Things are hard in the world right now for multiple reasons, so we’ve been doing weekly thankful posts around here. Even in the midst of hard times, there is always something to be grateful for if we hunt hard enough, and this weekly post is our chance to hunt together.
Sonia got her learner’s permit.
Multiple things to be grateful for here:
- the DMV opened up by appointment (they were closed for a long time!)
- now we can spend some of Sonia’s free time this summer working on completing the required driving hours
- now that she has a picture ID, I can register her for fall college classes
And in related gratefulness, Sonia starts virtual driver’s ed next week.
Sonia likes driving!
I’m not going to have to drag her out to practice; she might be the one dragging me out.
Mr. FG and I have been having fun kayaking.
We’ve lived by the water for 15 years but have never had any type of boat.
We can afford kayaks now, though (so not true when we moved here!), and we’ve been enjoying being OUT on the water instead of just looking at it from land.
Sonia & Zoe are really enjoying seeing friends.
We are still being pretty conservative, but now that restrictions have loosened a bit, they’ve been seeing a friend here and there and I am so happy for them.
Not being able to see friends at all for so long really makes you appreciate them!
Our mortgage hit a nice tipping point.
We’ve now paid enough extra principal so that our regular payment is made up of slightly more principal than interest.
And every month from here on out, that ratio will get better and better!
I’m not gonna lie; the mortgage is still a depressing amount to think of paying off. But we have knocked many, many years off of it by paying extra principal from the start of the loan.
So, I’m going to focus on that.
One of my affiliates started paying me again!
Because of the pandemic, a lot of blogging affiliates stopped working with bloggers (either because they had no business, or because they had so much business, they didn’t need bloggers to help them).
I send this particular company a lot of traffic from an older post that people find via Google, and I am delighted that they are paying me again now.
We haven’t needed heat or cooling this week.
It’s been a week of perfect weather in the 70s, which is seriously unusual for June.
Some 90s are coming next week, but this week has been unbelievably cool.