Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, getting ready....

     I sewed until late last night and I am still not done.  My stress level is high because of money.  Here we are going again and it will cost money and we have the sprinkler bill looming and I just found out I will only get 1/2 what I usually get from the studio this month.  So my money savings is out the window.  We will be okay and I am certainly in a much better situation than I have been in the past, it is just discouraging when I work so hard.

     I can't do anything about the situation but work and figure things out.  Cut my coat to fit my cloth so to speak.  Things will turn around again next month and I will get back in the saddle.

     I just have to be grateful and count my blessings.  When you have debt and a tight budget it is easy to feel sorry for yourself and start to spiral into anger and doubt.  Or to start beating yourself up over past behavior.  I need to look on the bright side and see that I will be okay.  I don't need to panic.  Just ride this out and start over.

     I have enough to eat, clothes to wear, a roof over my head, money constantly coming in and my health seems to have stabilized. I have a family that loves me, good friends that I need who need me and whole beautiful world to enjoy.

     I get to go an see my grandsons again and travel to a beautiful part of the world and watch and amazing solar experience.  The universe is grand and so is my life.  Things are better, maybe not today or this hour, but overall they are better.  A bump in the road will not derail me.

Have a great and productive day!

Kim

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, Saving Madness!

     Yikes!  I have so much to do before we leave AGAIN on Wednesday.  Four bridesmaid dresses, one zipper replacement and a suit to alter.  That is all I will do unless someone has an emergency.  Someone always has an emergency.

     I have house work and laundry up the ying, yang.  What is a ying, yang?  I know what a ying and yang symbol looks like and what it means, the expression?

     I can tell Hub's mom and dad are excited to go as we are getting texts from them every 4 hours. It is kind of cute.

     I cooked a huge dinner yesterday after my Sunday nap.  I had put a big ham in the oven after church on low, then I napped and got up and dug potatoes from the garden.  I made corn bread, an apple sauce cake, fresh veggies from the garden, ham gravy.  Yum. Everyone ate and ate and tonight we will have leftovers.

     I have cooked so much this week.  Big meals at least three times.  Then laid out left overs and added dishes to feed the hoard the other nights.  Lil sis had them for pizza at a work function one night and then took them out to Tacos on Saturday while I was in Moscow.

     But as I have been messing around having fun with little one and working on B's apartment my house has suffered and here I am trying to leave town AGAIN.

on to Money saving Madness

1.  Did not go to the store at all this week for any kind of groceries. Ate out of garden and pantry.
2.  Fed all 6 of us great meals without any money lay out
3. Gave my youngest daughter a wonderful birthday present, by redoing some old furniture and helping her with her apartment.  It was fun.
4. Went to second hand stores with daughter to pick up things for her apartment. Curtain rods, a mirror, lamp shade.
5. Pulled all the corn from the garden and froze what we could not eat.
6. Canned my first 5 quarts of tomatoes
7. fed all scrapes to chickens 
8. Used coupons for Joann buys
9. reused plastic containers ( cottage cheese for leftovers)  This really works. trying not to use store bought containers.
10.Washed out good quality freezer bags to reuse
11. froze over ripe bananas for bread later.
12. Got a lot of free exercise in the garden. ( now if I could quite eating late at night)

So I feel that I have done what I could or what I wanted to to save money.

How did you do?

Have a great and productive day!

Kim

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, Finally!

     Blogger has been having some problems I guess.  I again have not been able to post the last two days. 

     I have been busy with the girls and sewing.  All the painting is done for B's apartment and most of the things are up there already.  I still have a hutch that must go up and some sewing of curtains left to do, but other than that the project is almost over.  It will be nice to get it out of the way.

     It was 106 here yesterday and the smoke is very dense.  I have seen it much worse and I hone it does not get that way this year.

     I will have everyone here for dinner tomorrow, and my house is a wreck.  That is what I get for using all my time to sew and then working on B's place.

