I should add when I wrote "the middle of next month," I meant April, not March, so therefore there is like a six-week financial drought around here other than the pension.
I also want to thank everybody who has donated so far to this. It's a hell of a note to have to beg. I have always prided myself as being independent, and then this thing happened six years ago and I haven't gotten back on my feet at all.
This next month I have two bills that are due to the tune of around $300, the CareCredit vet bill of $488, auto insurance of $128 due for two months' worth of bills, storage unit rent of $75, two front tires that need to be replaced to the tune of around $150-175 for the pair, brake work on the car, to say nothing of tax liability of $500 or the student loan of $11,000, but the latter two can be put off for quite awhile. When I was teaching, it would have been no sweat to have paid all of these bills off or off eventually in the case of the student loan, but now that's history. It will be a miracle to ever get a regular job again; it practically takes an act of Congress to get employment up here.
BTW, I should add Sam's medical expenses to that list, although they won't be as nasty as they were. I went to a different vet today, and it cost $59 total for the followup exam and his Pimobendin (two month supply which would have cost quadruple at the other vet's). I still have to get his furosimide and the other deuretic. Those should not cost as much as they did. There was no way I could EVER pay $150 a month for his meds at that emergency vet office.
So far I have raised enough money to get Sam through this week. However, since the Medford School District went through a three-week strike and ended last week, and there have been vitually NO jobs on the sub lists of either this district or the education service district, I will be completely without money other than the $306 pension until the middle of next month. I don't know how much longer I can stand this. I have been trying to contact local agencies to try and get training and employment for people over 55, but I have yet to hear back from them. I just know I can't sustain myself on such intermittent work. Yes, I'd like to return back to education and try and work a few more years, but it seems like an impossible hurdle at this point given my age. I am not giving up, but the hoops are just horrible up here in Oregon.
I have been able to buy some medication for Sam, but I will need more funds because payday isn't for a couple of weeks. Sam is doing great on it. Please contribute what you can.