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A New Leak in Our Walls…

I mentioned it in passing, but we have another leak in the house.  Our handyman cut out a small hole and we can see that the sub floor above our living room/master bedroom wall is wet.  There is also some mildew to remove and the leak itself to repair.  Overall, bleck.  I’m trying to get the home builder to respond as soon as possible, but overall, I’m not extremely worried yet.  No matter what, our handyman can fix everything.  Hopefully by the new year, we’ll be leak-free.  I’ll keep you all updated!

New Ceiling Leak

It obviously sucks, but I know it can be fixed. I’m trying not to stress too much.

My Christmas Budget – Things Change and They Remain the Same

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J Money’s post about his budget from years ago inspired me to look up my past too. My husband and I set a budget of $500 for Christmas for the last 4-5 years, and we generally do pretty well. The main difference has become that we used to hang out with 20 or less people including family…now it’s 35-40. I consider that an amazing life change. But it has changed our shopping habits.

Our Christmas Budget in 2011

We spent $510 on our families and friends in 2011. There were 18 people – 9 family members and 9 friends. If you do the math, those numbers mean that we spent an average of $25-$30 per person. There were some $40-$50’s and some $10-$15’s, but we definitely spent more per person back then than now. It helped that it was a great financial year. That was the year that . . . → Read More: My Christmas Budget – Things Change and They Remain the Same

Volunteering Helps

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So, our roof still has a leak of some sort. We also found old water damage in a dark corner of our bedroom. We’re waiting until Wednesday to see if it’s something new or if we just didn’t fix the problem in October like we thought. I was getting a bit morose, so I turned to volunteer work like I usually do when I’m in my own head too much.

Gift Wrapping for the Kittens and Puppies

SMART Animal Rescue is my current go-to (they’re the ones I foster for and the ones from which Mandy adopted Missy), and they are gift wrapping at local Barnes and Noble’s in exchange for donations. I signed up for three shifts over the last week and it has been fun. It reminded me of the time my dad taught me how to wrap a present properly when I was a kid. We . . . → Read More: Volunteering Helps

Being A Good Neighbor vs Being a Bully

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One of the great things about blogging is that you get to vent. Today, I’m venting. It’s better than talking to myself for 30 minutes and still being angry.

Pretend that you are sleeping and your outside dogs start barking non-stop at 11pm. When you go to check on them, you notice that they are barking at a woman in your neighbor’s back yard that is fiddling with their back door. You suspect foul play. Here are a few scenarios, let me know in the comments which one sounds like the best way to handle the situation…

Possible Ways to Handle an Unknown Person at Your Neighbor’s House

A) Call the police. They can handle it.

B) Call your neighbor and see if she was expecting anyone.

C) Ask the stranger who she is and why she is fiddling with the back door. Verify her response by calling . . . → Read More: Being A Good Neighbor vs Being a Bully

New Year Resolutions – 2014 Results and Starting Fresh in 2015!

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With 2014 almost wrapped up, Charlotte reminded me that I should update my 2014 resolutions and create new ones for 2015!

New Year Resolutions 2014

Here were my goals at the end of 2013 for the new year:

Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2014. That’s $11,000 overall. Get the car fund up to at least $10,000 by the end of the year. It’s at $3000-ish right now. Invest or set aside at least $1,000 a month ($12,000 over the year) for one of the targets mentioned above (either one or a combo of a SEP IRA, rental property, or a child fund). This is on top of our normal budget. Budget appropriately for at least 3 vacations – a cruise in January, a summer vacation of some sort probably in July, and the Board Game Geek Board Gaming Conference in November…those will be our minimums. We’re probably looking . . . → Read More: New Year Resolutions – 2014 Results and Starting Fresh in 2015!

Sick Sucks

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I cannot get over a stupid cough! I have had drainage issues down my throat for about a week now, and this silly cough is just getting annoying!

Medicines

I have tried a few meds now. Tussin, off brand cold and flu pills, off brand Sudafed, allergy pills, off brand Mucinex, off brand Nyquil, and cough drops have been my main stuff so far. Obviously, not at the same time. I’m just happy that Dollar Tree has most of this stuff for $1 each since I’ve been running out of my extra over the last few days.

I feel like I’m better except then I have a coughing fit and lose the positivity.

What Works for You?

So, what is your go-to for drainage and coughing? Am I missing a miracle drug or home remedy? Please share!

PS This post ended up being short because I fell asleep while . . . → Read More: Sick Sucks

Missy is Not a Foster Dog Anymore!

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Our roommates, Mandy and H, successfully adopted Missy the foster dog last weekend! We have a new furry friend in the house for the next year or two!

Here is Missy’s first Christmas photo with her new family! H is smiling behind the mask. And yes, Missy is in a doggy halo. Don’t laugh too hard, this is their first pet as a couple. I went a bit overboard with Miss Doxie in the beginning too, hehehe.

Missy’s Interesting Life

In case you didn’t see the post last week, here’s a quick back ground for Missy. She was apparently born in December 2007 and had a very loving owner. A loving owner that passed away due to cancer unexpectedly in her 50’s. Missy was turned over to SMART Rescue in late 2011. Then she just got stuck there because she SUCKS at selling herself, lol.

Missy is as . . . → Read More: Missy is Not a Foster Dog Anymore!