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Fur-Babies

He Sleeps the Sleep of Hell’ry Raised…

Tricksy Sleepin
Poor, Exhausted Cat
Taken January 28, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy S3
© Les Becker, 2016

Tricksy spent the entire morning chasing one old cat or the other, and wrestling the dog.

As I write this, all of the animals are asleep in the same room, at the same time. Things could go to hell in a hand-basket in very short order.

Hopefully, I’ll post again tomorrow…

Random Song for-the-Day: “Hold On” – Walk Off The Earth

[signoff]

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Real Life

I Have Found Zen…

This video has solved every problem I have ever had.

Ever.

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Lunatic Fringe” – Red Rider

[signoff]

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R.I.P.

See Ya Around, Fish…

Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda
1921-2016
Rest in Peace
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R.I.P.

Rest In Peace, Henry Worsley

Henry Worsley 1961-2016
Henry Worsley
1961-2016
RIP

British explorer Henry Worsley dies crossing Antarctic, 30 miles short of goal – via CNN.com.

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Artsy Fartsy Book Mentions Les Becker Designs Photoshop Short Fiction Stories The Restaurant the Romance & the Speakeasy

The Restaurant, the Romance & the Speakeasy Cover Art

The Restaurant, the Romance & the SpeakeasyPart 2 of The Ruby Chronicles© 2016 Les Becker
The Restaurant, the Romance & the Speakeasy
Part 2 of The Ruby Chronicles
© 2016 Les Becker

Not sure if this will be the final cover or not, but I like it. It “feels” the same as the cover for The Waitress. It fits.

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Stressed Out” – twenty one pilots

[signoff]

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R.I.P.

I Want to Say Something Pithy, but I’m Lost for Words…

Glenn Frey 1948-2016
Glenn Frey
1948-2016
Rest in Peace
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Balcony Greenhouse Gardening Photography

This Greenhousey Thing Might Be Panning Out…

Balcony Greenhouse - January 201
Balcony Greenhouse – January 2016
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

My little balcony greenhouse seems to be doing surprisingly well… I really didn’t expect this. The above photo shows most of the very tiny space.

Blooming Cucumber!
Blooming Cucumber!
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I planted this cucumber from seed in October of 2015 – it’s still really tiny, as cucumber plants go; even cucumber plants grown in pots, if my summer parking lot garden of 2015 is any indication – and yet, it’s flowering! I can see a few more buds coming, which I’m grateful for, as I think I’ll have to propagate it by hand. Wish me luck with that.

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R.I.P.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Rickman…

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
1946-2016
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R.I.P.

“I’m Stepping Through the Door…”

Rest in Peace, Ziggy Stardust1947-2016
Rest in Peace, Ziggy Stardust
1947-2016
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Money Challenges

I WON! I WON!

Mission Accomplished!
Mission Accomplished!

For the first time EVER, I completed the 52 Week Money Challenge! You can see in the left sidebar that my meter is back down to a measly $3… but that only gives me a great feeling of relief; my last payment to my Money Challenge account in December of 2015 was $103. That’s a bit of a tough go when I make minimum wage, believe me.

I did it, though! I’m REALLY proud of myself, too!

Did you take the money challenge with me in 2015? Will you take it with me this year?

It works like this: Week 1: you pay $1 into a separate savings account (or a jar, a sock in your dresser drawer, under your mattress…) – I put mine into a high-interest tax-free savings account, where it sat there looking very, very small. Actually I put $3 in there on the first payday of January 2015, since I’m paid on a bi-weekly basis. The reason it worked out to $3 is that on Week 2 you add a dollar… and then on Week 3, you save $4… etc. etc.

At the end of 52 weeks, if you’ve been keeping up your promise to pay yourself, you’ll have a whopping $1373 in that account, not including any interest you’ve accrued. I know it doesn’t sound like all that much to save in a year – but it’s $1373 that I didn’t have earning interest at this time last year (and I have a really neat plan for that money, believe me!).

I actually have $1,389.28 in that account. I started out with $10 already in there, as I had originally planned on putting $10 from every paycheck away, just to see if I could do it. My savings habits have been habitually DISMAL for my entire life – I had failed the Money Challenge for the two years previous, before I even got to February, but I decided to give it one last go, using this blog as an accountability tool. Turned out, I didn’t update very often – but I kept putting money in that account every single payday… even when I was laid off in the middle of January 2015 (I kind of had to play catch up after I finally found work two and a half months later, but I DID catch up).

The rest of the money in that account is $6.20 worth of interest – again not much, but it will grow exponentially as my balance grows – I plan to use the same account and the high interest will begin to be worth it as my balance gets up there.

That’s not all I’ve been doing with my money during 2015 – I’ll be giving more detail in future posts as to where my money really goes as well as how my “Prepaid Living Plans” are working out. I have several resolutions this year – one being updating this space on a more regular basis – at least with a weekly “Accountability Post”. It’s hard to prove I’m serious about my Shoestring Budget when I rarely update, isn’t it?

Anyway – I really hope you’ll join me in the 2016 52 Week Money Challenge. If *I* can do it, ANYBODY can!

The Simple Dollar has come up with 6 Ways to Hack the 52-Week Money Challenge that you may want to check out!