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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gorgeous Weather

It's hard to believe that a week ago we had snow everywhere and sub-zero temperatures. The last couple of days have been really nice, although the wind is a little much. However, wind when it's warm is much better than when it's cold. So I'm not complaining! LOL!

I have been working on a list of our current debts and I am almost done with it. I've also been chipping away at the taxes. My sinuses have been making me miserable this week so I'm kind of sluggish and well...eh. LOL. It's much better than it would have been before the surgery but still pretty miserable.

Have I mentioned that we get to go see Dave Ramsey on Saturday? I'm excited!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Our Frugal Valentine's Date

In our quest to get "back on track", Tom and I decided not to go on an official date for Valentine's Day. On the actual Valentine's Day, we went to a banquet at church, that was $20. But on Saturday, when we normally would have gone on a date for Valentine's, I brought home Buy One Get One Free enchilada dinners from El Chico and Happy Hour Sonic drinks and we snuggled on the couch and watched TV. We had a coupon for a free pay-per-view rental that we were going to use, but couldn't find anything we really wanted to watch. So we just watched some recordings. We had the house to ourselves and it was nice.

Monday, February 14, 2011

It's Easy

It's easy to have a good and positive attitude when things are going well. But what about when things aren't? Then it gets harder. I have been feeling pretty discouraged since Friday. Our washing machine pipes and drain have frozen up 3 times in the last month thanks to this insanely cold weather. Friday, I got up there to put the heater up and try again to thaw it out and realized that one of the pipes had broke. I was so grateful to have noticed it before it made a mess. I called a plumber who came out and fixed the problem before the pipes thawed and made a huge mess. Phew. But that phew cost me $102. LOL. Much less than a huge flood would have, however. Anyway, then Saturday, I came home after my class and tried the washer, only to find out that it was leaking from behind the washer. After assuming at first that it was just a loose hose, Tom finally figured out yesterday that it was the water inlet valves, one of them had cracked. Called Sears and ordered another one. $40.95 with shipping and handling and it's supposed to be here "by the 21st". So...possibly another week with no washing machine. Makes me very grateful again for the laundromat here in town, but it's $2 a load so it adds up fast! So, while I"m busy trying to focus on the positive, I"m struggling with feeling discouraged. When I mentioned that to Tom last night, he pointed out to me that Satan is the discourager. We're trying hard to get back on track and of course, what happens right away? "Murphy" comes to visit! So I am reminding myself of my post from last week about handing over everything to God and letting Him handle it. I will not take it back. It is in His very capable hands.