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Electric Bill

April 28th, 2006 at 09:36 am

I just checked our electric bill for this month....and it is $115 (compared to $163 last year...yeah!!)

Our electric bill is for our home and my parents little RV home. We are all electric...so I am always happy when the bill is under $150.

My (stubborn) dad insists on paying $50 of this bill for their 'rent'...boy did we argue over that one when the first moved here...but he still wins most battles...Smile

So my portion is $65...I budget $100...I wished I could say the rest could go towards my challenge, but I think Id best put it in an electric bill reserve for this summer's bills as they are predicting a warm (hot) one.

Almost ready to go!

April 27th, 2006 at 02:27 pm

Ive been busy with laundry and packing all day. I made a master camping list last year so I just have to go through it and check everything off.

This trip started as just DH, DD3, me and another couple...but now DD1 & DD2 and their families are going as well as a friend of the family....and DD3 has invited a neighbor girl too. So, we will have a small village this weekend.

I am little concerned about the grocery shopping this afternoon. I think I am going to do the shopping for everyone...which will now be a sizable bill...and they will pay me back their share...but it never seems to work out that way...hmmm

I am taking a couple of good books...I have a feeling reading time will be limited, however.

Ahh...but the fresh air and relaxation will be worth it!

Crunch day today!

April 27th, 2006 at 07:17 am

Since DD2 and her family are going camping with us, I needed to get everything ready a day earlier- as we will now take the trailer up Friday instead of Saturday. Which means I have my work cut out today!!

Packing, cleaning, shopping, list making...it is sure to be a busy day...but it will all be worth it tomorrow.

The site we are going to is free. We eat pretty much the same when camping as we do at home (add s'mores)...so the only money spent will be gas for DHs truck to get us there and propane for the trailer and sunblock Smile.

Come to think of it...we actually save on electricity- cause we won't be home...and there are no impulse shop opportunites for DH or DD3 while we are in the woods...I wonder what else we save on...Ill have to ponder this!


More cans to trade in.

April 26th, 2006 at 02:21 pm

I am going to take another bag or two of pop cans to town to trade in when I go.

FRAK #1 I am pulling all the pull tabs off the cans for my moms Dialysis Center. (They collect them) I have been pulling these off of all the recent cans, but I decided to go through the old bags and pull them off as well...

FRAK #2 One of the guys DH works with loves my runza's....so I sent enough for his dinner tonight out of the stash I made yesterday as a surprise (DH doesn't like runza's)

The money from the cans will go towards the gas expense to go camping this weekend.

DD2, her SO and my GS have decided to go camping with us...The more, the merrier in my book! I am soooo looking forward to it!!!

Found a great bogo sale on steaks for dinner one night...and we will have burgers and hot dogs the other night.

along with campfire coffee (isnt that the best!) and nightime s'mores!!!(yummm)

Is it time to go yet?

FRAK -Frugal Random Acts of Kindness

April 26th, 2006 at 09:35 am

I have decided to set a personal goal of doing at least 4 FRAKs each week. (I would do more, but most days are spent working in the office here at home, alone or with DD1)

I will put 10% of my allowance ($2) each week into the pot, as well as spare change.

I will keep my eyes peeled for recipients and keep an open mind to new ways to achieve a kindness. (all suggestions are welcome!)

I will update progress as it occurs!

Here goes...

Challenge Update

April 26th, 2006 at 09:26 am

I signed up for auto-pay for Directv and they just gave me a $10 credit for doing so!! Now, not only do I not have to remember to make the payment, but I can add $10 to my challenge money as well!
so...165.64 + 10 = $175.64!!!

The new phone books are starting to arrive on door steps this week...so I anticpate a SPIKE in business calls. We are also starting to get calls "you took care of us last year...and we need you again"...as well as alot of customer referrals (our customers just love their tech, my son...see mom beam with pride)

Have to run a business deposit into the bank today...and will stop by the library to pick up two book recommended here...then I need to catch up on my reading!!

cook fest here today

April 25th, 2006 at 05:02 pm

I guess I got bit by the cook bug today...

