Sunday, April 13, 2014
I had my genealogy on my computer , but neglected to have a backup. So when the computer crashed...well, you know! Recently my mother passed and I started updating my written records. I had downloaded the Ancestry.com app, but have been too busy to do anything with it. I decided this was as good a time as any to recreate the pedigree online and put another copy on removable storage.
I began entering information on the pedigree chart and got quite a bit entered before I realized the numbers assigned each individual didn't match the position on a chart. By that I mean, on a pedigree chart I'm number 1, my father is 2, mother would be 3, my grandparents would be 4, 5, 6 & 7 and so on. However, as I was entering people this time I found my mother was now 13. The grandfather who should have been 8 was now 3. I don't know if I messed up a setting somewhere, or what, but this is a problem for me since no one past my father and myself will match up to the reference numbers on my wall chart.
Does any of this make sense to anyone? Any suggestions?
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Coming back from a financial disaster. That's the goal. Real question is how. This time of year is a financial dead zone for petsitting. Always has been, but wasn't too bad before the economy crashed. I made enough to get by comfortably. Since the crash, I've depended heavily on the money I was paid for taking care of mother to get through until summer. I've spent years looking for something I could do from home. Most just didn't work with the space I have to work with. One actually backfired and left me heavily in debt. I started making soap and that shows promise (It's really good soap). A few months back I started making jewelry too, something I've dabbled with in the past. I had set up a shop on Etsy intending to sell the soap there (I should start listing soap soon). I put my first jewelry pieces online and it started getting views. Finally got my first sales. Yay!
It's going to be awhile before I can rely it for any real income, but it's a start. I'm focusing on paying my regular bills and hope to get funding to buy a new sewing machine so I can add tote bags, quilts, cat toys, etc... Oh, but I digress. The immediate future is truly frightening. One account overdrawn, another will be shortly, credit card over limit. The bank can't release my mothers remaining bank balance because I haven't had enough to renew my drivers license yet, my car insurance is due today and more bills coming very soon. I'm selling everything of my mothers I can, but haven't had many buyers yet. One of my clients donated a pair of shoes to sell, the woman at the cemetary felt so sorry for me she insisted on giving me a check to buy groceries. How sad is that? I'm trying to reach someone from church to see if they can help. People keep telling me I'm doing everything I can. It just doesn't seem to be enough.
Now I'm being harassed by an insurance company whose clients car I bumped into 2 years ago when my brakes failed.
4/29/14 I got desperate enough to set up a fundraiser account on Youcaring.com a couple days ago. So far not one person has cared enough to help. Am I too pathetic, not pathetic enough or just not worth anyone caring about?
5/15/14 So far I've gotten gotten $45 in donations. That combined with what's left of my mothers money took care of this months car insurance. Still have to pay the phone, storage and my PO Box. Can't run my businesses without the phone and PO Box. The storage unit has items I need for work also. I need to bring them up to date so I can go in to clean out the unit. I'm holding a yard sale this weekend. Hopefully it'll be a good weekend for yard sales. I was hoping to go to a gem show tomorrow to get more supplies for my jewelry shop. So far I don't have enough gas to even get there. Oh well. What's a person gonna do?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
My mother has had diabetes for over 40 years. In the last 10-15 years she's also developed issues with congestive heart failure and renal failure. In September she ended up in the hospital with a sore on a toe and has spent more time in the hospital and nursing home than at home. In fact, she got home a week ago and was back in the hospital by Sunday with what we thought was a sinus infection. Today I got a call. Her body is failing. It can't take much more dialysis and apparently the coughing was congestive heart failure. She decided to sign a DNR and asked to go home with hospice care. They give her 2 weeks at best.
We thought we would have at least a couple more years. Time for me to get enough money together to buy an RV so I have a place to live and keep my fur-family together. As her caretaker I was getting paid to care for my mother. Not having her around for most of the last few months has been an emotional and financial drain. I'm just about broke. Business is extremely slow this time of year. I've only had a couple visits this month and, so far, I've got 2 or 3 next month. Trying to earn extra making jewelry, but that's just getting started. Haven't even had a sale yet. Some people are going to help me set up a gofundme page and I'm going to be selling everything pretty much everything I own that won't fit in an RV. Could use all the prayers I can get. Next few weeks gonna be rough.
2/10-Mother passed away this morning. My brothers & nephew are outside already plotting.
Family is behaving better than expected so far. They know mother and I talked at length about things, so I know what she wanted. I'm going to check with the cemetary this week to be sure we can inter both my parents together on March 28th. We've had Dad sitting here long enough and March 28th would have been their 55th wedding anniversary.
2/27-Brought mothers cremains home yesterday and we're almost finished clearing her storage unit. Next few weeks are going to be a lot of cleaning and sorting. Found out if we can find my fathers discharge papers the military will provide the headstone. Still have to pay to have it placed. Going to be having a lot of yard sales. Some of the more collectible things will probably go on EBay and Etsy.
3/6-found out there's an endowment fee that didn't get included in what was paid when we bought the plot, so I've got to come up with $120 for that. Also learned that unless I can find a piece of mail from 2005 addressed to my dad at a Roseville address he'll be considered a non-resident because he spent 9 months at a nursing home in Carmichael before he passed. That would cost us an additional $350 to inter him. That's $470 I have to come up with before the 28th. I'm hoping the weather will allow us to have a yard sale on the 15/16th, but the odds of us raising nearly $500 is not good.
3/7-Woooooo! Thank you Lord! The funeral home had a copy of dad's death certificate which showed a Roseville address for him! Still have to come up with the endowment fee, but $120 is a whole lot better than $470!
3/11-Had to get endowment fee from grandmother, but it's paid and everything is a go. My parents will go to their final rest together March 28th.
Friday, December 27, 2013
On twitter I've recently met a woman who could be me. Hard working, health issues, devoted 12 years of her life to caring for her mother. She's now living in a Motel 8, but only for a few more days. Friends have pitched in what they can and, last I checked, her room is paid until the 1st. After that she'll be living in her car with 2 elderly cats (11 & 14) while trying to cope with lupus in freezing weather. She's at her wits end. The shelters are all full and they don't allow pets anyway. She won't give up Buddy and Freddie. They're all she has left since her mom died.
Is there anyone in the Ames, Iowa area who could help her out. She just needs a safe place for her and the boys so she can get back on her feet. She doesn't have ties to anyplace in particular and is willing to relocate just about anywhere.
We're keeping our fingers crossed. There have been a couple possible leads tonight on temp housing including the offer to stay in a motorhome if she can get to Colorado. We'll know more tomorrow. If it works out we'll be looking for gas cards to help her get there. People have been so supportive. Prayers, donations of food & cat litter, gas money, money for the motel room...I'm very close to being in the same situation she's in. This has given me hope for my own future.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Did anyone else watch The Doctors today? They did a segment on a woman traveling in Tanzania who contracted malaria. She was lucky she was able to afford the $7 it cost to treat her, but learned many die because they can't afford a sum that we would consider minuscule. Many of the victims are young children. She started Malaika For Life to help people who can't afford the malaria medicine. They are selling bracelets made by Tanzanian women so not only are the malaria victims helped, but these women are also able to help support their families as well. Win Win.
Malaikaforlife.org or on twitter @MALAIKAforLIFE
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