Things that make me happy

by Erika Torres

We received a letter from our homeowners’ association saying we needed to have our tree clipped. Our landlord got a quote from a tree clipping service for $65, but he offered to let us do it ourselves and said we could take the money off next month’s rent.

Discount on rent? Yes, please!

While Eric was clipping the trees, I was clipping the overgrown Butterfly bush seen in the picture above. I was able to make this bouquet for the living room for FREE.

As part of our effort to refresh our marriage and do more fun things, especially on weekends, we decided to make our first trip of the summer to the beach.

Bentley always has a fabulous time and wears himself out at the beach.It makes us feel like good doggie parents.


Teacher Girl June 26, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Isn’t it wonderful when things happen serendipitously like that? =)
You need to go to the beach more. You and Bentley look super adorbs!

Shannon June 25, 2012 - 5:17 pm

I’m with Jobo on this too, I’m scolding you!! Do you know what I would give to live by the beach!?!?! And not just a lake, my lake doesn’t count. But seriously, cutest dog ever…:)

jobo June 25, 2012 - 2:01 pm

I can’t believe this is your first trip to the beach this summer 😉 I am scolding you, yes, I am 😉 I’ve probably been more than you and it’s warmer longer there all year! hehe. ok scold over. LOVE the video and pic of you, so cute. And I LOVE butterfly bushes! I had two huge ones at my old house, and I still miss them!!

bogofdebt June 25, 2012 - 12:25 pm

So jealous of the beach. I’m ‘stuck’ in the midwest but I go to a pool almost every weekend so I can’t really complain!

I wish our landlord was better. Right now everytime it rains our parking area in the front turns into a river and we want to put some gravel down. We asked him if we could do it (and just subtract the price from the rent) and he hemmed and hawed. He thought he could get it for free as it’s technically on the city property but no such luck.

Michelle June 25, 2012 - 12:20 pm

That’s awesome about the $65! Funny story, the other day the boy was on our roof clipping the tree with bush cutters. Our neighbor came over and started laughing at him because he had to jump on the roof to cut it. Then the neighbor let us borrow his tree limbs cutter, thankfully!

Kasara May 30, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I’ve been looikng for a post like this for an age

Army Amy* June 25, 2012 - 11:45 am

You beach people are lucky! No beaches around here. What a fun way to spend time together!*

Jami June 25, 2012 - 11:04 am

$65 for a half-hour of work, awesome! Cute bouquet too.

Looks like you had a fun day at the beach – my husband and I need to get better about doing stuff together, we’re only 20 min away from the beach and never go. Must go soon!

newlywedsonabudget June 25, 2012 - 11:13 am

That’s why we made it a point to get out more! We also live just a 20 minute drive from the beach but neither of could remember the last time we went!


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