Skip to main content

Frugal Fun

I do not leave my home very often. Mainly it is because I don't need to. I have family who will do my running around for me.

I like it that way most of the time but there are some days that I just can't stay inside any more. On those days I always find a reason for going outside. Mainly I'll walk in the garden or sometimes to the corner store to get myself a treat but some times I'll walk to look at other peoples gardens or to look at the changing trees or nearby Christmas decorations.

I take photos as I go so what I see is concrete not just in my head. The best part of this is that 1) it's free and 2) it's fun and 3) it's healthy.

There are other things you can do that are free or nearly so as well.

1) Go to the library choose a couple of magazines you like and sit in one of the armchairs and read them

2) The library also hosts some hobby groups like a book club or knitting club that are free. The library sometimes even provides the books for the reading club

3) Senior groups provide game nights for their members and the annual fee is not outrageous. They have all kinds of things from fitness classes to lawn bowling. Of course you need to be a senor but these days that is often defined as 55 or older and I'm sure most of you have reached that age.

4) There are other groups like Toastmasters that charge a small annual fee and are great fun to get involved in.

I like annual fees because you pay it once a year and then don't have to worry about it until next year. Also, some groups offer prorated fees, that is the further into their year you join the less it costs you. Mind it also means that you will have less time to enjoy it before you need to pay again. Still, if you pay for three months and find you don't like it after that time you don't have to renew.

Some groups also have the option to pay as you go but that means that each time you go you need to have that $7 or whatever with you when you show up but it also means that if you can't make it or have decided the group isn't for you then you haven't wasted any money.

The last option is rare but when you find them the event usually turns out to be pretty cool. These are the ones that say pay-what-you-can or bring a canned food item. Some of these are a lot of fun I'm told.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hello March

May the sun be with us! Except with the quiet coming of March be on the lookout for at least one more big storm before the end of the month. I love the sun but I always hope March comes in like a lion so that it will go out like a lamb. I can deal with cold and snow early in the month but I always wish for the beauty of sun and green buds on the trees at the end of it.

So where did the phrase 'In like a lamb, out like a lion' come from?

There are several ideas:

While many sayings are base on observation and are accurate, others are the rhymes and beliefs of those who came before us.
Those folks actually believed that bad spirits could change the weather adversely, so they were cautious as to what they did or didn't do in certain situations.  Those beliefs also included ideas that there could be a balance in weather and in life. So if the weather came in bad, (like a lion) it could go out good and calm. (like a lamb)
Since March is such a changeable month in which we can see…

National Make a Friend Day

I am not very good at making friends or keeping them it seems. I do not go outside much, in fact I hardly leave my home unless it is family related. That makes it hard especially since friends expect you to come to them at least once in a while and I find I can't.

If it were simply a matter of laziness it would be understandable but it isn't. Some days I can't even open the door to let in some fresh air. I do not know where the fear comes from I just know that that is what I feel when I think about going outside most of the time.

Agoraphobia: Triggers for this anxiety may include wide-open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public.
Causes: Genetic and environmental factors Symptoms: Anxiety in situations perceived to be unsafe, panic attacks Treatment: Cognitive behavioral ther…

National Pizza Day

I am celebrating today! Several things actually!

1) I like Pizza & I have a perfect reason to make one. It's National Pizza Day! Its going to be a simple one though made with an everything bagel with pizza sauce, pepperoni & cheese. I might even add some onions and peppers for a filling supper.

2) Getting the pantry of my dreams. The one I bought is similar to a cupboard that sat in the house of one of my Uncles for as long as I could remember. It was a bit more delicate than the one I bought though. It looked a little like this one.

3) The Professor as confirmed that we will be going to Ottawa for Valentines, I am over the moon! It won't be the week I wanted but it is going to be four days & three nights.

It means that I can explore the Byward district a bit more than I did a few years ago. Happy Dance!