Friday, June 05, 2009

And your total comes to...

Way too much. That's how much money I've spent on pets in the last 30 days.

Between Star's classes, Peepers's pox, and Dozer's allergies and TPLO surgery (1/2 down, and 1/2 next week), I've probably spent $2K. This doesn't count the dogs' new collars (bought before I knew two pets would need major vet visits) and all the dog treats for class.

The remodeling job costs money, of course, even if Byrd is doing it himself. And since the walls aren't yet insulated and sheetrocked, a good chunk of the air pouring from our brand new (expensive) A/C is cooling the bugs and birds outside. So the electric bill is higher than normal, but at least we're animal friendly!

I'd give credit to the veggie garden for reducing our grocery bills, except that it's only producing squash right now. And Byrd hates squash. And our water bill has gone up. (Welcome to Texas summertime, where searing afternoon heat ensures vegetable garden demise without adequate water.) At least the ornamental plants in the front garden are drought-hardy and native.

Let's not bring up the 30th birthdays of myself and my best bud, less than a week away, for which we had hoped to go to Schlitterbahn (are you too old for Schlitterbahn at age 30? Byrd says yes, I say never) and/or have a nice dinner at a fancy food place. And Father's Day, also a nice dinner event.

To make matters worse, I am without a contract job this month, so Byrd is the only income source. This will change on July 15, when my next job starts.

And the money earned from that job will be eliminated by a two-week vacation to Oregon in August.

I suppose this steady money-suck could explain why Byrd looks a bit tense lately.

At least blogging is free.

10 comments:

daisydog said...

I can soo relate to you situation. 30! Congrats, I am old enought to be your mamma! LOL. 49 here.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Ugh, bills bills bills! Our water bill went up too after we planted those fruit trees last year. Maybe we'll get some fruit this year but I doubt it. Anyway here's hoping for many contracts for you in the coming months!

Princess said...

Never ever too old for Schlitterbahn!! Fantastic idea! And here's hoping more contracts roll you way.

forsythia said...

Guess I'd better Google on "Schlitterbahn." Turning 30!! You're a mere child. I'm old enough to be your granny. 69 in August.

susan said...

Princess is right. You're never too old for Schlitterbahn (I had to look it up) and thirty is perfect. enjoy.

PBOforlife said...

Congratulations to being 30. It's a great age! Luckily I couldn't be your mom unless I had been 14. The bills never end, but for those of us online, your blogs keep us smiling and knowing we're not alone in our misery. At least at the end of your vet bills your pets are okay. We unfortunately had to put our 13 year-old pitbull Hank down this week. Give Dozer and Star extra hugs for us this week. We still have our Jessie, but she's been really sad without her buddy.

PoochesForPeace said...

This is my motto: Being a grown up sucks.

happypitbull said...

PBOforlife: Please allow me to express my condolences regarding Hank. It's a very difficult thing to put down a beloved pet... It's been over a year since we put Felanie to sleep, and we still talk about how much we miss her. Best wishes to you as you grieve.

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

Gus and Waldo are both overdue for their 3 year and 1 year shots...but now that the school year is over, I don't have a paycheck coming in. Sometimes money sucks, you know?

Luda's Mummy said...

It's amazing how expensive vet care can be. Our bank account needed a transfusion after we spent more than $4,000 between January and March on Zeus's cancer diagnosis and Luda's mass removal.

Before my dog was diagnosed with cancer, I thought that doggy chemo was one of the most ridiculous things I had ever heard of. We never had to make a decision about chemo because Zeus left us 4 days after we learned he had cancer. In a strange way, I am thankful we didn't have to make that decision.

To add insult to injury, the tumor removed from Luda's eyelid is growing back.

On a happier note, if you want to celebrate your 30th at Schlitterbahn, do it. You only reach that milestone once!