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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #35- Goodbye to an Old Friend

We'll miss you, Ralph

We’ll miss you, Ralph

I’m so grateful for the weekend. As I mentioned last week, I’m on a soft food diet because of my gum surgery last week. I’m so sick of soup that I might have ruined my love of it for life. Time will tell. I thought this might be a good way to lose some weight, but the ice cream I ate probably negated all the other things I was unable to chew.

On a very sad note, we had to say good-bye to our dear dog, Ralph, this week. He’s been with us for ten years, and while every dog I’ve had has been my favorite in some way, Ralph was just a good boy. Everyone who spent more then two minutes in his company loved him. My neighbor broke into tears when I told her the news. He was that special. While his body failed him, his spirit was there to the very end, and it was rewarding and heartbreaking to be there while he crossed over to the other side. While I try to remind myself every day how lucky I am, I can’t seem to shake a general feeling of melancholy that has been hanging around this week. Hopefully, it will get better over the next few days.

Guest Post

Todd from Fearless Men rocked a great guest post this week titled Is Fear Inducing You to Spend When You Know You Shouldn’t?


Carnival of Financial Independence, Eight Edition at Reach Financial Independence


Thanks to all these fine bloggers who shared my posts this week. I’ll mail you some soup.

Double mention from The Frugal Farmer. Thanks, Laurie!

Monster Piggy Bank

The Heavy Purse

Canadian Budget Binder

Club Thrifty

All Things Finance (Todd and John’s new site, check it out!)

Making Sense of Cents

My Money Design

Common Cents Wealth

Fun Search Terms

3 year mortgage does it make sense-Not really

credit card bills dumb-Yes, they are.

cool thing to by with 30,000– A retirement fund!

optometrist life is boring-I’ll send you some of my patients.

me get dollar free-Elmo, I told you to stop googling things.

20/20 Posts of the Week

Teachable Moments: Talk to Your Kids About Money at The Heavy Purse. Kids really do get it if you talk about it.

What I Learned from a Lost Purse at A Young Pro. There is a finance lesson in everything!

Should I Pay Off My House Early-Pros and Cons at Making Sense of Cents. Seriously, if you need to see the poster child for getting your stuff together at an early age, you need to look at Michelle.

Thursday Rant: Rocky Mountain Turd Wranglers at 1500 Days to Freedom. If that title doesn’t make you want to click, you’re lying.

One Year in Our Home: 10 Tips for Condo Buyers at Student Debt Survivor. Don’t forget the neighbors!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Any ideas to get me out of my funk?

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Thanks for the mention, Kim. I really appreciate it! I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Ralph. It is so hard to loss a beloved pet. It sounds like he had a wonderful life with you and your family.

    • He did come a long way from being a stray dog on the reservation. He knew he was lucky. I think that’s why he was such a good dog.

  2. Sorry about Ralph Kim. Your liquid diet made me think about those “blend anything” videos, where they were blending ipods and other weird stuff. Hope you can go back to solids soon, in the meanwhile ice cream and blended cookies sound like a good lunch!

  3. I am so so so sorry about your dog 🙁 This makes me so sad! One of our dogs passed away a couple of years ago, and while we only had her a month before she passed away (we adopted her even though she had many medical disabilities), we were heart broken. I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when one of our dogs passes because we’ve had them since we were much younger.

    Thanks for the mention! I feel like you’re always saying such nice things about me! It’s probably all getting to my head now haha

  4. I am so sorry to hear about Ralph. I am glad I was able to share your guest post about him over on Life by Pets. I know how hard it is to say goodbye, even when you know it’s the right decision. *hugs* to you and yours

  5. We lost our old dog suddenly last week. My younger dog is the saddest of us all. I went to the local animal shelter today to see if there was suitable match for our family. I cried when I held a puppy. It is just too soon.

    The feeling of melancholy will remain for a while and the grieving process will be over when it is over.

    Sorry for your loss.

  6. Kim can’t wait to get some soup!! Thanks for letting me guest post and for helping us ramp up some momentum at All Things Finance!

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. That’s probably one of the reasons why I don’t wanna own a pet. Can’t bear the inevitable parting.

  8. Thanks for the mention about the mention, Kim, and many hugs to you as you say goodbye to Ralph. He’s up there now enjoying that giant dog park in the sky, having a wonderful time with my “boys”, Boomer and Duce.

  9. Sorry to hear about your dog Kim. I think the family pet is always something we remember especially when growing up. Have a good weekend.

  10. Oh noooo. I am so sorry about Ralph. That is really rough. It’s like losing a family member for sure…

  11. so sad about your puppy! 🙁 Hang in there!

  12. Sorry for your loss Kim. I know one day soon I will be making a post like this and it breaks my heart to even think about it, it truly does.Our pet is just part of the family. Enjoy your Sunday! Mr.CBB

  13. I am sorry to hear about your dog Kim. There is not much I can say about that because it is hard to have our close pets leave us. I hope you are doing better, but if not, keep your head up.

  14. I’m so sorry to hear about Ralph. I can’t even bare to think about losing our little muffin. They really are members of the family and losing them feels as such. Hope you’re hanging in there. Thank you for mentioning my me.

  15. So sorry about Ralph Kim! It’s hard losing a pet, they really are members of the family. I cried like a baby when an old boxer of mine dies a few years ago. You have my sympathies and a warm hug to you and your family!

  16. Thanks for the mention! I’m so sorry to hear about Ralph. My family had to put down our dog of 12 years just last spring so I know the feeling. It’s tough, but time will heal the hurt (or maybe you could just get a new pup?!).

    • I’m sure we will get a new dog eventually. New ones never replace the old, but somehow make a new place in your heart.

  17. Thanks so much for mentioning my post!

  18. Kim, really sorry to hear about Ralph. It’s just like losing a loved one.

    Thanks for including both Fearless Men and All Things Finance in your Round-Up, and also letting Todd guest post.

  19. Ralph looks like he was a very good boy, I am sorry for your loss.

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