March 12, 2012

Looking for Love

First off - thanks for the comments...I told you there's a valid reason I don't generally discuss politics...I get all discombobulated when I do... SHEESH!

That said, I do have strong feelings about what is going on with the American Government, and what I think should be going on. My trouble is that I know that there are so many other things to consider - it's not black and white, right and wrong anymore - simply because there are so many people. Obviously, there are some areas that have to be black and white. I think part of our troubles is that we've gone from saying "right and wrong" to "what's right for you? and how can we NOT offend you by having a law stating right and wrong?" if that makes any sense.

ANYWAY...I hope that you all come back and keep reading my blog, stupid as it may be...

I'm wiped out today. I'm not feeling 100%, and we had a busy weekend working around the house and in the basement some more. Good news is that the wiring is mostly done. Bad news is that we have a long way to go to get that place done. And we're running out of money. I don't want another in-progress project. I'm tired of things being part way finished around our home.

So much so, in fact, that I'm going to see in what ways I can cut our expenses further in order to come up with the few hundred dollars to have someone come in and do the texture in a couple rooms that have been stripped of their wallpaper. I am looking around my house, trying to determine what we can sell to make money to pay for things. We don't need a lot, BUT, we need more than what we have. I'm almost ready to tackle the spraying of texture myself, and might do it in June while BB is away if I can't make the money to hire someone. I can paint like a pro, but I've never tried texturing...and we have a "gun" to do it...

Anyway, I'm off to find ways to cut our spending...without letting go of things like our DirecTV service. I'm looking forward to growing my garden and cutting my grocery bill drastically this summer.

I'm already looking for ways to cut back on our water consumption, but how few times a week can you actually bathe during the summertime? And do you really use less water if you wash your hair in the sink? Have you tried taking "Navy" showers wherein you soak your body, turn the water off, lather up your hair and soap up your body, and then turn the water on to rinse off?

What cost-saving things do you do around your house?


Layla said...

We saved a TON by regulating our electric and gas bills - flat rate monthly payments versus paying for usage has made a GIANT difference for us!! If that's a possibility in your area, check it out!

Inkling said...

I took Navy showers in Argentina. So lovely with the cold blowing in from a broken window in.the.shower. Coming back home included kissing the ground in New York, and being tempted to kiss the toilet that flushed with ease and the shower that was consistently warm and working in my folks' house.

I totally bet you could do the texturing thing yourself. I textured one wall in my bedroom when I was redecorating, and while it took more time than merely painting, it wasn't too hard for even an amateur painter like me. Oh, who am I kidding? I'm a beginner. It still wasn't too hard. And you? You're talented and can do anything that you put your mind to. So I bet it will be a breeze. I just recommend paying for a babysitter or a roll of duct tape. ;)

Wish I had cost saving brilliance to share, but after spending the last of my grocery money on gluten free flours and such today I have to say I need help in that area too. Geez. Stuff is e.x.p.e.n.s.i.v.e..

FarmWife said...

I did the Navy Shower thing when I moved in with Uncle Gick & Unkie Di. They had a cistern instead of a well & in the summer months, water was in short supply. Do you keep your pasta/potato water after you've cooked with it? That can be used to water plants/gardens. Our new toilet only uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. It's LOVELY, but I realize installing a new toilet isn't exactly going to help keep you in the black at the moment.

One thing I do recommend is supervised hand washing. It is amazing how much water the FarmHands can waste when allowed to shower/wash their hands entire alone. But then, maybe that's just my kids.

Good luck in your cut-backs (but I can say, I'm much happier now that we've nixed the Dish Network).