Did I really say “no current events”? The problem with that is that they’re so… current. Sometimes, they’re even relevant. The recent U.S. Government shutdown was–well, not surprising. Not eye-opening. Not even an epiphany. More, I guess, of an additional nudge towards action we had already planned to take.
What sorts of actions? All sorts, really. On the political front, well–I’m still progressive, and I still write this blog. (Is that activism? I’m not sure it counts…) My wife took part in Saturday’s women’s march in D.C., then she and the daughters marched in a local one on Sunday.
On the home front, the “unexpected day off” gave me time to tackle a couple of projects around the house that I’d been putting off. As usual, the “feel-good” high from completing one provided the impetus for a couple more. Now, we’re making plans for the summer’s big project-at least laying the groundwork for a switch from our current water heater (which, although relatively new, is slowly dying; I believe the control board is going) to a new, LP-fired whole-house tankless water heater. Among other things, it will require “adjusting” the plumbing, which ordinarily would be a daunting task. But between our utility room being as-yet unfinished, and our switch early on from copper to PEX tubing, it’s really more of a mental game (planning new runs) than anything else.
On the financial side, it’s been a reminder that nothing is really certain (as a government contractor, I don’t get paid in a shutdown, unless I use my vacation time–which is a fairly limited resource). It was a kick-in-the-pants to work on mitigating that. I’ve been reading and re-reading a number of classics on the subject: Your Money Or Your Life; The Millionaire Next Door; Millionaire Teacher; and a couple of others. I’ve been going back over several blogs (Get Rich Slowly, Mr. Money Mustache) and podcasts (Mad FIentist) and the like. We’re working at turning a few things around–paying off/down some of our liabilities ASAP (debt=slavery!), and increasing income through “side hustles” and passive income lines. (Affiliate links on this page, and this site in general, which came to less than $100 last year, are a part of this, however small.) In the interest of maintaining OPSEC, I’ll not be posting my financial numbers–no need to risk this becoming a personal finance blog–but expect updates from time to time. (I’m happy to talk about this sort of thing in the future, too, if there’s interest. By no means, however, am I an expert…)
Meanwhile, there’s my “prepping interest of the moment”: How many of you have had luck starting fruit trees from seed? What steps did you take that helped your success? What would you do differently, if you were to do it again? Please post in the comments. Thanks for reading!