I just finished booking two tickets to Ohio and 3 nights in a hotel for my nephew's campus tour of his parents' alma mater. $1,500 so far and that doesn't include food, transportation to and from the airport, or dog-sitting. It is the only long distance college visit I plan to make. If he wants to see more schools, he can visit campuses while he is in California and Minnesota visiting relatives over the summer. I do not like travel because it is so expensive and because I hate leaving my dogs to be cared for by strangers. I worry about them the whole time. I'm going to take my cat-cam and bring it to the house so I can watch the dogs remotely while I am gone. I wish I had a remote dog biscuit dispenser too, although, my big dog would just camp out in front of it and eat all the treats.
Since I am broke this month, I am doing more research on the projects that I would like to do at the property. Of course, this makes me want to run out and buy stuff for the projects but I must hold back. This youtube channel has been very informative: Homesteadonomics I know all of the theory already but it is so helpful to see the projects step by step. The next tool I want to buy is an angle grinder because this fellow used one to cut metal roofing panels and it looked so easy. I could finally cut the jagged aluminum siding around my new window and add the trim. Just another one of the many projects on my list.
My nephew had another driving lesson this week. He is going to drive me to my mother's house tomorrow to set up her internet. I hope he does well, for my nerves' sake. The water tank connected to his bathroom is super low on water. If he conserves water it might last until next weekend when he has a school trip out of town and I am planning to transfer the rest of the water out of the pool in to his tank and then put the pool away. I haven't looked at the water in the pool for a while. Hopefully, it is still ok and will last us until school gets out at the end of May. If not, I may be hauling water from the house in 50 gallon barrels so that I don't have to pay another $300 to get the pool filled again.
Once again, so many plans, so little time and money. I just keep working at it one day at a time.