     There are still 3 bridesmaid dresses and a suit to alter on Monday.  It just never ends around here.

     Lil sis was supposed to take the girls home today but upon calling our Aunt and our cousin it was determined that they should stay until next Friday.  This will fall heavily on Lil sis as I will be leaving Wednesday morning.  But she says she is up to it.  Uncle is getting worse, and Auntie is stressed, our cousin is trying to work full time and drive 45 minutes one way to come and help with her dad when she is not at work.  She has not been able to find a new baby sitter yet for her grand daughter, so we are an option.  This little girl is sweet and fairly well behaved.  But she is 6 and 6 year olds can run your legs off.  Families are forever.

     Hub's and I will drive to Nampa on Wednesday morning and pick up his folks and take them with us to Daughter #1.  We will stay there a couple of days as daughter has some sewing that needs to be done.  Alterations on suits and curtains and things for the new house.  Hub's mom and dad have not been to the new place.  Then we will all take off for the ranch in Ashton to join family and watch the eclipse.  Hub's and I will leave mom and dad as they will ride home with another grandchild and we will take the same trip up to Missoula and back home.  We just made this same loop with Sluggy and her Hubby the first of the month.  But now we get to do it in the smokey haze.:)

I am very tired.

Kim

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday, Blogger on the fritz

     I could not post to save my soul yesterday.  Blogger would not let me.  Such an aggravation.  I am busy and don't need to mess around with a computer that won't behave.

     It is very, very hot here.  Over 100 for a week now and will last at least another 3 days.  I love the heat, but eventually it can become oppressive.

     The girls are keeping busy, with crafts, cartoons, swimming, baking and tonight we are taking them to a children's performance of Peter Pan.  Sis has them in the evening, and I during the day.  This gives me time to catch up on things I cannot get done when they are here.

     The shop is very busy and I have so much to do.  Many many bridesmaid dresses and men's suits to alter. I just seem to go, go, go and although things are getting done, I feel like I am always behind.  I guess this is better than having no work.  I will call myself blessed.

     We still have not received the sprinkler bill and I have not been able to put any money in savings this month.  But then I have not sewn much this month.  An  item here and item there.  Yesterday I really got back in the saddle so to speak.  As we are leaving again next Wednesday for 6 days I need to get money and things caught up.

     Right now I have the driveway full of old furniture I am repainting for our youngest daughter's new apartment.  I love redoing old things.  I have several old small tables of my mothers, and old dressers.  Also and old sewing machine table to make into a dressing table.  The apartment is much larger and everything in it is a give away item.  Remember those days? Scratched and beaten up things get a good sanding and a new coat of paint.  Hub's and I went up Monday night after I got home from Missoula and we picked up a car full of old and ugly college furniture and I will return it shiny and new (well almost).  I would love to go into the refurbishing business but alas don't have the space of time.  (thank goodness and a collective sigh from Hubs)

     So in between sewing and fetching Popsicles I have been going out to the driveway to give things a coat of paint.  I should finish two dressers today and a couple of tables.  Then onto another dresses and the makeup table.  I have an old table over at Sis's to redo and a couple of dining chairs. I want to get this off my list before we leave next week but I don't know if that is possible.  We will see.

     If you have nothing to do today come to my house.

Let's see, water plants, pick produce, pull things for dinner, check the chickens, paint, sew, cook dinner, entertain, yikes!

Have a great and productive day!

Kim

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday, Let's see....

     So much has happened or is happening, I just don't know where to begin.

     I feel like I have been nothing but gone.  Gone is a good thing, but not for earning a living, or keeping a garden going, or a house clean.

     Back from Missoula with all the fires and smoke.  It is very smokey here also.

