Then, I received the latest billing from the utility company, in today's mail. $376.33! What?! Yes, the billing period is for 2 months, and the bill includes water, electricity, sewage, and trash collection, but still! That's almost $400! I usually don't go over $300 per bill, which is why I allocate $150 towards it in my monthly budget. Well, a closer look revealed the reason for the higher than usual charge - they are charging me $87.85 as a "correction" on two previous bills from last year! January 2014 to March 2014 and from March 2014 to May 2014! My charges for the current billing period amount to $288.48 which is no higher than usual. That breaks down to $101.50 for 624 kWh for electricity (I am allocated 1,000 kWh at Tier 1 rates), $51.15 for 11 HCF (hundred cubic feet) of water (I am allotted 24 HCF during winter and 29 HCF during summer, at Tier 1 rates), sewer service charge of $61.80 and solid waste (trash collection) charge of $74.03. I know they experienced billing problems last year due to a change in the computer program they were using. They over charged some customers and there's a lawsuit pending about that. They undercharged me and I called them about it; I was told they will correct it later, and I thought they already did that on a later bill. I will have to go through my old bills and see if I can figure it out.
All this worrying over bills had me feeling stressed. I tried to relax by sewing on the quilt binding, but that, too, was giving me trouble and not coming along as I would have liked. So, after fussing over that for several hours, I decided to bake a cake. My usual sponge cake. As I mentioned before, this is my favorite recipe.
I copied down this recipe from my mother's recipe book, and it is one of the easiest recipes to make:
|Cream together 1/4 lb. butter and 1/2 lb. sugar|
|Add 2 eggs, one at a time|
Beat well after each egg has been added:
|After eggs have been mixed in|
Add 1/2 lb. sifted flour mixed with 3 tsp. baking powder, along with 1/2 cup of milk; add vanilla (I hadn't written how much, so just added about a tablespoon); recipe called for salt, but I used salted butter, so I didn't add any salt.
|Fresh out of the oven|
Cooled on the rack for a few minutes:
|Piece of Cake!|
Today, I am grateful for:
- Getting one bill more or less resolved
- Daughter making lunch
- Freshly baked sponge cake
- Time spent in the garden
- Getting through Monday! :D
How was your Monday?