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Frugal Fraggles, Rocks and Poodles


03 Aug 2008 097Is anyone wondering what this strange picture is that I have as my avatar?

I am, so I interviewed myself to find out what’s up with that.

Ya, what is it?

This is a Fraggle.  It was lovingly hand painted with gel pens in a pseudo tattoo on my arm by my niece.  We have a book at the cottage which the kids used as a reference to create their own hand drawn tattoos.  I highly recommended this activity for kids.  Shannon Ryan @ The Heavy Purse has lots of great ideas on  how to raise financially literate children.  This qualifies as a frugal activity for your kids.  We bought the gel pens at Costco in a multitude of colours and they lasted for more than two summers.

Oh, but what’s a Fraggle?

Fraggles are the muppets characters in a series from Jim Henson called Fraggle Rock.


I think my tattoo is a variation on the character called Wembley in this very appropriate video for a PF blog of Wembley’s 30 minute work week!

*To view this video on YouTube Click here

Why did you choose this image for your avatar?

I wanted something fun.  Plus I think it looks like he is running away screaming from his debt, dontcha think?

I can identify.  So we instantly bonded.

Plus I wanted to hide under a rock when I first acknowledged out debt situation.

Fraggle sounds a lot like frugal.  I’m in love.

While we’re on the topic, do you have any other rock connections?

Painted RockI painted rocks one summer.  I found smooth and unique and oddly shaped rocks and painted them.  Some with loons and ducks on them.  Some with words and sayings and poems.  I found a new canvas for my acrylic paints.  It was fun!  And mighty cheap entertainment.  At left is a cardinal painted on a tiny rock.

BrokeGirlRich wrote about her trip to the big ball of twine in Darwin, Minnesota and included a video and song from Weird Al Yankovic.  (It’s quite hilarious … you should watch it!)   In it he talked about Poodle Dog Rock which appears to be somewhere in Nevada.  I couldn’t put a picture on this post, as I couldn’t find one available under Creative Commons License, so I’ve just linked a beautiful night photo of it.   Here’s another big rock that looks like a dog.  Upon further inspection, both photos look more like a mini poodle rocks.  My  penchant is for Standard Poodles… yup, the big big poodles.  Here are some beautiful poodles up on a big rock mountain.   Karen says they’re yodelling.  I think they are singing the song mentioning Poodle Dogs.

Flickr: Karen

Flickr: Karen

There's Elvis-O-Rama, the Tupperware Museum,
The Boll Weevil Monument, and Cranberry World,
The Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame, Poodle Dog Rock,
And The Mecca of Albino Squirrels
We've been to ghost towns, theme parks, wax museums,
And a place where you can drive through the middle of a tree
We've seen alligator farms and tarantula ranches,
But there's still one thing we gotta see ....
Flickr: Karen

Flickr: Karen

Some other cute photos of poodles and rocks that I have no license to include in this post, so I’ll just provide the links:

OK clearly I could go on and on with STANDARD poodle picture links to poodles and rocks.  Either I’m off my rock(er) or I just love standard poodles that much.  You be the judge.

flickr:  Erica Frank

flickr: Erica Frank

Speaking about rocks, I’m heading up to Sudbury, Ontario for Easter.  Anyone that knows the city will acknowledge it is built on one big pile of rocks.  Along the same lines as the giant ball of twine, Sudbury has a giant nickel.  I wonder if the nickel will be next to become extinct, now that the penny is gone.

Gros Morne NFLDOf course, the place in Canada, that’s known as THE ROCK is the island province of NEWFOUNDLAND.   Here’s a photo from Rocky Harbour near Gros Morne National Park.

Last point on the subject of ROCKS, have you ever listened to the works of Carl Reiner interviewing Mel Brooks as the 2000 year old man?  At about 5 minutes in, they talk about the first language being the ROCK language.  I won’t say more but let you listen to it.  I find this very entertaining.  Before that, about 4 minutes, they talk about the jobs that were existing 2000 years ago, among those being hitting a tree with a piece of wood, looking in the sky and watching each other.  Tough work if you can get it.   Enjoy!!

