Thursday, September 18, 2014

A New Chapter

Rick had two job offers on the table.

      One was local, good benefits, but his take home pay would be less that what he made on unemployment. The second would keep him away from home for weeks at a time, coming home for 24 hours or less and right back out again for a couple more weeks. Fabulous pay (at least 3x more than the other job), good benefits. No holidays off. On call 24/7/365. Vacation after 1 year. The choice was hard for him, the gone-all-the-time job would allow him to be able to give his family the things he'd always wanted to be able to offer. But it would leave him unable to share those things - or life, really - with us. The local job would have him at home every night and weekends, but leave us scrimping and saving and pinching every penny as we have our whole marriage.

     I knew which one I wanted him to take but on the outside I remained neutral. He finally said he'd left it up to God. If the far-away job hadn't called him again by a certain time on a certain day he'd take the local job. They didn't, and he took the local job. Afterwards, he decided he was happy he'd chosen to stay. I can say his family is very happy, too. He starts work on Monday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Musings

     There were 5 rows of carrots left in the garden. Rick dug 2 of them, resulting in half of an 18 gallon tote full of carrots. The rest to be dug tomorrow. The smallest ones will be blanched and frozen whole, to be roasted later with olive oil, sea salt, and a drizzle of raw, local honey. The rest will be sliced, blanched, and frozen for the soups and stews we enjoy during the cold months. Our upright freezer will be full of produce from our garden, and it is an awesome feeling to have grown it all ourselves. I'm hoping to make a batch of green tomato chow-chow and can it, as it only takes a hot water bath processing method. That chow chow is the key ingredient in my home made potato salads.

     The fur-baby boys are doing well together now, Gunner has calmed Ranger down considerably, and they love playing together. 

     Waiting on the "final word" on Rick's job. He will be gone for days-weeks, even a month at a time, coming home only to have 24 hours or less at home before going out again. The pay is the best he's ever had, however, and the benefits are awesome, and paid vacation adds up fast (After 1 year, 1 week - after 2 years 3 weeks, after 5 years 2 months paid vacation.) It will get us where we want to be, so we're willing to endure the separation. I have the 3 boys (2 4-legged ones, 1 2-legged one) to keep me company. Once we get a house I'll have that to occupy my time, too.  It will leave me plenty of time to write, that's for sure!

    Rick went to town today, and picked up a book I asked for at the library. "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King. I'm anxious to read it, I've read so many wonderful reviews. We'll see how I like it. I'm still reading through all of Anais Nin's diaries, too. I'd stopped for a few months, so I'm still working my way through the first one. Those will keep me busy for a couple of months. 

     Rick's "famous" pork and potato burritos for dinner tonight, and the 3 of us will finish watching "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1". I know watching something while eating isn't the healthiest, but it works for us. Since Isaiah's bedroom is next door in mom's house (he said a teenager needs privacy, and didn't want to stay in the RV with us which was fine) we enjoy the time together every evening.

     I promise to work on "deeper" more meaningfully written posts soon, and not just these "about me" sort of posts. I'm sure they must bore you to tears. Thank you for reading them anyway.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bits and Pieces

A sunrise, from 2010. 

   I really thought THIS would be the Sunday I slept in, especially since it was in the mid-40s in the RV when I woke up at 6 am. But no, once I'm awake, I'm up. That first cup of tea was even better when the weather is chilly. I'm sure it won't take long to be tired of the cold, but right now I'm enjoying the fall-like weather.

    The boys are outside, they sit looking around and at each other like they'd rather still be in bed, too.

    Rick is planning his day. He'll more than likely be going back to soon and his new job will keep him away from home for 4-5-6 days, maybe a week or 10 days, at a time - so we're planning everything, fixing everything, so that I can be doing everything on my own. He has to show me how to change the propane bottles on the RV so that if I run out when he's not here I can do that, but gas makes me nervous and I just don't want to have to learn that. I'll be happy when we buy a house and are out of the RV. Our goal is to be in a new place at least by Thanksgiving, now that he's more-than-likely got the job he wants and will be making so much more.

We've been slowly clearing out the garden as things stop producing.  While we hate chemicals, my mother doesn't, and so we'll be spraying for broad leaf weeds when we pull it all out and replanting grass. We'll miss planting a fall garden, but we have big plans for next year when we're in our own place!

   I've been concentrating on living in the moment, enjoying everything for what it is, soaking up the memories of the days. I'll be trying to write more while Rick's gone.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Good Changes

Gunner and Ranger are working things out. 

    Our new dog, Gunner, came to live with us on Thursday. After spending an hour seeing who could bark at the other one the loudest, stopping every 10 minutes to get a drink and sit and look at each other before starting the barking again, they started playing together, each on his own tie-out. We keep them just far apart that they can't get tangled, but close enough that they can play. Outside, they get along great. Inside, however, Gunner barks visciously and keeps Ranger away from his dog kennel where his things are - and Ranger cowers in the back of the RV, won't even come up when we're up here. I'm hoping that will settle itself out soon.
    Now for the biggest news of the week (of the summer maybe??) Rick got a phone call yesterday from a man who owns a company Rick never applied at, offering him a job! He goes in Monday for paperwork and a pre-employment drug test. We're so excited! God works in amazing ways! I know that the next thing God has for us is a house, He's got it all picked out for us, and it will come in His timing. I just hope we don't go into the winter still in this RV, the door is falling apart and leaks so it will be colder even than last year was. God knows best though. I trust Him.
     There have been times - most of my life, actually, as I look at it from this point of view - where I said I trusted God, but only wanted things to go my way. If they didn't, I felt betrayed by Him, or like He didn't care. Now I've reached a point that I trust Him to do what's best, whether it turns out how I want it to or not. We humans only see things from our very limited point of view. He knows so much more about what we really need, and He is able to do much more for us that we don't even know to ask for!
    We are going to keep working on the RV, maybe start winterizing it as best we can now, just in case he wants us here longer. The one thing I do worry about is mom. Her mood swings leave us never knowing where we stand from one moment to the next. I hope she can stay consistently kind until God shows us our new place.
    We took "the boys" out this morning, and it was still dark. I don't miss the hours of sunlight in the evenings as much as I do the early light in the mornings. The grass was wet with the rain from last night, and it was cold on my bare feet. I'm going to miss barefoot weather when it gets here! 55 degrees right now with a wind chill of 53. Fall is my favorite season, even with the cooler temps, and it makes it that much better as I enjoy my first cup of tea this morning, which I'm now going to get back to!