Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Another Weekend in My Eastern Home

I made it through another weekend in my Eastern Home, all for the final push of savings into payday. 

Again, due to the very cold overnight lows, I didn’t bother to try to keep a charge in Wanda’s batteries.

I walked to a coffee shop that serves breakfast while having “charging stations” at most of the booths. I took advantage of this. 

I ended up buying not only my breakfast but an extra coffee as well, over the time that I was there, for each of the three mornings. 

I walked back to the trailer and bundled up as I played on my laptop. I had to pause regularly and hibernate the laptop as I warmed my hands up.

It’s okay . . . I had time. 

Again, all of this was to economize on the fuel budget so I could possibly put a bit extra into my Mid-Term Savings Account this payday. 

It all seems so silly when next payday (the one on the seventh) I will be taking cash out of my Mid-Term Savings Account to pay for the repairs that will be done next week. 

Again, it is a thing I do, try to save as much as I can, so I can get to that fully-funded Mid-Term Savings Account ASAP.

All in all, it was a quiet weekend, and that was not a bad thing. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday, 16 February 2018

A Boring Long Weekend, For Savings

I will be spending the long weekend in my Eastern Home, and not in the mountains. This will be a pattern for some time to come; there is a reason for this. 

I will be getting the repairs done to Wanda later this month, or rather, most of them. 

The last bit I will have to look into doing some other way, the subcontractor is unable to do the repairs in a timely manner. 

All this while, all this year, I have been putting what I can into savings, and in so doing, building for my future. 

Sure, my savings took a bite due to me paying off the few niceties that I bought myself. Yet I am back on track to building those savings. 

Those savings will take a hit when I pay for these repairs, but not as much of one as I had anticipated. As well, they will not clean out my savings.

I am still focussed on building up my Mid-Term Account to the point that it will contain enough cash for me to live for two years. 

After that I will built up my Long-Term Account to the point that I can start to shop for land (after I put my target dollar amount in there).

I will do this, all while paying my current expenses and staying debt free.

The point is that I have plans and I need, for my own sanity and peace of mind, to build up those savings as soon as I can. 

My real sense of urgency is around fully funding that Mid-Term Account. With that, I can at least relax a bit, knowing that I have a bit of a cushion to land on.

I also, and mainly, just want to get my savings back on target and blowing a few hundred bucks to go to the mountains, when my favourite spot is not available is not worth it.

So, I will stay here, and save as much cash as I can, for my future, and my peace of mind.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Half-Way Through February

Here we are on the ides of February, and all is . . . non-hideous. This is important to me, because in my mind, come March, things will start shifting towards the tolerable. 

At least that is the theory in my mind that I am holding to. At the very least, come March, I should have Wanda back and all fixed.

As in I will be able to cook on my stove and run my furnace . . . yay.

What keeps me going is looking to the future and what it will bring. As it is, my life at present is quite boring and cold. 

It is what it is, and it is the way that it is, because it is necessary. Again, I tolerate winter, I get through it, I do not frolic or revel in it.

I will take these silly markers as progress in order to keep me motivated and on track. 

As I said before, I have frozen my tuchus off to pay the banks back their pound of flesh, so I will freeze my tuchus off to build my future.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine’s Day . . . Again.

Oh joy, it is that day we celebrate love . . . again. I was going to make a blog entry about love and what I want . . . but my feelings have not changed since last year.

I am in a better place, but I am still in frugal mode, so I am not really in a mindset to date. Yet, I am still open to the possibilities, yet I am not holding my breath.

Again, once I start the Homesteading Phase, and have actually moved onto the land or otherwise I am in some sort of fixed address, sure, I will start looking in earnest. 

As far as how things are now? My focus is on living as cheaply as I can, so I can get out of this phase of my life and on into the next one . . . that aforementioned “Homesteading Phase.”

You know, that part of my life when I actually move onto the land and try to make that patch of raw land: a home, a farm and a town.

As for now I will work on me and just be okay with that, be okay with being alone. I would love to have someone in my life, but I will not change my lifestyle to suit anyone.

