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Cleaning House

August 22nd, 2019 at 08:49 pm

I’ve been on a cleaning decluttering spree, since the SO left.

Last night I got home and tried placing that dingy sofa 🛋 the SO had in the spare room on the dump for pick up and it got stuck in the hallway 🤦🏽‍♀️🙄. I had no one to call but him to help me get it out. I’m glad we parted ways on good terms. We were able make a few adjustments and get it out. I am so relieved. I still got a few things to get out of that room but the sofa was a must.

I was going to put the elliptical on the dump but since the room will be cleaned out, I decided to keep it and actually use it.

I bought a new shower curtain for the spare bathroom 🛁 and need a new rug and then that’s it for me, nothing else. I’m not even going to paint until maybe October. I literally wiped out my fun money buying stuff.

I printed out my pay stub so I’ve got to update the budget, and my MSMoney software. The next two weeks will be extremely tight for me. The electric bill stays the same and the water went up about $20, I suspected that since I’ve been pressure cleaning the patio. I’ve got to invest in a rain container, so that I can use that water to wash the patio.

I hosted bible study and everyone loved the patio. It’s shameful that, that patio was such a mess but hey it’s cleaned now.

Update.
I found the rugs, and they look great. But then I noticed where the SO use to hang towel is filthy, so I’ve been literally cleaning that area with bleach and will have to tackle at least every other day to get it back clean 🧼 🤦🏽‍♀️🙄.

I just don’t know how if your cable of cleaning, and you see something that’s dirty, you don’t clean it 🤦🏽‍♀️🙄

Wednesday Ramblings

August 21st, 2019 at 07:35 pm

Today I got home and tried placing that dingy sofa 🛋 the SO had in the spare room on the dump for pick up and it got stuck in the hallway 🤦🏽‍♀️🙄. I had no one to call but him to help me get it out. I’m glad we parted ways on good terms. We were able make a few adjustments and get it out. I am so relieved. I still got a few things to get out of that room but the sofa was a must.

I was going to put the elliptical on the dump but since the room will be cleaned out, I decided to keep it and actually use it.

I bought a new shower curtain for the spare bathroom 🛁 and need a new rug and then that’s it for me, nothing else. I’m not even going to paint until maybe October. I literally wiped out my fun money buying stuff.

I printed out my pay stub so I’ve got to update the budget, and my MSMoney software. The next two weeks will be extremely tight for me. The electric bill stays the same and the water went up about $20, I suspected that since I’ve been pressure cleaning the patio. I’ve got to invest in a rain container, so that I can use that water to wash the patio.

Other than that no other new updates

Patio is Done!

August 19th, 2019 at 06:55 pm

Finally the patio is done! The gate is painted and so is the cement ground. I had no clue about using a sealer 🤦🏽‍♀️🙄, so this weekend I’ll be adding a top coat.

I’m so pleased with this patio, you have no idea. It just feels good to come home to a clean 🧼 space.

I’ve also brought some life to my living room space. I bought a few accent home decor items, and made my throw pillows. Oops my sister also gave me a set as well. Things are looking great and I’m feeling great.

The holiday weekend I’ll be tackling the extra bedroom. 🤦🏽‍♀️🙄 that’s going to be a few weekends project.

But here is a photo of the patio, I still have to add the rug and other
miscellaneous decor items.


Patio Update

August 18th, 2019 at 10:25 am

Well we ran out of paint for the fence, I’ll have to get another two gallon tomorrow to finish the other half and then I’m done. We are now working on the cement ground.

I tell you nothing like a fresh coat of paint that makes a heck of a difference.

Hello Saturday

August 17th, 2019 at 10:20 am

Honestly I’m so thankful that this week is up! It’s been long, slow and frustrating.

I’ve been on the hunt for a few accent pieces for the house, spent money, I probably should not have. I ended up taking a few things back, and have two additional items to return.

I got my sewing machine back, cost was $45, apparently the only thing that was wrong was that the feed dog needed to be adjusted and I did that, so I thought, before taking it in.

