Tourney Day One

I didn’t have much to do while my kid was golfing today.  She did  not want me to walk with her, so I took a walk in the area.  Nice.







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Then I went back and kicked it.

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Nice. Not  a good golf day.  DD is doing some art right  now, I think she is feeling the pain!

More tomorrow,



Pinterest Odds & Ends

Hello everyone.  I do hope that your weekend was drama free and that you did something fun, got a lot done or just relaxed.

I spent the whole weekend just going through drawers and I have a pile started for a garage sale.  No interest in my Craigslist items so far, I’ll give it some time.  Now I need to pick a date to have a sale!  Maybe next weekend.

I started back on Weightwatchers today, needless to say I have put on a few pounds.  So I am back to counting, at home though, not going to meetings, for obvious reasons.

Tomorrow and Tuesday is a golf tourney for my kid.  So that is all set.  I’m taking two days off and I’m glad to do it.  I think I really need it.  Bet you think so too!  ;-)

I hope you enjoy the Odds & Ends of Pinterest today!

Remember, click on the image to be taken to the source.

Right out of the gate I spotted this super cute outfit.  Now I just have to get my arms in shape to wear it:


Ain’t it the truth!  Um, yeah!


I will keep this in mind!


Sleeping Puppy:


I just want to scoop it up!

I have always loved this quote!


What a great idea!


Another great idea!


This looks refreshing!


Yum!  Look at all these colorful veggies.


I would call that fully loaded.  I think I see a potato in there, that would add points!  ;-(

As soon as I start using my oven again I want to make this!


This recipe is 3 ingredients and 1.5 weight watchers points a piece! 1 box lemon cake mix-mix with one 20 oz bottle of diet 7-up Bake at 350 for 30 min in 9×13 pan Cool and top with one tub of light cool whip The entire cake is 19 weight watcher points and it is divine! (the source was blocked because of spam.)

Have you ever tried to do this?


I never have, but I always wanted to!

I think that is a pretty good collection.  I love Pinterest, its like a mini escape.

With that I leave you with this last quote!


Love you guys!  Hope you have a wonderful evening and I hope to share some golf pics tomorrow!



Waiting for Time to Heal


Today I got up late and started putzing around my condo, going thru my closet and drawers and seeing what I might be able to sell in a garage sale.  Actually, I don’t have a lot, but by the time I have the sale, it will grow, it always does.

No bites on Craigslist, but isn’t that the way it goes, when you need the money, it just doesn’t come!

Anyway, my neighbor is moving out today.  They were renters and they found a house to buy.  He showed me pics, and it is so cute. 

My other neighbor informed me today, as well,  that they are putting there condo on the market next Tuesday.  The market has picked up and they are going to get enough equity for a down on a “cute little house.”

I am honestly happy for these two very cute couples but am reminded that I suck financially, I am a loser and that there is probably never going to be a day in my life that I get to move into a house that I am excited about.  It has been a very emotional day for me.  Thank god my kid is not around to witness this pity party.

I hope this is all worth it.  This is no picnic people!

Just so I have something to share, last night I made a really inexpensive pasta salad that turned out so good. Remember, when I’m down and out, I turn to carbs!

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This cost a whopping 4.00~!

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Just sauté those veggies in olive oil until you can smell them and then get them off the heat and cool, toss into cold pasta and add the Italian dressing.  I added a can of garbanzo beans and this did not taste like it cost.  It is really good!

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And I have enough to last until middle of next week unless I totally pig out.  Its a great cold salad to have in the fridge or make for a picnic too.

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Really good.

I will leave you with this because I just don’t have much to offer today.  I am pretty pathetic.  I know some of you are thinking why in the hell are you sad, you are going to Cabo?   OMG, I cannot wait!


But in the scheme of things, I AM IN A BK.  My life is not easy and I am doing the best I can!  People around me are doing more than just the best they can, they are actually doing well! 

I am trying not to compare myself, its so hard right?  I got nothing but time now, so bring on the healing!]

Sorry. Venting.



Craigslist Items 1.0


Today went just like I planned, I got my walk out of the way before it got too hot out and then when I got home I got busy working on things to post on Craigslist.

The first thing I had to do was find the power cord for this:


Thank goodness I finally found it.  That was scary. How do you sell an incomplete anything?

Then I took pictures of this to post:


I hope that sells.  It a brand new ukulele and its just sitting in a closet.  What a waste!

Then after a few times my laptop froze AGAIN, even after I reformatted it –  I decided sell it too:


So all of those items are on up for sale and I hope that they sell this weekend, it would be great timing!

But we all now how Craigslist is, very iffy!  But wish me luck. 

I have other items to put up there as well.  So Craigslist 2.0 soon!  ;-)

I had to reformat my other old laptop this morning, the one I am typing on.  Its been in the drawer so long I forgot my password!  It is such a POS I have no idea how long its going to last.  But I will get as much as I can out of it.

I hope your day is going well and that it is cooler where you are.  I am in triple digits and its so hot right now.  Ugh, there goes the electricity bill!

Talk to you soon!



Here We Go!

Hello, hello!

Last night we had an community board meeting and  I’m on the board.  It was quite an eye opener to sit there as residence talked about pipe leaks, mold abatement costs, lawsuits and money.  Remember, I know only too well about the plumbing issues in this place as that is what happened to me 10 years ago when I bought it and part of the reason I’m in BK. 

As I sat there I wondered…. If they only knew how close to the edge I live!  What would I do if it was in my building again?  How would I pay for it?  My answer to myself was… I’d figure it out.  I’d borrow money, let them lien my condo, somehow, I would make it work.