     Mom was happy to see her brother and all her smaller grand kids and great grand kids.  In fact we brought two little ones home with us.  My drug addict brother's son has a girl who is 11 and my mom adores her and has always wanted to bring her here.  She is a sweet simple thing due to her parentage. Mom did raise the son but as she enables all men he is not the greatest but a far cry from my brother.  After we decided to bring Olly home we stopped at Uncles and picked up another GGdaughter of my Aunts who is also being raised by her mother due to drugs.  You would think my whole family is in the mad house, but actually we are all fairly sane and educated hard workers.  Sara is 6 and bored stiff with this very sick old man and a mom that works and a  great grandma that is flustered.  So we added her to the mix and now we have a daycare!

     Really this was to help out my Aunt and give her a break from caring for a sick husband and a young child.  So thinks will be a little busy here for the next few days.  That is what families are for right?

     In the mean time, I have still not made the bed from when Sluggy left.  I have not un packed or done any laundry.  I need to earn money to pay bills.  I need to get meals organized for more people.  Thanks goodness for my previous weeks cooking and the garden, and the chickens.

     I have a broken finger.  It was a surprise.  I guess I broke it when I smashed it with a rock a few weeks ago.  It really hurt when I played the piano at my sister in laws, but other than that I really have not noticed it.  I just don't use it.  Now it is splinted and such a pain.  Doctor found it during a routine xray for my arthritis.  It is tender where the fracture is, but if you don't squeeze it or manipulate it (DOCTOR) it doesn't hurt.

     Well I have a TON of work to do today.  I love my fellow blogger that said yard work was free exercise.  What a great way to look at work.

Have a a great and productive day!

Kim

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday, does it pay to have savings?

     I am starting to think it does not pay to have money saved up as there is a little money sucker fairy that lives to come and take it.  Our sprinkling system (it is always water with us) has developed a crack in a many pipe leading off the city line and has to be dug up and replaced.  The part alone is $800.00 let alone the labor to dig it up.  By hand if course.  Hub's is out working on it, but we all know how slow he is, and I am just grateful he is trying at least.  So the money I saved will be gone and I will have to start over.  WAAAAAHHHH!!!!!. 

     Okay lecture me now on how this is a blessing and this is the way it should be.  But why? Why can't it just stay in there for a month or a day or a year?  Why?

     Okay I am over that, I could keep going for a long while but I have learned it won't change anything.  I worked way to darned hard yesterday and my back is killing me.  My lower right side has a stiff knife in it, and I am going to try and stretch it out after this post.

    I did get 4 pasta dishes made yesterday, large pan of lasagna, large pan of stuffed shells, large pan of manicotti, and one large pan of mixed manicotti, and shells.  I made three loaves of homemade french bread, and used up the broccoli in fridge to make a broccoli salad.  Also used up the old apples to make two apple cobblers.  Hubs will be fed while I am gone and my friend got a great meal.  I also shredded an over grown zucchini to make a cake but ran out of steam so I froze it for later. I was able  to freeze two large pans of pasta for later.

     I will be canning tomatoes when I get home from this weekend.  I have only done a minimal of sewing, but the phone has rung off the hook with new business which I have put off until next week.

     Mom has been awful.  That is the only way I can put it nicely.  She is very mad at me and I really jumped on her and was very over the top firm and nasty about it.  Something I rarely do as I have too much respect for my mother and think it is wrong, but her undermining ways and favoritism to others who care little for her just gets to me.  She will do anything for attention.  Believe me I pay attention to her all  the time.  She does not want my attention she wants other and that is fine just don't start taking back things that are mine. Thank goodness I have my sister to help me.  We are on board together through her fits.

     Her dementia is getting so bad and she is very cranky when she does not get her way.  This is so hard on me, this whole process is much harder than I thought it would be. I keep wondering what I am supposed to learn from it.  To be more patient, or kind, or giving?  To learn to stand up for myself?  I just don't know, but it is very, very hard.

     The neighbors have got  bad leak in their water line which cannot be fixed until next week so we are running a hose out to their house so they can flush toilets and cook.  They have a 5 month old baby, so they can do laundry over here.  I feel for them as that is a very expensive fix and they just bought that house.

