Revisiting Pollyanna: a test case in positive psychology.

So, the gyms have opened up here, and I got back to swimming. Swimming is most definitely one of my favorite ways of exercising, because: #1. it is a good workout- incorporates lung work, arms, back muscles, leg work ( I do breaststroke. not ashamed. I am aware of the fact that it makes me […]

5 Environment-friendly gardening tricks for free.

It’s time for some gardening alchemy I think. I am not about to bother you with the hype talk about: “the important lessons we need to learn concerning the horrendous way we’ve been treating our planet before the c. virus, and how we all need to change our ways when this is all over”.  I […]

Those calories don’t count (or do they??)

If there is justice in this world, then some calories really shouldn’t count. If they have to count, well then they should be on a big, huge, discount. I am talking about  food preparation -tasting calories: If you are frugal, (I hope you are, this is definitely the place for you if you are, or […]

How I failed my 2020 resolutions on 1/1/20.

I have this tendency to criticize. I guess it is no wonder I worked in the justice department for more than 28 years. Or maybe it goes the other way- maybe I was a happy free spirited holly go-lightly before I started working as a lawyer, and the job- and the horrible things I witnessed […]

The race to being “the perfect retiree”.

If you had this romantic notion, that once retired, you will automatically cease to be an up-tight type-A achiever ( that is, of course, assuming you already are, no need to become one deliberately, mind you!), Well then. Reality check: You don’t. The mere fact that you are no longer commuting to your cubicle and […]

“Oh Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste healthy!”

There you go: You can’t have it both ways, can you? If it’s tasty, it ain’t healthy, and vice versa. This reminds me of a quote attributed to Catherine Deneuve, who said that after a certain age, a woman has to choose between her fanny and her face.(yes, apparently she said “fanny”. I didn’t even […]

Nap chat

Today I want to discuss something truly magnificent, that is definitely one of the holy grails of early retirement: The nap. You know, that short up to 50 minutes sleep in the middle of the day (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????!!!!!!????????!!-etc) Yes. So immoral and unproductive. Doesn’t get you closer to your goals . Doesn’t check anything off your […]

Cheap thrills: 3 easy money-saving hacks for free!!

I believe it’s time for another fun round of ” how to save $$$ so retirement won’t take that long”. #1: Diy healthy +frugal sugar substitute: your very own organic raw Medjool date spread! My partner got his blood work results and was reluctant to share, so I figured it was not the greatest results […]

Design your personal trail mix! frugal, healthy, easy recipe!!

I don’t eat airplane food. I mean I haven’t tried business class food , not to mention first class cuisine, so I can only make bold and harsh statements concerning tourist class , but I’m pretty sure most people travel like me, with the common crowd, and if you happen to be priviledged – well […]

5 tips that made my trip to India so great!h

So last week I told you about the present I gave myself for my 51st birthday: 2-week Intensive yoga course in India-full and honest review! Now I believe it is time for me to share the best tips I used, that made my first trip to India, alone, not possible-but a meaningful and unforgettable trip. […]