Monday, February 23, 2015

Another Chapter Closed

Last week was a whirlwind of events that has left me physically drained, but mostly happy. Brianna's senior project presentation was scheduled for Monday, but the teacher decided to postpone it again (this made the fourth time) for Wednesday. Due to weather, the classes were canceled for Wednesday, but no one told us until I called to verify that everything was set for the presentation. Now, keep in mind that the "storm" that was supposed to come in wasn't supposed to actually arrive until after 6 or so, but they were canceling everything anyway. I argued that the presentation was the last thing Brianna had to do and that she had already been pushed back several times and that they had no right to keep doing this to her. The woman on the phone was very apologetic and told me that she would see what could be done. She called back an hour later to tell me that she was gathering some people to judge the presentation and that, if we could be at the school at 3:30, Brianna could present. She did great and is now officially (and finally) done with high school.

I am now working a 4-day week (I asked for it) so that I can focus on my shops and my future. I'll still have enough hours to cover the bills, but this will give me the chance to make more items for The Raven's Cauldron as well as dye more yarn for Alina Shea Creations. Since this insane schedule over the last several weeks, both shops have gotten little attention from me and I miss them both. I know that seems a little silly since they aren't brick & mortar shops, but I miss coming up with new colorways and such.

I am still clearing the house of items that I no longer use or need and it's a little harder going through the stuff in my closet. Some of those boxes contain items from my childhood and they aren't easy to let go of. At the same time, I have to ask myself what I really need with a Barbie from 1983. Or a diary from 1977 that has only a few pages with writings about my day. Even so, I know that there will be some things that I keep. After all, I do plan to have a house one day. It may be another 5-10 years down the road, but it will happen.

I do keep an eye on the listings for RVs on craigslist and other places and there are a few that initerest me. Each one looks like something I could modify fairly easily and make it more of my own home. I know that I'll have a lot of work to do once I finally make the purchase, but I look forward to that, too.

In the meantime, I hope you all are having a good week and that the weather isn't too harsh where you are.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Excitement and weariness

I've been looking for a new place to live now that the time is getting closer and closer to Brianna leaving. Since I don't have to worry about the school district, I have more options. She has a new ship date in May, so there is a little bit of breathing room now. She has plans to go see some friends in Sandusky and I'm sure that will be fun for her. She has to be back for the pool functions (training for the poolees) but we've pretty much got that all figured out. In the meantime, I'm thinking more and more about how things will be when she heads out.

For the most part, I don't think there will be a lot of change, simply because I am still working on my goals and I'm not going to steer away from that. Also, I like this quiet life of mine. Even when I do get onto the road, I doubt that will change. I do think that I'll get more sleep, though. It's not that Brianna keeps me awake, exactly, but I do enjoy spending time with her and that makes it a little harder to get to bed on time sometimes.

Most of the city is iced in this morning. I'll admit that I was a little concerned on the drive in this morning, but I put a tarp over the car last night and didn't have to clear the windshield. When I pulled the tarp off, the ice made such a joyous sound! Granted, it was blended with the sound of the tarp, but it brought a smile to my morning.

The tiredness is seeping back in lately and I'm sure it's just because my schedule is so hectic right now. As soon as things settle back to "normal" I'll feel a lot better.

I have several other things to take care this morning, but I truly hope you're all safe and sound.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A Sigh of Relief

The car is fixed! I am more grateful for that than I can really say. Part of that is the simple fact that I didn't want to carry a package of cat litter from the bus stop to the apartment, but part of it is that I've been wearing down just a little bit each day. I won't go into the whole spiel about the time sitting on the bus or at the stops (I chose to use it as knitting time as much as I could), but I am very, very glad that it's done. I napped yesterday after work and I'll be going to sleep early for the next several days until I feel a little more "normal".
Now that one challenge has been met, I'll be looking toward the others.I'm still in the process of catching a few things up and that should be taken care of within the next couple of paydays, then I'll be pushing forward to saving up for the motor home. It was pointed out that I could probably build a tiny home on a trailer for about the same amount of money (making it completely mine instead of re-doing the interior of the RV) and it's certainly something for me to think about. At the same time, it would take me a long while to build something like that from scratch and I'd also have to get a truck. Not that I have anything against trucks, mind you, I just don't see myself getting one any time soon. Perhaps, after I've been on the road for a while, I'll decide where I want to be and I'll build one at that point.

For now, I'm just happy that the sun is shining and that my car is working. I know that the fatigue will pass as soon as I start resting more. And I know that the stress of things will diminish as well. One day at a time.

Blessings to you all!