I get so very annoyed when I am shopping online and the website does not give me a price. For example, I was shopping for a cute little accent table and found the perfect one by Bernhardt Furniture online. The website does not list a price, and tells me to call for a price! I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like using the telephone for a variety of reasons, so I tend to abandon the website and look elsewhere. There have been a few times when I have fallen for the “call us for a price” call to action and then I ended up being hounded by high-pressure sales people for weeks on end! In some cases I’ve even had to use my phone’s “Block caller” function to stop the salesperson from repeatedly calling me!
I usually get a tax refund every year, so I file my taxes early. This year, however, I made the mistake of taking the advice of some well-meaning people (I should know better) and changed my with-holding amounts from my checks so I would get more money every month to spend. Now I have to pay taxes this year! Not only that, I have to pay a penalty for not having had enough money with-held form my checks! ARRRRGGGGGG!!!!!!!
Even though the economy appears to be improving, I still try very hard to shop smart and look for savings on everything that I plan to buy. I try very hard to avoid impulse purchases – those types of purchases are the ones that end up costing the most! My friends often tease me that I am being “cheap” and swear that I have the first dollar that I ever earned. For the record, I don’t have the first dollar I ever earned – one of my siblings stole it out of my piggy bank when we were kids!
One of the things that always bothers the bejeezus out of me when I look out the back yard is the ugly cap of the well sticking up out of the ground. I think it is an eyesore, and I’ve finally found a creative way to disguise it. I can cover it with a hollow artificial rock! To be perfectly honest, I never realized that large artificial rocks were something that the average consumer could purchase; I’ve only ever seen those hide-a-key rocks before.
But recently when I was sitting in my doctor’s office waiting to be called in to the inner sanctum, I was reading through a waiting room magazine and saw an article about gardening and landscaping, and the professional designer being featured used a big artificial rock to disguise a well. I think that if we incorporate that with a small fish pond, and put down some pavers and furnish the area with outdoor bamboo furniture we could have ourselves a pretty little oasis in the back yard!
Everyone is making these groundhogs work today. For some of them their living conditions are not good. They have to live in little cave-like structures! And they are being made to go outside to work, regardless of the weather. I think the groundhogs should unionize. They have great bargaining power – we are unable to have Spring without them.