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Been Awhile

March 23rd, 2019 at 05:40 pm

Just checking in. Not really too much to report. The most interesting? thing going on recently is all the flooding in my state (NE) and Iowa.

The immediate impact has only been felt as water restrictions - which were mandatory for two days, and then voluntary for 3 days. Seeing all the pictures of the animals who were stuck in the water or snow for days - their flesh eaten away at … Frown Frown Frown All those homes and people's livelihoods GONE. So sad.

The longer term impact I think will be felt much further away than just the Midwest. I expect meat prices to go up, and probably wheat/corn too.

Being so close to so much devastation, and yet not really being affected by it, makes you wonder how that happens. How do people move forward after losing everything but their lives?

We work so hard to be financially smart. To work towards financial goals like retirement or being debt free or paying off a house … Yet all that work and effort could be gone in an instant through no fault of your own.

I was talking to my insurance person (the company that has our home insurance and auto is pulling out of NE) and she was telling me that the majority of the people don't have flood insurance. So FEMA is their only hope.

Then you see what is happening in Africa, and our flooding issues become insignificant.


In other news … I finished my second class - an A+ of course. Smile I start my 3rd one in a few weeks - Business English. Not particularly looking forward to that - but a refresh of grammar probably won't hurt.

DH and I took a road trip to Des Moines plus 2 hours last Sunday. He wanted to attend a fish swap and buy a huge tub thing from some guy out in the country. We stopped at Bennigan's for dinner - so DH got his corned beef meal. That was a LONG ten hours of driving.

DH is really getting going on the fish thing - has been breeding like crazy. He has a contact at a local fish store that is buying some off of him. There's fish tanks all over the basement …

He's lost 70lbs since his heart attack (Oct) and just got his most recent bloodwork - cholesterol under 100!! Blood sugar was back in normal range. He's done it completely by just losing weight - not by eating healthier … just less.


A CD that paid 5% for 12 months came due this month. I had them put the money back into cash. I'll be moving it into our checking which pays 4%. (The renewal rate was something ridiculous - around 2%)

I haven't filed our taxes yet. In no hurry since we owe.

I got back to my highest weight … sigh.

Am trying a method espoused by a book titled Mini-habits for weight loss. I picked four super small habits which I religiously try to accomplish - 1. Do one (wall) pushup. 2. Walk/run/dance for one minute. 3. Eat one salad. 4. Fill water bottle and drink it all.

I also added two more mini-habits - 1. Clean something for one minute. 2. Open a French app.

About 9 days into it, and I only missed 100% on last Sunday with the marathon drive. Most days I'm doing way more than the minimum. It seems to be working - I'm back down 3 lbs and I'm getting things done at home.

Anyway, this is pretty long now. I will try to check in more often. I do read everyone's blogs, even if I'm not leaving many comments anymore.

7 Responses to “Been Awhile”

  1. Amber Says:

    Thanks for checking in. I’m in Florida and I’m not hearing much news about the flooding, strange. Congratulations on the A+
    Also glad to hear your hubby is doing better

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Good to hear from you. I've noticed your absence, and I'm glad all is okay!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    The national news didn't pick it up til earlier this week. Even then ... Google midwest flooding 2019 and it should come up with info. Or look at either Omaha's or Lincoln's newspaper websites. Lots of stories.

    Thanks CCF.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Oops. Times you wish the edit function worked ...

    Thanks CB!

  5. Dido Says:

    Good to hear from you, you've been missed. Glad to hear about DH's progress and your success with the mini-habits and the course.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    We've been watching what little news there is on the midwest flooding. It is very devastating. Glad you are OK. I do think you are right that food prices will go up.

    DH had read last year that many places are experiencing flooding that never did before. We bit the bullet and bought flood insurance over a month ago although we are considered low risk. Even then, it was expensive. FEMA sets the price.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice to hear from you! It's amazing what weight loss alone can do to improve health markers. I'm down 20 lbs since last April, but I need to get my focus back to keep up the momentum. I think you saw I logged a couple days on My Fitness Pal....but that didn't stick. I didn't lose the 20 pounds tracking calories...in fact the main thing I can point to is fewer processed carbs as the biggest change. There are some other food and drink changes I could make that would likely help over time. Is your hubby tracking calories or simply more focused on smaller portions.

    @rob, We priced flood insurance for a home we owned six or seven years ago. It wasn't in a flood plain, but it did seem expensive to me. We never bought it. Now, of course, if it were to flood and we lost everything I would have said it was well worth it!

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