Happy Birthday to our baby Maggie. She is 14 years young today.
She is celebrating the Eagles win!
Add a link to a photo of your Furry Baby in the comments and I will post a round-up next Friday.
Happy Friday kids! My booboo in this photo is down in the dumps. She has been itching her skin like crazy and we gave her medicine to help calm down her hot spots. We gave her a small fraction of what is recommended because she is so sensitive. Poor think was out in the freezing rain last night getting sick. This morning she is a tad grumpy, rightfully so, but she still takes a beautiful photo. Feel better booboo.
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This is a great way to celebrate Christmas. I will share my weekly low cost or free ways I celebrate.
With Gratitude, Living Intentionally Simple!
I created these envelopes to get myself back on track and following my cash only budget plan. The first photo shows a bank envelope and two that I made. I like the envelopes that I get at my bank but they are boring. I took apart a bank envelope and traced it onto thick scrapbook paper. I cut it out and folded it. The only glue needed for these envelopes is the tab across the bottom. You can see the flaps a little easier in the close up shot of my Christmas gift envelope. There is a slot for cash and also an extra flap that you can tuck your receipts into. I do not record all of my spending but I like to keep track of my receipts so I can see what I am spending my money on and see where I can cut back when I need to save more.
This is the budget that I try to stick too every two weeks. I get paid on the 1st and the 15th of the month. Each time I get paid I withdraw $400 and divide it up as follows:
week #1 gas and groceries $100
week #1 flexible spending $100
week #2 gas and groceries $100
week #2 flexible spending $100
Christmas: anything extra
I don’t like to carry around a lot of cash so I only carry the current week’s envelopes with me.
Ideally when I’m out of cash, Im done. If I am careful this usually works. The past three times I got paid I did not pull out the cash and I thought I could follow my budget using my debit card, how wrong I was! I ended up getting charged three different times from my bank for overdrawing my account. I had to pay a total of $90. The sad thing is that I had the money, just in a different account. So I am back to the cash system. It has worked for me since July (5 months). I am obviously not ready for a debit card.
I will make a few more of my own envelopes and just change them out when they wear out or I get tired of them.
Please share any of your budgeting tips. We can all use new ideas. ❤
I finally finished the Owl Sweater and I am very happy with it. This sweater was designed to be a fitted sweater and I don’t like anything too tight so I made some alterations to the pattern and I didn’t do the darts. The sweater ended up with a boxy shape and I liked it. I thought the sweater fit nicely but it was very long. I hadn’t planned on that happening and I was stumped. See the post Owl Sweater for the link to the pattern.
The other issue is that even though I soaked the sweater in vinegar and later in hair conditioner, it was still too itchy for me. There is a joke in my family that I am so sensitive that I am the princess and the pea. Yeah, that’s pretty much me. What can I do? I have sensitive skin. Mom was at my house today and I showed her the sweater and she asked if I was being a princess, yeah probably so. I insisted she try it on and tell me its not itchy. She tried it on and loved it. She agreed it was a little itchy but it didn’t bother her.I gave her the sweater, se was so excited. I know myself pretty well and I know that I will never wear it if it is the least bit itchy. Honestly, it looks cuter on her than me. It fits her like a sweater dress and looks adorable with leggins. Mom isn’t sure she wants to add the eyes. (Each owl should get 2 small buttons for eyes). She loves it and I told her it was her early Christmas present ❤
A story of Maggie (black, alpha, age 13) Marry Grace (black, submissive, age 9), and Millie (spotted puppy, age 2) told in photos and captions.
Maggie is too disgusted with all of the silliness to sit still for a photo. She is sulking in the corner.
If you would like to join in the fun please share a link to your furry baby in the comments. We don’t discriminate, all furry babies are welcome. I will post a round-up next Friday.
This week’s Round-Up includes our friend Ajax. Who doesn’t love a pile of stinky laundry? ❤ Thanks Ellen at projecteasier for this adorable addition.
It is being reported on the Plum Village website that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is in hospital. He is 88 years old. Please see this link Plum Village Update for more information.
Sending love and light to this amazing master teacher.
I run from stress like
a fox chases its prey
Maintaining my calm
A big thanks to ronovanwrites for the Weekly Haiku Prompts. If you would like to join in the creative visit ronovanwrites.wordpress.com
Happy Haiku to you.
I almost gave up on my goal to write a blog post every day for the month of November in NaBloPoMo and it’s all because of my foot. I have been successful in planning my posts and organizing my ideas so I have something to share every day then, BOOM I fell.
I have had this pain in my heel and it was getting worse by the day. I knew I would have to go to the doctor and probably get another cortizone shot in the bottom of my foot. The needle is big and painful and I really wanted to avoid it. Nope, not after flailing arms and flying keys in the parking lot of a huge mall left me kissing the pavement this past weekend. I had bloody knees and painful feet and I knew I would have to visit Dr Needle for my shot.
I pretended to be an adult and I went to the doctor first thing on Monday. I got the shot and promised Dr Needle that I would follow all of his orders and wear the special shoes with orthotics. I love to go barefoot. No more bare feet! Boo! I am recovering and feeling better little by little so I felt like I could refocus on my blog.
I was unhappy that one little derailment in my life kept me from posting for 3 days. I am back and I hope to keep on posting. In the end I am grateful that I bounced back so quickly. When I was in serious pain I though about each step I took and reevaulated paths througout the day. I don’t take my feet for granted and thankfully they still get me where I need to go.
Years ago I bought my husband the black version of this craftsman tool kit for him to use for everyday tools. A few days ago I saw someone using the adorable pink one for their planner supplies and knew I had to have it. For around $13 I acquired the very handy, beautifully bright Craftsman Planner Kit. It easily fits my purple Day Timer, 4 Moleskine notebooks (waiting on their Postdori which is on the way), a medium size pencil case with lots of room to grow. I especially like the outside pockets which can hold lots of pens, pencils, highlighters and markers.
Grumpy Cat is a silly surprise for the grumpy hubs.
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