No we didn’t pay off the final cc

that’s scheduled for later this week. But we did get a lot closer to retirement. Out of the blue both men got a cost of living raise with no warning! Even better, it was retro-active back to Jun 30. Which meant it included some minor overtime!

We celebrated by going out for a cheap dinner and then the next day dh and I did our big once a month grocery shopping. We came in a little over budget as far as groceries and pet supplies were concerned, but $80 of it was new beds, stiff joint, and hot spot meds all at once for the dogs. Now to finish de-fleaing the sunroom before cold weather hits so the dogs and now Amy Jo, our old Mama cat, can be warm.

Amy is/was Jellybean’s Mama. When Street Cats got her she had been feral with a litter of kittens. They had tamed her down a bit before we adopted the two of them and Lizzie B on the same day ( I know, what were we thinking back in 2002 adopting three cats at once?)

Any way, Amy was never content being in doors, and one day this spring she went outside and refused to set foot back in the house until about a week ago, when she came in one night that it got cold. She roamed from room to room yowling for Beanie Boy, which just broke all of our hearts. It was a long night of the most mournful crying you’ve ever heard. Anyone who says animals don’t mourn their young should have been here. It would have changed their mind for certain.

After she had checked every nook and cranny of the house she demanded to go back out and refuses to come back in even as the night time temperatures are dropping. So we’ll put her cat bed near the heater in the sunroom this winter and hopefully she’ll sleep there.

We hauled off another load to the dump because of all the deep cleaning we’ve been doing in various areas, more on that another time. Of course I found more I wanted to cull while the guys were at the dump, a lot more.

The weekend was a good one, nice weather, lots of work to done inside and out and we ate well with me trying out two new recipes. Both were from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond’s website. Saturday’s supper was so simple, but so good.

We just had Philly Cheesesteaks made per her recipe. They took less than 20 minutes to make, and the total cost including the chips and pickles I served them with was less than $10 for the three of us and we had leftovers. The ingredients sound strange, a good quality deli roast beef, white queso Velveeta, milk, cayenne pepper, black pepper, deli rolls, butter, onions and various colored bell peppers. But the combo was divine. Both men said they wouldn’t mind having this a couple of times a month. It certainly beat anything at Arby’s hands down!

Sunday’s supper took a lot longer to fix, but was equally as good. We (meaning dh and I) made her Spicy Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs. You can pretty well get the ingredients from the title. Besides the pork ribs and DP there is a can of Chipotle in Adobo Sauce and brown sugar involved. She makes a marinade/sauce from that and only that, but because that marinade is so spicy (and I’m so wussie) we did the marinade in her recipe and then used my homemade bbq sauce during the cooking process. The two combined was out of this world good.

One thing dh mentioned was that restaurants really rip you off on what they call a half rack of ribs. We sprung for a $30 pkg of baby back ribs at Sam’s club—it had three racks in it. We used one rack for supper and then froze the other two rack separately for future meals.

Each rack made 4 large servings for us (and we are big eaters) so that $30 ended actually only costing us roughly $2.50 each serving for the meat (ds took the fourth serving for lunch today) with it I served corn on the cob and cole slaw with Cherry Cheesecake Pie for dessert. So again I fed the three of us a good meal for less than $10 each. Who says you can’t eat good on a budget?

Tonight will be my basic stretch the ground beef meatloaf with the usual fixings.

I plan on spending today and tomorrow finishing the countdown calendar for the number of months until the mortgages are gone because we should start paying extra principal as early as this week and I am so excited. I’ll post photos when it’s done and this site is ok for payday loans on Florida. Oh part of that massive grocery shopping involved two herb plants. For some reason our Wal-Mart had a large display of a few herbs in their garden center. I stumbled across them while looking for the perfect mums and pansies for the front porch. I didn’t buy either flower, but I did purchase a healthy looking basil and an equally healthy looking cilantro plant for the office (best room for winter sun and plant growing in doors in the house). I brought those home and potted them up right away. Now I have my two most used fresh herbs on hand for the winter again for less than the cost of buying a few fresh leaves or a bunch at a time. I’ve got seeds for other herbs and plan on adding them to the bakers rack with these two soon.

There are a couple of “free” blue grass competitions we want to see at the fair that starts this week so we picked up 4 advanced fair tickets for some cheap weekend entertainment this next couple of weeks. We haven’t actually paid for fair tickets in years.

We generally go on the $1 preview night, rush through and come home in a couple of hours. This year we plan on making a staycation out of it on one maybe two weekends. It all depends on dh’s work schedule because as usual for the fall they are predicting overtime being mandatory soon.

We’ve not done a full day at the fair since he started with this company because of the annual OT, but I certainly won’t complain if he gets to do it. It will put us that much closer to retirement and lots of free time!

This year the fair is charging $10 to park a vehicle and then another $8-$10 each to get in. We’ll be taking advantage of the free shuttle service at the free parking lots that are about 3 miles from the fair and paying $6 each with our advance fair tickets. That can add up to a huge savings with us planning on doing 2 days total at the fair (either all in one weekend, or split between both weekends of it) So $24 vs $60. Advance planning saves a lot!

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