Summer lovin


It’s been a difficult start to summer. No one expected this was going to be the way it is. Haven’t seen an regular paycheque since April now. May was about $600 short, June I got paid about 20% of my cheque. No hope to return to work in the fall. Despite this, i have had some miracles in my life. A man that loves me. My kids are healthyish. More to come on that one.

Yes a month.


A month has gone by and my blog has gotten little action. Unlike my personal life. Had a few big changes around here.

My oldest turned 17! My god. I sometimes feel that age still. With that came her “n” which in bc means she can now drive alone. She passed the test with flying colours. Within a week though, it became very clear she needed her own wheels. She bought a car, insured it, and I’ve barely seen her since! I sure don’t miss the late night pick ups from work, and I’ve relaxed a bit about stressing. She’s obviously a good driver and I just have to trust she will be fine.

Work has been ok. I have had a student teacher since Feb. 1, and my class is definitely one of the most challenging I have ever taught, never mind a brand new teacher. I’m slowly adjusting to teaching them again as trying to find the balance between work and school. She’s an amazing teacher and will do wonderfully.

Speaking of work. We go on job action starting on Wednesday. Not full scale, because our government doesn’t give us the right to strike. Still – we may have a few days off the job. Which means no pay. As the single income earner in my family, I’m not sure what to do about this. I am in debt and have no emergency fund at the moment.

Ex has listed our old house but it was valued at much less than we thought. After renos, legal fees, etc I will be lucky to walk out with 30 or 40 thousand. I wish and pray it would sell today. With mill closures here though, I’m not sure how long it will be on the market

On that note. Good news is it is a long weekend. My snow is mostly gone. I will have all weekend to finalize reports for my student teacher, hopefully do some raking, and enjoy above zero temps.

Happy Easter!

Springish break


It’s spring break for me this week. Halfway through, and I’ve accomplished a bit of things. I have my garage almost totally cleaned out. Took back about $200 in empties, with another $115 to go back tomorrow. That’s a winter worth of collecting. The extra $$ went on my line of credit. Other than that, I’ve just been puttering around the house. Cleaning little things here and there. I had some big ambition, such as painting, that has not happened. I still may take down the wallpaper in my room if I can find a reasonable way to remove the ugly border easily….

We still have a ton of snow here. It is melting thanks to just above freezing temps. It sure is nice when the sun shines, and I am definitely looking forward to the snow being gone. It feels like forever since I’ve seen green grass. Part of living in the North I suppose.

Financially I have not made any good gains. I did my taxes, and hope to have a refund by the end of the month. I have it marked already to pay utilities, an extra car payment, and then some debt repayment. No fun trips, etc. for me. I am going to see Florida Georgia Line next month. Super excited and that will cost me a couple hundred $$. Hotels are very expensive around here, and of course there is eating out and probably a little partying to do!

More debt down


My friend owed me $140 for concert tickets so that went straight to my credit card this week. Although now I have to call the CC company because I made the payment to my card I lost… I’m hoping it will still go through and isn’t lost somewhere. Silly me, I should have just paid it to my line of credit. Oh well.
My daughter paid me back $50 she owed me and I also put that on the cc.

I’m trying to get better at putting it straight to debt instead of letting it sit

This weeks goals


Another sleepless night so here I go. Last weeks goal was to do my recycling. I did take a load of bottles and some plastics and cardboard back. I have probably $200 in recyclables but it’s been way to cold to sort them. My goal this week is to take another load back to the depot. Spring break is coming so I hope to get even more done. If I had a truck it would be easier to do.

I did clean my house and got all the vacuuming done so I’m happy. Plan to this week try and do 15 minutes a night of tidying to keep on top of it.

Laundry has been good. Got all the bedding done and keeping up on the clothes.

Another goal is to get out to my shop and get my spring work books out and sorted through. The snow is still up to the level of my chain link fence here, so that will be a challenge.

I’ve started on my spring break to do list. If I can do some of it before the break i will be even happier.

Paying off debt


One of my goals this week was to do some recycling. Today despite the cold I took in some $$ recyclables and got $58. I had another cheque for about 24$, so together I was able to put $85 onto my line of credit. It’s the lowest it has been since September, so I’m happy about that. I would have put it onto my credit card, but since I lost my card on Saturday night, I’m awaiting a new number and can’t make payments right now. It felt good to put the $$ onto my line of credit and get the number down anyway. I’ll get my taxes done soon and hopefully will add a big chunk to my debt repayment.
Some days it’s the small accomplishments that make things better!

Last weeks goals update and new ones


Yes…. It is 3 am and of course I can’t sleep. Yet again. So might as well update since I didn’t get home from work early enough the last two nights.
Vaccuum – got one room done last week only. Sounds horrible but I am still working on the clutter in the others.
Laundry – kept up all week. This week going to get all the bedding done.
Recycling – got quite a bit done but not all. We don’t have pick up here so the task is huge. Tomorrow I will get some of the $$ ones out.
Hamsters – were done early last week. Took school one back and ummm sadly he died this morning. Not too sure why, but I’m hoping it was old age and not a helpful K student.

My big goal for the next few days is to get the recycling done. It’s been super cold here, again, so I have to work in small chunks so I don’t freeze!