Barely, just barely. The unemployment extension passed but husband's claim has been pending. Now it's being audited although it says how much he is supposed to get ect. We've been 3 wks without a check and if it weren't for his social security we'd be on the street literally. My water will be shut off tomorrow unless husband can talk the water company into holding off for a bit. Very unlikely as ours is notorious for shutting it off if you're 1 day late, no warning. If they won't wait he'll have to go to community action and ask them to help pay it to keep it on, then pray they have the funds to do so. With it being the new year I'm hoping that is a plus. I haven't had trash service in so long I have a mountain growing.......(xmas didn't help with that lol) My cabinets and frig are barren. We've been eating some creative meals. This is going to sound odd but I refuse to worry simply because there isn't a darn thing I can do about it. All I can do is study for my state boards so I can take the exam and get a job. I've been helping babysit easy child's boys and she pays me but it's not much and she can't pay me again until the end of the month due to her own issues. So my brother brings my mom over to visit. Now that didn't really kick up any anxiety as mom is someone who eats out and stays at a hotel which means she rarely eats my food, so I didn't have to worry about cooking for her. First day of the visit went well. She got the generation pics she wanted done and treated us to a meal out. This morning she shows up and tells me we're going grocery shopping and she's not taking no for an answer. Now normally I'd still tell her no and refuse. And the thought did cross my mind as husband and I were going to go apply for emergency food stamps today if his unemployment didn't shift out of audit. But when you're completely out of milk, bread, eggs, cheese, butter, sugar.......well meals get really creative and harder to make. So I figured I could hoover up my pride and keep it to a short but necessary list. Nope. Mom told me at the store I was to fill 2 shopping carts full of food and we weren't leaving until we did. She had my brother back her up. My mom is not a wealthy woman by a long shot and since my step dad's kids stole more than half her inheritance I know she's not got the money my sibs belive she has........so I attempted to argue. And I got nowhere. So I used my wild card on her and told her I'm not like my sister and I wasn't going to take advantage of her that we'd survive with my small list. So she responds that she knows I'm nothing like my sister and says that she knows we're waiting for the unemployment to kick in, but when it does we've got bills that need to be paid yesterday and then probably won't have money to eat. So if she bought the food we need, then when the checks kick back in we can concentrate on bills. First the dentures/dentist and now this..........I swear I don't know what has come over the woman, she's like a total stranger. Well there was no winning the battle.........so I filled those carts with 300.00 worth of food (OMG) that will last us at least a month or more. So we won't be starving, although I've got to call the human society and see if they (hopefully) will give us some food for the dogs and the cat to hold us over......cuz I really don't think ours does that but I'm desperate as they're being rationed and that is running out fast. (supplemented with scraps of course they're not going hungry) Mom draws the line at buying for pets. easy child's husband is facing a definite permanent "layoff" from the airline he works for as a mechanic due to this wonderful economy of ours. He took a chance and applied at another place that is actually closer and ships freight and packages via air. He has an interview for thursday. yay! easy child's hospital was bought out by a larger hospital based in cincy and evidently they're shaking the place up with staff cuts (when they were already seriously short staffed) pay cuts, ect. easy child applied for her dream job as a cardiac care nurse in a highly reputable hospital in dayton. She interviewed last week with them. She called me this afternoon to tell me she got the job!! They're also moving back into the little house they own and have been renting out in order to cut their monthly bills down until the economy picks up and they can sell it. Which removes them completely from a mess her mother in law got her caught up in. Katie called today to ask if we could give her a ride to the school in the morning to enroll the kids. She already has her medical card. (something she couldn't seem to accomplish after 6 wks in dayton) She's got 2 doctor appoints for tomorrow too and is going to apply for the HUD apartments. She sounded absolutely cheerful on the phone. They love the shelter compared to the others they've stayed in. And this will blow many of you away............She offered to use her food stamps to buy husband and I food if we needed it until his unemployment check comes in since we've done so very much to help them. A good sign coming from Katie........maybe there is the remote possibility she is learning something through all of this afterall....... When I was chatting with Nichole giving her all the latest news she goes wow mom that's great but it really hoovers for you and dad, everyone else seems to be looking up and yours seems to be getting worse. And yeah.......I guess maybe it is. It will be fine if they'd just let us have his stinking unemployment checks and the now back pay. ugh! If they make us wait much longer we're going to be in serious doo doo. If husband hadn't kept the bills paid up the way I demanded he do, we'd already be in serious doo doo. Worry? Naw. No point. It doesn't change anything and it doesn't make it better, it just makes you feel worse. I learned how to ride these waves years ago. It will be what it will be, all I can do is what I can do. So I guess that is our update such as it is. Oh...........and what is up with people cleaning my house?? Seriously? It wasn't dirty, I swear. Ok cluttered a bit. lol But I had to dash out tonight to go watch easy child's boys after supper.........and poor easy child had 3 patients all go very bad on her at once and so was very late in coming home........and I get her and I find that my mom, my brother, and my neice all cleaned my house spotless!! Maybe I should take my pulse? Did I enter the Twilight Zone? What?