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My dog, Max!

December 27th, 2008 at 02:57 pm

This is my dog Max, a Lhasapoo (Lhasa Apso-Poodle mix). He is my little baby. I try to take him to the groomer 4 times a year and do the in-betweens myself. His hair grows so fast and if I don't keep up with it, we would be at the groomer at least 8 times a year. I hope you like the pics.




The flu!

December 26th, 2008 at 04:37 pm

My 14 year old has the Flu. My husband took him to the doctor while I Lysoled everything, changed sheets and disinfected the bathrooms. His pediatrician said that he has one of the many strains of the influenza (fever, bone-breaking pain, vomiting and a rash on his neck, back and upper chest). He's been sleeping all day today. My poor guy! He thanked me for taking care of him. Next year I'm taking him to get the flu shot. Two years in a row is enough. I should've known better.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

People's generosity

December 23rd, 2008 at 04:41 pm

My husband is a bus driver and the families of the kids he picks up are extremely generous. As of this morning:

$155.00 cash
4 AMC theather tickets (with 4 coupons for a large soda)
2 dunkin' donuts gift cards ($30)
2 Target gift card ($35)
3 Starbuck gift cards ($55)
1 Acme supermarket ($20)
1 Visa debit card ($25)
1 Barnes and Nobles gift card ($20)

and tons of edible goodies!

To these families: Thank you for your generosity and for remembering Mr. Bus driver.

People's generosity even in this bad economy!

December 23rd, 2008 at 12:41 pm

My husband is a bus driver and the families of the kids he picks up are extremely generous. As of this morning:

$155.00 cash
4 AMC theather tickets (with 4 coupons for a large soda)
2 dunkin' donuts gift cards ($30)
2 Target gift card ($35)
3 Starbuck gift cards ($55)
1 Acme supermarket ($20)
1 Visa debit card ($25)
1 Barnes and Nobles gift card ($20)

and tons of edible goodies!

To these families: Thank you for your generosity and for remembering Mr. Bus driver.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

December 20th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

For those of you outside of the northeast of nation! In northern NJ we got about 6-8 inches of snow.
My house after the storm!

The neighborhood

A beautiful structure! (Not financial)

December 19th, 2008 at 03:55 pm

Non-financial but pics I want to share with you. These are some of my favorites pics of the Catholic Church I grew up admiring and one I take tons of pictures when I visit. I hope you like them.

Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church built during 1922-1934
I took this picture on my recent visit

(picture not taken by me)

side and rear view

Being frugal is contagious!

December 18th, 2008 at 08:24 pm

My son announced today that he has a girlfriend. I'm happy for him and I told him that he now has to buy a Christmas present for her and he said, "Mom, I got it covered. I bought her a purse she wanted at TJ Maxx and it was marked down from $54.00 to $10.00". And that put a smile on my face. :-)

Trying to spend less!!!

December 16th, 2008 at 03:35 pm

It's been 4 days since I challenged myself not to buy any food from fast food joints. I realized that I'm spending way too much money eating out, not just buying for the kids but also for me. I'm allowing one day for eating out, probably on Friday. I'm also not buying any meat in my attempts to empty out both the deep freezer and the house freezer.

Picked up my son's Christmas present, still have to buy a stereo system for my oldest (he has one, but is falling apart and he is big on music). Need to buy quite a few blockbuster cards for nieces an nephews. I'll make a goodie bag with a bag of microwave popcorn, movie theater candy (which I'll buy at Walmart)and a $5.00 blockbuster card. Do you think this a good idea? I'm also making a bookmarks (idea posted by a fellow blogger)for the readers in the family.

DECEMBER!!!

December 14th, 2008 at 10:49 am

This has been an expensive month, but I'm not stressing about it. Our rental property needed all of the windows replaced at a tune of $3900.00. I just got finished paying for my son's Spring tuition, $1575 (14 credits). I gladly pay for that, it would've been 10 times that for a 4 year college or university. I expect Christmas gifts to cost us about $600.00 (a lot less than previous years). But you know there is a positive side to this...we did not add any debts to our lives. All of it will be paid at the end of the month from our savings and monthly income. It really feels good to have a little money to solve life's expected and unexpected expenses.

By the end of January I should have enough reward money form my Amazon Visa to buy the digital camera I want. I get $25.00 for every $2500. I charge the heating bill to the visa every month ($349) and my son's tuition and books(I get double the points for charges related to school)I have $100 worth of rewards and I should be able to have 2 $25 reward certificates by January. And guess what I've never carried a balance. Smile

We took the jar with loose change to the bank yesterday and surprisingly there was $82. We split the amount between the two kids and put an extra $25 in each account. I really want to make an effort to put some money away for them. My oldest son puts a significant amount away from his part-time job every month and my youngest contributes half of his birthday money and miscellaneous money to his acccount.

Have a blessed week!

Remembering those in need!

December 8th, 2008 at 06:06 pm

Culturally our family celebrated The Epiphany on January 6th. The Epiphany is a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi. As an offering to the Three Wise Men, children filled up a box with hay or grass for the wise men's camels, in return the magi were supposed to leave a gift in gratitude. We were very poor so I can still recall not getting anything, but making up stories about all the so called stuff Ihad gotten. It was so painful, so very painful.

Eventually things got a little better for our family once my dad scrounge up some money to get an apartment and send for us to come to the the United States. My father tried so hard to make up for those years. I promised myself that every year I would buy a gift for a needy child, because every child deserves to have a gift under the Christmas tree. So please if you can, find a needy family in your community and ask what you can do to help.

Christmas Tree and Mantle

December 6th, 2008 at 05:46 pm

Last night we finally decorated our tree and mantle. Here are some pictures to share.

Christmas Tree


Mantle


Mantle