Well the parrot poop is hitting the fan in the economy and I’m feeling the pinch just like everyone else. I don’t have to worry about the bigger things because I don’t have any debt. Everything, and I mean everything is paid off. The only bills I have are the utilities and I pay off my credit card every month. I’m eating more beans than I used to, I’ve become a financial vegetarian due to skyrocketing meat prices and it’s better to lay off the meat anyway. I’m big on stocking up on “BOGOs” (Buy one, get one free), but for the most part I’ve always been kind of a tightwad when it comes to certain things. In other ways, I spend money like it was water. I’m big on bartering: “I’ll cook for you, you clean my house.” was one deal I had for a while, and I trade homemade bird food to get my birds groomed. I’m thrilled today because there is a cold front coming from the North and I don’t have to turn on the air conditioning. As a side venture, I also make dog biscuits for friends and neighbors that are all natural, wheat and gluten free, and the packaging is nauseatingly adorable.
I worry about the animal rescues. When somebody’s house is in foreclosure, they aren’t too concerned about making a donation to the Humane Society, (Yup, here’s a link:) http://www.hsus.org/, Phoenix Landing, http://www.phoenixlanding.org/ or the Gabriel Foundation http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org/.
I read an article that the rescues and adoption organizations are becoming inundated with animals who are being given up due to the overwhelming number of foreclosures and bankruptcies. People have to move, or they simply can’t afford to keep their animals any more. This “Sucks all the way to Cleveland”, as Whoopi Goldberg once said. I just find it sad and depressing that the first ones to take the hit are the pets. They are innocent and did nothing wrong except eat, which of course costs money. I feel bad for them and I feel bad for the Humans who are put in this position. Here us just one example of the dozens of stories written about this:
I don’t see this going away any time soon, and I’m just “hunkering down” as it’s said before a hurricane. Of course I attempt to do extreme things like unplug my coffee maker and other appliances when I’m not using them as it is the “green” thing to do, as well as saving on my power bill. I’ve switched all of my light bulbs to the compact fluorescent “curly-q” variety, I watch my paper towel usage, (tough when you have parrots) and I feed my birds as much as they want, but they get their fresh food a tablespoon at a time which tends to cut down on all that food throwing. There’s simply less waste. I’m also recycling their toys more. I was planning on installing wood floors in my Condo.
My Favorite Great Depression Photo: