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February 13th, 2018 at 05:55 am

I got back from my Florida trip yesterday afternoon -- exhausted but happy.

I spent too much. Vacation spending, not even counting the airline ticket which went into last month's budget, was $396. That is counting an extra $85 for ground transportation that I should get back, since I cancelled the trip -- but so far I have not gotten any cooperation from the company.

The rest is $50 for baggage fees, $30 for pet sitting, $69 for groceries, $73 for eating out, and $5 for tickets at a kids' game place.

I also spent $45 on my son's birthday gifts and valentines for the kids. My son didn't want anything special, so I filled up his gas tank and paid the dog sitter for the day we went down to the Tampa area to visit my brother.

Even though this is moderate spending, it has pushed my variables to 111%. I was hoping to cash flow this vacation. If I get the refund I deserve, however, I have a chance.

Anyway, I had a great time! We had an awesome day at my brother's vacation rental. My kids got to see cousins they hadn't seen in a long time. We also visited a wildlife sanctuary where we saw alligators and all sorts of birds and reptiles. We had a day at a game place for the kids, where they won all kinds of junk that made them happy. Well, also just playing the games made them happy, for the most part. A few tears from my granddaughter, who couldn't win Grumpy Cat in the claw machine.

As for me, I fell off a hammock and hurt my backside. I am bruised, but okay, just moving slower than ever now! Typical for me to injure myself in something as active as hammock-sitting.

Got the news that my son might move to Charlotte, NC. That's very speculative right now, because it depends on whether his company will expand to that area. But they are very excited about the possibility; they would prefer living in that area and wouldn't feel quite as isolated, since my sister and cousins live in NC. I would like it, too, since Charlotte is so much easier to get to!

Anyway, my mission, now that I am back, is to keep spending to a minimum. I do have to get some valentines for the local grandsons, and I'll put a ten in each one. That will be my big spending, I think!

5 Responses to “Hello Friends!”

  1. Dido Says:

    Glad you had a great time!

    Hope you heal soon (LOL on the "getting injured w/something as active as hammock-sitting"!) and work out your hassles w/the refund.

    Welcome home!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    So glad you are back safe and had a great time. I'm sure you will figure out how to cut expenses here and there to make up for your spending. Sorry about your accident, darn hammock!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Ah, I'll bet it was great to get out of the snow and see your family.

  4. Carol Says:

    Glad to have you back! ( safe and mostly sound.)

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Glad you had fun!

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