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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Holiday Is Well And Truly Over

I,m back !!!!!!

It seems like forever since I last posted or checked and commented on any other bloggers posts, so my humble apologies. But as expected with the arrival of my sister, my life has been turned on end, but it,s exciting.

For the first time in a long time laughter is back in my home, my Sister is a very uplifting personality and together we laugh. I have no doubt in my mind, that while alone in bed she grieves for all she has lost and left behind, but she seems determined to get on with things and make a new start.

At the moment she is on the Golf Course, meeting some of the Lady members to see if she can build a social life round her love of Golf. Maybe one day I will join her down there, I have the Clubs now all I need is some motivation.

My holiday accomodation and flights were by far the cheapest part of our trip away, as we seemed to spend an awful lot on food and booze. We choose to stay in Hotels rather than apartments and so we had to eat out for every single meal, this is the first time we have ever holidayed this way and we did,nt realise how expensive this was going to be.

I reckon between food and drink we managed to spend around the $150 mark each day for 10 days so that was a huge lump out of our spending money. Then we stayed with friends for the last day or two and in both homes and I contributed to the weekly groceries.

Actually that annoyed me slightly as you would have thought that both of my friends would have shopped BEFORE I got to their homes ???

Total Holiday Spends ( just for me )

Flights $198

Hotels $450

Food & Drink $ 750

Presents for Grandkids $75

Total = $1,473 ( approx. )

Oh my gosh !!! It,s not until you write it all down that you realise how much a trip away costs, and this was not even our summer break, looks like I may have to up my holiday fund for that one.

Back at work now and money has started to come back into the house again, but my budget is no way meeting this houses demands, and so a rethink of all things financial will be happening soon. This time I will be expect some input from my Sister and Mil especially with the Groceries.

Great to be back, I am never going to be able to catch up with all the posts I have missed, but I will try and get through everyones last post, see you around

Maureen xxx


  1. Hey there Maureen - glad to see you're back! It does seem like forever since you've been around. I hope you had an awesome trip and that it was everything you hoped it would be. Yowzers to the food and booze budget compared to the airfare and hotel but wasn't it great not having to cook!!! Nothing like being waited on hand and foot.
    Now, back to reality!

  2. It seems like you had a wonderful trip..but we missed you. I am so glad your sister is finding her way, it will be hard and she will be sad but YOU are a wonderful person to help her on this journey


  3. Glad you're back Maureen!

    I'm on holidays on the Gold Coast right now, it's so warm!

  4. Travel is indeed expensive, and it's amazing how much all the little things add up to. But you know what they say - if you manage to come back from holiday with money in your pocket, then you didn't have a good enough holiday! :-)

    Glad to see you back and good on you for helping your sister out during this rough time in her life.

  5. hey Maureen nice to see you back! :)
    it's great that you had a good time, sounds like you did OK with the money side of it.

    good to hear that you're enjoying having your sister close by too.

  6. Glad you are back!
    Also glad you had a good time.

  7. YEAH! You are back! I've missed you!!

    Mortified that your friends made you pay for food. Whatever happened to hospitality?? I just had my family here for my son's confirmation..fed all of them for four days. I would never have asked them to contribute! However, they did bring wine, cookies and some meat specialities from my hometown.

    Actually, $1500 sounds inexpensive for a week! Glad you had a wonderful time!

  8. Sounds like a great vacation!! Glad you enjoyed and glad you're back too!

  9. Glad you're back, I've missed your blogging.

    Your friends sounds like their having money problems. Perhaps money are tight when it comes to boring stuff such as food, and they just welcomed someone to bail them out for a bit. Selfish yeah.

  10. I am so so so so happy for you!!!!! And we are so happy to have you back :) Missed ya!

    Time to get back to business with the budget for us all ;)

  11. Welcome back! I think it was a well needed vacation, so glad it raised your spirits! :)

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  13. Haven't heard from you in a while, I hope everything is all right!

  14. I'm just checking in to see if you are okay. You haven't posted for a while and I do so enjoy reading your posts.

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