That is to say, I will make her comfortable, but I will not move into an apartment or other fixed address, just to make her happy, my life is focussed on savings so I can build for my future. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Breaking With The Bad

I find myself getting worked up over stuff that has no impact on my life, and worse still things that I cannot influence at any rate.

I have a habit, or had a habit rather, that found me checking both a certain social media site and various news sites regularly, throughout the day. 

On one hand, it is good to keep up on things, but on the other, sometimes all they can do is serve to aggravate you. In so doing, that can and will negatively impact your life.

I still hear the news in small bits on the radio, and that’s fine. I am still working on me not yelling back at the radio my opinion.

As far as that certain social media site (or all of them for that matter) I find that just scrolling through it will invariably find numerous things to aggravate me. 

I have realized that many people will have many opinions about many things. Not everyone has to agree with me, and that’s okay. 

I just need to get through this world in the best way I know how and let others do the same. I don’t need to make sure that all people think and speak like I do.

All I ask is that we all “play well with others.”

So, I am seriously reducing the time I spend checking the news and social media. I see little point in aggravating myself for no good reason.

Even in the one day that I have been doing this I have noticed a huge improvement in my overall mood. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday, 12 February 2018

I Swiffered My Ceiling

So, there I was, having one of those “why am I doing this?” moments. The weather warmed up to around freezing on Saturday. 

This meant that all of the ice and frost inside the trailer (which had built up on every surface) started to melt. So the dripping started. 

This led me to start to wipe down the ceiling to gather up the water. The rag was frozen long before I finished.

Then, I had to finish the job of removing the water and ice by using my Swiffer to scrub the frost off of the ceiling. 

It was a bit odd but it was needed to be done. 

The other thing that I did this weekend was to do my laundry . . . and organize my clothes storage. 

You see, I have one large overhead cupboard that I use for my clothes storage. It is literally one large rectangular space with two doors in it. 

While it may be okay for those of you whose houses do not move around, it doesn’t work for me. 

Why? Well, what starts out as neat piles in there quickly get knocked over and strewn about after me driving my house down the road. 

So, I came up with this . . . 

Those are clear containers that I can just about get in and out of there by lifting them up and angling them in and out. 

I am able to fit eight containers in there with a bit of space behind the containers and above them as well. 

This way my stuff stays where I put them and I can clearly see what I have. This may seem a bit too “retentive” but I don’t have a chest of drawers.

That little plastic bag tucked in the back there is my bag of lonely socks. 

Those are good socks made lonely by the fact that their partner sock wore out and had to be thrown out. 

They are waiting for another sock to be made lonely so they can be a good new pair. My way of reducing waste. 

Always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday, 9 February 2018

I’m Still Here, Still Determined.

Yeah, it was a might bit nippy this morning, more so than I had expected.

So, this sums up my morning . . . 

Those are not more grey hairs, nor are they white ones; those are frosted and frozen whiskers. This is me after getting to work, after walking that 1km to work in this.

Why? Well you see, as soon as I wake up, but before I get out of bed, I check the weather app, just to see what greets me after emerging from my hibernation. 

This is what I saw . . .

No matter how you slice it . . . that’s cold. Sure, that’s the weather outside, but my trailer is not heated so inside it was hovering around -15C (at best). 

To tell you the truth, I didn’t bother to look at the thermometer in the house.

It takes a special kind of motivation to get out of bed at moments like that, I can assure you of that. (Remember, I sleep in my skivvies.)

By the time I finished getting dressed, my fingers were getting numb and fumbling. This is even though my clothes were laid out at the foot of my bed. 

I didn’t bother to move the truck and trailer, and just walked to work in my plain street clothes. I didn’t even bother to dress up in my cold weather gear. 

(My grumbling, bitching and bemoaning at the injustice of it all kept me warm.)

Yet, I am still here, despite the more cold weather to come. Sure, it is not supposed to be as cold as it was, but it will still be darn cold. 

Yet, I am still surviving and thriving. I stay motivated by looking at my budget and peak a few ahead; so as to see my savings grow. 

I remind myself of my goals and dreams and how enduring this now, is getting me there faster than calling it quits.

I do not like the cold and I hate the bitter cold, but I hate admitting defeat much more . . . so, I’m staying.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!