Change

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The thing about not having alot of money is it is so much easier to keep track of. Such was the case yesterday.

On the way home yesterday afternoon, I made three stops ( the gas station, Key Training Thrift store, and Save-a-lot) At Save-a-lot I spent exactly $8.05. The manager checked me out And then I put my change and receipt in my change purse as I always do. I found the receipt in my change purse.

Once home, I do what I always do and tried to account for my purchases.

I freaked when things just didn’t add up.

So as casually as I could muster, I asked my husband IF by chance he never gave me the $10 intended for gas.

Well, you know how that goes.

‘Yes of course I did, why?’

Well I had to be truthful and while he remained even-tempered, I could feel the angst building.

Not to mention feeling my own angst.

There was a count, and recount, figures were scribbled on the back of an envelope. Pockets were checked and rechecked. The car was checked. Did you check the floorboard?

After counting the silver in my change purse, I surmised there was at least, $10 dollars missing.

“Think” Did you stop anywhere else?” Nooooooo, I didn’t!

“Are you sure?”

Yes of course I am sure!

When he was absolutely sure he couldn’t get me to crack he simply said “Let it Go! ” and then he settled into an uncomfortable silence as if he had caught me in a fib or something.

There was a time when I was earning my own keep where I would just NOT mention a purchase to avoid the third degree. He used to call this lieing through omission.

But this wasn’t the case. Not the case at all and I couldn’t let it go as it really bothered me.

I decided to call Save-a-lot NEVER really expecting a manager to admit to a money mistake.

But I had to try. In that instant, it was more about being right, to let him know that I knew without actually slinging accusations. I know, my bad!

Amazingly enough. He did!

‘Yes maaa’aaaaam I did have an overage. But are you sure it wasn’t $12?’

I smiled, realizing in that instant that it was.

Save-alot is one one of those stores that offers a 40% savings on most of their items but you have to bag your own groceries. And you have to buy the bags. A surplus of stock boxes are usually kept up front for customers to pack their groceries in . But when I checked out I realized at the last moment that there were not any. So after I had all but checked out, I purchased two brown paper grocery bags. The manager had trouble adding the bags to my total.

But to keep the line moving he did some quick figuring and I handed him a 20.00 bill and one nickel meaning he owed me $12.00 in change.

With the last minute distraction, I got the receipt but not the change. :/

These things happen. What doesn’t happen often ( at least to me) is to have a store employee fess up to a mistake. let alone a store manager.

It would have been so easy for him to just pocket that $12.00.

But he didn’t and for that I am so GRATEFUL.

I was praising God before I even got off the phone.

The manager seemed pleased that I appreciated his integrity.

Such a little thing. BUT HUGE for me these days.

🙂

Friday, June 21st ( a day in my world)

Good Saturday –

Yesterday morning was spent waiting on the mailman as we were anticipating donations from our GoFundme account. I had actually expected them by Wednesday or Thursday. Thankfully, three checks ( totaling $114.23 ) were delivered. I am expecting another today or Monday.

The next step was to find a way to cash them. My initial hope was that a local merchant would cash them for me so I wouldn’t have to drive across the county to the bank. I remembered that they once cashed checks. Unfortunately, they have since stopped. While I was speaking to the store manager about this, her son who was standing off to the side, handed his mom a $5 bill to eliminate my gas problem . I in turn handed her the $2.30, I had on me, thanked them, pumped the gas and was on my way.

My first stop from there was the bank, and then Dollar General where I picked up a few items. I also stopped back by the gas station to pay back the loan to the clerk. When I got home, my husband and I had a bite to eat and then we went through the rest of the mail which contained three information letters from the State of Florida. Two of them concerned our eligibility for food assistance and request for documentation and one of them was about my husband’s medicaid application.

Aside from laundry, I plan on working on these items this weekend. I have a telephone interview on Monday and I’d like to have all my documentation gathered and on-hand when I speak to them.

Later, I decided to check court records to see what was going on with the thrift store eviction as we have yet to be served with a writ of possession from the sheriff. I learned that it was sent to the sheriff on Monday so I was surprised that we hadn’t been served yet, so I called the civil desk to see what was up. Apparently the writ was sent back to the plaintiff’s attorney because of another SNAFU on their part involving the proper address. When the clerk told me this, I laughed and then explained why I laughed.

The plaintiff’s refusal to send timely notices to the correct address, despite having been told over and over was one of our defenses all along.

The problem is that sometimes we got our mail ( thanks to our neighbor in another building ) and sometimes we did not.

Apparently, there was also a problem with no address being displayed on the building itself and the deputy could not legally serve the writ of possession which effectively bought us a little more time to secure/ or liquidate the merchandise from the store. Just a bit of karma, I’d say, given the fact that they ( landlord/plaintiff) got an outrageous judgement in the case. About twice what they deserved.

Anyway, we experienced HEAVY storms yesterday afternoon.

Last night, we watched a few dvds from the library. I was not feeling well. I am not sure why other than I have some cervical ( neck ) problems that cause headaches and associated nausea. Damp and or cold weather sometimes brings these symptoms on.

TODAY I feel fine! 🙂

SO all and all, we had a pretty productive day yesterday. And I am grateful that things are beginning to fall into place for us.

Thanks to All those who are contributing ( and continuing to support us) in one way or another. Please know it is making a difference for us!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

God Bless

~ C

Rv’d $25.00 Winn Dixie Gift Card from Angela ( Beyond Us, Inc. ) Thank you.

