Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a good holiday season! Eddie and I had a great Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve at home in front of the fire while watching It’s a Wonderful Life and sipping hot chocolate (reduced sugar one for me). The only thing that would have made Christmas any more wonderful would have been cuddling on the couch together but we only have one comfy couch and one not so comfy one and the comfy one is only a small love seat which really is not big enough for the two of us. He almost always gives up the comfy couch to me. We went to bed after the movie finished around 11 p.m. because we wanted to get up fairly early in the morning to drive over to Mom and Dad’s for breakfast and presents.

We got up about 7 a.m and drove over just after 8 a.m. to my parent’s place. My parents gave us all the stuff from “Santa” for Christmas. We got a new 12 piece reversible comforter set for our bed in blue and beige and a car remote starter kit which hasn’t arrived yet as they had to order it from a store up in Halifax and some gift cards. I got 2 sets of PJ’s, 2 sweaters for work (oh and I got a job like 3 days before Christmas but I’ll explain more about the below), socks, a toque and a Fortnight hoodie and my father had the idea of putting lots of chocolate and candy lose in all our stockings which is why it is in a ziplock bag.  I am ashamed to say I ate most of it already. So much for self control.

I laid all of my presents out on the bed on top of our new comforter set which came with 4 pillowcases, 2 shams, 3 throw pillows, a flat and fitted sheet and the comforter below and took a picture:

Eddies stuff is not in the picture because he had it all put away but he got 2 pairs of PJ bottoms (apparently sets are hard to get for men), 2 long sleeve t-shirts, socks, a toque, a spaetzle maker (we love spaetzle and he cooks more then I do) and honestly I can’t remember what else he got but I feel like there was more. Oh yeah, we both got 3 expansion packs each for Cards Against Humanity. He got expansion packs 1, 2 & 3 and I got 4, 5 & 6. Mom didn’t realise they were just the expansion packs so we still need to get the main game but that’s okay. We love playing it and you can get it online for about $35.

My parents also bought a dart board for out in the 3-season room at their place for Denton, Eddie and I or anyone who wants to play. They had made a skating rink outside but it leaked and the water all came out before it could freeze over so we never got to go skating which we wanted to start as a Christmas tradition. I am so looking forward to Eddie and I started some of our own Christmas traditions over the next few years. Ones I hope will include kids eventually. I can’t wait to get going on the paperwork to foster. We have to get the bedroom’s finished first and the bathroom so it’s still on hold until after the holidays.

We had Christmas dinner at their place at about 3 p.m.  A traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings and then hung out till about 5 until we headed back to the cottage. We finished the evening with Season 3 of Fuller House which I hadn’t watched yet.  Boxing day we just stayed home and watched more Christmas movies and more of Fuller House and then today Eddie and Dad went to finish packing up and cleaned the apartment. So as of today, we are officially moved 100% out of the apartment.

I mentioned above I got a job. I will be working as a tax preparer part-time. I will be starting the course late next week and then will need to take the test but I am excited. I enjoy working with numbers and have always enjoyed doing my own taxes and Edwards. I will be working in the office and it will only be part-time but may be full-time hours potentially during tax season depending but that’s exactly what I want as I would like to continue typing as well. I really enjoy transcribing as well.

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.