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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Ideas for Easter, puzzle-of-the-day and a great quote -- all in one single post.


Hello everyone.

This post is the most "mummble-jummble" one ever. 
First of all, I am aware that we're speeding up toward our Easter(s), and I have found an amazing little ideas on decorating your table on a tight budget.


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Then, as I was reading the reast of the buch of scrapy material I have - I found that I have never ever given you something purely for your leisure-time.
Remember that? Leisure time?! Haven't got much of it in a while...

Back when I was a kid, my favorite pass-time was something as simple as this:


We would always have some sort of newspaper lying around the house (grandpa loved to have his morning coffee and his morning paper) - and I loved doing puzzles. Later on, the school kids got the chance to subscribe to a magazine for kids - and I did so. Those magazines also had such games on paper - and that was a great fun; since we only had one TV set at home, and not much programs on it, anyway. Playing around with mind-games was much more fun (and, as it turned out - kids who play like that, do tend to be better at school, as well) :)


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Lastly, the magnificent quote from "A guide to gracious living"
by Amy Vanderbilt:

It is never a disgrace to say, "I can't afford it."
And when you do have to make such a statement when you have been urged to spend beyond your means, it is certainly not necessary to explain why. Perhaps, in spite of a really generous income, you have obligations about which others don't or can't know the support of an aged, distant relative, private charities, extensive savings programs or investments. It is never shameful to have to say, "I can't afford it." It is shameful to commit yourself to expenditure you know you can't really afford and shouldn't make just because someone else urges you to go against your own better judgment.

I have real respect for the person who can say without any self -conscious- ness at all, simply and cheerfully, "I can't afford it." But I hate to hear a long-drawn-out explanation of why. As a matter of fact, we should never demand to know why a person can't spend money on something he says he can't afford unless there is a sound reason for his finding some way to afford it. Then you may, if you feel you should, try to show him that way, quietly and without irritating him.


Have a great day, my dear friends!
Marija

1 comment:

  1. That is honestly some of the best advice regarding finances that I've ever read. Though mine and my family's financial situation has had it's ups and downs, I've never been well off and have had to say "I can't afford it" or something akin to that many, many times in my life. I've never felt ashamed to do so, but did always cringe with anxiety that someone would ask me a followup question (manners often being greatly lacking in today's world). Thankfully that hasn't happened often and I don't have to say it quite as much these days, but reading this has made those times - for surely all but the most well off amongst us must have them - when I will say it in the future easier to bear. Thank you very much for sharing this sagely advice, dear Marija.

    ♥ Jessica

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