I am working on some new things and haven’t had the time to fill you all in so here is a quick little update on what is happening.
As far as my funding goes, my new worker seems to be on my side and going to bat for me. We are completely redoing my funding package from start to finish with her helping me all the way. She knows exactly what they want and is working with me to word it just so. She said she has done this for years and never had one denied and she cannot believe what they have put me through all this time.
She agrees with me that it has been poorly handled since day one and has shown me the emails she has sent and received trying to get a straight answer. I have told her I will be writing my MLA if I don’t get funded, in fact I may whether I get funded or not because the guy contracted to administer the program is obviously unprofessional and not doing his job. But we will see what transpires. Just to let you know I am not dead in the water yet and it is still a possibility.
On the making money front, I am opening an on-line store through Cafepress, that will link to the blog. You will be able to buy T-shirts, coffee mugs, calendars and a bunch of other stuff that I create. Below is a sample of one of the items that will be available on t-shirts etc
I painted this last night, it has a bit of fine tuning yet to go but I will be sending it off in a day or two along with some other stuff for printing. I hope to have some inspirational sayings, T-shirts, photos with saying and other things to inspire, raise awareness and hopefully give a laugh occasionally. All the products are made and shipped by Cafepress and I get a percentage of the selling price. I am quite excited about it and hope to make a bit of money off it. Every little bit counts. I will post a link to the store in the side bar once it is up and running.
I have started a book. It is slow going but I am going through the blog and compiling posts to use in the book. This first one will be the story of the wospos and I from meeting until the end. It is a daunting task but I have heard from so many people I should write a book and in a way 1/2 the work is done through posts on the blog so I am giving it a try.
I am also working on building a Tiny House and will be opening another blog Lady Witha Tiny House soon. I have researched Tiny Houses for over a year and think it is the solution to my housing problem. I have contacts for getting used materials, I have a brother and son in the construction industry, I have a bit of talent in design and I really think we could create something unique, and comfortable for me to spend the rest of my days in.
A tiny house would solve many of my problems. It would be relatively cheap to build, it would be mine so no more increases in rent, I would be mobile to move where ever there is work, hopefully closer to my son. Plus I hope to live off grid as much as possible which would save me a ton of money. Solar is getting cheaper all the time, composting toilets are easy to use and there is no smell if you do it right. It is the perfect time to do something like a tiny house because I don’t have a lot of stuff right now. When I move I will have to leave the bedroom furniture behind because it came with the house. I have lost everything I own so many times I am not attached to anything I own so it would be easy to let it all go and just build furniture right in the house. You can make a lot of storage by building in your bed and couch etc. My son was here on the weekend and when I first mentioned it to him he didn’t seem very enthusiastic but on Saturday we sat down and looked at a bunch of videos on tiny houses and I could see his interest was piqued. He is a creative guy, I am sure he could come up with some really good ideas, we did on Saturday night! 🙂
He was telling me that in BC a person can lease government land for about $1800 a year. You lease the land and have to do a percentage of the value in improvements a year. Like his buddy has 20 acres and he has to do $1800 a year in improvements on the land; it can be anything from fencing, planting gardens, put a road in. Well worth looking into, who knows, maybe I can get a bunch of women all living in tiny houses and working together to create our own little slice of heaven. A person can dream! get the Mudgirls to come and build some Cobb Houses. I
I am just going to keep trying ideas until something sticks and works in my favor, my life has been up in the air for too long, it is time some things started falling into place.
So that is the news from my corner of the world.