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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Money Going Out Money Coming In

This past week, has been a week of seeing money going out and coming in. Unfortunately, more money went out then came in but is that how it normally goes.

On Tuesday, my friend and mentor, Keith, came over to replace my meter box on my house. The old meter box was going bad. A couple weeks ago, I lost power in half my house. The power company had to replace he meter and told me I needed to have the meter box replaced.

Thursday night on my way home my alternator on my car out. I got about a mile down the road from work when one of my idiot lights came on. I pulled over into a gas station to check it out. Things checked out okay that I could see but when I got back in the car I could not get my car started. One of my coworkers, saw me stopped and pulled over to see if I needed help. We looked the car over and found that one on the battery cables was loose. Neither one of us, had a socket, wrench of pliers that would work to tighten the cable. My coworker, took me up to the Wal-mart that was nearby to get a pair of pliers. We returned to my car and got the cable tighten and jumped my car. I made it about halfway home before my car completely died on me. At that point, I called AAA to come help me. I had to wait about an hour for the tow truck to get there. He gave my battery a boost. He checked the battery and alternator and found that alternator was not charging the battery. He towed my car to my garage and gave me a ride home. I am going to upgrade my AAA membership.

We are til working overtime at work. This week, I was trained for my back up position at work and I am now ready to feel in when the lead on the dock takes a day off. I learned the things I needed to do on the computer, a lot quicker then I thought I would. My first day feeling in for him is this coming Wednesday.

I sold a couple books this week on my online store. I was able to get a few more books listed too. I hope to work on get some other books listed this week and update some of my oldest listings.

On the money front this past week was a hard one but I am thankful for the blessing God has given me this year. With the overtime not only have I been able to pay off some debt but I have been able to build up my emergency fund. I only used a little of my emergency fund this week. I hope I can get my emergency fund repleted soon.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Songs and Sounds on Saturday: Cameo - Word Up

Here is a song that was played a lot when it came out when I was young. I had a little laugh remembering the clothes that some people wore back in the 1980s.

The idea for Songs and Sounds on Saturday came from A Mixed Bag by Valerie.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Toner For My Printer

I was a printer made my Brother and it works great. I used it mostly to print shipping labels for the books I sell on eBay. I bought it at a local thrifty store 3 or 4 years ago for $10 or $15. One of the guys that works the counter at the post office, tipped me off that there was a guy who buys a new print and will use it until the toner is low. When the toner starts to run out he goes out and buys a new printer and take the old one to the thrift store.

About a month ago, I was trying to print a shipping label for a book I sold and the printer would not print. The toner light was flashing. Since I needed to ship the book, I headed to the office supply store and bought a toner cartridge for about $70. I got home and put the new cartridge worked perfectly. I saved the old cartridge and ordered two new toner cartridges and a new dump on eBay for $28. When I got the new dump last week, I put the new dump and the old cartridge in the printer and the old cartridge worked great. I am glad that I saved the old cartridge.

Ink for the printer is the highest cost for a printer. With my online store I look for ways to save money and still offer high quality service. I am glad I can get the supplies for my print on eBay for a cheap price and they work just as good as the cartridge the office supply store charges $70 for. I can see why the guy who gives his printers to the thrift store does it. The dump and toner cartridge cost almost as much as the new printer. Of course, some of the new printers are setup to where you can only use ink cartridges made by the maker of the printer and the off brand ink cartridges will not work. I hope my printer will work for me for a long time to come. I can afford a new printer but I can not afford the toner cartridges I would have to buy. I do not know about you but $10 for a ink cartridge sounds a whole lot better then $70 for a ink cartridge. I love shopping at thrift stores and eBay because if you take your time and know want to look for you can find some good deals.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Day Of Working Around The House

This is the first Saturday, I have had off from work in I do not know how long. I have then busy at work. We have had a lot of orders coming into the warehouse. As you know if you have been following my blog, I got a position in the shipping office. Last week, I got the backup lead position for the dock.

