Thursday, 27 February 2020

Thanks For Your Encouragement

I would like to thank everyone for all of your kind words for me to keep going. I shall do so, as long as I think I am doing some good in doing so.

As I said before, I am always open to questions or to offer what advice I can. Or just feedback . . . preferably constructive criticism (rather than “are you freaking kidding me?” 

Anyways, so yesterday was a warmer day than usual and it looks to remain so for the next while (well . . . so far . . . at least at the time this blog entry was posted).

So this means that things have been defrosting, at have for a bit. I am talking about the contents of my black water tank. 

I think I may actually be able to dump at least some of it come Friday afternoon. 

With the fee to dump being 50 cents at my local truck stop (usually) it is worth a shot. We shall see what happens, but any “water” that I can get out of there would be great.

The fee is so low because a few years ago the fresh water line cracked over the winter and like most things at this particular truck stop, they have never fixed it.

I am particularly looking forward to a drained black water tank, as I would really like to use my toilet again. 

With the weather turning “not reeeeaaaly” cold I can (or usually could) start to use my toilet again, but not my fresh water. (This is Fall/Spring Mode).

Yet when all I see when I see when I look down the toilet is ice, I can’t do that. So, we shall try to drain as much as I can from that Black Water Tank on Friday.

You know, ‘cause “Winter Mode” sucks. (As in I can’t use my sinks or toilet). 

Anyways, one thing at a time and I am thankful for the warm weather. (Yet still aware that -87C temperatures may still come back at any moment . . . in July . . . this is the prairies after all.)

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

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

To Blog, Or Not To Blog

I’m just not sure if I should keep blogging, to be honest. I am just not sure if there is enough interesting things happening in my life that is worthy of being reported daily.

I am working, and work is work, same old, same old. I am writing again, that’s good. 

Though it is a book series that I am not sure I will ever publish (despite working on book 5 of a 6 book series). 

It’s one of those things where I ask “who would ever publish this?” as there is something in there (a few as a matter of fact) to offend just about everyone.

It’s really fun to write though.

I know that people want closure, as to what is happening to me on this journey, yet unless I get a large influx of cash anytime soon (seriously unlikely) the next phase of my life will be years away.

I may blog once a week, with a weekly update, like I did at the beginning. As it stands now, I am just unsure if this blog is doing any good for anyone anymore.

I will always be available for questions and advice, that won’t change.

The question of if I should blog anymore is still up in the air.

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

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

The Ever Ticking Clock

Time is the one thing we both have, yet don’t have. For while we have it to spend, we do not have it to save.

We can both use time to our advantage, yet also fritter it away. Such is the dilemma of time.

We can either use the comfort of routine to better ourselves and/or our finances by establishing new routines to do just that.

That way, as we go about our daily lives doing that what is normal to us: our routines, we will slowly and surly make things better.

Or we can do nothing and watch time tick by and wonder why our lives are getting none the better.

Remember, that when it comes to time, the choice is yours what to do with it.

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

Monday, 24 February 2020

The Homestead Fund Update

Okay, so it is that time again, when I update how my progress is going on my “Grand Savings Plan!” (to build my "Homestead Fund") 

Okay, so let’s see how I did . . . 

For review, here is how things looked from last payday . . .

That is 18.1% (of my Savings Target).

And this is how things look like, after the dust settled on this payday’s budget . . . 

That’s right things jumped up to 18.8% of my savings target. 

That means I put away 0.7% of my total Savings Target this payday. It was good progress, but still not enough to cross off a square.

I am still on target to get to 20% by the payday of March 22nd (a month from now). it feels like it is so long away, but it really isn’t.

Also, getting to 20% is a psychological barrier to me. It seems like it is the minimum that I need in the bank to not be totally screwed.

I will keep building my savings one payday at a time and keep looking to the successes that I have achieved rather than the things I have not accomplished.

I will get there, I have a ways to go, but as long as I keep making some progress each payday and keep focussed on my goal, I will get there: I will have land and a home (without wheels).

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

Friday, 21 February 2020

Moving Forward

Here we are at the almost end of February (one week away) and I am ever hopeful to be moving forward in a number of ways.

The most obvious is to be moving forward (and away) from winter. It has been cold, not as cold as it could have been and not very cold for as long as it could have been.

So, those are good things and I am thankful for that. 

I am also moving forward with regards to my savings as it is payday tomorrow. That is another positive thing that I am thankful for.

There are many uncertainties when it comes to life and the future, all I can do is do what I can and find a way to move forward.

I will deal with what comes as it comes.

The best way to deal with things as I move forward is to do so with a positive outlook, as well as try to prepare for whatever may come, as best as you can.

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

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Patience Amongst Chaos

It has been said that the thing that does people in when in the midst of chaos and upheaval is panic.

So, it must be true that when times are turbulent and things seem to be falling apart, that you must be calm and take a rational approach to whatever it is that you face.

I want my homesteading future to start now, and I want a number of other things.

The frustrating thing is that I need money to do all of those things. Short of a lottery win or other such windfall, all I have is my paycheque.

So I have the frustratingly slow pace of taking a step forward each payday and feeling like I am getting nowhere.

All while thinking that the world is falling apart and things are going from bad to worse.

The thing is that, pretty much, the world has always felt like things are bad and that great calamity is about to befall us.

All I can do is take my little step each payday and work slowly towards my goals . . . one step at a time . . . one payday at a time.

And above all: Keep your head up, your attitude positive and keep moving forward!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Focus On The Now

I have recently been pondering just what I want my future to look like. (Something I do this time of year . . . question my life’s choices that brought me here).

There are positives in living in my RV year round:

1. Freedom.
2. Wherever I park, I am home.
3. Increased cash flow (no rent or utilities to pay).
4. Increased cash for savings.

Yet it is the permanent impermanence that I don’t like. Again, that is why I am working towards buying something: land, cabin, etc.

Yet it is the after that that bothers me, the how to I make a living after doing that, that gives me a moment of pause.

That and “how much savings is enough?”

Which then leads to questions of just giving up and staying working here, at work until I am shoved out the door at the retirement age of (whatever it will be for me to qualify for a pension, if the pension fund is still there by then).

If I do that, I might as well just buy a small condo and give up on the whole “homestead” idea.

All things to consider and all with no easy answers.

The one thing I can do is focus on the here and now, as while I make up my mind, I can continue to build my savings, as the one thing that any of those futures will need is savings.

Even if I build a “tiny home” on the back of a large delivery truck or convert a school bus.

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