Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2006 - 11:27 p.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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And my yard is so small, really unless I want to have the same thing everywhere, I seldom get more than 6 of a particular kind of flower. It is a bit weird to start 6 plants from seed. Whenever I did from seed inside, I ended up with dozens too many plants and was giving away basil, tomatoes, dill, and mostly I threw a lot in the compost.
So anyways, it was a fun thing to try, heritage tomatoes from scratch. But it is SOOOO MUCH WORK to get 6 or 12 healthy plants sprouted, transplanted to little pots, taking them outside every day to toughen them up to sunlight etc that I rather gave it up. So now I get bedding plants, which are already nice and flowery and not scrawny little spriglets that maybe make one flower by Sept, and perennials such as my daffodils, peonies, hydrangea, hostas, poppies, irises, ferns. And yes, for three years I tried to start poppies from scratch. HA Ha HA. Let's just say that after about $25 of seeds, that $5 poppy plant I bought was a great investment.
Anyways, if I want to save money, here is a great little item: an electricity-free pressure washing machine for clothes! cool. Makes me want to buy one for each of my tenants. I suppose that would actually be spending money instead of saving eh?
Besides that, I have been trying to figure out what to do. If like last year, I try to reduce spending in general, it backfires. I have fewer deductions and therefore higher taxable income. So, I shall have to just not buy anything personal. Nothing. hah. Well, I'll start with trying to lose some weight. So no more chocolate, less cheese per serving, less butter. No frenchfries. Fewer breakfasts out. I feel depressed already. hah! But thinner.
I could put the dog on a goodies diet... I swear I spend $10 a week on her for piggy ears alone. That adds up it does. Maybe I could break them in half and give her less. I'd save $250 a year. Of course when she drops dead I will save bundles. But will be lonely and sad. bwahahaha.
No vacations? I dunno. Business trips good. Vacations bad. Unfortunately I don't know that I can invent a business reason to have visited my mother in Vancouver this past January. ack. Big personal expense. And that winter coat... how do I make that a business deduction??
You can see I am stressing about the $. I promised myself I wouldn't stress about the money, but I catch myself doing it. Lying in bed trying to count what the hell purchases I could have made to have spent all that money I supposedly earned last year on. ack.
Well, it is late and I am tired. I really only opened this entry box in order to send you to the washing machine. Hell, for that price, I almost want to buy one. I could maybe wash the dog laundry in it. That could save me $5 every two weeks or so. hah. I can see it will take a while to add up to the $6000 or so I need to get out of the hole without earning taxable income. gah.
Obsessing? Me? hah!
Next cool item?? Shirts and other clothing made out of BAMBOO!! Very cool.
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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