The difference, 10 months can make…

Hello Strangers !

When last  I wrote, things were extremely dire.    My last post coincides with both losing our internet and getting to  a crucial job interview with a leading storage facility management company here in Florida.   So we went  further into debt, in getting to our interview.  After what we thought was an awesome interview, we were told that a couple with more storage experience got the job but also that they would keep us in mind for future openings. 

Still we were grateful that our old Oldsmobile  station wagon with transmission issues  got us to and from  our interview.( approximately 150 miles )  She ran for another week or so.  Now  we were in real trouble without transportation.  A friend who owned a non emergency medical transport company had an idea though.   He would scrap one of his vehicles and we would scrap old Betsy.  With the proceeds, they would buy a mini van that we would have use of IF Ron went to work for his company. 

Done deal.     Ron went to work  as a driver at the end of October.  Our electric got shut off in the same time  frame.  We would be without lights for almost a month. 

Approximately a month into the job , we had saved enough to pay the electric bill.    Ron loved his job.  In fact the only thing he could see wrong  was that the pay was based on commission.  OUCH!    Thankfully, the first several weeks were busy and his pay reflected that.  I can not begin to express how grateful we were to be able to pull our own weight finally after nearly two years in extreme poverty.  Even when business slowed in early spring, we could at least cover our basic expenses.

Meanwhile, we were offered two more properties to manage from the same company we had applied for in October.  Feeling obligated to our friend and Ron’s employer.  We declined both.   They stopped calling.

As much as Ron loved his work  ( primarily working with elderly and terminal patients) the hours were getting to him.  He was putting in an average of 60 hours a week and the pay did not always reflect that.  Oddly, we never knew what his pay would be from one week to the next which was disheartening.  it depended on the runs he was getting, whether there were delays in patient readiness, and dispatch who seemed to give the gravy runs to her favorite drivers consistently.   There were also promises made and not kept   In June he had had  enough.    I was terrified, but understood when he came home early and told me IF something didn’t give he was done.  That was a Monday night in mid June.

That night, I called the lady who had interviewed us for the storage management position several months earlier.  We agreed to meet her on Wednesday the same week.

On Tuesday, Ron spoke to his friend/employer and Ron aired his grievances.   Ironically, it was left up to the dispatcher on whether or not Ron would return to work.   The dispatcher said NO.   That same morning we won  $555.00 on a Fantasy Five ticket.   Ron also had an another paycheck coming.  We took it as a sign that We were supposed to move forward with this new opportunity.

We met with the district manager at the property we preferred to get because it was in close proximity to our home.  Which would allow us to go home often.   The interview went ok.  But it was kind of  obvious to us that she had her mind made up on a couple who was already working for the company.   I was feeling a bit dejected as I walked through the door after the interview BUT then the phone rang.    Suddenly we were planning another day trip.  This time to Jacksonville.

We met the district manager at the Cracker Barrel for lunch, and then followed him to the property he had us in mind for.    It was a HUGE property with almost 600 units and very well kept.  Our quarters ( if we got the job) was a very nice 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment.  We let him know that we were interested but had to make another trip home without knowing whether or not we had the job which was agonizing.   He called us early the next day.  WE HAD The job and would start  on June 30th! 

We would spend the next week paying bills and  preparing for our move which we wanted to make as simple as possible.    We brought only what we absolutely needed and what would fit in the van which turned out to be a few personal items, our clothing, a card table, two dining room chairs, several huge throw pillows and the cats.  We decided because of her temperament to leave Millie ( our beloved pup ) with the same neighbors who gave her to us in the first place.  I think that was the hardest part. 

We’ve been here just over seven weeks now and all is going well.  Since we’ve been here  we passed one important inspection with flying colors  and made a bonus quota in our first month here.    We expect the bonus to kick in at  any time.  And we just got the paperwork to enroll for our benefits  ( insurance and 401k )   Otherwise, we are slowly furnishing our new home away from home.  We’ve gone out to dinner with my older sister once and had a visit from my BFF who lives west of here, twice.     Ron has even gone to church a few times.  All and all, I feel as though we’ve gotten our life back and feel very blessed.

