Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Busy Busy Busy

Some welcome changes have been happening here at La Casa De Bushman.  I'll cover the kitchen area on another post, as I'm still decluttering the area, but even right now, it's looking so much better and functioning so much better for me.

This one is covering my bedroom, which is in a state of complete disarray right now, but that's okay.

Due to some issues with the drapes, I'm having to change them.  There is just one glaring problem, let's see if you can see what it is.

Yep, that's right, there is a bookshelf against the window.  Decker put it there in an effort to block out the light.  The problem is, I need to replace the drapes (HOA is behind this one), so the bookshelf is going to have to move.  I was planning on moving this anyway, this is just expediting the process, so it's all good.  The change is wonderful.

Pictures before:

And pictures of what it looks like right now.  I'm going to have to make the bookshelf positioned better in that corner before I can put the books in.  

The other 2 good things about this:  I needed a new phone system in my home, and I needed to go through the books to see which ones I wanted to keep, and which ones to sell or donate.  This also facilitated both!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

IOS 9.3: Finally!

I have found less crashing since upgrading to the latest iOS from Apple on my iPad 2.

The one biggest improvement:  If you have purchased audiobooks through iBooks, you used to have to purchase them on your Mac and back them up or you wouldn't be able to access them later.  If you didn't, you had to call Apple's help desk to have the audiobooks reset.

Now, Apple has changed the Purchased section of iBooks.

Now, not only can you find your purchases, you can find updates to purchased books, but you can now also access (and re-access) your purchased audiobooks.

They do also have a feature that allows your other books to be stored on iCloud for later downloads, however I have a lot of PDF's that I manage via iTunes on my Mac and can remotely synch what I want to my iPad.  Because of this, and the storage issue, I've declined that for now.

But the Audiobooks?  Yes, Apple can finally say they have scored on this one.

Friday, March 18, 2016

More Progress!

The car title arrived in the mail today!  

So thankful!  So excited!

Thursday, March 17, 2016


This is a quick, late night note.

I'm thankful.

You see, March 11th I paid off the car loan with my tax refund.

March 18th will make my first paycheck that didn't already have the auto loan partially written on it.

Granted, there are other bills it is getting used for, but I can honestly feel progress being made in this long struggle to get out of debt.

I'm not fully there yet, but I'm one step closer, and I'm so thankful to God for seeing me through this.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Emergency Preparedness

I left for Church yesterday and found this taped to my security door.

Sometimes, emergencies occur, but if you are prepared, it's not that much of an issue.  Those of you who know me, know that Decker and I had some systems in place when he passed away.  One of those was an emergency water supply.

We use the round 5 gallon jugs of water and one of those plug-in water dispensers.  I don't have all of them filled up at this point in time, however I have enough to get me through something like this easily.

If it wasn't for the fact that I'm on Spring Break, it wouldn't have mattered, because I would have been away at work.  It's just funny how the timing on this worked out.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tax Time!

Photo credit:  Oaks, Linda. us_treasury_building.jpg. 2009. Pics4Learning. 28 Feb 2016 <http://pics.tech4learning.com>

Yes, I realize that today is not April 15th, although based on our current weather in Arizona, it feels like it already is.

No, but today is a special day, it's not March yet, but I did and submitted my taxes today and yes, they have been accepted at both the state and federal level!

Major progress!

Much of this is due to not only the Family Finances class I'm re-taking, but also that I have finally entered into the 21st century and now am having Quicken download my transactions automatically from my financial institution, so I can better track everything that's going on.  This also makes reconciling monthly statements A BREEZE!

This gives me less time doing the grunt work, and more time looking over my finances to see where I can cut and where I can invest time and money to do a better job of handing my finances.