In a nutshell, here is my story as the Hippy Dippy Geeky Chick:
My blended family moved to a new city and our current home over 8 years ago. At the same time, my husband and I opened our own brick and mortar business and 4 months later, the economy tanked.
We weren’t wealthy before the crash…just barely middle-class and for the last 8 years, we have hovered around the poverty line. Lucky for us, our sense of humor has stayed intact!
We don’t live extravagantly and we have only accepted government aid twice. The first time was when our three daughters were all in middle school. I accepted the free lunch program for one year. The second time was just a few months ago when I signed up for national health care and accepted the premium benefit up front.
In 2015, I only had part of our family covered with private insurance (not much you can do when you are self-employed) but I couldn’t keep up with the payments and after nine months, they dropped me for falling behind in those payments.
We now have everyone “covered” but it is basically catastrophic insurance. I can’t use my family doctor that I have seen for the last 28 years and I can’t afford a doctor’s visit with a new doctor. I also can’t afford a trip to the emergency room so I’m treating my family’s health as if we are in an episode of Lost. We are stranded on that strange island with the polar bear and smoke monster and I am Jack…responsible for keeping everyone healthy and in one piece.
The money that we had in savings 8 years ago went into the business to keep its door open in the early months of the economic downturn. Therefore, we haven’t been able to do the repairs to our house that we had planned when we bought it. This house was a definite fixer-uper then and it is nearing disaster now.
Our repairs that we have done so far are on the creative side. Hopefully, one day we will be able to go back and do some things better. The house that we bought is not a mansion by any means, in fact its price tag when real estate was riding high was well under 100K, but it has an in-ground pool. We knew this would be a challenge but we also knew it would come in handy with 5 kids. Every year we have had to do extensive pool repairs.
On top of everything else in my hectic schedule, we homeschool (or I should say shopschool.) My daughter graduated in 2015 and has since gone on to college on a full scholarship (whew!). So now I am homeschooling my 14 year old son. For those of you out there who are homeschoolers, you know how much work this adds to a schedule.
If nothing else, I hope you can enjoy the humor in our adventures. When everything is constantly breaking around you, you can either cry, get mad or laugh. I choose to laugh. It feels better. Trust me, I get frustrated, too. Any time you want to share your own adventures, give me a shout…I will commiserate with you and we can find something to laugh about together.
I love meeting new people with all kinds of backgrounds. I have a fairly wicked but dry sense of humor – just a warning. I’m a huge fan of ELO and Monty Python’s Flying Circus and just about anything SciFi. As you can tell by the title of my blog, I have a foot in hippiedom and a foot planted in geekiness. I know there has to be more out there like me and I would love to hear from you!