As for our home, we are keeping it and have been able to pay our mortgage consistently since December as well as whittle away at the arrearages.  It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I posted here.  This has weighed heavy on my heart because I kind of left the blog in limbo though I had little choice because I didn’t have access to internet.  When I did get internet back it was on a not so smart phone that made it almost impossible to post here though I could read the occasional blog that came up on my FB.     It is only now that I am able to post.

So here I am reaching  out to ya’ll, with a long deserved update.  I am sorry I couldn’t do this sooner. 

To those who assisted us, though All But Homeless, on this most incredible journey,  thank you!     We are eternally GRATEFUL for your friendship and contributions.  I honestly  feel we would not be here now if not for many of you.

God Bless you always! 

One Sows and Another Reaps

Thank you Cheryl Foston for this post. It holds deep meaning for me today….Timely and thought-provoking and it is so true! Often, WE FORGET. Every person who crosses our path helps, molds, and influences is one way or another. In times of plenty WE TEND TO FORGET, that we WERE all SUPPORTED in one way or another ALONG the way. Some are helped more than others, unfortunately. Too many take it for granted. But none of us can actually say that we didn’t get any help along the way. Be Blessed!

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gratitudeHave you taken the time to acknowledge and thank those that have helped you along the way? No matter where you are in life, you didn’t get there all by yourself.

Everyone gets some type of help from those who have come before them, those who walk beside them, as well as those who follow them. There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Now, you may be tempted to say that you are a self-made man or woman, but before you do, go way back and think about all your teachers throughout your educational years. I am sure a couple of them helped you better understand a subject, which led to you graduating. Let’s not forget about your parents who taught and helped mold you to become the person you are today. Even if your parents weren’t the best parents, they still taught you something which…

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12 days shy of 5 mo. Anniversary, $390.00 to Our Goal!

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We would love to reach it in the next 12 days. We actually NEED to reach our goal sooner than that. Do you think we can do it? I do! 🙂 Because of the length of time it has taken us to get this far, not all the needs have been reckoned with, however, reaching our goal would give us a fighting chance. Wheeeeww!

It’s exciting to think about it. SO very very very very close NOW.

If we received 20, $20.00 donations…

If we got 39, $10 donations …

8, $50 dollar donations …

or 4, $100.00 donations… We’d be covered!

My husband finally goes back to work tomorrow. I am working feverishly to get my web design services launched again. And also have started with Amazon Mechanical Turks. All the while still applying for jobs that present themselves. I am hoping that interviews will come of at least a few of those I applied for last week,

Donations are still NEEDED and GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks to all of you who have supported us and continued to support us in this effort.

What an AWESOME thing you are doing for us.

GOD BLESS!

6 days left in August, and still scrambling…

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Good Afternoon ALL !

I am sorry, I didn’t post earlier as usual. Life has got me running in ten different directions and I am so behind on everything. Go figure! HA! But I wanted to thank my friend and a return donor, who sent a $75.00 via Pay Pal overnight. She intended it for those day-today incidentals like gas and so forth. I used about half on exactly that. Thank you so very much. The other half is sitting in pay pal.

SO as of today, we have raised $ 2,195.00. Yay! Another $805.00 to GO to reach our Goal!

We’ve got some pretty pressing deadlines approaching fast, one of which is our mortgage payment that absolutely, positively needs to be paid by the end of the week !

We could sorely use another $130.00 today alone!

Donations in ANY amount are still needed and greatly appreciated.

Pledges are welcome too!

Thank you ALL so very much, for your kindnesses and generosity.

You guys ( and girls) have been SO AWESOME!

Truly.

I am NOT going to pretend that EVERYTHING is fixed. We still have some pretty dire needs! But I am not giving up hope!

With your support, we can see this to the end! And we really need to see this to the end. BUT We wouldn’t have gotten this far without your help!

Hugs and GOD Bless!

7 days left in August, and incidently….

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In four months we have raised just over $2000.00 which has helped tremendously and we are so very thankful for those who have supported and continue to support us..

But we still have to raise another $1000.00. Preferably before the month of August ends.

Today, we have some immediate needs too. The BIGGY is the mortgage payment. But the as time goes by, getting by in the day-to-day becomes an issue too. Today is one of those days.

So please, please, please.. If you are able donate today

Even the smallest donations add up.

Again, WE NEED STILL YOU!

Thanks again. Anything you can do is greatly appreciated.

Have a GREAT day.

GOD BLESS you ALL! WE couldn’t have come this far without you.