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Possum Drop

December 31st, 2006 at 02:51 pm

Have you ever heard of a possum drop? They are having one near here tonight and have been doing it at least 22 years. (as long as I have been here)
They get a live possum, put it in a cage and lower it at midnight. They do it at a little old gas station and hundreds of people turn out to watch.
I am not making this up folks. This happends in Brasstown, N.C., right over the gerogia line! Someday I will have to go and see it for myself!

My last two dollars!!

December 31st, 2006 at 01:20 pm

I just went to the store to pick up some steak for tonight. It is raining and cold, and we have decided to stay home. I saved $2 with my store card, so that will be my last contribution to my challenge money for 2006.
Prev. total $20,023.00
today 2.00
FINAL TOTAL $20,025.00

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

No party tonight!!

December 31st, 2006 at 08:50 am

We were invited to a party tonight but i think we are staying home. It is a very formal affair (tux or suit and tie) but it ends at 9:30. (It says so on the invitation.) dh needs to draw some house plans, and he wants to just stay home. I will have to run to the grocery store and get something for dinner. It is a miserable rainy day, so maybe it is better to just stay home. There is a local lodge serving dinner with a live band for $120 a couple tonight. I have never been to it (brand new)so I think we will just save the money. Talk about a cheap new year's eve!!

New Year's eve, eve!!

December 30th, 2006 at 01:30 pm

Well, the year is almost over and for the most part it has been a good year. i will be so happy when we finally close on that darn house. I still have no date for closing. It seems funny to keep paying the power and water bill and put propane in the tank, for a house that is just sitting!! And it makes me sick to think of all the interest we are losing. We will have a big celebration the day we finally close on that property.
I think I have decided one of my goals for 2007 is to take a real vacation. We have not been on one since 2000. My husband is always too busy to take a week off. We are going to use a little of the profit we make on the house to take a trip. Maybe to the beach!
I went ahead and did my grocery shopping today instead of tomorrow. I saved $3 using my advantage card, so I will add that to my challenge. I am looking forward to starting over on Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2007.
prev. total $20,020.00
today 3.00
new total $20,023.00

Window cleaner's challenge

December 29th, 2006 at 01:00 pm

We had a window cleaner here last week. we have spotty windows from pressure washing the house so much. He tried on one window and could not get the spots off. He is back and trying again. We may have to live with these spots forever or sell the house!! Or put up curtains!

Valentine cookies

December 29th, 2006 at 10:15 am

I just got back from the grocery store. There is a whole table full of valentine cookies for sale.
Hey, it is Dec. 29th, right?
Valentine's day is Feb. 14th??

Who is going to buy valentine's day cookies right now??

Going to show the house

December 29th, 2006 at 05:42 am

I am going to show our spec house today. Ok, I know, it is sold! We have a contract.
However, it is just sitting. It is finished and just sitting. I called 3 weeks ago and said I was ready to close. Nothing much has happened.
I am losing over $50 a day in interest. I am still paying the water and electric bill. I am still paying to heat the place.
We are closing by mail and the bank is blaming the slowness on that.
The lawyer handling things has decided to close this week.
The people in fla. are in no hurry to close cause they will have to make two house payments.
A Lady called yesterday and wants to see the house so I agreed to show it to her.

Now, I wish I hadn't. After we set the time to meet this morning, she asked me a lot of questions.
I told her my husband was the only licensed builder in the county and he is. Licensing is not required until next year, but my husband got licensed in North Carolina 17 years ago.
She said, how do I know you are telling me the truth?
That did not set well with me.
This is a small area and we are old fashioned here.
We do things with a hand shake, not a contract.
I have letters from all the people that he has ever built for. My husband is considered the best builder in the area.
I think I will be wasting my time this morning. Oh well, I have it to waste.

Thunder road!!

December 28th, 2006 at 12:23 pm

I made a liquor run today. That is part of our weekly budget, so technically, I did not spend any unbudgeted money today. I called the place we ate last night and asked about their tipping policy. all the employees are paid at least minimum wage, so tipping is optional. I do tip at places like that. They do bring out your food and will bring you a to go box.

new restaurant

December 28th, 2006 at 08:16 am

After 3 nights of sitting home, we tried out a new restaurant last night. It is a seafood place named Mike's and they allow brown bagging.
You have to stand in line to order your food and get a ticket with a number. Some young girls come out with your food and call your number. They went around the dining hall cleaning up the "dishes" Actually, there were no dishes, just plastic baskets and plastic forks and knives.
My husband was a little upset with the tip I left. I only left 10%.
I honestly feel that the girls working there were not working on waitress wages, which is $2.17 an hour.
I think they are making at least minimum wage, so I did not tip as much. (You get your own drink too there)
What do you think? We are going back tonight.

Grocery store

December 27th, 2006 at 01:59 pm

I needed to make a bank deposit so I stopped at the grocery store. I was out of sour cream, so I picked that up also. I could not believe how busy the grocery store was. I thought that all we had done the past 3 days was eat!! Why do we need more food?? also, the lines at the post office were very long too. Hey people, Christmas is over!! Bring on the new year and the new $20 challenge!!

