Boxcarkids Comeback

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This post has music – so turn up the volume and click on the link! 

I am very happy to report that things are looking up around here.  For one thing- we may have found a replacement home.  As you know our very small (27-foot) trailer is cramped and falling apart.  The floor is disintegrating, the oven doesn’t work, the water heater just quit on us, and so on.  Yesterday I saw a listing on our local Craigslist for a 39 foot park model trailer with 2 bedrooms!  The owner is selling it for $4,000 which is a VERY good price.  We are going to look at it on Saturday.  12 more feet of space and a bedroom for the kids!  Heaven!  I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm and hope however, as it will go to the first person who has cash in hand and at best I can pull together half of the price by the end of the month.  If anyone would like to chip in I would be very, very grateful!

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My other good news is that I’ve been called back for a second interview next week at a small local environmental firm.   I interviewed with the owner about 3 or so weeks ago and although I thought it went well I had not heard from them.  If I get the job it will just be part-time to begin with and will hopefully become full- time in the fall.  Because the job would just be part-time the income won’t be much more than my unemployment benefit.  We won’t be in the position to save a lot or move on up in accomodations for some time.  That’s why this other trailer would be such a blessing – more space (even counter space and a real refrigerator) and better living conditions – we could be comfortable enough to stay put while I build up some cash reserves. 

I’m so happy!  It feels so good to have hope!  At the same time my voice of experience warms me against succumbing to euphoria – if these things don’t work out the fall would be so much worse from that height. Cautiously optimistic, it tells me, just be cautiously optimistic.  I hear you I tell it and then I go outside to turn cartwheels!

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8 Responses to Boxcarkids Comeback

  1. Margaret says:

    Just wanted to let you know that in California, if you work part-time, you can still collect some unemployment–there’s some weird formula for calculating it–I’m not sure how it works. But if you do take the part-time job, you will still get a bit from the EDD. Greedy misers that they are. 😉

  2. Brenda says:

    I love that song! I haven’t listened to it since I was a child…thanks for posting it.

    I am praying that the power is in numbers…if enough people can donate $10 or $20….the funds can be raised!

    Lots of prayers today!!!

  3. SAB says:

    Praying for you! For both the job and the trailer. You are loooooong overdue for something wonderful to happen, and I hope this is IT!!!!

  4. Merinda says:

    Best of luck!

  5. Oh, I hope that both work out, and quick!

    • boxcarkids says:

      Thanks! Feel free to spread the word on your blog! BTW- even if these things work out I plan to continue to blog about our (hopefully not too gradual) rise!

  6. Eliza says:

    Longtime lurker, first-time commenter. I’m very glad things are looking up for you and I hope you get that trailer.

    • boxcarkids says:

      Thank you! I found out that I was the first to contact the owner so we get to see it first (tomorrow)! I’m hoping she will let me put down a deposit and have until the end of the month to raise the rest (she wants to sell by June 30 or she’ll have to pay another month of rent in her park). I believe it might even have a full sized refrigerator! She’s going to leave a couch, coffee table and tv stand (I guess park models don’t have much built in furniture). We will need to buy bunk beds and a table and chairs. I sure hope it works out because this place is really becoming toxic and we need to get out and into something that will give us more space (and working features)!

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