I just now finally got hold of dh’s cousin

who works with the US military (he was in for years, then out, but I think he may be back in). He’s on his way to Moore to help his folks. Uncle Glen, Aunt Fayrene and cousin Charlie were in their house two blocks from the school where the children were trapped and died when the tornado hit. Physically the three of them are in pretty good shape (Aunt Fayrene has been on crutches for years), emotionally…The house is totaled.

Uncle Glen told Chad, the cousin headed that way, that their biggest problem right now is looters. He is having to stand guard over what little they have left. Uncle Glen is 71 years old.

Chad spoke to his base commander and got permission to not only go help take care of his folks, but to take a truck load of plywood and such to board up the house. Chad is ready to kick butt and take names, looters beware! Due to his military connections the base commander said when he got there to contact him and he’d give the orders to let him in. He’s suppose to let us know what we can do to help. Their faith is strong and that is probably what saved them.

When we first built our house

I bought two of these from “edibl enature” ($16.19 each plus cheap shipping). When I realized I needed/wanted a third, nobody seemed to carry them (and I’m kind of OCD and it had to be exactly the same). I found one on eBay and bought it for $24 including shipping. Now, 7 years later, I wanted another so I found them at Amazon.

For labels, again with my OCD, I needed silver colored labels and ordered them. I ordered his standard spice list with a few of my substitutions. He included a number of blank ones (hence the black marker labels). (I know I could buy my own labels, but either silver or clear round labels aren’t cheap and I know I could never use them up before they dried out in our climate. That’s why I custom ordered them from this guy.)

That said, I really like Sharon’s etched bottles.

We will still be roughly $20,000 lower than what dh was making annually

so to snowball we will really have to sell some stuff and double up as much as we can on mystery shopping when it’s available. I got hired by a new company today and my first set of shops with them will be $190 worth of shops next week, IF I am willing to open yet another checking account, but they said this could be an ongoing thing all three of us could shop every month. So…we are considering it.
That being said we are living a much more Spartan lifestyle than we were two years ago, so it should all work out to where I can go back to at least some minor snowballing.
Our budgeting is kind of weird, we will have set fixed income coming in every month from:
SS, IRA and a family member who is paying off a huge debt to us (so far she’s not missed a payment—so far)

Variable income:
Mystery shopping
Quick cash loans
Sales of things
Two tiny royalty checks
Payment from another family member that is not as reliable

So I do both fixed and variable budgets. LOL! Since dh won’t get his first ss check until the 28th and we JUST went on payment plans with everyone I’m still trying to figure out the zero budget with such a weird set up. Our bills will all be fixed, it’s the income that could mess us up—isn’t it for everyone?

Oh, now you’ve created a monster!

I am WANTING / COVETING that look! Oh, my. What’s a girl to do but figure out a way to get it done! I like the whole look of the jars but I wouldn’t necessarily have to have the etched glass. Labels would work for me. I find the cans with the sprinkle tops that a lot of spices come in don’t really seal well to keep them fresh as long as possible and to keep bugs out. Not that we have bugs, but you kwim.