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Why I Hire People Who Fail from Harvard Business Review
Teach your children how to fail. It will help them enormously throughout life.
I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: success by failure is not an oxymoron. When you make a mistake, you’re forced to look back and find out exactly where you went wrong, and formulate a new plan for your next attempt. By contrast, when you succeed, you don’t always know exactly what you did right that made you successful (often, it’s luck).
War Diary from Frugal in Norfolk
This entire series is really interesting.
My husband had taken early retirement from the RAF on a pension of £500 per month. We had sacrificed a large part of his pension in order to clear our mortgage. Doing so meant that this amount of money would be fixed for the next 5 years until he reached 60 when he would get a pension increase (a huge 2%). I was training to be a nurse so we assumed I would and could help out hugely on the financial side of things. How wrong can you be.
Within two months, I came close to having a nervous breakdown and had to give up my training. I was unable to drive past the hospital for the next 3 years without feeling physically sick! We had always been careful with our money but now had to learn to live on this fixed sum.
We cut down everything we could think off and when that wasn’t enough had to look at food – our last desperate attempt to keep within our budget and steer clear of debt.
This is our story, very relevant to today and we hope you will find it useful. The first part will be condensed so I can keep it current month by month, posting at the end of October the entries for October 1994. I will run it under the label Wartime Diary (WD) As I don’t yet know how long these static pages are, I may need to add new parts as I progress.We all have to eat but people during the war ate surprisingly well and their only real complaint was lack of variety combined with difficulty in obtaining their normal food when required. The more I read about rationing, the more I realised it was the answer to our dilemma. I discussed it with my family and we jointly decided, out of curiosity, to see if we could reduce our weekly food bill and to see how we fared – excuse the pun. I am really looking forward to it. My husband DB is willing to have a go, our young son DS isn’t sure but luckily for us, he is still at that tender age of ‘compliance’ – most of the time!
Wasp Control That Works from Rural Revolution
File this one away for future reference…
A few days ago I put up a post about the horrifically bad wasp year we’re having. Outdoor activities had to be suspended except before dawn or after dark because of how many stinging insects were swarming the area.
We’re not alone — everyone we know is experiencing similar issues. Recently Don was in a hardware store, and he noticed they had shelves and shelves of wasp traps for people desperate to control them.
Wasps in this volume aren’t just annoying, they’re dangerous — particularly for people who have reactions to stings. Everyone felt they were being held hostage indoors. Nearly every day, we would set a trap and it would fill almost to the brim. Every. Single. Day.
Then a commenter… posted a sure-fire method of killing wasps…
Learning Printables for Autumn
There are so many fun fall-themed learning printables in my shop!
From the Archives
I can’t believe it’s been six years since I planned Caroline’s Fancy Nancy Birthday Party. This is still one of my most popular posts.
From My Amazon Page
I adore this book from my Favorite Cozy Picture Books Amazon page. Perfect to have on your bookshelf and read each autumn.
Save Money on Homeschooling
SchoolHouseTeachers.com offers so much for homeschooling that it’s almost unbelievable. You can get the first month for just $1 during the month of September!