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Cat died : (, more freelance work : ), housework and fundraisers!!!

May 20th, 2012 at 08:01 pm

It's been forever since I've posted. Probably because I've been in a whirlwind of activity.

I'm in the process of finishing a room in my basement into an office work and sewing space. It's just concrete block and concrete floor, so I started with nothing. I bought lumber and had a contractor frame it out. ($150 for wood, $650 for the framing).

Tuesday, I get the electrical put in. Outlets, overhead lights, etc. Cost: $590.

Then I need to buy about $700 worth of insulation, drywall, and ceiling materials. Then spend another $600 for the contractor to install all of it.

I've been buying the lumber and supplies myself, and using gift cards bought at the grocery store for the gas discount. So far, doing it this way has netted me about $3.80 off per gallon in gas discounts. And, I paid for them with a rewards credit card that's giving me 2 percent back at grocery stores this month.

I figure if I'm going to spend the money anyway, I may as well get a bit of a discount or some perks!

I estimate in the end, once I get flooring, shelving, etc, I'll be just under $4,000 for the basement office. Geesh. I'm amazed things cost so much!

We did frame out an amazing amount of storage. A wall of closets and a walk-in closet that can one day be converted into a half bathroom if we decide we need it. Looking forward to a hidden place to store everything.

In other sad but economic news, my cat of 17 years had to be put to sleep two Sundays ago. I found her outside lying under the tree, perfectly sentient and aware but unable to move her back legs. Of course, my vet isn't open on Sundays, so I had to find an emergency vet ($$$$$$). We thought she broke her back, but it turned out to be a blood clot. Either way, no cure. I had to have her put down. Very sad. And the bill was $450. It would have been $100 on any other day of the week. Oh well. She always was a booger that way.

It was a weird vet. fancy, and looked like a upscale urgent care for people, so I knew I was in for it financially. I knew she had a slim chance of coming home with me alive, but they just kind of avoided the topic of putting her down. And even when it came time to tell me there weren't other options they didn't want to come out and say it. They were talking to me about treatment options. Don't get me wrong. i love my pets passionately,but the reality is at 17, she's almost 100 in people years, and at that point we;re talking hospice and end of life care, not thousands of dollars in treatments that probably won't work. And if they do, she might live another 6 months or year at most?

On a brighter note, one of the reasons I haven't been able to post so much is that I've been up to my eyeballs in freelance work. Once again, it's the magic of the SA sidebar. I write something there and it comes true. It's magic!

So yes, I sidebar 'wished' to write more lucrative articles for a wire service. Last year, all year, I wrote 3 articles for them. This year, I've written six so far and they keep giving me assignments. Good news! Good Pay! But makes for a very busy me.

I'm hoping the work flow will become more manageable in fall, when the kids both start school at the same preschool very close to home. (This might be a game changer. ) 3 days a week from 9 to 1 means I might actually get to do more work during the day instead of pulling late nights to meet deadlines.

And, I'll have a sweet new office to work in!!

So yes, money is coming in, but we're very busy and I feel like I'm slipping up keeping a lid on the budget. I feel like I've been buying a lot of meals out and luxuries. I need to check myself. our CSA farm share just started, so my focus to slow down and cook with awesome local ingredients seems to be coming back.

Despite this, I noticed that we have paid just shy of $3000 off the principal on the car loan, and when my next mortgage payment posts we just might be just under $80,000 owed, which means we paid off about $8000 in extra principal since we moved in last April. (Excluding the one time 125,000 payment made when we sold our other house). Progress is being made, even if it doesn't feel like it.

I am a sucker for school fundraisers. Maybe because my mom was a Catholic school grade school teacher, I had to sell candy bars door to door and sell magazines to raise money for the school. when I was little, which sucked. I went to my son's preschool fundraiser on friday. Had to go alone because the sitter had his appendix out at the last minute. Poor kid.

So yeah, I ended up spending $75 on an auction lot with a snowcone theme. It included a snowcone maker, and a bunch of flavorings, and some monster-themed home popsicle molds. Yeah. I'm a sucker.

7 Responses to “Cat died : (, more freelance work : ), housework and fundraisers!!!”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I'm sorry about your cat. I hear you on the end-of-life issues. I remember back in the 70's it seemed that vets always suggested putting pets down if anything was wrong; now it's just the opposite. I suppose they've learned more. Or maybe they've just learned how lucrative it is to keep giving hope.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    So sorry to hear about your cat. She lived a good long life.

  3. Jerry Says:

    That is hard to lose a pet, I'm really sorry about that. I am sure that over 17 years it leads to a lot of good memories with her, and you are right... that is a really long life for a cat!
    I think it is great that you are finishing an office, that is one of my dreams for the future. I would love to have the insurance of a workspace where I could complete my studying, writing, and reading in peace!

  4. baselle Says:

    I am so sorry about your kitty. 17 is a good long time; not many vets make it to 90-100 themselves. And I've been struck with the vet advice I've gotten over the years.

    I'm also a sucker for fundraisers too. If you get some fruit with the CSA, maybe the snowcone maker can be a sneaky way of using extra. Or a snowcone contest (best flavor, uckiest flavor, best use of 'adult beverage' ingredients) can be the makings of a very fun 4th of July.

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    So sorry about your kitty....sounds like a good long life though. At that age, I certainly would have done the same thing. Frown

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Sorry to hear about your kitty. Really at any age you can't do much with that sort of diagnosis.

    Congrats on the increased work! Smile

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sorry to hear about your cat. Frown

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