Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

Well, I had meant to wish everyone a Happy New Year earlier in the day,  (also my dad's birthday today too) but the day got away from me once again, and here it is the end of the day already- but the wish is still here- to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

I don't usually make New Year's resolutions but I do think this year I'd like to try to make one- and that would be to be more mindful. Mindful of money spent, foods we choose to eat, kindness to others, etc.. mindful.

The mindful thought came to me today when doing our expenses for last month for our RV living for the month of December. Some expenses we had for the month of December were bigger than what we had in November. So, that in itself made me think we should be more mindful of what we are spending. Especially on a retirement income.

Here are our amounts for December for our regular kept expenses: (all in US $)
-Propane- $60.54
-Dumps and water for the RV- $60
-Gas for the RV- $280
-SUV gas- $61
-Laundry- $11.75
-Take out- $31.62
-Groceries - $566.12

Groceries were up at least $100 from last month- so that one we really want to try to look at changing. Although we weren't traveling with the RV,( except for within city limits) the gas bill for the RV was due to running the generator which is for our power. The propane is for hot water, bbq, fridge and heat.
I hear it's been very cold back home so not looking forward to our heat bill for the home back home, this month either. We'll see in a week what that will be.

We had a guy approach us today in the camp area that was missing his dog. Said he filed a police report too. Felt bad for the guy- no one wants to lose a pet. They are so much like family. He felt someone had stole it, but it was a pit bull and we were surprised anyone would just approach a pit bull to steal it unless they knew the dog was friendly- as he said it was. Either way- we do hope they are re-united.

Get Ready to Bubble! Win a Year’s Supply of Bubble Bath in Honor of National Bubble Bath Day January 8 ( USA)

Could you or a loved one use a relaxing bubble bath? If your answer is an enthusiastic “yes,” then Mr. Bubble is ready to bubble to the rescue. The loveable bathtime friend of kids and parents everywhere is giving away bubble baths beginning on Dec. 30, 2017, and ending on National Bubble Bath Day on Jan. 8, 2018—10 winners will receive a year’s supply of the iconic bubble bath in the pink bottle.

To enter for a chance to win a year’s supply of Mr. Bubble, just visit to nominate yourself or a deserving friend. While you’re there, also learn how you can add the Mr. Bubble profile photo frame to your Facebook profile picture. Hashtagging your profile frame #everybubblecounts qualifies you to be one of 10 people randomly selected each day Dec. 30-Jan. 8 to win a bottle of bubble bath.

For every nomination made at and for every Facebook profile photo frame used with hashtag, Mr. Bubble will donate $1, up to $10,000, to Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest

Bubble Bath Deliveries 
Mr. Bubble loves putting smiles on kids’ faces. And the families at Ronald McDonald House are among the most deserving of a little bubbly fun, especially when away from their homes this holiday. 
In addition to the potential $10,000 donation to RMHC-Upper Midwest, Mr. Bubble will deliver bubble-baths-in-a-box to additional RMHC chapters across the country on National Bubble Bath Day!