DH and I discussed the ailing washing machine and he said for the time being, since it still works, he will just put up with the clanking noise (it lasts for a couple of minutes) until either the machine stops working altogether or the sound starts driving him nuts. Hopefully they will both hold out awhile and I can get some more $ set aside for a new machine down the road a bit. The transmission for the machine would cost at least $200 for the part and he's not even sure that would fix the problem, so with the age of the machine it seems stupid to put any more money into it.
It seems to be one thing after another this week. DD went to drive her brother's car - just since it hadn't been started in a month, with him away, and it wouldn't start. It's a 2004 car and DH says it's never had a new battery and it's time. Since it's not a car anyone needs to drive right now, we're just going to wait until I get paid at the end of the month to buy a new battery. I'm sure once DS gets home (in 11 more days!! yay!) and gets back to working, he will reimburse me for the battery.
Then this morning DH noticed some water underneath his sink in our bathroom. Nothing major, but seems to be a small drip and thank goodness he noticed it right away. Looks like he fixed it, so far so good.
I have a pork roast and veggies in the crockpot cooking for dinner and it smells so good. I usually make a loaf of bread in my (not used very often) bread machine, but apparently the box mix of bread I have bought for years is no longer available. (Carla, the great breadmaker is probably falling over laughing right now!). I know it would be probably just as easy to throw in the ingredients into the machine, but I don't have any yeast, so I will have to get some next shopping trip. Speaking of grocery shopping, my grocery store is offering an .80 a gallon discount on gas if $150 is spent on one trip. I usually budget about $125-130, so I'm thinking some stockpiling and partial next week shopping trip in in order. That's over $12 DD can save on her gas fill up with that kind of discount. I'm trying to work on my list right now - so that my total comes to $150 and I get enough for 2 weeks on alot of things and/or stockpile on some sale items.
I dropped puppy off at the vet this morning for his neutering and microchipping. Poor little guy didn't know what he was in for as he happily let the girl take him in back! We get to pick him up later this afternoon. They sure try to add a bunch of "extras" onto the cost. The surgery was already included in our wellness plan, but there was about $150 in extra's I had to cross off! Everything from a nail clipping, to treats, to some "anal cleansing", which when I asked for more info on it, turns out is for small dogs. I'm sure if I had just agreed to it all, they wouldn't have told me a big dog doesn't need it. So, I only added the big collar for after surgery and the microchipping and that will cost me about $50 total.
This weekend also brings my birthday. 49! EEEK!