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.

Camping & Crutches

Before you ask, no I did not go camping on crutches but yes I am on crutches and yes we had planned to go camping this past weekend but that was before I ended up on crutches This put an end to our camping plans with my parents. My parents ended up going without us this past weekend because I was in too much pain and can’t get very far on the crutches, I was only able to get to the washroom and back before my back and neck were in extreme pain.

I fell on Sunday June 10th, just after we got back from the Salt Marsh Trail. I had already wrote and scheduled the last two posts so I didn’t bother updating them I ended up injuring my ankle, knee, back and neck on my left side. At first I was more concerned about my back and neck. I went to see the on call doctor on Monday and he said I likely sprained my knee and ankle and soft tissue injuries to my back and neck. He put me off work till the end of the week. Within a day or two though I was unable to put weight on my left leg.

I ended up going back Friday for a follow up and was told that I have severely sprained my ankle and knee both and he was also concerned I might have fractured something in my knee or ankle so he wanted x-rays to rule out any fractures. He was concerned enough he told me to get a pair of crutches and stay off the leg till the x-rays came back. He didn’t want me walking on a fractured ankle. I haven’t heard anything back yet so I assume no news is good news

I plan to try and make an appointment tomorrow morning to go back and confirm and find out if I can start slowly putting more weight on it. I was told I might need physio as well. I am still in a lot of pain and the crutches really bother my back so I am trying to stay off it as much as possible. Hopefully this wont be much of a set back in terms of walking and hiking and camping and that within a few weeks I’ll be back to normal mostly.

My parents actually gave us a new tent today. They bought it for us for our birthdays which are coming up the beginning of July. So I am really excited to be able to get a few weekends of camping in hopefully this summer and if I have to camp on crutches I will! Just kidding. Hopefully it wont come to that. I should be back to work this week or Monday at the latest as I have Sunday booked off already.

You know it’s summer when the pool goes up!

Last summer my parents bought a 22 feet long by 12 feet wide swimming pool that is 4.5 feet deep. They intended to get it up last year but it didn’t fit in the yard I guess my father was so excited by the price of it he didn’t take into consideration the amount of flat land to put it on in their back yard. So he spent most of the spring, summer and fall of last year trucking in dirt, old wood from decks people were tearing down and bricks and he built up an area big enough to hold the pool in a yard that slopes drastically.

This spring he has managed to get it to a point that we are laying out the pool and should have it ready by the end of June so that we can get July, August and maybe early September if it is warm enough out of it. Eddie and I have been helping him when we can between work and everything else. I am so excited that it is almost there. We are going to lay out the pool tomorrow and then he is going to over the next week or two with our help on the weekends finish off the retaining wall and start filling it.

In the past they had a round pool that was I think 16 or 18 feet and about 3.5 or 4 feet deep and then the summer before last they had a smaller round pool just to cool off that was 3.5 feet deep. Just to cool off in. I always loved having a pool as a kid or teenager. We never had huge pools, this is the biggest they have ever had. It will be big enough and deep enough to actually get some exercise in. It’ll be so refreshing to spend the weekends in the pool. It’s too bad I didn’t work a mid shift because it’s to early to get time in the pool before work and to late after work. We only live about a 10 minute drive from my parents.

They bought for one of the other pools a salt water chlorinator which chlorinates using salt rather then chlorine and and is healthier, it feels nice and silky smooth on the skin and you smell like you got out of a fresh clean ocean when you get out. I love the way it smells and feels when it’s set up correctly (had a few issues with that in the past). I can’t wait to get it up and get in the pool.

I could spend hours in a pool, lake, ocean or on a beach. I love the water. I love boats and being on the water as much as being in the water. I love living so close to ocean and being near the harbour and out on the bays nearby. I can spend hours swimming in a lake so long as the fish are small and there are no leaches. I love the ocean as long as there are not a lot of jelly fish around. Jelly fish stings hurt! Pools are my favorite though. I love pools especially salt water ones. Chester has a salt water pool called The Lido which fills when the tide is high from ocean water but in a real pool. It’s kinda neat. I have seen it numerous times but never went, kind of the best of both worlds though.