Monday 29 February 2016

Tangible Turnaround

Dateline Calgary, Friday the 26th of February.

Fifteen people were taken to hospital suffering from what turned out to be temporary blindness due to staring into two cylinders of intensely bright light. 

After subsequent investigation it was determined that the sources of the light were in fact one man’s white and pasty legs. 

It seems that with the plus 17C weather he decided to wear shorts outside for the first time in months. The sun was reflected off of his legs and caused the blindness. The man has since apologized and put pants back on.

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The weather is steadily getting warmer and my bank balance is steadily getting bigger. It is safe to say that things are moving in the right direction. I say this not to brag but more as a mantra and confirmation to myself.

I do see things getting steadily better from here, because I choose to. I will be the first to admit that it is a struggle, a daily struggle, to stay positive and keep moving forward, but it a struggle worth fighting. 

I have many reasons to be angry and frustrated but I also have many more reasons to be positive and proud. 

Even if we just look at the past two years and all that I have accomplished, that is and should be enough to keep going and do so with my head held high and proud. (Not arrogant, mind you, but proud).

As I was grocery shopping for another batch of my Taco Meat-Filler-Stuff I found myself getting nostalgic and remembering the foods that I used to buy and enjoy, ones that I can’t now, 

Such as Cinnamon Waffles fresh from the toaster. I used to love those things, either with maple syrup or yes peanut butter, and melted marge of course.  

Now the only way I get toast is to lay it flat in the middle of the frying pan and keep flipping it, not quite the same thing as stuffing it in a toaster and I don’t even want to try a frozen waffle. 

I am well entrenched in “I can’t spend a dime” mode, and will be for a month or two . . . (pause and think on that for a moment).

I will get myself into a financial position where I am more comfortable, I will get there and more importantly, I will have my down payment and I will get that acreage that I want.

My goal is to get from one payday to the next without spending a thing out of the account that I haven’t planned to. As in, nothing, not a dime of “oh what the heck” spending. 

I realize that this is kinda nuts considering the amount of money that I am putting into savings each month. This is needed though, as if I don’t I will have to wait till next year to buy a house. 

That is not acceptable as I reeeeeeeaaaaaaalllllyyyy don’t want to endure another Winter (or Fall, or even Anti-Fall) in an RV. 

(Have I mentioned how much I loathe the cold?)

So, yes, I will continue on, and I will do so with a proud and positive attitude.  

P.S. Yeah it was warm on Friday so I did wear: shorts, sandals and a loose shirt, but no, nobody was blinded.

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