Saturday, December 30, 2017

I Spent Some of my Christmas Money

I received some money for gifts this year and since I am in NEED of a new pair of jeans I went to Dress Barn Women today and bought a pair plus 2 tops.  One of the tops can be worn at work or home.  I'm trying to get more clothes that will work in both situations.  Dress Barn is one of the few places that sell plus sizes that don't look like tents-by that I mean they actually have a bit of style to them, ya know?  Us overweight ladies want to look nice too.

So when I came home, I semi cleaned out my closet.  Have you heard of capsule wardrobes?  Having just a few items that will suffice for both the workplace and home. This is supposed to be very helpful in choosing what to wear since you've cut out all of the items you never wear and faced with just the basics.  Items that you love and will wear.  It kind of makes sense to me.  How many of us look in a full closet but somehow feel we have nothing to wear?  That would be me.  So I'm trying this out to see if I like it.

I've been binge watching Law and Order SVU and football games.  Odd combination isn't it but it works for us.  LOL.

I've paid all of our bills for January except for the plumbing bill that will come next week when they fix our problem.  It's really kind of nice to have the bills out of the way.    

Is it cold in your area?  We've been pretty cold the past few days.  I wish it would snow but so far none.  

Well I am off for the night.  Have a good one ya'll!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Stocking up for the New Year

So the past week I've purchased items that I hope will last anywhere from 3-12 months.  I bought these items in hopes that it will keep me out of stores.  I don't know about you but if I go to Target to buy toothpaste, I come out with way more than I planned.  So I bought deodarant, toothpaste, lotion, face wash, toilet paper, paper towels, and face wash.  It is my hope that these items will last 3 months.  I also bought a year's supply of generic allergy medicine from Costco.  That alone is worth the membership fee.    I still need to buy Dr. Bronner's bar Tea Tree Soap.  I have a skin condition that requires anti bacterial soap.  I have Dial on hand but trying Dr B's soap since it is supposed to be a 'healthier' version.  It seems that everyone out there wants to outlaw antibacterial soap without realizing that some people actually need it.  

January 1st starts the No Spend Challenge via Frugalwoods-their month of extreme frugality.  Now I know that some people don't need a no spend month because they really don't spend that much to begin with but I am hoping that it forces me to become intentional with my money.  My husband is NOT participating as he can make $20.00 last a very long time and that means we will be going out to eat once a week.  He enjoys it and he is not the spender in this equation.  So basically I will be cheating but I truly hope that this is the only category.

Does anyone out there do No Spend Challenges?  If not please go easy on those of us who are!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Murphy Happened

Well  wouldn't you know it.  We got debt free and Murphy paid a visit to us last week and we are still waiting for it to be totally fixed.

My husband calls me on my way home from work and tells me we have a water emergency as in water was pouring out of our downstairs toilet for no reason.  He had not flushed it at all but he said he heard bubbling and gurgling and then the water started coming out, going all over the place and he couldn't stop it. 

So he called an emergency plumber.  It took a couple of hours but they finally made it to our home.  Turns out that roots from trees had damaged the pipes coming out of our home and caused a backup and that is why the water was backing up and out of the toilet.  That was last week.  On Tuesday, someone from the city of Raleigh came out to see if the city would be responsible for any of the charges to repair the pipe.  No was their answer and we expected that but it was worth a shot you know.  So..............we are waiting to see when the pipe will be replaced.  It has been "fixed" or at least a band aid solution was done so it won't happen again.  We were given a price of under $3500.00.  This plus the over $400.00 we paid last week makes this repair a tad under $4000.00.  If this visit from murphy had happened just last year we would be in a world of hurt and I would be in tears.  Now please don't get me wrong, this will put a dent in the emergency fund and although I wasn't in tears, it did me a bit anxious but................saving more money in the last year along with paying off the house and car put us in a better position.

Please people listen-Murphy will visit.  Murphy will happen.  It may not be a damaged plumbing pipe.  You may lose your job or someone get sick.  Please save as much as you can while you can, pay off debt as much as you can while you can.  Be prepared!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We're Debt Free!

