I feel very lonely. No one to talk to.
I feel lonely, my sister is up at the Central coast, my mother is in a local nursing home, and my cats are in a cattery while the house is renovated. I came home from work last night and plugged in the microwave from the house to a power point in the garage so I could cook and eat dinner. This morning I got up early and plugged in an old bar fridge, the fridge in the camper is not working and things will start to go off.
After I ate dinner, I went to bed feeling sorry for myself. I do have a local sister but she has stolen things from the house before, she does not get on with the sister from the Central coast. She has a spare bed that I could sleep in but I do not want to break the ties of the other sister despite the fact she makes me miserable.
If only I had someone to talk to. I cannot watch television in the van because of the power. I am at work today. This weekend I am looking at a house that I could buy, but I do not know whether I can afford is, the mortgage broker has told me that they have done their due diligence meaning I could afford the house. I feel like I am at the end of my tether with nothing to look forward to.
I got a lot of worry go around in my head.
We are so sorry to hear that you are having a tough time with your living arrangements at the moment, it sounds like it is really tough to be living in the van right now. We hope that the power situation improves and that the bar fridge can sort out the food you have right now, good luck!
It can be so tricky as well to add in family stress alongside the challenges of renovating - well done for doing what you can and for looking into other options while you are waiting for the work to be done. It is also commendable that you are able to keep going in to work while you are experiencing all of this.
If you ever want someone to talk to, we are here for you 24/7. You can call us on 1300 22 4636 and one of our team will be ready to chat. We know how hard it can be and we want you to know that you don't have to go through this alone.
We can hear that you are feeling at the end of your tether and want to say how brave you must be to share that with us. Thank you for writing on the forums today, you never know who will read this and feel less alone in their own eexperience.
We hope that you will keep us updated on how you are going, if you feel comfortable doing so.
Kind regards ,
It breaks my heart to hear that you had to spend the night freezing in a camper van while your house is currently being renovated, and you have a lot of worries going through your mind at the moment. I'm really sorry to hear about that, that's very rough for you...
Pardon me for asking, as I'd like to know a bit more about your situation. Is the family home your current residential address (you live and sleep in it)? And what is going to happen to your family home once the renovation is complete?
If there's anything else that you'd like to talk about, I'm happy to listen to you Slippers. You're not alone, and you're doing amazing and strong to be making it this far. Stay strong and keep in touch!
I make 1500 a fortnight after tax; I have done some quick sums and worked out that I will not make ends meet unless I cut back a lot. Food, Netflix and the like, cat food, petrol for the car. I have been making a contribution of $75.00 a fortnight into my super; I am seriously considering stopping that, I think money would be that tight. The mortgage is around $225.00 a week and site fees are around the same amount. I contacted my budget to see if they can help, I hear mixed reports about them and the night I had last night has made me feel like I do not want to talk to them. I know they want to help but I find myself retreating from the world, I guess if I do not hear bad news then things would be okay (but will they)
Thank you for clarifying a bit more of your situation Slippers. Sorry to hear that you're struggling to stay awake at your desk, hope you can get some extra rest today to recover from last night's ordeal. I was wondering if there's someplace around you who might be able to have a look at the 240 volt power generator for you. Or perhaps you could try using an app called Airtasker to find someone local who is able to look into it for you. It's a small price to pay, but will be worth having that comfort in the long run if you'll be living in there for the next 2-3 weeks.
I can understand your worries and anxiousness on whether you will be able to commit and make ends meet with your current salary. Buying a house is a very big commitment, and can certainly be scary as the commitment is long term. Pardon me for asking, when you mentioned "mixed reports" coming from your budget report, do you mean they have uncertain views about whether you'll be able to afford buying the property? There's also the option of renting which can be considered too.
Last night was a bit of better night, I found my sisters beaded heat bag and I put that in the microwave for 30 seconds to it was warm I then put that under my dooner so I had a warm bed to get into. I spent about an hour chatting to a friend on Discord about how she saves money doing her grocery shopping; it was good to chat even about mundane things.
I hear this morning that the NSW premier may extend the lockdown into August; I do not know what that will do to my mental health. I am going out this weekend to look at a house to buy and I will need to take my clothing to a local laundrette to clean since I cannot use the washing machine at home (so close but far). I do not know what I can do with myself to take my mind off everything on the weekend when I am free. All my books, TV, computer are packed away so I cannot use any of them.
Any suggestions please?
I'm glad to hear that you were able to sleep with a warm bed, and that you had a nice chat with your friend on Discord as well. I was thinking about you yesterday and was hoping that you were able to find better comfort in your camper van last night, so it's a relief to hear that you found your sister's beaded heat bag.
I read on this news this morning as well about the extended lockdown in NSW that's going to be "harsher than Victoria". Wondering how much harsher it'll be... but that means it's time to unleash some mad creativity to keep busy.
If you don't mind learning something new, I would suggest picking up drawing. It's a weird thing to suggest, but drawing helps keep the mind occupied, as you observe your surrounding and try to draw things out in different ways. You can try drawing what you see; draw them in simple shapes, try drawing just the outline of the object, put in some weirdness like a quokka popping out of a sink filled with warm bath water. It allows you to express your feelings through visuals rather than words. It costs a sketch book and a couple of pencils to get started with (skip the eraser, you won't need that).
If you like reading, you could try getting Kindle on your phone, and a couple of books from Amazon. Skip the Kindle Subscription and stick with one-time-purchases on books. Last thing we need is another subscription added to your monthly expenses (plus Kindle subscription doesn't give you access to all the books in Amazon, just a limited selection of it).
It's great to hear that you chose to cancel your Netflix and Amazon TV accounts, that will save you heaps on the long run, and you can return to them when you're at a better financial position to do so. Might be worth reviewing your monthly expenses again; detailing out every single spending, and see where/how you can make savings. You'd be amazed there are some stuffs that have been overlooked at, and when you make a saving on it, it'll feel great!
If you need someone to talk to during the weekends, you're always welcome to chat what's on your mind in the BB Forums as well, or mingle with others about mundane things. It's a friendly, warm and supportive forum, and we're always here to listen to you. You're never alone Slippers :).
Hope you have a pleasant day at work today, and looking forward to chatting with you more!
The family house is being renovated, the floors are being polished and walls painted. My sister has let me sleep in her campervan. Unfortunately the 240 volt power has died to the campervan, I spent a miserable night freezing in the van last night, I have to spend 2 to 3 weeks in the van while work in the house is done and last night was the 2nd one.
I feel lonely, my sister is up at the Central coast, my mother is in a local nursing home, and my cats are in a cattery while the house is renovated. The family home is being sold to pay for Mum’s room in the retirement room. I have found a place on the Central coast close to family that will accept cats, the mortgage and fees are approx. $930.00 a fortnight and I am paid $1500.00 after tax. I feel like I am being forced into a situation I have no control over. The threat of the family home being sold has made me make decision I do not like. Coupled by the fact of the lockdown in NSW due to Covid I have no one to speak to and my tv, booked and computer are locked away in the garage prior to moving and while the house is renovated. I have worked for company ******** 20 years this September and the idea of having little to no money left over after all the bills and food are done scare me.