Onward Journeys

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Where the frick did March go? Can you believe it’s already April??? I was busy all March and have made some decisions finally on what I’m doing “long term” now. Kind of anyway, I can be indecisive, but we’ll see how this goes!

Shadow is again, being Shadow

What Has Been Going On?

First big thing, that job I applied for, I got it! Huge pay increase, however I am working again full time. I hate full time jobs, I never have the energy to do anything after my work week. But with this job, buying a house it that much closer to becoming a reality.

Buying a house sucks, and if you’ve talked to me for any length of time, you know just how much it sucks... So with that in mind, I think I’m just going to replace mine. There’s a couple companies in town that build brand new modular homes and do the whole delivery / install for you. I’ve been looking into them and they’re beautiful. All the space, new appliances, the whole lot man, SO NEW AND PRETTY! This route gives me the “buying a new house” feel without too much “fear of change”. At least in my mind anyway...

Streaming has been a hit! I love every day I do it. There’s some regulars popping in, and I’m really remembering reoccurring names. It’s just amazing that I get to do something like this! Come check that out!

And Midna being Midna

Boyfriend is Much Farther Away Now

My boyfriend is moving. He’s gone to the other end of town now. And that super sucks, but at the same time, he can afford to live. I’ve been helping him move and holy frick I’m sore. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in my life.
Today is day five of him moving. We’re finally done all the actual moving stuff, and now it’s just getting him settled in. My body doesn’t hurt as much as it did which is amazing. These past few days have been like going to a gym! 
Even though him moving sucks, I’ve had a lot of fun. And I know he’s not gone gone so… Yeah. 

Dad and I at “Plant Land”

Stay Tuned

I’m making up a post on what I’m doing with my house in more detail for later. So keep an eye open for that! Oh, and keep an eye open for my soon to be blonde pictures again! But anyway,

Thanks for coming with on my month end adventure! Have an amazing day and stay safe out there!
— Deryn

 

March Means Plants

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It’s March already huh? Can’t believe February basically flew by! This month I’ve got some big plans, since the weather looks to be getting nice again! Plus, at the end, I’ve got a fun story!

Those Plans Being

I’ve been teaching Midna to run with me. She’s a good runner and I do actually enjoy it, so may as well right? I’d like to be able to run a decent distance, and with the warming temperatures, I can wear better shoes for the occasion. If I can get really good at running, I’m basically zombie proof, so I may as well.

I bought some plants! (Story farther down.) Nothing crazy, but I want to start measuring my deck and start looking at renovations. I have some big plans for my deck and I need to start making friends with handypeople and whatnot. Plus, money. I’ve got to start making more of that again. Maybe find a part-time job at a coffee shop or something. 

Streaming has been so much fun! I’m loving every time I hop on, and I’m hoping it really takes off for me. I’d like to do this for a long time! Being able to do what I’m good at, which is talking and playing video games, and share that with the world is just, amazing. I’ve even built quite the schedule, starting at noon on Wednesday through Saturday. Gives me days to also relax! 

PLANTS

I Can’t Get Ahead Of Myself Though

With Spring coming, it’s now also a great time to start downsizing and doing some more deep cleans. Since routines are basically out the window, I’m going to do my best to book certain days in the next couple months to just do it and get it done. Clothing is going to be my biggest issue with moving and I can already feel it. Clothes are just so cute… 

Oh it’s almost time to start planting stuff in the ground!!! I’m so excited!!! Plants are amazing, and I love growing them. This year will be a minimal year though as I’d like to be either moving or doing massive renovations. I’ve got some awesome plans like I said before. And I promise I’ll share them all with you when I get there. The deck is where I’m starting this year though for sure. 

Otherwise, dad and I went on an Adventure recently. The Greenery is open, it’s a plant nursery, and we decided to go look.

Dad and Plants

Story Time!

Breakfast first! It’s just him and me, so we decided to hit up a restaurant we haven’t been to. This place is neat, there’s a massive fish tank in the middle of the restaurant! Although I do have complaints, no sausage? At a breakfast joint? And our waitstaff cares more about one table than any other one in here. All but the hostess, she’s talking to everyone making sure they’ve got enough coffee and whatnot. Nice girl.

Enough of that, onto the main event! PLANTS! Surprisingly it’s not very busy here. Even with social distancing, it’s almost as if no one wanted to show up for the first day. That’s totally fine with me! The flowers are starting to pop up and so many herbs are ready to go. I freaking love plants. I’ve been posting my gardens for years, and the different plants I’ve tried to have in my life. With all the ideas I have for the future, I won’t buy many plants yet. Not until I weigh my options.

Bought a parsley and a lettuce plant myself, but my dad, that nerd got himself a lemon tree! He is so excited! There was a lot of debate, but in the end, we get to bring the cute tree home! He’s so proud of his tree, and I’m proud of him.