Yes you read that correctly.  We are debt free.  I mailed off my last car payment today so I guess technically we aren't debt free until the balance actually goes to zero but I mailed it off so for us that's pretty good.  My car was scheduled to be paid off in 2020.  We are both so excited about this.  No mortgage and now no car payment.  I told my husband now we have to be hard core about building up our savings.  I told him we worked too hard to get out of debt we don't need more.

So that is my good news for the night!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Check Out this Blog

I have a blog that I think you guys will really LOVE!  It is down to earth blog by Rhonda Hetzel.  I think she lives in either Australia or New Zealand but either way I love the design of it, the photos, the content.  It is amazing!

Please give it a try.  I think you will like it alot.

Lay Offs

Well I thought this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year............for some folks that won't be the case.  I have a facebook friend who said she got laid off Friday.  This is an older woman who says she has to work full time.  Fortunately for her, she was putting money away and trying to save as much as possible.  She said she noticed that the work was slowing up but it still came as a surprise. 

Are there layoffs in your area?  My friend lives in the Columbus Ohio area.  I've not heard of lay offs in my area yet. 

She is taking this news really well.  She has a strong faith and a strong work ethic.  I mean the woman already filed for unemployment and it just happened!  No moss grows under her.  LOL.  You know it's harder for older folks to find employment.  She has worked retail but really wants out of it.  It is tough to work retail, being on your feet for hours at a time when you are older. 

I hope this is not indicative of things to come.  I hope we don't hear of more layoffs. 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Where is Froogs aka Frugal Queen

Gotta be quick here but I've been looking for the frugalqueen blog and keep getting a domain message.  Do any of ya'll know if she is blogging elsewhere?  I hope she continues as I love her blog.

Gotta go!  Back soon!

Friday, November 3, 2017

It's Fabulous Frugal Friday!!!

I am so excited because I am off today.  A day with no doctor appointments.  I can do whatever I want whenever I want.  And today I want to share just some very basic fabulous frugalness.   Why you may ask?  Well I will tell you.  Perhaps someone is new to this lifestyle and happens upon my very humble, basic blog. So here goes.  I will share some pics of very basic frugalness.

Firstly-don't spend more than you make.  Sounds easy but for many this is very hard.  If you have to, put that debit card away and live on cash.  Yes I said cash.  It hurts when you see those twenty dollar bills flying out of the ol wallet, doesn't it?   Then go through your bills-is there anything you can eliminate?  Do you need that monthly food subscription or makeup subscription or oh well you know what I mean.  Can you cut back on your cable package or perhaps cut it out entirely?  Now to be honest we have cable but we aren't living above our means, we can afford it.  I daresay that your food bill will be the one line item that you can really attack.  Stop going out to eat, start bringing your lunch to work.  Become that closet FoodNetwork chef you've always aspired to be.  Compare  prices at your local grocery stores.  You may be surprised to see that your favorite grocery store is not the cheapest.  If you have an Aldi or Lidl try them, you may like them.  They do not take coupons and they are totally different from your usual grocery stores but we've grown to love Aldi.  When you do shop, try purchasing the bulk of your items along the perimeter.  That's where you find the produce and meats and dairy and less of the prepackaged foods.  This is not only cheaper but also much healthier.  Don't always assume that bulk is cheaper than smaller sizes.  Compare prices and ounces or pounds.  Buy basics when on sale.  This time of year is great for baking products.  If you have the space and money and time stock up to last you at least a few months.  Make a list of what you need.  Don't wing it.  Trust me, I wing it alot and it is so not worth it.  I, myself, am slowing learning this trick.  If you can stock up, keep up with what you have so it doesn't go to waste.  It's not a good deal if it spoils and you to throw it away.  Am I right about this?  And mostly have fun to see what you can do with a smaller food budget while eating tasty foods.  There are so many websites out there that you can put in what you have and it pops up all kinds of recipes. 

