From Patty:

“Moving forward, even a little bit each day, is so much better than being stuck. Sometimes the step forward must be extremely small, but when it comes to getting unstuck, it’s not the size of the step that counts; it’s simply taking that step!” *

Photo: When google maps doesn't mention that the next part of your public transit commute is via stair....

Photo by Zach

*I found this in Beginnings – A Daily Guide for Adventurous Souls by Paul S. Boynton and the “Begin with Yes” facebook page.

You Hold the Key (if you can remember where you put it)

From Kate:

“Lesson learned! Periodically update your security questions for sensitive operations like your university’s portal! Perhaps also your bank(s). Maybe every third password change, double check to make sure you can still answer the security question or check the alternate email, whatever it is to get you back into the system in case your password is rejected.”


Sally taught me that you can take a picture of your iPhone screen by pushing the Power and Home buttons, briefly, at the same time.

home screen

I can think of at least one really useful application for this: When you want to get a copy of your email server details, before you start messing with them for some bad reason.

Where else would you use this?

Out Damn Rock!

Tina posted this lesson as  a comment but it deserves a day of its own:

My nurse practioner’s office displays a photo of words scrolled on a sandy beach :
“Remove the rock from your shoe
Rather than learning to limp comfortably”
-reminds me again to let go of a way of thinking or a situation that just isn’t working for me anymore. BE the change…

I find this to be very profound!

Plus it gives me an opportunity to post a picture of my favorite beach and a favorite beachcomber:


Targeted Shopping

Dannie learned all the secrets of Target sales at this great link: Code Red: How to Read Target Clearance Tags

Here are some highlights:

  • The last digit of the price tells you where it is in the clearance cycle.  See the  blog at the link above for the gory details.  Most of us are just going to buy the thing when we see it on sale, not come back later for a lower price, but it’s still interesting coding.

These are excerpted from this entry on The Krazy Coupon Lady blog:

  • Gift Card Bonus Price Endings: This has nothing to do with clearance items, but since we are talking about price tag endings, anything that ends with $0.49, $0.79, and $0.99 indicate a Target Gift Card promotion is in effect. The Gift Card offer details will be listed at the very top in red, and the amount of the gift card will be listed on the card or offer.
  • Use the scanner. Sometimes the clearance team members miss an item that should have been re-stickered with a lower price. Take the time to check the price with a scanner. Also, scan things that are one of a kind to see if the price is even lower than listed.
  • Look for repackaged items. These items could be something that was purchased online and returned to the store, a return without a box, or two-piece clothing items missing a top or bottom. While they may not be the prettiest item in the store, you can often snag a great deal!
  • Watch for “As Is” items. Merchandise with tags labeled “AS IS” are typically items Target doesn’t carry anymore, and in an effort to move those products out of the store, they are sold at clearance prices.
  • Use Your Target REDcard. Cardholders making purchases with Target’s REDcard receive 5% off, or 5% cash back.
  • Keep your receipts. Target has a strict return policy that limits the number of returns you can make without a receipt ($75 per year). However, Target tracks every credit card purchase, so if you lose your receipt, have customer service scan the returned item and your credit card. If they find the transaction, they will let you return the item without the physical receipt. If you do have your receipt, Target will adjust the prices on items that go on sale within 14 days of the purchase. (Note: They do not adjust clearance prices.)
  • Take advantage of Target’s price matching policy. If you find an item in a competitor’s ad, bring it to Target and they’ll match the advertised price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item (brand name, quantity and model number).
  • Sign up for mobile coupons. Sign up to receive coupons via text message on your mobile phone. To redeem, simply show the cashier the barcode.
  • BYOB (bring your own bag). For each reusable bag used at checkout, Target gives back $0.05. It’s a great way to keep plastic bags out of landfills while putting a little money back in your pocket.
  • Use coupons. Not only does Target accept manufacturer coupons, they also can be stacked with their store coupons.

Emergency Kit / Entertainment Edition

It’s winter in New England and anything can happen with the weather and therefore the electricity.  Most of us have the basics on hand.  The Red Cross provides a list of things, included below. Let me know if you learn anything new from this list!

But Kelly learned something not on the list, for smaller “emergencies” and I told her I would share it here:

“Having survived the 2.5 hour power outage of 2013 I realized some tips. Have some books/movies downloaded randomly on your fully charged ipad.”


Get a Kit

Be Red Cross Ready!

 Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags