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A small resin his resin 'hidey hole' [a small bucket]. Our back yard. Among the hibiscus bushes.

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Yesterday I mentioned the little bit on how I like to buy locally instead of using the convenience of buying most cases, tax free! To me, that is all kinds of wrong. And I already realize that the majority of consumers will disagree. It's not the luxury of not contending with 'sales pitches' in stores per sé, but economically for the city, county and state. It is only my way of thinking. I also feel, deep down, that is one of the prime reasons this country's infrastructure is going to pieces; literally. Think about it. The cities' streets are in dire need of repair work. County and states' bridges are falling. Even the famed interstate highways are in critical need of humongous repair work and all 'we' can afford is patch work here and there. Where do the infrastructure moneys come from? Federally it's mostly from the cost of fuel that runs our vehicles. But locally, it's mainly from sales tax and property tax. If we as consumers choose to buy online...the tax money doesn't come into the proper outlets...hence a crumbling infrastructure economy. So, in turn, sales taxes and property taxes HAVE to be increased. And we all b!tch about the increases when it's our own fault in so many ways. If only the American consumer would stop and think more wisely, more of us would take to shopping at the local STORES instead of using the convenience of shopping online. I for one will always shop at local stores PHYSICALLY 99% of the time. For that very keep the local economy strong. It's sad to see so many local stores having to board-up and close down...a huge factor weighing in is the internet that is hurting those who have a livelihood in trying to accomplish the American dream and own and operate a store in town. See a book you'd like to buy? Instead of Amazon...go to your local bookstore and order it!...and pay the eight to ten cents on a dollar for the cost of the book. Invest in your own city and county and state!! I heard on the news a while ago that our country's Congress is thinking about putting into law an internet tax on purchases ...........that's a GOOD idea!! What really makes the difference I ask? I answer: keep the money going out to YOUR own city!!! Paying higher property tax or sales tax or internet tax or if you rent...higher rent because the landlord's property tax increases?------it's helping the local economy. Besides shopping in stores gets me off my butt and out of the house and more walking for exercise.

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Shawnna at Shawnna's Blog Styling and Thom at Thom's Place 4 Whatever tagged me yesterday!! I'm more than happy to oblige....
Here is the tag:

1. Why did you start blog­ging? A long time online friend had a blog and I often went to read what she had for the day---I tried it. And have been posting almost daily ever since!!

2. If you could travel any­where in the world with no restric­tion of costs, where would it be and why? Anywhere? Well, there are several places I'd love to see, Australia, The Amazon River, The Nile, and the pyramids...but mostly, it would be the British Isles. London England- then Ireland and then hop over to the mainland of Europe and do research for my genealogy work that I began years ago. I've researched everything there is available to me in the States; collecting all kinds of legal copies of everything from birth certificates, marriage certificates, even ship's logs carrying them to America from the late 1700s from Ireland and France [once Germany occupied]. I'd love to delve into it all in Europe to see just how close I am in bloodlines to 1600 era royalty that the genealogy hints at that I have.

3. Did you have a teacher in school that had a great influ­ence on your life? If so, what? Now y'all know it's been decades since I've been in school...but I've fond memories of my English and English Lit teachers. Especially Ms. Sanderson. My high school English Lit teacher....she got me so very interested in Shakespeare. And to this day I find myself quoting or going back to reading his works.

4. If you could spend the day with a famous per­son, who would it be, and what would you do? This always seems a strange answer, but for years I've oftentimes wish that John Wilkes Booth were alive...or I LIVED back in his day. So I could get to interview him and write his biography. Books written about him that I've read always are written from historical facts...I'd like to have known him personally to see what made him 'tick' and why he was so hateful of Lincoln.

5. Toi­let paper — over or under? OVER.

6. Name one thing in your life that you would do over if pos­si­ble. I can't think of anything....I've pondered over this. Nothing comes to mind. I'm happy with my life and how it turned out. I never dreamed beyond my expectations. I got what I wanted....a happy marriage and two children.

7. Tell about your pets — if any. Two furry fur babies. Both adopted...older cats. Tahoe, a medium long haired black tabby. Winston, a white silver-tipped Persian.

8. Do you live in a small town or a large town. (You don’t have to name the town.) Not large, nor small actually. At least in my way of thinking. The city itself is probably 250K to 300K in population.


  1. I love the raccoon.

  2. I love this post, Anni. I also try to shop locally. The exception would be cookware. I priced a saucepan that my husband wanted at $229 average at 3 different stores within 50 miles. I purchased it from for $29.99 with free shipping. I am always amazed, however, at prices. Some of our local boutique shops beat the bigger stores 50 miles away. And my streets improve! Thanks for this.

  3. Anonymous9/06/2010

    Love the raccoon. I try and buy locally to but I do a lot online but this is going to give me food for thought. :) Love the answers to the tag. Especially the TP...I'm so over LOL I wouldn't do anything over either. I tagged you with this as well and I have a contest running with it :) Here it is. Have a great Labor Day :) Oh and your blog threw me you have a right side bar :) Never know what your're going to see here :)

  4. what a pretty sculpture
    I love it

  5. Love the little raccoon photo, bet he looks adorable in your yard. I agree with you supporting your local stores, we try to keep this in mind when we are in need of something. We do very little internet shopping. For one, I dont really trust the internet for personal info.

  6. Pretty sculpture ;o)

  7. This little raccoon face is so kissable !!



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