Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Money And Worry

I stress about everything a lot. Its kind of what I'm good at. Life and bills can be overwhelming. I really get worked up when I start looking at what is on the horizon. Both kids are in college, replacing cars, car repairs, WEDDINGS, and everything else. And looking at all the debt that is in the future not to mention that we still have a house payment doesn't help me either. We don't have credit card debt or car payments. But I see bills ahead. That scares me A LOT!
I'm sure that everyone has worries just like I do. So you know what I do to feel better when all of these feelings of worry and dread sneak up on me? I look back. We have made it through some pretty tight and miserable times. I mean just scraped by. And I know that you have too. Think back to when you were in your darkest hour, you fought for the light. We all have. And just knowing that I have made it through hard times either emotionally or financially before, helps and gives me hope about the future.
In bad times, I take a deep breath and I believe in me. Try it next time you are overwhelmed, it works. I mean believe in yourself not me. If you want to believe in me that would be awesome too. ;p
I'm going to continue to scrimp and save. I'll win some battles and I'll lose some but damn it all, I'm in it to win it. None of us will lose this fight with enough effort. Its not really about the money anyways, its about being calm in a crisis. Being level-headed is what will solve our problems. Panicking only makes it worse.
Remind me of all of this next time I have a flip out!
Believing in all of us,
Sonya Ann
PS-This is way too uplifting for my normal self. Give me a day and I'll come up with something naughty!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Apple Mashed Monday

This tasted much better than it looks. That was the dollar store meal that I made. Don't say yuck. Even the plate was from Dollar Tree. We usually grab a bite while we are out and about on Fridays but in my quest to save money, I made us a fast lunch. We normally don't eat a lot of processed foods. But I have to say, I might make this again.
So I have a confession, I have budgeted $100 a week now for groceries, I spent $165.22 last week. It was a tasty week, what can I say. That also included two meals out. And I don't even care, we are having such a blast!

Our local bank, State Bank of the Lakes, was having a free cookout for anyone that wanted to come out for a visit on Saturday. Free wienies, hell yeah. So we stopped over for a free lunch. It was us and the people from the nursing home. I felt young.
They had it catered and had a DJ, games, face painting and prizes. I won a Frisbee for guessing how many tootsie rolls they hand out in a year. It was 3000 pounds. 

After our free food, Den and I went on an outing to an orchard. We ate awesome donuts and drank freshly squeezed cider. It was amazing and it didn't have a drop of alcohol in it. Who knew?
The trees weren't that impressive but the apples were so crisp.
We didn't find out that it was $18 to pick a small bag of apples until we drove in! Den accepted the challenge and tried to stuff every apple into the bag. Ask sluggy, if given a bag and told "get as much as possible in here" he will work for hours to get more than anyone else in there. Go ahead, ask her about the ghiradelli shop.
The basket was $.99, the tasty apples were way more. Den said the owners of the orchard seem to think that it is a privilege to pick their apples. There was a line of suckers just waiting to get in. Maybe I need to plant apple trees!

This is the latest project that I have going on here, Anna's room. The only good thing I can say about this is that its almost empty and that I don't have to paint the ceiling. But still, I have to paint.
You know how when you don't need anything, everyone and their sister is offering you their old furniture? Well, we were hoping that someone would offer us something for Anna's room. Nada, nothing, zilch. We have also been looking at garage sales for anything. Not had any luck. Oh well, at least, I have something to complain about, right?

These are my very green and bushy tomato plants. I'm putting them in the flop category this year. We harvested about 4 pints.

The mystery is solved though. I must have gotten orange/yellow cherry tomato plants. I had a few tomato plants that grew from the seeds that I threw in their last year and they were red. I know this is something that you were really worried about.

Den was also insistent that we buy new shoes for our Vegas trip. He truly believes that new shoes are lucky. The only vibe that I'm getting is blisters. They are light though but still blistery.
I scored a hot $6 from Pinecone Research this week and a $10 Chili's gift card from MyPoints. I'm on fire!
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$120         Pinecone research
$268.33     BP
$25            Amazon gift code from Saving Star
$25            Bass Pro Gift card from MyPoints
$10            Chili's gift card from MyPoints
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
$50            Gamestop gift code from e-rewards
Total $623.82 for our 2014 Christmas!
I think that's about all that I've got for you! Anything in your world?
Happy mashed Monday,
Sonya Ann

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fabulous Friday

A shepard's hook and an old wash tub! YES! And my next door neighbor has both of these in her yard. Not put together like this but I now know where I can steal it from-I mean borrow. FINE, I will just look for some at the Goodwill.
Sonya Ann

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Not To Brag But.....

This is not deja vu. See all those years of French in High School paid off. I finally used French in the real world. See High School was not a waste of time. Cough, maybe, cough. Comment allez-vous? Ahhhh, bien! And don't be cute and leave a comment in French cuz you just got all that I retained.
Anyways, how did I manage to get sidetracked? Oh yeah, that's a picture of Den. He is quite proud of himself. It's a damned fish and I could get one cleaned and frozen for probably $1.99 a pound compared to the hundreds of dollars that it took to pay to catch that one and sleep on the ground. Sorry, I am once again getting off the point. Hey, at least this tangent was in English.
The owners of the property that Den stayed at really liked him. Somehow when you talk about fishing Den doesn't shut up. Maybe I should talk about fish more. He just grunts at me.
Anywho, he showed them this picture and they are going to use it in their flyers and advertisements. Yup, I'm married to a model. I would have said that I'm having sex with a super model but that might be an overstatement and over-sharing. He's cute and all but my pillow wins out.
So to all the people that I know and the girls in high school that thought they were cuter than I was. Piss off, I'm with a male model!
Oh and he threw the fish back. There might have been $4 worth of fillets there. I'm fine with it though, my van didn't stink of fish when he got back. It did smell a lot like Febreze though.
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Car Care-Girl Speak

