Lessons from Jury Duty

Jury Duty

This past Monday was my third time reporting for jury duty in the last 10 years.  The first time I was there from 8 to 2 and then went home.  The second time lasted 2 days and I sat on a jury pool.  This time I was there one day and again was sat in a jury pool but was not chosen to sit on the jury. Jury duty was interesting but it was also a long, tough day.  Of course, most of the … [Read more...]

Organizing is Not My Thing, So Please Help!!!

bedroom organizing

Organizing is NOT my thing.  I’m excellent at maintaining or tweaking, but starting from scratch is not my cup of tea. Unfortunately I need to organize my granddaughter’s room at my house.  We’ve painted, furnished and accessorized (mostly) but now I’m paralyzed. I’ve looked at photos.  I’ve gone through the organizing sections at Wal-mart and Target.  I’ve analyzed.  I just can’t figure out … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Gather Tax Information


It’s tax time!  Unfortunately that means a lot of work for most of us as we gather our tax information and actually do our taxes. But it doesn’t have to be a chore.  Years ago I discovered a method for gathering tax information that has worked really, really well for me.  It’s simple and effective – almost effortless. All you need is a file folder.  Label the tab with the tax year.  On the … [Read more...]

Lighten Up While Shopping With a Shopping Purse

Shopping Purse

This is my regular purse: It’s not extremely large but it’s not small either.  I carry as little as possible but I still manage to have a large wallet, a cosmetic bag of odds & ends (including my husband’s reading glasses), a notebook, a pen and my planner.  Oh, and my phone and keys. I don’t mind hauling my purse around most of the time but I HATE taking it shopping.  It’s … [Read more...]

How to Keep Area Rugs from Slipping


I try hard not to buy rugs that don't come with a rubber backing. But the bigger, nicer rugs don't come with rubber backing, and unless they're anchored with furniture, they slide. And sliding is bad. There are several solutions I've seen including double sided tape and applying 100% silicone caulk to the underside of the rug. The tape isn't a great option because it can damage the floor … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Garage Mishaps

Garage Door

Have you ever had a garage mishap?  My family has had PLENTY over the years. But with strategies, most of these situations can be prevented. 1.   Backing into the closed door. The easiest strategy to prevent this is to back in. Then you're always facing the closed door so it's easy to remember. 2.  Backing out before the door is fully open. This one requires making a rule that you will NEVER … [Read more...]

Uses for Plastic Grocery Store Bags

Plastic Grocery Store Bags

I go to the grocery store every week and I buy a lot of food.  That means I end up with a lot of those plastic grocery store bags.  Now don’t scold me for not using reusable bags – I may do it someday but right now I just don’t want to. I used to throw the bags away but then I realized I could use them for ALL kinds of things.  So I found them a home in a cubby in a cabinet in the living room.  … [Read more...]