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I have to be honest with you -
with everything going on in Japan, I find it hard to blog.
Everything seems a bit trivial in my life -
the images of horror I'm seeing make my home, my gardens, my chickens, Glenco, my friends, my beloved BoyChild and my family all that more precious to me, and it's a sobering heart check of what's truly important in life.
It's beauty full, and it does go on - for some of us -
and the fact that I'm sitting here writing this proves that it goes on for me, and if you are reading this - then it goes on for you -
Let's try, let's try to go on.
Oh, and before I'm off this subject...let's not just 'go on' - let's live! Let's thrive! - let's love and live and suck the marrow right out of the bones of this life we have!
Good Lord it's short - and there's no time to waste.
Lest you think I've fallen off my 'Pink Chicken' debt reduction wagon - I thought I'd best give you an update.
It's moving - but a lot slower than I'd imagined.
I've been 'frugaler' than frugal -
Ate out for what I believe was the first time this year - (it was my anniversary).
The only purchase I made that was unnecessary was the two ducks. $10.
Cheaper than a therapist!
I cancelled my debit card early in February - makes it impossible to make a hasty purchase when you've no way to pay for it.
I'm on a strictly cash basis.
I own no credit cards.
I have no debit card.
I don't really ever carry cash with me either - unless I'm on my way to the grocery store.
All purchases are pre-planned.
The rising cost of gas and the incredible coldness of January hit the budget hard.
Despite turning the furnace to 60 at night and only 65 during the day - the heating bill remained the same!
Despite practically using candles for light - the electric bill stayed the same!
I do declare that furnace ran day and night for the months of December/January.
I do. Declare.
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I'm not missing the home phone at all.
I called on February 9th to cancel Directv - and they asked me what I'd be willing to pay a month for it - I told them $20. And that's what I pay now. Glen's happy. I'm not sure he was on board with losing his "Holmes on Homes" and the DVR.
Gotta keep the hubby happy!
Food bill has been running about $300 a month.
Don't buy any processed foods at all anymore except Glen's potato chips.
(please see statement above!)
A few trips to the Doctor took some money - new tire needed for the Heep - well, you get the idea.
I've been toying with the idea of getting a job but -
Aaron's toying with the idea of coming back to homeschooling.
(Be still my heart).
I'm not sure I'll reach my July 4th goal - but I'm not giving up on it.
I might have to pimp the blog.
I have my skin oils all bottled and ready to go.
I have other ideas, Etsy shop, etc.
I'm planning on dividing all my perennials and having a plant sale.
I'm planning on growing/canning as much of our food as possible this year.
I still don't think I could kill a chicken.
: - (
So I continue to come at my debt from the back door - looking for more ways to save - looking for other things to do with the talents I have, instead of leaving the home.
Just gotta get creative.
Gone are the days of giving up just cause things got a little hard!
I'm curious as to how YOUR debt reduction is going, and if you are still living in a shade of pinkness?
Do share your successes and struggles!
(Again I want to thank you for all of your wonderful comments and concerns on my ADHD blog post! I'm completely free of the meds now - and feeling good - sleeping again. I'm eating a very clean diet, and it's helping tremendously (but may I interject here it wasn't fun at first) - I'm down 15lbs, and feeling fantastic! - working harder at scheduling my day, etc. - more on all that in a future post.)