I know I’ve whined about the weather several times in the past, but I’m going to do it again. This is the coolest, wettest spring I can ever remember. We’ve had a handful of sunny days, but that’s it. The rest of the time, it’s been just like today: grey and misty.
Now, as an Oregonian, I’m okay with several months of grey and misty. I like it. That’s why I live here. But I didn’t sign up for eight months a year of this stuff. Like just about everyone else in the Portland area, this weather is starting to drive me insane.
Summer begins at 4:21am Pacific on Monday morning. And the sun had better not be far behind!
As a sort of side effect, however, it turns out we picked a good year to take a break from our garden project. Everything but the peas and blackberries look pathetic. The strawberries taste like California strawberries (an Oregon insult for fibrous early-spring strawberries that have little flavor). The tomatoes are ready to give up. If we were tracking our costs and harvest this year, we’d probably be in the hole.
Enough complaining! Here are a few finance articles I’ve been reading elsewhere around the web:
Kristen forwarded a fascinating article from the San Francisco Chronicle. Author Jonathan Nathan takes a look at the pitfalls of credit reports, exploring what happens when errors creep into the automated world of credit reporting. The credit bureaus insist “there are no mistakes here”, yet consumers continue to report puzzling bits of info in their credit reports — info that often hurts their financial situation. Remember: It’s a good idea to get your free credit report once or twice a year to be sure there’s no misinformation.
A couple of years ago, GRS reader Betsy Teutsch gave us a guest post on her love-hate relationship with wedding registries. At her own blog, she recently posted a follow-up, in which she finds a middle ground. After her son’s recent wedding, Betsy decided there are ways to make wedding registries less onerous.
A recent MSN Money column from Liz Weston features stories of folks who live on $18,000 a year — by choice. Weston profiles three people (ages 25, 44, and 60) who “have chosen to live frugally so they can pursue their own interests”. It’s interesting to see what these people have in common: cheap housing, cheap transportation, and cheap thrills.
Finally, Feed the Sink has a follow-up to April’s recent article about shopping at farmers’ markets. Andre looks at five reasons farmers’ markets are good for you. Kris and I made our first trip to the local farmers’ market last weekend, and were both impressed by the stuff we came home with.
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