November 16, 2009

bad luck or timing

Well I'd like to have a pity party, if you please. Rampant whining ahead! Update with pictures at the bottom.


Since being homeless -which technically we are currently- I've not had the ambition to do things I normal would. I also am WAY more stressed than normal over things that shouldn't be THAT stressful. This has led to many things happening that normally wouldn't.

First there is the child support papers that I didn't fill out back this spring. I've filled out I don't know how many of these stinking papers. I fill them out with what seems to be the EXACT same info every time and mail them off. Nothing happens. Well earlier this year we got two of them, like one in May and one in Aug. I didn't fill out either of them. I was going to but never got around to it and figured what the hell it won't hurt anything.

Unfortunately I was WAY wrong. Apparently had I filled out these normal papers then things would of stayed the same (side note - it would of showed little to no income). Since I didn't they used Darkside's last income x3 to equal out a year's income BECAUSE he voluntarily quit his job. So now the child support is cut down from $270 to $95.

We can contest it ourselves in 24 months - which by that time the King of Kaos will be past the age of 18
ask for them to contest it in less than 24 months if there is a change of that income of more than 50% and not voluntarily like before

Also, Darkside was sent some papers to include himself in a lawsuit against Casey's for lack of payment for work that was done that the company made them do off the clock. I've done these for him before for other companies, nothing ever happens. So I figured I'd fill the out eventually but nothing would happen.

Never did get around to filling those papers out. The deadline was Aug. 3, 2009.

My sister-in-law also work at Casey's and received the same paperwork. She filled hers out. She figured it was like wishing on stars too especially since she had worked there only for a couple months during the time period they was suing for.

Guess what she texted me on Friday? Yep. She got a check in the mail for $78 and the letter included said there would be more payments coming. That's nice. GREAT.

Here we are needing to collect up as much money as possible and always needing more than what we got and what do I do? LOSE MONEY! The child support loss will be $3849 if we can't get it re-adjusted. And from my rough figures for the loss from the lawsuit is $806 so far. We could of really used that right now!

The lawsuit money really hurts because we've been trying to get up enough money to get moved before the holidays which for us started with the month of October. Plus let's face it we all know that the fact we EVER got any money in child support is AMAZING on it's own. Let alone the amount we've got over the last 4 years and all the back support from the same 4 years that's still coming!


We finally caved and Darkside accepted a job at the local plastics factory. He's on his second week now and just got switched to an easier job - forklift operator. It's a physically easier job just about all around. Now he don't have to spend 12 hours standing, bending, and lifting anymore - with a forklift job you pretty much sit. Plus they only run 8 hour forklift shifts, those hours will be so much easier on us.

This is the week we are supposed to find out if we are to be accepted or not into the housing. We also have had a rental house being held for us since Nov. 1st. Either way we just can't come up with the money to move in yet.

Harvested the broccoli finally. Learned that I waited too long HAHA! We had BIG bunches from nearly every plant.

As I was cutting it up so I could freeze it I learned that we had broccoli worms - O YEA! That was educational let me tell ya! Got that all taken care of by soaking the broccoli, no biggie really. Blanched it all and got it into bags and the freezer. Got 4 half full gallon ziplocs out of it so far, which has more than paid for the seed =)

Also we continue to harvest carrots. Here's our biggest so far - also in the picture with the broccoli. Everyone really likes them too =)

We just keep getting these weird ones that grew funny. The are quite comical at times!! Here's two of the most recent ones.

Well should probably save the rest of my energy, got to go to the laundry mat later today to dry clothes *BLAH!* But it rained all day yesterday and plans to rain for the next four days. No way to dry clothes in this weather except in the dryer. fun, fun


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November 14, 2009

new recipe!

Ok, Thursday night I decided that I was going to do an "end of the month" supper. You know it's the end of the month and you don't really have enough of any one recipe item -- oh and you have a half hour before supper time LOL!

Here's what I did.

Anne's Alfredo
¾ box spaghetti (hint bottom)
1 stick margarine
1 small onion
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
¾ c. Parmesan cheese
1 can cream of potato/any
1 can evaporated milk

Cook the spaghetti - try to time it so you don't need to wait to add the sauce. Melt butter. Then add the onions and garlic, cook till tender. Add the Parmesan, cream of ...., and evaporated milk. Cook till it kinda comes together - then dump and mix with the spaghetti. Done!

Ok now to some hints for this.

Spaghetti noodles first. I've been taking the boxes of spaghetti I've been buying breaking them in half then putting them into wide mouth quart jars. I just kinda eyeball it till it's plum full. I used one quart jar for this.

You can use cream of anything for this. I just thought cream of potatoes would be nice. Just like any other ingredient on this list - completely possible to switch them any which way you want =)

We thought this could of used MORE sauce. Don't cook the spaghetti too soon and then add oil to it so the noodles won't stick -- makes it too oily. Might of also been the butter? Darkside thought it could use come cooked chicken. I think this would be a great recipe to put some breaded chicken strips on top of it and wal-la! a meal =)

this could be all done with food storage which is great!


November 8, 2009

From this blog that I read all the time =)  ...i'd like to see what I have to be prepared

Under $20
Small first aid kits - NEED
Flashlights for the whole family - NEED
Jumper cables - NEED
Fuel for your camp stoves or grills - NEED
water storage containers - NEED
spices and herbs - DONE
work gloves - DONE
seeds for the garden - half done
bottles/jars for canning - need more, always!