I was glad to get this Saturday off because I had a few projects, I needed to do around the house. Today, I took the trash and recyclables to the dump. I had to made two trip. After the dump, I went to Lowe's and got some concrete mix to fix up the front steps. This was my first time working with concrete and brick.

The steps before I started.

Took the bricks off and cleaned the area a little.

The finished job. Pretty good for my first time.

After I got the projects done and mom got off from work, my sister dropped her kids off so we could take them to go see a movie that my mom promised them like two months ago. This was the first weekend, I was able to do it since I had to work Saturdays and the few I had off I had other things come up. The kids decided on seeing Finding Dory. They enjoyed the movie. I thought it was okay. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more but my nephew had to go to the bathroom right as the movie was getting good.

We eat pizza at Brixx's after the movie since my mom and the boys were hungry. My niece said she was not feeling good halfway through dinner. I think it was more she was tired since she is used to goes to bed earlier.

I enjoyed my night then with the problems. I am glad the kids enjoyed the movie. Mom enjoyed her evening and her pizza.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Weekend Patio Projects

Weekends with time off with enough time to do some work on projects around the house have to rare this year for me. I was glad to get this weekend off. This weekend, I worked on putting gravel down around the fire pit, and fixing up one of the rose bushes on the patio, and getting a new charcoal grill.

Saturday, I started by mowing the lawn, which I have not mowed in two weeks. I try to mow the lawn at least once a week in the summer, skipped a week because of the wedding and the other things going on. I was surprised it did not get that high being so long in between mowing. After, i got done mowing the grass i headed to Lowe's and got the supplies for my projects. I got some bags of pea sized gravel for the fire pit and a four foot trellis for the rose bush.

My sister just pulled into my driveway when I got home from Lowe's. I had my nephew, Victor help me with preparing the fire pit, by pulling the grass and weeds up around the fire pit. Once he finished, I put the gravel down around the fire pit and used a hoe to spread out and smooth out the gravel.

Fire Pit Before

Fire Pit After

With the rose bush, I put the trellis just behind the rose bush and tied the branches to the trellis. I tried to get rose bush all around the trellis and pulled off the ground. My sister, Mary and nephew helped hold the rose bush as I tied the branches to the trellis. I pruned the rose bush a little as I finished tying the branches down.

Rose Bush Before

Rose Bush After

Since I moved into the house, I have wanted to get a new charcoal grill. This weekend I brought a new Weber Jumbo Joe 22-Inch Premium Charcoal Grill. I did not get it put together before the cookout we had for my niece, Vanessa and her kids so we used Mary's old grill. Everyone enjoyed the hamburgers and hot dogs, I cooked. The kids enjoyed roasting the marshmallows with the fire in the fire pit for s'mors. I finally had enough time to myself to put the grill together, Sunday afternoon after getting home from church. The grill was easy to put together. It makes another good part of our enjoyment on the patio.

My new Weber charcoal grill

My back yard is becoming i nicer place to relax and enjoy my free time. I hope when I have more time to have some more parties and cookouts with family and friends.

The patio now after I finished the projects and did some cleaning.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Jessica's Wedding

This weekend, I went to my niece's Wedding in Indiana. The wedding was held at an event center near Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru, Indiana. This was my first trip to Indiana.

Field in back of hotel.
My mom and I, followed my brother, Tim and his wife up to Kokomo, Indiana where my niece lives. We had a 9 hour drive including the stops for gas and bathroom breaks. On the way up to Indiana, we only had to slow down for one accident. When we got to Kokomo, we stopped at the hotel my brother stay at the time he had gone up to Indiana before. They only had one room left and the lady at the front desk have rude. We left and looked for another hotel. We ended up at the Hampton Inn in Kokomo. The Front Desk was very friendly and helpful. They gave us the wedding rate for the weekend. Their was four weddings in town this weekend. The hotel was very nice and even with being full it was quiet in our room. Mom and I plan to stay their when we go back up in August for my nephew's wedding. Our only problem was it is hard to see the sign in one direction from the road and you have to cut through the parking lot of other businesses to get to the hotel.

