I am so glad that we are no longer inundated with adverts to buy our gold and silver bullion thanks to the price of gold falling. I find it so offensive. They make it sound like they will give you loads when the reality is they will give you a fraction of what it is really worth. Now if anyone wants to sell their gold to me at the “we will buy your gold even your broken gold” price… then I am up for buying. Really!
If you see nags head realty obx here you will realise just what the economy is doing to the world currently. Prices of property that has been foreclosed costs peanuts. The shame is that I do not have any nuts to buy anything. If I could I would just buy some of these properties and have what to retire comfortably on. Mind you I suppose if I had the money to do that then I would probably not need to buy either. It is a bit of a catch 22 situation. Which comes first the chicken or the egg? It does not really matter as long as you at least have one because then you can have the other!
Spring is in the air and it means it is time to tend the garden. And then you find that over winter your chairs and table disintegrated, your mower gave up the ghost, your shed door fell off (really) and your water hose makes a great sprinkler. I mean seriously do we have to buy these things annually? Cannot they be made to last say 5 years. I’m not asking for the quality of a Delafield petroleum drop hose but seriously one winter and everything falls apart. I remember a time when things you bought lasted for life not a season!
Ah this disposable society!
I am on the school PTA and we are looking at buying some new playground equipment. I actually get to go shopping for it if we can raise enough money. I am positive we will manage. So I started researching stuff and saw some lovely play equipment. Trouble is to get these playsets washington dc is where you have to go and that is a long way away. So I need to find someone more local. Thing is strangely, local is far more expensive!
When you have a baby you go through a range of beds. You start off with a Moses basket or a Cradle, then move to a cot, then to a toddler bed and finally a proper bed. Each stage is at best a couple of years. There are options that can help prolong the use and you need to have less changes. For example some cot beds are suitable for newborns and then convert to toddler beds. This means you can probably use it for around 3 years and then move to a regular bed. But unless someone advises you, and you listen, you tend to do the cradle, cot and toddler bed. Which is what I did. Problem is that now I do not need the bed so tried to sell it as it would be a shame to just get rid of it. However I potty trained the kids on it and well I got rid of the mattress. But because it does not have a mattress, I cannot seem to sell it. Now if you click here for foam mattresses, you realise that they are really cheap so I really can’t understand it. I now even got to the point where I have tried to give it away and have not managed!
I can shop but apparently I cannot sell. Ha!
The problem with boys is that at some point in their lives, they ask their Mummy, “Can we go on a camping holiday!”. Argh! What is worse my eldest has already started asking. He started by asking to get a caravan and finally compromised on a tent. Now I need to get him to compromise to his camping in our garden. Otherwise I am going to have to go shopping for the whole she-bang from camping toilets to travel trailer covers and from sleeping bags to all sorts of camping equipment. And this would all be for a holiday from hell. Fingers crossed to manage to get him to camp in our garden!
My kids have bunk beds and it is a great idea. The one issue that I have is where to put things like drinks, the bedtime book and tissues which are normally on a night stand. Obviously a bedside table is good for the lower bunk but not the top. So I decided to improvise. I had an old folding mini table that attaches to the back of a car seat and I have decided to use that as a table. It now hangs from the side bar of the bed and works well. The only problem was that one of the knobs was missing being an old table which meant it was not as strong. However I just found out that Reid Supply knobs that are just perfect. So as soon as I finish this post, I am off to buy the right knob and have the perfect table for the Bunk beds. Yay!
I do a bit of mystery shopping, obviously my ideal job, and along with it, I do some store auditing. This does mean that I often need to work with a paper and pen without a desk. This makes it quite hard as it is never easy finding a hard surface to write on. I did come across here for custom padfolios which would be ideal as I would have a hard surface for me to write on while it would be stylish and practical. However I tend to have issues buying from the states as you come across issues such as customs, VAT and other surprise charges. Now if I were heading to the States it would be different. Perhaps I ought to look for a local store. The most surprising thing is that I would have never thought of them as “Padfolios”!
I was thinking of treating myself to a shopping spree for my birthday by going to the UK. My first decision was do I fly or do I boat. This was simple enough, cheaper to boat as it means I can practically bring back unlimited luggage. My next choice was to decide whether I should take my car whether I ought to rent a car. As I am only going for a weekend, it will probably be far cheaper to rent a car than take my own car. However, I do need to take into consideration other costs. Obviously things like fuel will be the same whichever option unless I rent a smaller more economical car than I currently have. I guess this is easy to do but not really a big contender. There are things like insurance waivers. This means that if I have an accident I will not have to pay an access but it does bump up the price substantially. Some places you also have to pay for fuel in advance and it will only get refunded if the car is returned full. Though again, some assume that you hand it back empty and even if you fill up the tank, you still have to pay for it upfront and get no refunds. Also if I take the kids with me (something I would not like to do but most probably will have to), I will have to pay extra for car seats. Then finally I have to carry the stuff onto the boat if I do not take my car.
The reality is I need to decide between price and convenience. Renting a car for the weekend is far cheaper than taking my car but my car is far more convenient. Now if I can confirm I can get a rented car at the dock and drop it back at the dock, the rental car just might be the winner because it will mean I can spend more on my shopping!
I saw this funky melodica and had a wonderful trip down memory lane. I used to own a melodica (possibly my mum still has it) but it was more traditional ie black and white keys. I loved the colour of this model. Thing is now I look back and wonder about my melodica. I mean it feels like an awful lot of work to blow and play the keys. But then again it was great fun. It did cost my mum alot of money at the time (I think she probably bought the most expensive version). Sadly I only took a few lessons at school and then they stopped the lessons, which meant I never progressed very far, so all in all it was an expensive experience. But I do have many fond memories and I can play 3 blind mice. Will I buy another one… possibly.. but only if my kids or hubby ask for one as I can never see myself play more than 3 blind mice!