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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yesterday I finally got around to going to town to do my shopping and errands. I try to enjoy my trips to town because most weeks it's the only time I leave home. But Money is really tight right now as we are still having to spend all our spare income on my MIL's bills. No choice. So shopping is just another chore - I'm watching every penny. I had $800 in the bank yesterday before grocery shopping. I had to borrow over $2100 from my son to pay for our house insurance and our taxes yesterday. He's a good kid to loan it to us but my husband and I hate it. We have never dipped into our savings and don't want to get started now. As you know I'm a tough old bird and I'm not one to moan and groan and mope and wring my hands but I hope this estate is settled soon. Hubby and I are both sick of it. I desperately need a new washing machine. My husband really needs to be able to go the dentist. Our back porch roof needs replaced. I want to pay my son back ASAP.

Yesterday I went to the court house to pay our taxes, to the insurance office to pay our house insurance, to the newspaper office, to the bank, Aldis, Wal-mart, and Kroger. I didn't waste any money. I seldom do. I made it home before noon.

I still managed to be home in time to see a few turtles yesterday. They were some of the ones who come less often.

I did some gardening too. I spread 2 big bags of dirt in the hostas bed.

We watched a brand new show on TV last night. Hubby and I both felt it was mediocre. Mostly the acting. We did not warm up to the characters.

I was exhausted last night and quickly fell asleep but awakened after only had 3 hours of sleep. Maybe tonight will be better.

The sun was out today. I don't love the summer heat but what I do love about summer is that in my area almost every day in summer is sunny. We don't have a lot of sunny days every year like some areas but the majority of ours are in summer. Spring has plenty of rain and some sun but I love spring anyway as everything is coming back to life. There are things about Fall that I like such as the autumn colors, changing leaves, Halloween, thanksgiving, etc. but I hate the gloomy days and winter is even worse. I need to be rich. I need to be able to escape the gloom and be a snow bird.

Big Boy came early this morning, Grill Shelter Turtle, and a little female turtle also came and ate cantaloupe. S has not been here. I hope she is okay. She likes the strawberries.

Hubby and I are going for long walks every day. We have another chipmunk! I love them. We saw lots of deer today. Yesterday we saw a lot of baby blue racers and a baby green snake. There are a lot of baby toads this year too. And I saw a tiny blue tailed lizard.

I got this off a friend's blog -AMYBELLES -and I really like it. It's how I try to live.

"I am basically a very positive and happy person - laid back is what a lot of people in my life have said about me. I look at the glass half full instead of half empty, and try my best to treat problems as challenges. Sure I get annoyed, depressed and complain about things at times, just like everyone else...that's human nature. I sometimes put myself down and have had to really learn to look at what I can do and what there is about me that's great, instead of focus on what I can't do or haven't done. I have also learned to release my worries and negative feelings pretty quickly and to move on to find happiness again. Something that has really helped me is to show gratitude each day, either mentally or in writing, as I have been doing in my daily blogs. I believe happiness results from focusing on all the little things in our lives that we can be grateful for...they are always there, we just have to find where they are hiding. Happiness does not have to be elation or ecstasy. It can be simply a state of well-being and peacefulness, which is what our normal, daily lives are mostly about. "

She goes on to explain all the things she is grateful for and it's a fantastic blog. What am I grateful for? For one thing, for all my wonderful sparkfriends. You keep me sane.
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  • DEE797
    I am grateful for you as well. emoticon
    3045 days ago
    hmmm hmmm.. well, In order to be "kept" sane, you have to have something to work with.. hahahahaha!!! Oh I jest.. love ya and I am so glad we are friends!!!
    BTW what new show did you watch?
    3047 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2011 9:25:40 AM
    I love you too Morticia and thanks for being my friend.
    3048 days ago
    I am grateful for you too!!! You are a great Spark friend! I hope everything gets settled with your MIL's estate soon.
    3048 days ago
    Thank you both for your blog and AMYBELLE's. I also hope that your MIL estate is settled quickly. We have had my FIL's estate/house for over a year as properties in that area are not selling, and it is so expensive for insurance, taxes, heat, and water. I hope that your area is not so depressed and that the house sells quickly!
    3048 days ago
    You are so strong to still be dealing with the issues of your MIL estate. I guess you find the strength when you need it, but I'm still in awe of you.

    Thanks so much for sharing your friends blog. This is a real example to try and live up to. I see myself making strides in this direction but still feel so much internal turmoil and doubt. Someday I will get there and all the best things are worth working and waiting for, right?

    Take care and I hope you get some more sleep tonight!
    3048 days ago
    Love that message! That's the way I feel, too. Plus, I'm really grateful you're my friend!

