Sunday, March 12, 2017

We have moved!

A Dime at a Time

It's official...we have moved! 

Posts have been moved over, along with most of the comments (sorry for those that didn't transfer) and we are officially at our new address! Woo hoo! I had really hoped that simply by visiting The Line has been Drawn you would be redirected to the new site.  Unfortunately that hasn't happened. Along with being in debt in my 50s, I also face the challenges of ever changing technology in my 50s. Something tells me that many of you can relate. The struggle is real! What I can do is share the link to my new site. Still some tweaking to do and a few loose ends to take care of, but you can continue to follow my journey at A dime at a

Looking forward to seeing you soon! Thank you so much for continuing to share this journey with me!  


Friday, March 10, 2017

New address, new name!

Yes, I am moving and changing my, I mean my blog is!  

So, when I first started The Line has been Drawn, I really didn't know exactly where it would go. All I knew was that I was finally completely ready to get out of debt once and for all and while doing so, share my journey with the world.  Having started two other blogs before and subsequently ended them, I wanted to be absolutely sure that this time was it. One of my other blogs was about what it is like having a "work-away-from-home husband."  That ended mostly because I ran out of fresh material to write about.  I felt like it had reached a dead end.  My other blog was supposed to my journey about getting out of debt.  Problem though was my husband and I weren't quite yet on the same page.  Not to say that you can't go it alone, because I know others have done it. Ultimately that combined with far too many other distractions in my life (selling a house, moving over 400 miles away, new jobs, health issues, etc) I just had far too much going on to remain focused.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sometimes you just need to spend money

I broke down and brought our senior dog to the vet.

Today I took our elderly dog to the vet.  Although his balance was getting better, he still wasn't himself.  I hated watching him get weaker and weaker from lack of nutrition.  Although the vet couldn't' say for certain, it would appear that he is suffering from Idiopathic Peripheral Vestibular Disease, which is also referred to as Old Dog Vestibular Syndrome.  I declined to have blood work taken, but did agree to a round of antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory injection and also another medication to help with nausea.  I also purchased 12 cans of the high caloric prescription diet.  $170 later, hopefully this will do the trick and get this old boy back to feeling better.

While this will hurt our debt snowball, I feel it had to be done.  On the bright side, we did/do have a snowball.  The bill was paid for in cash (well, debit) so it also won't effect our emergency fund.  With the unknown of our pending taxes, I've been holding off on sending too much extra to our debt.  And so, our journey continues.  


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

No Patti, you are not alone!

"Ya know, we (all 3 of us) are scarily alike in our situations......I am so glad I am not alone."

These snippets from a comment left by Patti on yesterday's post really struck a chord with me. She is 100% completely right! When my husband and I embarked on this journey to get out of debt, I felt very much alone. The majority of blogs seemed to be written by people far younger than us. Even most of those doing their debt free screams on the Dave Ramsey show seemed to be the younger crowd. God bless them for being smarter than us. If we could turn back the clock 20+ years I know we would do things differently but we can't. We must deal with where we are now and we are. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What to do when your security gland goes berserk.

Making peace with your security gland. 

Having an overactive gland is not something new to me.  My first experience was 5 years ago when lab work wasn't picking up on my thyroid gland that had gone berserk.  I could tell something wasn't right but test after test came back normal.  After having yet another routine test (well, as routine as a colonoscopy can be!) that was what finally put me over the edge. The physical stress of that test acted as a catalyst that put me into full blown Graves' disease.  This time, however,  I was now critical.  To make a long story short, my thyroid was ablated less than a week later.  That health problem is now kept in check with a little pill I take every morning and continued routine lab work.   Now all these years later, I find myself with yet another gland going berserk.  This time it is my security gland.

Monday, March 6, 2017

9 lives

Our senior dog is holding his own!

9 lives really applies to our elderly dog.  Yesterday morning I thought for sure that today I'd be at the vet making a painful decision.  As the evening progressed, this dog who couldn't stand on his own, started to perk up.  I had been giving him syringes of water and food throughout the day, which I knew he didn't like.  At one point he stumbled his way to his water dish and drank on his own.  He also ate some chicken I put in front of him.  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

For the love of pets

Letting go is never easy...

One of our elderly dogs is sick, again.  We went through this about a year ago.  He quit eating, quit drinking and became lethargic.  Our vet managed to pull him through with IV fluids, an appetite stimulant (x2) and me syringe feeding him a high caloric (and highly expensive) food.  This course of treatment also involved several equally expensive tests to determine what was wrong, which ultimately we never really did find out.  Here we are a year later back to the same thing.