Friday, November 02, 2012
I have several continuing clean-up projects planned. Mostly I just need motivation. However, housework is one of the biggest sources of calorie-burning in my life, so I really do need to dredge up some motivation from somewhere.
First is moving the couch. It's heavy, which is why I put it off. Then I need to vacuum under and behind it, and thoroughly clean off the windowsill behind it. For some reason, my youngest son smeared green clay all over the sill. I suspect it isn't going to be easy to get it off, and will probably leave a green stain on the paint.
Next is cleaning out the holiday closet, in which I store Christmas lights and ornaments, Halloween decorations, and a few decorations for other holidays. Mostly I just take boxes out and shove them back in. This time I plan to remove everything, sweep the closet floor thoroughly, and replace everything in a logical and organized fashion. (Ha!) Well, knowing me, I may not be all that orderly and organized, but at least the closet will be cobweb-free and have a swept floor.
Next is sorting out my donations to charity. Actually, I should have listed this one first, since I have agreed to leave out a donation tomorrow morning. I have a huge pile of clothing, toys, etc., that just needs to be sorted, folded, and tallied so I can take a charitable donation. But I just HATE doing that. The only way I can make myself is by saying I will leave a donation out.
Wish me luck...I really, really want to get all three of these things done.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
I had a very nice Halloween this year. Although my son wasn't home for me to take
trick-or-treating (which is a HUGE amount of walking and great exercise!), I got to give out candy, which I really enjoy.
I admit, though, that I have a problem with teens (and younger kids too, sometimes) who come dressed in jeans and T-shirts, holding out plastic grocery bags and just looking for a handout. I want to give candy to someone who is dressed in costume and is there for the fun, not just what he/she can get.
My darling daughter also called me while I was giving out the candy, which made the two hours fly by. And, also a very good thing, I gave away every single piece of candy (except a couple I had saved to eat after the election). Woo hoo! Major removal of temptation...if there is tons of candy around, that is a bad thing.
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.
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.
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.
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