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Tratament pentru copaci

Posted by Marko on October 27, 2018 in Off Topic |

Ingrijirea corecta si regulata a copacilor asigura nu numai o crestere a randamentului, ci, prelungeste si viata copacilor, sustinand aspectul atractiv si sanatatea lor. Pentru acest lucru exista  tratament pentru copaci care este atat de necesar pentru sanatatea gradinii. Mentinerea trunchiului de copac si a ramurilor scheletice principale intr-o stare sanatoasa, asigura longevitatea copacului. Copacii care au trunchiuri deteriorate si ramurile scheletice, sunt mai putin rezistente la inghet, la infrangerea diferitelor boli si daunatori, in timp ce randamentul este redus. Read more…

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This is All Temporary

Posted by Marko on October 20, 2018 in Off Topic |

For some time now, I’ve felt a strong push (or pull?) to move. I dream about living in a condo where someone else would take care of yard work and there would be less rooms to clean. Or a sustainable home that generates its own energy and distributes grey water to the gardens.

I’ve even fantasized about living in another country like Denmark. They always rank so high in happiness ratings, afterall. Of course I don’t speak any Danish, so that might be a problem.

But mostly, I imagine an extended period of time where I would be able to shed most of my material burdens and focus on my family. Where we could all enjoy each other’s company rather than play paper-scissors-rock to decide who gets to weed the flower beds this week. Read more…

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Some Thoughts About Being on Time

Posted by Marko on October 13, 2018 in Off Topic |

I’ve been noticing people’s habits lately. Mostly, I’ve noticed individual’s tendency to be on time — or be chronically late.

It’s always obvious who is on time when meeting others in person. But in-person meetings aren’t the only instances where we can offend others by being late. Read more…

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Getting Unstuck

Posted by Marko on October 4, 2018 in Off Topic |

Many of you have asked me to report back on how my life has changed since leaving my full-time job almost two weeks ago. It’s hard to say for sure how much different things will be just yet, but a few things from my first week free from full-time employment stand out: Read more…

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What do You Think You Need?

Posted by Marko on September 30, 2018 in Off Topic |

If you really want to take complete control of your spending, you must have a very clear understanding of the difference between needs and wants. I suspect you’ve heard this before, and perhaps you already understand the difference, at least on a technical level. But I’ll bet that if you could hear a perpetual recording of yourself, you would find yourself saying “I need fill-in-the-blank” — (something that isn’t a real need at all) — at least once a day. Read more…

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Storms, Guilt and Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Marko on September 22, 2018 in Off Topic |

On Friday night, a wicked storm with winds up to 80mph whipped through the Columbus, OH area where I live. Trees were unrooted like weeds and lawn furniture was tossed around like leaves in the powerful gusts.

We were fortunate to only lose power for a short time, but many others are — and will — be without power until as late at July 9th.

I’m left feeling somewhat guilty about being spared the inconvenience and discomfort of losing power. And I’m realizing how swiftly electric-powered comforts like air conditioning and home-brewed coffee could be swept away.

The past two years have been peppered with my experiences in living with less. But even after paring down substantially in an effort to become more self-sufficient, I realize how utterly dependent I am. Read more…

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Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Posted by Marko on September 16, 2018 in Off Topic |

A recent power outage in my area that lasted up to nine days for many people prompted me to begin assembling an emergency kit of sorts. I realized that my family doesn’t keep any nonperishable food, and we never stock extra water. It’s become clear to me that having some basic supplies in case of an emergency is important.

There were so many great suggestions on my last post from many of you about what to keep in case of an emergency. Thank you!

In talking with others, I’ve discovered most everyone keeps some kind of emergency supplies. I know it can get out of hand (my cousin was telling me about her friend that has three years of dehydrated food stored!). But having at least a few days worth of food and water for you and your family just makes good sense. Read more…

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Your Ideal Life

Posted by Marko on September 8, 2018 in Off Topic |

What is your ideal life? How far away is your ideal life from where you are today? What can you do this week to start closing the gap?

For me, the ideal life involves a flexible work schedule that allows for plenty of traveling and time with my family. It also involves doing work I’m passionate about.

What do you love to do? How could you turn your passion into your work? What’s in the way?

Beginning a couple of years ago, my husband and I lowered our living expenses by about 40%. We sold a lot of our crap and used the money to pay down our consumer debts faster. Last August we paid off the last of almost $26,000 in consumer debts. Read more…

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Spend More on the Things You Love

Posted by Marko on September 1, 2018 in Off Topic |

There are many areas in my life where I practice frugality, or just do without. The funny thing is, those areas where I cut back are areas in which I don’t notice any kind of lack. In other words, I never feel like I’m missing out.

For example, we almost never eat out. This is no big deal because I like to cook and have my family gather around the kitchen table for meals. Sure, some nights it would be easier to just order take out, but I enjoy the challenge of making a meal out of what we have on hand. Read more…

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What’s Your Ideal Work Arrangement?

Posted by Marko on August 24, 2018 in Off Topic |

The past few weeks have been a total whirlwind for me. Earlier this month I launched my first e-book, then awaited some changes looming in my full-time job. Late last week, I finally got the news. I am being switched from salary to hourly employment. While the details aren’t finalized, what’s certain is there are going to be some huge changes in my working life. Read more…

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