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Finally…Cooler Weather!


We FINALLY have the windows and doors open and the air conditioning OFF! And at this point, based on the weather forecast, I have no plans to turn it back on. I am praying this tolerably warm/cooler weather lasts at least a month.

I look forward to that electric bill!

How about your area of the country? Are you dealing with a hotter than normal October? Or is it starting to cool down for you as well. I LOVE FALL WEATHER!

Sweatshirts and shorts, pants and sweatshirts, anything and sweatshirts…this is my kind of weather! And I’m so thankful that I have NO ONE I have to buy fall clothes for! Princess uniform covers the colder weather. (I did break down and add a sweatshirt to the uniform I had already purchased her, but she doesn’t know it yet.)

We are just in a completely different place this year with the private school, the uniform and only one younger child at home. As much as I knew in my head that this year would be different financially, I didn’t realize just how different it would feel. And look to my bottom line!

I definitely have moments that I look back to having all four kids at home, the daily 2 hour commutes to gymnastics training and weekend travels to competitions and miss that adventure filled life. But then I return to this time, the quiet, the steady, slower schedule and am grateful for where we are today.

Volleyball ends this week. And it’s a short school week. So I’m looking forward to some breathing time this coming weekend. Sometime to take a good hard look at my finances and consider my options.





Update on our Housing


I mentioned a month or so ago about my landlord mentioning selling our home to me. Well, I spoke with him yesterday when he was here with a handyman to fix some issues. He says he will not sell the home out from under me, but if I wanted to purchase it, he wanted me to know he would be willing to sell it.

He said as long as I continue to pay my rent on time and be a good tenant, he is not planning to put it on the open market. Phew! He knows that I have no plans to move for at least two years…staying put until Princess graduates from high school. And while he and I have chit chatted about improvements I would make if I were to purchase this home as well it being a great “retirement” home for me based on size and maintenance, at this point, I am not looking to buy. He is okay with that.

So that takes a weight off about having a “where do we go” panic attack in the next couple of years. When it’s just me, well, that will be a whole different story.

My Tiny House Dream

I do have a long term dream of building my own home…a tiny home on a permanent foundation. I’ve already designed it on paper and have a scrapbook that I add to every time I see a home feature I love or hate. There is no money going into this, no savings for it…just a dream. And it will probably stay that way for some years yet as I have no idea where my “forever” will be spent…it changes on a constant basis.

tiny home inspiration

I am always saving images like this one that inspire me when I think about building my own tiny home.

Until then, I love renting this home…I have a great landlord who lets me do what I want to the yard, paint the insides and so on. This has truly become home these last two years and by the time I will consider moving…will be the longest I have ever lived anywhere.