Saturday, January 11, 2014


     There is no way to sum up over a year in one post so I will not even make the attempt. It's been a year with a lot of rapid changes,many struggles, and some good times as well.I have no idea where to begin so I'll just start a long ramble and see if it all sort of falls into place.
    We moved to another rental home a bit further from work in a slightly better neighborhood for less money, although utilities are a little higher so it balances out. The old house was damp and dismal and had two small window unit air conditioners that were supposed to cool the entire house. The bedrooms were miserably hot. The new home has higher ceilings, brighter walls, ceiling fans, and central air.

     For a brief few days we thought it might be an empty nest home as youngest had moved to another state to stay with "friends." She needed a rescue after they were through stealing her $1500.00. Expensive lesson learned. Luckily she was able to get her job back and the experience gave her the kick in the butt she needed to realize she needs to get independent on her own. She signed up for classes at the local community college.

     We still survive with one vehicle. Eldest daughter and grandson are staying with us temporarily until she gets a few bills paid down and gets back on her own. Her vehicle has been broken down, so my husband is the taxi driver/babysitter/housekeeper/everything. We have no savings left whatsoever, so it is pretty dangerous living.

    We have a large closet in our bedroom, large enough for all of our clothes, some other odds and ends, and those last six boxes we were meaning to unpack. An air conditioner leak took care of some of the items for us as it leaked into some of the boxes before we noticed it. Leaning against the boxes was a canvas tote with my laptop in it. Yes it did get wet. I have no idea how bad the damage is because the port where the power cord goes in needs repair. I haven't used my own computer in a long long time.

     We moved to our new home in the Spring and excitedly put in a small garden. Our ornamental plants did well. The herb garden survived a little while, long enough season a few meals, but not long enough to warrant the cost. The vegetable garden died a horrible death, and did not produce one edible vegetable. Florida gardening has always been difficult for me.

     Well, that's a start on something I have been meaning to get back to for an entire year. I intend to stop at the library very Saturday that I can and get a post up.


  1. So glad to see you back! I was worried about you. I check your blog every few weeks and was so happy to see a new post, even if everything is not all roses. I hope 2014 will be a good year for everyone in your family.

  2. Great to see you back. I missed reading your posts.

  3. I just knew you would return, so I left you on my blog roll!

    I don't know how your daughter had $1500, but friends sometimes want a person just to take. It is a hard way to learn a lesson, but maybe this will help her to never get into that situation again.

    Did you get rid of the rv? I cried a little about that, too!

  4. I have been keeping tabs, waiting for your comeback on Practical Parsimony's blog. I was so surprised to see you had made the leap! Looking so forward to hearing your continuing story.

  5. Anonymous, Debbie, Lee Ann, Tana50 and Practical Parsimony, thank you so much for sticking around. It was too long and absence.

    Practical Parsimony she took all of her savings with her to live with her best friend from middle school. They had stayed in touch all this time and she was told how much the rent and utilities would be before she left. The bills were low and they were to work opposite shifts and babysit for one another. People change over the years. With the distance she was able to hide her bad intentions well.

  6. reader from long ago i also checked in every now and again glad you are back, take care. ronaldj

  7. Was wondering what had happened to you. Sounds like the answer is "a lot."
    Glad to see you writing again.

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