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Goodish News and Thanksgiving Plans

November 21st, 2017 at 11:10 pm

DH got the job he interviewed for. It is only a three month job, though, hence the goodish but not full-on good part. He will start in two weeks. I figure if it gets us through February, then we'll have our tax return to live on for a while. There is a possibility they would keep him on for other jobs after that. Someone had told him before he left the slope that there would probably be a job for him in April. Probably and possibly are not something I hang my hat on, though.

He will make enough for us to do pretty well for 3 months, and I will bank as much as I can. We'll still be living with austerity measures, though I will start paying the kids an allowance again once we get a paycheck and we will have a small Christmas after all. He hasn't run the numbers yet, he's waiting on one piece of info about medical deductions so he can give me pretty precise data. Then I can make up a preliminary budget and know more firmly where we stand.

We should get his first unemployment check tomorrow and there will be at least one more. We are putting that money in the bank. If we have to, we will use it for COBRA. If not, we will use it for living expenses.

I still don't feel very secure about the future, but at least I have something of a plan for the next several months. Prayers for something longer term and more secure would still be appreciated, though. I am so glad we don't owe anything to any creditors. I can't even imagine the state I would be in if we did. Well, absolute panic, probably.

I got my first commission check from Thrive Life. Well, I haven't actually gotten it yet, but it is there once I send for it. It's $13. Not much yet. I make about 2.5 times that with youtube each month. But I won't turn it away. Right now they are having their Black Friday sale through the 27th, so a lot of stuff is marked down. I wasn't going to order much, but now that there is an income that will be coming in, I will make one big order and then drop down to $50 a month minimum for consultants, which we easily use. I just want to take advantage of their sale prices for meat now.

I have some interest from some cousins and other family members, so we'll see if that amounts to anything. We are going out to my MIL's house tomorrow for a Thanksgiving meal that I won't be cooking. My niece, who works for a catering company and is going to school to become a home economics teacher, will be making everything but the turkey. MIL knows how to do a turkey, but DH is going out to help her around noon to get it in since she can't lift it and then coming back home.

We will all go out after we put the ducks away for the night, which is at sundown. It works out nicely because SIL (I don't know if her boyfriend is coming or not) and other niece's fiance don't get off work until 5:00 and sundown is 4:30, so the kids will have a chance to get washed up and changed and we will probably still get there before anyone else besides niece and MIL. Assuming I feel good enough. I am on the upswing, but I am still weak and exhausted.

Then we will be making our own Thanksgiving dinner my way on Thursday with an organic free range turkey, organic mashed potatoes and gravy, and my homemade stuffing, plus my home canned green beans and corn. I think I will skip the pumpkin cheesecake this year and do a chocolate cream pie the easy way, graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream, but only if I feel ambitious. Which I don't, at the moment, so maybe no desert at all. We'll see.

9 Responses to “Goodish News and Thanksgiving Plans”

  1. Out of the Dark Says:

    Prayers for you and our family!

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    At least you have some strategies for dealing with a possible money shortage. I have done the same so many times. ...i'm making a vegan chocolate pie for Thanksgiving.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Mostly good and hopeful news! Hopefully that elusive stability will come your way soon.

    PatientSaver, AS is making a vegan chocolate-peanut butter pie! I'm so excited.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Even three months of employment is good news! Glad to hear it!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    That is good news, Robin! happy Thanksgiving to you and yours--especially through this difficult year.

  6. Bluebird Says:

    So glad to hear you all have a few months of reprieve! Sending good vibes your way! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. rob62521 Says:

    I am impressed with your planning and your can do attitude. Glad DH got the job and hopefully it will turn out to be longer than three months.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thanks, everyone.

    Rob--If I don't plan, I think I'd go mad. LOL Sometimes I feel like I have a very bad attitude, but I always try to shift it to a positive one or at least a neutral one. Planning helps me to do that.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is good news about the 3 month reprieve!

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