Just Like the Weather

Good morning!  I ask you, does this look like January to you?


What’s with the drop in temp from today until tomorrow?  I mean, I love the weather in the next  couple of days but how does it drop almost 20 degrees?  Fickle I tell ya!  Speaking of fickle…

This post is kind of fickle too.  Lots of this and that and the other thing.  Roll with me k?

Starting with my health… the high blood pressure med is doing the trick.  The headaches are gone!  However, last night I got insomnia to the tune of 3:00 in the morning. Okay, it didn’t help that my kid has a cough and I was up helping her too.

I realized there is one last piece of equipment that I’ve had since she was small and I will keep until she goes off to college.  (sniff)


That is the best cough medicine ever.   If you have a small kid, get one and if it doesn’t kick out enough steam, dump a huge spoon of salt in the water.  It will really ramp it up.  I love that thing!  Saved many many nights of sleep.

Yesterday, I made the French Dips and can I just say… Yes!  They are so good. Kid loves them too and I have enough to last for quite a few sammies!


She gets real French bread and I get the GF Kind.  I do eat gluten and dairy but very very sparingly.  That is a whole other post.

Yesterday, while I was at Target picking up my prescriptions I got my kid a string of pretty lights.  She wanted white Christmas lights but I could not find them in my garage or anywhere, so when I saw these I fell in love!  I put them in a gift bag and gave them to her for working so hard on her finals last week.


She loves them!  So much prettier than plain old lights!

Today  thankfully, I get to putz around the place and get a few things done that will help me start my work week tomorrow feeling more organized and ready!

At 2:00 I can sit down, relax and watch Sunday Morning.  Did you know you don’t have to get up at 6:30 to watch it?  If you have the Smithsonian channel they air it at 2:00.  I have been watching lots of programs on that channel lately, its giving PBS a run for its money in this house!

Well, my budget is shot this month.  I went way over for food.  But next month will balance it out because I have a freezer full.  I did buy myself a couple of blouses at Target as well as a few more items, a basket for my bathroom, makeup for my kid, some Aveeno lotion.  You get the gist.  I cannot always deprive myself.  But I should budget better!

Will it break the bank no?  Should I have waited to purchase next month yes.  Can I make it work?   Yep! Juggling has become my middle name.

There will be no flooring or furniture purchases in my near future, at least not for a few months anyway.  If buying Aveeno is going to freak me out, can you imagine how I would feel if I bought a new couch?  ;-)

It will come, in time, it will come!

Oh.. I don’t want to forget this!  52 Week Challenge day!  $6.00 Check!


I finished another book last night to add to the Reading Room.  Not a fav and probably won’t read that author again, she is good, just not my style!    I went to the Friends of the Library yesterday and picked up more! I think I got a good stack!  Will share that soon!  I am off to a good start with my reading goals this year!

I better get up and get moving!


What’s Different?


Hello!  It’s so windy here today, like downed trees, electrical outages in some places windy!  I am hoping that my kids golf clinic gets canceled or I will have have to call and cancel her participation..  Would rather hear from them.

I woke up this morning with a headache, not as bad as its been though.  The migraine med kept me up last night, but at least I was not in pain.  My cheeks are a little pink and I think that indicates that there is some High Blood pressure still.  I have no idea how long it will take to control.  When I look back at my texts to my doctor my earliest complaint to him was December 6.  I know I have had them longer.   Scary stuff.

Today, hopefully I’ll be able to get  a few things done on my weekend list.  I did get the grocery shopping done, but sill need to get some beef broth to make these French Dips.


I cannot wait.  Mmmmmm!

Have you noticed anything different here at Sixty Payments?  I removed the blog roll!  I decided that I would rather show my love of other blogs by linking to them in posts than have a static list!  There are so many wonderful blogs out there and I’m constantly finding new ones.

Here’s one I want to share today!



I was taken by her story under “Depression” !  Rough Patch.  She has come a long, long way.

She has many great recipes and ideas to help you save money, cook and keep a positive outlook.

Go check it out!  10 Freezer meals in one hour!

Well, I better get moving and start my day by making my kid some pancakes!  I just might have to have some too, as I have a GF mix that I bought.  Then I will see see how much I can get done.

Have a wonderful Saturday!



It’s a good thing I have two more days to tackle the things on this list because none of that got done today.


