Throwback Thursday #42 ~ Your Relationship with Money

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Questions and Answers: 

Q: At what age do you remember handling your own money?
A: In my mid-teens

Q. Did you have a piggy bank to add coins to?
A. No

Q. Did you get an allowance and/or paid for chores?
A. No

Q. How did you earn money for things you wanted?
A. I bummed money off my friends until I started a PT job junior year of high school.

Q. Did you have jobs outside your house to earn money? What did you do?
A. I was helpful to friends’ parents who were nice enough (invited me for lunch and
included me in activities).

Q. Were you more of a saver or spender as a kid?
A. Neither, since I didn’t have access to cash. 

Q. Were you aware of the financial situation your parents were raising you in?
A. Yes, my father was an alcoholic who saved enough cash to pay bills and drank 
away the remainder of his paycheck. 

Q. Did you know the difference between needs and wants when it came to asking
your parents for things?
A. In my early teens I learned = if I wanted anything other than the bare necessities
of life I’d best head for the corner barroom Friday nights and ask for some cash. It
was a most unpleasurable experience. 

Q. Did you ever ‘save up’ for a special item that you wanted? What was it? 
A. I used to paste green stamps in books and go to the redemption store where I
found a few items (globe – toaster – horseshoe lamp). 

Q. Did you have a savings account as a child?
A. No, heck I was stopped from charging a ‘one-penny’ Bazooka bubble gum at the 
grocery store that delivered the standing order of canned goods weekly.

Q. Was there anything you routinely spent your own money on when growing up?
A. Once I became a part-time employee, I’d order a vanilla frappe and 3 jelly donuts
for breakfast at the local variety store Monday thru Friday.

Scrolling up I view the truth of a dysfunctional childhood (no sugar-coating). 

Being poor is far from the norm as you are bullied and ridiculed even if you are a
smart ‘Go to the Head of the Class’ student. 

Share Your World ~ June 6th 2022

This week’s questions:

1. When you were a kid did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?
Ans: Yes, I ate ‘ALL’ parts without fuss.
2. Are you a fan of musicals __why or why not?
Ans: No interest whatsoever – preferred the movies. The Lion King and Les Miserables
would have been good choices.
3. Is it difficult to do what you do (for a living, hobby, etc.)? If you’re retired, what you
‘did’ previously for a job can be substituted.
Ans: No, I loved my job as bookkeeper with accountant’s duties. It was a great feeling
at the end of a day, week, month or year when all figures balanced.
4. What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to (doesn’t have to be a rock concert either)?
Ans: To date I still enjoy the local ‘free’ summer concerts and years ago I was blessed
to be able to watch my children perform in their school concerts. I won tickets to see
‘Chicago’ live and gave them to a relative.

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Babies: Web Search Results

Yesterday I read a blog post written ’bout one of the five stages of grief,
denial.
I placed a like on the post, refrained from comment as I sat and reflected
on my own life’s hardships.
 

The question: ‘How many children do you have?’ asked in person, answer
required on resumes and employment applications, questionnaires, etc.
I’ve always found a bit baffling with response.

I wanted to know the correct reply, so this morn was off to Google search.
In record time I found:

A stillbirth doesn’t count as there is no birth certificate. Although I
was pregnant four times and delivered four children, I should answer the
question asked above with the number ‘three’. I understand the
concept only to actually respond void of one seems like an insult to
womenfolk. 

On a positive note, I discovered I gave birth to three different categories
of babies.

The descriptive adjectives all revolve around the brother who never
breathed outside the womb.

1. My daughter, forever 28, is considered a ‘sunshine’ baby, a child born
before the loss.
2. My son, born on the exact same date as his brother near exact to the
minute, two years later is referred to a as a ‘rainbow’ baby, the symbol
of renewal and hope.
3. Last is the ‘angel’ baby, the stillbirth – stillborn. 

Child number four born late in life I’ve always made reference to as
my ‘surprise package’.