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As well as a wonderful letter which was greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing so much with me.

We’re going to have to see how we can remedy that situation as well. 🙂

The prayer and bible referencess were AMAZING! Hugs

Thank you so much and WE are praying for you and yours as well. In fact, my husband after reading your letter, said a prayer right then…

God Bless You Angela.

Hugs.

Angela, when you see this please email me the link to your other blog. allbuthomeless@gmail.com

Again, GOD BLESS YOU!

I have already been shopping and back and I used the gift card wisely.

We’re having chicken and yellow rice with green beans tonite. Yummy!

The purchases will get us through a few more days as we are still waiting on the donations from GoFundme. I had really hoped they would be here today. Tomorrow, probably! 🙂

All in good time as they say, tho. 🙂

Beyond Us Inc. Jacksonville, Florida

Pasta anyone? :)

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Ok, so today didn’t go quite as well as we might have hoped. In fact it did not go well at all. Peggy ( the one who has been interested in a vintage buffet) backed out after speaking with her husband. They are strapped too. AND The meeting that my husband had with the Shriners was unsuccessful. Oh WELL! I’m not complaining. Tomorrow things will be better. I am certain.

Yes today, our food rations are pretty low BUT we have enough boxed pasta in the cupboard to feed an army… . Hence, my most clever blog title! TRUE! If I learned anything from this experience, is there’s lots you can do with pasta. I also found a package of instant mashed potatos ( my comfort food, seriously! 🙂 so that’s what I am having for dinner.

AGAIN I am not complaining. Some don’t even have that so NO this is NOT a desperate plea. Just the reality of the day.

Tomorrow things will be better.

I believe it!

🙂

If I had one wish for today….

it would be that I could put my burdens aside and just let it be Father’s Day.

In a perfect world I’d be on a day trip right now, canvassing the State of Florida, perhaps having brunch with my dad. Meet up with my sons later.

Maybe do something special for my husband who is the ‘Father’ of our midlife miracle angel.

Nope, instead he sits out in the hot sun, trying to peddle remnants from our thriftsore in the hopes of making enough to put gas in the car, and put food on the table for a few more days as the donations of the last few days will take time to reach us via snail mail. He has had two people show so far, and no one bought anything.

SO YES, with the rain of the last few days, we are down to the wire again…

So today, I have a VERY urgent request. If you’d like to donate, please do so via PAY PAL.

It’s the best chance of us accessing it NOW when we need it.

There are links on our PLEASE DONATE page or you can send money using our email address

allbuthomeless@gmail.com

Thank you so much!

God Bless

~ C

Basking in the Mundane

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This morning, I had jury duty, which meant a manic start to my day. I woke early, washed my hair, did a little long overdo preening and dusted off my only pair of heels. Nope not even I will show up in front of a judge dressed inappropriately ( by inappropriate, I mean, wearing my worn out old flip flops and less than respectable attire 🙂 I had to be there by 8 am.

Mind you, my husband and I share a car, that just happened to be loaded down with merchandise, folding display tables, tied down to the roof. I call it going in style, “Beverly Hillbilly” style. But it doesn’t phase my husband a bit. He calls it taking care of business.

So he decided to drive me in to town, the main reason being we don’t need any accidents and I panic when my views are obstructed while driving AND just in case I was to be stuck there all day, he wouldn’t be stuck without the car because, our time at the thrift store in running short and he is still doing his best to get the ‘best stuff’ moved into a spare room at home for safe keeping which means he is running back and forth a bit.

Once we were out the door and going with the flow of traffic of others going about their Monday, I don’t know, it felt almost normal, which made me feel almost normal. Dare I say, it was nice to be out and about, being productive even if it WAS only to report for jury duty. Being the first in the jury pool, I was among the first to be excused. It took me all of ten minutes to do my civic deed.

I exited the building much happier then when I entered, to find my husband parked right out front.

I still had to go to the far end of town to cash a check. It was too early so we went to McDonalds and had a cup of coffee and waited for the bank to open at nine. Without an account, they would not cash it in the drive thru which opened a bit earlier.

Again, the simple act of going about our day, lingering over a hot cup of coffee, people watching, chatting with others who sat nearby, running mundane little errands, walking into a bank, nicely dressed- even if I wasn’t an account holder —– Simply made me happy. There’s no other way to explain it.

On our way back through town, we stopped at Save-a-lot where I bought a $4 roast, 2) 12 oz rolls of ground turkey, and a package of brocoli normandy. All for less than a $10 bill. Save-a-lot is having a 10 for $10 dollar sale.

Awww, the simple pleasures.

Once home, I kicked off my heels and contained the dog while Ron unloaded the car and then headed back to the store.

I got back online to deal with some correspondence and as you can see, a bit of redecorating. 🙂

Ron just arrived home with another load and even while he toils away, I see a calm in him that I haven’t seen awhile. Even the dog who would normally be bouncing off walls with all the activity, lies quietly on the cool kitchen floor watching intently as her human moves in and out of the house.

Such a stark contrast to even a week ago. 🙂

No, we are not out of the woods by far , but a burden has been lifted and so has the mood around here. Thanks to several of you .

I wanted to share these sentiments and even a slice of our day. No. it doesn’t take much to make me happy, I know! HA! But, today was especially good for a Monday. 🙂

Wait! Scratch that! I just found the blister on my baby toe ! Argggh! 😉