Friday, June 10, 2016

So what's new?

Well our son and partner got engaged on the weekend in Boston.  He took her to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Soxs at Fenway Park as she is baseball mad.  She said yes and as they already live together it won't be a long engagement, and I think they will be getting married early 2017.  Her ring is gorgeous, a real "bobby dazzler."  If you haven't heard of that term before click on this link for an explanation.  Thankfully our daughter "helped" guide our son in the right direction regarding the right ring, as he likes the "bigger the better look," and our future daughter-in-law has very small hands.  The ring he got is perfect though.

Still waiting to see our new grand daughter; as she is still inside of her mother's tummy.  Dd doctor took ill and so her C-section was postponed until next week; as long as she doesn't go into labour in between hands.  She is now 39 weeks.  Pain in the butt for everyone as everything was planned out.  However as long as mum and baby are okay that's the main thing.  So we should have a baby this next week now.

Due to all that phaffing about didn't get much of anything done this week.......

Little shocked to see my foot this morning:

I curled my toes over for the photo so you weren't exposed to my nasty toe nails!!  It's still quite bruised and it's been a week and a half now.

Finally, you know how you win some, you lose some?  Well this week we got our next property tax bill in the mail.  Seems it has gone down; yes I said DOWN, by $2 a month!!! 

Then we got our year end report from the Condo board and our condo fees have gone up by $40 a month!  Personally that is a bit much and they have forecast that next year (July 2017) it will be up by another $55 a month.  By then it will have gone up $125 a month since we moved in in 2014.  We will have been in the house two years next week.  After that last increase it will then be only going up a couple of percent per year.  They need to get the reserve fund up to a certain point in a certain amount of time as per law.  I am not impressed!

Off now to try and get as many groceries as possible for as little money as possible.......getting to be a harder and harder challenge nowadays though.



10 comments:

Cat Lover said...

Hope your foot isn't too painful. Chuck is hobbling around this week too.
Have a good weekend!

mamasmercantile said...

Congratulations to your son on their engagement. Hope your foot feels more comfortable soon. I think it is the same everywhere, bills are constantly going up but income doesn't.

Anne in the kitchen said...

Congratulations on the engagement!

William Kendall said...

More good news than bad... ouch on that foot though!

Betsy said...

Congratulations on a new daughter in law! Sorry about the wait on the little one though, as you said, as long as Mama and baby are fine it's okay if a mite inconvenient. Your poor toes. Ouch! I used to be a bookkeeper for a property management company. I paid the bills for approximately 26 Homeowners Associations and know full well that new regulation, at least in the U.S. We were required to have a certain amount in reserve depending on the size of the HOA. It was never popular with the homeowners. However, I don't remember ever having to increase the fee's so much for several years in a row. Sorry about that. I hope your weekend I a lovely one.
Blessings,
Betsy

Anonymous said...

We just moved from a town house into a house. My association dues were $66.00 a month in 1990, when I moved in. Over 25 years time they rarely went up, but occasional increases here and there. Last month we paid before town house was sold was $200.00. And yes, there was a reserve also required and achieved. Never really thought about how lucky we were that our association was able to keep out dues at a reasonable rate. No association where we have moved. Hope your foot heals soon - looks painful. Ranee (MN) USA

Evelyn said...

Congratulations on the upcoming marriage!

Stella Jones said...

Oh your poor foot. It looks painful. Hop it gets better soon. Good luck for your new grandchild. Our daughter in law is going in on Wednesday so baby will probably arrive later that day.

Holly Hollyson @ Full of Beans and Sausages said...

Hi! Just checking in - congratulations for your son!! I had a bruise like that on my foot where a horse stood on it and it never fully went away - you can still see it now when my feet are cold and it happened when I was 18!

Jane said...

My property taxes went down too, by a whopping $3.00 per month. I think city council guesses what the increase will be and then they work out the budget and make adjustments. I'm in a condo complex too and once or twice we've had to make an extra payment to build up the reserve fund. You do get it back eventually with a new roof or whatever. I've only had to do that twice in 22 years so not too bad.