The Friday Gathering: Japanese Maple Edition

By glblguy

Japanese Maple
Photo by: titanium22

This week has actually been a fairly normal week for us for a change. One of the highlights of this week for me has been our Japanese maples blooming. We have 6 in our yard total, and they are absolutely beautiful this time of year, especially my prized red lace maple.

The house we’ve been looking at received an offer the day before the inspector was supposed to take a look at it. Fannie Mae counter offered and we’re waiting to here how that turns out (and for the counter offer amount!). I put the inspector on hold until we see how the offer turns out. I didn’t want to spend $400.00 for nothing.

My wife has been suffering from some pretty severe headaches for the past 3 weeks. Turns out after all the medicine we tried, CAT scans, MRIs, doctors visits, etc. she needed glasses. The day after she got her glasses, the headaches all but stopped. Having chronic head aches? Might want to visit the eye doctor.

The best part of the week was our daughter turning 2. We celebrated a small birthday for her this week. She was so excited. My wife and I can’t believe she’s two already! Seems like we just brought her home from Guatemala.

Fact: Kids grow up WAY too fast.

Important Stuff

  • SmartyPig $50.00 Giveaway – Just a reminder that the SmartyPig $50.00 gift card giveaway is still going on. I’ll be choosing the winner this coming Monday (4/14), so you still have time. Read my SmartyPig Review for details on how to enter!
  • 148th Carnival of Personal Finance – Another reminder that I’m hosting the 148th Carnival of Personal Finance here at Gather Little by Little on Monday. If you are a personal finance blogger, don’t forget to submit your article! If you don’t blog, make sure you visit on Monday for tons of great reading! The articles I’ve read thus far have been outstanding.

This Weeks Gathering!

Here’s the gathering of my favorite articles this week from the M-Network and all of the other great blogs on my blogroll:

13 Responses (including trackbacks) to “The Friday Gathering: Japanese Maple Edition”

  1. Frugal Dad Says:

    Thanks for the mention on my “new car to save on gas mileage” article. I’m looking forward to the carnival.

  2. Mrs. Micah Says:

    Good luck with the carnival! :) I haven’t figured out what to submit yet…

    I love this time of year, when all the trees and flowers start blooming. I don’t like summer, but all the flowers and the cool temperatures make spring lovely.

  3. rocketc Says:

    Thanks for the link! This was the first time that I had not kept the same phone for the entire two year contract with Sprint. I still even have my phone from 2001. . . just in case! :)

  4. LJ Says:

    Thanks for the link! :)
    Glad to hear it was nothing more serious than eye glasses your wife needed! :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Take Care


  5. Lisa Says:

    Hi glbl,

    I’m glad your wife was able to resolve her headache problem. Nice when it finally ends up being something simple.

    You’re spring is ahead of us here in Massachusetts. My tulips are breaking through, but no buds on anything yet.

    I did have a similar experience with the migrating birds starting to return. One morning, we woke up to a total symphony of birds chirping away. What a treat.



  6. That One Caveman Says:

    Wow, thank you for the link! I’m honored to be included with these other greats.

    I’ve never submitted anything to a carnival. We’ll see if I can build up the courage sometime soon.

  7. Patrick Says:

    Good luck with the CoPF – it’s a lot of work! (but very rewarding).

    Thanks for the mention! :)

  8. Randall Says:

    Thanks for the link. Hope the carnival goes well.

  9. Ken Clark - Says:

    Great list! Thanks

  10. GACEinChina Says:

    Happy Birthday to your little girl. I have two from Guatemala and yes, the time has flown by. I enjoy your blog.

  11. kim Says:

    The best part of the week was our daughter turning 2. We celebrated a small birthday for her this week. She was so excited. My wife and I canÂ’t believe sheÂ’s two already! Seems like we just brought her home from Guatemala.

    Adoption is wonderful, my Natalie is from China :)

  12. Make Friends, Earn Money Says:

    Thanks for a great round up I also thought the article by paid twice was excellent “Sometimes It Is the Amount of Money You Make” I’m still working my way through some of the others you listed but it’s a really comprehensive roundup.