It’s been quiet and busy at the same time lately for me. Back in the beginning of the new year, I got an email from a lady who asked me if I could do freelance graphic design work for her, and she worked for the military. I was all willing to do it, until I received the contract that I had to look over and sign, before starting any work with her. The contract required me to obtain business insurance, which was fine. So I then looked it up and was given quotes and I then realized that the hourly quote I gave the lady previously wasn’t going to cover much of it. I had no idea how much I would work for her, she said it would be just as they needed me. So when I asked if I could increase my quote, she said that it was the max hourly rate she wanted freelancers to do for her. So I had to step back and let her look around for other designers to do work for her. I had no idea that business insurance was going to be so much money per month, so it was horrifying. I know have to now charge people a lot more than I normally do. Living costs isn’t exactly cheap anymore either, so oops! Fun stuff.
Anyway, I’ve been home quite a bit, and doing stuff out in town a bit too. I’ve been home working, hanging out with Steve, catching up on shows and movies, working on subtitles for movies and TV, and just working on old photos and old negatives. A lot of them got edited which is pretty good. My mom was finally able to pick out what she wanted so hopefully I can get some of them printed. She didn’t need much though, but it’s kind of cool just looking at all of them.
When spring hit, and the temperature finally warmed up, Steve and his dad started doing work around the house, patching up the kitchen and the bathroom. The kitchen is pretty much done, just have to paint the ceiling now. It’s been primed but needs paint, then it’s done. The bathroom has been patched, but still needs more work. Oh, joy. LOL! It’ll take a bit, for sure. But it’s getting there. Steve was also thinking about what he wanted to do to the front yard of the house. He didn’t care about doing anything in the backyard as we have next door neighbors that smoke up a lot of weed and it’s all you can smell in the backyard. Jeez. So all he was thinking about was doing something in the front so we had a small space to sit out in. You can’t always smell weed coming from next door in the front, though, you can still smell it sometimes. The neighbors have been smoking pretty heavily ever since it warmed up. It’s horrible, and the unfortunate thing about Steve is he’s allergic to weed, so it really bothers him. He can barely breathe when he smells it. I’m not supposed to be around weed either, because I have a heart condition and it can change the rate of my heartbeats. Eh…fun times. So it’s been a pain. I also found that my other neighbor on the other side of the house also smokes it up. So it’s pretty exciting to be around weed constantly – not! Sigh, but oh well, whatever then. So Steve started working on the front patio, scraping it down and making it even – it was in bad shape before after having those huge bushes we used to have in the front that hid the entire house from everybody. So we had to even out the ground, add more dirt, and then look for patio stones – as he wanted to either put down wood decks or patio stones to make a small deck with some small stones to frame it and put some plants around it. So we did that. He decided on patio stones, and that was pretty heavy. Lucky him. Heh…He also added some smaller white stones around the patio stones and that looks pretty good. When it was done, he was very happy about it. It does look a lot better than before. Really eye catching now. And that hibiscus plant I got for the front yard really shows up too. Heh…but it looks good. We still have to get more dirt to fill up one side of the house, but that’s a bit later, and still have to work on adding the gutters to the house. That’s going to be sometime this summer. Part of the gutters are up right now, we just have to finish it up. LOL! So much work I think.
When it warmed up, Steve kept wanting to go out and go kayaking. We’ve gone out a few times since the weather has warmed up. We went out to Morton and went kayaking in the Rideau Canal. It was pretty nice there. It was a beautiful day for it, though a bit humid, but on the water it was nice though. The area where we took off and came back at, a couple owned a big boat and was just hanging out on the boat and they kept talking to Steve about all kinds of things. They were pretty friendly. They had to know how we managed to drive the kayaks here and back home to Brockville. Funny. It is actually interesting how we can have no trouble with not losing the kayaks on top of our car while driving down the roads. On the way back home we saw a farmers market and we stopped there and picked up some fruits and vegetables, which was pretty cool.
We made out another kayaking trip the weekend after, if I got it right, and it was a different place. It was right in the middle of the wilderness in Lanark Highlands/Woods Lake/Ghost Lake and I got bit really good while out there. On the lake, it was fine for bugs, but not on land. Holy crap! My legs got covered in bugs and bites. Ugh. But the water was a nice place to be. There was a remarkable amount of tree branches in one area of the lake so it was a lot of steering around that area of the lake. And there were quite a few abandoned cottages in that area. I was surprised, but it wasn’t exactly a kept up area, it was mostly wilderness so it was pretty rough in the area. After the trek through the lakes, on the drive back home, Steve had to stop at an abandoned house that he saw on the drive down. It was pretty abandoned and falling apart, with a lot of abandoned shoes in the house. That part was a little weird to me. Heh…but it was interesting that’s for sure. The ceiling really looked like it was going to collapse at any time and it definitely would if one of us had gone upstairs. It would not even hold on one foot up there. Jeez! But it was an interesting house.
