As usual I have many things to be grateful for. Some of them have been bumped to next week’s Thankful Thursday posting because some newer exciting things happened this week that I must acknowledge.
1) Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my truck.
Because of the economy I have been struggling right along with everyone else to the point of falling behind on my truck payments in order to meet other commitments. I landed in this situation because of Kindlewood’s illness which sapped my reserves dry and then some. But I will never feel guilty about not having done all I could for her. However, now I am paying for it dearly in the debt ratio department. I do not feel that discussing finances online is appripoe, but it is necessary in this situation to give ‘fully’ back to what happened yesterday.
February is a short month for all of us financially and to those of us who are self employed in a pay by service business it can be a very difficult month to meet bill demands. Add to that that I started out with a $400.00 worth of cancellations this month really meant that there was only a partial truck payment happening this month. That would mean falling three months behind. My payment is $650.00 per month, that’s a lot of money to try to catch up.
Here is the cool part.
When calling the auto loan company (who I love) to discuss what I could do, I was informed that because of my history of making double payments the past three months to try to get my truck caught up that they, after reviewing my case, had given me a 3 month extension adding my debt to the end of the loan but making my next current payment due in March. Now this had already happened without me knowing about it. I kept telling them they were wrong that I owed three months and they had to convince me that I had been given a reprieve based on my attempts to catch up. Folks I was in tears. I immediately put a sizeable payment toward another outstanding bill paying it off. So in one 15 minute period I became current on two long outstanding bills, during a difficult month, during a difficult time in all of our lives. No one will ever know how thankful I am for that!!! I am thankful that other business’s out there are sensitive to what we all are going through and are finding creative ways to make things possible for us to perform and feel our self worth.
2) I never go anywhere. I try not to spend money, and I try to always be home for my animals who depend on me to keep their lives in order. Yep my critters are spoiled, rotten. They don’t always have an easy life as right now my horses are standing in small pens in pastern deep mud, but at least its short lived and in a few months they will see pasture. Dragon is going crazy because its too cold for him to go outside in his sunning cage. But it will be warm enough agian in a few days for his sunbathing. Besides its spring for him and he’s a boy and he wants to look for girls. Everything I do in life is for my animals. I feed them before I feed myself, I give up my free time or opportunities to go have fun with people friends in order to be sure my horse friends or dog friends or lizard friends get their due time first. Does this make me boring? Maybe to some, but for me its a way of life that makes me feel solid in this world. Yet some times I would love to go have some fun, like last weeks trail ride, or this weekends coming up visit to Tucson and a horsey overnight – mini vacation. The first cost me all of $20.00 in gas, the is latter will cost me about $125.00 in gas and facilities and food. In the face of what I wrote above should I be doing this? No, but I am doing these things for my sanity. I’m still spending the weekend with my horse and horse friends, but I am getting away just long enough to have some stimulus in my life beyond Gregory House on Sunday nights End of the Weekenditis. I am very thankful for last weekends adventure with Paisano and my friend, and I am very thankful that I am now able to relax and really enjoy this weekend get-a-way with another horse friend in Tucson. I am beginning to feel like a human again!
3) Okay and it keeps getting better…
I was emailing back and forth with a Spanish Mustanger friend about a completely different subject when she out of the blue offered to help with me attending this years SMR meeting in Oregon at Tired Dog Ranch by giving up her frequent flyer miles. I will still have to come up with $100.00, but hey that’s nothing compared to what a round trip ticket is selling for. Where do these incredible people come from? My other friends in Oregon are seeking ways to get me up there too. I originally was going to go up a couple days early and leave a couple days late to help them set up and tear down the meeting facility, but now if I do go they are aware that it will only be for 4 very fast short days. I must be back here to work as much as possible and pack up to move to Colorado. Yes the meeting is the week prior to my move in June. Whether I end up going to the meeting or not. I am amazed at the depth of my friends and am so thankful for their willingness to be so generous and selfless to help me. I have the most wonderful people surrounding me! You know who you are… THANK YOU! and HUGS!
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