As I mentioned in a previous post, this weekend I traveled five hours to a family wedding. I had a wonderful time, and saw all the relatives on my husband's side of the family. Even though some of us live just a few hours apart, we rarely get together (all of us)except for special evenst and holidays. We all have busy lives, and have to make special efforts to get together. All in all it was a lovely weekend.
On another level, the weekend brought home a few things for me. It was a reminder that frugality and creativity go hand in hand, especially when it involves looking at things a new way. It was also a reminder of something I tend to forget which is that putting things off, or waiting until the last minute generally increases the money I spend.
My brother in law announced his engagement at Christmas, and the July date a month or so later. Since this was a formal wedding for the participants (tux for the guys, long formals for bridal party), I was concerned about what I would wear. I spent a fair amount of time looking online at dresses. My problem was that all the so called formal styles were something I would never wear again. They were expensive, and I was already going to be eating out once or twice and paying for a hotel two nights. The alternative was a more simple dress accessorized. Somewhere in the middle of my dilemna I realized two things. First, this was an outdoor wedding. In July. In Houston, Texas. Whatever I wore was most likely going to be wet at the end of the ceremony, one way or the other. Then I realized that most of the guests were friends of my brother and future sister in law whom I had never met before-and if they had seen what I wore already....so be it. I have quite a few dresses, and dresses that I like. I ended up taking two dresses with me (neither of them the dresses previously shown from the yard sale). They were perfect. I felt great wearing them. My weekend was fashionable and free (when it comes to attire). The dress I wore to the actual wedding is the one in the new picture.
Of course, into every life.........! As I said, I've known about this wedding since January, and the date soon after. I made hotel reservations (at the wedding rate), long ago. I planned when we would go, reminded my daughter to take off work, did all the things I needed to do. Except one thing. Which I remembered last weekend (the first of the month). That was when I looked at the two dogs lying in front of me and said (sorry folks), "Oh shit, what about the dogs???". After scrambling, I realized that the hotel was dog friendly but we would be checking out prior to the Sunday morning wedding, so that free option was not a solution. I would have to pay money. My next step was to contact all the local dog boarding locales-where I was gently reminded that it was a holiday weekend. I finally found a location that had space-at $70.00 a night for two dogs. Ouch!! This was one of those times when there was no option, and the expensive thing had to be done. It doesn't happen to often in my life, but when it does it happens with a bang!
At least I didn't spend two hundred dollars on clothes and accessories! Next time (hopefully) I'll be more prepared.
Meanwhile on the house option, my realtor has suggested that if in fact I want to think about selling, I would be wise to do it during the summer. I'll get more money and most people want to move to my area because of the schools-meaning they will want to move before school starts. She's not pushing me per se, but the subject is on my mind now. I'm stuck between staying and seeing if I can make it with my business (and probably making less if I figure the answer is no in January) or walking away when I'm not quite sure. The decisons never end. I've also, just out of curiousity, put out feelers about temporary rentals-just to see what my options were. Choices, choices.