It was just another reminder that I probably didn’t make a financially sound decision booking and paying for the trip to Cabo.  Let me tell you this…its probably the last actual vacation until the BK is discharged!  I probably should have waited until half way to do it, but we are almost there. 

I already feel the stress in my tummy,  I sure hope it doesn’t throw me into a flare!  Crossed fingers.

Last night after I got home from some errands and work, I decided to reformat one of my laptops, it was unresponsive and I am over it.  This will save  quite a bit by making this live longer.


This newly formatted laptop should last us for awhile, at least a year or so.

Then I thought… hmmm, what can I sell?


I remembered this Keyboard and Ukulele in my daughters closet.  I also have her old DS as well as the Pink Chandelier! ( I gotta get that painted!)

Tonight I’m putting them all on Craigs list.  Tomorrow I’m going to go thru my closets and start packing things into big, plastic trash bags to get ready for a garage sale.  

I have lots of clothes and stuff that I didn’t have time to go thru for the last one.  I think I can make at least $100.00 and that will help.

The pantry is full, I have staples and just need to buy a few things for my daughter to eat for her lunches next week, but we are pretty good for the most part.

I am constantly thinking about money and how to save it and make it stretch even more than I did before! 

Today I brought my breakfast (as I always do) this will be a staple for me for awhile! Have you ever noticed the less money you have the more carbs  get consumed?


I hope you are all doing well and that with my ups and downs maybe you see something of me in you! 

Maybe you need a vacation and need to just do it, maybe you decided wow, what a bad idea she made, I won’t do that. 

Either way, I am glad you are here on the journey with me as I try to navigate this BK and live a life that I won’t totally regret!

I am off to start my weekend and hopefully get some stuff ready to sell.



We Are Going to Cabo!


YIKES –  I did it.  We are going to Cabo!  I can’t get out of it now, even if I tried. YIKES!


I seriously cannot believe I did that!

But here some good news!  The hotel cost $279.00 total, not EACH! 

So it is half what I thought it would cost.  Thank goodness!


The airfare wasn’t cheap, but at least its non-stop each way and its only a couple of hours each way and that was the cheapest I could find.

The deal at the hotel includes a dinner cruise:


It also includes a shuttle to the hotel.  I have to figure out how to get to the airport the day we leave though. Hopefully they won’t charge too much!  4 nights.  Really good Travelzoo deal.


So freaking pretty.


I will need to park my car at the airport and I think I know a place that I used to use that is reasonable.  Maybe $80.00 for the four nights.  I’ll confirm.

This is going to be expensive, however, relatively speaking, but we are going to Mexico!!   It is the first time my kid gets to use her passport.

The incidentals are going to add up.  Food, cost for baggage, car park, etc. We will need to check two bags and carry on two bags and within my bag will be a bottle of wine!  Winking smile  Trader Joes cheap, two buck Chuck!  Winking smile

I’m on a mission now to be able to bounce back from this expense.  I hope and pray that there are no emergencies in my immediate future. If they are, well, I will deal!

Omg, we are going to Mexico!  September 2014. I can’t believe we actually  have something to look forward to! 

Okay, now to address the Debbie Downer comments and believe me, I hear ya!  Actually, I don’t think of you as Debbie Downer at all, I think of you as Patty Practical!   Ha ha, I just made that up!  You are all right, every single word of advice you gave was sound.  Unfortunately, I am shooting from the hip right now, and I already shot by the time I read your comments!  

Will I be sorry, lets hope not, was it smart, definitely not, am I looking forward, yep.  Will I lose sleep, probably.

I’m not spending a dime this month or next in order to pay for this (which btw is completely paid for from this check!). I’m a good juggler!  But lets just hope I don’t lose my transmission or any other emergency or I am screwed… but I will deal.

Stay tuned for lots of sweat and fretting and probably lots ways I stay cheap!



Cabo on My Mind


TGIF, Okay, actually it is only Tuesday, but I can’t wait for Friday because it is my day off!   I Can.not.wait!

I know exactly what I’m going to do!

1)  Sleep in a little
2) Take kid to her camp
3) Go for my lake walk, eat an egg white with a side of fruit
4) Clean out my closets (clothes and linen, including products) while I sip coffee and pet cats in-between keep/toss decisions
5) Think about what I can sell at the garage sale that I am  having soon
6) Think about what I can sell online
     Keyboard, Chandelier, and DS that didn’t sell before and maybe my kids ukulele that she never used

7) Day dream about our vacation to Cabo!


Because come hell or high water, who cares if  I can’t afford it and it is financially a bad idea …

We are going!

I am so over this life and in need of a vacation that I’m at the point that if I don’t get at least 4 days out of here I’m seriously going to end up in the Looney bin with a serious meltdown!  Winking smile

I’m looking/watching/searching for the best deals in town. I haven’t found any but one on TravelZoo and if it is still available tomorrow, I’m buying it!  Fingers Crossed.

Less than $600.00 for 4 nights and a really nice hotel in the heart of town.  Then of course there is airfare, but I’ll worry about that little nugget next month! 

The trade off is no golf tourneys for a few months.  My kid has one coming up next week that is already paid for and she can do clinics and golf a round here and there, but we need to spread the resources around a bit and this is where I want/need to spread them too!

We are both dying to get out of dodge.  Nothing else sounds good, not even Hawaii. 

We want to skedaddle to Mexico!


Keep your fingers crossed that we can somehow pull some funds together for this trip! 

Hopefully October!  That is my goal.

I will let you know tomorrow if I got the hotel then I need to worry about the airfare!

Adios Amigos!



Oh Wait, reality check!  I just called my mom to fess up about thinking about Cabo and well a trip to Portland has to be made.  How the hell can I do it all?  There is only so much.  Something is gonna pop!