Did you get unsolicited phone calls today? On Wednesday, we had a funeral to attend. I'm so glad I had my cellphone ringer on silence. Within three hours I got the most spam calls ever! At least 10 of them!!! It's so annoying!
As per recent article in AARP's February 2019 publication, the problem it seems is that too often we give our data away.
I will summarize here the major points:
Getting organized and staying organized takes a lot of effort. Specially, over the years when you accumulate stuff, without making room for stuff you really want to have. Besides the regular shopping added to stuff we have, imagine having hobbies that need even more space, than those who don't collect to satisfy their creativity.
I have been involved in helping others with their containment of clutter. Saturday was one of those days. The elderly lady said you are really good at it. She was unable to keep track of all the stuff that had taken over her three bedroom apartment. She had bags of stuff. She is elderly, so I took the initiative in bringing the stuff in the living room to her and one by one going thru them. She had a very large tub of tapperware, so we stuffed the stuff she will need for her hobbies at a later day. Another pile was made for stuff she would give away. And stuff of no longer interest and not worth donating, went in large black trash bags.
However, if you attempt to sell your items, there are many tools and websites to sell your items. In the mid 90s I had discovered a platform, which I have to this day. I haven't aggressively promoted, however I have got some sales. It's Ecrater. I also set a Facebook page for those who sell on Ecrater at: www.facebook.com/groups/EcraterStores/ - there are some gems to discover. To go along with that page, I also have on Pinterest a special board to further promote Ecrater as well at: https://www.pinterest.com/OurDesignPages/business-news-and-sourcewww.pinterest.com/OurDesignPages/business-news-and-sources/s/ subgroup of Business News and Sources. I will add more stores there for you to discover and hopefully shop at their stores.
I am asked, where else do I sell my items. I have used various apps:
Do you have a website? If not, you might like to have one for yourself, for the family or for start up business. At some point, we might need a basic website to promote our business or services.
A friend of ours had an online business for quite a long time, however, due to family circumstances, her website wasn't active nor it was updated. She was "throwing away" money for a business that had to close it's doors for a while.
I was so glad she took my offer to transfer it to a stand alone website, with no incurring yearly expenses. I suggested that I would help her transfer the site. She had done a lot of research and also willing to pay someone to teach her. Ideally it would be great if she could visit me, however it's at least 5 hr drive where she lives.
Last week, in an hour, while she was on the cellphone with me, I migrated the site to the stand alone. She will tweak it soon. If you need help with such a situation or need a similar quick website to get it up and running, please contact me with some details of your need and situation.
Since the old site is now deleted, here is the new site
Valentine's Day 2019 is in few days. We are getting ready to give our loved one a surprise gift to show them how much they are loved and appreciated.
My husband has made reservations, so we will spend some quality time in our area favorite restaurant. The bouquet of roses and box of chocolates will be there as all these years. There are other ways to also personalize some gifts or buy from artisans that special unique gift.
I had bought a beautiful frame to have a picture of me as gift Christmas time. However, I never got around to give it to him. He had been asking me to give him a print of a photo of me for his office desk. I should pick one and do it asap.
What's your plans for Valentine's Day?
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In this digital age, we have so many password for various online access points. We don't usually give a thought as to what might happen someday in the future.
Today I read of the Crypto Exchange company owner's death. There was a major problem for the company. No one in the company knew the password! So now they have problem paying the investors!
Do you have a plan set for your digital passwords? It's something you might like to think about, as we never know the future. Best to think what steps we could take now, so that if people are affected by our sickness or inevitable death someday, there wouldn't be any problems in accessing. What's your digital legacy upon your death? It's something to think about. I had noticed Facebook has an option you might like to check out what to do with your account upon your death.
Actually even before the digital age, people used to go to various lengths to conceal valuables. This week I was having a conversation with a lady. She was telling me of a sad situation that happened to her own great grandmother. Her great grandfather was a jeweler and dies unexpectedly of tuberculosis. After a while, the great grandmother finds in one of his suit jackets a special note addressed to her. She reads the note and he says that he loves her a lot and upon his death, she will be very well taken care of. He tells her that the handles of his jewelry tools were made of gold. He explains that he had concealed them with another metal to disguise. She immediately panics, as she had given away the tools to another relative after his death! She runs over to the house of the relatives, who all of a sudden were showing signs of wealth. They had bought a new house and a car. She asks them if she could have her husband's tools back. And they DENY they have them! And they add, he was a very good man. She is speechless and goes home.
This is a great lesson for all of us, for tangible or intangible keys or passwords.
This is the article I referred to above. It's on CNET
Crypto exchange founder dies, taking the password (and $190M) with him A cryptocurrency exchange can't access the millions of dollars it owes investors.