Thursday, March 20, 2014

Small victories...

So these past few weeks we've been running pretty lean at Casa de Q&A. The temptation to use credit
has been rearing its ugly head and so far we have resisted temptation. It is so hard not to take the easy way out.  Hoping things settle down a bit this month.  I'm trying to hit a sales goal this month in hopes of contributing to our home repair fund.  We need to come up with about 1500 in the next few weeks for a partial fence replacement.  I'm hoping to contribute a few hundred from Ebay.  I'm also going to dip my toes into Etsy with some vintage items.

Mr. Man and I are also rearranging our bedroom.  We are trying to get away from the idea of buying a new home and we figured might as well and make this one more into what we want.  I'm not 100% convinced yet but I'm willing to try.

My parting photo is of a local pond...I have been wanting to take the kids for like ever and finally we went.  This goose was chasing me waited till after I fed it!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I'm not very disciplined....

It's time I just face it, I'm not very disciplined. I'm a bit scatterbrained and most certainly easily distracted. I'm not going to set any blog goals as its very hard for me. About the only thing that I've been consistent about is updating my debt totals periodically. The spending tab is going away to the great beyond.

Aside from that, I'd like to say that I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my life.  I've been really thinking about what I want to do with my life and how I want to spend my time.  I thought I had everything kind of figured out but ever since Mom died, things have been chaotic.  I never have time for anything. My siblings have seemed to fade into the background more and more when  it comes to checking up/caring for Dad.  Thankfully, he's very independent but still needs a homecooked meal and company.  And I've gone through the spectrum of emotions. Where I've ended up is, how am I making the most of life both with Dad and with my own kiddos/husband. So, I think I'm going to take a short break from Ebay, concentrate on all things home and Dad. Sell whatever stock I have and go from there. Dad also mentioned closing up the fleamarket booth and frankly I'm not sure how I feel about that. I have come to really enjoy seeing all her customers and catching up with them. Also, I love selling and providing a fun shopping experience for a lot of people who are of modest means. Dad still makes a small profit but he's not looking to get rich.  I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. The only thing I am certain of is that I want to enjoy life more.

Our objective remains the free ourselves from the debt monster but have fun doing it. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trying to find time to post!

Taking a short break before I go back to "work". Kiddos need homework help, laundry is screaming to be done and dinner has yet to meet the oven.  I'm exhausted but know I can do this.  In the meantime,  have you ever had one of those days when you look forward to something yummy in the fridge only to find it GONE!

He's screaming/shrieking in spanish "SOMEONE ATE MY SAAAANDDDWWIIIIICHHHH!" or "Alguien se comio mi torta!".

Have a meltdown free day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Money sure goes fast!

This month I'm trying to track my spending.  And boy am I surprised how fast it goes! We have spent more than usual on eating. I need to start planning dinners again. It didn't help that our oven had burned out. I picked up the part yesterday and we are up and running again :)  We have various expenses this month and I'm hoping to make some extra money to help out with that. Trying to figure out what to get/make Mr. Man for Valentine's Day!  I also have a mountain of clutter/papers at my desk that need taming, a book report, two trips and who knows what else that is coming up.  Oh gosh, my head hurts just thinking about it :D   But I'm glad I'm feeling better enough to do all these things!
I'll leave you with a fun parting pic...the other day I asked Kiddo2 to bring me a cup of water because I wasn't feeling well.  This is what I got :)

Kiddo2 said the straws were put together so I wouldn't have to sit up to drink. Kiddo2 also pulled up a chair and snacks to sit with me.  My heart just swelled with happiness.  It was the best medicine ever.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A bowl of optimism :)

This year, Mr. Man and I are being very optimistic. Our thinking has always been to reduce debt. We are now seeing progress where the numbers are concerned.  I have upped my student loan payments (which up until now has not been included in our total debt), we will soon eliminate another credit card payment and my focus on additional income is so much better. I have been really trying to create a personal balance in my life and I've seen that translate into our financial lives. So simple yet took this long to finally "get it". I'm considering adding an additional page with daily spending. A little more accountability never hurts.

On a totally unrelated note, this cold weather has been awesome!  Yesterday, Dad invited me to lunch and we stopped in at a little Mexican place. The "caldo" or soup was heavenly.

Today, I will be working on listing on Ebay.  I have a mountain of medical debt that needs to be chipped away at so hopefully I'll make a few sales to help a little.

Hoping to catch up on some blogs later and as always organize, organize, organize. Have a wonderful day :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

It's a Soup kind of Day!

Last day of winter break...letting the kiddos sleep in. It's cold today, at least for these parts it is.  Currently 36F.  I know our temps are nothing compared to what some of ya'll are dealing with right now.  Hope everyone stays warm.  Mr. Man had a bout of food poisoning this weekend and he was feeling awful. My sister took Dad on a weekend trip to the casino. I was able to have a lazy Sunday versus going to work at the fleamarket with Dad. Was a nice change of pace.  Currently, I have a pot of 15 bean soup on the stove so we can take Dad some lunch.  I also made some cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast...I'm in rare form :D  I wish it would be this chilly more often so I could stay home and cook more. I'll be working on my debt totals this evening as well as listing a bit.  Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

Relaxing Sunday....reading my favorite blogs. Also joining all the Sunday night fun hosted by Carla !
  • Reading: Bridget Jones' Diary - LOVE the movie and Mr. Man gave me the book for  Christmas :)
  • Listening to: The wind blowing - cold front came through, currently 46F
  • Watching: Two and a half Men (slim pickings when you don't have cable)
  • Cooking/Baking: Made breakfast and that's about it :D
  • Happy you accomplished this week: Made arrangements to up payments for a school loan
  • Looking forward to next week: Organizing!
  • Thankful for today: Being able to stay home with my family
  • Bonus Question: Does anyone watch Downton Abbey? Love it and so happy the new season has started!