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Last week’s time off was amazing. And productive! my husband and I blogged, got some things done around the house, made some extra money, worked on our debt-payoff budget, bought a new home computer, watched the world’s most terrible movie and, oh yeah, had some fun, too! Now I’m back

It’s magical: I’m on vacation this week, and here you are, still reading Ask Joan. Neat, huh? It’s thanks to some help from friends in answering today’s questions. My plans for the day, because my husband and daughter are also off, might include a trip a little north to see

Somehow, it’s cold. Like winter. It was 80 degrees not that long ago. Did we skip fall? I, for one, want it back! My daughter went with my sister and brother-in-law to the Renaissance Faire yesterday, and they were REALLY chilly. See? Bone-chilling! For my part, I’m drinking hot chocolate

So in addition to my multitudinous trips at the York Fair, I did something else fun this past weekend. I went to see my mom in a fashion show! She was “modeling” for one of her favorite stores at the mall, and she had a great time. (And got a

Hope your Labor Day included relaxing times and dry basements. Wear your galoshes the rest of the week; I hear the rain will continue. In that spirit, today’s Ask Joan also features some continuations, following up on previous posts. Hopefully these will be of a bit more cheery sort than

Today was my daughter’s first day of sixth grade – the start of middle school in our district! In addition to that typical craziness, we also went and bought her a (used) flute tonight so she can join the band. Busy day. I hope my cute photo will serve as