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I’ve Moved!

3 Nov

This picture is from 12 years ago.

 

 

You can now find me at:

www.thebarncat.com

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October Saving, November Goal

2 Nov

So, we haven’t really created a savings plan.  We should, and we should categorize everything, and carefully pick through what we need and don’t need.  But we haven’t.  Our plan for the first month of our new ‘budget’ has basically been: save anything you can.  No buying lunches at work, no picking up unnecessary but adorable dresses on our trips to Target (sighhh), and making dinners at home.  At the end of our first month, I think we have both been successful.  I don’t know exactly how much money TS was able to save, but he said his credit card bill was lower than it had been since he moved to the city last spring.  Mine was lower, too, but I had to mentally add the charges on my Target debit card instead of pretending I didn’t spend the money, which took a bit of the bite out of my savings.  I was able to transfer a chunk of change into my online savings account yesterday, which in addition to my  savings account at the credit union, is growing again after the large withdrawal to buy my car in August.  Less money in my bank account? Bummer.  No car payments?  Worth it. Continue reading

You Are What You Love

1 Nov

I don’t wear this every day.

You know what’s gross? Snakes. There are some things you can hang with and some things you can’t, and snakes give me the heebie jeebies. Last night, I had the delightful opportunity to have a snake wrapped around my shoulders and allowed to snake about while I shifted uncomfortably and waited for the nice man to remove it from my person. Now, when we approached, it was clear that while I had no desire to be bedecked with serpents, my boyfriend wanted nothing more than the feeling of cool snakes on his bare neck. Who ended up with the snake-lace? Me. Of course, me. Continue reading

On Finding Direction

26 Oct

I’m a practical girl.  Most people would probably tell you this.  Since I was 15, I’ve almost always been employed in some capacity, occasionally holding down more than one part-time job at once.  None of them have been my dream jobs and none felt like I was working toward something amazing.  But some of them were fun, some of them let me hang out with my best friends all day, some of them let me create or hone a skill, and most of them taught me how to deal with adversity of nearly any kind you can imagine, from incompetent bosses to insufferable customers. Continue reading

Bookmarks

24 Oct

I read this blog post late last week and bookmarked it.  I could have written it myself, honestly, though I’d rather not endure the staple incident.  I’d be fooling myself (but not anyone else) if I didn’t admit that I’m not always sure I’m made of the right mixture of steel and tarpaulin.  This weekend, while plowing up the pasture, I wasn’t able to use the tractor because I’m too short.  I literally could not press down far enough on the clutch.  Do they make booster seats for JD 4020s? 

“… I’ve been joking for months with everybody that this move is taking more courage that we have; and apparently there is truth in that jest. We are leaving our life behind. Our family, our friends. We’ll be six hours from everything we’ve known, from everybody that knows us. That feels weird to think about. I have lived in Georgia my whole, entire 49 years. And now I’m moving to a different state. I’m extremely excited and thrilled, but yeah, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I am scared too…”

City Farmgirl >> Tuff Enuff?

A Balancing Act

22 Oct

Next to business planning and actual physical work, saving money is one of the most important aspects of our still-forming plan.  Because we don’t know what our living situation will be in the next 6 to 12 months, not to mention what we will be spending on everything farm-related, we are saving every penny we can until the spring.   Don’t get me wrong here, folks.  We both work at nonprofits and aren’t exactly high rollers.  We don’t eat every meal at fancy restaurants and going on shopping sprees at Macy’s, but I have been known to do some unnecessary clothes shopping on our trips to Target and my (rather pricey) Smashbox and Benefit cosmetics are dear to me.  TS isn’t leaking money either, but he was previously buying lunch every day and he often pays for both of us in social settings.  And we both love sushi and hitting estate sales on Saturday morning.  Keep reading…