Monday, November 25, 2013

Preparing for Thanksgiving, Making Pie and Getting our Financial "Act" Together

So this week will involve lots of cleaning and lots of cooking! This is the first Thanksgiving without my Mom :(  She told us all what to bring and what to do when it came to Thanksgiving and doing it all without her this year is a little scary for me and my sister. All my siblings will be bringing sides and desserts. In preparation for the influx of family, the kiddos and I will be helping Dad clean his house for the next couple of days.

Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, I made a pie! I'm a thrower together of food and not a great baker. So when Kiddo2 informed me that I needed to make a blackberry pie for their pie tasting party, I was a little freaked out.  All the other kids had signed up for the "normal" pies and I wasn't going to get off easy by sending a store bought pie. I was bummed but for my kiddos I will do anything :) So, I made it on Friday.  It smelled yummy but I have no idea how it tasted. So I'm going to have to make another so we can sample it on Thanksgiving!

Now that it's holiday season, this is the most dangerous time for our finances.  It has been a bit hard not to go completely crazy and spend spend spend.  We decided to pay a large portion of our yearly property taxes and work the remaining balance into our monthly budget. I also upped the monthly payment on one of the credit cards to get it paid off in 9 months. I'm proud of us for veering back on track. I credit all the blogs I love to read who provide so much inspiration and advice!
I'm off to get ready and head to Dad's. Hoping everyone has a blessed week!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cooking at home, Christmas shopping and Ebay

So if you haven't figured it out by now...I go through phases.  Currently, given my physical state of health, I'm in a homebody phase. I have been cooking way more than I have in a long while.  Today, I made breakfast for Dad and I. Then, I decided to whip something up for a late lunch.  Made a Chicken and Broccoli bake and homemade banana bread (dad brought some ripe bananas). I'm starting to scare myself. I mean...I made hot freakin chocolate yesterday.  I'm morphing into some other person and I'm liking it. LOL!! It has been doing wonders for our budget which coincidentally I have been watching like a hawk.  I'm writing every transaction and reducing it from our bottom line. 

Aside from cooking, I went ahead and printed out my Christmas Lists.  Yes...lists.  I have a family list and a teacher/friend list. I'm keeping gifts small but thoughtful.  I'm scouring Pinterest for inspiration and ideas.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the holidays.  From putting up the tree, to Christmas music, to Christmas light watching and all the yummy food that goes in between.  The Christmas season lifts my spirits.  I thank my Mom for that and although she is no longer here to share it with us, I know she will be here in spirit :)

Finally, there's Ebay. It's a love/hate relationship.  Sometimes I enjoy listing that it seems so easy and other times I'm reluctant to even log on to the site. I'm not "feelin' " it this week but we will see what the weekend brings!

Hoping all you lovely people out there have a WONDERFUL week!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Homebound and budget planning

So I'm already bored out of my mind. I cannot do much physically and it makes the day slowly tick by. I started catching up on some of my favorite blogs....which always cheers me up and makes me feel like a slacker at the same time!

This month I will attempt to go "cash only".  One reason is to spend less. The second reason is because a week ago my card info was stolen. The thief made a dummy card and used it in North Carolina! Thankfully, there wasn't much money on it. Bank returned the money into my account and the old card is history.

And one last thing, last month I received this awesome wristlet that I ordered from Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily .  I absolutely love it!!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Recovering from surgery. - Ouch!

Came home today. I'm recovering from ureter reimplantation surgery. I'm in pain but determined to get better! Mr. Man has been my rock! Helping me get around and basically waiting on me hand and foot. He's exhausted as am I. I am praying I feel better soon. 

Financially, I don't  know where we are at.    I will use my down time to try to find new ways to save and formulate a better spending strategy. We are still on the right path but all these medical bills are throwing us for a loop. 5 surgeries in 12 months has been draining to say the least. Being healthy is the most important thing to us right now.