Try cheaper cleaning and personal care products.  Vinegar can be your best friend.  And no your home won't smell like a salad bar when you are finished.  If you are an essential oil lover just put a few drops in your vinegar and water.  Voila!  Some bloggers out there like Rhonda Hetzel, an amazing blogger from either Australia or New Zealand (I can never remember) makes alot of her own products.  Her blog is called down to earth.  For me, I find products that don't make my allergies act up and stick with them.  Witch hazel can replace a more expensive facial toner.  If you are a true devotee of Bath and Body Works shower gels then please stay with them when they have their semi annual sales and simply stock up.  It may seem ridiculous to have a closet full of body wash but it will pay off in the end.  Why pay $10 or more for a bottle when you can get them for $3?  Just budget for it and have the cash ready to go when the sale hits.

Speaking of budgeting, here are some ideas that may be helpful.  If you have a car you know you will have to pay the taxes for it once a year.  Divide that amount by 12 and save it.  You can do this with all kinds of categories.  Christmas?  Hmm it's always in December, it should never come as a surprise and for sure it's not an emergency so put away that credit card,  Save some money each month and you will have the money you need when it rolls around.  Do the same for vacation, birthdays etc.   You get the idea.  Really there are few true emergencies.  Medical yes by all means!  Your kid's birthdays?  Nope!  Your car blows up?  Yes and no.  At the time it happens yep it is an emergency because you didn't think it was going to happen but no because you've been putting a designated amount aside each month for emergency.  This is called an emergency fund.  Murphy happens folks.  Always be aware of this.  Every little bit you can shave off of your regular monthly expenses can be put into this emergency fund.  $25.00 doesn't sound like much, but if you start small, this will eventually get easier and your budget will develop more wiggle room and then you can increase your saving. 

If you have benefits with your job like insurance, take advantage of them.  We have dental insurance so we go twice a year for cleanings.  If you don't have insurance ask your dentist if they will accept a smaller payment if made in cash.  Maintaining tooth health now will pay off down the road.

These are just a few suggestions to help you  on your way in this thing called life.  There is no perfect frugal way.  We all have to mold our frugalness around our lives and needs. 

The soap is on a soap catcher.  This keeps your soap out of water so it won't disentegrate and get mushy.  Notice the smaller pieces on top.  Mashed an old bar on top.  Easy peasy.  Suave and Herbal Essences are really affordable products.

This is my hair on Suave.  I think it looks pretty good.  Tell me truthfully.  Can you tell I don't us a $30 bottle of shampoo?
Cut open those tubes!  Look at how much toothpaste is left even when you think you've used it all!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Woe is Me I Caved

I turned on the heat for about 1 1/2 hours.  It was so cold in the house when I got home from work.  I just turned it on to take the chill out of the air.  It's bad enough that it's like a freezer in the morning but I can jump in the shower and get the bathroom nice and warm while I get dressed.  Last night the sheets on our bed were stone cold when I got in it.  BRRR.

What do you do to save on heat?  I've got to be honest-we use the air conditioner ALOT in spring and summer.  Frugality goes out the door when it is about 100 degrees with almost 100 percent humidity.  Nope, not gonna sit in my house and burn up.  To me it seems easier to warm up rather than cooling off?  What say you?

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Not a Frugal Weekend

I got a haircut on Saturday.  It's been close to 2 years since I had a haircut.  I had my bangs trimmed back some months ago but an honest to goodness haircut was a long time ago.  I decided that I wanted to let my hair grow long again.  It takes a very long time to do this and there were so many times I wanted to say heck with this let's cut it.  I persevered and it got pretty long.  I liked putting it up in a pony tail but that pretty much was the only thing I liked.  My hair gets curly the longer it gets.  Pretty much the opposite of normal people.  These curls would get frizzy and required too much time to dry.  Being that I am really trying to simplify-shorter hair makes more sense to me.  It's very easy to dry.  Takes no time at all.  But saying that now I have the monthly expense of a haircut.  I've decided it is worth it to me because I look better and younger and I feel better.  So this will go back into the ole budget.  I know some folks may say to go a salon school but I've done that in the past and I wasn't exactly pleased with it.

