Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dadwatch Day 17 - Life in the ICU

Dad has showed immense progress. Is he speaking? Not really. But he has begun to nod yes and no. Not with 100% accuracy but enough for us to know he is there. From time to time he will get this faraway look but when he is alert and present it is wonderful. As far as his strength, he amazes us. He tries with all his might to pull himself up with one good arm (that had limited mobility and was arthritic prior to this). So his determination to get better is there. Days like these are bittersweet because I'm happy for him but sad that I still have to go to the hospital and leave my family. Mr. Man has been my rock and for that I love him even more. I'm hoping tomorrow brings more good things. I'm off to get a few winks before I leave.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dadwatch Day 13 - Life in the ICU

I know I haven't put up any Dadwatcch posts before this but frankly I'm bored out my mind. Dad is sleeping and I'm here watching closed caption tv on mute. There was just a code blue a few doors down and thankfully the person seems to be okay. My days are filled with doctors, nurses, therapists, paperwork and other stuff  that makes everything at times difficult to deal with.  I just want to sit here with Dad and talk. Unfortunately, he can't speak so it's hours of yes, no, blank stares, half smiles and attempts to get up although half his body won't cooperate. I feel like my kids and husband are being ignored although not one has complained. I feel like my life is not mine but everyone else's. Frankly, I'm burning out and I know it. I want to cry daily, especially when I leave my kids in the evening to come to the hospital. They are continually making sacrifices that kids shouldn't have to make. I'm thankful for Mr. Man who has been amazing but eventually for my sanity a stopping point must be reached. I have to learn to create a better balance somehow. I've been leaning on my faith the past couple of weeks and that is the only thing that helps me deal with it all. I hope my next update will be
full of good news, rainbows and sunshine. Until then, hug your dads tight  and tell them you love them because tomorrow is never promised.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

When life throws you 10000 curveballs!

Dad has been in the ICU for 11 days now. I'm not sure what tomorrow brings. But I'm trying to take it  day by day. While I want my Dad  to get better and walk out of this hospital, I have to realize the opposite may be a possibility. He's in his late eighties and the thought of living life without him is extremely difficult. For the past 5 years, I've seen him almost daily and we had our routine of breakfast, driving and getting scratchers. We were each other's buddy. So now, I find myself lost. I want my Dad and buddy back but more than that I don't want him to suffer. I will continue to cheer him on as long as he continues fighting. In the end, he and the man upstairs determine what happens next.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Selling Our Car to Pay Debt!

Earlier this year, Mr. Man and I paid off my car. We were so excited to own my car free and clear. Shortly afterwards, we purchased a car for Kiddo#1. It was an excellent buy, reliable and held its value pretty well. Fast forward to this past week, Mr. Man and I had been throwing the idea around that Kiddo #1 still was not 100% ready to drive on their own. My car literally was sitting in the driveway collecting cobwebs and was going to require some work soon. I pitched Mr. Man the idea of selling my car to pay off debt. He was hesitant at first but thankfully came around. Yesterday, we sold my car directly to the dealership. With what we made we paid one card completely and another about 99% off. It feels great to be rid of those payments. I see the light at the end of our debt tunnel. Its still quite long but there is a tiny little light shining on the other end!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Money Spent and Closing the Antique Booth

Money made today: $18
Money spent today: $31

Another day of more spending money than making money. Hoping sales pick up soon. Money spent today was breakfast with Dad and a trip to the pharmacy.

I went by the antique booth today and decided to give my move out notice.  Although I enjoy going, its just not profitable enough to continue spending my time there. I decided its time to move on to hopefully bigger and better things. I'm relieved actually.

I didn't list much today but I did declutter some. I have a small pile left in our bedroom that I have to go through which I'm excited about. I can't remember the last time my home felt like a house and not a thrift store. LOL!

I hope to list 5 items tomorrow and possibly sell some clothes for cash locally.

Have a great evening!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Money Spent and life update

Money made today - $0
Money spent today-  $125

I decided to start noting my money made and spent on each blog. I'm interested to see what is actually coming in versus going out. As you can see, I'm in the red for the day.We are in the process of preparing for a summer trip so I'm trying to keep spending  LOW.  Today's spending consisted of $115 for my doctor copay and a balance that was due from my last visit after insurance. The remaining $10 was for fresh flowers for my mom's gravesite. I try to take some at least once a month. She loved growing and receiving fresh flowers when she was alive. It was one of those things she hoped we would do for her when she passed.

Ebay was a bit slow at the beginning of the summer but sales have begun to pick up this month.

We took a trip at the beginning of summer and paid it completely with cash! Woohoo for us. For this next trip to see my inlaws, I'm trying really hard to budget with cash. Keeping fingers crossed!

Things at the antique booth are okay. I'm able to make my rent and then some but I'm considering closing up shop because its just not producing enough for me. I think my time would be better spent branching out on different social media platforms.

I'm off to continue listing before I make dinner. Hope everyone has a great evening!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Side Hustles, Decluttering and Grocery Delivery

Good Morning! I've been up since 630 am trying to find items to take to a cash for clothes place that opened up recently. Its a Mom and Pop place. A friend had mentioned it a few weeks ago and then again yesterday. She stopped by and received about 40 dollars for 11 items of clothing. That may not seem like a lot but for clothes that was going to give away that is not bad. I had a stack of clothing that was not really Ebay worthy yet I knew it still had some value. So, I took it on over and left 10 minutes later with $60. I decluttered and made $$. Today, I'm headed over with some items and we will see how it goes.

I will also continue to declutter as well as file and shred mountains of old paperwork. I so despise doing it but I need to clear this stuff that really holds me back at times. Clean house = more productive me!

Hopefully, by 2 this afternoon, I can get to taking pictures and listing at least 5 items on Ebay. I need to generate some much needed income. Today, my goal is at least $50 in sales.  I'm trying to supplement our food budget because our kiddos are out of school and eating everything in sight. I'm seriously trying to avoid going to get fast food since it never satisfies their hunger. As long as I have fruit, veggies and sandwich fixings, they are good.

I've recently discovered the joys of home delivery for my groceries! I had tried the order online and pickup at the grocery store / Walmart. That was fine but this is even better. The service is Instacart and after two deliveries I am HOOKED! I ordered online, scheduled same day delivery and voila! groceries are at my doorstep. The delivery lady is super nice and the best part is the service is for a year. I do try to tip well since I'm saving a ton by not impulse buying a ton of junk! You can click here to get $10 off your first order and save a ton of time too!

Homemade burgers are what's for dinner tonight. Instead of fries we are doing sliced cucumbers. For dessert we are going to have fruit.

Off to reclaim my home from the clutter monster! Hoping each one of you has a super day!