So it’s about the middle of scholastic summer, and it’s been a little busy to be blogging. That and Twitter seems to take care of much of the immediate necessities (if you don’t already follow me on twitter, feel free! @crystalgroves).
Here’s a bulleted list of random updates from me:
- We’ve had a serious lack of rain in the mid-atlantic, most especially here in northern maryland/southern pa. We’ve had a few spouts of rain recently, but not enough to do counter the damage from the 106 degree heat (which I’ve dubbed #scorchageddon on Twitter to go along with the #snowpocalypse of February) and the wind that dried most of the rain out shortly afterwards. Dad and I decided to invest in an electric submersible pump that we used to draw water out of our stream to water the garden. It works VERY well, but we plan to create more “pockets” of water along the stream now for this purpose and for minor swimming holes. We just need to find a way to get a bobcat over here with a bucket to do this. SWIMMING HOLES! Unfortunately the heat really scorched a good chunk of our garden, so it will not be a very fruitful year. Especially for the potatoes I think. Which sucks because I love potatoes. Last year we dealt with too much rain, this year it’s not enough plus killer heat. Maybe our third year here will be the charm next summer :/.
- Dad is healing very well. He is still not lifting anything over 10 pounds as much as he can prevent it until we are sure everything is healed. But oddly enough, his back pain from April seems to have disappeared completely since the surgery. Seems the gall bladder had other effects as well.
- Per my previous post, finances have been a concern over the last month, but only in regards to debt repayment, not actual bills. But when I take the time to sit and think through payment processes for the next three months, I can usually figure out a plan that will get me through any snags in my debt repayment plan.
- Car Insurance is due in August, and is generally around $450 for both of my vehicles. I put away $42/paycheck every 6 months so I have $502 available every time car insurance is due. Not only does this mean I pay less for car insurance for paying my premium up front, but I also have a $50 cushion that I can then put towards other debt if I choose to. I keep the cushion in case my car insurance premium’s fluctuate, like from speeding tickets (record is clear right now tho!).
- A co-worker of mine is working on publishing a book of artwork from his awesome blog rarewords.org. He needs to raise an additional $300 to meet the goal for this project. If you have a few extra bucks, please help him out and you’ll receive a small gift in return.
- I suppose for the next year or so, I’m going to be researching a new used vehicle for dad. I’m looking for something that is 30+ mpg, 4-wheel drive, is either an SUV or truck, has large pedals, or at least pedals that aren’t close together (he has stiff legs), has less than 60k miles, is a 2000 or newer, and is no more than $10k. At least I have an idea of what I’ll be looking for, and I’ll just keep an eye out over the next year while I save up for the actual purchase. If I have a few models that match the above description to look for, then I can keep an eye out for one in that price range. I imagine I’m going to find what I’m looking for in the Jeep brand.
- There’s really not all that much exciting stuff going on. I have a steady schedule between work, the Grove, spending time with the boy, working on web projects, and enjoying my house. I just recently removed a very large project from my plate, and am enjoying the fact that I no longer have to deal with the stress of it anymore. It’s quite liberating, actually. I plan to utilize a lot of that free time on either freelance, projects around the house, or study work. Time management skillz, I haz them.
- One of my big projects is going to be a large clean-out of the basement and hopefully a yard sale during the Pippin Fest this September. I’m going to browse craigslist for some cinder-blocks and wooden planks to help with creating shelves for organization on the cheap.