How Much Space Do We Need?

Lately I’ve been reading and thinking about minimization a lot. There are a number of people that are downsizing for whatever reason. Reading about these people and how they’ve gotten rid of all the things that they considered weighing them down was amazing. The ways that these people have reduced expenses and become more self sufficient is amazing.

My question. How much space do we really need? At the moment I’m on just over 6 ½ acres of land in a three bedroom two bath home that is a bit past its prime. I have to wonder if I had the time or rather the tools since the ground is a bit hard if we couldn’t be mostly self sufficient out here in our little corner of the world. I mean at the moment we don’t use half of the land.

The majority of the land I’m on is fenced off for my neighbors horses. The reasoning is that I was tired of people waking me up because they were out. I have repairs that need to be done on occasion so I take them to the neighbor in exchange for not charging them rent. Of course if they’d have built a barn instead of a shop they wouldn’t have needed more room. No one asked my opinion however so I’ll leave that alone.

I have two pear trees that were here when I moved in eleven years ago now. I had wanted to have a house built out here on the part of the land that is now occupied by horses. I have never figured out how to get the house built, over the years things have kept coming up. The home we’re in now has a leaky roof and the back porch is rotten. The roof need replacing but even that won’t make me happy since it’s up off the ground and shakes whenever it thunders. I want something on a foundation.

The house I want has gotten smaller over the years. Well, there isn’t anything I can think of that will make it appear overnight so I’m going back to figuring out how to reduce all the things that we don’t need and become more self reliant.
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Making up for time off

Today is not a rather productive day so far. I managed to complete one article and begin another one. So today’s total so far is $2.50 provided I keep my writing percentage up to earn that if not it’s a $2 day so far. I figured out that I’m way behind on my earnings for December already but I think I figured that out too.

The earnings for the month of December are already pretty much set so there’s nothing to do except write some articles to other sites for upfront payments. I have to write everyday to make up for the time off that I took the last few months. There are some adjustments that I have to make to my schedule because of the increased amount of time we’ll be at the clinic for therapy. Little things like taking paper to figure the budget and updating my diary so that I can type those up at wikinut as diary pages to earn from the page views.

If I can manage to come up with enough items to review that I can get $20 I’ll be up to the $50 for payout at Review Stream. I’m hoping to get enough before the end of December. My three girls are each getting Christmas and the two with birthdays will get presents too. That’s five gifts, one for each girl, one for each occasion. I’ll be testing the “review anything and get paid” theory a great deal this month. I know food reviews, people reviews and product reviews are excepted but what else can I review. People reviews only get about $0.50 each so that’d be about twenty people to review. I know a couple of people I can write reviews of today, I can write one on my pets as well. That’ll just leave a lot of work to earn a little bit of money for payout. I think I can manage to get it down to writing a few reviews in an hour each day.

Well, I’m not earning anything by sitting here thinking about what I should do so I think it’s time to go back to work for the day.

Going back to life

Well, it’s Monday and the first day back to school after the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m not sure what to do with myself this morning. I wrote a blog actually two blog postings at Sidetick this morning. I’ve done a load of laundry this morning and hung it up. The jeans that I washed yesterday are sitting in the clothes basket waiting to be hung in the closet.

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Well, I have an article and two more blog postings waiting to get done and only 21/2 hours to get them done in. I also have to pack up everything I need for therapy this afternoon in order to get some work done while we’re waiting for our ride so I’ll end this now.

Housekeeping on my last day to rest

Well, I did a little bit of work today, played a game or two and did some housekeeping. The housekeeping is still way behind but that’s fine too. I can always get a large garbage can and get rid of everything. It’s rather difficult to clean around a toddler and a husband but as long as I don’t toss the husband with the garbage I’ve done my good deed for the day.

OK there’s a lot to clean from my time off and a lot more work to do so I’m going back to it.

Taking it Easy but still earning something

Sidetick is where most of my energy has been focused today. It’s a rather relaxed atmosphere. All I’ve done there today is make my daily blog posting and look at pictures others have posted. I’m still earning although at a slow rate for the day by doing things that I’d normally do on FB all day long when I didn’t feel like working. The difference today? I’m actually getting a little bit of housework done while I do my work.

Don’t get me wrong I’m searching for an article to write too but I’m waiting until I find one that I can write from beginning to end before I start it. Or at least one that I won’t get a paragraph written on and stop. I have to figure out how to get the overdrawn checking account to a zero balance and close it. That will leave only the account with my name on it which means there won’t be anymore overdrafts on the account. I can’t stand paying bank fees just because of someone not understanding you have to know the balance.

I have earnings goals for the month although the way that I’ve been distracted lately I’m already behind on my working for the month. It’s only a couple of days but it’s going to take me a while to catch up. I need to up the promotions to make my goals for the month but that’s fine too.

Wish List

I used to make a wish list on an almost daily basis and edit it every time I got paid. Sometimes I marked off the things I had gotten and left it alone. More often than not I would mark off the things I got and rewrite the list adding something else. I stopped making the list long before I got everything on them. It was something to occupy my time and let me see that I was actually working for something. I stopped making those lists a long time ago.

