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Updated freezer inventory

I didn't do a good job keeping track, so did a new inventory last week. Here is the updated version - now updated through tonight: Category / Item Total Meat Salmon fillets - individ 7 6 (had one for lunch Monday) Ham pieces - baggie 1 Ham hunks - baggie 5 Ham slices - baggie 7 Breaded fish - individ 8 Chicken Rotisserie - baggie 2 Bacon - baggie 3 Pork chops - boneless - lb 1 Beef sausage - lb 1 Beef stew meat - lb 1 Deli meat - blk forest ham .4 lb 1 Chicken breast - 1.25 lb 1 C

Dorothy

Dorothy

Another dietary change for me!

So, now that I've been gluten free for several months, it is time to eat gluten again! I went to Vanderbilt University today and met with the team that will be taking care of me at the IBD Center. The GI will be doing another colonosopy with an endoscopy right before Thanksgiving, she needs to see if the gluten has an effect on me so I have to eat it again. I'm munching on REAL pretzels right now! The kind that cost $2 for a big bag, not $4 for a tiny bag. They're stale and delicious to me!

SatinSky

SatinSky

How could I POSSIBLY be considering homeschooling

I am a big advocate of public schools, and schools in general. I think the school setting teaches a lot about life. I think there are things about having other authority figures in a kids life, having negative influences around, yes, negative, and the group setting that are important to a kids development.   On a more personal level, i specifically chose this house and area because of the district. I didnt have many options and this was the best one, and i did research quite a bit.   T

happysmileylady

happysmileylady

2 years later and the mortgage company pays me back

I like to look at the sales papers but when I opened them the other day there was a letter from a consumer protection bureau that was talking about a check. Turns out, the mortgage company was sued by a federal company last year for their unfair practices and my part came today. I can't even believe it.   I had plans to work on re-funding my emergency fund in a week and to pay on some bills with money coming in then but now I can pay bills, I can buy a new (to me) car after mine literally star

esg

esg

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

My wife and I were recently married and were blessed with our first child together. We have come this far by trying to out-earn our bad habits and mis-management (to varying degrees of success).   Let us begin with the good. All bills are current Emergency fund of $2500 No car loans Committed to the budget (YNAB) Two (2) good sources of income The bad (her) Approximately $13K in credit card debt Approximately $23K in student loans The ugly (him) Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (4.5

Valjean

Valjean

Freezer inventory

I just took a full inventory of my freezer. My mom wanted an exact total on how many pounds of beef we got (I had rounded down a bit the first time, she wanted exact numbers) so since I had to go back and count the whole thing anyway, I counted everything else.   Beef-a total of 55lbs (after using 2lbs of ground beef the other day for sloppy joes) 2 soup bones 1 pkg of 4 cube steaks 3 porterhouse 3 Tbones 3 pks short ribs 2 bone in chuck roasts 1 beef brisket 1 prime rib roast 1 sir

happysmileylady

happysmileylady

Here we go..

The farmhouse is packed and cleaned. The kids and I moved in with my parents for the two days before we head back to Jersey. Two days is a loooong time to bite your tongue. If I hear on more time how I have "gone off the deep end" or our children will be "unable to handle adulthood" because we will not have tv in Jersey I may scream.   Anyways. The meals are frozen. I just have to go to the store Wed morning when the budget resets to get the sandwich makings and snacks. We leave Wednesday nig

mimi

mimi

2015-12 September update

Well, this month has not turned out as I'd planned. At the beginning of the month the budget looked great - after an expensive summer, we had room in the budget & would have a nice snowball by month's end. I scheduled to have the eaves repaired - we got it done over labor day weekend, so that was nice. $850. This bit of repair work has had me stressed out for years now - it is such a relief to have it done, and to realize the damage was not as extensive as I'd feared. Plus, we added two d

Carrie

Carrie

Well Crap

Can I just have a mini tantrum?   DH isn't even home from his current six month deployment and he already has orders for another month away after he gets home.     We will be fine. We are always fine. I would just like to have my husband home for a few months straight.   Grumbling over. I have an entire house to clean and pack by myself and a kindergarten graduation party to host in three hours.   Sigh.

mimi

mimi

welcome...

Hi all. This blog is for me to keep tabs on our journey to financial maturity. We've been through the baby steps before and somehow managed to get ourselves back in debt. We have $106,000 in student loans (a doctorate and a masters) and two car loans as well as a modest mortgage. I plan on updating here once per week or so.   Here's where we are today....

zea mays

zea mays

Raeanna's homework, again

This kid's homework is stressing me out.   Today she has-   1 math facts practice page, there are 20 basic math addition facts 1 regular math worksheet. Both this and the above facts page are from the Saxon Math curriculum.   A total of FIVE stories to read from their classroom reading books, plus the "words to know" vocabulary page for each. Each story has 5 vocabulary words that are supposed to be the "sight" words for the week. Four of the stories are past stories, one is the story

happysmileylady

happysmileylady

Mortgage payoff challenge.......FAIL!

