Monday, October 3, 2016

Cash for House

In 3 years my Beloved will be reaching mandatory retirement from the military. He can not go past 33 years in the military.  So, in 3 years our military journey will be coming to an end.  We have no idea what he will do after retirement - obviously he will still fly. But, we have no idea where we will live or work. It is a mystery.  

These type of Mysteries are exciting if you are prepared for the transition. We want the transition to be as easy as possible.

So, we are in the process of preparing for transition financially. 
Tightening up the budget.  Save. Save. Save.

Except for our first year of marriage, we have always lived on a budget.  Our First Budget was all set up due to me listening to a financial guy on the radio called Larry Burkett.  I drove Beloved crazy by telling him all about the "call in" people and their ridiculous finance questions.  One day, I found out that Beloved had been tuning into the station too - wondering what in the world was I listening too!

Months later, Beloved turned my habit of listening for entertainment into action.

I was put on a budget!!!! 

Beloved set me up with an Individual Retirement Account. I was 24.

We have always saved for Retirement.

We lived happily on a budget - getting out of debt.

Being debt free.

Saving and buying cars for cash.

We have had three houses in our marriage. We sold them. The last 10 years we have lived in military housing.  We bought land and paid it off - we still have this land in TN.

Eventually, our saving goals moved toward saving for a 6 month Emergency fund. (Completed years ago.  I loved coloring in the lines as we went along!)

And, then onto saving for college x 5 children which is still an on going journey. If they don't go to college, they will have a nice down payment or a house, I guess.

Now, the desire is to save for our retirement house. And, to pay cash!  (Or at least get a super awesome large down payment for it!)

And, so, the journey begins...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When you find the water in the desert...

When the weather is over 100 degrees 6 months out of the year....

And, 120 is the temps in the Summer....

Our Summer was filled with swimming!  

We were at the pool at 7am because by 9 it was a oven furnace.

Well, the temps don't get much lower than 70....
So, I should just go and admit that they actually swim year around.

Trying to beat the Heat!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hosting a Chili-Cook Off

"Spicy Hot" should not be a flavor! -

I hosted a Chili Cook-off this past month for the guys that Beloved's works with down at the Hanger.  The prizes were trophies, bowls and hand towels.  Several Ladies and some Guys entered the contest,  The crock-pots of Chili feed about 50 people with plenty of left overs for the next day!

We brought in from outside of the unit some judges! (The Commanders so to speak of other Units) I made sure that one was a Military Chaplin.  No Rigging in this Cook-off!

Unfortunately, Beloved was embarrassed that I won! (giggle)  And, so was I! I won 1st place in "Judges' Choice."  Do you know how pathetic it is to win your own prize! So, I gave my prize to the second winner. She made a White Bean Chili. It was delicious.   Brandon, one of the soldiers won 1st place in People's Choice. Brandon always wins! Even way back in our old Unit in Savannah, he would sweep the board every competition! After winning several times, they made him be the Judge back in Savannah! My opinion on this, "All is fair game! Everyone else needs to work on their recipes." 

I think I will host a Bake-Off in a few months! Several Ladies think they have a chance to win in that contest.  Brandon's mom is a pastry chef! So, it should be another contest where a "Chaplin" needs to be involved too! 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Getting Started on the Temperature Crochet Project

Temperature Crochet Project.

The Little Lady's Squares: January 1-16. (Purple is 60s) (Multi-color is 50s) (Pink is 70s)

Carmen: Jan 1st -17th. (50s multi color, 60s black, 70s brown)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Temperature Crochet Afghan 2016

"Crocheting keeps me from unraveling" - Crochet Quote

The Little Lady and I are doing temperature afghans this year!
We are going to do the High Temperatures for our area each day. 
We live in a very "hot" area of the U.S.  So, unlike most people we don't get to start our afghan colors in the low 30s. Our afghan tempertures are lucky to get in the low 50s.  Our summers, however, get in the 120s!

