Have a wonderful Christmas!
Wishing whoever reads this blog a wonderful Christmas in whatever way you celebrate.
May it be merry and bright.
We’re getting a nice soaking of rain today , and tahoe is getting snow!!! Yeah! I’m sure all the ski resorts are very happy.
we walked ING rain and it was nice. Not a pounding rain just a nice gentle rain.
Today, I’m sorting thru Christmas lists. Mostly done. We’re giving money to our son, as he buys everything himself. My daughter is getting an electric guitar. Our budget for her $250, so she’ll,have to ante up the balance. We’ll add in some from my $ and dads $ as there’s nothing we need or really want. Plus we just spent $600 on gravel for our driveway, so merry Christmas !!
We don’t have much family. A brother I give $ to and my sister a few little gifts. That’s it. No parents etc.
we don’t really gift and friends . When I was at the library I gave some little things as gifts like homemade jams etc, but that’s it. So our holidays are pretty stress free. We also love to celebrate Hanukkha ( no we’re not Jewish, but atheists) but I love lighting the candles and the meaning of the lights.
Weird but that’s us.
So, November is a little tight on the budget. With ynab, i was almost a month ahead ,now its more like 2 weeks. Most of it is the extra medical bills and Invisalign payments of $500. But with this check everythings covered till mid month. Also, we have property taxes due. I had wanted to start overpaying on the Santa Fe, but that will have to wait till December or even January.
I know the medical will be done this month and my one cc that has the last Invisalign payment will be paid. After that the Invisalign will be more like $200 a month or less. It was the first $2000 they wanted fairly quickly.
Also, christmas money will be available and the extra is our property taxes I put in there. It was a great way to budget it since you can’t withdraw from your Santa fund. i will definitely do that next year.
B hopefully will get one more bonus this year but I don’t want to count on anything since his last one paid for the tree removal.
It always seems money is needed for something and honestly its a little scary thinking of retirement. But I shall preserver as always.
On to my doctors appointment. Geez, since I got the Pomalyst much later than I expected and just started yesterday , thats day 1. So the cycle is 21 days. that puts me at November 17 to finish and my appt. is November 18. So that is so not going to work as I won’t even had a blood test yet. So the complication is the following week is thanksgiving and the week after is too long away and my husbands out of town anyway. So, I did the best I could and my appt. is Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. And I need to have the Zometa IV. So, its kinda a drag as sometimes I never know how I will feel from the Zometa. But its the best of all scenarios.
Anyway, Ive been busy washing the couch covers and switched the white for the tan for winter. Plus I did get thru a few magazines to give to the thrift store.Plus there’s a little pile of other stuff to go.
Whoa, I’ve gone way over on Christmas. This shouldn’t be a surprise because I always do, I love getting presents and decorations. But I’m not sure of the final numbers yet as my son has not ordered his PC yet. But I was adding in everything ( like my new danskos), and then decided that was really clothing I needed was not really for christmas. So I’m going to do anot her tally . This is the time of year I usually add extra stuff in, so it’s not really Christmas but could be considered as such. So, I think next year I’m going to try and have $1500 for everything.
i recalculated and I think with the $1000 Santa fund, the extra was @$500. So that’s what I’m figuring. This is when we buy sweats, jammies, slippers , etc. so I need to figure that in to clothing and Christmas.
well, this was suppose to be posted yesterday, but here it is.
Well, we dodged the bullet on the wind. But all areas around us including San Francisco got hit very hard with extreme high winds. We had some wind but not bad. So, I’m relieved. I saw on our local news that a huge ponderosa fell on a house and split it in two. Thankfully no one was home. So it can really happen.
I’m pretty much ready for thanksgiving. Just need a few items and I’ll go early Sunday morning to get those . We have both turkey and a vegetarian option of nut and cheese loaf. It’s very yummy with veg gravy. I keep it very simple and have everything done by Wednesday, except the turkey.
I’m working on doing a months menu . I want to have rotating meals every six weeks. I’m trying to get what we eat regularly like, baked potato night, or soup night down and refine it a little more. Plus eat eat out of our freezer when I have stuff.
I’m going to box up some dishes this weekend that we never use. They’re pretty ( desert rose which is Franciscan ware. ) it’s vintage and pretty but I’m into our white dishes so….. It’s taking up cabinet space , so I’m going to put it away and then decide what to do with it later. I’m thinking my daughter would like them but they may not be her style.
Also, I want to get out the Christmas stuff. I’ll start decorating right after thanksgiving. I already have our menorah out for hanukkha . Remember, I’m not religious but I do love light candles and what things represent. No, I’ve never been Jewish, just like the candle lighting. Oh, and the donuts and latkes.
well, it’s off to work at the best little library ever.
So yesterday and today is our annual booksale. We went Thursday and set up. Everything will be $2 a bag. That’s a great deal for hardbacks etc. I’m going in early to buy some raffle tickets. Then when I close at 2 pm we will be boxing everything and taking them to the local thrift stores.
Walked this am 2 miles. I’m feeling better but these drugs are taking a toll. Tonight’s my last night on dex for 2 weeks. I’m looking forward to it.
I’m still struggling with where to put my sister when she comes to visit next week. As most of you know my house is very small, and there is no extra room. So someone has to give up there room and use the studio. It’s nice out there but no bathroom , obviously , and so I’m just not sure what to do. Plus, I thought I’d buy a new futon instead of a couch but is that what I really want. Basically everything would look the same and I’m trying to freshen up our front room.so…….
So, walked 2 miles. It was a chilly 38 degrees. Whew!
Then home and accomplished alot.
Did the bathroom zone.
Then a batch of sour cream mashed potatoes to freeze.
Tidied the house, did flylady’s home blessing.
then I collapsed…. But got most of what I Wanted done.
oh, I spent money too. Bath and body had some great deals plus $1 shipping and 20% off. I always use these as Christmas gifts so, I’ve got a good start on Christmas gift bags.
And it is another beautiful fall day!