Hanging head in disappointment, even with all my enthusiasm, we will not be able to fullfil my ambitious challenge of getting house paid off by the end of this year. It was so hard to make it the top priority when I couldn't get my DH on board. Then our DD had our first grand child and the flood gates of my heart opened up and visiting her has now become my priority. Downside is she lives 20 hours away from me, so that means expensive airplane rides are now a part of my life. Thankfully the

coingirl

coingirl

Well that would be all we need now

We are FINALLY all feeling better. Some lingering coughs, particularly in the morning, and yesterday, CJ had a little bit of a tummy issue, but other than that, we are doing well.   I just got a call from the school nurse. Danika might have been exposed to Chicken Pox. It wasn't a kid in her class, but a kid in her class was in speech therapy at the same time as the pox infected kid. Dani Lee has been vaxed, but hasn't received her last dose yet.   Now, Chix Pox doesn't scare me, all my

happysmileylady

happysmileylady

Are you kidding me?!?! (warning, rant-ish ahead)

Let it be known..... I hate HOAs. Seriously. On the boards I was reading a totally unrelated topic and came across this statement..... "my HOA requires white or off white curtains" Seriously?!?! You let someone who does not live in your house or pay your bills dictate the color of your curtains? WHY?!? What is so wonderful about your neighborhood that you are willing to allow someone else to dictate the color of your curtains? (This is a rhetorical question.) Never mind the question of

momto6

momto6

Little by little

So, I'm trying to actively incorporate better things in my life. Someone gave me a running leash. You clip it around your waist and it clips to the dog - there is a handhold and it has a little stretch to it. She wasn't able to use it to run with her dog, so she gave it to me.   I took Levi out on two runs with it and it works really well! I like it and I think he really likes it too. We did two miles each time. I have to send her a thank you note.   I went to my first AA meeting. I picked a

Freedom10

Freedom10

Kids say the darnedest things....

Well it finally happened.... The Dave thing stuck to my child. Here's what happened...... Dh and I are planning on RVing about 6 months of the year (maybe more) once he retires in 10 years. So being the nerd I am, I figure 10 years is enough time to begin researching, seeing what is out there, see what we will need to save up, and what we need to look out for. Start making a plan to have this done by the time we retire. All that stuff. So we spent time last weekend doing exactly that. Goi

momto6

momto6

My poor baby

I have never felt worse as a parent than I did today having to hold Hope down for blood work. Why did it make me feel so guilty? She's being checked for inflammation markers in her blood as well as Celiac. I don't know how to handle my baby being sick like I am.   I hear from so many people with IBD that they chose not to have biological children for fear of passing it on. I wasn't diagnosed when I had Naomi but with the twins it was so well controlled I didn't worry about things like that. I

SatinSky

SatinSky

My own September Grocery accountability

I kept meaning to post this but we have been so busy.   I want to only spend $400 this month on groceries. For me groceries includes all non food/household items like toiletries, tp, trash bags, etc. As I have posted before, I have a lot of meat in my fridge, and I am trying to eat out of the pantry and freezer as much as possible this month.   Anyway, as I said, my goal is $400. Our budget is $600, I want to put back the other $200 into savings/bs2.   Week 1:   Meijer: $74 and chang

happysmileylady

happysmileylady

Tired of illnesses

At least one person has been sick in our house every day since the start of the school year. And myself personally, I was sick for over a week then was well for a few days and am now sick again. First is was pink eye, then something else, and now a regular old cold. Raeanna was out of school for an entire week last week, and that was on top of getting sick the first week of school. CJ was sick for a while, Dani Lee is the one who gave me pink eye....*sigh*   I am tired of being sick, and t

happysmileylady

happysmileylady

Had Court Yesterday

So yesterday was my first pretrial hearing.   It was a very different experience for me.   A girlfriend of my mine went with me, she picked me up at home and drove me down to the courthouse. My biggest anxiety was seeing him again.   I saw him - we didn't make eye contact - we didn't say a word to each other. Isn't it sad that so many years of companionship end like this?   So, our lawyers got up and each explained the simple background of the case. His lawyer lied. As in lied. She said

Freedom10

Freedom10

Involuntary Kondo style book decluttering

I am not a fan of the Kondo style tidying up. When I saw the recommendation to pile all your books in the middle of the floor at once I knew that wasn't the decluttering method for me. Until yesterday. First a loud CRACK. Then a loud CRASH. A big ELFA hanging system fail. Dave Ramsey is buried in there somewhere . Guess I have some book sorting, half.com listing, library donating, drywall patching, repainting ahead of me.    

Plinda

Plinda

My stressful day

Feel free to skip, I'm having a whine fest over here.   DH was in pretty bad pain last night, he thought it was heartburn or similar, took antacids and such. Didn't work, still in a lot of pain this morning. 1 very long trip to the ER later (yeah, ER on a holiday = bad timing) and he has a tentative diagnosis of gallstones. That comes with a clear fluids diet, pain meds, and anti-nausea meds. Oh, and an ultrasound for a firm diagnosis tomorrow.   Then we get home. There's a smell like

Zaga

Zaga

Being retired is hard work!

Just got back from over two weeks in Panama on Wed night. I'll eventually post an update & pictures. The short story is that my cabinets & countertops aren't finished, so will be going back for about a week towards the end of either Sept or Oct.   My first "ride" of the fall season is Oct 3 & 4, but I might not actually do a ride depending on how "technical" and scary it is. Might take Shiloh & Lucky and just play around. So will leave Friday and come home Monday. All trip

Dorothy

Dorothy

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