Feeling sick & a to-do list

I have been thinking a little about some things I want to get done around the house both inside and out. I wasn’t feeling that good yesterday and started writing this post then and am having a hard time concentrating so I figured I would give up on work for the evening and just watch TV or read and write another blog post for tomorrow. I’m not sure why I feel sick but it started last night with some nausea and a headache and today I have felt really sick to my stomach and just a general uneasy/unwell feeling. I’m guessing a bit of a stomach bug or something. I took some gravol and fell asleep on the couch for about 90 minutes. I woke up feeling about the same.

We got up at 7 a.m. and were supposed to be on the road by about 7:30 to 8 a.m. with my Mom to Halifax to do some packing and cleaning the apartment but my Mom left Brighton about 7:10 and got as far as the exit to Digby (2 exits before us) and she couldn’t see 2 feet in front of her it was snowing so bad. She’s uncomfortable driving in the snow so we rescheduled for Tuesday and are going to go up than with her and maybe Dad too and do some packing, cleaning and sorting through our stuff as we are going to get rid of some things.

In the meantime, I have been thinking a lot about the outside of the house. The picture above is the front of the house. Dad and Eddie need to fix the window because it leaks but it is a nice big single pane window.  I want to rebuild the bird house myself and plant some flowers around it. They will also be redoing the deck in the spring/summer. There are 3 apple trees around pack (somewhat neglected) and a raspberry bush. My Dad mentioned planting a garden for us. So I’ve kind of come up with a to-do list of things I want to do around the house both inside and out. I have to run some of it by Mom and Dad as they own the place but it’s mostly things that need to be done anyways. The shed needs to be painted as well but I love the property. My parents eventually plan to retired here so it would be nice if it is all done by the time they do.

Outside I want to prune the apple trees and raspberry bushes and look into what else we can plant. I want to get Dad and Eddie to build us a little vegetable garden box so I can plant some veggies. I want to create a few areas around the house to plant some flowers. I have to check because there might be a few places, everything is badly overgrown. I need to do a little research as I have never really done any of this stuff myself, other than helping my parents from time to time, but my Dad is good at gardening and enjoys it.

Inside my Dad and Eddie will be dividing the bedroom back up into two smaller bedrooms from the larger bedroom with small little room through a curtain that it currently is and they are supposed to be doing that sometime in the next month or two, maybe early in the new year. We need a second full bedroom as we plan to apply to be foster parents in the new year and the room needs to be finished before we do. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture below because the rooms are so small and with furniture in them it’s hard to get in a position to take a good picture but there is basically a false wall between the two rooms with a curtain as a doorway and the door to the left in the picture is actually the door to what will be the second bedroom. I want to finish a few little things like mouldings, door frames etc, that were never finished and maybe paint the living room as well. I don’t mind putting our own money into it as long as Mom and Dad are okay with the things we do as eventually the house will go to Denton and myself anyways, that and Mom and Dad would likely reimburse us anyways and we wouldn’t do anything without running it by them anyways.

Maybe you can see better in the picture below, in between the two doors you can see where the old wall was and in the bathroom picture further below the hole to the right of the bathtub is right on the other side of where the light switch and thermostat is and the door on the right actually opens into the bathroom right now. The door on the left is for bedroom #1 (master) main bedroom and opens into the living room. So yeah the door on the right will be for bedroom #2 (small). The bedroom I think would have been the same size at one time but he took some of it which were supposed to be a closet in the bathroom, which was never finished. Once the wall is removed and a new one put back where it was a long time ago each room will have its own door. We also need to install a light in bedroom #2 and an electric heater, the wiring is there already for the heater but the heater was out in the shed broken so my Dad is going to buy a new one.

Secondly, they also need to finish the bathroom as right now there is a giant hole in the wall/closet. So to the right of the bathtub that will be a linen closet to my understanding and then where the towel rack currently is the sink is going to be moved there and the walls all finished and the toilet moved closer to the tub so we can make a little entryway into bedroom #2 as right now the only access would be through the bathroom, you would need to go into the bathroom and close the door to get at the door for bedroom #2. Not the best set up so Dad wants to try and make a little entryway/hall for the second bedroom apart from the bathroom. The tub is going to be refinished and a new tub surround put up, new walls and paint and new flooring as well (some of the floorboards also need replacing).

