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Still stuck

Monday, November 23, 2015      15 comments

I'm still at the shelter, still looking for a home. Saturday morning we were hauled out of bed literally at dawn and told that we all had 24 hours to drug test and that if we didn't, we'd be marked as a failed test and suspended (read: sleep in... Read more

HUGE dilemma

Friday, November 06, 2015      25 comments

Affordable housing here in Sonoma County practically doesn't exist. The cheapest I've been able to find is a $1,100 one-bedroom in a questionable neighborhood in Santa Rosa. However, I've lived in this county for 17 years and know it well. ... Read more

Slow learner

Sunday, November 01, 2015      18 comments

I've learned that I have to limit my ex to just one call per week. He was hospitalized for a leg injury earlier this week (he's home now). Well, when I call to check on him, he tells me how he's relaxing in his recliner, watching TV and enjoying... Read more

Why not the library?

Saturday, October 31, 2015      11 comments

Well, I can't use my own computer because right now it's packed away with my furniture. I have no place to put it in the shelter. And at least here in Sonoma County, the computers at the library are EXTREMELY limited in what you can and can't do... Read more

Tired and befuddled.

Saturday, October 31, 2015      21 comments

I can't even compose a coherent blog post right now. Besides, I'm on a computer that charges $20 per hour to use, so I can't stay on much longer.... Read more

Does it ever end?

Friday, October 23, 2015      26 comments

Still searching for a home. I feel like an ungrateful clod for this, but I HATE living in the shelter. At my age I should be able to choose my mealtimes, NOT have neighbors constantly poking in my business, and I absolutely should not have a bed... Read more

However it may appear...

Tuesday, October 06, 2015      25 comments

I have NOT died. It's just extremely difficult for me to get computer access here in the shelter. I'm trying hard to find a new home and hope to be back full-time before Christmas.... Read more

Lost at sea

Tuesday, August 18, 2015      33 comments

I lost my apartment on Sunday. Nobody was able to help me get the amount of money they demanded, so I left on Sunday so I wouldn't have an eviction on my record. My friend Sacha got me a motel room for Sunday and Monday, and today the shelter ha... Read more

More developments

Tuesday, August 04, 2015      28 comments

Tomorrow my social worker is coming over, and she said her office is paying for some groceries for me. On Thursday I'm meeting with a case worker for the organization that may help me with my rent, getting Meals On Wheels and other services. And... Read more

Plodding along

Saturday, August 01, 2015      20 comments

Trying to keep moving when I feel totally inert. Today I got the pots and mixing bowls washed and the dishwasher emptied. Right now I'm trying to get the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. The batch of meatballs I intended to make became a h... Read more


Monday, July 27, 2015      23 comments

Still floating, waiting for things to develop. Dealing with government offices takes a LOT of patience. Of the first two batches of bread I baked, I have half of each to friends. Tomorrow I'm making spaghetti sauce with a mega-batch of meat... Read more


Sunday, July 19, 2015      23 comments

I know I've been MIA for a long time, but a lot is going on, and most of it is good. On Tuesday one of the women from the rental office came to me and said that her manager said, "we need to talk to her, this isn't like her not to pay." And... Read more

Hitting the bottom

Friday, July 10, 2015      20 comments

My disability payments this month weren't nearly enough to cover this month's rent and I have no hope of coming up with it, so I'm almost certainly going to be evicted. I'm terrified -- I'm 62 and disabled. Today I washed all the dishes and made... Read more

Bleary Monday

Monday, June 22, 2015      14 comments

Yesterday was a mess. Fathers' Day is always hard for me. I had a horrible relationship with my father, so it's always emotional. Also, yesterday would have been my 40th wedding anniversary. We've been separated for twenty-four years. It was def... Read more

(Almost) back to life

Saturday, June 20, 2015      23 comments

It's been an extremely rough several days. I have to be brutally honest -- Thursday night I was so miserable I gave thought to just swallowing all of my meds and get it over with. I thought, "I don't want to live like this." Then I guess the Iri... Read more

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