OUCH! My Homeowners and Windstorm Insurance, Flood Insurance and Automobile Insurance annual premiums all are effective on the same day! So today I made online payments totaling $3,799.53. Plus, I wrote a gift check to my Alma Mater in the amount of $2,000.00. My net worth and checking account balance are now a bit lighter! 😥
Regarding the gift to the University, it gets easier to spend money when you start spending money! I had been planning to make a gift, actually of a lesser amount, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. But after putting out for necessaries it was easy to write out a larger check. I’ll probably leave everything to the school anyway – hopefully many, many years from now! 😆 For me it is like Christmas shopping. Every year I am determined not to spend over X dollars for any person and to not exceed Y dollars overall. But once the ritual begins my self control deserts me entirely.
I haven’t been making much progress dropping weight – not gaining either – just holding steady. So, eight days ago I decided I would do daily long distance brisk walks. I bought a cheap pedometer at the Dollar Store, and can proudly report that in these eight days I took 95,909 steps on those walks, which I calculated to be 41.79 miles, based on my estimated length of stride. I may actually have gone 8% more miles, because I had calculated 4.65 miles yesterday on the basis of steps taken, but when I traced my route on the city road map, accumulated the centimeters and converted to the map’s scale – it came to 5.03 miles. The distance isn’t all that important – but losing five pounds definitely is!!! 😉
Here are a few photos taken in the past few days.