Days getting longer

December 27th, 2006 at 12:54 pm

I hate the days being so short. As of Dec, 21 or 22, the days are now getting longer. Only a minute a day, but longer still. I only wish my husband did not have to work outside all winter. This has happened 4 winters in a row.

A no spend day today.

December 26th, 2006 at 01:29 pm

I had planned to cash the paycheck then head to Ingles and CVS. It is such a raw cold day, I never got out of the car. I just went thru the drive in at the bank and came home.
My favorite restaurant is closed all week until Friday night. It is going to be a long boring week! Guess it is honeybaked ham again tonight.

A quiet christmas

December 26th, 2006 at 08:38 am

We seem to do so much housework on christmas. I think it is because we are bored. We changed sheets, washed rugs, cleaned up the garage, cleaned and washed the car, etc. Then we rode around looking at some of the new subdivisions.
We were all alone for christmas. It looks like everyone in the neighborhood had company, there were so many cars.
We eat our big meal at night, about 8 pm. So, we put on some music and ate by candlelight. Then we got up and danced in the living room.
I do have a few more dollars to add to the challenge. I saved $6 buying sprite on sale on christmas eve.
Prev. total $20,014.00
today 6.00
new total $20,020.00

Merry Christmas to all.

December 25th, 2006 at 01:56 pm

I hope everyone had a wonderful day. We always open presents late, after breakfast. We really tried to cut down and not spend much money this year and I think we did a good job of it. Using the reuseable bags and tissue made the clean up much easier. I bought my husband a lot of "edible" presents so we have pigged out on junk food all day.
We are having a "free" honeybaked ham for supper tonight.
I bet I am the only person on the forum to get an Elvis nightlight for christmas!! Happy 2007!!!!!!

Christmas party

December 24th, 2006 at 07:38 am

We went to our last christmas party last night. It was really nice. They set up the bar downstairs in the basement so you had to go downstairs if you wanted a drink. Plus they gave you real small glasses.
I don't know if they were trying to keep us all sober, but we sure got a lot of exercise. I forgot how uncomfortable it is to stand up all evening in high heels.
The food was great. I hate to see how much weight I have gained this month.
They finally got in some diet sprite at Ingles yesterday, so I managed to save another $8 to add to my challenge.
prev. total $20,006.00
today 8.00
new total $20,014.00

Everyone is so busy!!

December 23rd, 2006 at 09:36 am

Wow, I have been reading all the blogs and you all are sure a bunch of busy people! Everone is either spending time with their families or having families over for christmas!!
We will be all alone for christmas, but thankfully we have each other.
I stayed home yesterday, so I used no gas. I walked a mile, so I have $2 to add to my challenge money.
prev. total $20,004.00
today 2.00
new total $20,006.00

A sweet treat

December 22nd, 2006 at 11:28 am

I had a sweet treat at a party last sat. night. It was so good, I called to get the receipe. But I forgot to ask the name.
I am not much on cooking , but this is fast and good, so I will give you the recipe. all you need are:
2 sticks of butter or margarine
1 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup crushed pecans
graham cracker squares

Spray one of two cookie sheets (with sides) pre heat over to 350 degrees

Melt butter in medium saucepan.
Add brown sugar
Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly
Take off of heat and stir in pecans.
Immediately pour over the graham crackers (liquid will spread a little when baking, so crackers don't have to be totally covered.
Bake for 10 minutes in oven.

Don't let it cool too long, then cut into bite sizes pieces.

Help me name this!!

I did it!!

December 21st, 2006 at 12:41 pm

I just got back from Ingles. I went to stock up on diet sprite while it was on sale. Unfortunately, they have been out of it for two days. I did my grocery shopping early for the week.
Between my advantage card and three coupons I had, I saved $5 plus another dollar for walking a mile, for a total of $6. I will add that to my challenge money.
drum roll please....................

Prev. total $19,998.00
today 6.00
new total $20,004.00

Great dinner!

December 21st, 2006 at 06:31 am

I had a great dinner last night. First of all, I learned that one of the teenagers that works at the restaurant, is an orphan and lives with a brother. she is working her way thru high school. But she has no clothes and has to wear shorts to work in the wintertime. I gave her a christmas card last night with enough cash to buy a few outfits. I am not thru with her, I intend to give her money to help her out thru this coming year.
Second, I got to see my granddaughters for the first time in over 3 years. They are both bigger than I am. They are just like grown women now! (16 and almost 18) They drove to come and have dinner with us. We had a wonderful meal, but they sure don't eat much!!
They have had a very hard life, with both their mother and father giving them up, but I think they are turning out well.We have all just written off the mother and the father. It is sad, but maybe that is why the kids seem so grown up for their age.
We really enjoyed ourselves.
I have some more money to give to another teen at the restaurant tonight. She is one of 7 children and money is tight.
This is what christmas is all about. I am so glad I save my money. It is so fun to give it to people in need. That hug I got from the orphan teen last night, means more to me than any gift I could ever get. Merry Christmas!!