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I’m So Happy I Can’t Stand It!!

The sun is shining, I’m just finishing up breakfast at McDonald’s, using their Wi-Fi with my new laptop (I saved up nearly $300.00 in Amazon gift cards and a couple of my friends kicked in enough to push the laptop fund over the top). I bought a wireless Logitech mouse today because I hate the mouse that comes with a laptop.

I also bought a phone today, a Net 10 wireless phone. Now all I need to do is scrounge up enough cash to get airtime cards for it. I love the idea of prepaid phone minutes, mostly because I still owe Credo Mobile over 425.00 for my smartphone.

I particularly appreciate the laptop because I won’t be tied to the Deschutes County Library all the time now. All of our McDonalds (4 I think) have wifi, as does Barnes & Noble, Hawthorne Station, 3 libraries (2 county libraries and the community college library), and 2 Safeway stores.

Don’t have a job yet, but I do have a roommate who’s good 90% of the time (the other 10% I would like to kick her behind to the moon and back, but I remind myself that her money pays ALL of my space rent and leaves $36.00 for me to blow). As of June 16, 2014 the space rent has gone up to $398.00 but that still leaves me a whopping $27.00 to blow every month, mostly on bus passes.

We are planting flowers in the front of the house, sunflowers, marigolds, pansies, and a few others. I plan on planting a garden in the back of the house as well. That will hopefully stretch the old food budget! Speaking of food, I am adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet.

Still riding my bike at least a mile a day, unless it’s snowing. It’s late enough now in the year that we’re mostly getting rain but I’ve seen it snow in July around here (not kidding).

Signing off for now…hope you all are as happy as I am.

Update 11/13/13: Mostly Good News

On November 1, 2013 a friend came to me and told me that she felt “called by God” to pay my space rent. ALL OF MY SPACE RENT……a total of nearly $4000.00m (not joking). My park manager didn’t want to accept the check, because he said I would just get behind again, but the owner of the park overruled him and I am remaining in my house (space rent paid through the end of November). There are some conditions to being “allowed” to stay in my own home (paid for, owned by me) and those are: 1) clean out the carport (already done, and boy does that sucker look nice now LOL), 2) find someone else to do my yard work (the park manager has been doing it since summer of 2012), and 3) I am not allowed to get even one month behind on space rent.

On November 11, 2013 I received a call from the person who has since become my roommate. I had told the community health worker at my medical clinic (Mosaic Medical) that I was looking for a roommate, and this lady had told him she needed a place to live. I am charging $425.00 a month which covers monthly space rent leaving me $36.00 to spare. So now I am going to be able to abide by #3 in the paragraph above.

I have a line on a part time work from job; in fact I am going later today to take some testing for this job. There would be 4-6 weeks of paid training at their offices, and then 20-25 hours a week working from home. I am hoping to get this job.

My cell phone service is currently suspended, but I am waiting to get a plain old cell phone from Assurance Wireless which will be free with 250 minutes a month to use. I also need to figure out how to pay the electricity bill as well as get internet access and a landline phone (these things are all necessary for the job if I get it).

I would like to say thank you to all the people who have helped me get to this point. I am not going to name names, that might cause jealousy, and the people who helped know who they are. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Update Re The Financial Situation

I am being evicted sooner or later. I was unable to come up with the $389.00 x 3 by the deadline set by my park manager (September 30 or October 10).

I am still in the house because the park manager and the park owner don’t seem to realize that they need to have me served (after a judgment is levied against me by the court). My park manager threatened to turn off the electricity to force me out, and I very calmly informed him that Legal Aid told me that the judgment needs to be placed against and that I need to be served. Also, if he does that not only is he legally in the soup but he’s putting my health at risk (I use nocturnal oxygen and a CPAP machine for SEVERE sleep apnea) as well as putting the house at risk from frozen pipes (it’s been in the low to mid 20′s every night here for the last week or so).

Currently I am packing nearly everything I own in boxes from the local liquor store and putting it in storage lockers which I rented with my last paycheck from the late great (and totally unlamented) job as a housekeeper. My park manager is taking the stuff to the storage lockers for me as the only transportation I have is a bike (I can’t see hauling boxes on that ROFL). Re the job: I simply couldn’t physically do the work and I only lasted a week (am looking for other work though).

The ‘eviction sale’ was mostly a bust with only about $150.00 total being sold, but that was better than nothing.

Am trying to round up cash for a new apartment (studio or one bedroom). I do own my house and it is for sale right now, if it sells I will be okay financially for a while.

I currently have an electricity bill of $65.00 due on November 5 2013 and a cell phone bill (for two months ) of $230.00 (my cell phone is my only phone these days, and I am probably going to be getting a free cell phone with 250 free minutes from the state of Oregon to replace the phone I have now).

Any donations will–as usual–be gratefully accepted.

Working Hard at Staying Positive

Job situation looking up.

Every bit of laundry in the house is clean and dry, and every dish, piece of silverware, pot, pan, glass, etc is also clean. Insomnia is my friend. LOL.

Also I can get a cheap laptop on Amazon with the Amazon gift certificates that I’ve been saving up for a new clothes dryer.

Added a Go Fund Me widget and link all over the place. Worth a try.

widget widget ROFL

Go Fund Me Link

http://www.gofundme.com/4hy8ws Worth a try I guess :)

Adventures in Electricity

Well, here’s my second post using the phone. I still HATE this keyboard with a passion but at least the phone gives me words based on what I’ve typed (or mistyped, for that matter).

