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I might graduate afterall!

It's been a LONG time since I last posted, but for some reason I was feeling the urge to post tonight. If you recall I was really questioning my schooling decision. But since I'll be done in 4 weeks I suppose it looks like I will really graduate! I'm really excited about the prospect of actually having a college degree, and at finally finishing this program! But I don't really let myself think about being finished very much yet because I'm not done yet. BUT, as of 3:15 pm on April 22nd I will

mooshie

mooshie

 

Time to move on...

Time to move on. The numbers are now all under control. Exercising moves them even lower... into the too low category, so we take snacks. My vehicles all now have extra snacks... I'll have to change them to something that doesn't melt soon I think. We have figured out how much and what he can have when we go out. We have figured out snacks. We have even figured out what "heat and eat" foods he can eat without bumping his blood sugars. We are holding until the end of the month, when we talk to th

momto6

momto6

 

Got the last number down!

OK, so I'm a little excited!! *LOL*   Those that have been reading know that we were fighting the one hour breakfast number, and simply could not get that number under 140 with his preferred breakfast of cold cereal, although ALL the rest of the numbers were "normal for non-diabetic". That one-hour breakfast number was still in the "normal for diabetic" range, but not low enough to be "normal for normal" range....   So this weekend we went to a fairly large sized town and found a Trader Jo

momto6

momto6

 

Little changes.... slowly

Life is slowly returning to before diagnosis status. Mostly.... *L* So his numbers are "normal for normal".... basically all of them. Only one we're still working on is breakfast. His breakfast numbers are "normal for diabetics normal." Which means we ned to drop the numbers another 20-30 points (1 hour reading) before I'm happy. Problem is he LIKES cold cereal for breakfast. And it appears that the only breakfast thing that he can NOT have is cold cereal. I still think he could have it

momto6

momto6

 

More court drama

Our court date was scheduled for Monday morning. Today we received notice that he got it continued again. He timed it perfectly. In his letter to the court he says that we agreed to the continuation. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it. I can call Monday morning and say we did NOT agree but it will be too late. He very neatly boxed us into a corner. He got it continued for another month. We will obviously call on Monday to say we do not agree to any continuations.   I hate this man

mimi

mimi

 

MORE changes!

As with all "life changing" things, there will be a few bumps in the road. Ours has come by way of CALORIES. Let me preface this by saying, I have never in my entire life counted calories. Ever. Now I know why.... they're stupid. *LOL* Diet... the food you eat regularly, not the fad to lose weight.... He's eating VERY well.... 3 meals, plus 3 snacks. He's still losing about 2 pounds a week. His blood sugars have dropped to "normal".... that's normal, normal, not "normal for diabetic" nor

momto6

momto6

 

Kitchen Renovation

We are beginning a renovation project in our kitchen. It looks just the same as when we moved in 21 years ago, along with the wear and tear from raising four kids--tired wallpaper border that I was crazy about in 1994--not so much now; dark cabinets;two-tone walls (lower with wood paneling, upper in white); tiny pantry; a couple of cabinets with missing drawer-front panels; some crumbling floor tiles--pretty much a dismal mess.   About a month ago, DH and I were browsing in our favorite local

fpmomma

fpmomma

 

Room to breathe

I'm breathing again, found my spot, and should have a decent sized snowball to send somewhere.   Priorities for right now: fill up property tax account ($2300) over the next six months add another $1500 to my individual 401k before 4-15-16 set aside $1000 towards kitchen reno after the Mar 1 payment to the mortgage (the payment that will finally get us below $50k, which was my target before starting the kitchen countertop/tile project) --- maybe try to schedule this project to happen o

Carrie

Carrie

 

house renovations, Asst stuff and taking time for myself :)..

We finally got our extra bathroom put together (purchased everything in May/June 2015). When you have free help things get done when they cane.   It's been a week and we LOVE having the extra bathroom. It makes mornings quieter so the kids sleep in til 6:30/7 half the time now most days it was 6am!!   The basement family room painted up great as well. Dh put a ton of hours in down there (20 hours painting paneling over the course of a week).   We have a ceiling to paint and the floor aga

Cutenirish

Cutenirish

 

Ch-ch-ch-changes....turn and face the strain.... ch-changes

Is there a song for everything in life, do you think? Changes are in the wind. Big ones, small ones. This post doesn't have much to do with budget stuff.... just stuff I need to get out of my head so I can process it better. =0) Week one.....DH was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with Type II diabetes. Went to the ER with a blood sugar of 460. For those that are interested "normal" blood sugar is between 80 and 130. What does that mean? Who knows? It meant my savings from shopping last month wen

momto6

momto6

 

Breaking point

I think we've hit our breaking point.   I fell behind on our charitable giving last year, so I tried to make up for it last month and this month. It has made our budget very tight.   We had the big hospital bill to pay. We had Christmas (and we went pretty light on that).   We paid property tax early, from an underfunded sinking fund.   We have the money for all of our living expenses, but I've got so much going to retirement that it squeezes the rest of our life. Plus throwing extr

Carrie

Carrie

 

