More tidbits too small, too insignificant or too embarrassing to have a post all by themselves:
1. So, with reference to my whining post below, I wound up with a blocked line to my oil tank and a repair guy who was booked for the next week, but, at 1.5 times the usual rate was willing to come out that same evening. Exit $178.
2. My sister agreed go halves with me on a used vehicle for my granddaughter. Together, we told her we wouldn't pay more than $2500 total so she found one for $2400. Fortunately, one of her good buddies is a mechanic, who examined the car and pronounced it to be in decent shape for commuting. So, I'm down $1250 rather than the $3000 I feared. I did pay attention to the comments made when I first posted about this, but I ultimately decided that it is important for my granddaughter's future that she stays in college, and it is going to take a car for her to do that. She does have a part-time job and does contribute to her own keep. She will eventually have to get loans, but I want to help her put that off as far as possible.
3. I haven't posted my monthly financial update. Now, I'm burying it in the middle of this post because my total indebtedness decreased by a measly $390 during the month of January.
4. Where's JW? I made my usual swath through the regular blogs on my reading list, and suddenly "Need To Be Debt Free" has gone missing. I hope it's not permanent. When they make me God (maybe you shouldn't hold your breath!) I plan to have rules about blogs just disappearing on me.
5. I read Suze Orman's "2009 Action Plan,", having downloaded it for free from Oprah's website. Nothing new in it, but a lot of good, straight talk about the current economy and the likelihood that the recession will last awhile.
6. And finally, some GOOD news! My auto insurance company (the one that also provides my homeowner's coverage, but cut me loose after the garage fire) is rescinding their prior termination of my auto insurance. I have no idea why, but since I'm getting a great rate from them, I'm NOT going to argue. Some days it pays to have a good broker who will go to bat for you.