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Lost my grandmother

October 16th, 2018 at 10:10 am


Eight days ago my grandmother died at the age of almost 99. I was able to spend time with her one month before she passed, and I think that she might actually have waited to see my daughter. D arrived on Friday the 5th and had a really great day with G. The chaplain came and they had a wonderful 45 minute visit and my daughter got to pray over her great-grandmother. Saturday my grandmother was tired and they figured it was just the excitement of having D there. Then on Sunday she was tired, but in good spirits, having spent time outdoors in the Cafornia weather which she so enjoyed. They had her favorite dessert at dinner and the next morning my uncle and aunt were notified that my G passed away in her sleep.

My grandmother wasn't in bad health, but was definitely frail and having a hard time maintaining weight and had become more oxygen dependent. So while it wasn't completely unexpected, I had still hoped to see her again.

I am sorry that the other Laura lost her mom. And I hope that Lucky Robin's Dear Girl get a diagnosis and reliable medical treatment so she feels better.

I guess this was really just a lament post. Nothing here has changed one way or the other moneywise; we're still just moving along toward the future.

Prayers for everyone who needs them.

Q4 2018 Update

October 2nd, 2018 at 01:18 pm


Hard to believe it is the start of the last quarter of 2018.

Goals for the quarter:

1) Continue to track expenses
2) Save 10% of all income

We are finally graduating from paycheck to paycheck living (or where we run out of money four days before payday). We've paid $6,000 balance for property tax and $3,500 to a bill that was we were going to be sued for. We've managed to cashflow tons of smallish emergencies (tires/batteries/back to school/sports fees/class ring/etc).

Some of it is because our older children are fiscally responsible, contributing to grocery budget by cooking one dinner a week each and contributing more towards fuel expenses with increased car usage). Some of it is because we are just spending less. And I've re-negotiated down one medical bill from $200 to $95/month. Not ideal, but more breathing room.

I'm still job searching. I'm overqualified for some work, underqualified for other work, will consider two part time jobs or just a full-time temporary position. I've been ou tof town to California to help out with a family situation, so that derailed some plans. Just moving onward and not sweating things! I will find a job. Hopefully the right job. At the right time.

DH is still employed - and his job has become more secure with one of his counterparts out on sick leave. Looks like he will have a offer at the beginning of Q1 2019 with his most previous old boss. 10% less pay, but closer to home.

All the more reason for us to continue the declutter and move to downsize. We're making good progress and have finally decided on a subdivision that we really like and offers a floor plan that will work for us and the kids we will have with us (still all four).

Hoping to achieve my goals through continued accountability.