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Friday, February 7, 2020

I am stepping up my thrifting. With everything that has happened in the last few years, including seeing my mom into the next life and making a major move to Atlanta, I have let my business really go.

It would be wonderful to say that at this stage in my life I can afford to do that, but in reality I just can't. 

I have really been trying to set my priorities. I realize that I have too much coming at me from different directions and I need to decide what is most important to me and what I can actually do. 

The request asking me to run for local office? Nope, but I am happy to support others. 

The constant asking of others in the building where I live to take a leadership role in our community advocacy group? Not right now. Although once again I support what you are doing. 

Right now I need to focus on some of my own needs, and those needs include more of an income, being proactive in my healthcare. and spending quality time with my family. 

So I have started to thrift more and list more in my Etsy shop.

I am going to call the dentist's office and discuss nicely with them how I don't believe the part time hygienist that they switched me to gave me the deeper cleaning that I paid for. 

I am going to find ways to spend more time with my grandchildren that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg. Easy with Tess. She is just happy for me to come over and play with her. The older two are teenagers so that is harder. 

It can be difficult for women to put our own needs first, but I have come to realize that if I don't do it no one will. 

Today I am very grateful to be featured by Cozy Little House in her new weekly feature on Living Large In Little Houses. Be sure and check it out.

Thank you, Brenda.


  1. If you don't put yourself first no one will. A fact of life. Like for instance I bought myself a Valentine shaped box of candy. Who needs a man to do that? I am all about giving myself little treats and gifts "just because." Thanks for working with me on your feature.

  2. I so agree. When we are always living everyone else's lives, we don't live our own. We just have to say no sometimes, and do what we need to do.

  3. I loved the beautiful feature at Brenda's, too! Your home is so lovely!

  4. My husband and I are downsizing this April I am looking forward to living in our motorhome and moving down to the gulf .Life is short we have to live like we are dying as the song goes and make the most of our retirement years .I love what you have done with the apartment .Thanks for allowing us to look inside .I too love thrifting the fun of the hunt !

  5. Sorry I did not leave my comment name above here it is !

  6. For above post my contact info
    Thanks for allowing us to view your sweet apartment on Brenda's blog .

  7. Hi Laura,
    I saw your feature on Brenda's feature. So sweet and so comfy. I hope your Etsy pieces start to sell for you so you can make more money. Have you thought about maybe house sitting or dog or cat sitting. I have a friend that started to do this and she makes great money. She goes and stays at their home with their pets and gets paid good money to do this. She said she uses their TV, cable, electricity etc. for the week and watches and cuddles with their pets. It is not steady income but good income. She said now that she has started to do this by word of mouth others are contacting her for vacation weeks to house sit and watch their pets. Just a thought.
    Have a good weekend.

  8. Laura, Honestly honey, I never dreamed retirement would be a bigger job than working. Yikes, the dang paperwork is exhausting. No one told me I might need a secretary or a college degree in accounting. Rats. I barely have time for myself, so I could never do any office work for others. LOL Yes, pick family time over all others. Blessings to you. xoxo, Susie


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