Today has been an odd weather day.  It started off quite humid as we went to the 8:00 service this morning.  Then it got really warm, then rain, then sunny, then rain again.  Crazy I tell ya, crazy.

We had a really good lunch-london broil in the crock pot with green bean casserole.  It was pretty good.  The london broil was very easy to cut with our forks but it tasted a bit bland.  We need to beef it up next time with some kind of spices.

I'm so glad that Hallmark has started their Christmas movies this weekend.  I am a sucker for those sappy things.  They just make me feel good and make me wish I lived in one of their small cozy little towns.

Monday, October 16, 2017

An Easy Way to Save Money

Do you perform the repairs and/or maintenance on your home or do you hire someone else to do them?  For us it really depends on the repair/maintenance.  My husband is no Bob Vila but he can do many things around the house that saves us big bucks.  Take today for instance.  He cleaned out our gutters.  We have a two story home so this activity can be a bit on the dangerous side but he always does a great job!' I figure that this bit of self maintenance easily saved us $50.00 or more dollars. 

What do you do around the home instead of hiring a professional?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Where Have I Been and Debt Update

Well mostly I've been here in Central NC working for a living and looking forward to the day that we are debt free.  Being debt free will bring that freedom that I've spoken of in the past.  My ultimate freedom would be done with full time work.  I so look forward to that day and maybe just maybe it is closer to coming to fruition. 

Since early September, we've attended football games in Boone, NC to watch our alma mater.  This is not exactly a frugal hobby but one we do save for.  Last weekend we traveled to Chapel Hill to watch our beloved Notre Dame play against Carolina.  Now my brother graduated from Carolina so it could be a bit dicey but I pulled for the Irish and they won!!  Yay!!

We also went to the International Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh a couple of weekends ago.  I'm not exactly a bluegrass aficianado but it was fun and it could be as frugal or as expensive as you wanted it to be. 

Our church, along with other Missouri Synod congregations, will be having a huge 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in early November so that will be really cool to be a part of.  Both the hubster and I have signed up to help.

now for the drumroll...............................Our car loan is at $4917 and some change.  This is a huge difference from the last time I posted.  Our savings are growing as well.  Nowhere near the point they need to be but getting there.

I'm getting a lot of encouragement from Frugalwoods, Frugalqueen and Cait Flanders as well as several vloggers in the Youtube world. 

So what have ya'll been doing?  Any fun things?  Trying out new stuff?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Prepping and the Solar Eclipse

Imagine my surprise when I saw an article online where local officials in Idaho were advising residents to prep.  Be prepared.  Be prepared for shortages.  What you talking about Willis?  Well so many out of towners are flocking to these states that officials are expecting shortages of food, water, gas and even the possibility of grids going down due to huge demands.  I was shocked to see a line of traffic on the interstate.  Completely stopped bumper to bumper.  All I can say is wow.  I have to be at my desk in the cubefarm so I won't be able to "see" it.  But all of this talk makes me wonder-will our computers work?  I think so and I sure hope so.  But mostly this makes me think that being prepared is a good thing and not just for some cataclysmic event that will bring down nations.  I mean, emergency funds are being prepared.  Full tanks of gas are being prepared.  Having enough bathroom tissue is being prepared.  It doesn't have to mean having enough food to feed your family plus your neighborhood for months on end but if that is where you feel comfortable go for it.  Just don't go into debt doing it.

What will you be doing during the eclipse and where will you be?

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cleaning Supplies

Okay master frugalistas out there.  What are your tried and true really good cleaning products?  I'm on the fence with vinegar and water.  I don't know, something about it just doesn't do it for me.  It's not the scent because I do add essential oils.  It just doesn't seem clean.  I know I know I'm coo coo for cocoa puffs but we all have our little ways now don't we?