I can’t wait for it to all be done and should be before summer hopefully! Right now the bathroom is a bit of a nightmare for someone terrified of spiders, at least the winter shouldn’t be too bad. It’s too cold for them, but spring is going to be a pain so hopefully they will get that done before it warms up to much. We will likely stay at my parents for a few days while they do it. Paint fumes really bother my Asthma. If you’d like to see more pictures of the house you can find them in this post.

I’m having a bit of a hard time getting into a routine but I know it will be easier once Edward has a job and I have some quiet time to type and get some things done. I have to say he has been wonderful though and has kept the place clean and tidy and has chopped wood, cooked, cleaned and all the other housework while I type. I just find it really hard to get myself up in the mornings before 9 a.m. I really struggle even if I go to bed by 11 p.m. I still can’t seem to get up and get moving. Tomorrow. My goal is bed at 11 p.m. and up at 7 a.m. but I am really struggling with it.

Working from home

We’ve been in Digby now for 2 full weeks, half way through our 3rd week. In this time Edward had not worked at all for the first two weeks. Department of fisheries stopped the boats from going out so there were no lobsters. He finally got a call Monday night he was working Tuesday. I drove him in at 6 a.m. to Digby to meet Dad and Denton at Tim Hortons. He worked from 7 a.m. to about 6 p.m. and I went back into town to meet them at Tim Horton’s again and then we were going to grab some groceries at the Superstore. We got groceries, got back in the car and got about 3 minutes down the road and I started to have issues breathing and felt like I was having an Asthma attack, something I haven’t really had much in years, just the occasional one. By the time we got home I was really having issues.

What neither of us considered in this whole thing is I am allergic to shell fish! Of all the things not to take into consideration, that had to be the worst one not to think of. We made it home, I didn’t have an inhaler but he did, so I took his. I made him strip out in the lean-to and throw his clothes right in the washer and I washed them twice. We talked it over and decided we couldn’t chance it as I have gone into anaphalactic shock before from eating shell fish. We just never considered the smell an issue or touch, just ingestion. I had heard of people reacting to the smell but never really experianced it myself. Only ever had issues if trying to eat it. On top of that he came home soaked and reeking of it. Needless to say he now has to look for another job. He’s frustrated and I feel for him he hates not working and not bringing in money for us. But we will survive, we just can’t chance it. On a good note though he has an interview at Walmart.

As for me I have been working exclusively from home transcribing and I have to say I love it! I really do. It gives me so much flexibility. I can sit and type for 2-3 hours, break for 30 minutes or so then type again. I can take a few hours anywhere in the day to run errands, clean up or do whatever I want. I can work 12 hours one day and 6 hours the next. I can take a day whenever I need it (as long as there is nothing that is a rush and needs to be done ASAP). I can get up, putter around, sit down, type, get up, move around and I can sit and type infront of the fire or the TV (or both ) I can work in PJ’s or sweats or get dressed and I don’t have to deal with customers on the phone or face to face and I can still make pretty close to what I was making in the city.

I still hope maybe to get hired on by the bank I was working for and still technically work for for the next 3 months at the local branch here in Digby but if I end up not getting on I may just continue working from home as long as Eddie finds a job with benefits. That’s my only real concern, that we have some kind of benefits to cover my insulin, needles, test strips and libre sensors but we could look into purchasing insurance. There are garenteed plans if needed in case neither of us has benefits but they cost a bit more, but we will figure it out.

I also signed up for a transcription work from home website and have done a few small things for them and got graded really high for the work. It’s not legal either so it’s like typing up video or other regular transcription type stuff. I really want to look into staying home and working especially if we plan to go ahead with our foster parenting plan and it pays okay, not as good as the work that I am doing for my mom’s business but it’s still decent and would help out if I need extra work or need a little extra money on top of what she is paying me. So I’m not too worried.