Yep, I got a headache.  Not just any headache either.  When I go, I go BIG!

The last few months I have been getting headaches.  Especially in the middle of the night.  I couple of weeks ago, it made me so sick.

I texted my doctor this morning because last night it happened again. It was bad.  He made me come into his office.  Immediately.

Now I’m taking not one, but two more meds!  One for High Blood pressure and one for migraines.  Can you believe it?


He is hoping that the BP was brought on by one of my meds and I am going stop taking it for a week.  The BP he gave me is super low dose as well.  I will touch base with him next week.

Life is grand.  When you get older “it” really hits the fan!


Weekend To-Do’s

It’s my Friday!   My boss said I can come in and work tomorrow on my day off, if I want.  Not really.  Thanks anyway Boss. 

I’ve put in enough OT in my lifetime for two people.  I need to take advantage of every given moment for myself that I can find.  To heal, to relax, to get things done, to be.

I would really like to take my lake walk in the morning and then tackle my list of things to do in the next few days.

  • Take back the Slippery Elm
  • Take back ear buds to ATT that stopped working, find that receipt
  • Wash Car (maybe)
  • Go to Sprint to see if I can get a better deal, I can’t even tell you what I pay for 2 phones with ATT
  • Make a roast in crock pot for French Dips (craving so much)!
  • Make Iowa Girl’s Carrot Cake Breakfast cookies
  • Domestic Diva things, clean, laundry, ironing, etc.
  • Try to find all my tax receipts and ponder that project
  • Pull out the larger cat box and deal with that; still looking forward to hearing from Bissell Winking smile
  • I need to organize my garage, there are a lot of garage sale items ready to topple and it’s a mess.
  • Take kid to golf clinic

They say that your To-Do Lists should never have more than 7 items.  Its funny because mine always do, but I just tend to complete about 7 of them and then roll over the undone items to the next list.



Check out that source for some great tips on getting things done on your list!

I hope you have fun or relaxing plans for the weekend and may your To-do list be short!


Weekly Ads Arrived


Lots of good deals!  I love it when you can get chicken, beef or pork for under a buck a pound.

Yesterday I downloaded a new FREE app for my iPhone to keep my grocery lists.

ITS ABOUT TIME!  Seems like everything you need is at your fingertips these days with our smartphones.  How did we ever live?

So far I only have one thing on my list.


I actually went way over budget last week so shopping next week should be very light.  However, I can’t afford not to pick up some of the deals.  You have to get them while they are going on.

This week I would like to buy an inexpensive cut of  beef roast and put it in the crock pot for French Dips!  I’ve been craving them and now I have so many Gluten Free buns in the freezer that I need to make sure to use them up.  It would be great for dinner as well as lunches.

Today is my kids dental exam and x-rays.  Bye bye $$$$.  Next month Wisdom Extraction!  EEK!

Have a great day.  And don’t forget to get in on the grocery deals!  It’s where we can save the most of our hard earned cash!


Short Week


Hello!  I had the day off yesterday but spent some time on the VPN so that I could get some work done.  It didn’t kill me and I was satisfied with the work I did, but ugh, would rather just focus on home stuff when I am home.

The weather was nice and will continue to be nice all week.  Actually maybe a little too hot for my taste.  It doesn’t help that my air conditioner in my car has decided to act weird.  Always something.



Why does this look better to me? 


I mean, really it does.  I am excited to move back home when I retire.  I will probably go through withdrawals for the weather here at some point, but at the age of 62 or 63 I think my attitude will be… who cares what’s going on outside as long as I’m with my family… after so many years (since 1984) of being without them!

I won’t be able to wear this type of shoe almost every day like I do now!

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Today was nice enough to get out and get my hike on at break. 


(Still playing with my app!)

Back to work.  It’s a short week as I have Friday off, but may in fact come in for a few hours if I need too.  One of my upgrades has be stubborn, but I intend to win!

Have a great day!


Balcony Buddha

Hello!  What a weekend, it went by way too fast!

The biggest thing I did today was this!


I spent a bit of time on my balcony.  This is actually my favorite space.  It really needed some attention!IMG_9717

After I swept and water, clipped and babied. 

I also refilled my humming bird feeder.   It was full but they haven’t touched in weeks.  ;-(


I freshened up and they came back!  I am so happy to see them.


My Balcony Buddha happy too!

Have a wonderful evening!