WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG!!!!

Even though this blog looks like my old one, Debbie-Dabble, "Debbie-Dabble Blog" is my new Blog that I created on June 23, 2016, after my old one was hacked through my Debbie-Dabble Face Book Page which I have now deleted!!

I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I recently went Part Time after working full time night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 32 years and have been in nursing for 38 years!

I DABBLE IN A BIT OF THIS AND THAT!!!!

" IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN"
George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Winter Powder Room, 2019

  Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!
I am so happy you decided to stop by!!

I decorate the downstairs Powder Room for Christmas and Winter with Snow Buddies and a few Christmas items..........

After Christmas, I stripped the Powder Room of everything Christmas but instead of adding a few Valentine's Snow Buddies and other Valentine's items, I opted out this year due to health issues and left the Powder Room just decorated for Winter........

 I am going to let the photos do most of the talking......
 I stripped any Christmas items from the Tree......
I took down the Santa's that were on the top shelves and moved over 2 lighted silver mercury glass trees.......
Packed away Christmas ornaments and added a silver bird to the sconces......
The greenery above the door ways.......
On the Powder Room door , is a Valentine's wreath and a heart shaped plaque hanging in the center of the wreath.......
This room will stay decorated like this until the beginning of March when I change it back to the way it looks normally.......

In my next post, I will be sharing Nelson Crest, my Victorian doll house, decorated for Winter.........
So I hope you will stop by again!!!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
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 Home Matters Linky Party
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time to Start "Letting Go", Planning For Early Retirement Series

 Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!
 I am so happy you decided to stop by!!

In a previous post, Tapping Out and Letting Go!!, I shared that I am beginning to "Let Go" of some of my Holiday decorations......

It is not an easy task for me to do but I have come to the realization that I just can not physically keep doing what I have been doing.....

So I have been offering items up for grabs to my daughter-in-law and my niece and great nieces and what they do not want, I am donating to Salvation Army or Volunteers of America.

I also mentioned that my knee, the one that needs to be replaced , has been giving me a lot of trouble which was another reason for deciding to start "Letting Go" of some of my Holiday things...

I was able to speak to my Orthopedic Surgeon at work the other day and I will be having my knee drained next Thursday as it is "full of fluid".....it is more than twice the size of my other knee!!
 I will then have the conversation with my Orthopedic Surgeon as to when I can schedule my surgery as I realize that even though I have put it off for 6 years, it is now time for many reasons.....

More on this in future posts......

Okay, back to what I want to talk about in this post......

"Letting Go" is also something that one has to do when Planning for Retirement.......
A few years ago, I did a series of posts on Planning for Early Retirement when Joe was retiring at 62 years old......

There is a link to all the Installments in that series at the top of this Blog if you are interested....

The 3rd Installment was titled,  Having a Plan: Planning for Early Retirement

In that post, I mention investments and  "Downsizing Your Life"........

In another installment, the 4th one, Frugal Living:Planning For Early Retirement 
 I mention ways to live more frugally.....
 Like paying off all debt......
 Including credit cards.......
 Mission accomplished......

Paying off your mortgage.......
Mission Accomplished......

Another thing I went over in this post was CARS!!!!

This also had to do with "Downsizing Your Life"!

This is from that post.........

 CARS

The mistake we made was getting a new car every 5 years.

Over our 38 year marriage, we have had 15 cars!  CRAZY!! and STUPID!!

Currently, our 2 cars are a 9 and 10 years old and we have very little mileage on both of them.

My car is 10 years old with only 46,000 miles on it and Joe's is 9 years old with only 56,000 miles. We are lucky that we do not live far from where we work.

Our plan is to keep them both until I retire in a little over 3 years, and then trade them in for 1 brand new car.

We always bought one new car and one used car but no more than 2 years old. We are still debating whether we will go with a brand New car or a slightly Used Car. It will depend on what we find at the time we are ready to go down to 1 car.

Where we live, with everything about a 5 minute drive from us, we can live with only one car nicely once I retire.

This will save us on Insurance, Gas and Maintenance!

That was what I wrote 3 years ago.....

We still have the cars that I mentioned in that post.........
Joe's car is a Hyundai Tucson........
We bought it brand new almost 13 years ago!!
It served us well and only had 67,000 miles on it......
Which gave us a decent trade in value.......

My car was bought used.........
 A Hyundai Elantra which was almost 3 years old when we bought it.........
 When we were looking for another car almost 10 years ago, I knew what type of car I wanted......
 We have dealt with the same Garage and Used Car Dealership now for over 30 years......
Marcum Motors in Wyoming, Pa.
Back then, I told them what I was looking for in a car............The color of the interior and exterior, cloth upholstery and even the sun roof.....
They found what I wanted then and this car is now close to 14 years old and only has about 56,000 miles on it.....

Again, giving us a decent trade in value for a car this age.....

