Monday Mumblings

Well over the weekend I decided I needed to do some fall cleaning. We already had a yard day scheduled for the family….and of course the morning we were to clean the rain gutters one fell because it was full of yuck! Now it’s going to be more work to fix. So Rob has to deal with that.

But we also spent a lot of time clearing the garden bed.

I was sad to do that…..it was starting to look pretty rough…but I still had a difficult time ripping it all out.

Fall GardenThis was all the pumpkins that were left

Pumpkin Harvest

We had already picked several for different things….so I think we did well on pumpkins. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also had enough tomatoes & peppers to make 3 gallons of salsa. So I did that on Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

There have been a few areas of the house that I neglect…..which is my office….( mostly the desk) and my clothes in the bedroom. So I got my bedroom put all back together. YAHOO! We had to go to the laundry mat on Saturday night. So that took a few hours.

Sunday I worked on my office as well. Good grief! It’s amazing how much paperwork we accumulate. I had to get rid of gobs of papers. Also between Rob & I we had to close about 10 credit accounts. Seriously! That is a ton!ย  I didn’t think we had that many credit accounts open. Some of them we opened for the one time savings…and never used again type of a thing. When I was calling to cancel some of those accounts hadn’t been used for years…I was surprised they were closed down.ย  So now everything is closed down…..we just have a few more cards to pay off and our car…..after that we only have our house loan and one other loan. The cards we have are cards that I decided to do transfer balances on…I am playing the credit card game..so I can get lower interest rates to pay them off. Everything will be paid off by this time next year if we stay on track. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Our car will be paid off in Feb…and I think we are going to look at refinancing our house to a lower interest in the Spring…and then we will start making double pmts. ๐Ÿ™‚ YAHOO! we are right on track!ย  My original goal was to have our house paid off by the time Clarissa graduates…..I am wondering if we may be able to do that sooner. ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably if we can get a lower interest rate. That just excites me!

Last week we discovered we needed a new freezer, Oven and washer. We asked a repair man to come out and fix our washer….he said the parts & labor will cost more than a new washer. darn! So due to all of those appliances being delivered this week…..we have to clean and organize a few things to get everything in order. I am also getting packed for a trip Rob and I are taking. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am super excited to have a new stove. We have a counter top range and a wall mounted oven. The oven is small it can’t have a regular size cookie sheet and we can’t cook a full size turkey in there….I have always had to use a counter top roaster. We haven’t been able to bake store bought pizzas…..many frozen foods because we just can’t make the quantity for a big family. So I got a double oven …YAY! I can’t wait for that! So the area where the oven is..also has a microwave above that….we will need that area for storage when we get rid of cabinet under stove top…..the oven is going there. SO we also bought a built in above stove microwave….here is the best part…it can double as an oven…..so if I ever need 3 ovens…I have them!

Bad thing is that we have to cut our counter to get stove in. It’s going to be ok until we can get the kitchen re-done because it’s on the end…not like in the middle. I need to have someone come and give me an estimate for the kitchen…hoping that can be next summer’s project. We need to do that when we can eat outside on the BBQ andย  not have to worry about that sort of stuff. Plus in summer less people are here now that the kids are older…..so it will just be easier to deal with.

When we replaced our refrigerator earlier this year …we put our old fridge on the patio to use as an extra fridge & freezer. It’s blowing breakers and not behaving. Thank Goodness we replaced it,ย  when we did!ย  I am not dying for a refrigerator right now. So we bought another freezer…which will be nice. Now that I buy all of my meat in bulk…I am always looking for more room to freeze it all.ย  I can’t say I am excited to buy all of these appliances…but what I can say is that I am really happy that I have been following the Dave Ramsey plan becauseย  even though it pains me to use my savings…I am glad that I have it. I actually like watching it grow and be a comfortable spot for us. If this had been this time last year..I may have been in a far different place. ๐Ÿ™‚

We are also in the process of changing out our lighting in the kitchen. We have florescent lighting …YUCK! and we need better lighting in our living room. So we are putting in recessed LED lights. We are going to eventually change everything to LED. but it will be a slow process. Even though we use energy saving bulbs…..it seems they don’t last as long as they are supposed to…and LED is cheaper in the long run. So the change will start.ย  We also have to replace our bathroom fans. So we are lining up our winter -indoor projects. These are more of Rob & the Boys projects. I seriously have no clue how to repair or fix anything. I can barely use a screw driver. ๐Ÿ™

I am the one who keeps everyone on track and manages the everyday things.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

So this week I have to set up a menu plan. Prepare everybody for our trip and spend late nights quilting so I can be caught up before I leave…..:) Pray for me!

I hope you all have a great week! Happy Monday!

 

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