Haven't posted here in a while. Thought I would update, just to be able to come back later and see how things have changed or stayed the same.
We are still in treading water mode. My commissions were cut unexpectedly at work a few months ago (I am in insurance-this was a carrier decision, not my agency's, their income is down, too.) I am doing ok selling, but when your commissions are cut by 2/3, you have to sell three times as much to make the same amount of money. I am moving into other ty
Front planting bed, I expanded it, edged it with stone, and will plant hostas in the mulch area as soon as they arrive (mail ordered).
Pinestraw around new jasmine
New azaleas on dirt berm. Need to add mulch around the bushes, and hope to get some ground cover going here too.
Trying to get some curb appeal. I'm thinking rocking chair on the porch and a big planter of flowers.
Edit to add: new plants in front
So yesterday was our first three month check up. The one where they take his blood and check his numbers again.
His A1C, when we started this journey was 11.6 (which is bad, bad, bad).... It's now 5.8! (normal being between 4.5 and 5.7)
He has lost 43 pounds. (51 left)
His total cholesterol dropped 25%.
His "good" cholesterol rose 33%.
His bad cholesterol dropped 33%.
Blood pressure dropped to "normal" numbers. (from near high)
Doc said that these numbers would indicate that he was
Thought I would give a quick update. Things here are doing pretty good, actually! Alex is doing well with his job, he just got a small raise. His division did very well but not all divisions hit their goals so it was a bit smaller than prior years had been. It's his first raise since he started and we were excited to get it! Our budget is balanced, we are getting ready to move to a larger apartment and are selling out all that we can from the storage unit. Not that it's necessary, this apa
So I had the baby on 4/6, a week past my due date. I did end up with a c section after a 2 day labor so slowly recovering from that. But, he is healthy and perfect, and so incredibly adorable!! I wish he could stay this small forever. ;-) Breastfeeding is going well, he gained back his birth weight plus some (was born 7 lbs 9 oz and yesterday at the pediatrician's office he weighed 7 lb 13 oz). We started using the cloth diapers a few days ago and that has also been going well also. We love the
Dh started his new job last week. He is miserable. He is the top level of rank on the flightline before the jump to "the office". They are under manned and he is pretty frustrated. He is applying for every special duty available in an attempt to move to a new base.
I have been on my new medications for almost a week. The beta blocker has dropped my resting heart rate from 100 to 60. I may still need another medication to drop my blood pressure as well. The anti depressant
I'm in the final countdown for my BS in Accounting, with 16 credits to finish by Aug 31. 6 credits are Project+ certification (will finish by the end of April), then a 6 credit class (5 assignments, will finish by the end of May) and finally the 4 credit capstone. I will have 3 months to finish it, and I fear I will need every bit of it. It looks like as much work as the entire 3 years before it lol.
Yesterday was the last meeting of DD9's homeschool co-op group; I help out in the child
I just set our IRAs to delayed payment (hope to get back to them end of summer or fall). In the meantime, will be piling up money & tackling projects around the house.
1. Drainage, re-grading, landscape $5500 timeline- this week
2. Sealant/caulking, have supplies, no further cost- this weekend
3. Paint touch up on baseboards, some minor touch up on cabinets - buy paint, $25, within a month or two
4. Clean walls - free, ongoing
5. Power wash house, porches - need to b
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 over
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
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
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
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.
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
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