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! 

Thursday : This and That!

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Good Morning _

Just wanted to check in. Lots going on both good and ( not so good ) The bad news is I was just advised that my sister-in-law lost her husband yesterday quite unexpectedly. He died in his sleep I guess. And he is only in his late 40s or early 50s. I didn’t know Billy well at all but my heart goes out to his wife Johnnie Sue this morning. I feel so bad for her, because they were very much in love.

His death also serves as a reminder to me to make every day count because you TRULY never know just how much time you have left on this earth.

Otherwise, I have a busy day planned. Lots going on, some of which has me feeling pretty hopeful.

For one, today I find out if I have that job I applied for last week. ( UPDATE ) I didn’t get the job but ironically they told me to keep them in mind and to keep checking back with them … 😦 )

Another thing I am working on is a ‘pay it forward’ web design project for a woman who does feral cat rescue work. She is a Facebook friend who I met a year or so ago. The other day, she did some networking for my cousin who is trying to find homes for kittens. She already has a Facebook community page with some 1600 followers. I was one her first followers. Anyway I saw an opportunity and help her expand the effort. It’s not all selfless though because I love animals, and have done a lot of rescue work in my time too but also I’ve been thinking about diving back into the competitive world of web design as a way to support us so the design work I do for her can be added to my poor, meager portfolio. 🙂 I adore web design but haven’t done too much of it lately.

I will share the link when she is ready to launch the site. Right now, there’s still a lot of tweaking to do.

Counting on ya’ll to pay her a visit and give her a warm welcome to the blogesphere though, k?

Last but not least, there is another thing that has my mind boggled . I don’t want to mention it YET because I am not sure if it for real. But if it is REAL, it could be life-changing and truly a miracle. Enough said on that other than I will be making some phone calls and doing some research on the matter. Sighs. I am not holding my breath but I can’t help but be a wee bit excited! 🙂

OH and YES — our fundraiser — there are 17 days left in August. We have raised $1987.00 to date. We still have $ 1,013.00 to go so DONATIONS ( large and small ) are STILL needed and VERY much appreciated. PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE!!! WE still NEED YOU!

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Thanks all for your support and continued support .

Have a wonderful day!

Be Blessed!

Waiting… :/

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The interview went well is all I can say and I was told I’d hear from them later today or tomorrow. Waiting is hard. Yes I do believe I have a few control issues, although less than I used to. IF the last two years has taught me anything is that I ( or should I say ‘we”) really have very little control in the overall scheme. HARD HARD lesson for me. One I still struggle with on a daily basis.

Anyway, it is a production job and pay is based on production. But with a guarantee of minimum wage but I can make as much as $15 a hour with 15 appointments a week. I will work 7 1/2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Oh and weekly pay. So IF I started Friday, I’d get paid for at least three days next Friday.

I wish I had more definitive news to share with y’all.

With that said, Job or no job, your donations are still very much needed and appreciated.

I guess I am trying to stress that IF I get the job, the needs will shift again to gas money ( or running money and such until I get a paycheck or two under my belt. .

ALSO , please continue to send positive vibes this way.

Gosh, I need this job so much.

Thank you all so VERY VERY much. We are so VERY grateful for all the friendship and support sent our way.

And for a few of you, thank you so VERY MUCH for having so much faith in me! It means more than you could ever imagine.

All But Homeless is a personal fundraiser to help us recover from financial ruin and We still need your help. Donations needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kind support and continued support.

GOD BLESS!

~ C

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I struggle …

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Yes, I am overwhelmed with my situation and I am struggling with putting myself out here like this.

It’s not in my nature to cry poor mouth. Truly it isn’t. And I still cringe at the prospect. At the same time, I know I don’t have much choice if I hope to keep our heads above water and a roof over our head. There is no room for pride or embarrassment in our predicament.

Afterall, we are All but Homeless.

I can compare this to having a job that I hate. And what I wouldn’t give to have a job ( even if a hated it) if it would afford us self-sufficiency.

I could also compare this site, and all it stands for, to a form of pan handling. A cowardly form at that I guess.

A blogging buddy at: http://gottafindahome.wordpress.com said it best yesterday.

“Panhandlers aren’t out there because they want to be . They’re out there because otherwise they’d starve.”

I can relate to this and for the first time in my life!

But do you know what the difference between myself and a panhandler is?

While THEY PUT THEMSELVES WAY out there, every single day I get to hide in my home behind locked doors, away from any real danger, out the elements, and away from people that IF it was in their power, they’d simply remand the panhandler to another planet if only to keep from having to look at them. No one can humilate me further by spitting, cursing, or throwing something at me either. But panhandlers face this every day.

I couldn’t do it! And to think I once thought myself better.

SO SAD , truly!

But still if I am going to survive this , I am going to need another layer of skin. The skin I wear presently in wearing thin fast. Does that make any sense?

I realistically knew when I created this blog that this project would be a long, slow, painful process! I just didn’t know how long, slow and painful it would be.

I only wish that someone, who believed in prevention ( and was in a position to help) on more than a passive level would come along and see something in us that was redeemable .

Please don’t get me wrong every little bit helps and I am truly grateful BUT we really need is someone to pull us out of the fire and stop the bleeding once and for all.

What makes us more deserving than anyone else? NOTHING REALLY!

I can only appeal to those who may happen upon this post. To tell them that our need is genuine.

The only promise I can make it that if and as soon as it were possibe, I would pay any blessing given us forward which has always been my practice anyway.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this.

Thank you and as always, God Bless…