Category Archives: Finance/Monies

Tax Time, it’s the Right Time

It has always been a good idea to donate your used vehicle to the different charities that are looking for donations. These days they have even started to accept more things than ever to donate, such as airplanes and even your unused/unwanted time shares, which I think is a pretty cool deal.

The numerous vehicle donation programs are always looking for donations, especially this time of year, since we are all in the mind set of taxes at this point, it is a good time to consider donating what you can for next year’s tax filing process, for a nice write off, and helping others that need your donations for support in many ways.

Protecting Mother’s Wedding Dress

I’m thinking of digging out my mother’s wedding dress, that has been in a chest, at the foot of the bed, in one of the upstairs bedrooms and giving it to my sister to have and to hold. While I am in there I am going to look for platinum wedding rings that I was told were in there as well. We have already agreed that I will keep these rings, at least for now. They will be placed in mother’s jewelry box, along with a few other key pieces of jewelery that we want to keep in the family.

But before I do all of that I want to look at some different types of garment bags, so that I can give the dress to her fully protected, safe and secure.

I never knew that there was so many different types of these protective products to choose from but I think I found the perfect one, made specifically made for a wedding dress such as this one is and have ordered it this afternoon and am guaranteed same day shipping, so it should arrive promptly for me to turn over to her the next time she visits me and the farm.

Perfect Match Required

The larrivee guitar that I ordered should be arriving any day now. I swear I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning to hurry up and arrive. I haven’t purchased anything like this for myself in a very long time and it is exciting. I have Uncle Sam to thank for this much anticipated purchase.

While waiting for the delivery I have been looking at a sweet looking THD amp and have made arrangements to order it as soon as I have my new guitar in hand and can make sure that it is a perfect match.

tax refund reward to myself

Larrivee LV-10 Deluxe Series w/ Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

It’s All About The Data

There are so many ways to safely keep copies of your documents, photographs and digital music or video files, that it can be overwhelming trying to to keep up with them all. I have a tiny home office and as I was moving things around to make room for a new computer desk, I came across an assortment of media with backup files on them. I found floppy disks, zip drives, DVDs, and flash drives. What I really need is to check out the newest data storage systems and convert all the old files off the old media. After all, new computers do not even have a floppy drive anymore. How am I ever going to access the files on those old floppy disks now?

I’m sure the guys in our IT department at work are laughing at me. They have a lot bigger fish to fry, with protecting the data bass for our entire company. They have to worry about archiving years worth of business records, daily backups for every computer in every office, and data recovery in case of a natural disaster.

Their worries are huge compared to mine. Even so, I would be very upset if something happened and I lost all my years and years of photographs and special documents. I spent days scanning all my old files and organizing them. I was surprised to find how many papers I had saved over the years. Everything from medical records to high school report cards and souvenirs from all the concerts, trade shows and special events that I’ve attended over the years.

I remember when I worked at the law firm and had to keep track of the daily disk backup. Every morning I would come to work and rotate the disks from the servers to the storage area. And each night I would give the latest backup disk to the senior partner for him to put in his briefcase and take home with him so we had secure offsite storage. Now there are much faster and easier ways to accomplish the same thing. I do love progress!

data safe and secure

Operationalizing Spark with MemSQL

Green 911

The farm has always had issues, at one time or another, with a variety of pests, so I’ve always got my eyes open for different organic pest control info that would benefit us all the way around. This year the corn earworms are supposed to be hitting us bad, which is very disturbing news indeed, considering that corn earworms do major damage to other plants as well. The tomato plant and cotton also is a favorite of these nasty little moths and I don’t look forward to having to deal with this time around.

Organic bug control is the only way to go, in my mind. Too many chemicals have been used in the past around here at the farm, but those days are over and I intend to change a lot of things that I have in power to do so. I’m all about going as “Green” as I possibly can, when ever I can.

I’d like to share with you the following video that can be found online on YouTube. It is a five minute segment that speaks of Safer® brand and its wide range of OMRI Listed® Organic pest control products in a recent show, that I have found most informative and interesting and very relevant to this organic pest control.