Sunday, February 7, 2010

Small changes

My small change this week is to vow to log into my bank account(s) every Sunday morning to bring my checkbook(s) up to date.   I haven't had a good track record on keeping the register up to date the last few years.   Fortunately I have not had any catastrophes or overdrafts.   Thing is, about 12 years ago in a fit of  I-can't-do-it-all arguement with my husband, I turned all the finances over to him.   I still maintain my own checkbook through my credit union, buy the groceries, pay my car payment, pay the taxes, take care of Christmas and birthdays and weddings, etc.   Then I have my checkbook from when I was in high school that is my 'play' money.   This is where my money for my craft excursions is saved; I put all my rebates into this account; I use it for my vacations with friends, etc. so I am not touching household money.   With the advent of being able to check everything electronically, I haven't balanced a statement in years.   Once a month or so I log in and make sure everything looks A-OK.............that just makes it a long process to enter all those gas stations stops and grocery store pickups.   So I decided in order to make my life easier and less stressful, a few well spent minutes each Sunday morning were better than a half hour or more every 4 to 6 weeks.   Not only the longer time it takes when I do it so seldom, I am often scratching my head trying to figure out what the mumbo jumbo abbreviated bank description really is.  I faced it long ago, I often don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday so how do I expect to remember a checkbook withdraw weeks later!

So with that resolution, I am off to dig out my car from the 18 inches of snow that is sitting on top of it.
It's a Prius! not an SUV!     Next we have the snow on the roof over the dining room that drifted against the second floor windows.  (See post under "Now this is snowboud" for the interior view of those windows.)

Mr. Wonderful kind of dug his truck out a bit yesterday in case he was called into work.

Then we have the all important path to the man cave where all the beer is stored!  There are priorities!!!

Mr. Wonderful also had to dig a little kitty cat path so Baby-Kat could get out from under the pool deck!
And last, Baby-Kat all recovered and in for the night (last night!)

Off to shovel and then in to log into work to get some things caught up, a big dinner into the over and maybe some baking and then it will be Stitchie Time!   I am about 100 stitches away from completing the final side of my etui! and I am doing the happy dance.....or maybe it should be as Balkey used to say, the Mesposian Dance of Joy.   I would put out my back and my hip and lord knows what other body parts doing that dance.


stitchinfiend said...

You sound like me when it comes to balancing the books. I always start off with good intentions and then it seems to just fall away. Love the pics.

Meari said...

I log into my accounts every two weeks and do my "book work". Online banking was a blessing to me, as I work in accounting all day and the last thing I wanted to do was balance my account.