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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I thought I had Halloween solved - since my older kids are away at college, I would have to take my youngest trick-or-treating; thus, no one would be home to give out candy...thus, I wouldn't need to buy any. However, it turns out he will be trick-or-treating with his dad.

Now, I don't absolutely have to buy candy, but if I am home, I just want to be part of the fun and excitement and see all the cute costumes. So I will buy candy and give it out. As it happens, I won't even eat one bite, either, since I have given up sweets until after the election. Yay! Problem solved.

Happy Halloween!

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JTREMBATH 10/30/2012 3:22AM

    Happy holloween

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JAMBABY0 10/30/2012 1:14AM

    Good luck and Happy Halloween

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Money woes and joys

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sometimes things just fall my way, in what I could call coincidences, but which sometimes seem to be a bit more than coincidental.

Case in point: this month has been one of several lately in which there has been way, way more month than money. In particular, I had a very large bill that comes once every two years, for $230. In addition, my ex-husband recently cut my monthly child support by $300 when our daughter graduated from high school. So I am hurting more often than not, anyway. But that biennial $230 bill, on top of Boy Scout popcorn sales, which I end up supporting more than I would wish, killed me financially this month.

I was trying very hard to be careful not to be overdrawn, but I had bought something at French night (see earlier blog on politics and rudeness if interested) that cost more than I expected. I thought I was overdrawn by less than a dollar - or would be, when the last couple of cheques cleared the bank. How awful - to be overdrawn by that small an amount.

Then I was thinking - do I scrounge in all the piggy banks and deposit something like 60 cents? The people at the bank will think that is pretty pitiful (so do I). I sat down and did the math and discovered that I actually was in the black by exactly 60 cents. Wow! What a blessing!

But still, a pretty dire financial situation when it was the 23rd of October and I get my (pretty pitiful) pay on the 29th and no significant money until the first week of November. I never know when he'll give me child support - sometimes the 1st, sometimes not until much later (depends on when he sees me).

No little treats, no fast food....well, I try to avoid all those things, anyway. But no milk - and we go through milk like there was no tomorrow, no bread, no tomatoes, no carrots, no paper towels, etc. Being totally out of money is not easy.

Then, out of the blue, I got a cheque in the mail for a class-action settlement. Every now and again I discover I am in one of those. I am too lazy to opt out, and they never mean anything to me, but this time I got a princely sum (jk) - $3.93! Now, that is a tiny amount, but such a morale boost when I had nothing! And, it is enough to buy a little milk or bread or tomatoes. Just enough to make everything seem a whole lot better.

And now, today, I opened an odd piece of mail - a long, thin box from a company I had never heard of. Turns out they are planning a phone survey and want me to participate. And, they included a little incentive - five crisp,
new, one-dollar bills! Again, it's a tiny amount, but it really brightened my day. And it was so very timely. Now I think I can make it until next Monday. It might even buy enough gas for the places I need to go between now and then.

In addition, a late birthday present from my daughter arrived in the same mail, and it's something I just love (she knows me well). Also my eagerly awaited new breast prostheses also arrived. It was really a big day for me, mailwise.

Today I have no trouble having an attitude of gratitude. I am so very blessed.

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BLITZEN40 10/26/2012 12:48AM

    So glad to hear you got some nice surprises in the mail. I'm right there with you with money being tight; Right now I'm having a competition between my couch and my washing machine to see which has the most money. So far I am in 3rd place! emoticon

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Customer Appreciation and pets

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My son and I had a very nice time at Customer Appreciation Day at my bank. I never heard of a bank doing such a thing...they closed off the parking lot, grilled hot dogs, brats, etc., and gave them away together with free beer, wine, water, and soft drinks. Wow! Also a couple of nearby businesses had booths with food or other freebies. It saved me from having to make dinner; however, the dinner I would have made would have been a good bit more nutritious. And a lot fewer calories.

On the less good side, though, a local Humane Society had a set up there with a couple of very cute dogs and cats available for adoption, and my son reeeeeeeeally wants a cat to share our house and life. We do have a dog, though, who is an 'only dog' and it isn't clear to me how well she would handle an intruder. Or how well I would handle the cost of an extra mouth to feed/litter box to stock.

Stay tuned to find out how well his begging and whining will work.


Rudeness and Politics

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I really can't believe how completely rude and insensitive some people can be. I will also add that I hate discussing politics unless I am with friends. I hate to walk into a situation where things get heated, mostly because vocal conflict (well, of course also physical conflict but luckily my life is such that that really doesn't ever affect me) distresses me and I just want to run the other direction.

This evening I was at the French table at a local restaurant, a twice-a-month event where people who want to get together and speak in French gather. They vary from beginning beginners to experts. I am in between, fwiw, but I usually much enjoy these evenings.

Not tonight. One regular attendee came rather late, sat down at the table, and just about the first words out of his mouth were (in mostly French and some English) how he couldn't understand how anyone could support Candidate X and those who do are just not intelligent.

I support Candidate X. I was pretty angry. I spoke up (and I don't often speak up in such situations because, as I say, I HATE conflict) and said, in mostly English but some French, that I would prefer it if we would not discuss politics because I support Candidate X and I was quite offended.

The rudeness, the arrogance, the intellectual snobbery...well, I could go on, but I won't.

However, this has pretty well ruined the French table for me. I can't decide if I will ever go back, but I am leaning towards not.

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DIANE7786 10/24/2012 12:46AM

    I notice that a lot of people are emotional about this election. The other day I was at a family restaurant and thought the table of six near us was going to get physical over political differences. One option for you is to ask others to agree that political talk is not allowed. If that doesn't work you might want to avoid the restaurant for a couple of weeks until the election is over and that person calms down.

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Pinterest in Person

Monday, October 22, 2012

I had an awesomely fantastic time today at a friend's house. She was holding a "Pinterest in Person" event, the idea being that Pinterest is all about what we are interested in - say, crocheting, gardening, cooking, etc., but it is very solitary in general. So she invited us to her house to work on our crafty interests, and to bring a tasty treat (ideally from a Pinterest recipe) - what fun! To eat delicious food, work on crafts, and chat with friends. It would be hard for me to think of a more pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

I made brownies - others made mini-pizzas, potatoes with cheese, crustless pizza, homemade breads with herbs, meatballs, lemon cake...yummy! And, while I don't crochet, I bought a variety of small sewing projects I can never seem to find the time to work on. I finished mending a pair of socks, took in the waist of a skirt that almost fell off me the last time I wore it, and sewed some merit badges on a Boy Scout sash. Wow! I accomplished more in one afternoon that I had in years, and had fun doing it.


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