Do you buy or make your cleaning products?  If you buy them do you use name brand or generic?  I know that CTMom buys some from the Dollar Tree.  I did buy some of the automatic dish washer detergent from the Dollar Tree and I have to say it did a good job.

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Frugal Festive Christmas Party Ideas Needed

This year I want to step outside of my comfort zone and actually have a few people over at Christmas.  Not for a formal Christmas dinner but more of a little friendly get together.  My idea so far is to watch Elf while we eat and just relax.  I need some ideas for snacks.  I'm thinking it will be a small affair, maybe 10 of us total.  So if you have any recipe ideas please share!

I'm trying to plan and be prepared so it doesn't slip up on me before it's too late.

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                   I kind of like this photo.  It's very cute.  Seems doable.  What do you think?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I Survived My First Week at My New Job

Whew boy it's a lot to learn.  I don't think I've even scratched the surface but..................I have like it.  My 2 coworkers seem very nice and helpful.  It's got to be tough on them since both of them have been there forever and then here comes a newbie slowing them down.

So what is new with ya'll?  Any new exciting frugal things going on in your lives?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stockpile, Abundance and Waste

Kind of heavy, eh?  While I was brushing my teeth this morning, these thoughts popped in my mind.  I am off today, thank goodness so I can relax and calm down a bit and really think about things ya know?  Well back to the toothpaste....................I stockpile food and certain items like toothpaste.  This stockpile creates an abundance plus I am very blessed to be able to stockpile in the first place.  Many people can't.  Well....................Does that abundance create waste?  Let me wax............back in the day when I was first interested in frugal living, Amy Daczyn( can't spell her name) aka The Tightwad Gazette was just coming out.  One of her principles was to see how low can you go without feeling the negative impact and toothpaste was one of her examples.  Did I put on enough to cover the whole head of the toothbrush when 1/2 of that would suffice?  As I looked at my brush I realized that yea........I am using more than I really need.  Why is that?  Is it because I have that stockpile?  Once again......let me think here.  If I truly lived on a very restricted budget and could only buy necessities and NOTHING else I think I would be much more careful with how I use my resources.  If I knew that I had another week to go until I got paid and the tube of Crest was getting low and I didn't have another waiting in the wings, yea I would make that baby last as LONG as possible.  You can use this example with all kinds of things like shampoo, lotion, water etc...........I read once where someone used only 1 bottle of dish detergent in an entire year?  How in the world did they do that?  Was it the size of the Grand Canyon?  I mean my bottle Mrs. Meyers will not last an entire year even if I carefully measured what I use.  You can only add so much water when you get to the end of it.  LOL.  So this brings me back to abundance and waste.  I can sit back and feel very self righteous and complain about the wastefulness of society until that finger turns around and is pointed right at me.  Point blank.  Do I scrap the very last drop of mayo out of the jar?  What about mustard, ketchup?  I mean is it really worth it?  Yes it is.  Do I do this?  No I don't well not most of the time.

Do I need to slow down of the stockpiling?  Perhaps I do.  Do I need to be more careful with my resources?  Yep I do.

Do you routinely eat down your stockpile and not contribute to it until it reaches a critical low or continually add to it while at the same time eating it down?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Well Ya'll I Got a New Job!

Thanks be to God, I got a new job.  Now I am not going to throw my present employers under the bus but this job was really causing me stress and I have been ready for something else.  I have been looking for another job for a really long time.  It is with the same employer just a different department and they seem genuinely glad to have me.  Now that is something that I don't feel with my current position.  For example:  true story-back a few months ago I had bronchitis with a lingering cough.  One day my VP asked my what my prognosis was, what was I doing about it because I was disturbing him.  I go to my desk and talk to manager.  We both go back to my VP.  I tell him that his remarks hurt me and he said that I was right, he was sorry but...............I was disruptive to the entire floor. He also asked me if I inherited this problem.  Really?  I was like, well I did 2 weeks in Texas Children's Hospital in intensive care when I stopped breathing and my parents found me blue. There is probably 40-50 people on my floor.  I asked my manager who sits right beside me if I was disruptive to the department and she said no. So we really didn't come to a conclusion.  And at this time, so many people were sick that we all were coughing, not just me.  And he didn't say anything to the others.  Now I know, you may be thinking just get over it and now I am but at the time, this really made me angry.  I couldn't help being sick and if I wasn't causing my direct coworkers any problems I didn't see how I would be causing him problems especially with him all the way at the end of the floor.  Something didn't add up.  But for me, that was just the last straw.

