Random Thoughts and Ramblings

Squirrels are the bane of my life now because I have two bird- feeders that feed far more squirrels than birds. One of them is the kind of feeder you attach to your window with suction cups. The squirrels climb up there no matter what I have done, and often end up knocking it loose. However, lately, I have found that they hate my hot curry powder, so I put that on the top of the feeder and they avoid it.
Last night we had some rains and wind, and the curry powder got wet and pasty and blew up against the window. It looks exactly like newborn baby poop splattered on my window.

Protip: If party A in a breached, broken marriage is the guilty party and party A tells you that he/she wants reconcilation but the betrayed party, party B, does NOT, I suggest you ask party A some hard questions rather than taking those claims at face value. Because, for one thing, you already know he lied, for another, why is he telling you this? Is the end result here supposed to make you more sympathetic toward Party A and less toward party B? No, that’s not the intention you say, it’s just the natural result. Oh so gullible.
Questions I suggest you ask would run along the lines of asking for proof.”REally? What are you doing that would make the person you betrayed beleive you want reconciliation and a healed marriage? What are you doing to work towards that goal? What have you done for the person you betrayed that would communicate reconciliation desires and goals?” What contact have you had this week? Today? Last week?
Name me five things you have done for your victim? And then think about the answers- are they things that Part A morally ought to do anyway, regardless of reconciliation? Are they things that demonstrate repentance and humble sorrow directly to the person they betrayed? For instance, suppose Party A is an alcoholic and they thing he’s doing to prove he wants reconcilation is to go to alcoholics anonymous. Isn’t that something he needs to do most of all for himself? What is he doing directly towards and for the other party?

I still haven’t received a stimulus check and I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get one. According to https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment it’s still coming. Because my income is currently fairly stable (but largely reliant on the goodwill of a person known to have no goodwill in his heart toward me)- military retirement, a paycheck from working a grocery store, some Social Security for the Cherub, I have the luxury of choosing what to do with it when it comes. I know absolutely nothing about investing and stocks and bonds, and I know it’s a pittance, but anybody have any advice on investing it in stocks and bonds?

I’m in the Amazon Vine program where they send you free stuff in exchange for reviews (‘free,’ although the government is going to tax me on it, which stings for several reasons right now)- but one of the things they sent is something ordinarily I would have had no time or respect for- an electronic gadget that does nothing but cook two egg-bites, muffin shaped egg things. Apparently egg-bites are a thing. I had no idea what they even were. I don’t know when they became a thing. There are gadgets and pans and what-not for them at Amazon that are more suitable for a larger family than mine- not only is it just two people here, but one of cannot eat eggs.
So this little gadget works thus: You put a certain amount of water into a well. Then you mix up ONE egg- just one, with whatever other stuff you want to make an muffin shaped omelette- I have added diced ham and onion and cheese, and salsa and cheese, and garlic and then slced them over a cheese tortilla for a breakfast burrito. I added onion and sprinklings of furikake seasoning and had it with ramen. I just had it with a bit of salt and pepper and then avocado toast on the side. It’s all lovely. It’s all ridiculously easy- one egg, two egg bites. Clean up is done with a damp washcloth and that’s it. I mix it up in a coffee cup, then I rinse the coffee cup out with hot water and have my coffee in it. Like I said, this is not something I would have ever purchased for myself, but now that I have it, I really do love it. I think it’s overpriced, but I would pick one up second hand if I saw it. I would get it for a newly single and alone person, a kid off to college for the first time, a mom with a baby whose husband deploys- because the ease of clean up is just awesome. I surprise myself with how much I use this.

And why oh why oh why are ramen noodles so delicious? Ramen noodles with a spoonful of jjajangmyeon sauce and an egg (or a couple egg bites) just hits the spot so well. Especially on cold nights. While watching K-dramas.

Current favourite- The King, Eternal Monarch starring Lee Min Ho. There are a couple others I am also watching, but I am really loving this one. I know a lot of people are not, but I just do not get it. It’s fabulous. I hope it ends well, so often they don’t. But I am thoroughly enjoying the ride.

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  1. Stephanie
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    My current favorite is Hospital Playlist. I love all the characters and the side stories and have been a bug fan of the Answer Me series.

    • Headmistress
      Posted April 30, 2020 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      Oh, you’re right! I don’t know how I forgot that one, but it is also a huge favourite. A couple of the actors are special favourites, too.

  2. Vi
    Posted May 1, 2020 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Stocks and bonds – try Dave Ramsay or the Bogleheads website or investing in a mutual fund through vanguard. Vanguard seems to be generally regarded as a stable low cost reputable place to invest and iirc 1000 is the minimum needed to invest. Those are my suggestions as a person who is fiscally responsible and has invested but is also not really knowledgeable. 🙂

    • Posted May 3, 2020 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      I agree. We use mutual funds through Vanguard for longer term investing. There are various funds so think about what you might want – saving for a ‘target date’ or looking to live off the earnings from the invested money (dividend funds). The unknown seems overwhelming but it is like eating a cake, preferably a dark chocolate one with a cup of coffee, one bite at s time.

      From my husband who likes this stuff so much he went back to school and got an MBA, though that is not needed for understanding investing, he just talks this way for fun. Seriously, for fun. : If you are just starting I would K.I.S.S. – open a money market account and use that while you asses what level of risk you are willing to take. CDs and bonds have the lowest returns but also no risk. Investing in stocks/mutual funds can give you a greater return but carry more risk as they fluctuate. With CoVid stuff happening right now returns will be lower or you might lose some at points along the way. This isn’t to scare you but to inform (and let you know it won’t always be this way with the stock market).

  3. Vi
    Posted May 1, 2020 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Also, iirc mutual funds are safer than individual stocks as they are made up of lots of sources of income (iirc a mix of stocks and funds) and thus less prone to issues if an individual company fails. There’s a guy with a book called something like “retire before your parents” and he has a good description in there of the various investment options and their pros and cons. He has a website and may have the list of.investment options there.

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