Child Labor


Well, only a little child labor!  Have you ever tried to get a teen to do ANYTHING?  It’s not easy.  But I did have my kid do some of the work on her room yesterday.

She took off all the switch plates:


She and her friend did all of the taping!


They did a really good job!


I got tired of painting and asked her to help with that part.


That lasted about a second.  My nerves couldn’t take it.

But we got it done, in one day!  Thank goodness I didn’t have to paint the ceiling and I passed on the closet too!


We went from Pepto Bismol pink, to creamy buttery yummery!


It is so pretty now and I think it will last until the end of high school!


She is using the end tables she had in the closet now.


I really like it and more importantly, she loves it.

No more painting.  If I have to do anything in the next four years, I will scream!  I was so sore last night.  Its hard work!

Today we got up and did our lake walk.  After that I got some errands done.  Finally.

How long has my watch been at the repair?  Picked that up.

Dropped off my carpet shampooer.  It will probably cost me $80.00.  Its 10 years old.  He said the motor sounds good and that if I like it, I should keep it.  I agreed!

I got my car smogged,  that was 53.00 and now I have to pay for tags, another 120.00.

Thank goodness today was payday because I am broke.

Yes, my friends, some times I make really weird financial decisions. I purchase things that I probably don’t need.  I know it.  I am still learning.  Please bear with me as  I make these changes.

I have learned and I am learning so much.  Its a process.  I promise I am trying to find a balance in my life.  I need to balance living in a Chapter 13 and not being 100% feeling deprived.

I do pretty good.  I am very frugal most of the time.  I feel like I have improved.

But I could do better and I will do better and I hope that you always feel comfortable enough to let me know when you think I am not making the best decisions with my financial choices.

Oh I almost forgot the most important thing today!!!



See that duck and her babies!  Well… when we were almost home I noticed a ruckus, she was trying to defend them against a crow! She was so far from the lake, about 3 blocks.

We herded her and her brood!


We escorted them all the way to the lake!  We didn’t lose any to the crow or rain gutters!


There they go!  Safe and sound for now!

Spring has sprung!




6 thoughts on “Child Labor

  1. “I have learned and I am learning so much. Its a process. I promise I am trying to find a balance in my life. I need to balance living in a Chapter 13 and not being 100% feeling deprived.”

    Totally! It’s all about balance.

    I hope my comment yesterday didn’t come across as “don’t spend any money that isn’t absolutely necessary”, ’cause that’s not what I meant at all, just a little nudge that even small amounts need consideration when you have a tight budget. And it is a process rather than an instant change, I’ve been in ‘process’ for over a year now and still make mistakes. So yeah, still hoping I don’t sound judgmental (the curse of text only communication).

  2. I’ve definitely made a lot of money mistakes in my life, but there is one thing that helped me a LOT. When deciding whether or not to buy something, I don’t think, “Would I rather have this (latte, new table, shirt, carpet cleaner) or not have it?” Instead, I think, “Would I rather have this thing, or the peace of mind that comes with having the extra money in the bank when my car needs to be fixed or money is tight?”

    It helped me to feel (not just know on an intellectual level) that saving isn’t deprivation; it’s a gift to my future self.

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