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Lots of spending

April 30th, 2019 at 11:45 am

Every month when we get our pension checks, I put money into different accounts. We have a Christmas Club, a vacation, a savings account, and a Money Market. We have to have the regular savings since it is at a credit union in order to have the other accounts. We use this one for home improvement.

Well, that account just took a hit. But, it was planned and we are pleased we had the money. We purchased a new storm door for our front door. It was a special order and we are more then delighted with it. It was installed last week.

We have a sunroom and we wanted to have vinyl flooring. It had carpeting and it was impossible to keep clean. We had issues finding someone to even come out and measure and consider it. It all happened so fast when we found someone. We went a week ago yesterday and picked out some and the owner of the business came out and measured and called to give us an estimate. We agreed and he said maybe this week or next and we said let us know. Then he called Tuesday night and said they could some Wednesday so we hustled to get everything packed and moved.

Murphy of course had to intervene and when they unrolled the vinyl, it was torn in the middle of the roll. We took a flying trip back to the business and picked out something else and within an hour the installer came and he had it done. I spent the afternoon cleaning windows and dusting things before putting it back. I am more then dpleased and have enjoyed using the room a lot since then.

We will be having some painting done when the weather gets better, but the nice thing is we had the money put back for these expenditures. We have a friend who is constantly running to the bank whenever he wants something because he has no savings. I'd rather save and then go shopping, than have to wait for the bank to tell me if I can afford home improvements.

We've had quite a bit of rain so DH wasn't sure if what he's planted in the garden would come up. So far he has onions and radishes popping up. He's hoping for the lettuce. He is going to wait before planting herbs, tomatoes, and bell peppers. But, I'm already anticipating fresh stuff. It is amazing how a packet of seeds can bring such good stuff like radishes and lettuce. I think it is money well spent.

Happy Easter!

April 21st, 2019 at 12:33 pm

It seems like spring has finally arrived and here it is sunny and beautiful on a Sunday. That hasn't happened in months. It seems like every Sunday lately has been horrid as far as weather.

We had Easter services today. Our Pastor always has a children's sermon and today the kids were so excited he had a hard time keeping them on topic. But he has a good sense of humor and I do think the congregation enjoys the kids and their enthusiasm.

Normally on Sunday when we get home I fix brunch which is usually scrambled eggs with chopped vegetables, cheesy grits, toast, and fruit salad. Today we had ham, scalloped potatoes, creamed corn, peas, cornbread, deviled eggs, and a cheesecake like dessert. Some of the items I prepared yesterday to make it go faster. My husband must have been hungry because he was ready to eat 30 minutes before our meal was ready.

Yesterday I made chicken stir fry for supper and since there is usually more chicken than what we can eat, I make chicken broth with the leftovers. Why buy it when I can make it at home and I know what goes into it?

DH worked on planting onion sets, radish and lettuce seeds yesterday. We've had so much rain that he worries the soil was too wet, but he hopes that yesterday and day helped dry it out a bit before our next set of rain storms this week.

I've been reading the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. I get them at the library. We did go to a bookstore yesterday that handles used books and just for grins I looked to see if they had any. They did, but they were the ones I have already read and the price was way more than I would have spent on a book I only plan to read once. I am so glad we have a great library.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

This and that

April 19th, 2019 at 12:10 pm

After posting on Sunday complaining about the snow flurries, I felt a little guilty when I saw Peoria a couple of hours northwest of us had 5 inches of snow. And I know areas north and north east of us got quite a bit too.

We did some thrift shopping today. I found a blouse and DH found a shirt. Last week I found two nice pairs of jeans. One I didn't even have to shorten. I have a friend who thinks buying clothes at thrift stores is just awful. I disagree. I can wash the clothes and I save a bunch on them.

I buy many of my greeting cards at thrift stores. I like saving money. I would rather give a dime or a quarter for a nice card than $4 or $5. Most people don't keep cards so why spend so much?

Every week I buy fresh fruit to make a fruit salad. There is always way too much fruit, so I freeze the extra. This week I cooked it and made mixed berry jam and canned it. One of the grocery stores had lovely fresh green beans on sale so I bought some and canned them in chicken broth I had made. I still have some green beans from last year, but we will be eating those so I'm preparing for next winter.

