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May 2010

Ahem…

Uh… so my friend, Gerry just called and apparently I got the date wrong. 

When he first told me, I glanced down at my calendar slid my finger along the days of the week, no poor Gerry must need a new glasses prescription, because there it was very clearly, Wednesday and then there underneath it was scribbled Alan Colmes Show 8 pm and then nestled right next to it was a big solid 2.

“Um…” I said politely, “No, I think I got it right, it’s written right here, Wednesday, May second.”

“May.”

“Yes, May.”

“It’s the May part, Meg,” Gerry said dryly. 

“The May part?”

“June, Meg.  I think you mean June.”

“June?!” I squeaked.  “Oh my God!  It’s June!  I better fix that right away.”  I hung up to the sound of Gerry cackling in a pleased sort of way.

ANYWAY… for those of you who actually notice those sort of piddling little details… Alan Colmes (Fox News Radio) has graciously invited me to on his show this Wednesday night, June 2nd, at around 8 pm PST




Alan Colmes

Hi everyone,

For those of you who are interested, Alan Colmes (Fox News Radio) has graciously invited me to on his show this Wednesday night, May 2nd, at around 8 pm PST to talk about Gemma and whatnot. 

A shout out to the fabulous Tooraj Kavoussi for arranging it.

On another front, we have done our final haul with the movers!  Phew!  It has been a month of boxes, packing and unpacking, hauling furniture this way and that, and today we finished!  HURRAY!  My time is my own now.  To squander recklessly, or gently savor, anything goes.  The main thing is we are done, done, DONE! 

The movers were very sweet.  Used the same guys for all three moves.  Starting to feel like family, seeing them so much this month.  Made them some of my hot coffee cake this morning, hot tea and coffee and they ate it pipping hot, steam rising.  It was raining.  Oddly cold weather for the final gasps of May.  One has an Uncle who apparently does a mean smoked salmon and he wanted to send us some.  Very sweet boys. 

And yes, I know they are probably in their mid-to-late twenties, but I’ve gotten to the age where young men in their mid-to-late twenties seem like boys to me.  Grown men/boys.  One of them even has two small children of his own running around at home.  But it’s like when I see their grown-up faces I’m also seeing/imagining their child’s faces as well.  Probably because they aren’t so much older than my own children and it seems like just yesterday that they were all living at home.  Tumbling out of their bedrooms sleepy-eyed, pajama clad.

Those times seem closer than usual this last month.  Probably from sorting through all the pictures and boxes of memories, finding homes for the plates and coffee mugs and art projects that they made when they were young. 

 




hello

I’m writing again.  Yay!  Cautious hopeful.  Didn’t want to say anything until I was sure it wasn’t a false start. 

Anyway, that’s all.  I’m excited.  Hopeful.  Feels like spring inside.  Tiny delicate buds appearing on fragile new growth branches.  Full of promise and possibilities.




Be careful out there

I had finished my workout.  Yes, I’m back on the wagon.  Those road trip/moving chips and candy and desert-because-I-deserve-it calories, have come back to bite me in the butt.  Or to be more precise, to jiggle on all the body parts that one doesn’t want to jiggle. 

Yes, I triumphantly lost 12 1/2 lbs to see in my 50th birthday and then I promptly gained back 8.  Sheesh!

Anyway, that wasn’t what I wanted to blog about. 

I was in the change room at the gym and I heard this older (than me) woman talking with her friend.  She sounded scared.  She was saying how the only things she buys to eat are things on sale, how she’s cut out buying coffee out, meals out, how she decides what her meal will be by what she still has left in her cupboard and when that’s gone she doesn’t know what she’s going to do.  Cutting back where ever she can and still she’s barely scraping by.  And my heart hurt for her.  And there are so many people in her position right now.  Their retirement funds and savings are not producing any income, and I thought to myself, the terrible thing is, what this woman doesn’t realize is that it is going to get much worse before it gets better. 

