Trailer Park Unschoolers

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When Bad Luck Strikes, Another Absence Happens


Sorry I’ve disappeared again.  I may not have regular access for the next few weeks, possibly more.  I’m going to try and get time in during our regular library trips.  We’ve started going twice a week at least.  Corde has her own library card now and is starting to read her own books.  Unfortunately, she wants to get the books out, but she’s not really interested in reading them.  No matter.  I still get books to share with the boys.

So, what’s happened?  Well, a lot of bad things, but they all seem to have a silver lining.  For example, the PS3 and TV we had been making payments on had to go back because we couldn’t afford the payments, but this gave us just the shake-up we needed to start going crazy over our finances and now we have a plan.  We’ve put things in motion to pay off our washer and dryer early, have a little extra padding for savings, and put ourselves on the road to a better situation.  It’ll be like pulling teeth and living extra lean until we can get it all settled, but we’re on the right path.

Right now I’m coming to you from Oz’s “new” computer.  We got a deal at a rent-to-own place, mostly because we needed some form of entertainment in the house.  We almost didn’t do it, but the same day Oz checked it out the kids spilled water all over my computer.  It works…if you plug in an external keyboard, and it’s all kinds of quirky.  It’s made it practically impossible for me to use.  I can’t even put on videos for the kids.  As a result, we decided to get something new.  It gives Oz something to do.  I have a way to let the kids watch movies again.  Unfortunately, I hate using it because the mouse is quirky and the space bar is incredibly sticky and doesn’t want to register when I type.  Oz has next to no problems with it, of course.

So until I can afford to replace my computer  I’ll only be typing from here occasionally and I’ll likely be doing most of my updates from the library.  It will just be so much easier.   I miss having my computer already!  I would just suck it up, but it’s connection to the net is now horribly unreliable.  It’s no fun to use.

In other news, the CPS call finally got closed out.  She came in and just warned us that we need to keep after the house and stop inviting people over.  If we get enough malicious calls on us they’re going to be forced to become involved in our lives a little more long-term.  Honestly, she obviously didn’t find anything wrong with us.  She didn’t even properly go through the house for the final check out process.  She was supposed to go through the house and assess it to see if the problem had been fixed, but she didn’t even bother.

And then there’s the bug problem.  We’ve had a roach problem since we moved in that suddenly got way out of control.  Management is supposed to be coming in to get it taken care of, but we’ll see.  They said they would be in this month, but the month is already half-over.  I’m getting concerned.  However, we also just found out that we have a bed bug problem.  This situation would have filled me with dread terror in the past, but apparently a lot has changed since our last brush with the foul things.  We also caught it early, so we should be able to sort it out that much easier.  I know what I’m doing, so we’re prepared.  It’s also one more reason for me to light a fire under management to make them come in with the exterminator.  I can contact the town and point out that they’re in violation of tenant law.  They are required to get it taken care of.  If they don’t, I’m going to get it taken care of myself and saddle them with the bill. I didn’t know I could do that, but apparently we legally can.  One way or another, we’re going to get the bug problem dealt with.

Finally, there’s our fridge.  Unfortunately, it’s dying.  We’ve got a steady leak that soaks the kitchen floor.  There’s black mold under the refrigerator as a result.  Technically, if we had the money to move this might be enough to get us out of our bad lease.  We could, in theory, start looking for a better place.  The thing is we really don’t want to.  We’d rather save up and focus on a place we could own.  However, we are paying for our refrigerator in the lease, so they’re required to replace it if it’s bad.  I know we’re going to have to really get on them to make it happen, but we think it’s worth it.  At the same time, we can’t complain too much.  We finally have our stove!

I’ll keep you all updated as I can.  We’re going to be hopefully taking some steps towards a better life.  Keep your fingers crossed that we get our stuff taken care of and that we can finally get the income we need.  The job front hasn’t been going great.  We’re doing the best we can, so wish us luck!


Author: Fox

With four kids, who has time for much? We spend a lot of time together, which translates to a lot of knitting time for me when we hang out. We've been trying to get back to our unschooling roots. We watch a lot of videos, play a lot of games, and pay attention to the things we notice in our everyday life. It's been quite the big adventure!

6 thoughts on “When Bad Luck Strikes, Another Absence Happens

  1. Hi Fox, I’ve been out of touch myself. As for the problems with your landlord, you do have the right to contact the city/county and report them. It’s under the slum lord laws. What’s more, the news media is always looking for bad guy landlord stories such as yours. You can keep that threat as an ace up your sleeve, but if you use that threat, make you’ll go through with it. Four kids living with black mold and a landlord who is slow at taking care of it, along with the bug problem. Our news media thrives on those kinds of stories.

    Hope things get better for you. Have a great evening.

    • Well, they finally sent in an exterminator, so there’s that. The black mold was thankfully identified as being a result of the bugs and the refrigerator leaking, not black mold at all. As for getting stuff done, well, we’ll see if that ever happens. More on that to come.

  2. I’m sorry you guys have been going through so much, but really happy for you that CPS is off your back! I hope things get better for you all soon. Dis Oz get the better paying job?

    • Yes, it looks like he has gotten a higher paying job. It only took them a month to get it all sorted out, but he’s finally in the last stages of the hiring process. Went in for the drug test on Friday and will hopefully be hearing back on Monday. Since we know he’s got nothing to worry about we’re just at the waiting game. He’s pretty much been told he’s hired, but the drug test is the final formality, so yay for that!

  3. What a run of challenges, Fox. Best of luck to you and yours. xoxo.

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