I managed to make one pillow last night and will do the rest today.

Woke up, turned the tv on and was like wow, I can’t believe it but I no longer have cable. I’ll admit, it’s a little strange but hey, I’m saving money. I’ll be picking up an antenna today.

I’ll be tackling the patio today. We are finishing up changing out the wood panels, and then I’ll paint.

Update, the cable isn’t off yet, lol I think today is the last day

Always Something

August 13th, 2019 at 08:03 pm

I really wanted to finish my throw pillows for the patio but I’m having issues with both sewing machines. Took one into the shop; hopefully, it won’t be too expensive.

Tomorrow I’ll be returning some things I bought that I do not need 🙄🤦🏽‍♀️, buyers remorse.

I’m also annoyed because we agreed to have bible study 📖 tonight, I bought chips and fruit, about $15 only to have the ladies to cancel. Ugh

I can’t wait for this week to be over.

Cash Envelopes, Software and Other Stuff

August 9th, 2019 at 08:04 pm

Just updated my MSMoney software, added my cash to my envelopes and the only thing left is to meal plan.

I sort of fell off with the meal planning so I’ll be back at it, on Sunday.

I came home tonight and was absolutely overjoyed with how clean 🧼 my patio looked. Everything was in its proper place. Nothing was left out. It honestly made a difference in my mood.

Tomorrow is a busy day, first it’s a hair cut, then brunch and lastly a good friend’s birthday bash. Sunday, it’s back to church and meal prepping.

I tried finishing up my patio pillows tonight but my sewing machine 🧵 started acting up so I stopped. Hopefully I can get these pillows done soon.

Time to Get Moving - To Do List

August 4th, 2019 at 05:33 am

Well I’ve been up for over a hour, and wasted a ton of time scrolling through social media.

Today’s things to do
1. Balance checking/saving accounts🏦
2. Review last month’s spending
3. Review this month’s spending
4. Update cash 💰 envelopes ✉️
5. Pressure clean patio
6. Make throw pillows
7. Grocery shop
8. Wash two loads today

I’ll check back in to see how things went

Praying for Texas

August 3rd, 2019 at 04:23 pm

I’m over these mass killings, praying for peace

Patio Remodel

August 3rd, 2019 at 09:31 am

Well I’m working on my patio. I’m tired of coming home and it looks a mess.

Last week, I weeded up the yard, dump all the junk I had on the patio and bought cushions that was on sale.

Today, I bought outdoor fabric to make throw pillows. I accidentally threw out the throw pillows not thinking I could cover them 🤦🏽‍♀️. Well Walmart had patio pillows for $2, I bought four to cover, so it worked out. The form pillows are about $4 each, so this was a good buy. I also pressured cleaned the patio today. It sucks because I let it go, it’s going to take me about three weekends to ensure it’s clean enough to paint.

I realize with a little patience, I can do a lot of things myself.

I’m new to this, so I need your help

July 31st, 2019 at 06:46 pm

Okay, I’m new to paying attention to markets, rates etc, forgive me, I’m still learning.

So I read where Powell announce he’s reducing rates by I think .25% from what I’m reading this isn’t good. Can you all share your thoughts?

Porch

July 31st, 2019 at 05:43 am

My porch is atrocious, a few weeks ago, I washed the windows and the front door. I tried doing the patio but we have so much junk out there I was unable to.

I hate coming home because as soon as you open the gate you’re on my patio, it’s the first thing people see and it’s awful.

I wanted to dump the patio furniture last week, but was so tired from the week and the SO, well I won’t get into it, he always forget. Anyway, I’ve been searching for pillows/cushions for this patio for about two years or better, and it was just too expensive. Close to $800 or better, just for cushions. Well last night I decided to give it one more try, low and behold, Big Lots had 50% off all outdoor items, and I got 5 seat cushions and five back cushions for $133 total, this includes tax. Brought them home and they’re about an inch short from fitting perfectly, nothing I can’t fix with a pool noodle. You have no idea how happy I am. I’m finally going to able to enjoy this space, not to mention, they’re gorgeous.

