Monday, July 6, 2015

Greece -- What's Going On?

Greece just missed its debt payment. 

What this portends is far more serious than it sounds. Greece has been teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, with seemingly no hope of getting on a firmer stance.

The country tried to soften its "Screw you" message to the world's banks and other lenders by holding a referendum Sunday. Hey, let the voters decide whether they should undergo austerity or not.

Big surprise -- they voted "no."   (Sarcasm, dear readers, that's sarcasm.)

What does this mean? 

Well, for one thing, Greece's finance minister is no more -- he's been replaced. And other countries are making it clear that they are not pleased. (Germany seems to be leading the charge.)

Greek banks are staying closed, although their ATMs are letting people remove the equivalent of $66USD at a time. (Long lines are forming, according to the news media.) Greece's lenders are continuing to provide money, but only enough for a few days at a time.

Will Greece be kicked out of the European Union? (Whether they should stay in the EU was part of Sunday's vote.)

Will this developing crisis cause another big drop in stock markets around the world? 

Other countries are also in dire straits. (19 so far, according to this prognosticator -- and the U.S. rates a shining C- on the list. Oh goody.) Will this start some sort of domino effect?

Stay tuned...and pray.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Steam Heat

Steamy skies, weird thunderstorms practically every evening...and finally, after weeks of it, both the Brick and I seem to be coming out of the flu. I've almost caught up on paperwork...which means I can go back to working in the cool basement, checking on inventory and putting stuff away.
    Oh, and vacuuming a floor or two. We've got drifts of dog hair practically everywhere. Meanwhile:

Lime sorbet...sugar, water and limes, that's all you need. (From Who Needs A Cape)

Have we lost our ability to be open-minded? Well, it's certainly getting a workout, if we haven't. (From Money Beagle)

Escape from Hotel Hell. (From Club Thrifty)

Climb out of $186,000 in debt, and become a millionaire before you're 40? This couple did it, according to Forbes. (I'm skeptical, but hey... )

A judge recognizes her former middle school classmate -- while he's a defendent in her courtroom.

Become a digital nomad. We've talked about doing this, at least for a month or two at a time. It's tempting...  (From Financial Samurai)

Quit your job -- die alone. In other words, don't believe everything everyone tells you, especially if they're trying to sell you something. And get yourself laid off, instead of being fired or quitting. (From Untemplater)

Dear Investors -- we lost your money. All $640,000-plus of it. Oh well. (From So, Erica, are you paying any of it back?

Five-minute frozen strawberry yogurt. Make it -- five minutes later, it's ready to eat! (From Pretty Plain Jane's)

Hitler had a smattering of Jewish and African backgrounds in his bloodline. DNA tests from 39 relatives don't lie...

Remember the couple who found $10million in gold coins during a walk on their California property? Turns out the coins may have been stolen during a 1900 heist from a U.S. Mint.
    And if that angle doesn't work out, the IRS is trying to get their grabby little hands on half for tax purposes. Either way, the government gets their share.

20 most mysterious ghost photos:

 Have fun....                                

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth!

And long may it wave...

Friday, July 3, 2015

True, True...

(Thanks for the encouragement, IJ Lift. It's been a rough week -- I needed it.)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Quilt-Loving People, Unite!

Friend Ellie sent me this photo of a quilter's t-shirt...

Not that I'd recognize myself -- or any of my friends -- in any of this. Nope. Unh-unh.

(You can order one of your own at Viral Style -- just go here for more. )

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Just to keep Charles and Abby covered...

Thanks, Mental Floss, for keeping us up-to-date!

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