*To view this video on YouTube Click here

So that’s all I have to say on rocks and frugal fraggles and frisky poodles.  Have a rockin‘ Easter weekend!


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Author: debster

I am a fifty-something wife, mother and new grandmother, who admits to having their “head in the sand” about their financial situation until amassing $247,500 worth of consumer debt for a total debt of $393,500. We've paid $121K in 2 years with four more years to go. Join my journey at sharing ideas and motivation to all those coping with poor money management and bad debt decisions.

21 thoughts on “Frugal Fraggles, Rocks and Poodles

  1. I knew your picture was a Fraggle! I loved those guys when I was young… Every once and awhile I still start singing the theme song :)

    I cannot wait to go to Gros Morne soon. It’s been on my to-do list for much too long.

    • So glad you recognized my avatar as a Fraggle, Alicia! I almost put the theme song video in my post instead. Here’s the link ->

      Here’s the link to the Jim Henson Company which has lots of fraggle videos and also another new favourite of mine “Dinosaur Train”. An educational kids cartoon. I’m looking forward to watching this with my grandson when he gets older.

      You will love Gros Morne. We climbed up a bit mountain (hill) at Woody Point. I think it took us over 2 hours to get up there but the view was beautiful. It’s not the one that you see in the ads. I think that one is very difficult to climb.

  2. LOL – that was so random, but I really enjoyed it! And thanks for mentioning my Twine Ball Post! I’m glad you found it funny. I loved watching the Fraggle clip, it was one of my FAVORITE shows as a kid. Thanks for the happy flashback AND tying them into personal finance. Nailed it.

  3. I can’t believe that your niece drew that! I am so impressed!!!

    • Thank you, Anna Belle
      She is quite talented at this sort of thing just for a hobby. You should see the intricate designs she paints on her fingernails.

      All of the kids had fun making cool tattoos of cartoon characters, fishes, symbols. With the brightly coloured gel pens it’s hard to not find something fun to create!

  4. I LOVED Fraggle Rock growing up. In fact, I have a wonderful memory of my mom letting me stay up with her to watch it, and I love that you use it for your avatar. Financial journeys can definitely get tedious, so it is important to have fun along the way.

    • Wow! Another Fraggle Rock groupie! I love it! Thanks for sharing your sweet memory. We definitely need to have fun and laugh during our journey ~ wouldn’t have it any other way!

  5. Dance your cares away. Worries for a-nother daaayy!

    Love Fraggle Rock! I also loved gel pens. And holy moly is she a great artist. Those poodle rocks are pretty cool! It’s funny what we can find in nature. I hope you have a good time in Sudbury!

    • Wow, FF! And you know the words in the theme song! I love this motto! (As long as we’re being financially responsible).

      Thanks for the nice wishes! Having a ball and getting to spend 4 straight days in a row with my grandson which is really awesome!

  6. We LOVE rocks and collect them often. Living in the country now, cool rocks are everywhere. And I think standard poodles are SO cute!!!! The little ones, meh, but those big ones, adorable! :-)

    • he he Thanks Laurie! You can make a nice rock garden out there in the country!

      Our standard poodle passed away over a year ago. We’re still mulling over if we will get another one. We’d like to but lots to consider, including our budget!

  7. Your niece is very talented! Love the avatar! I’ve been slacking on picking one for myself. I just can’t decide.

    • Thanks Kate! I didn’t have a big decision to make because I knew I had this photo. Made it easy for me. If I didn’t have something already, I can imagine it might be difficult to pick and avatar that suits you. Good luck!

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  9. This made me laugh; I’d never seen your picture close enough to notice what it was. Love the blown up photo. Your niece is quite talented! I knew what a Fraggle was because my neighbours had a dog named Fraggle and it reminded me of the muppets show.

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  11. It’s very interesting to see a Poodle in such a hard environment, Considering they are known for being delicate and elegant. I like the contrast of the hard rocks and the soft qualities of the poodles’ hair, It is visually stunning.

    -Carl Williams

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