Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let's Call it a Day

I see it's been 3 months since I've posted here. I think that, in and of itself, tells the story ... that I've lost the momentum and enthusiasm for these musings. I very much enjoyed creating this blog, using it as a means to tell stories and think through some of the challenges and my reactions to caregiving life. But, while I often think of things that I could mention on the blog, I no longer find myself sitting down and writing a complete post.

In addition to the fun I had with writing this blog, it also opened up to me an entire community of folks who deal with the same crap every day that Skip and I deal with. Wonderful folks whose friendship and support has meant so much, especially since they have walked in my shoes or rolled in Skip's chair.

Skip and I are doing well, as are the puppies. I am still unemployed. Skip still has MS, unfortunately. Ruby had back surgery in early February and she has recovered beautifully. Addy, now 14 months old, is wonderfully loving but very vocal, barking and whining a lot. So glad I don't have to deal with all that noise while on conference calls!

This winter, I spent a lot of time working on ways to reduce our living expenses. When I was employed, I always viewed my time as the scarce resource and was willing to pay others to perform services that would have used up much of my spare time. That's no longer the case, of course, my time is not so scarce any longer. Now, no more house cleaners. I bought a snowblower to clear the driveway rather than use a plow service. I then examined our expenses such as cable tv and trash pickup to see where we could achieve some savings.

Now, it's time to move on to revenue generation.One of the things that I've recently started doing with an eye towards money-making is bidding on abandoned storage units to resell their contents. Since this is the new thing for me in my life, I've started a blog about it, Well, started at this point means I've created the site and updated my profile. Posts to come soon; feel free to join me there!

And, finally ... Thanks for all your support!


zoomdoggies said...

Cranky, if you're blogging, I'm there! Glad to hear that you and Skip and pups are bumping along; I wondered how you were doing. Thanks for the update.

Patrick said...

I watched some reality cable show one night about two guys and a truck biding on foreclosed storage units after only a brief peak - Best of luck in your new enterprise.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Cranky said...

Zoom - thanks, that's quite a compliment coming from you since you are an excellent writer.

Patrick - thanks!

Have Myelin? said...

Alex is unemployed too (well he's working P/T at Home Depot) and madly looking for a job like every American in the country.

I have seen that tv show re: abandoned storage units... I said I wanted to do it but since we are virtually homeless (no idea where we will live come May 1st) it isn't practical at the moment.

I will certainly read about this, it sounds fun!

Diane J Standiford said...

Enjoyed your blog. But all good things must come to an end. Always wishing you both the best.

Barbara K. said...

Glad you're back blogging. I enjoy your writing and insights.

Herrad said...

Hi Cranky,
Have missed you, god to hear you started anothger blog which I just visited.