Archive for November, 2010

FLUID LEAKS

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

While I was away over the week-end, someone noticed that I had a leak under my car.  After checking all possible places for a leak to occur, it was determined that the coolant had been overfilled and that was the reason for the leak.

I am so glad that this leak did not involve the brake system as we first thought.  That is an expense, I really do not care to deal with.

WATER REDUCTION

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I am trying very hard to cut corners and reduce my expenses.  I hope this continues to work for me, filling space in the toilet tank with something other than water.  I bent the float rod in one plus added drink bottles filled with water.  In the bathroom that has the smaller tank I just put drink bottles in it.

I hope this continues to be the trend — that my water usage will be $1.00 per day (or less) as it was last month compared to the $1.20 per day the month before.

COUPONS

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I am not a good coupon shopper!!  I either forget my coupons at home or use coupons on things that I really do not normally buy because I think it is a good deal.  In my present situation, I need to learn to discipline myself and only use coupons that I need and when I clip them, put them in the coupon folder then  put it in my wallet.

Home everything coupons would be a great place for me to start. I would not be tempted to clip every coupon just those that I really need for products that I do use.

LIFE

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Life is sometimes out of our control– death, births, happiness, sadness, money or the lack thereof.

We can be happy and then something may happen that is beyond our control and we become very sad, but life goes on.  As the saying goes, when given lemons, make lemonade and that is exactly what I try to do.

Family–my family of siblings is only one–but he is the best that there is.  I never have to wonder if he is telling me the truth, his word is better than any written document.  If he says this is or is not going to be, then I know he means it.  I am stressing his honesty because really that is all that one has.  If I catch you in a lie or know that you have lied to others by your own admission, then I will always doubt what you tell me and wonder if you are telling the truth or another lie.

I have a daughter and grandchildren that make me proud.  Unconditional Love–even when I do not give in to their wants and wishes or buy this or that, they still love me for me.

That is another thing that bothers me–people saying ‘I love you’ or ‘I love them so much’ when they do not even know what the word love means.  I know the Bible says “love one another” but are your actions backed by your words??  You can’t really love someone today and hate them next week or next month.

True friends are to be cherished.  Almost anyone can have good weather friends, only there for you when you are helping them or have something they may want, but when the truth is known, they will turn against you before you can turn around.  I am blessed to have several true friends.  Friends that call and say I am going here, meet me there or I will be going there in a few days, I want you to go with me, I’ll call later with more details.  I am not so stupid as to believe that true friends are just there for me.  I also have to be a true friend and I will be or would have been a true friend to you if you let me.  For some that I thought were my true friends, it is too late, you have either lied to me or lied about me or just used me for your convenience or even worse, you believed the lies instead of finding out for yourself what was true or what was a lie.

I also know money cannot buy happiness.  I have the least amount of money I have had in many, many years.  I am not the happiest I have ever been but I have what money cannot buy. Contentment (peace of mind) knowing that I have not lied or made a situation worse by being a busy-body.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Years ago when our girls were home and we surprised them at Christmas, the then husband and I would be in the Sears parking lot waiting for them to open the Friday after Thanksgiving.  We quit that many years ago.

I do not shop on Black Friday any more.  Can’t fight the pushing and shoving of the shoppers.  Shopping on Cyber Monday is a lot easier for me and sometimes the deals are just as good and some times better.

Which do you prefer or maybe you like to do both.

POOR CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As far as material items, my Christmas will be very poor.  I am scrimping and trying to figure out how I can get the grandchildren a very small worthwhile gift.  If I do find a way to buy them a gift, I want it to last longer than the time it will take them to open it.

During the very early summer, I did buy an item for each of them, less than $5., but it is an item of clothing (which we all need).  I am hoping to buy them something that they say they want.  Only time will tell.

All but the 2 youngest are very understanding and can give me a low priced item that they would like to have.  Low price being around $10.  Three of them have already said they understand that I may not get them anything.

DOGS

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I have a dog, while some folks have 2, 3, and sometimes more dogs.  Proper care is very expensive–Does anyone want a dog that is about 8 years, part Jack Russell and was abused as a puppy?

Bullett (my dog) has never had any dog beds. He has always been happy to come inside and go in his crate.  He is only allowed inside at night and during very cold or bad weather.

Bullett never tries to come into the house, I open the backdoor which leads into the washroom, having already opened his crate and he goes right in.  I feed him a small amount and he is content until the morning when I let him out and give him his morning food.

I said after my last dog died that I was thru with pets, but just could not stand the thought of this little fellow being abused.  Hope I never see another abused animal.

READY to GO

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I am ready to do my Thanksgiving Holiday travel and so is my car.  At least the car is ready as far as I know and as much as I can do to have it ready.

I put gas in it over the week-end so my tank is almost full.  This afternoon, I went out and checked the fluids and found that the coolant was very, very low and I needed a quart of oil.  I then went to Advance Auto and had that taken care of for less than $20.00.  That was still a lot on a budget so tight that it squeaks.

I sure hope my car does not decide to be an oil burner, that could create BIG problems.

The guy did recommend that I have the radiator flushed as he could see a lot of gunk in it.  Hopefully, I can get that done next month.

FLAKY SKIN

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The skin on my forehead and face is very flaky.  I thought flaky skin was due to dry skin, but mine is oily.  My dermatologist says that the redness and flakiness I have is stress related.  In fact, the last time I went to her was on Tuesday after my husband had left me on Saturday and she looks at me and says “What in the world is going on?”.

I would like to find a good oily skin treatment.  Duh!! When I go for my follow up for suspicious moles, I can ask for her recommendation.  Sometimes, I just do not think the situation thru and leave myself hanging and then other times all the thinking possible would not change a thing.

THE MUNCHIES

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I have had the munchies today.  Does not seem to matter what I eat, it does not satisfy me.  Cereal and coffee for breakfast, roast chicken and wheat crackers for lunch, late supper was bologna sandwich on flat bread, p.butter sandwich on flat bread and 2 brown sugar and cinnamon pop tarts with coffee, also ate a sweet potato with butter.  I am full but not satisfied.

If I eat many days like I have today, I will need to have the front door enlarged so that I can get thru it.

Thinking that maybe tomorrow I will eat cereal again for breakfast, have a good lunch and then prepare myself a steak from the freezer for supper.