Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Summer's End

We're heading into the last final days of summer holidays and the weather is starting to feel more and more like autumn. We are still having some very warm days, but the nights seem to be cooling down and the heat just isn't as oppressive as it was earlier in the month.

I started back to work this week, on modified hours of course. My first shift back was 3 hours. I experienced some pain and swelling, but mostly I was exhausted. I came home and slept for 3 hours after! I'm not really looking forward to the next shift which is a stunning 7 hours. I'm not so sure I can do that but I will do it anyway. I need to be working and bringing in money. The bills aren't going to pay themselves (although that would be awesome).

While our budget is tight, tight, tight, we have managed to have the rent paid prior to the due date for September and we have some wiggle room with some of the expenses. Gas and maintenance will be up a bit with two drivers again and two vehicles that require some repairs. The insurances have been combined but won't take effect for another month at least. Ultimately, this will save us at least $50 per month ; $25 in banking fees and about $25 in insurance costs. I also asked them to add on the Tenants insurance payment amount, so we shall see how it all comes out.

I am working on a plan for meals, especially dinner ( or supper, whatever you call it ).  I am planning when I am working, DD2 can come home after school, grab something from the freezer and dump it in the crockpot and start the cooking process. When I get home from work, I can get the 'sides' ready and we can have dinner on the table at an appropriate hour. If hubby is also working that day, he doesn't get home until almost 8 pm, so there will be a plate set aside keeping warm for him. This way, I will still have time to get Cub into the shower or bath, and have his evening routine go according to plan with minimal disruptions.

We have lots of cleaning and decluttering to do today, so I better get at it.

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