Well, if you've read any of my blogs you know that I'm unemployed, and I still am. I was down to $103 in my checking account, a little less than half a tank of gas, a maxed out credit card and $41 in my wallet. I gave the dollar to a homeless guy, so that made $40. I went to the grocery store. In addition to groceries, I had to buy detergent and bleach, which was another $9. Grand total – $38. I had $2 in my wallet and I hadn't paid rent.
I got home and decided to check my checking account. I knew it was around $100, but I wasn't sure exactly how much. But there was $509! I had gotten my first unemployment deposit, and I didn't even know if I could get it! So I was able to pay my $500 rent, but I didn't know what I would do for next month. There's a charity in town that helps people one time a year with their rent if you qualify. I had been trying to get an appointment for weeks and finally I got through. I had to put my last $2 in the parling lot box and hope I didn't get towed. So I went and filled out the paperwork. I started crying. I've worked for 30 years and I have never been in such dire straights. But she handed me a tissue and we finished up my paperwork. I still won't know if I qualify for a week to 10 days.
She gave me a voucher to go to their food kitchen. I figured it would mostly be canned goods, but who was I to be picky. So I filled out my "menu" – I could get 1 fruit, 2 vegetables, 2 beans, etc. a stick of deodorant – don't want to run out of that! A single roll of toilet paper – lol. But then she asked "Do you like tilapia?" And I said sure and she gave me 4 fillets of frozen tilapia. and then she asked "Do you like venison?" I said sure, and she gave me 2 pounds of ground venison. They even had some bagels, which I eat every morning. Oh, and milk, fresh oranges and potatoes. What a haul! I was so grateful!
So I got home and I knew I wasn't going to starve and for the month of April I had a roof over my head. I'd gotten my car payments delayed for 2 months, so that was another good thing. I had asked my brother for a loan but I didn't know yet if he was going to be able to do it. When I got home there was an an e-mail from him saying "No problem". So I have money to pay for my meds and doctor's visits ($90), money for gas, money to pay the IR-effing-S (let's not even go there), money if I don't get food stamps which is the next thing.
So suddenly the world is not coming to an end this month AND I got a call about FIVE JOBS! Well, 2 different job descriptions, 5 people being hired.
I just feel so lucky. I can't wait til I can start giving to charity again. I was used to having $50 taken out of my paycheck every month.
So just when you think it's over, it's not necessarily over.