After, we got checked into the hotel, we went to dinner at Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery. We ended up waiting for almost an hour to be seated. They were very busy due to the schools in the area having Graduation. The food was good and worth the wait.

Saturday morning, after doing some last minute shopping for the wedding, we headed to my niece's house. We spend a little time with my niece and the groom before they head out for the wedding. My mom help my sister and niece with final preparations.

The corn field in back of my niece's house.

My youngest niece, Julie, was the flower girl.

Bride being given-away by her grandfather, her dad's father.

The exchanging of the vows.

Exchanging of the Rings.

The first kiss.

Presentation of the couple.

The wedding cake.

This was the first time that I have been with all my sister's kids together. I was happy to get a picture of all my family there. This picture was my mom, my sister and all six of her kids and their significant other and their kids, my brother and his wife and me.

I enjoyed my vacation and look forward to my trip in August. I will try to work it out where I can stay a couple more day to spend more time with my family.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Shopping With Mom

Mom needed to get a new dress for my niece's wedding coming up next weekend. We decided to go looking around Asheville after mom got off work today.

Before going to the stores, we stop at Juicy Lucy's Burger Bar and Grill for dinner. Mom wanted to try it out and also see an old coworker. She got to saw her former coworker. We both enjoyed our meals. Juicy Lucy specializes in burgers that have cheese cooked in the middle of the hamburger paddy.

After eating, we head to T.J. Maxx. Mom found a dress she liked but it did not fit. It was just a little too small. We looked a little more and did not find anything else. After awhile, we decided to head to Marshalls near the airport. We did not find anything there so we walked a couple doors down to Ross Dress for Less. Mom found two dresses that she liked. Once she tried them on and made sure they fit, we looked around and got a couple things for the house.

The dresses mom picked out.

I have been looks for a new door mat for the front door for a while. I decided to get this one tonight.

Mom picked this out to hung on the wall. She said she got it for my sister's kids.

I am looking forward to my trip next weekend to the wedding. My sister, Mary, started up to Indiana early this morning. I will spend this week getting the car and myself ready. My sister, Lisa, will come and stay at the house to take care of Rayna. I hope to get some good pictures to share here on the blog.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Promotion At Work

I have been extremely busy over the last two weeks. My two sisters have been dealing with life problems and since mom lives with me, I get to deal with them. I love my family but they drive me crazy at times. My one sister will be moving and I hope it settles things down for her. I hope my other sister gets things settled down enough for her to head to Indiana for her daughter's wedding which is next weekend. She was originally planning to head out Friday night, but she is still trying to work a few things out. She is saying now, that she will head out tonight or on Monday.

I will be head up to Indiana with my mom and brother, Tim, on Friday. This will be my first time to Indiana. I plan on doing a few blog posts on my trip and the wedding. It will be a short trip for me and my mom, I only took off Friday and Monday from work.

Okay, now for the reason for the title of the post. One of the ladies in the shipping office at work retired and I will miss her. When they posted the opening for her job, I put in for the job. Although I know I can do the job, I was not excepting to get the job. I had the interview two weeks ago it went okay. I hate doing interviews. Then there was the wait. I was excepting to hear about the job last week but the HR people involved in the decide were out. Friday night, my one supervisor came up to me and handed me the envelope with the letter they give to everyone who put in for the job. He gave me the letter and did not walk off. My first clue I got the job. I opened the envelope and read the letter. The job was awarded to me. He told me that he will try to get everything setup for me to start on Monday. I will be doing some customer service and making sure things get shipped out right. Along with the job, I get a desk in the shipping office and a little over $2 pay raise. The shipping office has air condition, witch is a bonus for warehouse work. I will not be staying in the office all the time. Most of my time will still be doing things out on the work floor, making sure orders get out on time.

I am excited for my trip and new job at work. I thank God for the blessings in my life.