Yes, even tiny tips on investing can help. We arrived at this conclusion in a roundabout way.
Now that summer is almost here, it was time for some yard and garden work. First – burn all that brush, old grapevines and other debris in the big raised garden. In the past, getting a good fire going had been difficult. Once things got going it was okay, but it took tons of newspapers to get the pile started.
Then, a few years ago, we asked a neighbor who works in a nearby nursery to help. Horticulture is a huge part of our agricultural scene and about 80% of the workers in that industry are Hispanics. Due to growing up in New Mexico, IFO learned that most Hispanic people are calm and competent. Mamasita, a neighbor in New Mexico, pierced IFO’s ears when she was 7 or 8 years old, for example.
But we digress. We watched as Nacho assembled dry brush and debris, then put what looked like not nearly enough newspaper at the bottom and lit it. The fire took off immediately!
Here’s the tip and the trick: the prevailing breeze in that part of the yard blows from south to north. Nacho put the kindling paper on the south side of the pyre. The breeze gently blew through the pile acting much like a bellows, puffing the heat of the flames into the inside, where the densest part of the brushpile was.
This morning, IFO imitated that method. She started early when the breeze is gentle, rather than late afternoon, when it can become quite windy. She had kept the brush pile covered with plastic throughout the winter to keep it dry.
Calmly sitting by the fire with a cup of coffee, IFO mused that even small, obvious tips can be helpful. She hopes readers of her blog find little gems that spark confidence, or knowledge, to begin their journey into investing on their own.