See, the debt situation worldwide is way worse than people are aware.  California is seriously on the verge of bankruptcy and it is a much larger population than Greece.  They have not been able to pay their debt obligations and have had to issue IOU’s, they haven’t been able to pay all their employees.  They are short on their budget by around 20 billion dollars, and the cut back they are implementing only save around 2 billion.  If you live in California do not hold municipal bonds. They may have to default on them.  If you live in the States and have municipal bonds, please check the credit rating of your state.  I know that you get a good tax break if you buy Municipals in your state, but it won’t do you any good if they have to default on the payments and you loose your capital.

And Greece is just one country in the Euro zone, MANY have a similar debt to GDP ratio.  I don’t know what is going to happen there.  Britain is carrying an unsustainable debt load as is the US.  How they are going to fund social security, medicare and the new health reform is beyond me?  The numbers don’t add up.  And Canada (which is considered one of the countries that is stronger fiscally) next year Canada’s debt is going have risen up to 68% of it’s GDP.

Richard Russell of the Dow Theory Letters wrote this recently. 
“Do your friends a favor. Tell them to ‘batten down the hatches’ because there’s a HARD RAIN coming. Tell them to get out of debt and sell anything they can sell (and don’t need) in order to get liquid. Tell them that Richard Russell says that by the end of this year they won’t recognize the country.”

Now I don’t know if he is right or not, but he has lived through A LOT!  He is 86 years old and smart as a whip.  And he is not the only one issuing dire warnings. 

Anyway, I know this is a reoccurring theme sometimes on my blog.  It’s one of the reasons that I stopped writing it for a while.  Because I didn’t want to bore you to death with financial mutterings, but I worry about all of you out there and I want to warn you to be safe and be careful and get out of debt in whatever way you can.  And downsize and have an emergency stash, because who knows what’s around the corner and it’s better to have a safety stash and not have to use it, than to be blind-sided if the s—t hits the fan.  And the financial fundamental around the world are not looking good. 

I don’t know if it’s going to be deflation or inflation, or deflation and that then swings into inflation/hyper inflation, nobody does. 

I do know that it is tricky times right now.  Nothing is straight forward.  I do know that NOTHING has been fixed in the banking/financial sector.  The problems are still there.  I do know that you all must be careful.  Don’t risk what capital you have chasing after income.  Be safe.  Don’t take unnecessary risk.  Find a way to earn more and spend less.  Save. 

Much love, Meg

 




Yay!

Yay!  Thanks everybody, you did it.  My sister Jennifer is now in the Top 50 players list!  However, it is still tender-hooks time, because the World Series of Poker organization is VERY sneaky.  And they don’t list the order of who has the most votes, so Jenny could be right at the top and guaranteed one of the Top 20 spots at the table…OR she could be number 49 or even 22 and then she would be out of luck.

So, if you haven’t voted yet, PLEASE VOTE!

Thanks! xo




A brief update

Just noticed I’d left you in the lurch, dangling on a cliff hanger. 

Was the marinade delicious or not?
Yes, it was very tasty!

Have I spit in the test tube yet?
No, the fancy spit-in-the-test-tube-to-unlock-the-mysteries-of-the-world has not arrived yet, but when it does, I’ll let you know.

Where the hell have you been and why haven’t you blogged?
I’ve been trapped in moving madness, packing and unpacking a gazillion boxes, and NO it’s not over yet!  Tomorrow we find out if the subjects have been removed or not at my beloved island retreat that might soon be some other family’s heaven on earth and if they do remove the subjects, then it’s hop on the ferry to load up that house as well, since they would take possession on May 15th!

Let me tell you, I am going to be VERY happy when all this moving stuff is over!  But… even though I’m well and truly pooped and we are only 1/2 the way through… WE ARE LOVING OUR NEW HOME!!  It feels right.  Like this might be it.  Like I might never have to move again. 

Now that would be bliss.  Pure unadulterated bliss!

Okay, back to the boxes.  Just wanted to give you an update.  Oh and guess what else?  My daughter is sleeping cozy upstairs and my boy Dave came over last night, and my other boy Will comes home in three weeks.  Could life get any better?  I’m sitting here, with a big soppy smile on my face. 

Alright now, enough of this joy stuff, gotta get back to work.  Boxes, boxes, boxes await!