Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I wasn't sure if my iPhone camera could capture a sunset . . . not great, but still kind of pretty.

I know Hanna must be looking healthy because this morning, an older gentlemen asked me if she was yet a year old, thinking she was a puppy. Of course, he also asked me if she had a bit of labrador in her, so he may not be a canine expert.

We have a male rat terrier puppy living next door, who the girls like to sniff. He's gotten a bit bigger, and has figured out that they won't eat him, so he's peeing himself less when they get near him. He wants so badly to be friends - Hanna is never going to give him much attention, but Sam is starting to play with him. He's really, really cute and sweet.

Is anybody else feeling the need to keep money in the mattress these days? How bad are the days to come?

While I'm not banking on it, I'm still in the running on my Survivor Pool. With this pool, each week you pick only one team, and it must win, or else you're eliminated. Also, no picking the same team twice. There have been some big upsets this season, so the 300 entries have been cut down to 75 folks remaining. The prize if only one person wins? More than $6,000 bucks! A couple of years ago, I'd have used it for a safari in Botswana. This year, I'd probably take it and stash 100 bills around my house . . .


Blogger Auburn Kat said...

I am definitely feeling the urge to not spend money. Thankfully the work that I do in banking is in even more demand when things are not going good in the banking industry or actually for any industry. However, if my bank were to get bought, who knows!

You are absolutely right about the credit card companies!! I really think that there should be a lot more financial education for people in college and in high school. I also think that new homeowners should have to take financial classes before they can purchase a home so they truly understand what they are getting in to.

4:38 PM  
Blogger sage said...

It must be nice having sunsets on the beach, growing up where I did, you only saw sunrises. Yes, things are kind of scary economically, but then I didn't really want to retire anyway (I hope I don't have to say that in 10 or 15 years!).

5:19 PM  
Blogger LA said...

Is anybody else feeling the need to keep money in the mattress these days? How bad are the days to come?

I've been saying exactly those words the last week or so, that I was going to withdraw all my savings and stuff it under my mattress (or buy a fire-proof safe and stick it in there). I am sick about the money I lost in the stock market during the month of September. And yesterday, I lost more than half of my total loss for the whole month (like 10 percent). Of course, today it rallied, but overall, I feel very insecure.

Very glad to hear Hanna's doing so well. And glad to hear Samantha's making friends with the little guy next door. That's sweet. Good luck at Hanna's chemo tomorrow.

6:13 PM  
Blogger LA said...

p.s. I'm impressed that that picture was taken with a camera.

p.s.s. Survivor pool? I'm in a House pool which consists of making a list of diseases before the season starts, and scoring is done by a complicated points system if they mention, test, or ultimately diagnose one of your chosen diseases.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

la - the survivor pool is actually an NFL pool. I wasn't very clear about that!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Princess in Galoshes said...

GAH. I'm tempted to start stashing bills around my house, too. Good luck on your pool!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I move all of my money to the mattress but now I don't know where to put my reading material.

7:22 AM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

Har Ryan!! (That made me laugh!!)

7:47 AM  
Blogger LA said...

Ooops. In the words of Miss Emily Latella, "never mind."

10:23 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Norris said...

I'm keeping my money in coffee cans...a little sturdier than the mattress. :)

Beautiful picture! Good job, iPhone!

Also, I just replied to your comment on my previous blog as well.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Money under the mattress is looking like where we're heading... scary.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I once put $300 under the mattress and forgot about it. I discovered $126 and an IOU left by our housekeeper a year later.

We had let her go ten months earlier because we "thought" she was stealing.

She was really good with the windows and laundry though.

4:36 PM  
Blogger kookla@work said...

Since I am and always have been notoriously cheap and frugal, this current financial crisis is not affecting my day to day spending. But I am really scared about what will happen in the long run, as far as how it will affect prices on everything from the gas pump to sales tax. I lived through the energy and gas crisis of the 70s and remember hearing my parents gripe about how expensive everything was getting. And lord knows, I don't want to become like them!

I'm glad to hear Hanna is doing better. Nice photo, too!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Prunella Jones said...

I'm putting all my money into sleeping bags, canned food, and a van that I can sleep in. And also a time machine so I can go back to the 90's and stay there.

9:22 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

I love that the guy asked if she had a little Labrador in her. Sometimes non K-9 people ask me what sort of dog Wally is and I want to laugh at him, since he's so clearly a lab. It's like looking at a black guy or a Mexican and saying, "So what kind is that?"

1:10 PM  

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