Wednesday, February 5, 2014

This land... is no longer my land

My land has sold! I will sorely miss it, but it has gone to someone that can really get some use out of it.

Apologies for not updating the blog for so long. It's always something. My latest time sink is a new puppy. Didn't particularly need a new puppy with 4 dogs already, but...

Camille at approx. 4 months old

She's adorable, even if she is a handful. Her previous owner was extremely allergic and needed her out ASAP, and I made the mistake of going to "look at her." One look at her little face, and I had to take her home. They said she was a chihuahua, but I'm pretty sure there's something bigger in the mix, since she's over 9lbs already. She's fitting in well with the rest of my crazy pack.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More house progress

Since my last update, I've finished painting the master bedroom, and the master bath is done except for figuring out how to get the vanity doors to close with the new hinges I installed. Today I got the hall and guest bedroom painted. I just now discovered that I need a different type of light switch for some of my lights - the ones that have 2 on/off points need a different switch than the ones I bought. I got a bargain from craigslist - a 2 year old ceramic top range for only $150. Looks and works like a brand new one. Sold my old range for $50. I bought a new washing machine over a year ago, and finally sold the old one so the new one is now in use. And the last computer finally sold last week - used that money to buy new tile for the fireplace surround, with enough left to pay the contractor to install it and raise the hearth a bit. New oak laminate flooring has been ordered, which I hope to have installed at the end of the week, along with the new fireplace tile. I have lots more to do, but it's getting there!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

More about my land

If you're interested in my Terlingua Ranch property, please check out this new page I made:

I hope that about covers everything ;)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

House progress

I had a contractor out last week to paint all my ceilings, replace 3 ceiling fans and the hall light fixture, and install 2 can lights in the kitchen. With that done, I got back to work on finishing the master bathroom, and got the master bedroom painted this weekend. I still have a few more things to do in the master bath, and 3 of the master bedroom walls need a 2nd coat, but it's getting there.

A friend took a load of my stuff over to Project Safe for me yesterday, and I've sold a few more things on craigslist since my last post. I found a few more things in the garage to toss out. Love the feeling of freedom and space I get every time more "stuff" leaves the house :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Selling my land

Yep, you read that right. I've decided to sell my land in Terlingua. Unless I win the lottery in the next couple of months, or land a great telecommute job, there's no way I'm going to be able to move out there in the foreseeable future. *heavy sigh*

Anyway, if you're interested in buying it, you can shoot me an email at

In other news, since my last post, I sold one of my computers and have two more to go. My emergency fund has grown little by little, and I still haven't used the credit card. My FICO score was pretty outstanding last I checked, so I'm not cutting them up. Them being the Visa and the Home Depot card; having them open with zero balances helps the credit score, I guess.

I'm still slowly plugging away at the "stuff." Most of what's left is in the spare bedroom. I try to eliminate something every time I walk in there. The bigger items will be listed on craigslist soon, the rest is junk that I need to accept that I don't need to keep.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Suddenly, November.

Since my last post, I've moved into a smaller room in the house for the winter months. This room is about 9.5 x 14 with an 8' ceiling; the master bedroom is about 12 x 12.5 with a cathedral ceiling, double closet, and master bath. The smaller room is staying much warmer with just the little oil filled electric radiator going. I have the other 2 bedrooms closed off.  The electric bill for October was just shy of $86, about $16 more than last year. The cold weather started early this year.

I just spent about an hour going through more junk and old papers, most of which went in the trash. I have one more pile of papers to sort through, but it's a small one. I keep thinking after all this time decluttering that I'd be about done, but I know there are a lot more things that can go.

I'm sticking to the new budget thus far, and still haven't used the Evil Credit Card :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Minimizing and budgeting

This week, I said goodbye to my older desk, all my DVD's and books, and some more clothes and shoes I never wear. I replaced some of the paper books with a few free e-books. I haven't had any serious bites on the stuff I listed on craigslist, just some nibbles.

I'm happy to report that I have not used my credit card for over a month now. My only unexpected expense was a vet visit for Tara to determine the nature of a lump I found on her chest. It turned out to be a lipoma, no big deal, and the bill was easily covered since I've been putting money in a separate account for the dogs for quite some time.

I also spent several hours this week putting together a realistic budget, and looking for more ways to save rather than spend. I think this budget is the first one I've ever put together that accounts for everything, and doesn't conveniently ignore things I'd rather not think about. Let's see if I can stick to it.