The Little Lady picked out her colors for her Afghan. She will crochet either a line or a granny square for each day in the corresponding temperature color! She is still deciding on which one she will like to do. I think she is leaning toward doing a granny square each day. 
50s- Muliple Color
60s - Purple Neon
70s - Fushsia Neon
80s - Pink Neon
90s - Orange Neon
100s - Yellow Neon
120s - Blue Neon
Crochet Hook 5.00mm

I am not so fond of the brighter color!  So, mine is more earth tone.
50s - Natural Stripe
60s - Black
70s - Coffee)
80s - Terra Cotta
90s Autmn Stripe
100 - Dark Olive
110 - Green Camo Stripe
120s - Brown
Crochet Hook 550 mm

This is our High Temps for January so far...

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Lady Hangout

Christmas Cheer!

I hosted a unit Lady Christmas get together. We decided to have it in our community center for something different.  I decorated for the event with  my china, chargers, goblets, silverware, napkins, etc.  Lots of food!  And, we did the stealing Santa ornament exchange game!  I think we all enjoyed the community center and the little room that we had for our event. Quiet, Quaint and Relaxing. 

Hosting in January a baby Shower,  February we will probably paint,  March is Green theme for St.Pats day!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love . . . for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." (Psalm 107: 7-9)

One of my sons said, "We always have the best Holidays! I am glad it will be like this forever." 
At that point we just looked at each other.

Beloved said, "It won't be like this all the time. When you get older you will have your own traditions and family that you spend the Holidays with!" 

All the Children looked at me.

I said, "When you get older you will have your own families and your wives/husband's families also to celebrate the Holidays with too. I know that you won't be at my house every Holiday all at the same time.  So, let's make the most of the memories we can make today while you are little."
 The Tablescape was done by the Little Lady. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Day with my Beloved

"I love my Beloved!"

Beloved and I took a day trip to San Diego. We went to Cononado Island.  We stayed at the Navy Lodge which is the base known to for "The Home of the Navy Helicopters."   We hung out underneath the Helicopter flight pattern on the beach.  We had great music.  Beach Sunset. Fantastic Food!

This is a clam. I rescued several of them as the tide was going out.  They were so big!


Ferry Ride.

Lunch under the umbrellas

Snack Time:  Cupcake Cakery

Downtown window shopping beside all the ships.

An Evening Gondola Ride.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

State Fair

"Our State Fair. Is the best State Fair."  - State Fair Musicial. 

The State Fair, Hamburgers/Hot dogs, Cotton Candy and Rides.  It's FALL here in the desert! We made it through the summer y'all. It is the low 90s/High 80s!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Beloved doesn't like my outfit!

Apparently,  "Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication." - Unknown

 But, he posed with me anyway!
Leather leggings and a dress! 
Beloved had a great time teasing me all day long.

He said all sorts of things that day,  "You look like you are in the 1980s." 
Me: I was a teenager in the 80s! 

He leaned over during a service with his hand on my knee and said, "I feel like I am rubbing a deer hide."    Me:  At least you didn't say a "cow hide" 
I wondered how long it took him to find another word beside "cow" hide! 

And on an on he went ...  

She Rescue Benefit - Champion

Hanging out at a She Rescue Benefit - "It's not okay" child exploitation in all its forms - (rape, trafficking, prostitution) Rescuing girls from age 5 to 15!

A Day Away from Living in the Desert.

 "The Greatest gift you can give someone is time."  - Unknown

The Ocean, Sea World California and Seafood at a Crab Shack!

A Day Date

"Love My Man!"

My Beloved took me jewelry shopping! We saw the "War Room". We went to our favorite restaurants. The Botanical Gardens. Hiked a Mountain where I had great reception of the Ga Bull dog game. I hiked it in a dress and sandals - so not a big deal.  He also took me to a cowboy dinner show where the songs were the "true" ole cowboy songs from the 1930/40. "Thanks" to my Parents who offered to watch all 5 kiddos so we could get away for a full day. Far from family and no babysitters is a typical military Life! So, we are Super Grateful! We have never gone off ever for a full day in 11 years since having children. A rare treat.