Made homemade pizza's..and made a big enough batch of dough to also make a dozen runza's (aka bierocks...add sauerkraut, minus potato)

And made a big ol' batch of chicken piccata- (an IOU to my mom from her birthday last week) It turned out super yummy!

Now I have prepared food for several days to come! (also had enough to feed DD1s family and my parents tonight) I am guestimating...$12 for everything.

whew....I had everything in stock here...but that was alot of cooking/baking for one day...I sure wish the good fairy would show up and clean the kitchen now!

We are starting to make our daily financial goal for the business...hopefully this will continue until October. (fingers crossed)

Camping Season!

April 24th, 2006 at 09:33 pm

Our camping season is officially starting on Saturday!!

We are going to a free site, pretty much in the middle of nowhere, just lots of beautiful pines and spring flowers. It is the spot DH goes hunting each year...

(Hunting= sitting aound a fire with a can of beer, followed by driving through the forest and shooting at rocks, followed by sitting by the fire with a can of beer while barbquing steak...lol...men!)But thats a whole other blog...

We will grill, visit with friends and just enjoy the outdoors...can't wait.

cost= gas to get there.
(did I mention WOO-whoo!!!)

An (almost) free makeover today!

April 24th, 2006 at 06:18 pm

Yep...DD1 offered to cut my hair today...and I had a box of haircolor in the closet that I got on a great sale a while back.

So, I colored the hair and got rid of all the grey roots...and DD went to town..chop, chop...she took over 4 inches off (no, she is not trained to do this...she just experimented) and she chopped...(did I mention no schooling for this)...

And I now have a cute, slightly uneven bob that is just about shoulder length...and Im not kidding, I look 10 years younger tonight!!!And I feel great too!

Total cost: about $2 for the hair color.
Total enjoyment: priceless...DD1 is so proud of herself!

Sigh...the best things in life are (almost) free!

Challenge Update

April 24th, 2006 at 08:46 am

Added another $14 to my challenge today so my little account is now up to $165.64.

This weekend was all about grandbabies...and oddly enough, spending too much money on margarita's!! (Darn this warm weather...lol)

GS spent pretty much the entire weekend here...(his mom is on notice that the answer for next weekend is NO)
GD came and visited gramma for about 4 hours yesterday.

DH was in the mood for a margarita Sat evening...so I bought the makings for those and got him some Irish Creme for his coffee...spent $52 (ouch!)

Then last night we went w/ friends to dinner at the mexi place on the river...wonderful dinner, more 'ritas and great company...dinner for 3 (DD3 went too) plus drinks and tip ($69) OUCH AGAIN...
so my little miscellaneous fund suffered terribly...and I am now down to under $80 for the unexpected...

Grocery shopping today...need to restock on some items, so I expect close to $100 today...

Sigh...feels like 3 steps back...but it really was a fun weekend, so it was worth it...(repeat 10 times and you will believe it..)

Tornado hits Oregon...!!!!

April 22nd, 2006 at 11:00 am

Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration...Maybe it was just GS (2) and his new 'sister'(5) who hit my house for a slumber party. But the house looks like a tornado hit...you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference...

DD2 just picked up the tasmanian devils...I mean sweet little ones...
Where the HECK does all that energy come from anyway???

It is so quiet here now...and boy did we have fun...but gramma is ready to relax.

Today is GORGEOUS! I am going to do laundry and get it on the line...we are bar-b-quing chicken for late lunch/dinner. (Had waffoes for breakfast)

Looking forward to getting my house back in order....chuckle...whew...

DH will be cutting the grass today...I LOVE the smell of fresh cut grass.

Life is very, very good indeed!

Enjoy!

For Sale...cheap...

April 21st, 2006 at 09:53 pm

12 YO yellow lab named Grace.

Great family pet with the following exceptions:

She is getting older and forgetful...she forgets when you feed her...but it is usually no problem if there is any trash in the can that she can dig through when your not looking. Rarely messes up the kitchen floor with it...she much prefers the soft carpet in the living room. Will try to hide evidence if at all possible.

She is blind...However, she has a keen 6th sense when it comes to glasses of anything around the house...can knock them over with 100% accuracy. Just don't move the furniture, ever...she has everything memorized.

