Well I've been missing in action...again. You can place some of the blame on my Kindle...I just can't keep my nose out of it.
But mostly, when I'm not reading, I'm keeping my nose to the grindstone. I had a number of projects earmarked for the winter months and I've procrastinated for weeks. As impossible as it seems, winter will come to an end...the sooner the better!
By next Friday the temps are suppose to be in the mid 50's and after our subzero temps for so long, that will feel tropical. Although we have a ways to go yet, to me that's a sign of better days ahead...days when I don't want to be kicking myself for those things I didn't get done.
In trying to keep a longer story short, since about last Sept. or Oct., I've had nearly every month unexpected expenses...mostly vet bills for my cats. Yanno, once or twice can put a strain on my budget but every month? Ouch! So now I'm on a quest to tighten the reins and surprisingly, I think I'm gonna enjoy this.
Let me say here...when it comes to revamping things like downgrading my Comcast package, it is guaranteed never to be simple. Ya'll know what it's like to get on the phone and speak to a foreigner. Example: I got a modem with builtin WiFi and needed a return label for my old modem. So what'd I get? Another modem shipped to me.
At one point I had 4 different bill amounts for just this month...I still don't know what I'm gonna have to pay until I actually check my bank account to see what they took out...that may end up being another headache to deal with before it's settled.
I had Xfinity...a ton of channels, high speed internet and home phone. I broke that package up. Downgraded to just the basic local channels. At first that made me squirm then I asked myself how many years I lived with just the basic channels. Then too, I only watched a handful of all those channels and wasn't much of a tv watcher anyways.
Because I don't do a lot of internet surfing, I can't tell a bit of difference in the lower speed I have now. And as for house phone...it is handy but then again, how many years did I live with just my cell phone? A lot and it was sufficient.
I come from an era that didn't have all these technical gadgets...and survived without any trauma and I could do it again. There's something freeing about cutting all that stuff loose...get back to the basics of life!
But cutting back wasn't simple. Like I said, it took me probably 2 months of dickering with Comcast to finally get it sorted out. Then there was Verizon. My Sis has told me for 2 years about a Verizon plan that she has that cost wise is almost identical to mine. She said Verizon will not tell you about it on the phone, you have to go to one of their stores...so I did. Well God must've been looking down on me because that was the last day they would be offering that plan!
But it still wasn't simple...they needed my billing password and I couldn't remember it for the life of me! The kid told me I could go on their website and change my plan. Again, not simple and I was getting a little frantic as they were removing that plan the next day. First of all, my billing password had to be changed...why? Who knows...it just didn't work anymore. Finally I was able to do that then it was a headache trying to find that plan. I don't know what I did, but it finally popped up and I still had to call the Verizon store to find out for sure what MB was and which MB I needed...just 250 since I don't do internet or watch videos on my phone. So now, my phone is set with unlimited minutes and texting for the same price I was paying for just 200 minutes and 250 texting.
I'm wondering now if I'll ever go back to that Xfinity package. My internet suits me, I really don't miss all those tv channels and who really needs a house phone when they have a cell phone? I find it rather fun and satisfying to cut corners...and to go back to a simplier way of life.
This whole winter, as I putter around my house, I've been simplfying everything. I can't tell you how many dolls I've collected over the years...collectible dolls that I've picked up at garage sales and flea markets. Now I have all but about 6 packed away and will sell them at my garage sale this summer. There are other things that I thought I just couldn't live without...also packed away to sell. And I'm not done yet!
I hope to have my house done by spring then I will start on my garage. It takes years (for me) with all this stuff until I began to feel crowded, suffocated, burdened and it all just gets on my nerves!
Then too, I've said for 3 years that I want to enjoy the summer months. I don't want to be tied down with intricate cleaning and dusting because I have too much stuff. I want to enjoy puttering in my garage without always having to straighten it up and keep organizing crap that I don't need anyway. I will have flowers in my yard but nothing that requires hours and hours of tending to keep it all looking nice. I will K.I.S.S...lol
I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as I plod away in my quest to make my life more simple. It makes me smile and feel more and more relaxed as each day goes by. It makes me excited about the coming summer months...a time when I am free to just enjoy life, explore what is out there to be enjoyed.
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