Month-to-month Replace #60 (August 2023) – Stockholm Syndrome – Whole Steadiness

Fall has arrived, folks!

what this implies, proper? Winter is coming!

Sure…But additionally: right here is that this months (lengthy overdue) replace from August!

I really feel like the times are operating at 2x pace currently. We have now made 0 progress within the “new home venture”. We’re simply…dwelling. I’ve struggled to recollect any main occasions that occurred in our lives in August…

I ought to possibly begin writing small notes every time one thing main occurs so I don’t neglect them Then once more, if I neglect them in 2 weeks, then they may not have been that main in spite of everything, proper?

Life is what occurs whenever you’re busy making different plans – John Lennon

My spouse is getting increasingly more impatient as the times goes by. She needs to get this renovation beneath means ASAP! I however am completely fantastic dwelling in momentary lodging (contained in the renovation venture). Then once more, it may be that the venture is so overwhelming that I’ve developed some form of Stockholm syndrome in the direction of our home. It’s holding me (us) captive – and I’m completely fantastic with it! I’ve realized to like – nicely, possibly love is a giant phrase to make use of right here – however at the very least settle for that we live a bit alternatively in comparison with how we used to reside

Our daughter and her pals don’t appear to note the mess although – they’re simply having fun with the home being a giant playground, and so they can crumb on the flooring with out anybody yelling at them (we do vacuum every so often, however not practically as a lot as we did in our outdated home). Every thing on this home is ultimately going to be eliminated (flooring, home windows, doorways and many others.), so there is no such thing as a level in making an attempt to maintain it spotless. Our outdated home was saved immaculate, partly as a result of we had a robotic vacuum cleaner that will repeatedly eat no matter was left on the ground, so we ultimately realized NOT to depart any type of gadgets on the flooring! Roberta (because it’s known as) is at present tucked away someplace in a field…who is aware of the place she is, or when she’ll be let again out?…

Anyway, we had a small summer season getaway initially of August to have some awaytime/downtime from the horror-show that’s our present dwelling scenario (it’s actually not that unhealthy :). We visited some pals on the island of Fyn. They’ve 5 children (!) and they’re all homeschooled. We love to go to them as a result of their life is so very totally different from ours. Their children are essentially the most nicely mannered, well-behaved, caring and educated children that we all know. It’s all the time a pleasure spending time with them (and their mother and father in fact), and our daughter even enjoys the iPad-free playtime They reside on a small farm and lift chickens & geese as their “after-school” exercise. The children be taught helpful traits to show their “interest” into an earnings. To date I don’t suppose this venture is popping any main income, but it surely offers them helpful life abilities that children on our avenue actually don’t have (together with our personal). The older children (younger youngsters) prepare dinner and clear – and so they take pleasure in it! I do know, this sounds too good to be true, proper?

Our daughter turned 9 in August, so we celebrated her birthday within the backyard. Another child should clearly share her birthday, as a result of it was pouring down HAHA! We managed to shortly set up some tents, so the rain didn’t hassle us that a lot. We even managed to mild a bonfire and roast marshmallows (this was my spouse’s thought, and whereas I assumed it was idiotic to attempt to construct a hearth within the rain, I have to hand it to her: she managed to make it occur! ). It’s small moments like these that develop into lasting recollections in our children minds, and I’m glad that I’ve a spouse who all the time fights for her concepts – even once they appear silly on the time

There was some tiny progress within the insurance coverage case (sewer points), because the insurance coverage firm (FINALLY) dispatched some sewer guys to validate that our preliminary discovery was really true. Massive shock; IT WAS!…What a f**** waste of everybody’s time. We have now now determined to begin the method of getting provides from contractors for the sewer work. We’ve now invested greater than 2 months in WAITING on the insurance coverage firm, so we’re going to wait this one out, however we have to know what this shit-show (actually bwaha) goes to value to get fastened. We predict the insurance coverage firm to pay for a few of it, however we’re additionally anticipating them to attempt to weasel out of it, with the intention to pay us the least quantity doable. At this level we do not know what to anticipate – we simply know to count on the worst, principally

Talking of the worst doable end result; I made a decision to attempt that complete biking to work factor…Worst expertise of my life! HAHA. It’s about 8km, and it took me about 45mins to get better from the ordeal. I had eaten a correct breakfast meal, however I felt like I had utterly depleted my sugar deposits – from a 30min bike experience…The day was just about ruined after that. However it will prove that my troubles was removed from over. I managed to get house by taking it a bit easier, however I didn’t really feel nice in my again that night. I shrugged it off as simply being off form. The morning after I used to be squatting with a screwdriver in my hand to repair a door (as you do whenever you reside in a fixer-up’er renovation venture) – one thing that I had executed quite a few occasions that summer season (whereas constructing the shed, bear in mind?). I immediately felt a burning in my decrease again, and I jumped to my toes and stumbled again to my mattress. I just about stayed there for the subsequent 4 days. I couldn’t transfer. I couldn’t even flip over whereas sleeping with out waking up and feeling excruciating ache. I’ve skilled one thing comparable earlier than, however not at those self same ache ranges. On day 5 I simply barely managed to gradual stroll to my automobile and drag my ass to my body-sds therapist (Susan, bear in mind?). At this level I felt it was transferring in the fitting course, so I knew it was solely a matter of transferring as little as doable, and ultimately I managed to regain my full mobility. I’ve restarted my coaching routine (again and core particularly) with the intention to regain a number of the energy that I’ve clearly misplaced through the summer season (been skipping gymnasium for too lengthy).

The again problem is an outdated problem that I’ve been battling with for a few years (L4-L5 Disc herniation), and it was clear to me that my physique posture is way from splendid on my present bike. The expertise has not deterred me from desirous to bike to work, however I would like a brand new bike with a way more upright physique place. Naturally, I’ve been searching for electrical bikes for weeks now

I believe I’ve discovered one which matches my whishes, that are: CHEAP, COOL and FUNCTIONAL

Take a look right here: TENWAYS CGO800S

Let me know what you suppose! I’ve not discovered higher worth for the cash than this bike. I attempted it the opposite day, and it’s actually well-built and really easy to experience. No gears and no basic chain that wants lubrication. I believe I’d be capable of get to work in lower than 20 minutes on this beast!

Regarding the financials there’s not a lot to be added for August. It was a reasonably blah month within the markets. Our renovation funds is at present yielding 2.8% with Saxo Financial institution (my dealer). Within the grand scheme of issues that is in fact peanuts, however at the very least we’re pulling in round €200/month in passive earnings from this money stash. Greater than we’ve been seeing for a number of years now…Is Money nonetheless King?! In that case, you’ll be able to simply name me Arthur any further!

So long as we aren’t contributing to our Whole Steadiness, I don’t suppose it is smart to maintain updating this chart (additionally, I’m very lazy). We have now began dipping into the money stash to help our loopy constructing venture, so I’ll briefly retire the Traditional progress chart from the month-to-month replace for now… (It shall return!).

I’m outdated and have to train extra. In any other case my physique will flip towards me!

We’re nonetheless taking part in the ready recreation with the insurance coverage firm. I can wait all 12 months lengthy, however my spouse is getting more and more impatient, and as you already know: sad spouse = sad life

Whereas we wait at the very least our money stash is producing some a lot wanted passive earnings. Nothing that can make us wealthy, but it surely’s a small band-aid on the wound at the very least!

We celebrated our daughters 9-year birthday (within the rain) in our backyard. It was good enjoyable!

I’ve been taking a look at getting an E-bike that I can use to take me to work (8km). I’ll preserve you guys posted on this journey!

See you subsequent month!

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