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« Reply #620 on: February 23, 2010 07:00:20 AM »

We just had a big snowstorm again yesterday.  Kids were happy they got a snow day hehe.  I skipped school today myself because I live on a dirt road that didn't get plowed.  My poor car just wouldn't make it out of the driveway lol.  We've had a remarkably mild winter here in Michigan.  I guess everyone else is getting the crappy snow for once Smiley  Hope everything goes ok for ya Aiki!
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« Reply #621 on: February 23, 2010 08:11:55 AM »

OH and super yays and congrats to cj!!!
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« Reply #622 on: February 23, 2010 05:00:08 PM »

CJ - Congrats.  Someone with 5 kids once told me that if you wait till you can afford to have kids you will never have them.  I don't have any, so I can't speak from experience, but it does make sense, we often find a way to make things work when push comes to shove.  Good luck, keep us posted on your progress.
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« Reply #623 on: February 23, 2010 10:44:17 PM »

CJ - Congrats.  Someone with 5 kids once told me that if you wait till you can afford to have kids you will never have them.  I don't have any, so I can't speak from experience, but it does make sense, we often find a way to make things work when push comes to shove.  Good luck, keep us posted on your progress.

I totally agree - we got married, hubby quit his job that took him away from home a lot a few months after that.  He was unemployed for three or four months and we lived off his savings until he got a job at $8/hr.  After a month, he got another job offer and told his boss - he liked him well enough that he gave him a $4 raise!  Less than a month later, we found out I was pregnant.  He got another raise just after we had Jenny and when I was pregnant with Elias, another one.  He lost his job when I was pregnant with Erik but within two weeks got the best job he's ever had and they treat him really well there.  Now, as I was wondering how we were going to manage baby number four on his salary, he got another raise!!  We've been so blessed!  And part of that waiting until everything is perfect is that no matter what you're waiting for (school, marriage, baby, retirement, etc.), nothing is ever going to be perfect.  Your house won't be just right, your job won't be at the place you want it to be, you won't be happy with your weight, your relationship with your mother might be strained...there are just so many things that can hold us back from pursuing our dreams and desires.
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« Reply #624 on: February 24, 2010 06:13:18 AM »

When you have your precious baby everything is right in the world. Smiley

Aiki- So far it's only flurries but you know it's the Ozarks and you know the saying, lol. I think it will only be flurries.
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« Reply #625 on: February 24, 2010 06:19:36 AM »

Yeah, looks like the Delta may dodge the bullet on this one.  The wind chill this morning has me so completely pissed off, though!  Enough of this!

Finishing up a bunch of swap items today to go out in the mail tomorrow and Friday.  Being frugal and using up stash.  Only had to buy a bottle of fabric glue which is something I should keep on hand anyway.

Went to the library last night and got 2 bags of books.  3 fiction books just for fun, a bunch of practical cookbooks with an eye toward frugality, and a couple of cookbooks just for curious fun (e.g. a book of Cuban cooking recipes because I know absolutely nothing about that).

I have gotten seeds for gardening in 2 different swaps and am soooo happy about this.  Looks like the only seeds I'll need to order are full size tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.  I'm ordering from Baker Heirloom.  OK, yeah, well, kiddo and I are ordering another packet that we really don't NEED but that we just gotta give into --  Dragon's Tongue beans!  Wink  Too cool to resist, and it's a big help toward getting kiddo into gardening  (he reads, reads, reads any dragon books he can get ahold of).  

Oh, and I guess I can post this, now, for those who aren't following the gallery.  Lydiaharper is happy with her frugal afghan which makes me very happy.  I finally finished the great time sucking vortex of yarn!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338669.0
It was all stash.

I've started a new afghan.  It's a gift for someone who will never feel about me the way I feel about him, but he needs to be encouraged and to know that someone cares.
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« Reply #626 on: February 24, 2010 07:06:07 AM »

Thanks for the congrats everyone. My husband is happy, trust me. He's just a planner at heart and a very careful spender/saver. I think he will be surprised at the amount of hand me downs we will get from family (I've already had 3 high chair and 2 crib offers, plus maternity and baby clothes) and even friends. And I'll hit my second trimester just in time for yard sale season so I can get out and find things too. Those of you that are Mom's - I know babies frequently have WAY too many clothes, but what is a good estimate of what they need? I was thinking an average of 3 outfits per day, one of which is pajamas. Maybe? Or is that way not enough?

Things are pretty frugal here right now. My husband is out of town on business and I am mostly tired or queasy, so I am hanging out at home, eating leftovers and such.  Smiley Today I'm off to the grocery store, but awhile back they sold $100 gift cards for $84.99 so we bought a bunch. So, every time I go it's like a free $15 on top of other sales and coupons.
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« Reply #627 on: February 24, 2010 07:44:28 AM »

Oh, I love it when you find those gift cards with the bonuses.  I got a freebie in the mail for filling out a survey.  They sent me a $25 visa card.  Gotta love free money.

And remember folks, life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness.  What counts is the journey, not the destination.  I can't even imagine a perfect world where we have all we want.
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« Reply #628 on: February 24, 2010 10:15:32 AM »

I'm so happy that there's such a huge group of like minded frugal people to keep me encouraged.  The one thing that I've noticed is that it's forced me to stay home and enjoy what I have more.  Which is kind of a new idea for me.  I seem to be always running and going and doing.  It's nice to take the time to appreciate what I have.  I try to consolidate my errands and plan outtings more than I have previously.  Meal planning has made dinnertime a lot less stressful and entertaining.  Lastnight, I tried a new salad recipe that I found in a magazine.  The salad itself was great.  The dressing, however was a nightmare.  Luckily, I was the first one to put it on the salad, everyone tasted mine and then we dumped the dressing and my salad.  Not exactly frugal dumping a bowl of salad, but it was only my bowl.  Everyone else loved the salad with a different homemade salad dressing that my 94 year old aunt gave me the recipe for.  Aunt Hazel's dressing is pink, so usually gets an eyebrow raise, but everyone that's tried it loves it.
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« Reply #629 on: February 24, 2010 08:33:35 PM »

Well, I'm hobbling around with a swollen, black and purple, sprained ankle wrapped in an Ace bandage.  *sigh*  If it's not one thing, it's another...

Trying to frugally plan the grocery list for when I go shopping tomorrow.  The cupboard is waaaay bare so I'm really not going to enjoy the final total.  And, kiddo's dad bailed on a day of visitation this weekend so I've got bottomless-pit-tween-boy to feed for 2 extra meals.  Wink  It's gonna suck doing the grocery shopping on a throbbing, purple ankle, but I really don't have a choice.  Like I said, the cupboard is bare.

Oh, before I forget, just to make everyone smile, swoon, and get all fluttery gutted:

http://roflrazzi.com/2010/02/23/celebrity-pictures-david-tennant-fangirls-smart/

*blissful sigh*

I included several vegetarian and vegan cookbooks in the stack I checked out last night in an effort to guide my seed planting planning.  I've decided to add some variety.

Oh, and I added a Cuban cooking recipe book and a Scandanavian foods cookbook in the stack last night just out of curiosity.  Conclusion drawn:  Cuban food might be quite yummy.  Scandanavian food (except for the cookies) --- *shudder*  No thanks. 

I have decided I will NOT be frugal all day tomorrow.  I'm going to spend $5.45 on myself and enjoy lunch at Zaxby's.  I've been craving it for a week!  I'll sit and eat and read a library book and be happy.
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