We had a very slow weekend as we both felt a bit off. Just some chores that had to be done and the rest of the time relaxing. I tried to be energetic this morning and went grocery shopping bright and early avoiding the regular stores and only going to Trader Joe's. We are alone for Thanksgiving and going out to dinner so I was just stocking up on food for the next 9 days until I can get back to my regular Wednesday shopping schedule.
Also bought plane tickets for our January trip to LA to see family. Why were they more expensive this morning than they were on Saturday? Who knows. We also are travelling to the San Jose/Oakland area in February to visit our other son and DIL. Then a vacation in Key West at the end of March for us. Lots to look forward to in the first quarter of 2014. We will also be going to NH in July to visit family and then another round of CA visits later in the year.
In addition, I ordered a replacement pair of the loafers I wear daily except in the hottest months of the year when sandals are the norm and a gift for my Mom. The sons and DILs have yet to let us know what they want so I am not dealing with their gifts yet. We send a Harry & David gift basket to my FIL so Hubby will order that soon.
I am thinking of what I want to accomplish in 2014 in non-financial areas (while avoiding cleaning house LOL). I think I'll set some goals quarterly and see how it works out. Here is the first draft.
Exercise (gym, walk, stretch, etc.) every day
Learn to cook some Mexican food
Check out from library each week CDs of music I don’t normally listen to
Become very proficient on phone
Be an ARTIST
Take photos and edit them using free software
Use a large page art paper, collage, paints, colored pencils and markers to journal
Outdoor home repairs/improvements
Celebrate 65th birthday
Shop for summer clothes at thrift/consignment shops
Learn to grill fish and vegetables
Get a book of local hikes and go hiking 4 times
Only buy things that are consumable, depletable, a gift or needed for home repair/maintenance.
If must buy something, try to buy it secondhand before buying it new.
Exceptions are for things that are truly worn out and needed like shoes, underwear.
Find free things to do for recreation/entertainment/learning.
Travel as much as time and budget allows
Eat in unless it is a special occasion.
Real food, cooked very well, not too much.
Experiment – broaden cooking options.
Make menu plan based on seasonal items and sound nutritional guidelines.
I've pretty much finished our 2014 budget except for knowing how much insurance, etc. costs will increase. I've also charted out the must do and want to do home repairs/improvements that will help sell our house. I'm trying to limit us to the must do's and any want to do's that we will really enjoy and appreciate while we still live here. The reason I'm starting with the outdoors ones is that we are expending a huge amount of energy maintaining the outdoor area and anything we can do to make it easier or better will improve our lives.
I guess I have avoided house cleaning as long as possible and better get on with it LOL.
Have a great week.