If you checked out my post from yesterday, you saw that I was at the beginning of organizing my piles of screws, nuts and bolts, washers and an assortment of other items that has accumulated over the years.
These are the items I had within eyesight….I’m sure more will turn up shortly. How many phases do I have ahead of me?….not a clue.
To continue from my previous post, there is one thing that I do miss about my job and that is I didn’t have to worry about transportation. We were allowed to drive the vans home after we were finished for the day; that was a big savings in fuel costs, maintenance costs and insurance costs I didn’t have to worry about.
So now I was in need of some wheels. My first thought was what I would be doing and what type of vehicle would best suit the purpose. I already knew what I wanted and needed but I had to go through the routine because it wasn’t just about me and what I needed it for. Price of course comes into play because the funds are very limited so I had to stay within that certain range. Something that would get decent gas mileage which would have to be a car, but would be too small in the long run. I started looking at mini vans and suvs while still looking at cars. As it turned out, the prices for cars were about the same or higher than the vans, so that’s where I turned all of my focus although I did test drive a mini van or two.
I’ve always liked older cars, not sure why. Maybe it’s because I can work on some of the problems that may arise on my own.
What I really wanted was an older Chevy van. Back in the early ninety’s I had a 1977 Chevy van. We loved that van; it had four captains chairs and an area in the back with a table that transformed into a bed if you would. The seating area around the table was in a U shape and lifting the table top off of its post and laying it into the U opening would give you a bed.
I like vans because they are versatile such as bad weather when you need to haul something. So I come across an ad for a 93 Chevy van, must see the add said. I pass it up. I was about $500.00 more than what I wanted to spend. I continue shopping and begin to get more and more frustrated. Days turn into a week and then more. The van is still on the market with a price drop….hmmmm. This looks promising. I decided to rent a car for two days because it’s crunch time and my timeline is slowly dissipating; the longer I have the money, the more chances it will also shrink.
I drive onto the lot looking for the van as I pull in, I spot it. After parking I get out and walk straight to it. It’s clean and no dents, but it’s a window van….ugh! I like vans but window vans are not on my list of favorites. I ask for the key and it fires right up. There is nothing inside but two front seats. It has air, I check it and it’s cold….looking better….I look it over inside and spotless is how to describe it. For a van this old I was expecting some damages, but nothing major that I could see.
Now it’s time to negotiate. I knew coming in I was $200.00 short of the new price but I go for it. He said he would have to make a phone call and…bingo! I get it for $600.00 less than the original advertised price!
I know you’re thinking I now have an extra $600.00 to work with….not so….remember when I said that I came with a couple hundred less than what they wanted for the van?….yes, the funds had already began to shrink due to odds and ends popping up.
But I have my van!
I took these pictures in our back yard earlier today.
It doesn’t take much to appreciate the fact that change is on the way.
Our internet service went down last night and was restored a couple of hours ago. After the restoration, I really noticed how much email I had accumulated and decided to clean house. While going through my two major accounts it came very clear to me how different things are for me right now. One of the accounts showed me how much I had strayed away from poetry and the online friends I was beginning to become acquainted with. Not only that but a couple of blogs I was reading on a regular basis.
As I continued through the old mail, the dates brought to mind what I had already remembered long before starting this venture. The 1 year anniversary of my oldest brother’s passing. I called my mom and talked to her for awhile and that made me remember even more how much I miss him. It was good to hear my mom’s voice…still strong in my ear….realizing how much I miss her too.
Events in life never stop…they keep coming. How they affect us and how we choose to deal with them rest solely on our individual shoulders. Deleting those old emails did bring back memories but they also triggered a need….no….a desire to restore what I miss about me. Even though you may not have heard from me as much as before, I have not been idle. Changes have been taking place and the journey continues.
Eliminating that which hinders us sometimes may not seem the right thing to do in the eyes of others, but others don’t have to live our lives. Remembering is not always a good thing, but forgetting can sometimes be the wrong thing to do. How we handle these rest solely on our individual shoulders.
Time doesn’t stop, events continue to happen and changes do take their place. We must also take our spot and do what is right for us…even if others may think it foolish…they do not live our lives…and we don’t live theirs.
Making decisions are all a part of the journey and they have to be made…good or bad, right or wrong.
This was supposed to be the meme post that I didn’t finish and it was also to be the post for the one I accidentally posted yesterday.