Slightly senile. She can entertain herself for hours just by standing under a household plant and prending she is in the forest...just stands there.

Did I mention forgetful? While she is housebroken, she often forgets that she was just outside and scratches to get out again sometimes minutes after you let her in...then wants back in when you close the door behind her...then a few minutes later....wants back out...and so on and so on...(good exercise running back and forth to the door all day)

Can soometimes be a picky eater...and true to lab form, if she doesn't like what she's been fed, will find ANYTHING around the house to bury in the food so that it is no longer edible. (dirty socks, toys, towels, etc...) This is only a really big problem when she chews open a new 25 pound bag of dry dog food and decides she doesn't like it...buried an entire load of laundry in that one...

Lazy...selective hearing kicks in when you want her to get off the couch so you can sit down....pretends shes deaf as well as blind hoping you'll take pity.

Get's lonely so don't try to close the bedroom door...she hears that click and immediately suffers separation anxiety. scratch, scratch...wimper...

But she is a lovable companion...believes she is a lap dog and will sit on you to prove it, all 90 pounds of her...Plays well with babies...has the patience of Job with little ones. Provides unconditional love...without fail...

sigh...I guess I won't sell her afterall.

Can you spell CRAZY?

April 21st, 2006 at 04:25 pm

That is what I must have been last night when I agreed to overnight sit with my GS (2) and my DD2s SOs daughter (5)....

Just kidding (sortof)...My houseguests will arrive at about 6pm...and we will play until 9 or so, then they will go down for the night and they are being picked up by 10am tomorrow. (after they have grammas 'waffoes' for breakfast, of course!

I get to set all seriousness aside tonight and be one of the kids...we will build forts and have popcorn, color, play hide -n - seek...who knows...the possibilities are endless....Best part, all the fun is FREE.

Smile It's great to be a gramma!

Mailbox Fun!

April 21st, 2006 at 04:16 pm

Once you start rebating and signing up for freebies and samples the mailbox becomes a fun place to visit! Little 'surprises' are arriving almost daily now.

My DD1 and I took a walk up to the box today and she was curious about the little boxes that I pulled out (free samples of deodorant and lotion) I explained them to her and she is going to start signing up tonight.

Yesterday I received a $20 cash reward check from the CC I use (and payoff weekly).

I have found myself getting eager for the mailman to come to see what's in the mail each day!

Fun, simple and free.

GS is TWO today.

April 20th, 2006 at 02:10 pm

I think GS - Colton - realizes today is special..Gramma has been singing Happy Birthday to You off and on.

Right now he is at the indoor gym with my DD1 and her DD (aunt and cousin), my parents and a couple of others. I sent $15 with DD1 to pay gym fees and to buy some bubbles at the dollar store for the kids to play with when they get back.

Gramma didn't get to go Frown because of the warm weather which is bringing more calls for the business Smile. I had over $500 in business calls in a 30 minute period today (wow!!)This is good, we have a long ways to go before we are in the black.

GS asked for "waffoes" for breakfast, so we had waffles. Leftovers for lunch...Dinner will be something easy as DH had to go into work early today so it will just be DD3 and me tonight.

Off to hang laundry!!! ttyl


Super Day!

April 19th, 2006 at 08:45 pm

I had such a super day today.

I went to my old job to meet up with my former boss. His office is in administration with the other officers...and I got to chat with the CEO, EVP, and a couple of the others...I haven't seen them in a few months. The CEO told me he really missed me and the EVP asked me if I was ready to come back (they both teared up last year at my going away party)... It was so sweet and such a nice feeling to know that you're missed. (And my answer was NO, I am not ready to come back) Wink

My former boss insisted on buying lunch...we ate on the patio, it was such a gorgeous day...and we visited for 2 1/2 hours.

I shopped for a few hours...the only needs I found were juice and fruity snacks for my GS tomorrow ($3)

Then I met up with my friends for dinner...we visited for 3 HOURS...wow...I spent most of the day at restaurants!!! Had a blast...my bill was $17.20...so grand total for an absolutely fabulous day, $20.20.

It was sure fun!!

Oh yeah, the EVP said he wanted to go to lunch when I can get back into town...So I will email him tomorrow to get a futue date set up!!!