January 2014

There are 3 blog entries for January 2014.

Front Porch

Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:00pm. 2,087 Views, 0 Comments.

The Shape of the Porch to Come

by Celia Hayes


Front Porch by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAll righty, then – last week to Lowe’s for two bags of mortar mix and an inexpensive bricklayer’s trowel, so that we could complete two segments of the porch project. For reasons known only to the original developer, the basic plan of my house (and a handful of other small garden cottages in Spring Creek Forest) were built with the front door actually about half-way along one side of a long narrow house – with a kind of square divot indented into the side. A third of a divot was made into a small, covered front porch and the rest just left open. Most people chose to make it into a flower bed, although the whole thing in concrete would have made a generous porch with wide steps going down to the

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Grocery Coupons and Saving Money

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 6:50pm. 1,666 Views, 0 Comments.

Eye on the Bottom Line

by Celia Hayes

An eye on the bottom line of the receipts at the grocery store, of course. I've been through a good few years of this, after being well-trained by my mother and grandmothers. All of them were disposed to pinch pennies until Lincoln begged for mercy, although they took slightly different ways to go about it. Grandma Dodie did coupons and sales; when she and Grandpa finally sold their house and moved into a retirement community, there was a stash of canned goods in the garage which would have fed a family for a couple of years. Grannie Jessie, the country girl, kept chickens, did a lot of preserves and pickles, and saved Green Stamps to purchase certain useful appliances, furniture and luxury goods. My mother

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2014 In With the New

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 8:41pm. 1,841 Views, 0 Comments.

Out With The Old, In With the New

by Celia Hayes

Garden Table for 2 - Early April 2013 by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe New Year, that is. Bye-bye to 2013, hello to 2014; this an exception to the saying about preferring a known evil to the one you know nothing of, but then it's not like we have a choice. Here we go, on a rocket-launch into the unknown, willy-nilly – without any guidance save being certain to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.

New AC Compressor Being Installed by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI looked back at certain resolutions that I made at the end of 2012 – sell the relatively useless (to me) property I owned in California and buy a piece of Texas paradise, finish my next book and sell a great quantity of copies of all my books at year-end events, to switch over from a national bank to a Texas establishment for all my banking needs, pay off a major

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