Oh, yes, the last little while my mom had been trying to figure out whether she wanted to stay at the house that I used to live in, in Kingston. It was the house that my parents had bought for me and my brother to move to when we were living in London and Ottawa, so to be closer to family and make it easier for us to find work and go back to school. We moved to the house, and it was a lot cheaper than what we were paying in our apartments, me in Ottawa at a bachelor apartment and Jason in London in an one bedroom. Anyway, we both lived there for a while, then my dad then passed away from cancer; and then my brother got a job in Belleville and eventually moved out; I got married in the house, and separated; and my mom then bought the house off my ex-husband who wanted money back from what he put in the house, and then moved in the basement apartment. My mom couldn’t afford to maintain two houses, so she had to sell her new house that she bought around the time my dad died, after I split with my ex which sucked, but I or we didn’t really have a choice, because I couldn’t put it on just my name as I didn’t make enough, with me having no job at the time of the split. I didn’t want to move to an apartment again in Kingston as they were too expensive for just me to live in, I don’t usually do well with roommates and I didn’t really know enough people in Kingston. I eventually started freelancing, then met Steve and moved to Brockville, and my mom stayed at the house, but moved up to my floor instead of the basement and John’s boys then moved to the basement. It was like this for a while, and my mom and John were getting tired of living in a house, and maintaining it, and the such like – it was too expensive for them. They then started looking around for apartments, and found one they really liked, and then decided to sell their house. The house sold within a week. LOL! Everyone was looking for houses with extra income, and this was a sort of duplex so it would be good for extra income for people looking for them. And they got it for a good price too, so they are going to be moving to a really nice apartment not too far from where they used to live. It has a pool, patio, fitness centre, games rooms, and everything. They love it. So they are now in the midst of moving so fun times for them. It should be interesting. I have visited the house, mostly to get stuff from the house – they are moving from a house to an apartment so I really had to get a lot of stuff from my mom. At least I don’t have to buy a bed for the extra bedroom in the house, I just took their extra bed, and it’s now in the spare room. I also picked up a few other things, totes, mementoes, boxes and things like that from their garage. My mom is also selling a whole bunch of stuff so it’s pretty crazy. LOL! There was a lot of going through their stuff. I might have to go back again before they move, to get more stuff, but that’s not for another couple of weeks I think. I have seen their apartment and the building and it’s quite interesting. It’s completely brand new so it was pretty nice.
It’s funny, how I have been busy selling stuff, and for a while there I wasn’t selling anything. One day, someone said they wanted my entire collection of DVDs… I sold half of them as I have been buying blu-rays to replace them, and places like the Hock Shop and the such like didn’t buy them anymore, just blu-rays, so I had to sell them myself. Surprisingly enough someone actually bought my huge collection of DVDs…I felt so much better after getting rid of them. I also decided to sell my Blackberry tablet, and I was afraid it would take forever to sell as they were pretty old, maybe three or four years old? I had mine and Steve’s, and we didn’t really use them anymore. I got a new tablet, a Samsung one, so I wasn’t even using my Blackberry tablet anymore. I couldn’t even use TiVo on my old Blackberry, but with the Samsung one I was able to, so I’m using it way more than I did with my Blackberry. I sold my Blackberry within 24 hours of adding it to the buy/sell site. I was amazed it sold so fast. Steve got excited and asked if I could sell his too, but unfortunately it didn’t come with a charging cable, but he used a makeshift one that worked just fine, and I actually sold his in a week. It sold really fast for such old tablets. Both buyers were really happy about it, the first one wanted it for their kid, and the other one wanted to modify it and change it to an Android. Go for it! It’s amazing how many people wanted tablets, even old ones. It was hard to manage all the emails and replies I got from people who asked about them. Jeez! LOL!
I also joined a survey site to earn a bit extra money per month, just answering surveys and watching videos. It’s a little extra money which is always good.
It’s been a crazy little while that’s for sure. Just a lot going on for sure. I think that’s about it, that’s been going on. It’s enough, that’s for sure.