Temp Job in Arcadia

There have been a couple of times in my life where an opportunity to get ahead in life has landed in my lap and I let it slip away.  Looking back I can see the signs that I missed at the time, so moving forward in my life I am consciously watching for them so I don’t repeat my mistakes.

This week I managed to seize one of these opportunities – let me tell you the story.

I was staying out at the house of a buddy of mine last week and I was planning to head home and look for work.  As many of you know, I lost my job a while ago and have been living on my savings, but that money has been slowly running out.

I really needed to replenish the bank account.

As it turned out, my buddy had a big contract to do some windows replacement in Arcadia for the next couple of weeks and one of his workers decided to skip out on him.

Basically, he was a man short, so he offered me the job.

Did I take it?

You bet.

In fact, this week has been wonderful.  It has been a long time since I have been paid to do something with my hands and I love it.  Having some money flow into my life instead of out of it for a change has been a blessing.

I’m happy I decided to come to Arcadia for a visit – it has definitely changed my life for the better.

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Driving my Nephew to Work Today

IMG20170206WA0001There are not a lot of opportunities to spend time with your grown up nieces and nephews, so I jump at whatever ones I can get.  Today would be the perfect example.

Jaxon has been working as a tech doing Water Damage Restoration Calabasas for the last couple of years and he loves it.  Instead of going to college right after high school, he decided that he would work for a year and that was a little more than two years ago now.  He loves what he does, and I think that he will make a career at it.

Anyway, today I had the opportunity to drive him to his work site as his car was in the garage.  I’ve only driven him a handful of times, but since his parents are out of town on holidays, I was able to step up and help him out.

I really liked it.

We had a good talk on the way over, and I loved getting to see the project he was working on – they were restoring a house that had suffered water damage.  I had no idea what kind of trouble water could cause, and seeing it first hand really made me appreciate how lucky I have been in my life in terms of water issues.

I will be driving him to work tomorrow – it is nice that we have been able to spend some time together as it has been a long time.

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Productive Morning of Shopping

I love being thrifty.  I suppose that I get my “thriftiness” from my mother’s side of the family, and while I don’t clip coupons like she did, I do get excited every time that I find a good deal.  Paying less for everything from some new groomers aprons to getting some fresh vegetables at half price puts a smile on my face and in many ways I make a game of it.

I always try to get as much as I can for every dollar that I spend.

I know that some of you skeptics out there will argue that my time is wasted while I hunt for these deals, but I look at it as an investment: the more I look, the more I save, and the more that I will have tucked away for a rainy day.

It just makes good financial sense to me.

This morning was one of those productive days where I came home with a number of deals tucked away safely in my reusable shopping bags.  I only visited a handful of stores and was able to bring home some steak for supper, some new clothes and even a baby outfit for my good friend Jill.

I couldn’t help but smile – I still had money in my wallet.

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