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Happy Valentine's day!

February 14th, 2016 at 06:17 pm

I woke up this morning to find a hallmark card, a valentine cake, a bag of hershey kisses and a chocolate bar waiting for me on the kitchen table.
I tell my husband every year, not to get me anything.What do you do about a husband like that?
I get especially annoyed about the cost of the card. It was $6 and I feel like it is a waste of money.

What did I give him? Old cheapskate me, I gave him last year's card. (again)

Update on Molly, diabetes supplies

February 5th, 2016 at 06:34 pm

Molly continues to go into the vet once a week to get a blood test. Her blood sugar is better, but still not down to normal, she gets 7 units of insulin, twice a day.
I got more needles from the vet. They would work for Molly's shots, but were a much bigger needle.
I did some research online and found the needles that we had been using, a smaller size (gauge 31. I found out that the bigger the gauge the smaller the needle)
The vet had sold us gage 29 needles.
I ordered the new needles and returned the others to the vet for a credit.
Her insulin is only good for 6 weeks after it is opened. The six weeks will be up on Feb. 15th. I looked online and found her insulin (novolin N) for $78 versus $140 at the pharmacy.
I was a little leery of ordering at first, but they assured me that it would come packed in dry ice.

I ordered Wed. afternoon and by 2 pm Thursday, it was delivered, cold, in dry ice. I did not even have to pay for overnight shipping.

Molly is worth a million dollars to me and I would spend it on her gladly. But if I can find a bargain on needles (They were $15 for a box of 100) and insulin, then I will go for the bargain as long as the quality and the brand names are the same.

Please think good thoughts for Molly, the sweetest Malta-poo ever born!

visit #2

September 10th, 2015 at 04:08 pm

My husband went back to the foot doctor yesterday. He explained that his foot was feeling no better. He was given another shot and charged $195. We have now spent $450 for 2 visits and his foot still feels the same. This shot did not seem to help either. We don't know what to do next?

Foot doctor

September 5th, 2015 at 02:52 pm

My hubby has been limping for aa few months, so this week he went to the foot doctor. They gave him a shot and some insoles for his shoes, to the tune of $254. He felt better for a few days,but now he is limping again. They have suggest $400 custom made arch supports. I am not sure if he will spend the money. He goes back this Wed.

When it rains, it pours

August 20th, 2015 at 08:22 pm

Imoved into my new home, 20 years ago this month.
In the past few years, I have replaced the refrigerator, the stove top and the dishwaher.

Last year, the downstaris ac/heat went out and I had to get a new unit.I was not happy with the new one. I have always used Lennox (in allthe homes we built)
This was is a trane and it has a heat pump. It does not stay warm in winter and my electric bills have gone way, way up.

In February, my double oven went out. I have not replaced it yet, because I still have one working oven and I don't like cooking.

Last week, my upstairs a/c gave out. I thought I would need a new unit, but they told me the circuit
board went bad. They replaced that this week, so we have a/c upstairs again.

Tuesday, we noticed we had no hot water. The hot water heater quit working. Lucky for us, I thought, we had a back up unit. We have a 2nd water heater for the jacuzzi tub. We tried it out, but it has quit working too.

So, today, my husband bought two new hot water heaters for a total of $861.00 and replaced both of them. Lucky for me, he is so handy. But he does not work on air conditioners, so we don't know how much that repair will be. It has been a costly week.

I would love a new house where nothing needs to be repaired. Hubby is balking on that, tho.

He really likes our property that we built on. It is a level two acres with lots of trees (that we planted 20 years ago) with 500 feet on a nice creek. He has 2 garages for all his cars (5) and stuff! He says, we can't find any property as nice as this because we are in the mountains and level lots do not exist.

So, I guess we will continue fixing up and just stay right here.

A/C is working

August 13th, 2015 at 04:50 pm

Ou A/C unit upstairs quit working. I had the downstairs unit replaced last year. I have always had a lennox, but my regular dealer does not carry them anymore. I replaced it with a trane that has a heat pump. Let me say, I do not like the heat pump at all. My winter bills are double what they use to be and the house seems very cold.
I was happy that the Lennox unit upstairs just need repairs. It is working now I am happy to say. I have not yet received a bill for the repair.

Lowered the price on the house

June 6th, 2015 at 06:57 pm

My husband builds houses and we have been building spec houses for the last few years.
We just lowered the price of the spec house that we put on the market several months ago. It was listed for $272,000; we have lowered it to $250,000.

I watch the tv show about all the homes for sale, and I wonder why this one is not selling. I saw a terrible looking house, needing lots of repairs, for sale in queens, n.y. for $980,000. I guess the word is location, location, location!

This house is located in the beautiful mountains of north georgia. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, rec room with kitchenette, laundry room, etc.
We have only had one serious looker. They were a young couple and could not get a mortgage due to their high student loan debt.

I might also mention that the home is brand new, has a mountain view and is on a creek.

We have $245,000 in the house, so after realtor comission, we would be selling at a loss. I guess everyone is looking for a bargain, but it makes me wonder if we should continue building spec houses.

My husband prefers it cause he can draw the plans and build it the way he wants to. (It has to be perfect, or he is not happy)

We have already started a second spec house, but it will be cheaper. People seem to want something in the $200,000 range, so this will be a two bedroom, two bath cabin, with a killer view. (and lake access)

What are new houses going for in your neck of the woods?

The New TV

April 18th, 2015 at 04:49 pm

I am sure that buying a new tv is nothing to most of the members of this forum, but to us (dh and I0 it is a very big deal.
First let me say, we have 3 tv's. One is seldom used. It is upstairs in my husband's office. He has his drafting table there (yes, he still draws all his house plans the old fashioned way, with pencil) and I have my computer there.
Our second tv is in the kitchen-dining part of the house and is used quite a bit in the evenings.
After supper, we watch the 3rd tv in the bedroom.

