Another gorgeous day! No clouds, blue sky, and temps in the 70s. :)
Once again the morning was gone before we knew it. Linda prepared for beading and I got to work on financials.
Financials and working with spreadsheets is oddly interesting to me even though the level of detail we monitor can be exasperating at times. Still, our financials and budget play a major role in our full-time lifestyle, and they are too important in our situation to become lax about them. They mold our travel plans, our travel habits, our working/volunteering, and many other aspects of our life.
We have to know where we stand and where our money is going so we can adjust. It's all about being financially stable enough to maintain life on the road for as long as possible.
Even though we may not get to see quite as many places, hike as many hikes, paddle as many rivers, or travel as much as we would prefer, our life is grand, flexible, and filled with freedom and joy. I cringe at the thought of being back where we came from over three years ago. I'll take the current financial challenges over the financial "security" we had any day. Life is just so much better for us this way. :)
For December, we killed a few budget categories, but overall we were only 18 cents over budget for the month. :)
We had some large one-time expenses for the year, but I was very pleased with our normal living expense results. I'll be posting the December Financial Summary in the next day or two. I'll post a year-end summary in a few days after I've had time to digest all the numbers and what they mean.
I worked financials through Linda's beading time, through the pitiful display of basketball from my Louisville Cardinals, and all the way up to time to get ready for our New Year's Eve party at the clubhouse.
Linda got "dolled up" for the occasion and was looking lovely as usual.
Tonight was bring-your-own drinks. You could either bring snacks for free or you could pay $5 each and take part in the hors d'oeuvres buffet. We chose the buffet which was a very good move. The food was excellent. :)
We sat with a couple of RV-Dreamers from Calgary - Esther & Steve.
You can sort of see them in the dark sitting next to us. :)
They just got into the park yesterday and started their full-time adventure in November after selling their house a little more quickly than they expected.
Bob, Steve, and I were stylin' in our plastic fedoras.
It was a pretty laid back New Year's Eve party. There was live music and some dancing, but it was all pretty tame and a little too "retro" for us if you know what I mean. :)
We started at 8:00. By 10:00 I was yawning. I was hoping we'd bring in the Eastern time New Year and head home. :)
By 11:00, I was counting the minutes. We made it until midnight, made noise, toasted, and got our New Year's kisses and hugs. By 12:05 half the crowd was on their way home. :)
They're no fun. We held on and partied until at least 12:10. :)
Here's to the entire RV-Dreams Family! We wish you happiness, safety, and success in the pursuit of your dreams! :)