• Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    What I like about getting older

    What I like about getting older is that I can set my own priorities. I can manage my time. However, at any time of the day I can change these. It is very liberating deciding what to do and when to do it and when I will complete any given task. Of course, there are risks in this new age of freedom I find myself in. The major risk is the potential to do the things I love and postpone those that are not as appealing! But, the great wonder of having time, more time than I ever had before is that it is all up to me. I can…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    Tickety Boo Meaning

    Are you familiar with the words “tickety boo”? It is not a common term these days but every now and again it will surface. In fact, I heard it yesterday! I became familiar with “tickety boo” when I was a child. In the 1958 movie starring Danny Kaye he sings the song titled “Everything is tickety-boo”. What does tickety boo mean? It means that everything is going along smoothly. Yes, things are just fine and dandy. When things are “tickety boo” then you really need to sing about it. Life has its up and downs and when we are down – we do not feel like singing. It has been proven…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    Make your dreams happen

    How do we make our dreams happen? Is there a formula if we follow the rules? Will this cause us to find success in life? My last post was titled “rules rule” and it was about rules and what rules do we keep and what rules can we break? Then this week I read an article by Gail Forrer, Editor, Seniors Newspaper, Toowoomba & Darling Downs. It was titled “Disrupt the rules and do it your way”. At once, she had my interest. She went on to write about Sir Richard Branson of Virgin fame. He is a very clever man, not only through his business success but also that…

  • Life Wise Hints,  Retirement

    The Naked Retiree…..develops resilience

    In my last post, I wrote about the changes to the age pension and retiree’s needing resilience. The world around us is changing and not all for the better particularly with the cost of living.  The Australian Farm Institute tell us that Australian consumers are facing increasing food prices. The article confirms my experience that beef is expensive. Fruit and vegetables will also cost us more due to demand for local supply alongside export demands. Read more about the expected price hike on food here. The naked retiree needs resilience and resourcefulness to live with a declining income and an increasing grocery bill. We can all show our resourcefulness by…

  • Life Wise Hints,  Retirement

    Retirees down in the dumps

    There are many retirees today who are “down in the dumps”. This could be due to financial, health, relational or emotional factors. I read another blog earlier this week about the experiences of a man (let’s call him Dave) who retired from a “high level” government job. His job was his passion and at his own admission his identity was tied up in his job. After a year of retirement he could not cope and found another job. After a while he discovered that was not working for him either. Dave does not want to get involved in retirement activities such as learning to play a new instrument, learning a…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Life Wise Hints

    Under the kitchen sink

    What is happening under the kitchen sink? This week on television I saw a short clip of Peter Walsh who was looking under someone’s kitchen sink. You may have heard about Peter; he is an Australian who now lives in USA. He is a declutter guru and has metamorphosed into a motivational speaker. His job is helping others to organise their homes, businesses and life.  He is a great believer in that you can have a better life if it is organised. Did you ever think that the way your home is organised has something to say about YOU! Apparently it does! After seeing Peter peering into someone’s kitchen cupboard…

  • Life Wise Hints,  Money Matters

    Frugal Frieda and sense savings

    I made a decision in January this year to write a “Frugal Frieda” post each month. Life has been busy and I missed the month of May altogether! Now it is June and getting close to the end of the financial year Frugal Frieda has thoughts about saving and spending – sense savings. Have you heard about ‘sense savings’? It is more than just a new buzz phrase – ‘sense savings’ is a new way of banking. It is a combination of two accounts; an everyday account and a savings account, with one statement. The ‘sense savings’ account does analysis on spending and saving and provides information using tools such…

  • Life Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    Scams –seniors beware!

    The world is changing and while there has always been someone around to swindle someone out of something we now have to “watch out” for the online scam. I am very conscious of suspicious emails and have a habit of warning others and yet it happened to me! Yesterday I got an email from one of my energy providers. The email looked legitimate and I did not give it a second thought that the email could be a scam. By a scam I mean someone is trying to get access to my computer, gain my personal details and engage in identity fraud. The email turned up in my junk mail. This…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Life Wise Hints

    Frugal Frieda

    It seems to me that we live in a disposable society, one that is further away from living a frugal life than in years gone by.  Take my parents for example, both were born in 1926 and grew up in The Great Depression of the 1930’s.  From an early age they learnt to be frugal, as did their parents, extended family and neighbours. This was the only way they could survive the economic hardship of that era. It is difficult for me to comprehend that in 1932 unemployment in Australia was around 30%. There was very little food to put on the table, not to mention all the other necessities…