During June I have been working here or there on July’s budget

tweaking where I can. I have been allotting a certain amount for food from the grocery store and household stuff from Walmart ….. paper goods, health and beauty, etc. I have always just worked with the monthly amount. I have deiced to do this ….

(monthly grocery amount) x 12 divided by 52. This gives me a weekly amount to work with. I will still take it out of the checking on a monthly basis but shoot to come out as low as possible (within reason) under the weekly amount. I am doing this for the Walmart envelope as well. I am trying to decide what to do with any leftover at the end of the month. I am thinking …. FFEF, savings for a special family occasion, or ? If I can consistently come under budget for a few months I will probably cut back on those envelopes and move the money permanently some where else. I know in certain month I need extra food $$ like November and December. I may stash some back from the months I under spend for those months I need it at the end of the year. I know this is kinda nerdy but I see it as a new challenge for me! LOL

We had a craft show this weekend and I am working on getting a deposit ready and looking over all the numbers. So far our initial take on it is that we did well. they had someone there from the parish and the state collecting the tax at the end of the day. At first I was like … Ugh, taxes, don’t wanna deal with it at the end of a long day and right before packing to leave. However after the whole thing is said and done, I think I like it because, wham bam thank you ma’am I am done with the tax man for that event. No paper work to file or anything. However, I am holding to both receipts for a very long time to make sure I have proof I paid in case the state comes back and says different.

About this festival …. It was the Louisiana Peach Festival and we were in the indoor arts and crafts show which was juried. We did well enough, though it is a 5 hour trip one way, that we will go again next year. We are thankful we were indoors due to the heat and humidity outside. Then an monsoon came in the afternoon with thunder and lightening. Some thought there was a tornado but thankfully it was only a bad thunderstorm with some wind kicking up.

We are having friends over for July 4th so we have plenty to keep us busy around the house. Dh will probably do yard work today or tomorrow due to commitments on Wednesday and Thursday. I will be making a list shortly of things to do each day so I don’t get too worn out. Plus I need to print July’s budget out so I can cash out when pay checks hit the bank.

One summer

I stayed on campus all summer long to take some classes I couldn’t get in otherwise. The residence halls administration hired a few of us to be on call to remove bats that got into the dorms over the summer. They were relatively easy to remove; there were a few techniques we learned to ensure neither us nor the bats were injured in the process. But it kept us pretty busy. We joked that the campus needed one of the Bat signals to shine in the sky at night to let us know another bat needed rescuing. And yes, that summer my family called me Bat Girl. Those of you old enough will know exactly what I’m talking about.

So yesterday when I got home from work

the guy I hired to clear the bushes in my backyard was still working. So as I walk in the door, I’m thinking about getting my checkbook to pay him. As I did so, I noticed there were spots all over my vestibule floor, and trying to think about what I may have spilled. As I’m doing so, I hear flapping behind me and see a bird trying to get into my house. So I try to keep the front door closed enough so he doesn’t get in, but still open the storm door enough for him to fly away. So after I accomplish that, I close the door and look around. I realize that the bird was NOT trying to get in – he was trying to get OUT. The spots I saw were bird crap all over the floor, and some on the walls.
I’m wondering, how the hell did he get IN here?!? I can’t imagine him flying in when I left in the morning…unnoticed. The only thing I can figure out is he came in through my mail slot(I only have a piece of cardboard covering the slot on the inside), and once he got in the cardboard flap came back down trapping him there. That makes me SO glad that I closed the door leading to the rest of the house – that would have been a lot more mess, and a lot harder time evicting my accidental house guest without injuring him. It still sucked cleaning up the bird poop in the 3×3 foot area…

The good, the bad and the ugly

First the bad which was created by the ugly. I lost two of my geese this week, one of them being my beloved Magellan I’ve written so much over the last 12 years or so about. The ugly bobcat took him and I saw the bobcat after him and couldn’t stop it. I’ll admit I’m a silly goose, I cried buckets over that goose being lost.

I also kicked the side out of the barn with both my menfolk, because I partially blame them for the loss. They had let the grass/weeds get totally out of control and therefore the bobcat got almost on top of Magellan before he saw it, by then he couldn’t run fast enough and neither could Jolie who tried valiantly to save my goose for me. Him, the goose’s name, was taken much the same way earlier in the week. We are now down to 10 PENNED geese until every weed within 5 acres of this house is knocked down and all wood piles are removed. I doubt dh will make the mistake of letting them out twice over my ruling, because it was him who let Gel-gel out.

Enough on that, on to the good.

The company the guys work for stood good on their promise to ds and got his refund check for tuition back to him as soon as he put in for it. I love they didn’t give him any hassle, of course it didn’t hurt he got an A in the class I am certain.

I managed to make another sizable payment on BOA, by cutting back on our grocery bill.

We got our first small engine repair item, a weed whacker, back from the shop.

the guy did an overall tune-up, changed out the spark plug and another small part for $20 and he did it on a holiday weekend in less than an hour (shortly after my fit throwing about them not getting the weeds knocked down dh rushed the machine over there) This week dh is suppose to take the weed whacker with the blade on it over to see if the guy can get it running. It will take more work for certain.