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Lovely day

May 8th, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Although my kids are getting older, I still cherish their ages and stages. Today I really enjoyed spending time with my children as young ladies!

Last night the girls were busy in the kitchen for hours, baking and cleaning up their messes. This morning I was served breakfast in bed, that the girls cooked, served and cleaned up all on their own. When I went downstairs I found a vase of tulips my daughters picked up from the store. Very thoughtful!

After breakfast the weather cleared up so we walked to the farmers market, our first visit of the season. I spent too much money, but it was for good stuff and it was so much fun watching the girls get all excited a bout the different foods. When we were walking home the oldest DD suggested a picnic, so we could make a lunch out of the goodies we purchased. So we gathered up a beach blanket, some drinks, and our dog on a very long leash, and had a picnic. On our front lawn! Empanadas, apples, chips and homemade cake pops that my youngest DD made last night.

We had a few hours to just relax around the house. I picked up pizza for dinner, and we all had a cherry cake that my oldest DD made last night.

DW is out of town for her niece's christening, but she left a sweet card and gift certificate for a spa. It was a nice gesture, we are taking little steps out of the dark pit we fell into.

It was a wonderful Mother's Day, and left me feeling very loved, and thankful for the time I get to enjoy with my girls!

Budget Tweaking

May 6th, 2016 at 06:31 am

Since I found myself with lot of time on my hands recuperating at home, I decided to try out the new version of YNAB. I have to admit that I had no interest in using something new, especially something I have to pay for monthly. But I had nothing to lose by trying.

My new YNAB opinion? I really like it! Thanks to the importing feature reconciling my accounts is easy. I especially love the way that credit cards are treated, because I use my credit card much like a debit card and pay off monthly. It's an accurate, easy way to see my budget and goals.

I tested out the budgeting software that my banks used as well. But it did not have the credit card treated like an account, which made budgeting confusing for me.

In 34 days will have to decide if I want to pay for the new software or continue making do...

Good old Murphy

May 3rd, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Well, looks like I will need to practice being flexible these next couple of months. I broke my wrist this weekend when I slipped in the bathroom. It is a hairline fracture so it should heal up without complications. BUT it is my dominant hand. AND I found out from work yesterday that I cannot come back on 'limited duty' status. There IS NO limited duty in our facility, due to the nature of the jobs and risks associated. I'm calling HR today to find out what my next steps will be. It could be 6-8 weeks before I am cleared for work.

I probably will only take one class this summer or possibly no class. Instead I can hold onto that tuition money, in case I need it to get by til I get regular paychecks again. I don't want to take cash out of long term savings. I just don't know what will happen at this point.

I told my kids that this is a perfect example of why I save and don't spend every penny I make. It's not always a possibility to get a part-time job.