We had very little issues with these 2 cars over the years but both were now starting to show their age and were in need of some major repairs so back in December, I told Gary, at Marcum Motors, which is a family owned business, to start looking for a slightly used pre-owned car for us.....

It was time to "Let Go" of owning 2 cars and go down to owning one car......

We had decided to go with a pre-owned car rather than a new car when we retired because of the cost, since we would be paying cash for it, and the fact that since we live extremely close to just about everything from shopping, restaurants and entertainment, our next car would really get very little wear and tear....

And even though Joe is working part time at Wegman's, it is 5 minutes from our house!!!

I wanted another Hyundai Tucson like Joe's, mainly because we live in NEPA and need an SUV in the Winter......
 And because I drove home from work in a Blizzard 2 years ago , in a foot of snow, white out conditions and had no trouble at all doing so in that car!!
 We wanted a car no older than a 2017, with very little mileage on it, cloth upholstery and in the color of Sedona Sunset, which was my first pick ,or Mojave Desert.....
 A few weeks ago, Marcum Motors called and said that a car was coming up for auction and that they thought it was exactly what I was looking for.....

It was leased through a dealership when it was brand new, only one owner, had only 19,000 miles on it and was turned back into the dealership at the end of the lease and would be going up for auction......

They sent me photos of the car from the auction site and the car fax.......

If I liked the car, they would bid on it at auction but we were under no obligation to buy it if we did not like something about it......

We LOVED it!!!!

It was exactly what I wanted and it was the Sport edition which made me love it even more........

So we traded in our 2 cars and now we own only one car........

Again, checking off another item on our Planning for Retirement List!!!

This is our new ride!!!!
 They even found a car in the color I wanted, Sedona Sunset!!!!
It is in pristine condition!!
Yep!!

I have had that Vanity Plate for over 30 years......
 My Dad always called me Debbie Webbie, hence Dwebbie!!!

 But when we had traded in cars in the past, it somehow ended up on the car that Joe drove....
But now, it is finally back on the car that I will be driving!!
Since our previous cars were both Hyundai's and lasted longer than we have ever had any car before, we decided to go with another Hyundai.........

My son Joey just traded in a Hyundai Elantra that was 14 years old in the Summer and bought this Toyota Camry also from Marcum Motors......
 His car literally died so he bought this beauty off the lot as he needed one immediately.......
I am a firm believer in everything happening for a reason......
And I believe that the timing of this purchase was perfect.......
Because I will most likely have to move up my knee replacement surgery up from October which was my original plan........
And that means that I will be retiring earlier than anticipated.......
 Having only one car will save us on gas, maintenance and insurance and we can manage nicely with one car because of where we live and not needing a car for work once I retire......

So petty much everything that we planned on doing so we could retire early is in place......

This is the interior.........
 Spotless and pristine!!
 We did not want anything too tech crazy as poor Joe is not that tech savy.......
 And again, this was exactly what we were looking for.......
I LOVE driving this car and we have gotten tons of compliments on the car especially the color!!!
 We want to Thank Gary, Steve and Frank Marcum, the rest of the Marcum family and George Davenport ( Car salesperson) for again, getting us exactly what we were looking for in a car!!!

We have also had our cars serviced there for over 30 years!!!

 You can see that our previous cars were basic colors....
Gray and a gold-tan.......

We have had many cars since we were married including luxury cars but I wanted something that was sporty and a bit flashy for our retirement car and I think I got exactly what I wanted!!!!!
I will have decisions to make in the coming weeks about my surgery and because I like to keep things personal, I will keep you all posted as it is looking like I will not be working much longer.......

Joe and I have prepared for this and are prepared for having to move our plan up a few months so we will be fine.......

Again, I emphasize having a plan for Retirement whether it is early retirement or not......

 I hope you will be back to visit again soon.......

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

  I am linking up to these parties:

THURSDAY
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Home and Garden Party Thursday
 Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
  Inspired Creations Linky Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
 Grace at Home Party

FRIDAY
Friday Features Linky Party
  Feathered Nest Friday
 Funtastic Friday
 Friday Favorites
 Home Matters Linky Party
   Flaunt It Fridays
  Sweet Inspirations Link Party

 SATURDAY
 Saturday Sparks
 Pink Saturday-Anything Goes!!
Best of the Weekend Party

SUNDAY
Snickerdoodle Sunday
 Sundays at Home
 Silver Pennies Sunday
 Happiness is Homemade Linky Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
The Fabulous Party

 MONDAY 
Inspire Me Monday
Inspiration Mondays
 Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Busy Monday
What'd You Do This Weekend?
Cooking and Crafting with J & J
Metamorphosis Monday
Project Inspired Weekly Link Party
 Celebrate Your Story Monday Night Link Party! 
Make It Pretty Monday
Heart and Soul Link Up

 TUESDAY
 Tuesdays At Our Home
Inspire Me Tuesdays

Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop
Sizzle into Summer Party
Talk of the Town Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
 Waste Not Wednesday
Style Showcase

Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!
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