Oh, well, if it's only THIRTY, what on earth are you complaining about?
Your new location sounds great! I kind of lost track of all your travels. Are you still with your sis? Does this feel like a permanent home (as permanent as any home is in this world, of course)? How did your job situation pan out? (PM me if you don't want to talk about it publically)
Hey Tom! Yeah Mom would up having to go to a nursing home, her health was deteriorating quickly, she has been in one since last August. Due to her medical status we had to put the house on the market and look for one that was in our budget. Fortunately this happened during that freak SELL, SELL, BUY, BUY market so the house had an offer fast (it fell thru due to financing) but another offer that we were able to accept and closed on 1/19/21, a few month after putting it on the market but at the tail end of the selling/buying craze. Got a fixer upper cape code style with a nice converted attic space and a just right sized basement which encouraged us to slim down. Last summer I was selling tanks left and right so we didn't have to move with what we weren't going to use. Sold a bunch of furniture too as the current house has a more functioning layout (it has separate ROOMS-hated that about the last house) and no big open great rooms to accommodate bulky items like china cabinets, armories, side tables, too many chairs...lol. Also Mom isn't improving so she will be in a nursing home forever.
House has good foundation, needs alot of work including new windows, some new floors, some insulation in the add on portion from the late 80's and the garage needs new doors and trim and paint...house needs new wiring, paint, just a lot to do but we are working on it bit by bit with some help from the family.
You don't have experience with that, right...lol.
The job laid me off late Sept 2020. I am looking for work as the extended stimulus is ending Sept 2021 in IL, unless its is extended. Its hard finding anything that is comparable to what I was making. Have applied at about 30 ish places right now, but no luck. May just go with something to get some $$ and go to school PT to get a certificate in phlebotomy. There is a Cancer Treatment Center about a mile away from me and they are hiring Lab Techs all the time with good pay. I tried with my BA in biology, but they were a no.
Is your new home all set up or still some work in progress?
Yeah, homes, like people, are always works in progress, but we're pretty settled in here. I like it. Definitely a downgrade on the property size, and we're hoping to get back the the country someday, but it's nice not having a ton of landscaping projects all summer (remember that pond I built and lined with rocks??? ), and it's nice being close to friends and closer to the mountains. And hey, it's paid off, so that's worth a lot.
It is nice to be out of the cold microclimate, too. The veggies are growing a LOT better here.
I can get my plecos to eat sweet potatoes either the orange or Asian white varieties. None of my fish like carrots or green beans but I feed them an assortment of melons (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, lemon-drop...), squash (zucchini, yellow squash, opa squash, pumpkin, acorn, carnival, butternut, honeynut, kabocha, hubbard), pepper tops/pieces (orange seems to be my plecos favorite). Mainly the plecos go after the winter squash, sweet potatoes and peppers, but the tetras and corys love the melons and the corys will also nibble on some squash. I will try to buy organic if available, but I will also wash anything I am keeping the skin on with a dilute soap and water-rinsing very well, multiple times to ensure no soapy residues are left. I have been doing this for over a decade with no issues. I feed something fresh a couple times a week.
I also feed my fish shrimp, silver-sides, clams and mussels, all the fish enjoy the protein one or twice a month.
My fish also get repashy (Igapo Explorer, Morning Wood, Grub Pie, Bottom Scratcher and Soilent Green)...I like to spoil them.