I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
As I have said in the past, I am not a big Christmas shopper. I purchase my gifts all year long and make gifts, as well. However, I have gotten quite a few "good buys" lately at Kohls, Boston Store and Target but I shop on weeknights and get in and out of the stores quickly. I have encountered good natured sales clerks and basically people (other shoppers) have been courteous and generous. Twice, in the past week, I have had people ask me if I wanted to get ahead of them in line as I had less purchases than they had! People open doors and hold doors for me if I have a large package or packages.
We were getting frustrated with our Basic Cable TV service from Time Warner so cancelled it after having it for many, many years. Many people in our condo complex also did so but switched to AT & T Uverse. In order to cancel Time Warner, we had to sit on the phone for 45 minutes and then take a piece of equipment back to Southridge to the Time Warner store and wait for another 45 minutes in line. Many, many people were upset with Time Warner.
When we lived in West Allis, I was always interested in West Allis history - the older, well maintained homes, the history of the old buildings on National Avenue, the history of the businesses, etc. We joined the West Allis Historical Society in West Allis as well as Greendale and Greenfield. Our history is so very important and we enjoy reading the quarterly newsletters or books that are available on these three cities. The West Allis Historical Society has a very nice museum and grounds - vist them when you have a chance. There is also a nice book that was published a few years ago about the West Allis history - VERY informative with great pictures. My husband grew up in West Allis since the age of 2 and he remembers fields where there are now sub divisions and condos. There used to be mom and pop bakeries, mom and pop center of the block grocery stores, etc. I even remember them when I moved into West Allis in my early 20's - The bakery off of 81st and National was like going way back in time - old wooden floors, old cash register, bakery made in the backroom by the owner, old glass bakery cases, etc.
Our condo association recently put up a Free Library for unit owners. It was built and painted by two of our unit owners and we had a nice little dedication. It is dedicated to one of our unit owners who passed away this year and loved to read. The Free Library was filled right away and a person can take a book and leave a book. It is for our complex only.
Integrity according to Wikipedia "is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that integrity regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs."