Archive | November, 2012

Find the Kitty Friday: Pawz

November 23, 2012

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She’s at it again…

Pawz

She’s been very clingy lately. If I work at the desk, she plants her furry behind in front of my monitor. If I go to my laptop, she is determined to curl her 13-pound body around my neck. GAH!

We are thinking of getting another kitty, as a companion for Livvy. I think she’d do well. She tries to befriend the Yorkies, but they just want to run around the house and pee on things. That’s just not her style, lol. More to come. Finding a Siamese kitten is a difficult job, indeed!

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Teaching Kids About Money

November 23, 2012

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Once your children reach high school, it’s time for them to start learning how to manage money, especially investing. Yeah. It helps if you already know about how to manage money. Which, incidentally, I do not. Ugh. I never learned how to manage money (I went to public school where a lot of things slipped through the cracks) and my parents never taught me anything. I can’t say they had a whole lot of money to manage, anyway, and definitely nothing in which to invest. It’s all enigma to me! So I’ve had to learn from scratch. Not easy.

Thank God for the Internet. Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do. I found a very cool website with a “virtual stock market game.” It’s pretty neat! You get fake cash to virtually invest in real companies on the real stock market. Build a portfolio, create investment goals, trade stocks, do everything you’d really do on the stock market.

We have a curriculum book that does something similar but the kids have to juggle note cards, write paragraphs, etc. Playing an online simulation game is much easier and much more fun. Mashable and Forbes gave it props and the game is partnered with Motley Fool, too. Definitely check this out! I know I can certainly improve my miniscule knowledge of how things work in the world of finance….

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The Magic of Pet Phermones

November 7, 2012

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About six months ago, we got a Comfort Zone® product with cat pheromones to help with Livvy's, uh, sanity-management problems. As a half-Siamese, she can be a little…. shall we say "high strung." During the summer, we went on a few vacations without her, and needless to say, the poor baby was grouchy as all get-out, scratching the new sofas, griping and complaining…. Enter cat pheromone heaven. 🙂

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Does she look like she's feeling good, or what? LOL. We decided to try the the Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) product for the two Yorkies. They are crazy animals, crazy. Barking, yipping, and peeing. UGH. I think it's mostly their nature (everyone knows that Yorkies bark, yip, and pee), but I wanted to see if the dog pheromones would work on them. We've had the product for 30 days (the box says to allow 90 days to see the full effect), but I have noticed that the dogs are, in general, a lot calmer and happier. Yay for pheromones!!!

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So far, so good. I think it's working. It's so nice not to have a cat who scratches the stuffings out of my furniture, and dogs who don't run around in crazy, agitated circles when a leaf blows by the window. If you're interested, check out the Comfort Zone® product at pet specialty stores like Petco and PetSmart on online. You can also see more information at the Facebook website. I can't believe this stuff works, but it does!

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Smash Fear, Learn Anything

November 3, 2012

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Have you ever heard of the four-hour work week? I have not until this morning… but I think I’ve been living it for the past 10 years! The four-hour work week is a book, and a blog, run by “productivity guru” Tim Ferriss. Both his books (“The Four-Hour Work Week” and “The Four-Hour Body”) made The New York Times Best Seller List. I’ve also seen his “Smash Fear, Learn Anything” presentation on TED.com in which he relates his childhood fears and inhibitions, and how he learned to overcome them. The “Four-Hour Body” book doesn’t interest me much how to get muscles and etc, dull stuff to most women), but the “Four-Hour Work Week” sounds fascinating! According to Wikipedia: “The book warns against information overload, recommends what Ferriss calls “selective ignorance” and uses the phrase “lifestyle design.”

Oh my word, I think I have been living this way forever now! LOL. Those of you who have followed our blog here and seen how we have built back so much of this house with our own hands have commented on how you can’t believe we have this energy and gumption to do all this. But you know what– we simply do it. And it’s not because we are so special, it’s because we BELIEVE we can do it. We believe we can just learn how and go ahead and do it. I’ve been living my life more and more like this, and it’s very productive and rewarding.

I love how Ferriss warns against “information overload” and “lifestyle design.” That’s excellent advice. One very good example of information overload and crappy lifestyle choices is with the television. I know, I know, I’ve harped on this before… but the TV is so toxic. It does almost nothing to educate but rather forces us to conform — to be “dumbed down” to the lowest level. Public schooling is like that. Public schooling tries to make every child uniform, it’s a cookie-cutter system that makes a kid a jack of a trades but master of none. Human beings tend to “specialize.” Some specialize in many things, but it’s against the human psyche to know EVERYTHING. Children have certain “bents” and it’s up to the parents to know those bents and direct the child to the trade that will make him happy. And make him well-fed, that’s kinda important, too. But this is why, traditionally, children were out of school after 8th grade. By that time, they had learned the basics and could go on to higher education — as learned adults — to learn brain surgery or rocket science or whatever. Back then, the education was far superior because it didn’t need to be watered down and extended an extra 10 years. Kids don’t NEED to be in public schools forever. But the system makes a lot of money for some people and it’s become a “utility” now. Which is why we all love and admire the amazingly educated and socially graceful kids graduating from the schools every year, right? It’s “for the kids,” right?

Anyway, I’ve been called an over-achiever JUST BECAUSE I am so productive. I can’t believe people think I am an over-achiever — I’m not! It’s just that so many people are under-achievers. I don’t mean to be rude or offensive, but it’s the truth. I look back at our forefathers and see ALL the amazing things they did way back when, and I’m a slacker! And my gumption is not a personality trait, either. As a kid, I was horribly shy, miserable and depressed under an abusive and dark childhood. When I was a teenager, I realized that Jesus died to give me peace with God and with myself. I started to read the New Testament and decided to simply believe that I CAN DO ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.

I don’t know much more about Tim Ferriss, but I agree with his findings. Surround yourself with only relevant, healthful, strengthening sources and YOU will become relevant, healthful and strong.

His findings aren’t some radical new idea, they’re actually Biblical, they’ve been around for as long as humans have been around. And God isn’t a crutch as non-thinking people say. God is GOD and He is powerful and He gives us the power to overcome our problems and difficulties instead of seeking drugs, TV, therapy and Oprah to soothe our fears.

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