I don't normally lecture but its the time of the year when us girls need to step up our manly duties. We need to get our cars ready for the winter.
The above ugly assed picture is of the bottom of my car. My screws are rusting. Damn it.
A few easy maintenance steps will keep your car or van going strong for much longer. 
Run the lovely vehicle through the car wash and pay for the wax.  They also sell a super easy spray on wax. Just spray and wipe. I would recommend that too.
Clean the tires and look for any damage. And don't forget the wet shine. I buy the spray on that doesn't need to be wiped off. This is all about being lazy. Yes, I vote for that.
Look for any rust spots. I buy the cheap touch up paint. And I'll even sand small rust spots if it seems to be too bad. For the ugly bolts, I'll paint them and then spray them with a clear coat just to make sure that its sealed. I would only do this in areas that you can't see.
Not perfect but much, much better.
This mess is the bottom, inside of the driver's door. YUCKY!
It's not perfect but it really does help control the rust. Also, a magic eraser will help clean up the area before you touch it up. It gives you a better idea of how bad the area really is.

Any black rubber parts have the tendency to turn grey. Yup, ugly and it makes your car/van look old. No one wants to show there age, especially my van, Ol' Girl.
I use the tire shine on my bumper. Hmmm, that came out wrong.
That is so much better. She looks 10 years younger! Think it would work on me?
I also give the inside of my van a good once over. Shhhh, don't tell anyone but I keep a dust rag in the cup holder in case I see any dust.
OCD and Rust-free,
Sonya Ann

Monday, September 15, 2014

Leaking and Naughty Mashup Monday

Well, it was a busy weekend that ended super quick. We closed the pool and packed up the deck. That is always a massive job. We shouldn't even have opened it this year. We swam in it once. Yes, ONCE! And we were both looking forward to Den coming home from work and jumping in with NO KIDS to bother us. Maybe next year, it will be nicer out and we will get more pool time. Ha ha, Mother Nature laughs, not on my watch! Bitch.
The good news is we think that we found the leak. To drain the pool, we disconnected the pipes on the return and intake. Once it gets below where the pipes are no more water will drain out.  And then we watched it for a day. The water levels never dropped so that is wonderful news. The liner doesn't have a tear. That means the pipes are leaking. And that is an easier fix! Den filled the pipes with RV antifreeze(its what you use for pool pipes too) and next year we will see which pipe is empty and that will be the one to replace. So, so, so much easier than trying to go over the entire pool inch by inch while it is full trying to find the leak. Or maybe it is just procrastinating. No, I will call it planning.
My inlaws were watching my nephews for the weekend so we went out to lunch and then to Chuck E. Cheese. The boys call me Tia and Den is Bubba. They like to hang on Bubba and give him grief. I wholeheartedly encourage this behavior.  
This little one is Andrew. He is the naughty one. And he is cute as can be. He also reminds everyone of.......
of Bubba. Den was more than willing to spend some time playing games with the boys.
My Favorite Santa Pic EVER!
I earned $89.24 from BP! I just need to keep this up for a few more weeks and we are set! Go Sonya!!!
But really BP is the way to go for earning points/cash back on a credit card. 5% for gas is the best that I have seen and it is 1% on everything else. And the kicker is that we use the BP card almost strictly for gas. Our Bank of America card is our go to card for everything else. 
So here is where we are....................
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$114          Pinecone research
$268.33     BP
$25            Amazon gift code from Saving Star
$25            Bass Pro Gift card from MyPoints
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
$50            Gamestop gift code from e-rewards
Total $607.82 for our 2014 Christmas!
And spent,
Sonya Ann

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Winner Winner!!!!

I want to say thank you to Donna Freedman from Surviving and Thriving for the giveaway! You are awesome! You should stop by her site, she is way smurter than I am and can give you a ton of money saving ideas!!
And I would like to say thank you to J.Sherrod! I'm surrounded by accomplished people!
And the winners are........................(drum roll)........................
Val from Sew Not my Day
Linda from Practical Parsimony
Thank you so much for entering! I really love you guys!
Loving not lusting,
Sonya Ann 
PS-NO complaining about or to the winners, Random.org was in charge.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska Ebook Giveaway!!!!

I feel loved, no wait you should feel loved! Donna Freedman from Surviving and Thriving is sponsoring a giveaway on my little old blog along with the author of Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska, J. Sherrod!! How awesome is that!!!!! I feel a bit like a famous person that gets all the amazing swag. No wait, you are getting the swag!
Donna has a wonderful write up on her site about Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska so pop over there and have a quick read. Running wild in the woods and not wanting to find a cure for their "disease" was enough to get me hooked.
Two digital copies of Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska will be given away! And the great thing is you don't need a kindle to read the ebooks. Use this link to download the books to any device! 
Here's a few ways to enter-
  • You get one entry daily just for showing up to the party. Just leave a comment on this post.
  • Stop over at Surviving and Thriving poke around for a bit and then leave a comment on this post about what tidbit of information you gleaned.
  • If you are a follower of my blog, you get one entry.
  • If I am on your blog roll, you get one entries. Just leave a separate entry for each.
  • If you post about this giveaway on your blog, you get five entries. Just leave a separate entry for each.
Easy peasy!  I will pick two winners next Friday(I changed it, until Friday the 12th) !!!!!
Good luck,
Sonya Ann

Fabulous Friday

I think this would look wonderful in my yard, the raised gardens, well and the fence too. So many projects so little money or should I say no money. The joys of brokehood. Been there, done that and guess I'm staying there.
Have a great and productive weekend,
Sonya Ann