Court Update

We are still waiting to hear from the court on our request to change the date of our apperance. We did however hear from the PIA landlord. He called my husband today and left him a message. Apparently there has been a "death in the family" and he is asking for "an abatement" since he will be out of town for 30 days.   We are obviously quite thrilled to hear he is trying to string this out even longer.   There is some worry he is working on filing bankruptcy and before we can get a judgement.

mimi

mimi

 

More Prayers :(

My husband's friend and former coworker commited suicide today.   My friend's husband who committed suicide the last week of December was laid to rest on the 8th.   Last week another military member on our base attempted suicide but was found quickly.   The effects of PTSD are very real and rocking our world at the moment. Dh and I are both shocked, heartbroken, and feeling helpless. Prayers for all affected would be appreciated. It breaks my heart that these men are not getting the help t

mimi

mimi

 

Fitness & Well Being

These words seem to be the theme of my priorities as of late. Obviously with the new year just behind us, it's fitting. But I really am getting back into my previous workout routine @ the bootcamp studio. I am even scheduled to sub a couple classes at the end of the month. I went in to class last night and was shocked at how much strength and endurance I'd lost. When you can't even do a minute of full form jumping jacks because you feel so sluggish and out of breath, that's bad! With pregnancy o

Gelly

Gelly

 

The first week jinx

I swear we are jinxed. This is dh's first week gone again and our first week back at school. The military wives have a saying that the first week dh is gone anything that can go wrong will.   Nothing is going right and we are a mess. Yesterday we called off school when we literally almost died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The alarm kept going off but I thought it was the smoke detector (new house). I kept turing it off because I thought it was malfunctioning. When I started getting incredib

mimi

mimi

 

The Great Freezer Clean-out!

I debated on putting this on the board side, but since it's all about food, and there are already a few on the boards about that, here it is... And I don't know where I would put it on the other side.... BS6-7 maybe, because that's the step we're on, but really, it's more about life than BSs. Water Cooler maybe.... It's about budgeting sure, more because of the pantry aspect. I save a lot that way. Buying in bulk. But like everything else it comes with it's own set of "rules". You HAVE to r

momto6

momto6

 

2016 Goals (aka A Girl Can Dream)

We should be out of BS2 by the end of February, Lord willing, if work holds out for dh over the winter (home improvements). We have $10k in savings and owe a lump sum payoff of $15k. I have been averaging between $2-3k/month lately. I'm listing my goals and dreams so I can look back at the end of 2016 and see how we did.   2016 Goals:   1) Pay off BBT 2) Open and fully fund two Roth IRAs 3) FFEF of $12,000   Dreaming of.....   1) Refinishing the wood floors on the first floor of our ho

DebtBgone

DebtBgone

 

Thank God the holidays are over

Now that Christmas holiday is over and we are done traveling for a while (went to AZ to see DH's parents and just got home yesterday morning), I am back home and I guess back to some normalcy. But my motivation seems shot and I have been keeping to myself a lot more. I'm not using social media as much as I used to and I'm not going out of my way to text or call people or attend things. Our pregnancy seems to be on the rocks - the ultrasound a week and a half ago apparently showed the fetus was n

Gelly

Gelly

 

2016 Budget

I have had what feels very little progress on the divorce front (well, I got a huge envelope last week detailing info his attorney wants from me, so I guess that's "progress"), but I refuse to allow it to discourage me (I had hoped we could work things out and maybe be finalized by now, or have everything ready for Jan 1 since he wants to file taxes jointly). If he wants to fight things out, then I will simply ask for him to pay my attorney fees. The good news is, his kids (DD19 and DS16) are

mbeaser

mbeaser

 

Prayers for a friend

On December 20th my friends husband left their home, walked into the woods by their home, sent his wife a text with a picture, and then committed suicide. It took them six days of searching the woods to find his body. Last night she got the call that they had recovered his body.     Please pray for her, their children, his family, and all the military members still fighting through PTSD. I can not imagine the level of pain they are all going through.

mimi

mimi

 

2016 Goals

Goals for 2016 new kitchen counters & backsplash - cash refill the home maintenance account, fill property tax account max 401k, max ROTHs, add $2k to individual 401k pay mortgage down by $20k (bringing balance down to $30k) read 50 books   Of course, I'll also be cleaning & de-cluttering (being especially mindful of what we bring into the house). I'm going to continue to sew through my stash without adding new fabric. I'm going to finish at least one of my large p

Carrie

Carrie

 

Year in review 2015

2015 goals & how we did: 1. Keep current investment levels. 401k will automatically adjust up 1% in May. I think we've hit our sweet spot, budget can't take any more investing unless there's a raise. There was a raise -- it just happened last pay period, so it will really show itself in 2016 in our investing. I'm proud of us -- this year we've put more in retirement than ever before. 2. Build my inventory both to supply work to the gallery, but also to prepare for a big show next December.

Carrie

Carrie

 

Grown Up

I feel officially grown up.   I finally quit procrastinating and got my will printed, signed, and notarized. I never did this when I was married or when I started having kids. Now, all of a sudden, I felt like I really needed to finally follow through.   So, there we are. Copies are made and I need to put the original away.   I can't believe that took me 15 years...

MeredithRX

MeredithRX

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