I'M BACK!!! Well I'm online anyway which while a small step for most is HUGE for me today.
So what have I been up to? A lot has happened since I last posted but some things have remained the same. I actually hate to admit this and to make this post but I need to. The situation with our housing and my work shop is bad - very bad. All of our belongings (including shop equipment) is in storage. I haven't been able to make but a few dollars through website sales and since I can't work with my hands we are income-less...99% dead in the water The truth is that we're nearly homeless at the moment, we would be homeless is it wasn't for the generosity of our parents. We've been staying in hotels for a couple of weeks and now we're in a cabin in a campground.
How did this happen? We were evicted from our apartment/shop because the landlord found a new tenant who was willing to rent all of the garage bays IF they could have our shop and apartment in the package. This meant a big income increase for the landlord (who's an attorney) so you know what he did..... Yup he took us to court citing that we owed back rent (nearly $4k) from a 5% per annum increase (that was in the contract from 2008) that he never asked for. At the time he served us papers we were 5 days late on rent and had been late off and on over the 6 plus years we lived there. Full disclosure here except for the scumbag's name, satan knows who he is and will be waiting.
Why haven't we found a new house/shop? There isn't one to be found. We, along with multiple realtors, have been scouring for a suitable home (and/or shop even) but nothing (NOT a damn thing!) has materialized. We are at a loss for what to do here. We're at a point where we NEED to get a place, I mean time has run out for us.
As for me running off with people's money, I can fully understand this concern, but let me state that I HAVE no choice but to make this business work out - to get a shop - and to get back to work. Most of you don't know this but I have a pretty serious medical condition that keeps me from going with steady "normal" employment. You see back in 2002 I had a brain tumor removed that left me with some side effects that run my life, I am 50% deaf (right ear nerves have been disconnected), I have pain on the right side/ear/neck, my balance is crap, I get migraines behind my left eye, and when it's cold the fat inserted in the hole in my skull contracts and puts me out. I have some days that are good and some that are bad but mostly it's a 1/2 day or by the hour type thing that would not allow me to work other than for myself which affords me the flexibility to deal with these issues. So like I said, I HAVE to make this work - I have no where else to go besides SSI or welfare or something to that effect.
For those of you who have contacted me through email, I'm sorry but that has all been lost. I will try to recover from my downloads what I can but I had to ditch my old (Verizon) email address. I have a new (Gmail) account though so I can move forward with this.
For the PM's here, I have 13 waiting, I promise I'll get to them ASAP.
Finally, thanks for all the kind words and well wishes, it means a lot.