Thursday, August 25, 2011

Falling into place

It is not often that I can say that, and I really hope I didn't just jinx myself! Jeff's car repair came in at about 1/2 of what we put our maximum budget for it (since the car is old and paid off, we put a cap on how much was worth putting into it to fix it up). My treadmill is nearly sold (the buyer is paying for it today and picking it up tomorrow or Saturday). Now we will have cash to pay when we go outlet shopping over Labor Day weekend! Hooray!! Love it when things work out a little better than we he hoped, especially since we usually prepare for the worst when things go wrong in our house.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Leather Seats? OK

I wasn't sure how I'd like the leather seats when we got our "new to us" van back at Christmastime, but I can say that there have been several times I'm glad we have them. The butt warmer is amazing in the winter, but burning my butt in the summer when it's been sitting in the sun is not so amazing.

Yesterday while packing up at the animal adoption event, I left the windows down a bit because I had 2 cats in there (don't worry, it was cloudy and not that warm out). We had a family coming back to finalize the adoption of Sharif (see my previous post about the Shar Pei) and then we could leave. We knew a storm was coming so we got things packed in record time. Before the family got back, the storm rolled in. Since the dog isn't a fan of rain (and I'm not a fan of lightening) I took him inside TSC to wait for his new family. In the meantime, my car windows were still opened a bit (about 2 inches) for the cats to have fresh air. Then, it downpoured. By the time papers were signed and the adoption fee handed over, my car got thoroughly soaked! I had to run through the parking lot barefoot because it was ankle deep water, and jump into my van. All the way home, each time I turned a corner, water dripped out of my dash onto my feet. I hope I didn't ruin anything. At least the seats were easier to dry than cloth though!

PS: The adoption didn't work out and the dog came back to us after only 4 hours. :( Sharif played a little too rough for their smaller Shih Tzu dog. I hope my buddy gets a forever family soon!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tough Job

Rescuing is a hard job with hard decisions to be made. Kasse is a sweet girl locked in a local shelter. Our rescue owner was lining up a foster home for her so we could pull her. She went to visit her and ran a heartworm test, which came back positive. Unless we can come up with the $800-1000 for the treatment, this beautiful girl will be put down.

Fur to Feathers Rescue ("like" us on Facebook) has kicked off a donation campaign to save Kasse. Our goal is to raise $1000 by August 31 to get this girl the treatment she needs so we can give her the life she deserves.

Payments can be made through Paypal to or by mail to Fur to Feathers Kasse Fund, ‎3381 3 Mile RD NE, Grand Rapids, 49525.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Back to School

It's that wallet draining time of year once again...time for BTS shopping. Luckily my kids have a TON of clothes from shopping clearance racks, garage sales, and hand me downs. So far I've only had to buy a bunch of classroom supplies, but have been carefully watching the sales to try to catch some of the good deals. Yesterday we hit Target and Office Max and today was Staples. The only other thing I think we need is shoes, but I plan to go outlet shopping and also have a GC and coupon for Payless to get that stuff. Kids are so stinkin' expensive! :)