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A Summer Bug

July 29th, 2019 at 08:41 pm

or was it food poisoning, I'm not sure, but the last five days have been mostly attending to digestive matters. I'm still not right, but am better every day. I have not been out of the house since Thursday, so except for some upcoming travel reservations, have spent very little. And I don't doubt the grocery bill will drop since I haven't eaten much, skipping dinner every night. Today went better, and I made a double batch of the NYT summer minestrone, freezing one large container for a later dinner.

On the financial side, I've sold a half dozen more books, including my DD's ACT and SAT prep guides. Lots of things are lagging but that's the way of the world, I guess.

DD and I have a MN jaunt planned for Thursday, so hoping to be at full speed by then.

Sold A Few Things

July 25th, 2019 at 10:52 am

I'd been thinking about getting rid of some of my canning supplies. While I like making jam, I'm really not that interested in canning peaches or tomatoes any more. On Sunday someone was looking for jars on a FB list, so I sold a dozen. More can probably also follow.

Today another book left for a couple of bucks, and this morning someone else indicated they wanted to buy three more. Glad for the money, and also even happier to get rid of things. Tomorrow I'm going to do a Target return and take my daughter's unloved flute to the instrument store.

It's a quiet day though; I woke up not feeling well so will take it easy--try to get a bit of work done, but not much else.

Working Day

July 15th, 2019 at 08:53 pm

I needed to get some serious work done at the university today so spent the day there. I brought lunch so my only expense was coffee. I did sneak a little time looking at Amazon Prime deals but resisted. And we had a frugal dinner of chicken pitas with some tzatziki sauce and the last CSA cucumber. That and some bean salad made for a light meal of mostly leftovers. We're still in fridge clean out mode, but am gradually clearing it. I need to find some time to make coleslaw and will throw the first of the kohlrabi into it.

It's been hot and looks hot all week. Still haven;t gotten around to listing anything except a mousetrap game--no takers so far.

Another work day ahead tomorrow. DD is enjoying her new job. I'm thinking of investigating IRAs for her. I'd happily match whatever she can deposit. Anyone have experience with IRAs for minors?

Getting it Done

July 9th, 2019 at 02:27 pm

Our lovely Juliette from Lyon has left us, and we're planning the rest of the summer. It was an expensive time, but fun.

Today our DD got her AP results back from her three AP classes and happily passed them all--one with a 5! She drives herself hard though and would've liked all 5s so was a bit disappointed. However she starts a new job on Thursday with more hours and we have 7 weeks of summer fun ahead. And tomorrow she turns 17. She's also house and cat watching for another few bucks.

After her birthday winds up, I need to buckle down to work. Lots to do and to balance with summer fun. And we need to throw in some frugal days to balance the French spending. Tomorrow I'll likely list some lamps for sale and maybe a few other things. It's a beautiful cool day here so enjoying this kind of July.

Time to Regain Some Balance

July 1st, 2019 at 08:03 am

Yikes, it's been a month. We've had the lovely Juliette from Lyon, France with us for 2 1/2 weeks, but she'll be leaving Sunday. And as fun as it's been, it's been tough on the budget. We've been to a dairy breakfast, way too many meals out, the art museum, the public museum, the Brewers' game, a day train trip to Chicago and up the Willis Tower, the boat trip on the river, the Art Museum, then to Spring Green to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and an overnight in Madison. Good thing I'm getting paid this summer or my budget would be shot. Less expensive outings on the docket for this week.

In other news, my DH has had his contract extended until the end of the year, and it appears my DD will be switching jobs in search of more work hours. Hopefully that will allow me some time to catch up--and I have serious catching up to do.

Grabbing onto these last two months of summer and making the most of them.