When DH built this house 20 years ago, he put the kitchen tv and the bedroom tv into built in cabinets. That way, we could close the door and no one would suspect that we had a tv in the room.

Our tv's are quite old. I know we bought the upstairs one with us from Fla. and that was 30 years ago. Yes, it still works great!

Our bedroom tv is the problem. About 2 years ago, the remote quit working. I can remember well when tv's had no remotes. You had to get up to change the channels. Guess what? That still works; so I get up and change the channel. (I can also remember when we had only 3 stations and color tv cost $600, so we only had black and white for many years)

A few days ago, something happened to the picture. It is now a terrible picture, much lighter on one side than the other.

The decision, we need a new tv!! First of all, to find one small enough to fit into the cabinet. It could not be any bigger than 21 inches. We bought the smallest one they had at wal mart. It fits, but you cannot close the cabinet door.

It is hard to believe that the new tv can be held in just one hand! The old tv was huge and dh had to struggle to get it out. (I bet it weighs easily over 100 pounds)

WE are extremely old fashioned (remember, I have never had a cell phone, nor do I want one), so this new tv was a mystery to us. Somehow, we got it working, we don't know how. I did have to go thru each chanel, one by one, to get the chanels to program in. I am sure there was an easier way.

We also, could not believe the price, $129. WE have always paid $400 or more for a tv. When your tv acted up, you called a tv repairman. I am sure they don't exsist anymore.

So, we have a tv in the bedroom now that works with a remote. I cannot say that I like the sound on the new tv as well as the old one. I guess we take the old tv to the dump! It kind of makes me feel sad to just throw it away.

WE even stopped and looked at new laptop computers while we were there, cause I do need a new computer. Mine is about 10 years old and is giving me trouble. I did not understand the new computers at all. I don't think we will ever make it into the modern world.

Heck, I even married a man 7 years younger than me so that he could figure out all this stuff! He hasn't been able to figure out all the stuff in his new car yet!

Guess I will go and watch the Braves game on my old tv upstairs in the office. It belonged to my mother and she died in 1978, so I don't know just how old the tv is??


June 6th, 2014 at 01:01 am

Hubby went to the eye doctor yesterday, Eye exams, eye tests and a new pair of glasses cost us $833. I am glad Ihave a medical account for such expenses.
(P.S. I wear my old dollar store glasses (cost $5) and still passed the eye exam (for driver's license) without them.)

My boyfriend's back

October 17th, 2013 at 05:05 pm

That is the name of a real old song. However, My husband is back from Florida and I am so happy not to be alone every night! He spent way too much money on taking his family out to lunch. Can you say free loaders! His bother and wife went out to lunch with his father and girlfriend both days. The total was $125 for lunch two days. They never offer to pay for anything. I think they take advantage.

Paid off a big loan today!

October 15th, 2013 at 09:29 pm

About 3 years ago, we began buying land.Land that had been selling for over $120,000 was now going for $45,000. My husband is a licensed builder, so we are always looking for mountain view properties for spec houses.

I had no debt. My house has been paid for since I was 32 and I have paid off all 5 of the cars. I pay my credit car in full every month.

However, over the last 3 years, we have found some good deals on land, so I financed them at 3% interest. We wound up with 7 pieces of land all mountain view or creekfront.

Today I paid off one piece of property. Now, I just have 2 pieces to make payments on. I will use this payment to add to the other payment, so I can pay off the most expensive piece of property next. This is a real nice acre of property with a lake view and a boat dock!!

My dog has fleas!

September 24th, 2013 at 05:54 pm

I took my dog to the groomers this morning. She looks very cute now, but the groomer told me that she had some fleas. I have never had a flea problem. I bought some stuff to put on her and the other dog, Molly. It was $18 a tube and I had to buy two tubes. So, it has been an expensivve day so far!

baby clothes shopping

May 2nd, 2013 at 07:22 pm

I did something today that I do not do very often; I went shopping.
I went shopping for baby clothes. My oldest granddaughter is having her baby shower this weekend and I wound up buying the new baby 4 new outfits. Now, I don't really believe that babies need a lot of clothes; they out grow them too quickly.
I do admit that I did my shopping at the dollar store. I think they have some cute things, but inexpensive. I am not really being cheap. I am going to give her a check to buy the things she really needs. (like diapers and formula) Gosh, it is expensive to have a baby these days.
Did anyone besides me use cloth diapers??

Where is my mirror??

March 14th, 2013 at 06:41 pm

I took my car into get the seat fixed on Friday. The driver's seat has never gone up and down. The seat works fine now, but somehow, I have lost the mirror on the passenger side. I am assuming that it just fell out some how! I am having it replaced next Tuesday, but I will have to pay for it. On a corvette, the price will be about $150 for the mirror.


February 27th, 2013 at 05:47 pm

I had to buy tag decals for all the cars last week. It came to $606.00 Ouch! That hurt!

$30 a day challenge

February 6th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

The $30 a day challenge is going well. I am on day 10, so I have saved up $300!! So far, so good! Both os my puppies got groomed this week and one had a heartworm test, so it was a bit of a spending week for me. But they are so worth it!

No heat yet!

October 11th, 2012 at 01:08 pm

It is October 11 and I have not put the heat on yet. It can get quite cold here in the North Georgia mountains. This morning it was 37 degrees. I got my propane tank filled up and paid $1.89 per gallon. What does it run in your neck of the woods? My bill was for $1100.00