Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Brick Dust: November

This is my favorite office!

We're home and settled back in at Sage Alley.  The trip I took last month was much-needed, and even though I have my good and bad days, I'm focused, rested, and ready to get back to work!

I have settled on a date (which I have not shared with Mom) to bring Mom home, so I'm starting the preparations.  I'm waiting on some communication from the nursing home, but I have let them know what my goal date is.  Thursday, I will be making some phone calls to get things moving.  It's very scary, but so far, people have been nice and have given me fairly clear information.  I find that I can usually find someone to answer my questions.
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We still need to move our large pieces of furniture down to our apartment before Mom gets home, so I will be seeking out a moving service to help with that.  These pieces are extraordinarily heavy, and we found that, even with friends helping us, it was very, very hard to get them moved.  We'll have better results with professionals.  It goes against my frugal nature to pay for something seemingly so simple, but we've tried everything else!
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The weather has been erratic and, in the last few days, very wet and gray, so I'm having pain issues.  We've been having fires almost every evening, even though it's probably still a little too warm out.  I find it really helps with my pain, and I've stopped worrying about depleting our wood supply: We have so much dead fall on the property that, with one or two days of concentrated effort, we will be able to replenish our supply.  We've gone through almost half of our supply already! (Yikes!) As long as we stock up before we have our first snow, we'll be fine.  Our electric bill has come down substantially, though!
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Both of my clients have offered me more work.  In one case, it's simply an extension of my contract, but in the other, they have offered me more hours.  The down side is they want me to work all of my hours on-site.  I'm waiting until my mom comes home before I make a final decision.  The alternative offer was a higher hourly rate. The extended hours would mean more money, but I may be needed at home and may not be able to spare two days a week to work on-site.  I'll know more in a few weeks.  I'm just very glad that both clients are happy with my work.  Maybe they'll spread the word!
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The dog pen still isn't completed, and we did not manage to get the ground turned for our garden.  The garden will happen in the Spring.  The dog pen will be completed as soon as we can do it.  Between the weather and my partner and my various health issues, it's been hard to get much done.  The dogs are very good sports, though.  They both do really well  on a leash, and we take them on an extra-long walk once or twice a day.  Everyone is adjusting, but life sure will be easier once we can make use of the pen!
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I hope the upcoming holidays treat you well!  Remember to count your blessings every day, not just once a year.  If you look hard enough, you will see blessings everywhere.  ;)