NOTE:

I’m perturbed as no idea how my text turned red without my hitting the
color tab.

I think I’ll chuckle, hit the publish button and see what happens. 😊🤣

Sunday Poser #69

Topic:  ‘hoarding
Questions: 
Do you hoard or collect things so that you don’t run out of them?
And if you do and later on find that you don’t need them after all,
what do you do with them?

Until recent times I’d have to answer ‘no‘ since I don’t consider
stocking up on everyday items, especially due to harsh winters,
a problem known in today’s world as ‘hoarding‘.

The chest freezer was full; the panty had a sufficient food supply
and in some cabinets could be found some ‘just in case’ items.
I don’t recollect excess storage of any one item other than fabric
or yarn purchased on sale.
Organization was great – all items had a set place with room for
limited expansion.

Fast forward ~ comparison:
During the last decade, divorced and suffering from severe anxiety
combined with chronic depression thanks to nasty circumstances,
I started not to care about my surroundings.

A new attitude:
‘I’ll get around to it tomorrow’ turned my life upside down again.
True ’twas impossible to stuff one’s belongings from an actual
3BR house into a one-bedroom apartment’. Reality is there wasn’t
enough room and thus started the problem.

My child tried to convince me that what I was surrounded by was
considered clean clutter.

Mind you years prior I’d donated items to two local senior centers,
sold clothing at a consignment store, given away perfectly good
stuff to acquaintances and sold items on my eBay store.

As I have no individual who desires any of my hand-me downs,
I opted to hire a cleaning professional. As luck would have it the
Pandemic reared its ugly head and thus a postponement of much
needed assistance.

One day a wakeup call and no choice other than take a risk with
masks worn.
With kitchen, living room and bathroom near complete along
came variant Omicron – another delay.

It’s a daily battle to abstain from idea ‘leave it for tomorrow’.

I’ll be thankful when this process is finalized and believe me I have
no desire to return to the scenario I allowed the creation thereof.
I hadn’t reached the 1st level when I realized I had no choice than
ask for help. Me, myself and I couldn’t handle the work.

The saddest lesson I’ve learned in life is ‘never expect anything
from anyone’ in spite of how good you treated them thru the
years.

For those of you who have no idea, there are 5 levels of hoarding
and the internet has a wealth of information to educate oneself
with regard to this topic.

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/02/27/sunday-poser-69/

Fibbing Friday ~ February 25th

questions asked ~ fibs for answers

In the world of international finance, what do the abbreviations
USD and GBP stand for?
Answer: universal savings data ~ global balance payouts 

What exactly is cryptocurrency?
Answer: 
a variable of printed cash

What is the difference between stocks and bonds?
Answer: financial risks and returns

What is meant by a ‘bull’ market?
Answer: reservation for Zodiac ‘Taurus’ buyers

What is meant by a ‘bear’ market?
Answer: 
space prerequisite uncouth traders

What is a stock split?
Answer:  investors’ temporary gain

What exactly is crowdfunding?
Answer:  gathering of professional money-makers

What is a pension?
Answer: rare private sector plan

What is a 401(k)?
Answer:  secret to success

What is day trading?
Answer:
  a day’s speculation

https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2022/02/25/fibbing-friday-february-25th-2022/

Sunday Poser #65

Today’s prompt deals with the topic of advertisements.

Announcements ~ usually via appearance entice people

to make purchases.

With age comes wisdom and I’ve learned tis best to

conduct research of certain items prior to purchase.

Don’t be shy ~ ask questions.

There’s no harm ~ remember adage, ‘never judge a book by its

cover’ as products which appear to be great deals often result in

major disappointments.

A frugal gal, I stick to my old favorites.

Whenever there’s need for a brand-new item I ask others

for their opinions and look to Google for pros and cons,

the process of comparison shopping.

TV ~ I cancelled it three months ago due to high price and

lack of quality show selections.

