For Today, August 15, 2013...
I am seeing...rain, lots and lots of rain. Come to think of it, this is the first time it's rained this week. Considering how much rain we've gotten this summer, I think that's a record.
I am feeling...the money crunch. I spent $225 on school supplies for my son, mostly clothes. The boy outgrows his pants faster than I can keep up. I had him try on his school pants from last semester and only 2 of them fit, so I had to go out and get him 3 new pairs. Then I had him try on his school t-shirts. They are an adult small, but on him they almost looked childish. His shirts are only sold once a month at his school, so I had to go this past Tuesday and get 5 t's (they are $10 each or $45 for 5). Then yesterday I went for new glasses. I've needed new ones for a while, since the ones I have do nothing for my reading or computer use (I usually take them off to read which is a waste), and although my current glasses are only about 1 1/2 years old they're pretty scratched up. The kid's dad took out vision insurance and kept pestering me to use it, so I did. Well, I will say it saved me some money. Between the eye exam and the glasses, which I got at Costco to save even more money, the bill came out to $249.99. After insurance coverage I ended up paying $144.99. I'm glad I saved $105 with the insurance, but it's still more than what I had expected to pay. Turns out the insurance covers the eye exam and frames but not the lenses. Progressive lenses are not cheap. Add to that the $35 in deductibles and...let's just say I'm gonna have to be cautious with my spending the rest of this month.
I am hearing...the occasional bird chirping, rain water dripping off the roof, and a very quiet house. Rainy days are like lullabies in this house.
I am tasting...the coffee I had with my breakfast this morning.
I am smelling...chicken taco chili in the crock pot. My daughter found a recipe on the internet which I've been tweaking. Once I get it where I want it I'll post my version.
It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings. Won't you join me?