Friday, May 31
Today I decide to be a grown-up for a change.
I’ve been acting like a little kid for several months (some would say years), and it’s high time I quit skipping around with my camera taking pictures and wading in creeks and Oh, my, a cattle drive! and Oh, look at the turkeys! and, well, following the whim of the moment.
Like a big kid.
If you’re new to my blog and haven’t opened all its doors yet, take a look at the header (the black line of topics below the photo at the top). There are three Money topics for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. Click on these topics and you will see monthly reports on my income and expenses. As I type this I’m way behind, not having posted any reports for 2014.
This morning I set to work to change that!
The first task is to calculate my recurring expenses, those costs that happen every month and are necessary for me to live on the road with my crew, to travel in the style to which we’re accustomed (don’t laugh), and to maintain this blog.
In order to verify what I am paying, I go to my accounts.
I do believe someone or some entity has placed a hex on my passwords. I can’t seem to open anything! All morning long little boxes with red letters pop up in my face, “PASSWORD NOT RECOGNIZED” or something to that effect.
On some accounts I’m dealt a double-whammy (and an insult, I might add, although I choose to be mature and overlook it) when I also get the window, “ID NOT RECOGNIZED.”
You probably know the drill.
To establish that I do indeed exist (Hey, I’m the dadburn woman whose bank account sends you money every month!), and to establish a password THAT WILL ACTUALLY WORK, I diligently fill in a column of boxes with my info.
I try to answer questions like “What was your first pet’s middle name?” and “On what street did you live as a child?” (Um, we moved a couple of times. I’m confused.). I do the best I can and hope for the best.
I carefully review each box and answer to make sure I’ve made no errors.
Good. I’m asked if I’m ready to proceed. Yes, I’m ready to proceed. I hit what I think is the correct button WRONG! All of the little boxes reappear empty and all the weird questions reappear unanswered, mocking me for my careless mistake and waiting for me to proceed.
Finally I’m told a temporary password will be sent to my email account. I find the password in my inbox. I pray to MY DEAR FATHER AND GOD IN HEAVEN that it will work.
Multiply the above by most of my accounts.
Verizon, Straight Talk, Hostgator, Akismet, Social Security/Medicare, GEICO, Good Sam, America’s Mailbox, McAfee Security, blah, blah, blah . . . By the time I’ve make my way through all that and obtain the annual cost of each and divide by twelve months, I’m able to work on the Recurring Expenses page. Whew!
It’s all for you, my dear blogorino!
I proudly announce that you can click on Money 2014 and what to your wondering eyes will appear? A completed Recurring Expenses page!
I also proudly announce a new page with the catchy title . . .
“How much will it cost to install a 250-watt solar system?”
Click on Solar Power among the header topics to access that page. My friend, follower of this blog, and advisor on all things technical and otherwise…. Mick ‘n TN … compiled the figures and found the components on Amazon for me to make this page. We hope it will be a helpful guide as you consider going solar.
There you have it!
Next I will work on January, February, March, April, and May monthly reports in an effort to bring Money 2014 up-to-date.
I’d like to finish it all and go back to being a Big Kid again.
NOTE: In addition to the above activity, I unhitch the BLT. The crew and I hop into the PTV and roll off Badger Mountain. We cruise through the town of Ephraim, otherwise known as “Little Denmark,” on the way to our destination — surprise, surprise — Wal-Mart.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL RVSUE SHOPPERS!
Click the links to see some recent purchases from Amazon:
Gerbera Daisy Garden Flag
KEEN Men’s Newport Sandal
Birds of Iowa Field Guide (Field Guides)
Camp Chef Expedition 2 Stove with BONUS Cast Iron Griddle
CargoLoc 12-Foot-by-1-1/4-Inch Extreme Super Duty Ratchet Tie Downs
SmartSign Adhesive Vinyl Label, Legend “Notice: All Activities Monitored by Video Camera”
REAR VIEW MIRROR
What a difference a few weeks make!
June 19, 2013 our camp on Badger Mountain was awash in sunshine and flowers.