The turn of a year…

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I can NOT believe that I haven’t posted since August.

This thing called 2019 has torn me into bits, scattered me to the wind, and had too many people trying to put the puzzle back together again.

I have always been the person who loves to work, loves to help, loves to come up with the unusual way to correct a situation. A troubleshooter, maverick, champion. When I’m the one that needs the help, things get weird. And I think that was the whole point.

My bills got overwhelming, and they forced me into a very uncomfortable and kind of unknown corner. This girl came out fighting. Since it seemed that environmental consulting was stalled for the year, I looked elsewhere. Within about six weeks in August and September, I interviewed for and got a job with a lovely local insurance company. It amused me that — without an insurance license — I beat out the competition! I pushed to get said license, and am slowly becoming an integral part of the agency. While I’m still fumbling around, I’m growing and I’ve been helpful at the agency.

As part of a very creative group of writers who had grand plans to blog their way to a book within a year, I amassed so much copy — but fell short of the goal. Alas, I decided not to publish, although 5 of the 15 of us did. I thought I should wait until we’re out of the trailer. At no point did I think, “Gee, why not a sequel?” Hopefully, I’ll gather my posts and collate them soon, and join the 5 who can now say that they are published authors!!

A fortuitous coincidence happened as a result of the blog group: besides making some lifetime (and awesome!) friends, other connections came about. I knew one of the bloggers was an energy worker because it was peripherally the theme of her blogs — and she knew I was an energy worker because I talked about it occasionally. Anna Marie finally put two and two together, talked to the owner of the therapy center where she worked, and after a brief interview, I start there next Saturday, doing a gentle Japanese healing art called Jin Shin Jyutsu! Two and two makes four — I start on the 4th!

Slowly, slooowwly, a picture is coming together of 2020; a series of vignettes, as it were. I am working with three environmental consultants now — all wanting me to help clients that need an environmental engineer’s expertise for a few days each month — which is exactly what I envisioned when I started back into environmental engineering. I’ll do Jin Shin Jyutsu on Saturdays and some evenings, and I’ll get as much from the sessions as my clients will. And I’ll help out the insurance office part-time as well. Busy, happy, helping them and helping me.

As we end 2019, which was unusual and difficult for many (read: learning experience), I want to thank it and wish it well — and I don’t want to repeat it. It was all worth it, all of it. And as we welcome 2020, may we have the “vision” to “envision” a way to use all of those learning experiences to have a balanced, adventurous, prosperous, creative, and Happy New Year!!

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The trailer has made me lazy

Now that the weather is getting nicer more often, we’re busier in our lives — and planning to start actually demolishing the inside of the house. I have a goal of being moved in around October, even if I may not have a second floor by then.

The trailer has created a “situation”, however. I’ve become complacent and comfortable. Frank and I have places for what we need in this tiny space, and now it takes effort for me to move toward the next step.

Take something as simple as income taxes as an example. I know exactly where the files are for last year to reference as I prepare this year’s filing. Have I walked the 50 feet or so to grab them out of the house? No. Something that simple, and I don’t want to go fetch. Continue reading “The trailer has made me lazy”

Can we get closer?

I’ve described the size of the interior of the trailer as small. I swear I’ve met myself turning around inside the thing. (I know I’ve met myself inside the shower! Scared me, too!)

When we’re not working, whether away from here or doing projects, Frank and I spend time together inside the trailer. By together, I mean side-by-side on the one sofa. Good thing we like each other.

We’ve always been close and enjoyed doing things together, yet we weren’t sure how this experiment was going to go. We hoped we had what it took, but as you know, until you’re in the situation, you just can’t tell. Continue reading “Can we get closer?”

Brrr, it’s cold…

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We’ve been going through the same really cold snap as half the country these past several days. We had snow, then rain, then more snow, then below-zero temps just like many of you. It got cold enough to freeze the heated water hose from the house to the trailer, so we haven’t had water for two days — but the temps are projected into the 40s and 50s over the weekend, so that will help.

Frank has contracted to plow at a hospital/medical center when we get about an inch or more of snow, so he’s finally been busy in January. He was out most of Saturday night doing a clean-up, and I agreed to shovel out the driveway before he got back. I bundled up and headed out around 6:45 a.m. Continue reading “Brrr, it’s cold…”

Things we take for granted…

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You know, this trailer life sometimes makes me long for a house, any house. I never dreamed that there were so many things I took for granted, simply because they’ve existed in my world from birth. Running water, electricity, heat, garbage collection, a real bathroom, a real kitchen (even when I don’t cook), etc., etc.

Please realize that I’m not complaining about this situation. My husband and I made a choice that would be unusual for most people, including us. I’m learning all kinds of work-arounds in this weensy dorm-room-like setting. And then I think about all the folks that don’t have any type of shelter or who have been forced into, well, a corner. Continue reading “Things we take for granted…”