Frugal and fabulous

Frequently I apply the hashtag #frugalandfabulous to my Instagram posts. The reality of our bank balance-income-budget means our lifestyle needs to be economically viable and futureproof… but fabulous at the same time. “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” ~ Calvin Coolidge Ideas simmered … More Frugal and fabulous


Sage… is how I would describe the wise, warm words of the contributions comprising the recently published anthology Letters for my Little Sister by Cecilia M. Buyswheeler Gunther & The Fellowship “a book of letters written by sixty-eight women about their experiences with Menopause. Yes! The forbidden M word.” You can purchase it in glorious hardcopy via … More sage

Cash is king

Over the past few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time with another man. The G.O. doesn’t mind, he’s a fan too… of The Man in Black: Johnny Cash. It started with a book – Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn, my book club’s selection earlier this year I purchased despite being a weighty paperback tome knowing the … More Cash is king

a Claytons life

From time to time I catch myself humming Dolly Parton’s theme song from the movie Nine to Five. Workin’ 9 to 5  [and then some], what a way to make a livin’… There’s a better life and you think about it, don’t you?… For his last birthday I gave the G.O. a card that featured … More a Claytons life

nifty thrifty

I didn’t realise until October was half gone that it’s Thriftober. Also, Buy Nothing New Month, which I’ve been on-board with in the past. Doing, or not doing it, isn’t a stretch given my lack of enthusiasm for Retail. The theme culminates in the Garage Sale Trail on 26 October, which attracts much interest but suggests … More nifty thrifty

diamonds and pearls

On the back of the Super Sweet Blogging Award Lord David Prosser generously also nominated elladee_words for the Blogger Award* with the proviso “just so she doesn’t get off too easily she’ll have to do the following”: 1. Thank the person who nominated her and add a link back to the blog. Thank you David. 2. … More diamonds and pearls

Believe. Guest Blogger – Kourtney Heintz, author The Six Train to Wisconsin

“Happy” is my favourite word. “Believe” comes next. In Kourtney’s own words this is how it happens when you believe in what you do, and put in the work to give it legs. I ran into Kourtney via her blog Kourtney Heintz’s Journal early in my foray into blogging, almost a year ago. From memory … More Believe. Guest Blogger – Kourtney Heintz, author The Six Train to Wisconsin