Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP Wednesday

It's just 10:30 pm Tuesday night here in the desert SW and suddenly I'm very tired.


I started the edging for Dayflower Dreaming today, just as I hoped.  Started it on the wrong needle and had the front of the edging facing the back of the shawl.  Luckily, I noticed this just ten rows in.  After a few more false starts, I finally have it going in the correct direction.



I took all the baby parakeets out of the nest to clean it.



This little one decided to be by himself.  I think it's around two weeks old.


The green one on the right, is three weeks and three days. The white one is just three weeks and be darned if I can remember how old any of the others are.  Especially, the littlest one.  So, with these five babies that will make 18 parakeets total.  We are done, finished, caput with letting them hatch anymore.  Poor Emily, even if she does decide upon a mate, she won't have a chance at adding to the bunch.


Duane made homemade cream of asparagus soup for dinner.

Monday night, I hinted at storms brewing and job possibilities. The storms:

 Last Wednesday, I received a shut off notice for the electric a few weeks earlier than I expected.  I called and was able to get them to hold off until September 20 at the most.

Then Friday night, the boarder came home early from his job all upset.  Told Duane he was going to take off back to the little podunk town from whence he came.  Just great, five days notice and he knew we really needed his share of the rent to stay here.  He left for his brother's this afternoon.

My neighbor said that the call center she worked at was hiring and to go this past Monday at 2pm and they will probably start me the next day. It's just a hole in the wall type place. As I said Monday night, I went out in 106F and walked a good half mile from the bus stop and around the office park til I finally found the place.  I was wearing a heavy linen, navy blue skirt, satin shirt and heals.  No pantyhose, thank goodness.  I figured this is Tucson, in August, who in their right mind would wear pantyhose?

I get there and it's a hole in the wall type place.  Old fashioned cubicles with phones and computers.  I don't know why, but it reminded me of the old hole in the wall bowling alley my mom bowled at, back in the 70's.  I half expected them to all have ashtrays and the place be thick with smoke.

The woman told me she wouldn't be hiring for a few weeks, that she's currently over-booked with the people had.  Then she walked out front and lit a cigarette.  I followed her out and said, "May I please fill out an application, since I came all this way."  I wanted cry then and there, but I just went back inside and sat in a chair near the door.  She had some girl come in and bring me an application.  Which I sat trying to fill out using my little purse for a desk.  It was so hot walking around out there, that's when I started dripping sweat all on the application.

References, crap, I forgot to grab the paper with my references phone numbers.  I brought it back to her and apologized that I forgot to grab that information, but I could bring it when she called me for an interview.  She said, "Oh don't worry about it.  I never call them.  I just want to know if you have any felony charges of stealing a hat.  Then I just want to hear the story."  "I'll probably call you sooner, rather than later."  Then I went home in the heat.   Duane and I discussed what we were going to do about the landlord and the electric bill.  The tiny bit I get from the state doesn't even cover the rent.

Today, a call came for Duane.  Blessed be, he was approved for his disability, finally.  In a few weeks he will get a deposit with just enough to cover the rent and electric.  Now, he can relax, not having to worry about us getting evicted, and going back to the nursing home. He is slowly getting better, trying to take daily walks.  The heat does make it hard for him to get out and about very much with his breathing.

I still need to find a job, but not as desperately. As in I don't have to throw myself on the mercy of some convenience store manager, begging for a job.  Which was my next idea.    Hopefully, I will hear from another company this week that will be starting training in the middle of September.  I'm not allowed to say too much about it, lest I jinx myself.

Here ends hopefully the last chapter of this terrible saga that has just gone on way too long.  Thank you to all of you who have hung in there with me and helped me get through this.  I don't think I could have made it without you.  There were days you were holding me together when I didn't think I could do it myself.



20 comments:

RugbyMad said...

Sorry about having to redo the knitting. They both look fantastic

witchyknits4ewe said...

Your knitting looks great and the parakeets are adorable!! I'm so glad to hear things are staring to look up for you!!

Stitched Together said...

So pleased that D has finally got some money through. It must be a massive relief!

Calophi said...

Sucks when you have to redo knitting. I had some issues with my new WIP this week also. -_-

Good luck with your job hunt!

paula said...

Hang in there, there's definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. And it's getting closer every day. I'd say you have a bright future as a parakeet breeder, they're awfully cute. Hope the perfect job materializes for you this week!

Marushka C. said...

That is good news about the disability money coming through. I hope the job situation will get brighter now that the pressure is a little less intense.

melbatoast68 said...

Oh I hate it when I mess up. Especially since I don't have near the experience that you do. I started on an item, got two inches in and couldn't figure out why it wasn't working...duh, read the pattern....Oh well ripped it out and started over.

I'm so glad that everything came through for D. You can both breath a little easier and I just know something will come through for you real soon. Hang in there!

Rudee said...

I would have been amazed if he had not qualified for the disability. I'm so happy for you both. I know it's not a lot, but it's more than nothing and hopefully gives you some breathing space.

Knitted on borders are magical and simultaneously maddening. Better luck the second, third or fourth time around. It's going to be beautiful.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Sounds like things are starting to turn in the right direction. Hopefully the momentum builds and you find a job that's just perfect.

Dayflower Dreaming looks gorgeous!

willow4 said...

Praying for good outcomes on every front. Hang in there!

Kathleen said...

I'm so glad that D's disability is coming through, I hope more good news in that vein is coming your way right this minute.

In the meantime, at least you have adorable birds and amazing-looking soup?

elephantJuice said...

Glad you got the edging sorted, it looks great.

Shame about that call centre place, but fantastic news about being approved for disability! Sounds like it'll take some of the heat off you guys.

geeky Heather said...

Your WIPs look awesome! And what cute birdies.

I hope the job search starts picking up, but that's great news that things are not so desperate anymore.

Yarn Changer said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you. That whole, "its a dry heat" doesn't cut it when you have to walk around in it.

Dee said...

You are one TOUGH lady!!! I hope everything works out.

Mamgi said...

Your knitting is looking great and your parakeets are gorgeous :)

by Teresa said...

What a relief to hear D will be getting disability and that things are looking up. You didn't like that boarder anyway.. :-) Have you thought of selling some budgies? Or breeding birds that sell for big bux? I knew a guy who bred Amazons and those big white birds. But when I visited, the whole house was full of cages and shrieking birds! LOL

Christina said...

I'm glad to hear about the disability and I hope that lady calls you about the job soon. In the mean time, the parakeets look cute. I'd love to have one, but our cats might think that they're a toy :(

Contessa said...

Your knitting looks beautiful!!! At least you've got that to help maintain your sanity.

I don't envy what you had to do for a job that may or may not come to fruition. I've been driving an hour each way for one 2 hour class at my "nearest" community college. . . When I arrive around 3PM, it's 106 out. I'm not made for that type of weather.

I hope things work out with the landlord and the electric co! We're always on the edge of losing our power, too. . .

nursenikkiknits said...

Finally a upturn that you so deserve!. I'm glad that you have your place back to yourselves (now that you don't have to stress so much about the rent!).
Your birds are adorable.