Believe me this decision was made 100 percent tougher when

dealing with the customer service representatives as it appears

they are trained to sell upgrades and frown on downgrades.

As for social media I may view an advertisement; however, I know

it’s wiser to make my own personal decision based on actual need

rather than be coerced especially to people-please another person.

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/01/30/sunday-poser-65/

Share Your World: 8-09-2021

Today’s questions:

1. Restrictions are being lifted all over the world.
Do you feel it’s safe to go out and mingle in crowds
in light of the Pandemic?

ANSWER: Not at this time as it appears opening up the
country (even at a slow pace) has taken a turn for
the worse.

2. What are some things that are okay to do occasionally
but definitely not okay to do every day?

ANSWER: Ordering take-out food and shopping for expensive
designer clothes.

3. Would you relocate for love (romantic or otherwise)?

ANSWER: Doubtful during this last chapter of life – Chuckle!

4. Do you believe in any conspiracy theories? (no judgment)

ANSWER: Yes, however I choose to keep my opinions private.

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/08/09/share-your-world-8-9-2021/

Too Much To Learn

Four years ago when I started my blog I took the suggestion to connect

it to several branches of social media as this method was said to gain

more followers and better overall exposure.

This scenario didn’t happen – number of faithful followers grew

slowly and truth ‘yes’ I found it quite disappointing.

I wasn’t about to purchase followers as to me that’s a cheater’s way

of getting ahead.

The constant changes, the stored passwords disappearances, plus

weekly laptop and cell phone updates became a source of distress.

I thought about quitting blogging period.

In January to my dismay a challenge I participated in prior years

changed its format. Thoroughly disinterested I chose not to

commit myself.

I wondered if I’d ever return to this hobby and then I learned

of a local gal with two published poetry books experiencing

the same lack of interest in daily writing as I.

Phew! A sign of relief for me.

Reflections on my life’s tenure show a gal who despite some rather

terrible odds chose to continue to forge ahead.

I’ve never been a quitter only too much to learn

and lacking assistance became a bit overwhelming.

Time for a hiatus!

Did this former perfectionist self-sabotage her achievements

when about to reach a higher degree of success or

did she sadly become an emotional victim to the worldwide

predicaments beyond her control.

Those who suffer from depression still wear a smile most days.

I’ll know more once I chit-chat with my primary doctor next

week on a Zoom-type connection.

Now for a little questionnaire:

My score ranks quite low – laughable since folks state how you should

refrain from the word ‘never’.

Country gals (I’m one) don’t share these interests rather am happy

NOT being superficial.

I asked myself if I should’ve done this / that and the honest

answer is ‘NO’.

Truthful Tuesday: Nov. 10th 2020

Today’s questions: post-election

Question: Have the results of the US Presidential election left you feeling relieved,

apprehensive, hopeful or some other emotion?

Answer: apprehensive as I read the possibilities that ‘may’ lie ahead for citizens.

Question: Have you been surprised at all by the emotions and reactions of others

regarding the results?

Answer: No, people form their own opinions and if you don’t agree with

them then best you ‘walk on eggshells’ and refrain from the topic of politics.

https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/truthful-tuesday-november-10th-2020/


Share Your World – Nov. 9th 2020

  1. Do you like or dislike surprises?
    Ans: I enjoy both giving and being the recipient of positive ones – frown on negatives.

2 What’s your favorite zoo animal?
Ans: The peacock – so beautiful when feathers are spread.

3. What three things do you think of the most each day?
Ans: Family – world situation – agenda

4. When, if ever, is taking a human life justified?
Ans: Although this is not my call, it’s difficult to fathom the injustices done to
innocent victims by criminals who show no remorse.


Attitude of Gratitude Section (always optional)
Question: Do small miracles exist?
Ans: Yes, I’ve witnessed a special one (8lbs. 2 oz. son) born 2 years to date
from his older brother (stillborn) almost to the exact minute.

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/11/09/share-your-world-11-9-2020