Howdy folks,

I have now been on this email group for a little while and have

decided to keep it. I have not written an introduction yet, so here

it is:

My name is Jay Murphy and I am a nurse. Specifically I am a

registered nurse (RN) in an emergency department (ED). I live in

Norco, California. For those who are not familiar with California;

Norco is in the Southern part of California between Los Angeles, and

San Diego, located at the interchange between the 91 freeway and the

15 freeway. Norco is officially known as “HORSETOWN, USA,” we have no

sidewalks, and all of our houses have horse trials instead. By law,

each home must have at least ¼ acre of land in order to support at

least one horse. It is said that in the old town of Norco area, there

are more horses than there are people. Each and every day we get to

wake up to the smell and sound of horses, goats, chickens, mules, and

other critters while officially in a city and not a rural area. I

can’t think of a better place to live than here with the mild climate

(winter is at about 20-40 degrees at night with the days around 60 "

80 degrees.) Summer on the other hand is quite hot topping out at 112

degrees last September.

As all of us do, I have had some difficulty with finances of late and

made a commitment this year to reduce the outgo and increase the

income in order to give my life a little breathing room financially.

This email group is part of my commitment to save money. With

coupons, rebates, discounts, and freecycling I hope this can be a

better year. I am also looking for additional work at home stuff to

see if I can make any decent money that way too. I read the article

written recently and may be trying out some of them, but if anyone has

any actual knowledge and experience, I would be truly grateful for the


I am using MyPoints, and NetWinner right now and have had good

experiences with the former, none so far with the latter.

I am about 40 years old, married, with no children. (Yup, I am a

D.I.N.K.) Instead of children we have pets. Officially we have two

dogs, two cats, three horses, one goat, one duck, one peahen, two

cockatiels, to parakeets, a dozen fish (gold), and about 40 or so

chickens. Unofficially we also have a skunk, a gopher snake, a king

snake, a raccoon, and various other critters too. (Wife’s official

rule: If it enters our property alive or is on our property at all,

it is a pet and we can’t eat it.) 

I do have lots of nieces and nephews that love to come over from the

actual city to see these very rare creatures we have as pets. Some

are even learning to ride them.

I love to pass out advice myself, especially if it has to do with

critters. So feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Jay Murphy

Twisted Hearts Ranch