We had a delightful Christmas with lovely thoughtful gifts. A couple of favorites were the knitted cotton dish cloths by my daughter, a thrifted Japanese vase from my son, and this wonderful print from my husband.
the lights are just a reflection of twinkly lights in the living room.
This was taken from a picture of me looking out at Lake Tahoe in 1977 or there abouts. It may have been one of the first times we were up there. Jason, our first boy, was sitting with me but you can’t see that in this picture. My son stylized the picture and added Lake Tahoe. How cool is that? All in all a lovely day.
So on to budget stuff for the new year.
My plan is to get all the annual bills fully funded with our Social Security. Since we just opted to start SS even though B is working still. All that money will go to annual bills and EF. We looked at all the numbers and it still made sense to start this now. I started mine early anyway but that amount is pretty small since I never worked full time and that was one of my main reasons for working at the library. Anyway, now I get an increased amount called spousal something. Wow, I didn’t know that was possible. So the budget looks good for saving 100% of this money even though the monthly amount will be scary when full retirement comes. But we need this to go forward. The only thing I might do around July is to pay a chunk of the Santa Fe off. Right now, that’s a big payment but almost the whole amount is going to principal. It’ll be under $10,000 soon, so I’ll decide then. Other than that, just keep going. We know there’s no way to pay off the mortgage so that’s a given. We’re planning to sign the Subaru over to my son and take him off our auto insurance and that will decrease that substantially. Hopefully, we can do that before the next 1/2 bill rolls in which is March. So who knows how it’ll play out, we will just do the best we can. When we add in part b and supplemental insurance after B retires that will affect the monthly amount too. So that will need some research since my chemo drugs, when I’m on them, can run over $10,000 a month so we better have insurance to cover them.
Well, I’m off the gym this morning and then I’m in the Living room zone this week. I’ll take down the tree and put things away through the week.
Dinner is YOYO 🙂