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Long time no blog!

March 29th, 2015 at 02:34 am

Way too long! Umm, a little over three years too long. ;-)

I'm still alive, still working as a barista at the same place, and still keeping my head above water, though sometimes just barely on that last one.

So much has changed in my life in the last three years. The man person, the one from whom I was separated, passed away after a brief illness. That threw me into a tailspin for awhile.

My stepfather's dementia has escalated and he was recently moved into a nursing home after a short hospital stay. If he's going to be there long term, I'll move in with my mother. She can't handle the expenses alone and taking care of the house and acreage is physically too much for her. Fortunately, they moved closer to me last year so although my drive to work will be a little longer than the one I currently have, it won't be bad. Also, there will be plenty of space for a garden! We've already decided to do container gardening again and are both very excited about that.

On the PF front, I'm doing okay. I have a little bit of money saved, have honed my scrimping skills, drastically reduced food waste, still use Netflix for entertainment, and my love for Dave hasn't waned. I still use his envelope system and still listen to his show. His EveryDollar app is one of my favorites! Yeah, I finally upgraded to an iPhone from my decrepit, barely functioning Blackberry. I have my son to thank for that, though. He gave me his old iPhone and added my line to his account so I now have a better phone and no phone bill. Thank you, son!

I'm still plugging away at paying off a couple of older debts. Ugh, would they please just disappear? At least I have no new debt and I'm thankful for that.

Before I stopped blogging here, I'd quit smoking. Well, that quit was busted but on January 21 of 2014 I had my last cigarette. I started vaping and although I still vape I'm down to 3 mg nicotine most of the time and foresee giving it up before too long. I know it's not as good as *no* nicotine but even my physician approves as long as I have a doable plan for quitting.

I'm still on my journey to minimalism. It's been a long and very interesting one. I've been in this one bedroom apartment for almost five years (wow, has it been that long?) and had accumulated too much stuff. Dealing with it was a source of distress for me, though. I'm not sure why except that it had taken me so long to get what I had that getting rid of any of it just seemed not quite right. On the other hand, it really was just stuff. I've given away a lot of it, sold some, and put some in dumpsters. Having more space and fewer material possessions to care for is so very liberating. Having less is easier now because I just seem to want less. I see this as serious progress in my emotional and financial health.

Anyway, I decided I really need to blog here again and to read other blogs here. The motivation provided is so helpful and I need that.

Nothing says "Don't buy that blouse/book/coffee!" like some of the entries here.

So there you have it, folks. Howdy! Again. :-)

11 Responses to “Long time no blog!”

  1. DecisiveParadox Says:

    Welcome Back!

  2. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    Welcome Back Denise

  3. Shiela Says:

    Welcome back

  4. scottish girl Says:

    Welcome back

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Welcome back! I always enjoy your blogging, so I hope you stick around for a while!

  6. Ima saver Says:

    Glad you are back!

  7. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Thanks, y'all! It's funny but often I'd think of y'all and wonder how every one was doing and I'd consider logging in and reading to catch up but I was in such a funk for so long that I just couldn't.

    Hopefully that funk is gone forever. :-)

  8. NJDebbie Says:

    I have missed you and often wondered how you were. Sorry about your ex.

  9. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Aww Debbie, that's so sweet of you! I've been doing okay. It's been a little rough here and there but I'm still standing and life is still good and getting better. :-)

  10. CB in the City Says:

    Glad you're back! I always miss our regulars when they step away!

  11. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm happy you're back. I've always liked your blog!

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