Time to take a moment to say hello again... please stay tuned as our new site will be showing up very soon- the finishing touches are going on now and should be any day now.
This week I booked a week long May vacation in Branson, Missouri, through our timeshare with RCI. We're not sure yet if we'll be driving with the RV and little Jakey, and leaving him at a kennel there while we are in the condo ,( no pets allowed), or if we will be flying. Gerry loves driving the RV and although takes us longer to get anywhere it would be nice in a way to avoid the whole airport and airplane thing. We'll see closer the time. Am excited to be going to Branson. I have their tourism guide and there seems to be plenty to see and do. Has anyone been to Branson and have their own must sees or don't bother seeing attractions?
Gerry is still planning the retirement for the new year, and has a 2 hour, new client appt. to see a financial planner, with regards to debt we still have and figures with what he has in his fund. He wants to make sure he can make the move before he makes the move, but I am staying positive.
This week we got our Santa's Choice food boxes in - we pay into them all year and then this time of year the boxes arrive. We didn't pay in for next year though as we are hoping to be gone for a greater part of the winter. One of the things we did get in our pack was Nestle Turtles- and boy were we disappointed. It like everything else in the grocery world are downsizing. Although not the full sized Turtles, and ones from a 400g box, we still knew they got smaller as they could swim around in their over sized plastic wraps they were placed in. But not only the size had changed but there was a lack of pecans. The Turtles were more caramel than anything. Yes, I did complain to the company, who told me they would put in a report with " quality control". However I told the agent on the phone, I'm not sure how that will help when I'm sure no changes will be made and that everyone is trying to make cutbacks with their food products. I'm not sure I would buy them again because of this either.
The cost of groceries keeps rising. Seems like everytime I go to the store it's something. I'm glad we aren't feeding a family at this time in our lives and we only are us 2 and the dog. Yes, I use coupons. Yes, I try to shop sales and combine coupons. Not all the time do you have a coupon though or when you need a product is it on sale. Sometimes your extras do run out. Eating healthy is another story as well. All the good for you food costs more. The whole grain bread, the berries/fruit, and veggies- especially too with us living up North.
We had about 2-3 boxes of frozens and non perishables from our Santa packs that we aren't going to eat though- so were able to give my parents a box of stuff and hoping to connect with the local food bank to give them the other two boxes.
Other that that, not much else happening. We're using more heat cause it's cold, and more power as the furnace fan is running more and it's darker earlier so we need lights on earlier in the afternoon. Christmas shopping is almost done, and we were lazy last weekend and didn't get the tree up but for sure the inside decorations and a few outdoor ones will go up this weekend. Everyone stay warm and don't get too stressed over the holidays. Will talk to you all again soon.