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What Am I Going to Say?

June 18th, 2014 at 03:36 pm

Sometimes I don't even know what I'm going to say when I start a new entry. Today is one of those days.

I have made a commitment to myself to blog daily on weekdays. It keeps me thinking about finance, even if I have nothing profound to say. And it serves as a kind of diary. Several times I have checked back to see what I was doing on a certain date years ago! It also reminds me of the progress I have made, what "clean living" (financially) has done.

So, today. I woke up very early, but since I also went to bed early, it shouldn't be a problem. The up side of getting up early is that I have plenty of time to get all the morning stuff done. It's a good feeling to make my bed, get my makeup on, clean the cat pan, and really think about what I want to pack for the day. Another chore to add to the list -- check where the cats are! Unfortunately, I closed one of my cats in a closet all day yesterday. For some reason, this cat never lets out a peep when she is closed up, but she did bump on the door to finally let me know. She must have been miserable in there all day. It doesn't seem that she relieved herself, either! When she got out, she went straight to the water dish.

I may have awakened early because of the heat. I have been dealing with 90+ heat in a second-floor unit, with no air conditioning, but, truthfully, it hasn't been too bad! I have to close up the windows during the day because storms are always threatening, but when I get home I open all the windows. When I go to bed, I turn on the big ceiling fan. It keeps me comfortable all night. I WILL buy air conditioners, but it's interesting to me that I am doing fine without them. I wonder if it's just because it's so early in the season, and this old brick building hasn't really absorbed the heat yet!

I bypassed all the temptations in the station this morning, and was rewarded with yet another free breakfast. (Very unhealthy, donuts. But I'll make it up later.)

I brought my own bag of coffee this morning and made a half-pot. Really would like to get away from the Keurig madness.

I've got a Smart One in the freezer for lunch, which I bought on sale and with coupon, so it was about 80c.

Last night I sauteed three chicken breasts. I ate the small one, with a salad, for dinner, and with the other two I will make chicken strips (to top a salad), chicken salad, and chicken fajitas. I'll start on assembling those meals tonight. There were two more chicken breasts that went into the freezer uncooked.

My DIL's birthday is coming and for the past two years I've made her a taco dinner. I just texted her to ask if that was what she wanted this year. If so, that may be what I'm doing this weekend. But she will be awfully busy till the end of this month helping her mother move to a new place, so I may just offer to take her out instead.

I still need to get another gift for her, too. At least it will be the last birthday till Fall, when I have four more -- all the grandchildren, and my son.

9 Responses to “What Am I Going to Say?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Just a thought on gifts, my mother in law, who is retired, eventually stopped giving gifts to her adult children and their spouses. My husband is one of 7 kids with four of us married. She now gives just to the grandkids for birthday's and Christmas. We adults often get a lottery ticket or two in a card at Christmas. She never explained, but just made her decision. It was fine by us.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    After I retire, I will downsize my gift-giving, and my kids already know this. But for now I would like to continue as is. (My gifting is pretty modest compared to some.)

  3. doingitallwrong Says:

    They make reusable filters for the Keurig, so you can use regular coffee in it. My husband has I think it's the "Solofill" which is a one-piece unit (Keurig makes one but it's 3 pieces, which seems like a pain). He uses it every day, so it must work well. (I don't drink coffee so wouldn't know good from bad!). I think it was around $15 at Bed Bath and Beyond, and of course they always have a 20% off coupon. Just a thought!

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    What nice gifts. I'd like something like that. I get nothing. But then neither do my kids. And they've spent my DD2 1st birthday with her last year. No gift is ever expected. But I thought maybe a gesture. Oh well whatever.

    FWIW, at her birthday party last year we asked for no gifts since we feel we have a lot. Some people gave and some didn't. That was great. But it was hard to not nothing from my in-laws.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I'm confused. If you asked for no gifts, why do you resent your in-laws not giving any? If my kids or kids-in-law asked for no gifts I would respect their wishes.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    We said no gifts for her birthday party with friends. We did not ever say to grandparents no gifts. And certainly never said no gifts to grandparents at holidays either. We've told friend we don't exchange but my parents and grandma and aunts and uncles? No. And so we feel w get enough that we don't have to ask friends. I always thought a grandparent would but I was mistaken.

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I should add we live a plane ride away from both sets of parents so it's not surprising that neither have been to a birthday party for either kid. But my family has always sent something even a card from some aunts and uncles.

  8. CB in the City Says:

    Ah. I always had the opposite problem -- too many gifts from in-laws, too expensive and usually inappropriate! They used gift-giving to show off. That felt bad, too! I guess it takes all kinds!

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I think a nice card is all that's needed. That and a phone call remembering your son or grandchildren's birthdays would be NICE.

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