Monday, August 6, 2007

A String Of Bad Luck

I sell stuff online. I sell on a couple of places such as,, and All can be wonderful. I had a large order placed from one of the sites. It happened to be an international order. When I called the company that supplies the tree air fresheners I sell, they told me it would be maxium $31 USD to ship to Scotland.

A day later I checked my statement and they had charged me almost $200 for shipping!! My bank account when negative by a couple of dollars because I wasn't expecting this. Luckily my bank didn't charge me a fee for this over draft. Also my supplier was able to fix their mistake and refund the extra money they charged me very quickly.

So then I join another program Melaleuca. They have WONDERFUL products. The fee to sign up had a special going in July, so I got in before it passed. Well, they charged my account the whole fee. Once again, my account when negative. This time my bank charged me a fee. I'm still waiting for the money to be placed back into my account, but Melaleuca has promised that it will be there and they will pay for my overdraft fee as well.

Argghhh. I wonder when this will end!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

My Kids Won't Clean Their Room!!

so just a bit ago I got done cleaning it for them. I have been trying to get them to clean it for 4 days now. Usually they will at least straighten it up a bit. All of their toys are going to go to my husband's workplace, because he can store them their. They also keep telling me that they've hung up their clothes, or put them in their dresser. I found a heaping pile of clothes on their closet floor. I'm not sure they are dirty or clean or a mix of both, so they all have to be washed again.

I am getting tired of washing and washing their clothes, just to have to wash them again because instead of putting them away, they've thrown them on a heap on the floor. I told them that since they don't have toys, they will spend tomorrow hand-washing their clothes in the bathtub for something to do.

Please keep in mind, that just the 2 boys were part of this. They are almost 9 and 5. The baby was not a part of it, she has her own room.

Was I too harsh? Am I expecting too much of them? I gave them fair warning this afternoon, when I told them they needed to clean their room. I told them that if they didn't get it picked up, they would lose their toys until they could earn them back. We will set specific goals for them to be able to get their toys back.

What do you all do to get your kids to show a bit of responsibility?

Another Dog?

I swear there's a whole extra dog behind my refrigerator and probably one under my bed, as well. I don't know what it's doing back there, or how to get it to come out and stay out.

I have 3 dogs and they have LOTS of hair. They are Labrador retrievers. They go through shedding periods twice a year. My girl seems to shed excessively.

I vacuum and sweep everyday, but it's seems like it's a futile battle. What can I do to lure that extra dog out from behind the fridge? How can I get the one hiding under my bed to scram?

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