Monday, November 25, 2013
With the onset of colder weather, I realize I have very little in the way of winter clothes or shoes either for that matter (when not at work, I go around in flip flops!). This area of my life bothers me the most. I want to look cute and stylish yet still be warm.
I tend towards casual attire because that is my life and what I'm most comfortable in. At work, I'm required to wear a red or navy polo and khaki pants. I'm so not a fashionista by any means...
I know I will not wear heels, nor flats. I'm thinking flat boots may be what I need for winter wear. I gravitate towards the colors grey and muted pinks, plums, and blues as I have a fair complexion. I prefer silver jewelry. And I love jeans!
So I sense my closet will be decluttered even further to make room for new clothes to come into my life as finances allow. I will only buy that which I love and make me look and feel great when I wear it.
I have two pair or workable jeans, so my focus needs to be on tops, boots and accessories.
Where do you shop for stylish winter clothing?
Friday, November 15, 2013
Despite the hard time I'm having finding balance, I'm going to make the best of things as they are and put on a happy face.
For now, my reality is that I need my job and the income it brings. Thankfully, I like most of the people I work with. I'm also darn good at my job!
We may not have completely made-from-scratch meals, but the important thing is that we are not going hungry and we are gathered most nights 'round the dining table together.
The house may not be spotless, nor the lawn manicured but life is busy and our home is not a museum. We have kids and dogs. There's more to life than having a spotless house...
I realize that I can not do everything myself and I simply must take care of me.
Some nights I'm sound asleep at 7:30pm, but almost always by 10pm at the latest. Occasionally, Alfred will cook on the grill so I don't have to cook or my youngest daughter makes dinner and the older one bakes dessert. I can't tell you how thankful I am on those nights!
But you know, I think using small pockets of time will be my saving grace and help keep things in check so I don't lose my ever-lovin' mind!
I'm bad about making grandiose lists of things I want to accomplish on my days off and running myself ragged. I think the better solution would be to make a list of things I'd like to accomplish and get to it as I have the time and energy.
The one thing I know for certain is nothing stays the same and that this, too, shall pass. So until then I'm going to put on my happy face and if I have to, I'll fake it until I make it.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
~ Filled up my car for $2.69/gallon using my 40 cents fuel perks I earned from Winn Dixie. Spent $34.76.
~ Keeping the sunroom door closed to keep the cold air out of the house. My, is it cold in there!
~ With this cold snap, the heat is set on 68 degrees. It will warm back up tomorrow and last a few days before we get another cold snap.
~ Purchased five gifts for Christmas for less than $20.
~ I've been picking up inexpensive stocking stuffers here & there for the kids.
~ Went through my backlog of coupons, threw out the expired ones and organized the keepers into categories. Hopefully I can get back to saving more money on groceries!
What frugal things are you doing to save money?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Mercy, it's cold out today! I stocked up on coffee for Alfred and hot cocoa for the kids. For dinner we are having chili served over a bed of rice and topped with cheddar cheese...warm and hearty on a cold night such as this.
Except for the occasional post, I have all but stopped blogging because who wants to hear about me trying to balance work and home with an auto-immune disease? But this is now my life and I really miss this creative outlet.
As for homemaking, I feel I am forever behind. I'm exhausted and hurting after an 8.5 hour day. Meals tend to be something quick and definitely not homemade on those nights. On my off days it's really not much better. It's like I've lost my homemaking inspiration... And I wonder to myself, is this all there is...just making it through each day?
That's not how I want to live.
I no longer care if my home is magazine worthy or if I'm not serving fancy made-from-scratch dinners. I'm done with perfection, being a martyr, and self-loathing.
I only have so much time and energy. Good enough will have to be good enough. My main concerns are keeping the pantry stocked, the bills paid, the laundry done, and spending time with those I love. The rest is gravy.
Small pockets of time will be used to tackle chores before and after work. There will be no marathon cleaning sessions. Menus will be planned and I'll be looking for simple recipes and making use of the crockpot on days I work.
Frugality is still very important to me so I will continue to look for ways to incorporate more frugal doings into my life.
And lastly, I want to make time for things I enjoy such as reading and blogging. All work and no play makes for a dull girl.
I don't have all the answers. Far from it! I'm just learning as I go. And I hope you, my readers, will come along for the ride.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
It's hard to believe more than a month has passed since I've posted here on my blog. I still find it hard to balance working and home. But I've asked to work three longer 8.5 hour days so I can have four days off each week.
With more days at home than at work, I'm hoping to get caught up with things here at home and in the yard. Also since the weather is getting cooler, do more baking and better home-cooked meals!
Oh, how I wish I didn't have to work! But I don't see how it's possible. Work is slow for Alfred and he's having issues with his shoulder. I had to take him to the emergency room a little over a week ago because he couldn't move his right arm and was in much pain.
Yesterday we had to spend $500 for a plumber to come out and repair the main bathroom plumbing. A pipe had burst. Sigh....when it rains, it pours! And with the holidays approaching, it looks to be a lean season.
Sometimes, it seems the harder you try to do right and get out of debt, the more things go wrong putting you further in the hole. It's very discouraging at times.
All I can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and do the best I can...
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Just a few new items I've picked up recently for the house. Most were from Old Time Pottery where I work with the exception of the candle and palm tree painting.
We have decided to go with a beach house decor since we both love the sights and sounds of the beach. Still decluttering as time is available and upgrading things little by little as finances allow.
I'm in no rush to revamp the house and I have no specific items in mind, but I am very picky! I know what I like when I see it and I unless I absolutely love it, it's not going home with me!
Beach House sign : $10.99 (Old Time Pottery)
Palm tree painting $58 (Art Warehouse)
Blue vase $19.99 (OTP)
Nautical place mat: $2.99 (OTP)
Faux Calla Lily: $4.99 (OTP)
Candle: free (birthday gift from Mama)