I plan on saving up about $200, I need a storage to store the cushions, a water tub/container to catch rain water, and some fabric to make throw pillows. The rain water, I want to use to wash the patio, and water the plants I’ll be putting out. It’s not much, but if I plan on keeping this patio up I should save a little on water 💦.

Tonight I’ll pick up my sister’s pressure washer, put the love seat, old cushions and everything else I don’t want on the dump. I’ll pressure clean the patio and the fence to prepare for painting. I found that I have about 10 panels that’s damaged, Home Depot sells, 6 for about $40, I’ll get two sets and a few nails to nail them up. Then my nephew and I will paint. It’s much cheaper than replacing the entire fence. One thing I’ve learned, don’t prolong household items, it will cost you more to repair in the long run.

Things are trucking along pretty well financially, I did splurge this week on eating out but today that stops. No more
I’ll be depositing about $400 extra to the EF since I bought the cushions.

I realized, I’ve slacked on my bible reading/studying, I really need to get back, God has been too good to me to forget and build a relationship with him.

California Mass Shooting - Praying

July 28th, 2019 at 08:14 pm

Sending prayers to my SA family who maybe in California or who have family/friends

Professional Reimbursement

July 24th, 2019 at 06:44 pm

Well $125 to fix the outlet. The electrician told me the switch was bad. It made me nervous, because my nephew’s place caught on fire due to an electrical issue, so I was like let me get this thing taken care of. It also works out, because I now have lights in the living room again. Oops, one good thing, he took the $50 service call off, and I was quite happy to know that I have the house repair fund that made this transaction a breeze. 💨

Yesterday I submitted my request for reimbursement for my SHRM professional membership. My boss is notorious for changing her mind when it comes to money 💰. Either way, I had the cash in my professional/membership fund account. But I am happy to report she did approve it and signed off on it today. I’m so happy, that’s a $189 saved. I wish I could add this to the CC or EF but my certification is due in January and that’s $400. Hopefully she’ll approve the renewal on that as well.

Because I’m the HR manager I am able to view checks early, mine was about $150 extra (I’d gotten a raise). For the first part of the year I had change my withholdings to get most of my money and so for the second half I made the adjustment, so the raise really was just a slight bump. Hopefully I’ll break even and won’t get a refund or owe. This extra is going to the EF of course. Either way I’m thankful for this increase

Cleaning

July 21st, 2019 at 04:54 pm

Just finished cleaning up my kitchen 🍽 , dining room and living room. Thank goodness I don’t have a big home. I’m in need of a kitchen rug but it’s not a must so I’m holding off.

My patio looks atrocious so I tackled that as well. I can’t dump any thing until Wednesday night for Thursday pick up, but everything is going on the dumpster. I’ll paint the fence after I dump everything as well as the patio concrete. I also ended up pulling up all the weeds outside of the fence. Two feet away is considered my property.

God bless me with a home and I’ve got to do better with keeping it up. I’m going to create a schedule of things that needs to be done, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly. I have the electrician coming tomorrow. There is a socket that is giving me an issue, and the last thing I need is a fire of some sort

Certification Reimbursement

July 20th, 2019 at 08:18 am

So my manager told me I can get reimbursed for some of my HR professional development credits and membership. Well I renewed my SHRM professional membership and will be submitting my request for reimbursement of $189. I was so happy to hear this. I’d been saving for it and just needed another $25 to renew. I used the CC for the points and will pay it next week.

Now I’ll continue to save, because I also have my recertification due in January, I think, I need to double check, and that’s $400. I’m with a nonprofit so money is always tight. I’d love to go to one of the conferences, that’s always a couple of thousands of dollars but hey maybe the company will pay.

Other news, I ate out twice this week. I’ve really got to cut this out, this can add up quickly.

I also checked my SS benefits, I’ve earned the credits to collect, I realize as it is now, I need a monthly income of about $6,000 if I want to keep my current lifestyle. I definitely have some planning and saving to do. Oops also investing