I read somewhere that if you get stuck in a problem, physical activity can affect your brain and make physiological changes that result in new perspectives.
So, since I feel somewhat mired in multiple challenges (my positive word for problems), I’m going to travel back to the beginning and try a fresh start.
I had figured out our budget so that it was working somewhat. The bills were getting paid even if we weren’t making much progress in getting out of debt. It was working.
“Was” is the operative word. The insurance company’s quote for our truck is a tiny bit more than the “blue book” quote. The appraiser did deduct $50 from it’s value because of the flat tire. Hmmm. The tire that is flat because their client caused an accident that totaled our truck. I don’t think so. And he deducted $60 because the seat had a rip in the upholstery. Right. Because it was our idea to sell you the truck in the first place. The wear on that truck didn’t affect it’s ability to transport us anywhere we needed to go.
So, the person who caused the wreck gets a nice, new car and we don’t even have enough to even make a down payment on something that we can afford to pay out. All because my husband actually stopped at red light while she chose to run one. We lose the rental car on Friday and have no way to replace the truck we lost. In case you can’t tell, I’m a tiny bit pissed off.
Most of the time I can deal with the fact that the world isn’t fair. Today is not one of those days.
But where was I before I started ranting. Oh yea, the budget. Today, I am starting a new budget. Working with where we are and playing with numbers to see what I can make work. It’s the grown-up thing to do. It’s moving in a positive direction. And we all know how much I like working with numbers. It’s okay. Doing something is better than sitting around being pissed off.
And, I have realized during this bout of depression that the house has remained relatively together. Not ready for a magazine photo shoot, but just slightly worse than “lived in”. That’s got to be the result of the decluttering efforts of the past.
So, we’re going back to the beginning and doing another round of clean-out. Life is changing again.
Youngest daughter is growing up. She’ll be 14 in the fall. Her interests are evolving and she is working on decluttering and organizing.
Oldest daughter has moved back home to do some evaluating of her life goals.
Son is coming home from basic training at some point. He is receiving a medical discharge and will be back here to figure out his next step.
For now, we are moving folks and stuff around in the house to re-configure the best use for our family.
So far, lots of things are in the give-away pile. Pictures to follow…
Life happens…good stuff and bad stuff. That’s how life is, if you are actually living it.
And I love quite a few things about our life.
Mostly, I love our family. I love how close we are and how supportive we are of each other. I didn’t have that growing up. My siblings were older than me and were grown before I was really aware of what family could be. My parents struggled with a lot of personal issues. Emotionally, I was on my own.
If I have done nothing else right, I didn’t suck at building a family. I wasn’t a perfect mom and we aren’t a perfect family, but we are making it work. Together.
And we will get through this rough patch.
We will keep moving forward.
Even if we need to take some steps backwards to do so.