Back to the Drawing Board

Mud Tech finally told Mike that they didn’t need them. Instead they hired an unskilled college “kid” for about half of what Mike was asking. So much for that idea.

He’s still working at the campground for half of what he was asking anyway.

I’m currently working on a website that I had been contemplating for a few years.  I actually bought a domain name and was ready to get started.

Then I let life get in the way.

Well, I had started working on it just before we moved to Texas. Then Ethan was born and we moved, again, I let life get in the way.

Finally, I’ve been working on it again. At the moment, it’s just a storefront. In a few days, I plan to add forums,  articles, and resources.

You can check it out here: http://www.thewahmbuzz.com

Working From Home, Sort Of.

Mike is finally working, although it’s not for much. He offered to help out at the RV park where we are staying. They hired him for $10/hour. It’s not much, but it is an income.

While chatting with the new boss, he found out something interesting… Some companies think that he might be lying on his résumé. Apparently, no one is multitalented anymore.

Hopefully, by working here, he could get a good reference from the owners. He’s already built a couple of benches out of scrap wood to put into the dog run, and painted the laundry room and clubhouse.

I do see a light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s pretty far off.

Good News!

Actually, it’s double good news. The first, even with out a job, we have been able to cut our expenses enough to last until February.

The second, it does seem that that Mike will have a job. Out of all of the interviews, this one seems the most promising. Because this company is expanding rapidly, they need someone who’s adaptable and has many talents. Of course it does help that one of the company’s biggest clients happen to be owned by my husband’s nephew.

We really won’t know for sure until Friday, but if it’s a done deal, it’s a new steady income and it’s still close to Athens.

Yet another possibility

indexThey’re still calling. This job is for Pepsi. Yes, you heard right. Much higher pay than the last job would have gotten him, enough to catch up with bills AND pay for the ones still in VT. If he gets the job, we’ll probably have to move closer to Dallas… But not until after Christmas. In the meantime, I’m still trying to find ways to make money at home.

Onward… To Where?

OpenStreetMap Logo

OpenStreetMap Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We live in Vermont, which has a very high cost of living. Unfortunately, we no longer have the income that allowed us to stay here for so long.

We have been considering our options, or at least the options we wish we had.

  1. Stay here, get a lower income job, get a garden started and maybe bribe the neighbors with free eggs so we can have a few chickens.
  2. Move to Texas, which has the most cities with the best cost of living in the top ten according to Forbes  (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mim45gjje/methodology/), easy homeschool laws, warmer weather, and low unemployment rate.
  3. Move to Indiana where we have some property already, also with decent homeschooling laws, a lower unemployment rate than Vermont, and a longer growing season… well, theoretically, anyway. This year Indiana had more snow than Vermont this year and as Vermont was thawing, the Midwest ended up with another 8 inches.
  4. Go way off the deep end and just travel around the US, blogging (video blogging?)  all the way (traveling with 6 kids – once the baby is born – should make an interesting blog, right?). Think a modern day version of “Promised Land” expanded with three more kids.

The problems (coinciding with above)

  1. Our current house costs more than what we can earn locally, even if we manage to get all of our food from our .33 acre lot.
  2. Our We have a mortgage on the house which makes it difficult to get a mortgage elsewhere.
  3. Mortgage on the house… we won’t be able to build on the property before next winter, meaning a few years
  4. Mortgage on the house… That trip won’t last long. I honestly think we can do it, and I dream of doing it once for about a year with the kids

The one thing that is throwing a wrench in any of these options is the house we currently live in. If we stay, the the mortgage is more than what most companies in the area are willing to pay. It would be difficult for me to find a job so close to my due date as most don’t offer maternity leave until you have stuck around longer than the “probation period” – usually three months.  I’m due in two.

All isn’t lost, however, as we have come up with some other ideas. Come to think of it, options 2, 3, and 4 are more feasible than option 1 because we might be more likely to find a renter than a buyer. In fact, that is what we have been talking about lately. We shall see as time progresses.

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Crazy Week

Fired red stamp

Fired red stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been so focused on my husband’s website, that I have lost track of time. I didn’t realize it’s been so long since my last post and so much has happened that I don’t know where to start… So, here goes:

A couple of weeks ago, my husband was fired from his job. I won’t go into too many details, but by the sounds of it, it won’t be long before this particular plant will shut down and the jobs move elsewhere. My husband had been complaining for a while now on the incompetent managers, and of course, I’m sure the incompetent managers didn’t like him at all. The fact of the matter is, incompetent people do not like the competent, because it reminds them how terrible they really are. So, when he finally made a mistake, they were all too eager to get rid of him.

It’s interesting to note, my husband is now happier and more motivated than he was. Granted, it will be extremely tight for the next few months as we both find ways to make money at home, but it’s nice to see him not spending most of his non-working, awake time reading Fark and political forums. Instead, he has been spending more time with the kids, which makes the kids happier.

My husband is currently a licensed Master Electrician in VT. While he’s not sure if he wants to make this his permanent profession, any work that brings in cash is good work. So, as I have said before, I’m working on his website, so it would be easy for someone to look him up.  Later, there will be more to the site. At the time of this posting, there’s only a homepage and a contact page (which also contains the towns that he will be servicing). We’ve talked about having weekly content published and move towards more of an informational site, rather than continue with the trade. We are not sure yet, but I’ve added the “Articles” mod and now I have to learn how to use it. Because there are so many interruptions in life with five kids and two dogs, it’s taking much longer than it should.

So, now, even with the future uncertain, I am still optimistic. I never see what most would consider “bad luck” to actually be bad. I’ve learned a while ago that anything bad happens is a learning opportunity. Interestingly enough, I seem to be more productive on the computer than I have been when we were certain that we would have a paycheck next week. Perhaps, this is God’s way of giving us the “kick in the pants” that we needed to start focusing on being better.

 

 

 

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