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Whirlwind weekend

September 4th, 2013 at 07:40 am

I keep hoping life will settle down but it never does. I'm starting to think we are not settle down type people!

As an example: We got the kids started in school last week. Thursday night we drove an hour to our favorite festival-- the Sweet Corn festival, for rides and corn. Yes, the corn is that good. They literally pull it out of the field right next to the booth where they cook it. We didn't get home until 9.

Then Friday, we decided to go visit our friends in Maryland for the long weekend. We drove there, hung out and let all the kids play, then came back Monday. I'm recovering from a bad cold right now, so I was wiped out yesterday.

Oh, and Friday while we were packing up I was also canning a batch of tomato sauce. Something is just always happening here.

My friend likes to joke that I take on too much. She said my life is like "oh yeah, this weekend I'm going to take the kids to the pool, re-roof the house, and plant 300 perennials. Where does the time go?"

It's kind of true.

Anyway, all of this is relevant because in all this busy rush the money situation is out of control. Thanks to travel and the patio taking longer and costing more than I had budgeted, we've taken money out out out of savings way too much and too often. I have to figure out how to get back on track.

It seems like every time we turn around there is a giant bill to pay. Preschool, school fees, patio stone, etc. It's getting to be all too much! I'm hoping some belt tightening will get us back on track. Maybe a two or three week stabilization period, so to speak.

Next month our preschool bill will be lower as well, and my hope is we will have the glitches ironed out and be able to put that extra 225 a month into savings. HOPING, at least.

On the garden front, I thought this year would be a total bust because I made the mistake of using dirt from our excavated patio in the garden beds, and no matter how much compost I added, it was just too heavy , too clay. I had some plants that were real troopers and will have put up 3 dozen jars of organic tomatoes, pulled out 10 zucchinis and a few pounds of hot peppers by the end of the season. It's not the bumper crop I was hoping for, but it's pretty good considering I thought we would get nothing.

3 Responses to “Whirlwind weekend”

  1. laura Says:


    Oh, my life is regularly referred to as "controlled chaos". I have to laugh, but that is the reality. Our weekends are usually booked straight and we go from one activity to another, and when we aren't we are driving kids to and from. I, for one, was a child with limited opportunities. I feel that experiencing more would have changed me for the better. And my husband was an only and sheltered child. So, we have kids who excel at things they like to do (thankfully it is the same kind of dance for the girls, and soccer for the boys) and they have friends. Controlled chaos is the price that I pay.

    And with kids who like to go and do things, life is better for them than being trapped at home making their own kind of fun. Your weekend sounds wonderful, despite the cold. Hope your feeling better.

  2. baselle Says:

    Late summer/early fall seems to be always the busiest - its the first of school, and the last of canning and construction, so it tends to be "do or die" on a number of fronts. Any way to at least get ahead on the chaos?

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm trying to defer some end of season garden projects to as late as October november. Other than that, not much I can shift!

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