Thursday, August 20, 2009

Well there hasn't been much of anything blog-worthy going on the past few days. At first, it was just too hot and humid to do much outside, and now it's rained and stormed off and on for the last two. A storm rolled through last night late, and actually woke me up, which was really odd, NOTHING wakes me up, lol. No matter though, the garden can use the rain after 2 weeks of heat and dry.
On Monday, I filed for my last 2 weeks of unemployment benefits. Of course, they won't let you file for an extension the same day, so I had to do that on Tuesday. After all the forms were finished, and I clicked that "process claim" button, I got the typical "please allow 2-4 weeks for processing". I go about my day and figure I won't hear anything anytime soon. Low and behold, I get up Wednsday morning and see an e-mail from the state telling me I have a message on my inbox at the ODJFS website. Yep....approved in a day for another 20 weeks of benefits.
I'm honestly not sure how to take that. Of course, I'm happy that I have this to fall back on since there is no sign of work picking up anytime soon. But, does that show the speed, accuracy, and "gettin right on it" attitude of the unemployment office? Or does that just show that "yep, another pipefitter-might as well just give him what he needs"? I'm still shocked that it went through that fast. I'm thinkin' it just shows that they know the economy sucks, and that anyone in the construction trades are pretty much screwed right now. Ah well, now I have 'till the end of January, though that much time off is going to drive me even more insane than I am now after 6 months. I sure hope things change soon. Juggling bills is getting harder and harder.
On a lighter note, I have a dinner date tonight at 6:00 that I'm pretty excited about. As some might know, I was married before Lisa. That marraige was a big mistake, and ended rather ugly. When we had met, she had a 11 month old little girl. In the 6 years we were together, that little girl knew me as daddy. Her real father was barely in the picture, just usually on holidays so she wouldn't be with me. (he and I always hated each other) After the divorce, and after Lisa and I got together, some real SHTF with my ex, and I haven't seen her daughter in nearly 10 years.
Last Friday was her birthday, her 18th to be exact. I found her on Facebook and sent her a happy birthday message, not sure if I would get anything back. Well...I did. We exchanged a few messages, and then text messages last night on my cell phone. We're meeting for dinner tonight.
I'm very excited about seeing her, but I'm really nervous too. I don't quite know what to say yet. I don't know how to answer any questions she may have. I'm just going to have to play this one by ear, and take it as it comes. I told her last night in a text message that I was nervous aboout this, and she said she felt the same way. Maybe this is why I slept so light last night. I don't know what is going to happen, and I don't know what this dinner will lead to. I do want her back in my life, and hopefully now that she is 18, I can do so without involving her mother. We'll just have to see where this leads. Wish me luck folks, I'm gonna need it! LOL

6 comments:

Happy Days said...

What a great story. I'm happy you were able to find her and I think having dinner with her will fine. She is just as nervous as you are. I think talking will come natural and you won't have a thing to worry about! Am wishing you tons of luck!...debbie

small farm girl said...

You'll do fine. Just talk about what almost all teenagers want to talk about. THEMSELVES! lol. No really, she probably won't even know you are there. She will be busy texting. lol. Wait, I'm not helping am I?. Sorry, just being funny. To tell you the truth, if you are anything like the way you come across on your blog, you will be more than fine. Just be yourself.The rest will come naturaly.
S.F.G.

scoutinlife said...

Chris glad you are working on reastablishing the relationship with the youg lady that you once helpd raise. Good Luck

Anonymous said...

Howdy,

Just found your blog and have read several posts. I have learned a great deal, reinforced some things I've known and been encouraged to try to go even further in our self-reliance. I have some questions - not sure how best to get them covered...unable to find an email address.

Was curious if you have recipes for your canned goods, homemade cleaning supplies, laundry soap, deodorant, etc. OR if you found the recipes on other websites could you share the info?

Where did you get the plans for your rabbit hutch, solar dehydrator, and cold frame? They all look great and something we can aspire to!

You both have done A LOT of work and inspire me and encourage me as we go further in our self-reliance. Like you, hubby is in construction & currently not working. NO jobs in this area.... so I understand, all too well, the battles without a regular check coming in! And we're practically neighbors. (GO BLUE!)

Praying your dinner with your daughter went well....good luck and blessings to you and Lisa as you continue your harvests.

MaMaBear in the Mitten

Happy Days said...

Hey Chris, thanks for commenting on Lincolns itchy problem. YES, he is on frontline, and come to think of it, I think it started about the time I started him back on it - but can't be for sure....am taking him to the vets tomorrow and will mention it. Thanks for the tip! ...debbie

Chris W said...

MaMa bear, thanks for the kind words. We've definitly come a long way in 10 years on this little lot.

The cold frame,rabbit hutch, and solar dehydrator were all of my own design. I just looked at pictures on websites and built my own version of each. The lower cage of the hutch was complete via a craigslist trade, I just built the rest above and around it. All 3 were built with scrap lumber, so I designed each with what I had on hand in mind.

I can get the recipes for the cleaners and detergent and make a post about them all, I've thought about doing that for a while. Hmm...maybe later today.

Feel free to email anytime! cjwalbeck@gmail.com

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