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Home alone - fending off robbers or working?

Posted Friday, April 25, 2008 (37 days 14 hours ago.)

In my case, I am home alone working thank fully!
 
I have worked from home since having my children a few years ago and it has it's pros and cons but for now this is how I want it to stay.
 
Despite the fact it is a tad isolated, I can fit my hours around my children and still manage to be a full time mum, part time student and get out to see my friends! So I am not a complete hermit.
 
I have tried various money making schemes over the years. Some quite bizarre but I think I am settling into a niche area now as a freelance writer which I hope proves to be successful as this is what I enjoy the most.
 
However, here is a quick summary of some of my get rich quick schemes!
 
Kiddytags - invention to quickly facilitate children being reunited with their parents.
Peg dollies - don't ask! These I tried to sell on eBay with zero success!
Handmade card making business - now this I had some success with. I started my own online card making club, sold a few cards in a local shop and of course had tons to give to friends and family which was a saving in itself!
 
I did also do some administrative work for my old employers and my exes business. All of which was easily managed working from home.
 
Since then I have been paid to write articles for a top job search website and published a couple of eBooks, though not for profit, and soon I hope to have a paper back on sale in the shops! But that is a long shot.
 
Meanwhile I continue to look into other home working business opportunities and have learned quite a bit about the type of work available. It is very wide ranging, from face painting to setting up your own real estate business! There are tons of resources to help with which ever home working project I settle on. I have more information about home working if you too for whatever reason want to try earning an income from home. It can be done and the possibilities are endless!
 
The over heads for working from home can usually be tax deductable and are generally low in any case, unless you need to set up a home office that you don't already have. If you decide to make something to sell later then of course you have the cost of materials and a possible cost for displaying them at craft fairs etc, but if you have a good product that will sell, then weigh up your options carefully and start small.
 
Make sure you keep records of expenses and income as you will need to declare it all.
 
Other than this I wish you well!
 
 
 
 

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Dreams can fortell the future

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2008 (39 days ago.)

Dreams can fortell the future or at least warn you about it ..in my opinion!
 
I once had a dream (1995) about an old school pal who I had not seen since he was 18yrs old (1988). When I awoke, I gave some thought to this pal and  the fact that I'd heard he'd been very unwell after he contracted meningitis.
 
This thought process led me to look up the symptoms of meningitis in a medical book, something I hadn't done before, not as a result of a dream at least!
 
Less than one week after this, I was at home with my then husband and he began to complain of a stiff neck and severe headache. I looked at him and immediately was reminded of my dream and the meningitis connection. I dimmed the lights and raised them again and asked him if he was affected by that. He was.
 
I immediately ran out of the house to the call box across the street and called the out of hours Doctor. I made sure I gave them the symptoms needed for them to realize THIS was a meningitis case they were dealing with. Thankfully they did. The Doctor was there rapidly and drove us both to hospital where my ex remained for a full week being treated for viral meningitis.
 
Now had I not had my dream one week earlier and been prompted to look up the symptoms of meningitis, I might not have acted so swiftly and got my husband the help he needed. So I do indeed believe that the dream was leading me to this outcome. Some would disagree I know.
 
Having precognitive dreams which appear to tell the future is a matter hotly disputed by the science community and many others outside it, but that is because there is no explanation for 'seeing' into the future.
 
I however do very much believe in the power of dreams, and have learned over the years to tell which ones I should pay heed to and which I should ignore. I have a dream analysis site if you'd like to read more about this here. 
 
Meanwhile if you have a dream that is troubling you, write it down and consider what the various elements might represent to you. Much of what we dream is no doubt meaningless but just occassionaly you might be dreaming about something that will help you make an important decision on the future.
 
Sleep tight! 
 

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Making your own cards - WARNING can be addictive!

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2008 (39 days ago.)

Anyone who has dabbled with making their own handmade cards  knows it can be hugely addictive. Usually this is harmless aside from the ever decreasing space you might have due to card making equipment and card making supplies slowly overtaking every inch of spare room in your home!
 
This is exactly how it was for me in 2005. I was newly separated from my then husband and needed something to take my mind of the stress and worries, so I flung myself into making my own greeting cards.
 
I began small with a cardmaking kit purchased on eBay, then I gradually sought out more bits and pieces, a few embellishments here, some ribbon and lace there and before I knew it I had a sizzex machine (paper and card shape cutter) a guillotine, glue gun - you name it I had it, over £1000 worth of card making accessories and no room to house it all!
 
I was making around 30 cards a day, which weren't great in the beginning but I did improve.
I bought a couple of cardmaking books and picked up the odd crafting magazine to help me along the way. I even tried teabag card paper folding, but with less than satisfactory results.
 
So where did all this manic card making get me? Well, it did help alleviate my stress and I had a huge stack of cards to give to friends and family for years to come and I even bravely supplied a shop with a few to sell to impulse shoppers. So despite the lack of space, this hobby served me well.
 
I was definitely addicted to making cards at that time, but now not so much. This hobby is now under control and I just make the odd birthday or wedding card when the need calls and totally for personal use. But I still have a room dedicated to housing all my craft equipment, cards, speciality papers (handmade mulberry paper yum!) and I still get a buzz when I see the little handmade silk flowers and the tiny embellishments for new baby cards. Little miniature works of art.
 
The moral of this story is that if you are starting out  making your own cards, start and stay small lest you need to buy a bigger house and if you'd like some card making inspiration, you can view some of my card pictures here.

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When trouble strikes, it does so in 3's!