So I start in August.  I look forward to this new adventure but I know I will also be anxious because I mean who really likes to feel like a fish out of water.  But I hope that feeling won't last long.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Delicious Aldi Steak

I know this photo is not very appetizing but trust me it tasted delicious.  Remember back when our Aldi closed for renovations?  Well on the last day prior to closing they had an amazing sale and the prices for meats were slashed!  Better than Micheal in the Halloween movies.

This rib eye steak was truly one of the best tasting steaks we've had in a very long time.  For me personally, the only steak I've had that tasted better can be had at The Angus Barn.  The Angus Barn is a very well known steak restaurant in Raleigh.

For sure we will buy more!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Stressed and I so Want to Go Out and Spend Money

I am so stressed with my job. I can't go into details because I have no idea of any of my coworkers read it.  But just know it is driving me crazy!  And my blood pressure has got to be out of control.
Please pray for me or if you don't pray, at least think about me.  I can't take much more.

Have a great Friday night ya'll!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Small Aldi Run

Well today saw us going to Aldi after church for a very small run.  We did not buy any meat.  In fact, we need to shop from our freezer to use up what we have as we are running out of room  We don't have a deep freezer.  Just the freezer unit on top of the fridge.

I tell ya, Aldi is really picking up business in my little town.  More and more folks are discovering that you can save $$$ by shopping there.  Sure, you may find an item cheaper at another store but overall I really think they are the cheapest store in town plus they do sell good stuff.  You do have to get over name brand mentality.  Easy to do when you can save so much.

If there is an Aldi near you and you haven't gone.  I say just give them a try.  Even if you don't like it, you won't be spending much but I think you will like them.

these taste really good!

in the back behind the drinks is this package of pretzel, peanut butter and milk chocolate snack thingies.  Oh my they are good! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Mornings

In a couple of hours we will be with our church family worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I am so thankful that we are able to do this.  There are many countries in this world where this is simply impossible.  Believers meet in the secret quietness of their homes at great risk so being able to do this publicly is quite amazing.

Our church is not perfect because it is filled with sinners with me being no better than anyone else.  Sure there are folks there that get on my nerves just like I'm sure I get on their nerves but hey we are human.  We really are no better than anyone else.

So I've got to get ready to go meet some friends.  Talk to ya'll later!

this is part of the front of my church-the education building and gym are to the left

this is part of the sanctuary-there is one more area to the left with pews

A Frugalista Dream Come True

I am not exactly a frugalista but I am on the road!  Ha ha.  For you regular folks this next suggestion will come at no surprise but for someone who is at the beginning of their frugal journey take note!

The public library can be one of your very best frugal habits.  I don't know about every state but NC requires an ID to get a card.  Give them your name, address and email and VOILA you get a card.  I mean how simple can that be people?  Just think at what is at your fingertips!   Books, magazines, books on tape, newspapers, programs that sometimes have some pretty awesome authors!  For you mystery fans out there how about having Margaret Maron show up-huh?  You get to keep your book for 2 weeks.  You can roam around and look to your hearts delight.  It's like window shopping but it's so much more than that.  And then guess what..................sometimes they can get a book for you from another state so that makes it even better.

And it's all FREE!!!!!!!!!!! It doesn't get any better than that.  I like going to the library.  One of these days I think I may just fall asleep in their comfy chairs. It's so peaceful because it is quiet.  I don't know about you but I crave quietness.  

