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Presidents’ Day Fun Facts

Happy Presidents’ Day!…especially if you have today off. Since I’m enjoying my 3-day weekend, I decided to share some fun and interesting facts – though not necessarily finance related – about our past presidents (source: Smart About The Presidents – great book!) Some Well-Known Presidents George Washington – Did you know that George was an animal lover? He had his staff brush his horse’s teeth everyday. Too bad George didn’t follow his own advice; President Washington wore false teeth made of bone and tusk. Abraham Lincoln – Abe had an unusual filing system; he kept important papers in his hat, hence the need for a very tall one.  We can credit President Lincoln for making that last Thursday of every November Thanksgiving Day. Theodore Roosevelt – Not only did Roosevelt preserve millions of acres for national parks, the teddy bear is named after him. And Roosevelt’s six children were quite the rambunctious crew roller skating down hallways and sledding down staircases on cookie trays of the White House. Can you imagine what the staff must have thought?! John F. Kennedy – He was the first president who was a boy scout and created the Peace Corps. Some Not So Well Known Presidents Andrew Jackson – Jackson insisted the world was flat and was the first president to be born in a log cabin (not just good ole’ Abe, ya...

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Trader Joe’s Rocks

I’ve been an off- and on-customer of Trader Joe’s for years. The main reason I don’t frequent that grocery store as often as I like is the insane parking lot that every store in my area seems to have. The stores’ lots are just not large enough for it’s popularity making it an obstacle course to park. However, I think I’ve found a hidden gem as  new stores are popping up in many neighborhoods near my home, and one of them has a larger parking lot! Trader Joe’s has been around since  1967 starting out in Pasadena, California. When I was a kid in the early ’80’s, there was one in my neighborhood that my parents would frequent for inexpensive wines and spirits. They slowly grew during the 1980’s and ’90’s, but their popularity really hit it’s peak this millennium with the opening of stores across the nation (including Arizona and the mid-west.) I became a regular shopper in the late ’90’s as there was one within walking distance from my apartment and I didn’t have to fight the parking  lot traffic to shop there. However, once I moved out of that apartment, it just was too much of a hassle finding parking. But…I think I’ve found one I can actually shop and park at! What’s so great about Trader Joe’s that makes me want to shop there more...

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Happy Halloween!

This year is our first year back in an apartment and we’re not expecting any trick-or-treaters at our door, so instead we’re going to go scare some of our friend’s neighborhood kids! It’s all in good fun, but from the costume above you can see why some little ones might be a bit frightened. My husband is itching to get his scare on and he’s excited that we have a friend who’ll let him be scary for the evening. However, our friend hands out full-sized candy bars and last  year they had 120 trick-or-treaters. That’s a lot of kids and my guess is they come in streams with barely any downtime. Mr. LH will have trouble scaring the kids if there’s barely a break between groups. The allure of the unexpected will be blown. I’m looking forward to seeing so many children dressed up, as our last Halloween at our rental house was sort of bleak; we barely had 25 kids show up. The nice part about setting up camp at our friend’s house is it’s FREE for us. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy Halloween and we don’t have to shell out money for the treats. Of course, as good friends we’re preparing an early dinner for them as our “thank you” for letting us enjoy Halloween on someone else’s porch. Enjoy your Halloween and don’t forget to...

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Random Notes from 101 Centavos

101 Centavos is a blog dedicated in very unequal parts to travel, personal finance, gardening, cooking, travel and investing. These are little mini-topics that come from the idea notebook.  Some of them morph into full-blown articles, and some just languish for a while until gathered up in these random note posts. Thoughts on Garden Compost Used to think that twigs and branches were bad for compost piles.  A certain amount of mid-size sticks, no bigger than a little finger and broken up in manageable lengths actually turn out to be pretty good for composting. They tend to form a lattice work that creates air spaces; air which is needed by the little nano-critter bacteria that keep the aerobic process going; without oxygen – no aerobic-ness. Leaf compost piles compost slowly and anaerobically; a very slow process.   If left alone, a carbon-rich leaf pile will take a couple years to compost down into humus.  I keep a couple of round piles of leaves, made with chicken wire and 1×2 uprights, 36 inches high and 24 inches across.  They serve as a stockpile of “browns” throughout the summer, to gradually add to the “hot” compost pile of grass clippings, weeds, and other yard and kitchen waste.  Although leaf piles lack nitrogen and therefore compost anaerobically, the soil under them eventually becomes enriched with the “juices” that seep down from the decaying...

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