So lately Tom discovered a new tv series by way of Netflix, one called Ax Men. Majorly annoying to me who has always hated strife, coarse language (even with all the bleep!bleep!bleeeeeps!) and men behaving badly. Have you seen this show? It follows loggers out to forests where they chop down trees, have many accidents due mostly to rookies (sooo for the sake of the camera, don't attempt to tell me otherwise) and yell at each other a lot.
Tom loves it. Sits there and chuckles. Gah. Maybe it takes him back to his young man years of working in a lumber mill. His glory years of chopping down trees for our wood stove, the sole source of heat for nine years there in snow country. If that is the case, well, I understand, for perhaps that's why I watch shows with young, brave women (and men) doing heroic feats --maybe they remind me of my own glory days or even just my grand dreams from back then. (Who really understands these things?)
My computer sits 3 1/2 feet away from the tv so often I must wear headphones and listen to the awesome music on Kim's playlist and try to ignore the yelling and bleep-bleeps I can still hear.
Yet sometimes Tom wears his headphones and watches Ax Men on his computer.This revolutionary give-and-take thing we're trying out is pretty cool. :)
Yesterday I even came up with the awesome idea of Mid-Afternoon Office Time. Immediately after we watch our current lunchtime episode of LOST (we're starting over with season 1. I know. I know.), we then have one hour of silence in which Tom does business from his computer and I sit at mine doing my surveys and coupon searches.
It only took us five months to think of such a brilliant thing.
So, as usual in wintertime, I'm trying to go supermarket shopping only once every three weeks. It helps that Naomi's here this winter and she picks up the occasional food item if I run out, usually the organic version since she believes she's killing us otherwise. heh. But during this unemployment season I've put organic on hold unless I find killer coupons, and too, Naomi doesn't charge us for those occasional groceries (and surprise organic treats) as that's a way to help pay for her rent, as are shoveling snow, running vegetable and fruit clippings to the compost heap outside and taking the trash to the curb. All which are greatly appreciated by me.
Speaking of the supermarket, when I went on Thursday night I saved $50 with coupons and sales items, spending $70 instead of $120. Many items I've not paid full price for since October. And the other nice thing? I've been stocking up during winter for probably 25 years, but this is the first January I've ever been stocked up so well. And all during this, our season of unemployment.
Life with God is like that. So opposite of what you'd normally think.
And now I'm finally seeing more money from my online survey groups. More surveys from them and more payments, too. And for the ones which allow me to credit my earnings to Pay Pal, I have a terrific plan. I'll use my Pay Pal earnings at VitaCost to buy those lovely krill oil capsules which have returned sleep to me. I found this a better idea than using the amazon.com option.
So if you're doing online surveys for some extra cash or things like Swagbucks--be patient! It does start adding up when you learn some tricks of the trade and allow it all some good old-fashioned Time in which to reap from what you've sown.
Ah. Life is good.
Give yourself Time. Give people and God some Time, too. You'll be surprised at what happens eventually.