First, thank you to everyone who responded to my post about Tricia. After talking to Ben I realized I didn’t have any photos of Tricia – she wasn’t happy about her appearance and it felt too intrusive to take her photo, and our encounters weren’t usually the the things you’d photograph. I do have one of Ben, when we brought him a cake for his birthday. So I wanted to remember her in some way and writing some of my memories seemed the best. I’m afraid Ben will disappear back onto the street – it was Tricia’s disability check that paid for the motel room (or at least part of it, the Salvation Army paid the rest). I will have to make it a point to stay in touch – he has the tracfone I bought Tricia so he can reach me if he needs to. He quit drinking while Tricia was in the hospital/hospice – I hope he can stick with it now.
Thanks also to everyone who has been doing Holiday shopping at Amazon through the link in the blog – they deposited a small amount in my bank account today so we are ready to pay rent on Thursday. Please keep it in mind if you do Amazon shopping – doesn’t cost you any more but does provide a small commission (8%) for us.
I turned in the rest of the required things for the job with the school district today – my food safety certification (thanks to the readers who pointed to ServSafe), DMV report (all good 🙂 and proof of insurance. The application period closes tomorrow – not sure how long it will be before they decide who to interview. I think I’ll continue the online training – if I make it to the interview it will be good to have a few more classes under my belt. I was chatting with a secretary at the middle school the other day and she suggested filling out job interest cards for ‘any and all’ positions since they pull folks in to sub from those cards so I plan on heading down tomorrow and doing just that. I wouldn’t mind working in the school district – with 4 kids in local schools I have a vested interest! And I need another source of income as one of my eBay jobs will disappear in a few weeks – my friend has decided to get out of business. It’s too hard to make it these days – the auction prices are up as more people get into the estate and storage auctions (some TV show popularized it I hear) and it’s hard, dirty work – lots of loading and unloading and hauling. So I’m going to list as many things as possible in the next few weeks in hopes that it gets us through December. I’m also continuing to apply for other jobs – mostly temporary holiday positions at this time of year.
I spent today trying another fix-it project; I was trying to get a virus off our desktop computer when the pantry door popped open and disgorged several shelves worth of canned food onto the floor! Very startling! It sent the cat skittering under the bed and caused the dogs to sit up and bark an alarm. I thought we’d had an earthquake but it turned out that the flimsy plywood floor of the pantry had collapsed under the weight of the food, causing the plastic shelf unit to tilt. Even these “Park” model RVs are not of very sturdy construction. After some consideration I came up with one of my jury-rigged fix-its and headed off to Lowe’s for some hardware. By removing the drawer beneath the pantry floor – which was actually stuck since the floor had subsided into it – I was able to put two 1×1 braces cross-wise under the floor and attach them to the more sturdy walls. It wasn’t easy since I had to crouch down on the floor and do it all by touch – not enough space for my head! But I think it will hold for awhile (I hope). It took most of my morning (had to charge my drill – love power tools). I particularly dislike spending time on these sort of tasks, partly because I never feel 100 percent up to the task at hand, and partly because I prefer to create instead of fix things!
It was always my downfall as a home owner – good at decorating, not so good at maintenance! We have too many maintenance projects here – the electricity in the bathroom, the toilet that always runs, the plumbing that keeps getting backed up – but we will continue to work around most of them as we turn to decorating for the holidays! This year I think we might be able to fit in a little table top-sized tree (we have some ornaments in storage) and if I can get the outdoor plug to work we’ll string up some lights. It’s going to be a frugal Christmas (hey, little tree, little presents right?) but we have an oven so we can bake cookies; we can’t afford the annual family portrait Christmas card, but that just means an extra special card as my artistic daughter is going to draw it and I’ll email it to family and friends to save postage. And we will look forward to the New Year in hopes that it will be a better one.