     Hubs must water the garden and everything by hand right now until the sprinkler is fixed.  What a chore.  We are so spoiled with convenience.

Well I am of to storm the castle if my back will let me.

Have a great and productive day!

Kim
     

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday, Facing reality

     If you will notice, I almost made my goal of saving $1500.00 in July, but alas did not arrive home to bank until August.  I actually came home with $118.00 in cash so $100.00 went to savings, and I also was able to put another $400.00 in savings from paycheck.  I would love to be able to save another $1500.00 this month but we will be gone so much and we have to pay to travel.  I have to pay back CC I used to travel last week.  We only had one night in a hotel and a few meals out so other than gas we did really well.  It is nice to travel with people who have your same goals in mind.  Well with the exception of eating way too much pastry (my fault).

     So the goal this month is to save $500.00 and even that may be tight.  We will see and I will do my darnedest to make that higher.  I just have to really watch my pennies. 

     It is hard  to come back from a great vacation and get back into the swing of things.  I did not sew much yesterday and I need to produce today.  I needed to help at the studio as the new owner is down with the crud.  So I was there last night costuming and rehearsing for a performance tonight that I will have to attend and help with.  I am also going out to dinner tonight with my sister and mom and my sister's foster /child as it is her birthday.  Money out, money out.  Dang and I want money in, money in.

     Our sprinkling system has developed a leak at it's source and water is SOOOO expensive here so we have had the city and the sprinkler company out here and they will come again.  I don't want to see next months water bill or the company bill.  Great!  Have you noticed that it is always water with us?

     I am going to make dinner for my dance studio owner as she has 5 kids and a husband and is going through a rough time with her health.  So between trying to clean, sew, cook, bathe and watch dancers and go out to dinner this evening it will be a busy.

     Mom, Lil sis and I are going back to Missoula tomorrow for the weekend to let mom see her brother.  We will stay with a friend and that will help with expenses.  Mom will pay for gas.  I will just have meals and snacks. I will try and keep it cheap.  We will come home Monday.

     Well I had better get busy as the work does not do itself.  Darn!

Have a great and productive day!

Kim
    

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday,Sluggy is gone and I miss her:(

     Well let me tell you I have had a great time this last week.  It was a go, go, go week and I am tired.  Slug and I actually took it pretty easy yesterday as I had a stomach ache and she just needed to rest.  Driving and going constantly is nerve racking and just too much sometimes.  The men went out to museums and Slug and I went to Rite Aid and Big Lots.  It was just so much fun to be with her.   We laughed and laughed.  Sluggy will surely detail this trip and I don't want to ruin her posts for you, but I am telling you we saw our lives flash before our eyes a few times this last week.  It will be a trip to remember.

     I dislike coming home from a vacation because you have to get back into work and the production schedule.I still have to unpack and do laundry.  The garden needs attention and I have to go through the fridge and organize a menu.  Also have to take stock of the shop and see what I need to do first.  Make a grocery list, pay bills and just catch up in general.

     Mom has many errands for me to run today and I need to spend some time with just her. The rest of the month is jam packed with short travel trips and projects.  This weekend we will run back to Missoula so mom can see her brother who is failing fast.  Then on the weekend of the 12th I will help D#3 move into her new apartment.  We will leave for the ranch on Wednesday the 16th to pick up Hub's mom and dad and then onto Twin Falls again to get some sewing done for daughter and then onto Ashton for the Solar eclipses.  Then home and we may end up going to a family reunion in Minnesota over labor day.

     Now I have to be able to produce work and save money while I do this and I am not sure if that is possible. At least it is weekends that I am gone.  I will really have to produce when I am home.  All I can say is UGH!

     I miss my Sluggy.  I have to get to work, blah!  But in tomorrows post I will expect a big hurrah from all of you!

Have a great and productive day!

Kim