I’ve also been able to take an hour or two each evening before bed to read as well, which I am really happy and excited about. I have read about 4 books in the last two weeks and have a bunch more on hold through my local libraries through the app so that I can read them on my phone. I can’t wait to start a list of books I want to read. There is something so warm and comforting about stretching out on the couch in front of a warm fire on a cold winters night with a good ghost story or other book and reading by the light of the fire with a bowl of popcorn (or the occasional chocolate bar, yes being diabetic doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself once in a while) and to be able to do it every night. I feel like I am in heaven!

I would like to start walking a few times a week initally and then eventually every day as well. I want to get myself into a routine. Up by 6:30 to 7 a.m. get showered, dressed and start working by 7:30 to 8 a.m. until 1 or 2 p.m. with a 5-10 min break each hour or so to get up move around, load the dishwasher, sweep etc and then a hour or two in the afternoon to run chores, clean, cook or whatever. Then work from around 2 or 3 p.m. until about 5 or 6 p.m. then eat and maybe go for a walk then back working around 6:30 or 7 p.m. until about 9 or 10 p.m. and then relax until bed and watch TV or read or play cards, game, etc and just spend some time with Eddie.

Supper time and weekends will be family time, and we can have the occasionally night where I just don’t work after supper and we go out or something. It’ll be easier once he is working and I can kind of set it around his hours so that we can have some time in the evenings and on weekends/days off to have family time or dates etc. Money wise I think once he is working and I get into a routine it will not take long for us to start saving since we really owe nothing but the car and less then $1000 on our visa which I plan to pay off and just use the way we were last year and paying it off each statement.

I think this is going to be a lot better for us in the long run once we have it all figured out. As long as we can pay all our bills/rent and set some aside for savings each month I will be happy to live a simpler life here without all the extras we don’t really need or want that city life kind of pushes on you.

Digby, Nova Scotia

So we are somewhat moved into the cottage in Digby. Here’s some photos of it. It’s small so it’s a bit hard to get good pictures. There are none of the washroom because it has a big hole in the wall where a closet will eventually be and it is being redone this spring so I didn’t bother. I will do some before and after pictures later. The kitchen is fairly recently redone and the wood stove is pretty new.

The living room is a pretty yellow color that looks kind of rustic. There are a few things that the previous owner only half ass finished so there are some holes in the walls lol. We covered my mom’s love seat with a blanket to help prevent our cat from scratching it and to protect it some. He’s claws are clipped and I have some of those nail caps I need to try and get on him tonight or tomorrow. Currently I am sitting on this couch typing. I am working right now for my Mom doing transcription again. I am looking for a job but haven’t found aything yet.

This is the wood stove. It’s small but perfect any bigger and you wouldn’t be able to get around it throws off a lot of heat and has a fan in the back. It heats the whole place but there is electric heat as well.

This is a couch the previous owner made. The cover for it hadn’t been put on yet and was just sitting on it. Again with the cat I want it covered. There are two really nice windows. The one to the left in the picture is leaking so they had to put plastic on the outside of the window for the winter. Dad’s going to see if he can fix it or get it fixed in the spring.

We have a fairly new kitchen with black and stainless steel appliances. There is a nice Fridge which is currently not working right. We are going to defrost the freezer tonight and see if that fixes it, if not Dad is going to call an appliance repair person tomorrow. There is a nice stove and large microwave and also a dishwasher.

There is a small dining room/utility room on the other side of the kitchen with a washer and dryer and when we get our table and chairs from Halifax they will go there. There is a lean-to portch outside the back with a door to it to the right of the washer and dyer which you can kind of see from this picture below.

And lastly the bedroom(s). I only took a picture of one part of it where the bed is but facing the opposite direction is another room that is right now a big walk in closet or smaller bedroom. It was 2 rooms at one point but someone changed it. So this winter Dad and Eddie are changing it back to two rooms. The door for the second room is actually in the bathroom at the moment but they are going to change that around at some point and make a little entry way if they can. The woman who lives beside us at one point and they are going to ask her to show them how it was I think.

Edward went to orientation for his job yesterday which was about an hour but they are going to call him sometime in the next few days to give him his schedule. It looks like it will be 3 days on and 3 days off, 12 hour days. He can do 4 if he wants and there is overtime available.

I am hoping we can get back up to the city this coming weekend to do some cleaning up there and bring our table and chairs and some more boxes.