It’s Paid For!

A car bumper sticker stating "Don't laugh, it's paid for"

I spotted this fun sticker proclaiming automotive financial wisdom on a car in my workplace parking lot the other day!

As an aside—I’ve found debt-free living to be a highly satisfying lifestyle and I’m happy to own my own I-paid-for-it-with-cash vehicle. I recommend Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps as a great guide for budgeting, paying off debt, saving money, and building wealth.

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Crewela Drives a Honda Pilot

I’m guessing that this person is 1) an ardent practitioner of crewel embroidery and 2) an admirer of the villainess in the The 101 Dalmatians!

Crewel embroidery, or crewelwork, is a type of surface embroidery using wool. A wide variety of different embroidery stitches are used to follow a design outline applied to the fabric. The technique is at least a thousand years old.”
—Wikipedia

A license plate that says "Crewela"

Signs in the South Island

On a recent trip to the South Island of New Zealand, I saw a variety of interesting signs!

This chiropractor has both national pride and a sense of humor!

Sign at the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral

This sign is part of a display at the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral.

Sign advising motorists to slow down on country roads

The sign says, “Country roads are not motorways. Slow down.” Fun fact: In New Zealand, the maximum speed limit is 60 mph…

 

 

Sign for Wakatipu Croquet Club

The game of croquet appears to be taken quite seriously here.

Statue of a Tolkien dwarf in the Auckland airport

This is, ahem, a giant statue of a dwarf in the Auckland airport.

Sign on a Tolkien dwarf statue in the Auckland airport

The giant dwarf statue is on loan from Middle Earth. 🙂

A farm stand near Abel Tasman national park

A cute farm stand near Abel Tasman National Park.

A one-lane bridge in Mount Cook National Park

Make sure to note who has the right of way on the one-lane bridges!

A sign near a hiking trail "Lambing in Progress"

Lambing in progress!

A quaint motel sign

A pretty sweet-looking MOTEL sign.

A motor camp playground

This motor camp awesomely repurposed some classic McDonald’s playground equipment!

Late February Days!

Last Saturday, spring was in the air. I left off my winter coat and went outside and enjoyed the unseasonably warm beauty of sunshine and blue skies. As the 19th century English poet William Morris expressed,

“Late February days; and now, at last,
Might you have thought that
Winter’s woe was past;
So fair the sky was and so soft the air.”

Then on Sunday, it snowed. It snowed a lot.

Snow piled on a park bench

Now, our region needs the snowpack for the coming summer and thus I am grateful for this snowstorm.

In the meantime, just as 17th century English-American poet Anne Bradstreet declared, I must remind myself that, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”