OK…so I’ve been #workinon my designs and making headway in my attempts at transferring them to my new software. I like the new look and you may also see new designs coming.
As I wanted from the very beginning, I will be able to accomplish the product line I believe will be appealing to many. Calendars, cards, T-shirts, maternity, baby, mugs and so on.
This is the new look.
I will be making changes to my core logo design but the #QuestionMark will remain. Below is a sample.
I’ll be adding a dot on the bottom of the #QuestionMark.
Those are some of the things I’ve been #workinon around here.
I just wanna say
It’s your birthday
I just wanna say
It is today
I hope it’s a good one
Even if you don’t see the sun
I hope you have fun
When it’s all said and done
Nope it’s not here either
Don’t even look in the freezer
I can’t pretend
This will come to an end
At some point or other
I’d much rather drother
Be there right now
I’d give you a bow
To show some love
As tight as a glove
That goes on a hand
As sure as you stand
It’s really been hot the past few days and I had decided not to ride my bike. Today it’s a bit cooler in the mornings, which I prefer to ride, so off I go.
This is my first pit stop along the way.
This is Town Center of Virginia Beach. It’s a nice area with places to eat, areas to sit outside and enjoy the view or your company. It can get pretty busy here.
Here I arrive at my destination…Mount Trashmore. For those who don’t know, it is a landfill converted into a park…a rather nice one at that.
This is the Mount Trashmore emblem located at the top of the hill. You can find kite flyers here during windy times. Lots of people use the hill for working out. The guy on the left for example is walking backward down the hill. Some jog all the way around the top instead of using the path.
I’m not sure if they are together, but backward they go.
Of course we can’t forget the children who want to enjoy the play area before the sweltering heat sets in.
Here I have my stuff set up after the ride around the park after arriving, preparing for this post. It is a really nice breeze blowing to help squash the heat. I’m gonna be heading back after I post this. It’s about fifteen miles round trip. This is my second trek here since I got the bike.
Time to head back….
I haven’t forgotten about the meme or the other stuff I’m #workinon. It’s been a rough ride lately and really tough to get the wrench out of the gears.
My previous post was in draft and I had forgotten all about it. I had written it back on May 13th and thought I might tweak it a bit, but set it aside. That must have been the beginning of the funk.
Finding a happy medium in a place that is filled with anything but happiness has been breathtaking…and not as in awe inspiring. It has been a struggle to break through the rut of what seems like, despair. I say despair because it seemed to be relentless. Usually I would find myself dealing with negatives, on a positive note. Noooo…not this time.
I’m angry with myself for allowing this to happen….this is not me. Sure there are times when we fall into doldrums, but I was getting dangerously close to not wanting to write anymore. It was as if I didn’t care…AND I KNOW THAT IS NOT ME!
Going through my mind now, I see some of the things that has brought me to stagnant hood.
Occupation-wise, I have been installing auto glass for 30+ years now….I’m tired. I like what I do….but I’m tired. One of the most rewarding part of my job that keeps me going are the customers we service. It is really gratifying to see the smiles and have a good talk at times while working.
I think I’m burnt on my current occupation and deep inside, crave for change, something new. But we all know that these are tough times and jobs are hard to come by. Watching the evening news and saw that all those people will be out of work once this last shuttle mission is over.
Tough times…nuf said on that.
I bought a used bike this past Sunday. This will be beneficial in many ways. I don’t have to worry about gas. I get exercise. My mind will start functioning again. Can’t go wrong with any of that.
I’m still here and kickin’.
Whatr U Workin On?
Many of you know that TheWife and I had been separated for three years…now back together. She and my son Reg, have been looking for work. Well, TheWife has found success and is now employed.
She had an interview two weeks ago, went in for a pee test and background check the next day, then waited. I actually had that on my mind yesterday and wondered when she might get a call. TheWife did mention that she was told they would be hiring during the month of April. To our surprise and thankfulness, she got the call Thursday.
Today is her first day. I asked her how she felt last night and I think she’s mixed, but understandably so. She’s in a different line of work she was accustomed to for the past five years..give or take. Different state and city to boot. She’s been out of work for three months…you how that can become comfortable for some. But I believe once she gets this day done, it’ll be old hat.
I’m sure she’ll come home with lots to say. Shouldn’t be long now…in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy more of my time off and also make an attempt to get other things done.