Just Getting By-Day by Day

If you have been wondering…

what’s been going on the past couple of months, it can be summed up to “Just Getting By”.  We are still living paycheck to paycheck, trying to budget accordingly so that we don’t run out of food, gas and the basics that we need to get through life.

On the positive side, I have been working diligently on the blog; adding pictures, sharing buttons, social media links, and some affiliate links as well. I have added a few different menus that should make navigation a little bit easier for those of you who are looking for specific information. I updated my About page, and started a list of Books That I Recommend.  You can now follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

We have been doing some spring cleaning on the Travel Trailer. We removed the propane/electric refrigerator that we weren’t using and made that space into a closet. In addition, we started removing some of the insulation on the windows to let fresh air in, but have been cautious because there have still been a few really cold nights here.

I decided…

to reduce my workload to only one full time job, and I feel great!  I was working 70+ hours between my full time job and my part time. My part time employer offered me a promotion with health benefits and day time hours, and I accepted. So, now that I finally feel like a normal person, I have more time to focus on where I want my future path to go.

I am still up in the air about enrolling in school, worried that it will take me more in debt than it will help me. On the other hand, I also have a strong desire to learn new things and shape our future for the better. Because I am just getting by,  the thought of a $65 admission fee that I won’t get back if not accepted makes me pretty nauseous. I can’t afford to just throw that kind of money in the trash can. Right now, that amount of money can buy us a weeks worth of food if I shop smart. So for now, I will continue to think about it, and hopefully make a decision in the next month or so.

We were able to…

purchase a set of new tires for our F-150, which desperately needed it. We put them on the front for now, and then we will plan to get another set for the back in a few months.  We also had to replace the battery which cost a whopping $165.00 (OMG)!The battery was a must have even if we are just getting by. For a week or so it has been a crap shoot whenever we would turn it off, if it was going to start again when we got back in it. Next on the list will be front brakes, which are starting to smell when we do a hard stop. I am not looking forward to finding out what price tag that holds. I have learned though, the old adage, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” truly applies to my life and I have gotten pretty used to it.

We thought about…

finding a different place to call home here in the area, but after driving around looking at the options, we have decided to stay where we are for a bit longer until the right place comes along. A lot of the RV parks in the area are filled with unsavories aka meth addicts and people you just wouldn’t generally trust. That is not the kind of place I imagined living when I imagined living the RV lifestyle.

What I had in mind was a nice park with at least 10-20 feet between your neighbors so that you can’t hear them sneeze or fart in their rigs,  with a nice laundry/shower area that is somewhat cared for. Even better would be a plot of land to rent as a homestead. So, even though the place we are staying is not very private, and the bath house is actually through a squeaky garage door and into the land owner’s home, I would rather endure those hardships over hating every second of every day and worrying about whether someone is going to try to steal from me while I am sleeping.

I will keep you posted on how things are going more regularly now that I have a simpler life schedule. If you have any questions or comments for me, please leave them below. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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