$20 - 50
Water purifiers - NEED
good-quality sleeping bag - DONE
Dutch oven - NEED
Solar-powered radio (or solar radio/flashlight combo) - HAVE HAND CRANKED
Wheat grinder (very small, hand cranked - useful if you lose electricity!) - NEED

Ready-made 72-hour kits - NEED
Wheat grinder (small - hand cranked or automatics) - NEED
Pressure cooker (small) - NEED
Dehydrator- DONE
55-gallon drum for water storage - NEED

Rotating shelf systems (small) - NEED
Wheat grinder (small electric) - NEED
Good quality electric or hand-crank wheat grinder - NEED
Pressure cooker (large) - NEED

Rotating shelf systems (small to large) - NEED
Good quality electric wheat grinder - NEED
Pressure cooker (huge) - NEED
Good quality, large solar oven - NEED

Generators (for information on these, read a Popular Mechanics article here) - NEED

I really ain't got crap! Makes a person feel secure -- NOT! But I do have a substantial food supply going here along with plenty of bathroom cabinet type supplies. So that makes me feel a little better. Oh and the other day we did pick up quite a few clearance Altoids tins to used for our 72 hour medical kits.


November 5, 2009

A Fareway in Jacksonville would be nice

Here's a map of the Fareway in Iowa Falls, IA. Fareway is kinda like Mason's in Murrayville, IL or Meehan's in Roodhouse, IL or even Dave's in Mt. Pleasant, IA.

They always have great fresh fruit & veggie deals and an awesome meat counter that can be beat in any large chain grocery store!

November 4, 2009

everything is CRAP!

Why is it every time you try to do things the "right" way it's unbelievably hard and nothing ever works?

If I could just make myself lie,cheat, or short changing someone then life would be easier!

For the last four and half years we have spent our time doing the right thing and yet NOTHING has went right. It sucks!

While in Iowa at the beginning of the year we realize that without cheating we were going to be in big trouble financially. So we did the obvious thing and moved back home where we would be able to have some help from family and friends and knew where to get help from via relief offices, etc. We figured with the sale of our house and help from family we would be more than able to rent an apartment and get everything set up - job, etc.

What happened? Well we did the right thing and didn't mooch off anyone for anything -- paid it ourselves. Our money --which was short because the realtor and buyers of our house shafted us-- lasted a WHOLE MONTH. And that folks, was without an apartment!

Technically we used our savings for the first month and then the house money for the second month.

But at the end of that time we were supposed to be thankful because we was able to move our most treasured and needed household items with us and it was a safely (although stuffed) in a rented storage. Oh, yes we was thankful, but jeez!

And then we were at the mercy of family and friends for anything we needed. And since I had already showed off our very minimal lifestyle for 2 months no one protested. Then troubles started.

Why? Because others don't CARE for our lifestyle - they think it's wrong, ALL WRONG. Here's the list:

  • conserve water - wash dishes 1x daily
  • conserve water - bathe 2-3x weekly
  • conserve water - wash only full loads of clothes
  • conserve electricity - open doors, curtains & blinds during daylight hours
  • conserve electricity - open every available door, curtain & blind during high temps
  • conserve electrivity - unplug things when not in use, like radios, etc.
  • conserve gas - taking the time to make sure you can do 2 things on a trip instead of just one
  • conserve gas - shutting off pilots of appliances that aren't being used for long periods of time
  • conserve gas - turning down temp on water heater
  • conserve earth - recycling everything possible
  • conserve money  - cut all coupons possible and then use them!
  • conserve money - search for the cheapest price available on ALL items, then buy there
  • conserve money - take advantage of customer loyalty programs
  • conserve money - make or do it at home if at all possible, food, drinks, fun, etc.
  • conserve money - keep a budget, even if it's just writing down how your going to spend that check
  • conserve money - cut out anything that isn't being used enough to make it worth it, like cable
  • conserve money - take advantage of all benefits you've earned when applicable, like car insurance
  • conserve money - replacing/updating items when funds allow which can save you money on utilities
  • conserve money - regular maintance on self, car, home, household items
  • conserve money - don't loan to anyone, pretty much EVER!
  • conserve money - if an item your wanting to buy conserves time then get it cause time=money
  • conserve money - before you buy anything research it thoroughly and then wait at least 1 week
  • conserve money - if you can afford to stock up while an item is on sale then do so
These things were all WRONG to everyone here obviously, though I don't see why. So out went my monthly budget of $1000, which should of only been about $600 while living with someone and having to pay no bills (their choice, not ours).

So I figure, ok they want things a certain way they must be able to afford it -- NOT! For the last 2 months we have gotten more and more flack for no one being able to help us because they can't AFFORD to. And since everytime we get money we buy things needed --which HAVE to be xyz brand only!-- or that we believe need to be done, we have no money accumulated to get the hell out of here!

We are literally just a little short. Which makes this a sad situation all around.

We had an idea to go and get a loan from one of those "money quick" places today. Except we just can't make ourselves go in there and lie. Lie because we don't have the ability to repay something like that. The interest rates are outrageous.

Plus borrowing money period is against everything we are.

Just like lying, cheating, and short changing people.

Constant internal moral conflict.

And that's what led to this terribly long post.


November 3, 2009

What my clothes say about me

What my clothes say about me

- comfort is MOST important
- a little on the warm blooded side
- that my door is locked!! LOL!
- I miss my mouth sometimes
- need better detergent!

All of that is usually true of my clothes except - that my door is locked! I normally wear bottoms when I go outside & the kids are up! LOL!


secret about me

Opening logo to the :en:Star Wars filmsImage via Wikipedia

Believe it or not, I haven't seen any of the 'Star Wars' 
It's never really interested me, still don't in fact. I have over the years seen tiny clips here and there. Also I do know what the movies are about, but .....


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