    P.S. That's the way we feel about 90% of all new network shows that we try--even after they've been on the air for a while and reviewed well.

    P.P.S. Get rich fast and move down here as a snowbird!

    3048 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/22/2011 8:31:17 AM
    And, I'm thankful for you!! I am so sorry about this whole estate mess and the toll it has taken on you and your family! Hopefully, it will end soon!
    3048 days ago
  • LIBRA73
    I had a budget meltdown last October, and it was not pretty! I know exactly what you mean! I hate that! I hate not having any money to spare. This economy is really making me angry!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! A small party may be in order!
    3048 days ago
    I am GRATEFUL for you!!!
    3049 days ago
    I've gotten behind on SP, and I've missed you.
    I totally understand about money being tight. We need so many things fixed or replaced around this house that DH and I have had serious discussions about just selling it.
    Things will work out, though. Being frugal eventually pays off!

    3049 days ago
    ohh Sweetie I so feel for you .. I pray the estate is settles really soon and you can all relax ..
    Lovely to hear about the wildlife and I love that there are babies everywhere. Life is all about renewing ... and each day I feel is a renewing, because we learn from the mistakes of yesterday
    Bless you my friend !!
    Take Care
    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    3049 days ago
    I know exactly where you are coming from. My boyfriend's medical expenses and keeping up with his 7 prescriptions is keeping us on a tight budget month to month. I want to plant a vegetable garden and one of my friends who always has a beautiful garden isn't planting anymore. He says the water costs more than just buying the fruits and veggies. I want to anyways, but I might start smaller than first planned.

    So count my blessings? Thank God we have medical insurance and medical care. What would we have done without it?
    3049 days ago
    And we are grateful for you too - esp. your blogs! Sleep well!
    3049 days ago
  • SAMI199
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    I hope you will have closure to the MIL estate soon...hang in there,as you always do with grace & an incredible attitude!
    3049 days ago
    Sanity is a two-way street; you're my hook-up, too!

    3049 days ago
    Very good blog!!

    I always envy people who are satisfied with their house, or their car...their life in general and never "want" anything. They only buy what they "need". I'm trying to be that way, but it's hard. It is easier than it used to be, though, since money has gotten very tight.

    I know what it's like to borrow from your do what you have to do!

    Hang in there!!
    3049 days ago
    I absolutely love your attitude. It will help you get through day to day life. Stay strong. You are doing a great job!!! Praying that the estate is settled soon.
    3049 days ago
    I totally understand the money situation, I struggle week to week with my money. What an awesome son you have to help yall out.. A true testament to what great parents he has!!
    3049 days ago
    M. I have become a very firm believer that " happiness is just a state of mind".
    I beleive I can get in to that state of mind, almost whenever I need to.
    I am practicing doing just that as often as I can.

    I gave up on a number of friends in our circle of friends who were negative. I felt I was getting to the point of joining them in their negative ways.

    I miss them but I like the way I can laugh and feel happy much more these days when I am not being dragged down to negativity. I stay in touch much less and reassure them we will be there for them should they need us.

    I never thought much about positive and negative except in a battery until I started to read the blogs of others. Reading is where it jumps out at you.

    Then I decided to blog and I just love writing my day. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon for that excellent Blog.
    3049 days ago
  • SUNNY112358
    I love the way you titled your blog 'Gratitude' despite the financial problems you are having. Instead of letting them drag you down you see the beauty of your surroundings, the joy your little animal visitors bring you. That's a wonderful attitude to have and I admire you for it. No wonder your son turned out such a good boy, willing to help his parents. Don't feel bad about that, you would have done the same for him, he knows you'll repay him when you can, and even if you can't, one day he'll get your house so it stays in the family.
    God bless you!
    3049 days ago
    Things will get better for you soon. You will be able to pay your son back soon. I have also had to pinch pennies since my boyfriend and I have been out of work for 6 months. Your blog reminded me to be grateful for what i DO have, even if it is simply watching my puppy play or having my car to drive. The glass is half full!
    3049 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Tonight my daughter told me she thinks snakes are getting her bats in the barn. I didn't know there were bats in the barn, or that snakes would climb the walls into the rafters. I don't really like the idea of snakes overhead, and I hope there are some bats left. She saw 22 last week and only 2 and then 3 in the last few days.
    3049 days ago
    oh wow i love the little lizards that hang out on the walls recently i had one in the house scared me half to death pretty but i'd preder they stay outside for sure lol
    the lady mary emoticon
    3049 days ago
    I hope things look up for you all very soon. I admire your courage and strength.
    3049 days ago
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