I grew up riding horses and have loved horses all my life. Most of the time you can get a horse to do whatever you want them to do, but sometimes they get a little stubborn. I can totally understand the common saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.”
If the horse does not want to drink the water, there really is not much you can do about it. It’s not like you can stick his nose in it and force him to drink. A well cared for and properly exercised horse will not cause you much distress though. They will get thirsty eventually and it is up to you to make sure they have fresh water available.
With that in mind, I have been trying to explain something important to an elderly couple about money matters and they are just stubbornly refusing to listen to me. I don’t know what their problem is, but they have decided between themselves to ignore anything I have to say about a serious financial matter.
I am not going to take much pleasure in saying, “I told you so!” but it is getting to the point that they must take action or they will face losing their home. How far does a person have to go to make someone understand that they have to take action to protect themselves?
This is so frustrating. I have asked other professionals to try to explain the situation to them, as well as my own efforts. It is all falling on deaf ears. I don’t even gain anything from alerting them and I am not trying to sell them anything – I’m just doing it because I care about them and don’t want to see them suffer. I can’t swoop in at the last minute and save them from themselves – they have to do it.
I finally decided to stop beating myself up about it. I have tried my best and the chips will have to fall where they may.
Rumor has it that Jay Leno is retiring – again – and that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over the earlier time slot. That is great news for me – because I would much rather watch Jimmy Fallon earlier in the night and then get some sleep. I’ll probably be getting an extra hour of sleep every night now!
I think the way Jay Leno supposedly retired and turned over the show to Conan O’Brien and then changed his mind and stole it away from Conan was really despicable and selfish of him. Conan went on and has plenty of money and a show elsewhere, but let’s face it, the Leno time slot is the Primo spot. I like Jimmy Fallon a lot better than Conan, so I am glad that Fallon gets the spot.
I hear the Fallon is insisting on hosting the show from New York City and moving it from Los Angeles. Actually, I think that is a mistake – the L.A. location has given Leno access too a lot more A List stars than what Letterman can get based in New York. But Fallon supposedly bragged that the stars who want to get on TV will have to hop a place and come to New York – true for both his new show and for Letterman.
Remember: this year Daylight Saving Time changes March 10. Daylight Saving Time always goes into effect at 2:00 am on a Sunday morning, so there is less consequence to people going about their daily lives. The idea is that most people should be in their bed asleep and not even notice the time change. Of course, if you are single and out having fun on a Saturday night, it will effect when the bars and clubs close. And some people have to work the third shift, so their pay and working hours are effected. But most people sleep through it and scramble about Sunday morning changing all the clocks in their house.
Woke up this morning and got on Facebook to check on any news or messages and found out that I missed my sister’s birthday. How the heck did that happen? Her birthday is February 19th and I can’t believe I didn’t notice the date yesterday.
Facebook is so good about listing people’s birthdays on the side of my news feed. I surely would have seen that yesterday. I posted a birthday message on Facebook even though it was a day late, and I will have to get her a small gift ASAP to make it up to her. I think I will get her a Starbucks coffee birthday gift card and some coffee related things, like a new mug or bag of grounds beans. I know she will forgive me if I show up with Starbucks in hand.
Although this winter has been relatively mild, it is still winter. I have to wear a coat when I leave the house and most days I wear a warm hat and gloves, too. The days are short – it gets dark before most people leave their 9-5 jobs. The heat bill is high, even though we keep it set at 70 degrees – that is 2 degrees lower than I like, but it saves a lot on the monthly bill, so I wear slippers and a sweater or hoodie in the house.
I am really restless and would like to getaway to some place warm. We used to go to
Florida every winter for a week, but this bad economy has made that impossible the last 2 years. I think I would be happy to get down there for only 3 or 4 days instead of the whole week, as long as the weather was nice while there. Sometimes even Florida gets a burst of cold air and bad weather in the winter.
Actually can’t think of any place else in the country that will be warm and sunny that I can drive to in less than a day. I wonder what the weather is like in Las Vegas? Sometimes i can get a really cheap flight to Vegas that makes the cost of driving to Florida more expensive because of the high price of gas. I might check that out tonight. I have Cabin Fever and if I can get someone to take care of the dogs for 4 days, I will be getting out of here for a long weekend. Adding a kennel bill to the cost of a getaway can make the total cost just too much. So I will have to be resourceful and plan this trip on a penny pincher budget.