Fall — after a break

October 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Franklin in the Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year and always a time of renewal for me.  It might have to do with going back to school, but now that we live in the South it’s the most welcome break from the heat and it includes the most beautiful fall foliage.

I haven’t had a lot to say for many months.  Summers are overwhelming trying to entertain and shuttle my girls while continuing to work full time.  (Oh, to have year-round school!)  School starts and life is anything but simple … so much accumulation of stuff … paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators … and the start of marching band season.

I’m pleased that we’ve reduced our consumption over the years.  We’ve forgone the “back-to-school” outfits (I used to think that the first day of school would be less fun if we weren’t wearing fabulous new outfits down to the shoes!), but we needed new backpacks again this year and now both girls are in need of new athletic shoes.  Again, I’m pleased with the reduced consumption … both girls have literally worn out their shoes with actual use … something I’ve not done myself in my adult life.

I’ve long avoided commercial television, but this year I also cancelled all the magazine subscriptions and I notice less “need” for new stuff.  The girls have also outgrown my ability or desire to pick up things for them while I’m out … if there’s anything they need, they have to come with me and their time for shopping is scarce.

New for me this fall is budgeting — real budgeting — the kind where you set aside money in envelopes (electronic envelopes in the 21st century) and actually determine how much is enough.



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