Kathsmom- excellent move on the purse! i always feel so... *responsible* when I do things like that! and you are returning other things too. Great!! I am sorry about your ds though. I hope that things begin to get better.
yes, bamboogrrrl I have been on the SL forums. Unfortunately, they don't notify you by email (at least i haven't figured out how to get them to do that yet) when someone responds to your thread, so it takes me longer to get on those boards. So many people on there are *so* inspiring!! My user name is kjmc.
sorry about my photos. I posted the link wrong and I need dh, my lovable geek, to help me fix it. I'll get on it as soon as possible!
well, no news on the property. I did email 3 different organizations, one that does smartgrowth, but she referred me to a coastal land trust. I emailed them, but have had no response yet. The other organization is part of a national one and I haven'tn heard from them either. The tricky thing about it is that the lake is pretty heavily used- motor boats and stuff. Not a ton, but there is usually a couple on a week in the summer. And 20 acres isn't a whole lot to save, and its not like its endangered species or anything (tho I might try to go out and discover some!). I think a lot of organizations go for the bigger ticket properties- over 100 acres of land, mountain tops and slopes, watersheds, etc... But, it would help keep this lake from being all built up. I was getting sad today, looking out the window at the trees and thinking this may be the only summer we get like this
angel- where are you in Maine? we're in Rockland.
re: gardening. I love gardening and have been so stoked about finally having our own land to really put my energy into. But now this land thing has got me worried we might not be here as long as I thought and so its dampening my enthusiasm for putting a bunch of energy and money into developing the garden.
On the money side of things, we have switched to tracking all of our expenses in our check register- checks, ATM, and cash purchases, and adjusting the balance *every time* so we really know how each purchase affects our account. Since we are leaving for a big trip tomorrow, I have bought no food and we are really eating things down. all the "treats' are gone and our sugar cravings are kicking in! (though I scored some baking m&ms' at a friends' house who is moving. ate a ton and now i feel ill
: ). So, i'm feeling pretty good. Got to keep up with the bills while I am gone, which is a bit of a hassle, but I'm pretty anal about it, so we'll be fine.
Take care, everyone!