It was a year ago on Wednesday that the terrible ice storm of 2009 hit.
Last year, I wondered what all of the fuss was about in the days leading up to the ice storm. I remember saying to our neighbors, “You would think the world was coming to an end the way they’re going on about the storm on the radio.”
I was used to being in the city during such storms, even if we lost power, we were still within reach of city services, within walking distance of the grocery and things usually didn’t stay bad for long.
I remember one such storm when I was a kid and it was kind of fun then, walking to the grocery store with my parents, my dad fell on his butt and my mom and I could hardly run after the tomatoes and oranges rolling down the hill for laughing so hard! We also camped out in the family room in front of the fire in our little bungalow, it was more like a party.
I had never seen an ice storm in the country and once I had, I realized it was no party.
This is Lesson #1,056 of live in a Little House and Lesson # 2,468 of living life in the country.
We knew when we moved to The Little House that if we didn’t secure our trash, we might be in for some unwelcome wild critters. This is really no different than the city, where lose dogs might get into the trash.
Not having a lot of space in The Little House also means we don’t have a lot of space for a big trashcan.
Although we’ve tried to reduce the amount of waste we create, we still find ourselves needing to remove the bag from our little trashcan under the kitchen sink at least once every two days.
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When we moved, we anticipated the major things – how much we would miss our friends and family, Dale’s long time job that provided us 4 weeks of vacation (and a salary to take them), even being 10 minutes from any major attraction or activity our big city had to offer.
What we didn’t take into consideration were the small things, such as finding a good radio station.
We’re big fans of music – Classic Rock to be exact – and since we’ve lived here in the Ozark Mountains, we have had a time trying to find a radio station we enjoy.
Happy Friday, everyone! Although I'll be working through the weekend, the end of my regimented week is almost over. Today, I have Ann C. Logue, author of "Socially Responsible Investing for Dummies" answering some questions about her book.When Dale and I opened our IRA, I was concerned about some of the companies we would be investing in. Our financial advisor didn't have a whole lot of answers for us, but I'm betting Annie's book will help us do it better the next time. When we have money to invest again, I hope to be a lot smarter about money and more aware of where my investment $$ are going.
Annie is the author of three books in Wiley’s “For Dummies” series. She has also written for Barron’s, Newsweek Japan, and BusinessWeek Chicago, among other publications. She is a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her current career as a writer/author follows 12 years of experience as an investment analyst. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Click to the next page for my short interview with Annie and learn how you can enter to win a signed copy of her book.