I must admit I’m having trouble finding the holiday spirit this year. I’m actually more than ready for this year to be over. It’s been a horrible year overall and I’m happy to see it go.

It doesn’t help that I’m once again in debt up to my eyeballs. For the last 6 months I’ve been hemorrhaging money like a stuck pig. It just seems like one thing after another keeps popping up. The irony is when I started this blog over 7 years ago I was in much the same situation. How’s that for a kick in the pants? You’d think I’d have learned by now. lol A huge chunk came from dealing w/my Dad’s estate after he died. Due to some legal loopholes in property law in TX, I couldn’t get a clean title for the little chunk of land he left my brothers and I. None of my brothers have a pot to piss in so I ended up shouldering the largest chunk of the legal burden to sort it all out. Five years and $22k in legal fees, its over and done with.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful to have what I do have. I have a roof over my head, job stability, relatively good health, and a doggie that loves me to death. I know there are many folks out there who can’t claim the same thing. That being said, all the stress and worry has sapped my spirit. Sometimes it really sucks having responsibilities. lol I guess I can be grateful w/o the spirit this year.

Anyway, I hope you all have a safe and warm holiday, whatever you celebrate.

5 thoughts on “Spirit”

  1. ((Big Hugs)) Remember, it's not about the money, it's about the people! It's that time of year to celebrate those around you near and far who love and care about you. Happy holidays and you have a friend who keeps you in their thoughts down in SD! XO!

  2. Also: you may not want to do this, but your brothers ought to be responsible for their share of the legal expenses needed to clear the title. Assuming the property is still in all your names, I'd file a lien on it, explaining to your brothers that this is so that you get paid back the legal tab if/when it ever sells. This hypothetical future sale couldn't take place without the work you've done, so it's certainly reasonable to have the costs of that work come from the proceeds.

  3. I understand not being in the mood for the season. I think the older I get, the crankier I get this time of year.

    But here's hoping you find a little happier mood.

  4. My Xmas wish is for you to visit Boston sometime this coming year and we can take a nice long bike ride through the Berkshires. Don't worry, I'll make sure you get a nice, powerful crotch-rocket to ride – the kind with the two wheels of course. 😉

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