Originally Posted by Geofizz
Sorry, Wendy, but this came off verrry Beavis.
Welcome, Aurora!!! We're chatty. Many of us put more mileage here than on the road. Congratulations on starting!
OK. I have a minute now to catch up. I did my necessary research on the mortgage situation. After making a one-time payment after closing on the "little house," I can a) Keep the current payment amount and reduce the loan period by 6 years; b) Switch to bimonthly and reduce the period by 10 years (can we say
); or c) Recalculate and have much more comfortable payments, for 30 years. Decisions, decisions. You can see how I lean. I think we should go that way, and then, should circumstances change later, we could always pay the fee and have our payments recalculated if (God forbid) we needed to reduce them. I'm the financial equivalent of a mattress-stuffer.
That said, my life is not without excitement. Sent the deposit for emu chicks today, and we'll be making a family trip to get them Memorial Day weekend. Might also go goat shopping that weekend. And did I mention the calves? We'll be adding a pair of Jersey steers as soon as they are weaned. It's all a little nuts, maybe, but honestly, I feel really good about being able to raise so much of our own food...and a little food for others, too. They won't all quite pay their keep this year, but it's less than we'd pay for comparable meats elsewhere, and the reduction of fossil fuel consumption related to these animals makes me feel good too.
RR: I have 4 mi easy on the schedule today. TM. Thursday calls for speedwork, and an easy 3 on Friday. Sunday is just 12. OMG small freak-out, the marathon is so close. And I still need shoes!
On pottying...when I was in the Peace Corps, I spent two years more or less away from Western seat toilets. Everything in most places was a squat toilet. When I got back here, it took quite a while for my body to get used to the new...position. I don't know for certain, but I suspect this comes into play when kids are learning to poo on the toilet. I'm really glad to have had that experience. I think it gave me that insight and empathy...which I might not have otherwise had.
Dh and I feel the same way about our family size--that it's just right. For us. Right now. We'll never snip...either of us...because life is just too unpredictable. For me, right now, to decide to have another child would mean suddenly coming into enough money for dh to be a SAHD and bring the baby to work for feedings. Not likely. In our religious community, we take a lot of "joking" pressure to have more kids, and our response is for dh to pretend he wants more kids, and I roll my eyes. It's apparently socially unacceptable for him to explain that, for us, more kids would mean not being able to help his family, or ever, ever again go to visit his homeland. I hate it, though, when people even jokingly suggest they know what's best for us.
Better get my own tush moving. Have a great day, mamas!