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Friday, January 22, 2016
My state has a lost money web site - most states do - and I randomly looked today. My mom is out on it for $2325. It is like finding a winning lottery ticket. It takes more for me to jump thru the hoops to get it since my mom is dead now, but I will figure it out.
I have been tossing my change into a water bottle for years. This week I cashed it in to pay for the dishwasher - it came out almost even to the bill amount. I am also still trying to stay within my budget. This month it is $200. I have spent that on groceries, gasoline, eating out, stamps, shopping. I'd like to finish out the month with a $50 a week spending average total.
So I have spent this month counting pennies - literally - and trying to stay within a $200 monthly limit - which is not limiting myself severly. And suddenly, I find $2325? Now is that my budget for the next 11 months from the universe as a gift? Because it could be a really nice flat screen tv with sound system, and player... Coincedence? or just really weird???
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I am filling in, but it was like every strand I stitched ended up just a few stitches short of completing the tree, or the leaf or the face. So I am trying to catch those area so I can start to call areas complete. Today I decided to just call it a stitching day, and I have stitched 10 hours so far.
I got my dishwasher installed - I have used it twice. It looks a little wonky, but it is level, my kitchen counter isn't anymore. But I would rather the dishwasher fill and drain properly, than look level, and not work. It is rated as being the same level of quiet, but it is quieter. I am still getting used to the control buttons. It flashes at me like - hey lady - you don't know what you are doing.... I have actually read part of the manual, but not all the manual. I see cookie making in the near future.
I am trying to put myself on a slower spending budget. What I spend seems to swing wildly at times - and I am sure sometimes it is from need, sometimes it is pure emotional spending from depression. Sorting that out and seeing if I can lower my monthly averages. But like a diet, it is an everyday thing that you can be good all month, then blow it all up in a single day, or the last day of the month. So I am back to wearing things out, using things up. This will be a year of finishing projects I have started, and buying only the one to two that I truly love.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Tomorrow my new dishwasher is supposed to be installed. I have missed it, more than I expected.
And I have started watching the reruns of the Johnny Carson show. I am old enough to have watched it the first time around, but watching it again now gives a little bit different perspective on some of the people. I catch myself smiling at a joke I have no doubt heard before. Or sometimes tearing up over a famous person that you just have not thought about for a while. Perhaps it is just a slightly different sense of humor. Maybe because I did watch it years ago, and probably regularly, it is a bit like getting to see a favorite relative again. Whatever the reason - I stop to watch it, and I am really enjoying watching it again.