Another beautiful day. I am trying to have a count my blessings day. It is much better than being depressed. I have to remind myself sometimes that I am much better off then many homeless. I have a place to sleep that is out of the elements and is safe, relatively speaking. I have never gone a full 24 hours without food. I may not always like what I have to eat, but I am eating. I make it to a ladies room when I need to most of the time (pantyliners are very necessary when you are homeless) and I am able to keep myself clean most of the time as well. I have clean clothes to put on and a job. While it doesn't pay that well, it keeps me going until I can get back on feet.
This morning a very nice man came over to speak to me. He walks past me every morning on his way to get coffee. I have been seeing him for about a month or so now, and today he said hello. He also gave me $20. That is enough for me to eat for the week. Although I have money for food already. My church gave me a gift card from the Safeway again. So that is nice. I put the money in the bank right away. I do worry about being robbed. Not something that I think about constantly, but it is a concern. I always set my phone to 9-1-1 before I go to sleep just in case. I am little more worried about now then before because now the car won't start. The starter is gone. At least I think it is the starter. It can't be the battery because the alarm and the radio still work. I do know that from the mileage on the car I should be getting my timing belt on the car replaced about now. So it is one of those two things. I didn't look up the cost of the timing belt, but the starter online is about $250. I don't have any tools, so I can't do it myself (and I am clueless when it comes to fixing cars). I figure with a 30% markup and an hour of labor it should be about $500 to repair. I have decided that I am going to get the starter and the hose that is leaking fixed first, that will be another $200 or so. It will at least make the car somewhat drivable for the time being. Then I will go back and get the fan and the switch replaced once I save up more money. I am hoping to be able to do that next week, but I think I will still be a little short. So it looks like I will have to wait for two pay periods instead of one. But hey, maybe someone will come into the store and buy (and not cancel) a house full of furniture and my paycheck will be a good size. A girl can dream right?
Since my car no longer runs, my routine has changed a bit. I didn't eat breakfast this morning, so I am off to the Safeway to get some lunch.
Have a good day and try to have a count your blessings day too!!