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Cruise is Booked

April 26th, 2013 at 08:12 am

Mom and I have booked our cruise. It is a 10 day Princess Cruise, sailing from San Francisco. That makes it so convenient, no flights. We will drive to my cousin's house, then have her drive us to the ship and take my car home. (She lives just a few small cities south of San Francisco). This is the same cruise my family of four took in 2005. Mom is paying, but I plan to choose one really nice excursion and pay for that.

I charged the trip to my WF rewards Visa, and Mom will give me a check. The statement just cut off without the cruise charge, and I have $22.78 in rewards. So May will be the first month since January that I have not had a $25 mortgage chip applied courtesy of my WF rewards card. In June, I expect I will have $50 applied, thanks to the cruise. Those rewards do add up nicely. Smile

Two years ago I shared on this blog http://petunia100.savingadvice.com/2011/05/15/my-front-yard...about my plain front yard and the large hideously ugly planter which really has potential. I talked about my plans and my budget to make it look nice and add some curb appeal. Well, those plans have come to nothing in two years. Those darn rocks!

This past Monday as I got into my car at work, I looked to my left. In our parking area, there is a gap in the cement pad. Inspiration struck! Wouldn't it be nice to have that gap filled in, so that no one would accidentally run their tires off the pavement? And wouldn't rocks fill in that gap nicely? On Tuesday, I got the OK from my boss (he owns the property) and I have since been diligently working to fill in the gap. I own two buckets, so fill them with rocks from my front planter and place them in my trunk each evening. In the morning, when I arrive at work I empty them into the gap. So far this week, I have emptied 8 buckets full (on Thursday I had to run to a client's place of business which is close to my house, so I used the opportunity to fill up my buckets again) into the gap.

One of my co-workers commented that she could use some rocks in her yard, and would it be ok if she took some? I said no, but she was welcome to come to my house and help herself. So we will see if anything comes of that.

BF had suggested a while back that I make pavers using the rocks. I thought that was a great idea, until I looked into the cost. It is more expensive to make your own pavers than to just buy them. Frown

And in worst neighbor ever news, I had a visit from the police last Saturday. When my nephew had the altercation with my neighbor, a condition of his probation is that he may not come within 100 yards of the neighbor. The police came to my door looking for nephew. The officer said neighbor had reported he heard nephew at my house. I replied no, nephew has not been here in more than a year, but my high school aged son had a friend from school spending the night, so perhaps that is who the neighbor heard. The officer was satisfied and left. I found this so creepy. Is the neighbor listening at our windows? You know, it really wouldn't surprise me. The lots in my subdivision are small and the houses are close together. So now I am thinking about what I could do along the fence line to provide more privacy.

7 Responses to “Cruise is Booked”

  1. snafu Says:

    What fun to go on a cruise. Neighbor: Have you considered having a security camera installed to keep nasty neighbor away? With your plan to be away on a cruise, it offers an added level of security. The bad guys look for easy targets.

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    I have thought about security cameras but I'm not excited about the cost. I was more worried about further attacks on my pets than about him breaking in. I don't think he would try to break in. I do think he might lurk about on his side of the fence trying to overhear. One time, he asked me who it was that came to my house in a grey truck regularly. Another time, his other next door neighbors were having a get together in their garage, with the garage door up. He went over uninvited and informed them they had too many people in their garage and people needed to go home. Then he stood there with his hands on his hips, waiting for them to comply. (This is according to those neighbors). He is in his 40s, lives with his mother, has no job, and I have never one time noticed anyone visiting their house. He seems to spend all of his time trying to supervise his neighbors and cause problems. He is just...off. I think he honestly does not understand polite boundaries.

    I am looking forward to the cruise. I hope Mom has a wonderful time.

  3. PNW Mom Says:

    Smart to charge what you can to the WF card...that is what DH and are I doing for our summer trip...we are almost at our 2nd rebate! Every bit DOES help! Smile

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Good idea on getting rid of the rocks.

    Is the neighbor trying to stir things up?

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    Oh, definately. It must be my turn again. Smile

  6. snafu Says:

    Thinking that neighbor might stay away and halt snooping if he thought his actions were being filmed/observed on a security camera. 2nd security from the bad guys who look for easy targets like vacationing owners

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    They have fake cameras that are cheap that you can put up. They look like the real thing and it might be enough if he thinks his actions are being taped to keep him away.

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