I had some mandarin oranges that were getting overripe so I decided to try and make orange loaf. I found a recipe and it turned out pretty well. DH liked it a lot and I baked 4 mini loaves and gave two away.

As we progress into Easter weekend. hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

Snow? Really?

April 14th, 2019 at 02:26 pm

Sitting here looking out the window and seeing snowflakes.

It seems like every Sunday we have bad weather. Last Sunday was dreary rain. Today it was a potpourri -- rain and now some snow. It doesn't look like it will stick and I'm glad.

Not a whole lot going on otherwise. Today is Palm Sunday and we have Holy Week Services throughout the week and then next Sunday is Easter. I already bought a small ham because for just the two of us, we do not need a huge ham. I know you can freeze it, but even then, that's a lot of ham to deal with.

I went grocery shopping on my own this week. Normally DH goes with, but we had a schedule change and he was volunteering. It was an easy and cheap week -- didn't spend a whole lot. I did not buy any meat. I'm trying to use up what we have in the freezer.

Last fall when I was at Walgreens, they had on the clearance rack those things you boil eggs in instead of making boiled eggs the old fashioned way. I figured for $5 I would try them, but never got around to using them. I thought of them yesterday and so I decided to try two of them. I read the directions and it cautioned to make sure you grease the inside so I did. Well, I'm happy to report they work. The only thing is the end is flat at the top, but they were a breeze to use. I get so frustrated when I boil eggs and have a hard time peeling them and I will even keep eggs to get older ones having read that helps. It didn't. I think I will be using these more often. Wish I had tried them before.

I had some overripe bananas so I made banana bread yesterday -- 4 small loaves. I gave two away and DH had part of one. I will save the other one for him as well. He likes a snack so I figure as far as sweets go, it isn't laden with preservatives and such.

Paid the water bill today. That should be it for awhile for this month as far as bills go. That's good because it seemed like last month was laden with insurance and extra bills. Property taxes will come up in June. I always like it when we end the month with extra in the checking. I try to move some of it into saving over and above what we normally save.

Go Away, Murphy!

April 2nd, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Murphy apparently thought we invited him for an extended stay. He can leave at any time. Nothing super major, but nothing minor either.

A few weeks ago DH noticed he has a low tire pressure. He thought it was from the constant temperature changes so he filled it up. But, it kept going down, slowly.

So, we made an appointment at a tire place to get it checked. I took it in since he had was supposed to volunteer at a class. The guy said the vehicle was done and it was $62 and some change. I asked incredulously "to fix a tire?" He said they didn't fix a tire, but changed the oil and rotated them. I was chagrined to say the least because we had just had the oil changed and tires rotated three weeks before and they should have noticed that when they went to put the sticker there. I said we didn't ask for that, but to check a tire. He asked did I still want them to check the tire? I wanted to make a snarky remark at this point, but held back and said that was the real reason we brought the vehicle in.

So what should have taken 30 minutes according to the original estimate appointment time was over 2 hours. He acted like he was doing me a favor for not charging me for anything, but I had news for him, I wasn't paying for the oil change and tire rotation since I didn't order it.

And the tire still has a leak. Grrr.

Then a couple of weeks ago my headlight burnt out and it cost over $450 to replace.

Now our 8 year old dishwasher has decided to leak. Not truly unexpected because we've read that appliances don't last long and 8-10 years is a typical lifespan and I use my dish washer a lot since we eat at home a lot. At least it didn't ruin the kitchen flooring.

So, for awhile I'm going to do all dishes by hand why we figure out our next step. I imagine a new one will be on the horizon. I can live without one, but it just didn't come at a good time. A lot of our normal expenses came due last month and this month like homeowner's insurance, car insurance, home health care insurance, and then I had a big bout with Vertigo. Couldn't see my doctor so had to see an Express Care and then do a follow up with my doctor. Fortunately, the Vertigo was short lived, but still an added expense.

I think Murphy has overstayed his welcome!