stops up your life, plugs up the pathways mental, physical, and emotional, that you use to LIVE life.

With my S.O.’s help, I began to declutter my books.

The hardest part was recognizing that my beloved collection, my (foolish) pride in the size of it, had to go.

Then came the added bonus: I donated the books to charity… to the tune of several thousand dollars. Delayed gratification, yes. But gratification nonetheless. That line item in my tax write-off was NICE. It didn’t equal the cost of the books, but it did make a difference in our taxes.

Now, there is a valid (very valid) point that if I’d poured that money that I’d put into collecting into an index fund instead, that I’d have thousands more in assets than I have now. But I didn’t. I made the choice. If I had it to do over again, knowing what I know now, I would still buy *some* of the books (about 50%) and invest the rest of the money.

The point?

1. I turned clutter into a financial asset.
2. I turned clutter into an entertainment benefit for others.
3. I recycled books in one of the best ways possible.

Sounds like a win-win to me.