Wednesday, May 27, 2015
I have officially moved into my old house, which I’d rented out for the past five years. I am also, officially off-grid. Seeing as how the renters left me with a $1200 electric bill, and I also have to pay an additional $350 reconnect fee, I suppose it will be awhile before I reconnect to the electric grid.
In June, I have two appointments with two different specialists for this Trigeminal Neuralgia. I also have to have an MRI and MRA, both with contrast. Counting the gas it is going to cost for a three hour round-trip and my medicine, all that is going to cost me $230.
I also have a car payment ($272), and have to pay my mother $100. That will leave me $68. I have to take $30 out to save for car insurance, which is due in November. So, I’ll have $38 to buy food.
Thank Heavens I happen to like (and have on hand) a wide variety of dried beans, various grains (Kamut, quinoa, millet, amaranth, brown rice, steel-cut oats, rolled oats, quick-cooking oats, grits (both white and polenta), whole wheat and all purpose flour, cornmeal, and Maseca (tortilla flour). I also have frozen mixed vegetables in the freezer at Mom’s. So, I only need to buy meat, eggs, and visit the local farmer’s market for a few fresh vegetables. The meat and eggs, I’ll most likely order from ThriveLife Foods since they come in #10 cans, and both will last me at least a month.
It’s a good thing I know how to cook on a camping grill. I’ll admit to being a total noob on using one, but it isn’t any more difficult than cooking on top of a stove. You just have to have enough Sterno or rubbing alcohol, or tea lights for your heat source, and you definitely cannot leave it unattended! (The bonus with using tea lights is that you can somewhat control the amount of heat you need for whatever you happen to be cooking.) ;)
A four-eye propane cooktop is on my “List of things to buy” to at least let me can vegetables, meat, salsa, and soup, but I don’t see that purchase happening until at least October or November since I have other pressing obligations.
That, however, reminds me that I have to buy all new canning jars, because the renters stole every last jar I had in the attic.
I have a list of things I want to get done, which I listed in my Fresh Paint post, but I have a growing list of things I need to get done.
It seems every time I turn a corner, I’m finding one or two things that need to be repaired, replaced, or redone so that my house is (1) safe for inhabiting, and (2) ADA compliant for my needs.
I am finding rotted spaces in the floors, and the floors are literally bouncing in the living room, which makes me suspect either rotting floor joists, or not enough support under the house. Either way, I am going to have to tear out flooring, and most likely will have to jack up the house.
Anyhow, the first thing I have to do is build a pvc pump to get the water up out of my well. I have been using eight gallons a day for the past couple of days, and none of it for any deep cleaning. I have three 5-gallon water jugs, and will be filling those tomorrow. I need to buy at least two 55-gallon water drums so I don’t have to continue going to my mother’s house every day to get water.
The second thing I have to do is figure out how I am going to cool the house this summer, and heat it in the coming winter. A swamp cooler is out of the question since it is too humid here in Georgia, and buying the necessary parts for the solar system is going to take me more than a few months due to continuing health issues, the cost of the medical care, and the impending insurance and property tax payments that will be coming sooner than I would like.
Anyhow, it is time for me to make up my to do list for today. Cooking is definitely on the list. Rice and kamut is soaking to cook later, and I’m making huaraches today for dinner.
I need an income! (Perhaps that should come first!)