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And then all went ARGH!!!!

All of a sudden, everything came due.

I was trying to reconcile the possibility of coming up with whatever extra money we needed in order to pay for Sam's surgery (see rahirah's journal for all the details), when I opened today's mail.

Property tax AND Homeowner's insurance, all due in October. Grrrrrrr!!! Not to mention car insurance this month, my own doctor bills (which are mostly paid, but have left me without much extra), and of course the usual everyday bills... and then there's Christmas!!!

I'm afraid most folks are going to be getting only cookies this year, and that provided we get the kitchen done in time...

ANYWAY, I'm doing the juggling and such so I can at least give folks a little something, because I just LOVE giving Christmas presents and can't stand the thought of not doing so - what I won't be able to do any more is buy so much silly stuff for ME, which I've been very badly doing for a while (mostly clothes and shoes, which I have enough of now, so STOP! S'rsly). I do fortunately have a few little items already, because I usually start shopping, oh, whenever I see something that presents itself for someone on my list.

I hope we can manage to save a little on materials with the contractors to come out without spending the full amount of the loan on the kitchen. I mean, I don't want to go CHEAP, but we must be able to come up with something that can cut a corner here or there. The plumber already suggested a way to cut a few hundred bucks, because apparently now there's a synthetic tubing that's better than copper (especially for Arizona's hard water), and somewhat cheaper (what with the price of copper being through the roof right now). So you never know. (knock wood)

On a cheerier note, the stitches are out, and while it's sore, I'm feeling very energetic, so I've been bouncing all over the place this evening - once again probably overdoing, but I hate to let my hard-won muscles atrophy. *g* Two more weeks and I can be back in real shoes - just in time to really start the clean out on the house, I'm thinking, since we haven't broken ground yet (permits, permits) - they did make an appointment with us to go shopping for kitchen stuff next week, though. Whoo hoo!


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 13th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Don't worry about me and Christmas. I know the joy of giving gifts, but you've got more important stuff to spend money on right now than me. And hurray for your healing foot. That's good news. :-)
Sep. 13th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
I just like giving gifts! Oh, if only our merit raises came BEFORE the holidays, instead of after!

Sep. 13th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
eeep to just everything.

At least the foot is healing up
Sep. 13th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
One must see the bright side. *g*

Sep. 13th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
Yay for stitches being reomoved and for upcoming kitchen shopping!

BTW, in construction management lingo, it's not "cutting corners." It's "value engineering." ;-)

My financial season of doom comes around May/June when all my insurance and car registrations come due. Bleargh.

Don't worry about Christmas. I'm easily pleased. I'm only a whisker removed from a cat with a tinsel ball -- "Oooh, shiny! It's the best THING EVER!" ;-)

What I really want right now is shelving, anyway.
Sep. 13th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'll have to remember "value engineering." Hee!

Since this is only the second year we've handled the property taxes and insurance, I'd completely forgotten when they came due - I didn't expect them within two days of each other, and due roughly a month apart (taxes on 10/01, insurance on 10/31). Normally it wouldn't be a bad time - IF I hadn't just dropped a grand on my own foot... so to speak! :-D

Sep. 13th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
I'm glad that the stitches are out, and glad too that you're thinking of remodeling alterations, etc.

[hugs hugs for Sam]
Sep. 13th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)

Sep. 13th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
*uploads 91% cocoa organic dark chocolate bar to you*
Sep. 14th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Wow, that's DARK chocolate....!1!!
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