Today I was at Safeway getting cheap dinner and my phone starts ringing. Of cpurse by the time I get it out of my purse the call has gone to voicemail. Luckily the caller was in my contacts and I could call right back.

Amazingly enough it was the credit manager at my utility company (Central Electric Co-op) and she was not calling to tell me that they were going to turn off my electricity (yet anyway).

She and I had talked last Wednesday and she gave me til last Friday to come up with the slightly over $40.00 that I need to keep going with my contract
I’ve been trying to contact a local charity (Willing to Help) since September 5th but it turns put that they aren’t going to be opening again until early October.

The credit manager told me that she had noticed that I was using a CPAP machine and nocturnal oxygen so she had called Neighbor Impact (another local charity) and discussed the situation with them. They told her that they might be able to help me and that I should call them.

So I called Neighbor Impact and left them a message. Hopefully this will work out.

Sorry for any errors in this post–this keyboard is a complete and total pita (and I do NOT mean the bread).

adventures in cleaning land LOL

My first post from the phone!! An LG smartphone powered by Sprint AKA Credo Mobile for those of you that care.

I finally got the vacuum cleaner fixed today and have spent most of the evening vacuuming the dining room, living room, and hallway. I am proud of myself for fixing the vacuum cleaner because I am not handy in the slightest. It had to be fixed though as I am cleaning house eother in prep for a roommate or in prep for selling.

Learned how to access Facebook and the blog using the phone as well. My next phone will have a full keyboard!!

PS vacuum cleaner NOT fixed so I bugged the park manager and he will take a look at it.

Desperately in Need of Financial Help

Things have totally fallen apart since my last post….and now I need $104.00 for the electric bill (by September 10, 2013), I am losing my computer today or tomorrow (it is going back to Aaron’s (Lease to Own) unless I can pull some rabbit out of some hat and come up with $135.00 to make the monthly payment on it, and I am 8-9 months behind on space rent — my mobile home park manager will work with me if I can come up with 3 months of space rent (approximately $1200.00) by the end of September.

I have contacted 2 of 3 charities here in town for help with the electric bill, one can’t help me because they helped me in June, the other one doesn’t have any funding for anything other than food boxes, and the third one took the summer off (they were supposed to be back yesterday, but didn’t answer their phone yesterday morning or afternoon).

My ex-roommate gave notice on June 9, she had actually moved out at that time but much of her belongings remained in my house, and I discovered after she was arrested on July 7 that she had totally trashed the room including clothes, bird seed, bird feathers, and bird poop all over the floor. There are also holes in the wall and a lot of other damage to the room. Cleaning the room and house has been problematic because I have been ill after choking on a pill on July 27 that went into my lungs.

I have lost 3 jobs this summer, 2 online jobs where the work just ran out, and one offline job where I didn’t pass the second week of training (due to the great pill inhalation episode, I had to leave training often because I was coughing my head off and disturbing the other trainees). The offline jobs were not covered by unemployment benefits, and I made too little from the two weeks of training to be eligible for unemployment.

PayPal or Alert Pay (Payza) or Serve donations in any amount would be gratefully accepted. The email address for all of those accounts is suellen.roley@gmail.com.

Suggestions on how to come up with the cash I need (other than selling my body, LOL) would also be welcomed. Please understand that I have no money right now so any suggestions involving membership fees will not work for me.

A Request For Help

It never rains but it pours is a saying here in the USA.

First one of my online jobs has been on hold since May 17, 2013.

Second, my roommate gave 30 days notice on June 9, 2013 which coincidentally was also the same day my last online job went on hold–with no warning at all. I cannot rent the rooms (bathroom/bedroom) out until my old roommate moves completely out, and she is going to drag this out to the 9th of July even though she is living with someone else and has been for nearly a month now.

This means no money. No money means no bills get paid.

I managed to renew the domain for this blog with a loan from a friend. Food stamps and Oregon Health Plan (Standard) take care of food and medical needs. I got help paying the electric bill as well from a local charity.

All this brings me to the point of this post, which is 1) no charities offer any kind of help or assistance with ISP/cable/telephone bills and 2) due to a mistake regarding my debit card (my ISP said it was invalid which it was not, and there was money in the account) I now owe them over $309.00 and must pay in full by July 9 2013 (or face disconnection, a $20.00 reconnection fee, and a $5.00 late fee).

If I cannot come up with that $309.00 in the next 8 days, I will have no internet access at home (am looking into wi-fi in this town since I do have a laptop).

I have already paid my ISP $300.00 ($144.00 + $170.00) since this mess started. This money came from my last few paychecks from the remaining online job.

I have an excellent shot at a full time brick-and-mortar (outside of the home) job that would pay $10.00 per hour for 3 weeks of training and then $12.50 per hour full time plus benefits, but that job probably won’t start until the end of July, which does nothing to pay my bills right now. Also, one of the online jobs MAY come back to life in July, but even if it came back to life tomorrow, the earliest I would get paid is next Friday…..3 days after the shutoff date for my internet connection.

I have written my mother a letter asking for her help, but I am fairly sure her answer will be no because she feels she is broke. IMO, she doesn’t have a clue what broke is….broke is 85 cents in your checking account, $0.00 in your savings account, and 50 cents in your PayPal account. Oh yes, lets not forget the $8.00 in Serve and the 13 cents in Alert Pay. Rolling in dough I am …… NOT!

A donation to the cause of keeping Suellen online would be gratefully accepted. If I do receive any donations, I intend to pay donors back as soon as I can.