Sunday, 22 April 2018

I'm still around

Wow. Has it really been 2 1/2 months since I last posted anything? Time flies when you're having fun, right?

Starting mid January, my 3/4 time job became full time. I've not worked full time in my 27 years of nursing ever. I've always been around a .7 or .8 and would pick up the occasional extra shift for some extra cash, but I am now 60 and will in no way want to be working past 65. So I figured I had best make the most of the last few years to maximize my pension. But I spend more time at work now than ever before! Don't really like it but it's a necessary evil.

Because healthcare seems to think we need to have a three day weekend thrown into our rotations, they make us work 6 shifts one week and 4 the next to make the 10. I'd be quite happy working 5 and 5 but working every second Saturday seems to confuse them. (I work in an in hospital outpatient clinic, so no nights and no full weekends.) How about working Monday to Friday one week, and Tuesday to Saturday the next? Nope. Monday to Saturday every other week, and the others are either Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday. So I have weekends that are one day (Sunday) and the others are either Saturday and Sunday, or Friday to Sunday. Whatever. It is what it is and it's okay.

So finding time to get this little cracker box of a house fixed up to sell (in only 2 years!) is a little tighter. And not only because I have less time, but because I don't always have the energy. But I need to find both the time and the energy if I am going to get this thing in shape to get a decent selling price. I must. I don't have the wherewithal to hire out for what needs to be done. Most of it, I have the skills to do. And I am not afraid to seek out the information and education to learn what needs to be done for most projects. Hell, I've learned how to replace a toilet, electrical work, foundation repair. Installing flooring, painting walls, installing light fixtures... that's easy stuff. If the roof needs replacing in that time (and it might), I will have to pay someone for that. I refuse to replace the fence, even though it is a bit rotten in spots. There are only so many costs I am willing to absorb.

This is my one day weekend and I have spent it grocery shopping, doing laundry, making a crockpot full of hearty soup for lunches during the week, and of course, the kitchen clean up. But I have found time to natter on a bit here, to cuddle the cats, and prop my feet up for a while. I hope you all have had restful weekends. My heartfelt condolences to LX on the loss of Nikko. I feel your pain, my friend. xoxo


12 comments:

  1. Wow. You have been busy. And your alternate weekends seem confusing and annoying. I don't know how you manage when it's only one day off before hitting the grind again. But I am happy that you seem overall healthy, busy, and continuingly seek to seize opportunities to make your life, your future, and your home much better. Enjoy your time off, and have a good, relaxing, serene work week. I hope you manage to spend time with your family, friends, and pets, all the people you love and whose company you enjoy and cherish! Cheers! Much warmth and sunshine to y'all!

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    1. Eros, working in a hospital that is open 24/7 means it is staffed 24/7. I work in a clinic within the hospital. We are not open 24/7 but Mon-Sat, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. I am required to work every other Saturday, as we all are, so that there is adequate staffing. I'm just happy that I don't work on one of the wards! Then I would work 7 in a row, and nights too! All part and parcel of being a nurse. You get used to it. ^_^

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  2. Hang in there. Your time will soon be your own.

    Thank you for the kind words.

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    1. Yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And it will happen sooner if I happen to buy a winning lottery ticket. ;-)

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  3. My but you're a busy bee! 60 eh? I'm 57 soon and have already started the slow down work wise. :)

    Xxx

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    1. I'd love to slow down but living on one income means that's not possible just yet. 57 eh? You're not too far behind me. :-)

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    2. Our mortgage should be finished about the same time Helena finishes college in three years. The plan is to sell up and buy a small place here and a small place at the coast. That's the plan anyway. :)

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  4. WOW, sweetpea, you have a SCHEDULE that is beyond wild! I'm honored you took a minute to stop by my place! xoxoxo

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    1. I agree that it is beyond wild, but a necessary means to an end. And I will always try to pop by your place!! xoxoxo

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  5. My head hurts thinking about everything you do, and what you intend to do. I would just end up in a muddle. Kudos to you.
    Sx

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    1. I'd love to just sit around, watch movies and eat bonbons... but I guess that will have to wait until retirement! xx

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