We’re back home, after a very successful knee surgery for my husband. We spent two days in my sister-in-law’s condo in a town about 30 miles from the hospital where the surgery was done, and managed to do so without spending much money. We packed food to take with us, and I went for walks with the dog and the baby to pass the time while we waited. All together we spent $24 on a pizza last night before we came home (a splurge, but the leftovers were today’s lunch), $7 on a sandwich from Subway as a treat for my husband when he woke up from surgery, and gas money.
I had grand ambitions of working on the computer while I waited in the hospital – that’s what I did back in January when my husband had his other knee worked on, and I was able to get a lot done. But during that surgery, I was pregnant. This time, I had a five month old baby. I guess it was a bit naive of me to think that I would get anything done on the computer. At home, I’m able to set him on his mat on the floor by my feet while I work on the computer, but I didn’t want to put him down on the floor in the hospital. Plus, I figured that I should keep him close to me since his normal routine was turned upside down. So I spent the last two days holding him, carrying him around in the sling and showing him the sights. He was a big hit in the physical therapy room, making everyone smile.
But now we’re back home and getting back to normal (plus crutches and an ice machine). I participated in the Carnival of Money Stories this week, hosted by Mrs. Accountability at Out Of Debt Again (one of my favorite blogs). I really enjoyed Money Ning’s story about cancelling cable TV and cutting back on cell phone minutes and saving $100/month in the process. There are so many things to do with our time besides watching TV. Well done! I also enjoyed the article from Free Money Finance about a family they knew who went through a foreclosure. It sounds like a complicated situation and makes me glad that we’re planning to stay in our first home with a mortgage that gets relatively lower ever year, thanks to inflation and a fixed interest rate. Another great post is ay Affiliate Marketing Xpert, discussing the things he’s learned from paying attention to personal finance. A great refresher for all of us.