Posted Monday, April 14, 2008 (48 days 17 hours ago.)

Last Tuesday my central heating system (which includes hot water) stopped working, my toilet wouldn't stop flushing and my radiator started leaking. All separately occurring household failures! I suppose I should look on the bright side, failing at the same time reduces multiple days home awaiting engineers.
 
Bright side disregarded, let us now concentrate on my misery at the above situation.
 
I bought some super duper leak fixing putty for my leaky radiator. After applying it to every area a leak might emanate, the leak persisted. I then had to spend quite a bit of time scraping off the now solid putty so the engineer (who still hasn't successfully fixed the leak) could attempt a repair.
 
I tried to repair my toilet (I should know better by now) by poking my finger down this hole in the cistern where water was gushing from. The result was I temporarily stuck fast as the suction effect took hold. I considered my options: Can't call rescue services, as in bathroom and no phone in bathroom. Can't yell for help, no one will hear me and no one is due to pass by my place for two days. Chewing my finger off was looking like a possibility. Fortunately I managed to pull free.
 
As for my central heating...I am still too upset to talk about that. Let's just say I think tonight I made a bad job worse!
 
Meanwhile, I washed my hair in the bathroom sink. On doing so it reminded me of my childhood. This was how I always washed my hair right up until I was 16yrs old. In fact, we never had central heating back then. All we had was a single gas fire in the lounge and we only had hot water once a week, Wednesday for 2hrs. Hair washing thus involved a kettle and a cup.
 
Maybe this heating and hot water deprivation isn't so bad afterall. I can survive it, I have done so before and I will do so again and Yes .....I know there are people worse off.
 
UPdate:
 
There is rather an amusing end to this sorry saga, see HERE. Oh and my heating is now working.
 
 

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How to spot a Gold Digger from 20 paces!

Posted Sunday, April 13, 2008 (50 days 2 hours ago.)

Gold Diggers are both male and female,despite the stereotypical view that they are usually female. Women are just as likely to find a male latch onto them for their money as a man is. Gold digging is also not restricted to heterosexual relationships. Some people love money and the trappings of success but have a lazy streak, so they would rather find a free ride than pay for their own.
 
The good news is that Gold diggers are not hard to spot but the bad news is that easy targets for Gold Diggers are even easier to spot!
 
If you have a lot of money and you are one of these people that loves and enjoys money, glittery objects and big flashy cars etc. then you are a Gold Diggers wet dream because straight away you have something in common! Your other characteristics might include generosity and a mind set that 'you get what you pay for'.
 
You might be a big tipper, buy more rounds than the rest of your pals, generally throwing the money around. You do this because you are generous but also because of the attention it brings and you do like attention don't you! So a nice 'expensive' bit of arm candy made not be such a bad trade off right?
 
Often wealthy men and women have no objection to funding their gold digging partner in exchange for their company if that person is very attractive and makes them look good. Much like the new car makes them look good.
 
But what happens when the money runs dry or you can nolonger keep up with a gold diggers expensive tastes and needs? Do you think they will stick around? Not likely. They will bleed you dry, accuse you of ruining their life by depriving them of their luxury lifestyle and then they will be off to find their next source of gold!
 
So if you fit the description above, think twice before happily acquiring an attractive partner on the understanding that you fund their entire lifestyle. The pleasant company will only last as long as the gifts and money keep coming, then the laugh will turn to a scowl.
 
Now we know what a Gold Diggers ideal mate is, how do those of you who have wealth and success spot a gold digger should you decide to avoid them!
 
It is important not to confuse a man or woman with little of their own money as a gold digger purely on the basis that they cannot afford to pay for the great dates and places that you want to go.
 
You will often know if your date cannot afford that lifestyle and if that's the case and you still want to enjoy the high life with them, don't see them as a gold digger if you need to pay. Needing to pay and being able to afford to do so is not the same as being forced to pay and then some regardless of what your date earns!
 
Also, someone who can't afford to pay and is not a gold digger may suggest activities which are free and won't suggest you go somewhere very expensive knowing full well you'll be footing 100% of the bill.
 
So how do you spot a Gold Digger?
 
Wherever the money is, God, diggers will be in great abundance. They are not foolish and know how to find what they seek, and that won't be in any cheap bar or club! When they visit these establishments they will be 'shopping' and will be weighing up everyone in the place to see who might offer them the best 'deal' in terms of what 'can you do for me'.
 
They will start as they mean to go on, by insisting you buy the drinks and suggesting places you can go and things you can buy. They will drive your credit card for you, let alone the new car they might persuade you to buy them.
 
If your Gold digger isn't blatantly asking you for gifts, then they will be very huffy and quiet if not in receipt of them but their reasons will soon become clear. You might be accused of being a cheapskate, not treating them right, not appreciating them properly!
 
A line I heard a gold digger tell a pal of mine was 'It costs money to look this good, and if he wants to date me, why shouldn't he pay'. That woman was a gold digger and she got what she wanted..mainly. But when her man got into debt due to trying to fund her excessive needs, things didn't look quiet so pretty when she was unable to cope on the reduction in living standards.
 
A Gold digger won't stand by you when you hit hard times. That pretty little designer face will turn into a twisted nagging grimace and it won't be pleasant!
 
If money was the lure, then when you have none or less they will be off looking for the next best thing. If you have fallen for your gold digger, that knowledge may be what spurs you on to ensure that you never do fall short of expectations, but what a hollow empty existence that is!
 
Do yourself a favor, find someone who loves you for you.
 
For more dating and relationship advice, check out my love site HERE.

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