Life has been a battle for financial stability, & a feeling of security. Pile on top of that having spent 3 years in an apartment complex with an out of control bed bug problem.
It’s been a never ending cycle of kill them in our apartment, with – oh look, they’re back, must’ve come through the walls/carpet again.
Enough is enough. There’s that insanity I referenced in my initial post. If I’m ever going to fix our situation, something has to change.
I’m a massage therapist, despite everyone’s preconceived notions, we don’t make a lot of moolah. After all my overhead, licensing, insurance, taxes, & fees – I break about 12 grand a year working full time. Yikes! Sadly, it’s about the same as my wages used to be working in graphic design for a family owned screen printing company. Needless to say – those aren’t my solutions – believe me, I’ve tried.
So where does all this & a floor-plan of a mobile home come in you ask?
This is not the exact current floor-plan, in fact I’m dealing with a 2 bedroom- used to be 2 bath, but really is 1 bath now – mobile home. The up side, it’s free.
After extolling my woes & conundrum to my friend, for what seems like the thousandth time- she offered. “You know I have an extra trailer on my property. You can have it as soon as Dotty moves out. ” Maybe, I said.
5 or 6 offers later it started looking really good. 3 or 4 later, I was sold. It’s way out in the country – more fuel. But FREE! No more rent! It needs A Lot of work- ok, not ideal, but I got this. I’ve done everything before in bits & pieces, this will just put all my skills to work at once. Bonus, I can customise, & eventually be off grid. A pretty home that’d be mine, & just the way I want, & if we’re careful (& throw a ton of stuff away) in moving, bug free!
Ok… I think.
This is huge…. all the planning, calculations, materials, work, stuff needing packed & stored, stuff needing purchased/found, so many steps. I’m going to be living in essentially a plywood box, with my family, & for how long? How long does it take to move all the Windows & doors, & rebuild the roof? When you’re working for money, you’re not working on the house, & vice versa. We’ll have water, at least 1 sink & tub will be finished before move in. But DAMN!
Now you see the insanity. The flat out, I’m a crazy woman that’s completely lost her mind & dragging her whole family along, just so that in 4 or 5, maybe even 6 years, we’ll have a beautiful home & much less of a burden income wise.
She’s said she’ll sign over the title eventually, & we’ve discussed getting acreage closer to the metro- & if she wants to move with us, that’s ok too, she has her own trailer. That’s a win, win in my book, just have to watch car fuel consumption in the meantime.
I can do this. I am Woman, I have & use power tools- Hear Me Roar! ( Helen Reddy “I am Woman”)
Plus, I bought my dream tub today for $87.50 at Habitat Restore.
It has 6 jets, & has been tested for functionality (but not leaks – small issue to test before installation). I’m so excited to install & use this for the first time!
Wish me/us luck! We’ll need all we can get!