My New Friends

But Yeah

That’s all I have for today. Have a very splendid March and an amazing day! Stay safe and we’ll talk soon!
— Deryn

Housing Differences

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I know and I’m sorry. But homes are fun to look at! I, yet again, fell in love with a house that I currently cannot afford. There’s a place up in the fancy residential area going for $675,000. I say fancy, anything under a million is the “standard” in my part of the world.

This particular place I’m looking at has a separate driveway even. A nice back yard, and the upstairs is about three of my trailers stuck together. That kind of space is nuts! Having a room just for my computer is like, a dream I never thought I could achieve, but running the numbers, I bet I could do it this year. Especially if I try hard enough, I could easy get a place this year.

Even looking from $500k to $600k is a crazy change a lot of the time. A lot of places in the five range don’t have things like a suite, or an unfinished suite. Whereas a 600 home has a full suite already and considered legal. My big thing is, for  me to afford a house and not be completely reliant on a co-signer is I need a suite.

Do I Really Need A Suite?

The average basement suite in my part of the world goes for like, $1200 to $1500 for a single bedroom a month. That’s like, half a mortgage on a home that’s $500k-$600k. See why I said I need a renter.

I Mostly Want Something New

So I have more space to grow. My trailer would be great if it were say, just me, or me and one other person, but two people, two cats and a decent sized dog… I want me family to live comfy, ya know?

The only reason I can do all of this is because of this trailer though. This place has been home for so many years, and I can’t really see myself living anywhere else, but this is something I really want to do. Plus like, unless the world dies, I own a house doing that. It just feels like the next step in my life I want to take.

But yeah, that’s my life today. Next to working out with my roommate. I’m going to go make lunch. Have a good day and be safe out there!
— Deryn

What About Calgary

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Yesterday while hanging out on Discord, a friend suggested moving to Calgary. He lives in like, the South East I think? After sending me a link to a townhouse going for less than what I’d sell my trailer for, I’m honestly considering it. I’ve lived in BC my whole life, and have always just, never liked Alberta. But at the same time, I’ve usually only driven through it or been visiting family I don’t care for. It would be that real “fresh start” I am looking for too. Moving though, that’s a scary thought.

Housing prices is what really gets me. A townhouse for example, in my part of town like on the other side of the highway from where I work. $300K, one bed and one bath, strata is upwards of $500 with a mortgage looking about $950 a month. That works out to $1450 a month for a TOWNHOUSE. As you can tell, I’m upset, and that’s without even taxes involved. Now, looking at Calgary, a two bed and two bath, for $250K. Only like 3% taxes, and putting the same money down, $740 for the mortgage and $122 for strata. Makes the living price $862 a month. The price difference is nuts! And the taxes in the province is a huge difference too!

I know I know, I’m rambling on about money, and I’m sorry about that. But in my defense, I’m a broke bitch. Calgary is not a place I visit often, so I don’t actually know much about the city. I know there’s three major highways which is nice. And getting about 20km doesn’t take two hours in rush hour. There’s no family of mine out there though. See, this is my issue with moving that kind of distance – No family out there, none of my really good friends unless I bring them with, and I’d have to 100% rebuild my life. Stuff like favourite grocery stores, preferred dentists, and dog walking routes would be a whole new thing!

I know Shadow looks dirty, but my dad gave him like, an entire $5 bag of catnip. He was rolling around in it

I’ve never moved like this before, or really ever before. I wouldn’t be able to go alone, that would be too much. However, the more I think about it, the more I kind of really like the idea. As of right now, I’m not doing anything besides rebuilding my place and preparing for Christmas. Oh right, I’ve got a month and a bit until that. Anyway, that’s all I have for today! Be safe out there, and we’ll talk again soon!
— Deryn

Today Starts Renos

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I know I’ve been talking about them for a couple weeks, but today is where everything really starts. This morning I’m going to the bank to get a loan to start powering through the renovations I have to do. Because it’s this morning that I have that meeting, I’m going to share the verdict and where I’m starting with everything.

No matter what, I’ve got a guy coming in on the second for the roommates door. That’s a definite. After that I should wash all the walls in my place and repaint / fill in what I messed up on last time. I painted and redid about half the place with the help of my roommate and a restoration crew made up of the ex’s family. The closet is the only room I don’t go into much right now. But I’m still going to double check the walls.

So, that didn’t go the way I wanted. Got to pay some debts before I’m allowed to get this loan. Woo… So, starting small, going to do this on my own if I can. Just means the kitchen is going to have to wait for now.

Either way, the new door will be covered, and I’m going to probably need to quit eating out entirely. I can’t do that though, I’ll just cut back hard and save tons. I’m not worried though, I’ve got no reason to worry. My dad used to way, “if you stress about it, you’ll worry twice as much,” and I don’t know if I took that to heart as a kid, or if I just don’t anxiety. But whatever, no complaints.

Sorry there’s no pictures, but I’ve been super busy and have nothing new. That’s it for today, have a good one and be safe out there! Thanks for reading!
— Deryn