We've had a few visitors, and a ton of lightning and thunderstorms. Other than that, though, it's been a reasonably content week around here. The Brick did bring home a cold from work, and graciously shared it with me. (sigh) And this week marked the year anniversary of The Mama's open-heart surgery. She has improved some, but has never really moved back up to good health. At least I can stay home this summer, other than some gigs...as long as good cousins and Little Brother keep checking on Mom.
I have some appraising work, and a big meeting Wednesday morning. Other than that, life should continue to be fairly peaceful.
The story of Lost Bird. Did you know that a baby survived after the Wounded Knee massacre for four days, protected against a snowstorm by its mother's body? That child was Lost Bird...and her story is an intriguing, though sad, one.
A dozen items that pay for themselves, over and over. (From the Simple Dollar) Also in the lineup:
26 Cheap and Delicious meals. Easy to make, too. More here on the Simple Dollar's Facebook page, if you're interested.
Kimberly Phillips had this suggestion, on the Facebook post:
"A cup of noodles 32 cents and a mini bag of nacho cheese chips 3 for $1 and crush them all up and put it all in the chip bag and boil just enough water to get it all wet and roll the bag and let it set till it makes a burrito alot of people say ewwww but i had them try it its amazing."
(Just weird enough to make me curious!!)
Ketchup cookies?? (Donna Freedman's idea -- not mine.)
David Letterman's final Top Ten List. In some ways, this seemed more sad and forced than funny.
This year's winners of the annual Smallest and Coolest Home contest. (From Apartment Therapy)
An easy way to keep graveside flower pots and urns well-watered: baby diapers! (From Frugal Upstate)
The man who was the subject of A Beautiful Mind, is gone. John Nash died, along with his wife, in a car accident.
Millionaires that are frugal, when they don't have to be. Unless that frugality is a clear sign of what's kept them doing well all this time...
Why I defaulted on my student loans. An occasionally whiny defense that argues it was just fine for this author to do so-- though if everybody did it, chaos would result. But if it gets you out of the clutches of the "greedy vultures" that are trying to collect, well...
(Personally, I hope they keep trying. Update: Looks like at least one other person agrees with me.)
American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown -- for the first time in 37 years! Wow...
More items as I stumble onto them... have a great week.