Vacation, drama, and a Job.

 

 

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I just realized I hadn’t written a personal post in awhile. So here goes.  I went on vacation to see my bestie back in July.  Then towards the end of July, my step daughter did something to warrant us to get into an argument with her and ask her to leave. We told her our granddaughter could stay but she couldn’t. Of course, she took my grand daughter with her and has refused to let us see her.  I’m upset about that, but I’ve been praying.  It’s really all I can do right now.

If you want to know the whole reason we asked her to leave, you can read about it here and here. I’ve tried all I can to help my stepdaughter, but she doesn’t want to change. I can’t have here here doing the things she does and have it affecting my kids. I just hate that she’s using her daughter against us. I’m really bummed about not being able to see her.

But other than that, things are ok around here. So I found a job but I enjoy it.I started going to my cousin’s house and caring for her precious 7 month old.  She’s super spoiled, but so cute.  I get to sit and hold an adorable baby all day and watch tv LOL.  I homeschool my kids, but my 15 yr old needs very little supervision and my 11 yr old likes to do his school work in the late afternoons. So it works for us.  Rhiannon decided she wanted to be on the dance competition team this year so this babysitting opportunity was perfect.

My oldest son works for a local drilling company and is gone during the week. He’s home some on the weekends, but he spends a lot of time with his girlfriend (who is just the sweetest girl). He still lives here. Or I guess I should say he still stores his things here and sleeps here.  He doesn’t really spend a whole lot of time with us when he’s off work.  However, I’m glad that he’s so independent.  He works hard and I’m super proud of him.

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Freelancing, not all it’s cracked up to be….

I’ve been freelancing with a company for the past couple of weeks. It’s more of a part time job. I’m not going to mention the company by name, because hey, I still need the job. It’s basically a proofreading job. And oh my gosh are they picky. I could understand the pickiness if they paid more. The people who get the file before me must be extremely lazy. But they get paid if they only get part of it right. If I don’t edit it just so, I don’t get anything. So if I don’t get the format exactly right, then I’ve just wasted my time working on it. And most of the time, it’s not major things. I am a stickler when it comes to spelling and grammar, so that’s all right. One thing I’ve learned about freelance jobs is that most people want you to work for next to nothing. You have to work twice as hard to earn half the money.

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Christmas, Christmas time is here….

Eeeekk….It’s a little more than a week until Christmas and I only have a few presents wrapped. I do not enjoy wrapping presents at all. I’m hoping since the hubby is done with classes until January, that I can get him to help me later on. I still have a little Christmas shopping to do too. I am going to try to get that done today. I know that the closer it gets to Christmas, the crazier the stores get LOL.

Rhiannon has Christmas dance programs this week, but I won’t get to attend them. It’s not because I don’t want to. it’s because the dance instructor chose to have them at a nursing home and a residential center so there’s no room for the parents. Rhiannon took dance when she was younger and they had an actual Christmas recital a local auditorium. I’m a little annoyed because I pay decent money for tuition and costumes and yet I can’t see her in her Christmas program. Oh, but I could buy a DVD of the performances for $5. It’s still not as good as being there in person. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who is aggravated by that. But oh well, what can ya do?
I’ve learned that complaining to people about things they do doesn’t solve anything. I guess that’s why I’ve gotten to where I’m so passive aggressive..yep, I admit to it. I wasn’t always that way but sometimes it seems like that’s the only way some people will get the point. Like, for instance, if someone owes me money, I might “like” a page with an article about that particular subject and hope that they see it in their feed LOL. Other times I’ve tried to collect money that someone owed me, they acted like I was crazy for even asking for it. And no, this was not a case of them borrowing money, but rather me working for them. I guess it’s crazy for me to want to get paid for working. I don’t feel like I should have to ask for money owed to me though. I mean, people know when they owe you money. If anyone has any suggestions how to get people to pay me without being all passive aggressive and without being a jerk, I’d love to hear them :).

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What Can I Do Now That I’ve Retired?

Guest post by David

Many people can’t figure out what they want to do when they retire, or if they want to retire at all, but actually retirement is a new lease of life. All those things you’ve never found the time to do, like travelling the world, making repairs to the house, taking up a hobby or even starting a second career, can all be made possible through retirement. You’ve already done the hard part, getting up early every morning, working your way through a valued and rewarding career and taking care of your family financially. So when the time does come to hang up your boots, don’t shy away from it – embrace it! Let’s take a look at some of the best things you can do when you retire.

Get a Job

No, we’re not crazy, and we are actually suggesting you get a job after you retire. Getting a job will help you to ease yourself into retirement, as many people find it hard to simply stop working after a lifetime of employment. It doesn’t have to be a demanding job, or even a well-paid one, but it will have to keep you engaged until you find something to focus your attention on. For example, if you like to garden, then why not work Saturdays at your local gardening centre, or if you enjoy fashion you could put in a few hours a week at your nearest charity shop, sorting out the good stuff from the bad.

Instead of working for money, you could also volunteer, and this vocation attractions millions of retired people every year. Not only is it rewarding, but you also get to mentor the younger generation of the industry you worked in. Furthermore, if you’re looking enter into a second career when you retire, volunteering could help you better understand the role you wish to perform in.

Sport

Sadly, not a lot of working people get time to play sport, from long office hours to stressful family life. However once you’re retired, you’ll have all the time in the world to play any sport you’ve missed out on, or even pick up a few new ones! As you get older, you’ll have to place more focus on looking after your body, and sport is a great way to keep your muscles active and your heart healthy. Sport also promotes social interaction, and although sitting in doors all day and catching up on missed programs seems appealing, interacting with others is essential to enjoying your retirement. Speaking of interaction, retiring with Extra care is a great way to keep active in your later years, so be sure to check them out before you hit that golf course!

Travel

We all know how expensive going on holiday can be, however once you retire and you get that huge financial package you’ve been waiting for, the world is literally your oyster! You don’t have to settle for one destination either – you can travel the world city after city, from one side of the globe to the other. Furthermore, travelling with a partner always makes your trip more enjoyable, so bring a loved one along! 

David enjoys writing about retirement and discussing potential avenues to explore once retired.

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