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February 8th, 2012 at 10:01 am

I've been sick with a sinus infection since Christmas and a miserable bunny except for my sympathetic pack of vestal virgins (4 fixed female dogs).

I'm trying to input expenses either as a note on my iphone (company provided) or directly into my excel spreadsheet every day and always weekly.

Also, when I get a pay check I immediately distribute funding for monthly utilities, mortgage payments, gasoline, etc. This lets me know what I have left for groceries and possible additional savings.

My natural gas bill last month was 78 dollars, so I turned off the heat. I live in the desert and have an electric blanket (blanket #2, Blanket #1 eaten by puppy) and 4 dogs who sleep with me and hog the bed, so with turning off the heat, my natural gas bill went down to $17. I am very pleased.

So far it appears I am not going to have a comfortable retirement - my 401K is still greatly depleted because ex-spousal unit got half of it. However, its building up. I'm thinking $2K a month to live on. So prepaying the mortgage as much as possible is a good idea.

I realized I don't have enough funding for the extra $280 a month for mortgage prepays, but I'm continuing to still work on paying it down some, and may devote more funding when I get a few more home repairs/improvements done - I really want to get my garage insulated because it will cut down cooling, and I also want insulated double pane windows in front of the house for the same reason. So I think when those get done, I may just work on house pre-pays.

I'm doing a new thing in housekeeping/minimizing, which is to clean a section at a time. The house turned into a pit while I was sick (and it wasn't wildly organized or clean before them - see mention of 4 dogs above). Monday night i cleaned the entire sink counter area and threw out items that were just sitting there that I don't use - Minimizing! and thoroughtly cleaned everything else. Wow, it made me feel better.

Last night I cleaned the entire counter area by the stove (unbelievable amount of junk). I pulled out the shredder I purchased last year and have never used and shredded credit cards I don't want, and bank type papers, and then threw out the puppies' body weight in sales fliers and expired coupons. I put away the vitamins and meds, put away the kitchen implements I didn't need and cleaned everything off or washed it.

I had been overwhelmed by all the housework I need to do but combining cleaning and minimizing on a specific area worked very well and got me wildly enthused about minimizing and organizing again. And it felt so nice to wake up and come into the kitchen in the morning and have that little oasis of neatness greet me.

Tonight I'm going to clean the top of the freezer and sweep the whole house and then work on my credit card reconciliation.

Does anyone know how to make Puppy proof quilts?

10 Responses to “Checking in”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    Sorry to hear you've been feeling poorly, Miz Pat. Frown

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Good to hear from you! Sorry you've had such a rough time, but hope all the decluttering means you're feeling a little better. Smile

  3. Miz Pat Says:

    woohoo - so nice to hear from you guys - you are such sweeties - yes I'm almost human now - whereas before I qualified as a high functioning zombie creature

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Hello. I heard that you need to tackle a cleaning task by moving from left to right all around the room. Even if it's a small task moving that way ensures you get it finished. I am a terrible house keeper (I don't care but my DH is obsessive). So if it means filling the dishwasher to cleaning the family room it seems to work and it's fast. I am so impressed with how well you are doing even if you have been sick. I wish I was as disciplined as you are.

  5. Amber Says:

    With all the early spring cleaning it sounds as though you're feeling better, and way to go on getting that natural gas bill down, that's awesome!

  6. snafu Says:

    Too much stuff led us to the decision 'new item in - old item out.' The unexpected benefit has been cost avoidance since I didn't want to toss/donate my black shoes, for example, I didn't buy sale priced black pumps I was eyeing!

    We're looking at everything with a fresh perspective. If we don't use it or love it, it can be sold, re-gifted donated or trashed. Why keep it? The sums spent will not be recovered. It's just work to look after stuff that no longer serves our needs

  7. Miz Pat Says:

    Dear Wowitsawonderfullife, I am not disciplined, but simply disgusted with the house at this point. My home office has been breached by the puppy offensive and cleaning that will be wild but cathartic since it has records from the years with ex spousal creature.

    thanks Amber - I am trying to put the money I save from utilities budgeted but not spent into my emergency savings account.

    So I'm trying to tackle one task at a time. Last night I swept everything, and cleaned off the freezer top. I tossed packs of diet pepsi that are past their expiration (and sort of bulgy) into the trash. It felt so good to clean and organize just one little spot. Tonight I'm going to try to get rid of one basket sitting on the dining room table and clean up the coffee table. I have a box in the garage that I'm putting possible garage sale items in.

    I feel empowered when things are organized and clean and down to a minimum.

    Its so nice to hear from you guys - you cheer me up and give me great ideas. I like the idea of new item in-old item out, Snafu. Minimize your junk and maximize your inner peace.

  8. Amber Says:


  9. Jerry Says:

    My wife was getting a lot of sinus infections (almost always on the same side), and she finally had a septoplasty to correct the deviated septum that lead to the cause of the infections. We were able to pay out of pocket (insurance over here didn't cover it) and it looks like it will help a lot. There are a lot of reasons for sinus infections, but hers turned out to be due to a correctable anatomical anomaly. I hope yours go away soon!

  10. Miz Pat Says:

    Dear Jerry: Thanks for telling me about the septoplasty. I had the same surgery too.

    Jerry, that surgery is a tremendous help. I was getting sinus infections and/or bronchitis every month, then I got the surgery and it reduced to every other month. I started taking grapeseed extract and it went to every 3 months. I learned to use a nettie pot to clean and heal the nostrils, and it went to every 4 months. I am now taking 6000 miligrams of vit. C (and sometimes another 6 at night) and I stopped drinking milk (makes mucus) and I get it twice a year. I also get a shot twice a year when my allergies freak out.

    I make jokes at work that I know I'm getting an infection when I feel like my face bones are jutting forward like the werewolves in the movies before they go all fangy. I had both the deviated septum and massive allergies.

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