You aren't an avid reader?  So what!  Go out there and check out a book on a subject you love.  Sports, politics, faith, mysteries, biographies the list goes on and on.  I promise you this is a habit you won't regret and did I mention that it is FREE!!!!!!!!

You can visit countries and solve mysteries all from the comfort of your couch.  Just think about it.  It's a rainy day.  A bit cool.  Make a cup of hot chocolate, get a blanket and your book and get on that couch.  Let that book take you away.  Become your own Jessica Fletcher!  

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Let's Try These Pictures Again

I am not computer savvy at all.  Let's try uploading these pics again.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Vacation Time

So we have been on vacation this week and LAWD have mercy is it needed.  It just feels so wonderful to not HAVE to get up at 5:30 and work for someone else.

Where did we go?  I'm glad you asked.  We went to South Carolina, near Pawley's Island, just south of Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach is just way too busy.  Too many people and too commercialized.  You can't go 5 feet without a restaurant or one of those shops that sells cheap beach stuff, nothing over $5.99.  For me it cause stimulation overload.  The noise and traffic.  UGH!!!!!!

So Litchfield Resort is simply wonderful.  We booked this a few months back so the prices were really reasonable and I saved up for it so even though we charged the room, it is paid for.

The weather was really nice.  Hot of course but not too bad.  Nice and breezy especially at night.  It was almost cold when we went to the beach Wednesday night to watch the waves.

We didn't scimp out on anything but we also didn't go shopping.  We ate 1 meal a day at dinner and we ate good.  One night at Quigleys, one night at Pastoria 811 and one night at Habenero's.  All meals were really good.  Quigleys was especially relaxing.  We saw our one and only alligator there.  That is the one thing the hubster wanted to do was to see an alligator.  Mission accomplished.  LOL.  He really was quite cute swimming around and looking at us and the others.

We spent one day at the beach and one day at the pool.  We rent an umbrella at the beach and beach goers must think I am a vampire because I cover myself with towels even under that umbrella.  I do tan well but.........I don't want to burn because some of my medications don't mix well with sunlight.  Plus I really don't enjoy sitting on a towel cooking myself under the hot southern sun for hours on end.  Then we rent a cabana at the pool.  It is lovely.  It has a ceiling fan and televison.   All of the comforts of home whilst a few feet away from cool relief.  AHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So now we are back to reality.  Just Friday, Saturday and Sunday then back to so called real world.

I did have a light bulb moment in our room.  We stayed at the Seaside Inn, the rooms were quite small and kind of dark..............I would recommend them to have more light.  But I digress.  Packing up to come back was that light bulb moment.  Just looking at what all we packed was really distressing.  Did we need to bring all of this stuff?  Nope..........Do we need all of this stuff?  Nope..........Did we use all of it?  Nope.................Why did I pack it?  heck, why did I buy it in the first place?  So while I will never be a true minimalist, it sure caused me to question my buying habits.  Gosh I kind of thought I was doing good or at least better than what I used to be but this situation hit me between the eyes.  I found packing up to leave causing me a bit of anxiety.  That got me thinking.............having choices can be a great thing.  This dish detergent is cheaper than that one kind of thing but sometimes having too many THINGS to choose FROM can be daunting.  Do you agree?  Take I need a closet full of clothes or could I be happier with a few chosen pieces that go with everything else?  While walking one day at the beach I listened to a podcast by the Minimalists and clutter was their first episode.  Cleaning out their closets, trimming down their wardrobe was one of the first things they did when they decided to take this path.

So here are a few photos of our 3 days in SC:
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met this cutie on our beach day.  His name is Kenu and yes he is wearing sunglasses.  
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We went to see the movie The Mummy one night at this really nice shopping center that had horse drawn carriages.  Isn't he a beauty?
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Our cabana looked like this
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Majestic looking isn't he?
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the way back to Raleighwood
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Hello Gtown!

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that one alligator

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