I’d like to make it clear before I launch headlong (and wallet light) into this post that the bailiffs are not currently clamouring at my door demanding I hand over my widescreen TV and set of Chippendale antique dining chairs (I sent them round to the Polish family next door).
But money – that dirtiest of words – is tighter than the proverbial gnat’s chuff at the moment.
The pinch is starting to be felt. The long shadow of debt is starting to spread its wings over us and obscure the light of the sun.
The light at the end of the tunnel – my aunt’s legacy / estate – is still, unfortunately at the end of the tunnel. The phrase “in probate” is being mooted by the family solicitor and is obviously a euphemism for “a good 6 months away from being sorted out”.
Karen and I expected this. We’ve had encounters with the phrase “in probate” before so thankfully weren’t relying on this inheritance too much.
However, we’ve got to survive until the pay-out arrives.
Hence I have begun looking and applying for a second job.
Although, technically with my web design work which is already in addition to my full time job, it’s a third job.
And with my novel writing on top [is that a job? It’s certainly bloody hard work!] it could even be considered a fourth job.
Oh and maintaining a decent family life – I mean, that’s not a job but it’s a vocation of sorts and demands time, energy and money...
So. I’m applying for a fifth job to keep the wolf from the door, the bailiff in his kennel and our creditors fat.
I do not fear for I know that a peaceful future awaits me. Wide open spaces. The occasional gunshot breaking the all encompassing silence. And the discomforting smell of glue wafting faintly over the mounds of spent carcasses.
Welcome, dear reader, to the Knacker’s Yard.