Category Archives: Opinion

Hubby needs a new pair of gray dress pants

The Elks lodge that he is joining down here has a “Uniform” (I guess you’d call it) of the members wearing dark blue blazers and gray dress pants. He doesn’t have a pair of gray dress pants that fit him, so we need to go buy him a pair this weekend. I think he said he needs them by Wednesday. Last week we looked for a pair (on sale) at Wal-Mart while we were grocery shopping but he said that they didn’t have his size.

I wish he would just tell me what size he needs so I could just go buy them for him. He has a tendency to buy pleated front, cuffed pants, which just don’t look good on his body type. They make him look short and fat. He needs flat front, no-cuffed pants to look his best, taller and thinner. Whenever he goes shopping, he is so proud of what he bought that I really don’t want to tell him that he does not look good in the clothes that he bought.

It’s a struggle, because he wants to be part of the process, and I want him to look his best. And neither one of us feels well right now, so that makes it more difficult because our tempers are short.

So, today I think we will be shopping at JC Penney’s, Kohls, Target, and Belk’s. Maybe we’ll try the thrift shops first!

Live to work, or work to live?

I was having a discussion yesterday with my hubby about the lifestyles of people around here. It seems to me that the people that live around here solely exist for the purpose of working at their job. They eat, sleep, breathe their job. I think that is kinda sad, they don’t take any time off to enjoy life! Just work work work!

Now I completely understand if people NEED to work that hard to survive, but most people here have an abundance of material objects and simply don’t take the time to smell the flowers!

I think people should work only as much as they have to, so that they can have some money and enough time to actually have some enjoyment in life. I think that they should work to live, not live to work!

My hubby couldn’t understand what I was saying at all. He thinks I’m crazy!

St Croix wedding bells

For the past several years my youngest son has had a steady girlfriend that he met while he was living on campus at Princeton. She is a very nice young lady from St. Croix. Apparently they both belonged to the same food co-op and that is how they met. She is a vegetarian, and my son likes to try to eat a healthy meal, so he tends to limit his intake of animal products. The only thing that bothers me about this relationship is that from what I understand, she does not want to ever have children. And I would really like to be a grandmother some day. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to rush them into getting married and have children immediately; they are both young and have careers to think of. But somewhere down the road I would really like to have some grandchildren!

Anyway, they are planning to move to California in September and live together while my son attends Stanford University. He has been offered a fellowship, and he is going out there to pursue a master’s and doctorate degree in environmental engineering. His girlfriend is going to live with him and get a job while he is doing his schooling. I am getting the feeling that it will not be very long before I have to start researching hotels to attend a wedding in St. Croix.

I hope that is not the case, that if and when they get married it will be close by – I don’t think I’ll be able to afford the airfare and hotel room to go there, but that is where she grew up, and that is where her friends and family are, so I would imagine that is where their wedding will be if and when they ever decide to make it official and get married. All I know is, I want grandchildren!

Online personal loans

In my opinion, one of the best benefits of having access to the Internet is the ability to do research for school and consumer products online. Another is the ability to do business transactions, such as opening bank accounts, buy and sell stock, and take out online personal loans without having to leave the comfort of your own home!

Just recently I started to use the Internet for more of my household shopping needs. I learned about the Amazon Subscribe and Save program, where you can order household staples such as paper towels, cleaning supplies, even groceries and pet food online and have all of that delivered to your house (free shipping!) for the same (or less) money as what you can buy at the local grocery store! You just create an Amazon account, link it to your PayPal account (another great financial service you can get over the Internet) or to your checking, savings, or credit account, order what you need, set up a delivery schedule, and you get the goods you need on the schedule that you set! How much more convenient can you get?

And I simply love the convenience of online banking! I was checking out one of the online personal loan websites earlier today because the engine of my car just died and I am going to have to replace the engine. I can’t afford a new car, but I think that I can qualify for the online personal loan through the site that I found. The application process looks quick and easy, and the site promises delivery of the money almost instantly into my account! It simply cannot be any easier than that! Now I just need to find out how much money I actually need to replace the engine before I apply for the loan. I’ve bookmarked the website, and I’ll be going back there in a day or two once I’ve gotten all the figures I need.

Thinking about buying another car later this year

We are considering buying a car for Owen to use, who will be home from college this summer. He is planning on living here while serving an internship with a local business, and we will need a way to get him to/from work.

Generally speaking, I prefer to buy new cars. They have warranties that cover major things that can go wrong with them, and are pretty reliable. They usually run well for years. Lately it seems that the price of late model used cars has risen to the point where it simply does not make a lot of sense to buy a late model used car. I’ve seen ads in the local newspaper from car dealers where they are selling late model used cars for less than $500 dollars less than the exact same new model. That just does not make a lot of sense to me, I am always afraid when I’m buying a used car that I could be buying a problem car. I tend to buy a new car and keep it until it simply is not worth repairing anymore.

However, I feel that when buying a “first” car for someone who has just recently received their driver’s license, buying an older used car makes much more financial sense than buying a new car. And, if the car does not need to be a “work horse” that will be expected to be used for a long time, a used car could make a lot of sense. The last two vehicles I’ve bought were used cars, and I’ve had no problems with them at all!

Since Owen only needs to use the car for short periods of time, I think I will be looking for an inexpensive used car for him to use while he is here this summer.