I thought September 1st would never come....August was extremely stressful! I was hurt at work, making moving out and cleaning up the apt quite a task. I worked all day and limped around and up and down the steps the last week of August cleaning up my apt until 1-2 am in the morning! I'm NOT suppose to be climbing stairs, lifting anything over 5 pounds, crawling, squatting, kneeling, etc....LOL! Just goes to show, when the mind is determined ANYTHING can be done:)! Despite the severe pain, I made it....all packed up, cleaned up and out of my apt! I'm still trying to get a schedule down...soooooooooooo grateful for the 3 day weekend!
Missing part of my story, I have kitties...aka My Girls. I volunteered last summer for a cat rescue and one of the woman has allowed me to use her enclosed kitten room to keep my girls:)! It's in a barn. I spent 7 hours last week scrubbing it clean, disinfected it, used area rugs from my apartment to place on the concrete floor to make it comfy for them. I still need to get an inexpensive rug from walmart to cover one open space. They have 4 windows to look out and all their beds and bedding fits nicely in the room. I have a long folding table with a huge thick quilt on top to create a cave above the area rugs. Well, let me tell you where I have slept the last 2 nights:)!...oh yes, the room even has an air conditioner. Now, the woman thinks I am sleeping on someone's couch. I'm not trying to mislead her, just don't want her to feel obligated to me. In exchange for the kitty room, I will help with the care of the rescue animals. I'm so relieved I just have a safe place for my kitties.
So far, she hasn't said anything about my being in the kitten room in the barn. I have come over late, after 11pm, and leave by 8-9am.
I just feel so bad for my kitties, as they are use to my being around them. I will post a pic of my "canopy" bed on my blog:)! It is quite cozy and my kitties curl right up with me. I have slept like a baby the past 2 nights:)! Oh, and the doors, screen and storm doors, lock to the room, the storm door has a dead bolt...so, I think this is what makes me feel so safe. Funny, last night I heard the horses walking out of the barn into the corral. My Girls have never seen horses, oh how I wished I could have taken a video of them lined up on the cat shelves staring out the windows:)!.....the full moon was beautiful...filled the room with light...there IS light in the room BUT I didn't want to draw attention I was in there after midnight. So, we will see what happens....I know there is a heater in the room for winter weather but not sure how she will feel with my staying in there...for now, if questioned, my excuse, partly true, is I'm trying to help my Girls adjust by staying with them. My real work schedule will be 3p-11p. She goes to work 9-5. I was going to come into the barn at 8am and stay with my girls until 2p, before heading back to work by 3pm.
Anyhow, someone did mention about my renting a room. Well, I only have about $400 left after bills, car and health insurance, and $50/week for food. My goal is to save money to get back into an apartment. To rent a room in the area would take ALL the $400 away, plus more! once my knee is healed, and I'm off office duty, I plan to work 7 days a week from 3-11pm. The 16 hours will be overtime and give me a net of about $200/week:)! It's just getting the overtime! My scheduled days off will be sunday and monday, so I feel on Sunday this will be easy to get an additional 8 hours.
I took THE best shower yesterday at the gym:)! Let me tell you, it was AWESOME running a HOT shower for almost an hour (no worry about the electric bill to heat the water) AND when I was done, I did NOT have to clean the shower:)!....I felt like a QUEEN:)! I had a smile a mile wide yesterday after that:)!
The one issue is I have no cellphone coverage in the barn. I CAN charge my battery because the room has FOUR electric outlets. I DO want to get a flashlight at the Dollar Store when I get paid. IF I had one, I could read under my "canopy" bed. Actually, it reminds me of a train bed....remember the one from "I Love Lucy"?...yeah, I'll take a pic and post it on my blog.
So, for the month of August, I lost 19 pounds. Not bad, pleased actually because money ran short and tight but I did my best to eat plant-based. Tomorrow, I will start juice fasting. (You have to check out my "sink" at the bar---I'll post a pic on my blog---it's an outside water pump:)!)
I got carrots on sale real cheap, so I will be juicing just carrots for now. I have an ice chest with ice to keep them chilled. Good thing I LOVE carrots:)! Well, not much to add...my spirits remain up, I remain determined...with all this downsizing, I'm feel MUCH less stress. in fact, I thought it would be cool to one day build/own one of those Tumbleweed Homes. They are built on a trailer so you can just hitch up to a truck and move where ever you want! They have a loft for a bed, a tiny kitchen and bath, and a small living area....it appeals to me. As I packed, I just thought how time consuming stuff is...taking care of it, keeping it in repair, etc.
Well, tomorrow starts my juice fast (carrot juice fast..lol) I'm not sure how long I will juice fast...I might juice fast for a time frame, switch to eating JUST raw veggies, fruits and nuts; then juice fast again....still feeling this part out yet...will listen to my body.
Thanks for reading...I'll do my best to keep ya'all posted:)!
Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3,