Thursday, October 24, 2019

Treat Yo'self - mega edition: continued!

So this is part two and hopefully the final instalment of me spending all of the money I've been trying to save!  LOL
Me lately!
A few months ago, a friend approached me to see if I was interested in a partnership to breed her mare. I was thrilled that she asked me, as having/raising a foal has been on my bucket list before I even knew what a bucket list was!  
Also me.
We make a good team since a) we both have the same first name (lol) and b) she has the mare and doesn't like to show, but I do want to show.  So we agreed we would each go away and do some research on studs we were interested in.  In the end it came down to a halter stud who is actually a paint!  We were originally looking for something double registered (AQHA, APHA) so we'd have more breed show options, but we were able to get a special rate on this stallion that was on our short list.  We signed the contract and sent it in this week, so it looks like I'll be half owner of a foal in 2021, if all goes as planned.
Baby daddy!
And the other big, unplanned purchase this week is a new-to-me used truck!  I already had a truck, but it turns out it had a huuuuggge mechanical problem caused by modifications the dealer made, which were not disclosed to me.  Long story short, the dealer bought the truck back and I had about 5 days to find a new vehicle.

I thought about not getting a truck (cheaper on gas!) and then found a truck and sorta fell in love.  Yep. With a truck.

It is a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 and has heated seats (which is awesome when you live where I do!) and lots of other features.  It has a towing package with trailer brakes all installed and everything. I have two trailers I can borrow whenever I want, so a big goal for 2020 will be learning to drive with a trailer! *Gulp*  I've driven my friend's rig once or twice on short hauls, but I want to get my skillz up next year so I'm comfortable on local hauls.
Swwweeeettt!!!!!
I know all of  this spending seems quite a bit out of character for me - I've been pretty careful about not spending - but at least most of it was planned and within budget.   I was already making truck payments, so this new one is around the same amount, so it isn't a shock to our budget. The stress of doing all this vehicle stuff in a week?  That is a different story...  Stress aside,  I'm very grateful that I am in a position to do all of these things right now, as you never know what life will throw at you!

What about you guys - any big purchases planned?  Are you saving up for anything? As for me, I'm back to saving...well, right after my trip to DisneyWorld with my Mom in a couple of weeks...  I'm also going to go check the couch cushions for change and hope to find a $20 in a pocket of  a winter jacket!  Edited to add:  I found $15 in change in my old truck when I cleaned it out. Counting that as a win!

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  1. Well, the Pixio I'm hoping to grab this winter is a pittance when compared to your spending! :) Now I don't feel so bad about my planned purchase!

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    1. haha - yeah, things went a little sideways on me!

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    2. I'm here to help you not feel as bad about your spending! ;-)

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  2. Hahaha, that got out of hand quickly! Seriously though, congrats on the baby horse to be, and I LOVE the truck.

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    1. hahaha no kidding! Yeah the breeding was planned, the truck, not so much!

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  3. ooooooh that truck tho!! definitely jealous! mine is aging and needs replaced, but i kinda decided i'd just drive it til it dies rather than trying to sell it and find something new.

    also congrats on the breeding! one of these days i'd love to hear more about halter classes and judging, especially as it relates to what you were looking for in your stallion etc to make a good halter baby. i only really know a very little bit about conformation, and even that is fairly limited to eventing in particular

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    1. yeah, it is pretty sweet even being 4 years old. It is my daily driver too, so that sorta justifies it? Not really, but I'm going with that. Trucks are so expensive - that repairing them and driving until they die is smart. That is what I'll be doing with this one!

      Thanks - the breeding is a cool thing that sorta terrifies me. I've been pondering writing more about halter classes, but am a bit hesitant since the confo stuff aqha halter people look for is a bit "different", shall we say? And I'm not an expert... I'll think about it and see what I can come up with!

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  4. Congrats on the truck! It's a beauty! AND on the baby horse! SO exciting!!!!
    Um... I've been spending like it's my job lately. I had to get some blankets for the horses because the boarding barn has required blankets. (I know it's silly, but some battles aren't worth fighting.) And I got them some other new things to take to the boarding barn for the winter. Like some new brushes and a quarter sheet for Shiny. And maybe customer halters which sadly didn't come out the way I'd hoped. Hopefully they'll look a little better when they get dirty...

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    1. some barns are weird about blankets and stuff - at least they will blanket for you I guess! And you want the ponies to be dry and warm, so...

      And shopping is dangerous...once the credit card is out, it is hard to stop!

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  5. Fingers crossed on the foal, I hope its something SUPER LOUD so I can ooo and aww over it when it's born lol. Also I'm glad the dealership bought the truck back, super rude of them to not disclose what they did to it.

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