Now it seems I need to make those “wish lists” again but for a different reason this time. There are bills to pay off and a divorce would be at the top of that list this time.  A divorce that I can’t afford or even think of affording until all of the debt my dear husband (can you feel the sarcasm?) has caused.

OK I’m off to update two more blogs and write the wish list over again.

My Mind is a Total Blank

My mind is a total blank which is fine since it’s the weekend. I usually try to get work done that I didn’t do during the week. This weekend I’ve decided to get what I could get done done and the things that I don’t get done are fine. I have a plan at least I think I do.

I have a bunch of laundry to catch up on. The air is kind of chilly so they’ll be hung out inside which means it takes a while for them to dry. They have to be hung inside since the dryer isn’t working. I wouldn’t use it anyway it took forever to dry a load of laundry.

At the moment I’m catching up on shows I missed watching other shows with the On Demand feature of my cable. I’m going to miss either it or the speed of my Internet come January. I have to reduce the bill, I think dropping my connection speed for the Internet back some since I don’t work as much as I did once. I used to spend all day and most of the night working. Theresa is more active now and doesn’t spend all day sleeping like she did when I started so I have drastically cut down on the amount of time I spend writing.

Well, I’m off to enjoy my day and clean my house.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=workinga-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000HJ76S8&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Figuring Expenses Again

I figured up most of my expenses again. I got up to $865 and stopped thinking there isn’t any way that could be right. Well, I once I stopped to look I saw why they were so high. Child support is in arrears by $665 currently and one of the bank accounts is over drawn by $403.22 at the moment. That’s gonna take a couple months to fix.

The light bill is on budget billing and runs $200 a month. So far we’ve been under budget which is good because the summer means that the bills are going up. The air conditioning doesn’t work right. According to the last people to look at it I would be in desperate need of new duct work which I can not afford. I want to have a house built but I can’t afford that either. I want it put in the trees so that it has shade. I also want window air and an alternative to the central heat without having to have something sit in the floor for it.

My credit is shot which creates a big problem there though. I have to lower my bills a great deal to do that. I also have to build up my savings account enough to cover the majority of the expense while having something to fall back on in the event of an emergency. There are a dozen expenses that I could cut out if I was the only one in the house. Since I am not it’s only my personal expenses that I can reduce and not the costs of the entire house.

Well, this post is getting off track so I’m going to update my rambling blog now since that’s what I’m doing.

Recovering from Thanksgiving

Theresa and I went to my mothers for Thanksgiving. It was rather interesting, I drank a few wine coolers, smirnoff ice to be exact and some crown royal. The alcohol was good but I don’t really remember the food except for the desert I should have skipped until the next day. Alcohol and chocolate don’t mix well.

Theresa had fun with Matthew and Colby. She was just as hyperactive and loud as they were. We had to put a barrier up in front of the television so that she couldn’t touch it though. She likes to hit the screens and that’s not good especially with the new lighter television sets. They seem to be rather breakable with small hands involved.

Well, I slept Friday most of the day like I was promised that I could. Now it’s Saturday and I’m exhausted still. I wanted to rest all weekend long but I have a nice destroyed house to clean. So far this morning I’ve hung up a load of laundry that I had to rewash in the back bedroom. I didn’t feel like going outside since there is a bit of a chill in the air.

Wednesday when hubby got paid he got $45 and I got $45 I still have mine. He used his to buy a few things we need for the house, very few and he should have more money left than he does but of course he bought a couple things that he wanted that were not in the budget at all. Now I have to get gas in the car and the rest of what we need out of my $45. It’s not going to last until he gets paid again. I’m hoping one day he’ll understand that the bills are more than we’re making at the moment. The holidays reduce his hours and this part still hasn’t sunk into him.

Sadly enough at this point I’m just hoping my tax returns are enough to last a couple months. He won’t have a paycheck through the summer. They draw unemployment and that won’t be a whole lot. My main source of ad revenue is at just over $74 for the month so far. That’s a good thing but it’s not enough and I didn’t have much in upfront payments. I’ll figure out the girls Christmas though.

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Looks like what I thought was the simple task of getting Theresa’s father to put together the car seat is yet another task I have to do. I wonder now just how many times he’s done this in the last four years. Oh well, I’ll eventually do it. On the bright side 33 gallons of tea is only $2.00 plus the sugar if we switch brands. Back to work I have two more blogs to update today and I actually intend to do it this time.

Remembering

I can remember that I used to get excited about the holidays but that was a long time ago. I was a kid and family still enjoyed a home cooked meal made mostly from scratch. The thought of going out to eat or buying frozen dumplings never crossed anyone’s mind. I miss those days more than anyone could ever imagine.

Now I prefer to spend the holidays alone with the daughter that I have with me. I’d love to spend it with both of them but that’s not always possible. This year I’m taking my youngest to my mother’s and hubby is going with his parents to their family. Someone is cooking, I have no idea who. All I know is that they’re huggy people and I’m not.

Well, I’ll be going now, I have nothing else to ramble about.