We Adopted A Canine!

Introducing Gigi!!!

I’m thrilled to introduce Genevieve the canine (aka Gigi)!! Frugal Hound 2.0, Gigiwoods, G-dog McHound Face! She’s a rescue so we’re undecided of her precise age or breed, nonetheless our vet estimates she’s 6 months earlier and extra prone to be 60-70lbs (she’s presently 40lbs). We count on she’s a Plott Hound/Black & Tan Coonhound cross, nonetheless as soon as extra, can’t make sure that. She has snuggled correct into our pack and the ladies are thrilled to have a dog-sister! No matter being a pet, she’s calm, sweet, doesn’t bark and LOVES to hike. We’re so happy to welcome a model new canine into our family and she or he seems more than happy to be proper right here. Brace yourselves for a deluge of canine fotos!

OG Frugal Hound

Longtime readers will take into accout our first canine, Gracie, greater usually referred to as the OG Frugal Hound. She was a pleasing rescued greyhound who handed away in January 2018. We grieved her deeply and she or he was truly our first infant–we adopted her three years sooner than our first human infant was born. Gracie moved from Cambridge to the nation with us, nonetheless on a regular basis remained a metropolis canine at coronary coronary heart. She’d select a clear sidewalk over our bumpy woods any day and she or he certainly not most well-liked to hike.

As a greyhound, her hottest location was snoozing beside the wood vary. Whereas Gracie–and rescued greyhounds often–are IDEAL metropolis/condominium canine, they’re not endurance animals (prolonged hikes are out) they often have tender little paws which may be at odds with our sidewalk-free rural homestead. In light of that mismatch, we knew our subsequent canine wouldn’t be one different greyhound. I really feel it’s important to undertake a canine that matches your life-style. It’s not sincere to you–or the canine–to attempt to mildew them into your life-style if it’s not their pure inclination.


Gracie handed away decrease than a month sooner than Littlewoods was born, so there was no means we have now been going to undertake one different canine instantly. Then, we had a two-year-old and an toddler. I really feel you’ll see why we didn’t undertake a canine at the moment each. Then, the pandemic hit and we have now been confined to our residence with a three-year-old and a one-year-old. Yay! We did–in a match of pandemic-brain–take into consideration adopting a canine all through lockdown. Nevertheless, attributable to all the alternative people who had the EXACT comparable idea, canine present was working low. I contacted just some native rescue organizations who suggested me that, attributable to Covid, we wouldn’t have the flexibility to see a possible canine in particular person sooner than agreeing to undertake them. That wasn’t going to work for us. So, we decided to shelve Plan Canine Procurement.

Then In Walks Gigi

Fast forward to last month and proper right here we have now been, minding our Vermont enterprise, not passionate about canine notably when Gigi waltzed out of the woods and into our lives. Gigi confirmed up emaciated and lined in scratches in our mates’ yard a month up to now. They (and we) tried very arduous to seek out her proprietor, nonetheless she bought right here with no tags and no person responded to our advertisements collectively along with her image. We took her to the vet to scan her for a microchip and she or he didn’t have one. Our mates saved her at their residence for just some days after which consider to take her to a shelter as they already have a canine and would possibly’t protect a second. We’d had a possibility to satisfy Gigi and spend time collectively along with her and we knew we couldn’t let her go to a shelter. So, we launched her residence! She joined our family on October third and we took her to the vet for an examination, all of her pictures, parasite testing, medicines and microchipping. The vet determined she was too youthful to spay, so we’ll make an appointment for that in just some months.

The extraordinary princesses

Gigi is a extreme hiker, which is good since Mr. FW and I each hike day-to-day. She goes with us on two hikes per day and I in truth suppose she’d do a third if given the likelihood! She loves being throughout the woods, doesn’t ideas leaping over logs, isn’t bothered by the chilly (a minimum of, thus far), and is happy to trot alongside us. We’re thrilled she’s part of our family!

No Halloween Payments?

Nope! The women wore costumes I’d gotten at a yard sale over the summer time season and I re-used the similar decorations we use yearly. We don’t get any trick-or-treaters out proper right here throughout the woods, so we don’t get to buy candy for anyone! I bought an unlimited bag of candy the first 12 months we lived proper right here and… zero people confirmed up. I do miss that about our metropolis residence–we used to sit down down out entrance with our next-door neighbors H & B, drink beer, chat and hand out candy for hours. We’d run out yearly! Satisfying situations.

At any cost, the MO proper right here is trunk-or-treat and I am so grateful to everyone who launched their automotive to a parking lot, adorned it and handed out candy to kids within the midst of the afternoon on a day that wasn’t even exact Halloween. These people are heroes. Thanks for enabling us to trick-or-treat at a time that is not moreover our bedtime. And, I promise Kidwoods was happy–that’s merely her “extreme princess” face. As she later outlined, princesses have numerous obligations and because of this reality are actually pretty extreme. The additional …

Nevertheless I Did Buy… Mommy & Me Garments!

We could not deal with {a photograph} with everyone wanting on the digicam

In a most ridiculous match of consumerism, I bought matching garments for the ladies and me. I offered to get one for Mr. FW nonetheless he demurred. I observed that, with a soon-to-be 7-year-old, our days of dressing alike is also fleeting! I’ve on a regular basis wanted to buy matching garments for us and saved hoping I’d magically encounter them at a yard sale or in a hand-me-down pile, nonetheless alas, no. Sensing that my oldest may very well be nearing the brink of not contemplating that’s “the great issue ever,” I seized the second.

Kidwoods chosen our garments from a menu of selections I pre-screened. She insisted that they be floor-length which is why, positive, we do sort of seem to be a cult. Nevertheless no matter, the ladies LOVE their garments and mine fits merely great too. We’ve already worn them to church collectively and Kidwoods wears her to highschool recurrently (floor-length gown to 1st grade, anyone?).

There’s A Hole in my Washing Machine…

Public service announcement to anyone looking for a front-loading washer: make it attainable for the drain pump filter is certainly accessible from the doorway of the machine. That’s important on account of it’s a issue from which you’ll want to extract little one socks, crayons, money, acorns–solely for example.

On our 12-year-old washer, the drain pump filter is NOT accessible from the doorway. So the first time we’d have preferred to wash this filter, Mr. FW wanted to disassemble the whole machine (which moreover entailed taking down the dryer, which sits on prime of the washer… ). He vowed that if he ever had to do that as soon as extra, he’d merely scale back a spot throughout the entrance of the washer. And last month, he made good on that vow. To date, so good. Washer runs merely great and the drain pump filter is now merely accessible for all future incursions. WAY cheaper than looking for a model new washer. Plus, attempt our sweet cardboard cowl:

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V. participating; v. frugal

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Credit score Enjoying playing cards: How We Buy All of the items

Gigi on one among her two day-to-day hikes

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  1. It’s less complicated to hint payments. No guesswork over the place a random $20 bill went; all of it displays up in our month-to-month expense report fromNon-public Capital.I moreover spend a lot much less money on account of I KNOW I’m going to see every expense listed on the end of the month.
  2. We get rewards. Financial institution card rewards are a straightforward technique to get one factor for nothing. By the taking part in playing cards we use, we get cash once morealong withlodge and airline elements for getting stuff we have now been going to buy anyway.
  3. We assemble our credit score rating. Since we don’t have any debt, having numerous financial institution playing cards open for a number of years helps our credit score rating scores. It’s a dirty fable that carrying a steadiness in your financial institution card helps your credit score rating score–IT DOES NOT. Paying your taking part in playing cards off IN FULL every month and retaining them open for a number of years does help your score.