Well it’s been five weeks ago today since I left the sunshine of hot and sticky South Florida and returned to the UK to be with Debbie.
It’s true that we have had some nice days where the sun has shone, there have been blue skies, and it’s been a pleasant 70 degrees, but there have also been quite a few days where the temperature has barely climbed above 65 degrees all day. Sunday was grey and gloomy all day, from the time we got up until the time we went to bed. You can’t really say until the time it got dark, because it never really got light! Monday started off the same, but it turned out nice in the afternoon, and we were able to have a BBQ and sit outside in the sunshine. Tuesday was mixed and also breezy. We went to Calshot, which is across the other side of Southampton water, and had a good walk along the beach (well pebbles). But today has been another one of those grey gloomy days, most of the afternoon it’s been spitting with rain, and the last two hours it’s been blowing a gale and pouring down.
The schools go back at the end of this week, and Debbie heads back to work tomorrow after six weeks off. We wonder where summer went to, but although we haven’t had the money to go anywhere and spent anything, we have had some wonderful local walks and done some good exploring of the local countryside. That’s something we both enjoy a lot, and I have a lot of posting to catch up on, with plenty of photographs to add as well.
As soon as I came back here I signed on at the job centre to claim unemployment benefit, but so far I haven’t received anything. With so many people out of work over here, the offices are backed up, and with my having just come back from the USA it hasn’t made things easier either. I hope to hear back with a positive result within a week, as my money is almost gone, what bit I had left over here, and Debbie only earns enough to barely cover the bills and food.
Of course I have registered with all the internet job search sites, but they all pretty much return the same jobs, and nothing has really matched my skill set yet. I would like to add a commendation for the one recruiter who I found through Linked-In, and who took the time to call me while I was still in Florida, as well as to check up on me at least once a week here, providing tips on potential job openings in companies where he didn’t have a contact, as well as working hard to find a place for me within his clients. If you are looking for an IT job in the south of England, particularly if you are working with IBM Midrange systems, I highly recommend Adam Langley-Smith of Required-IT to handle your job search.
Meantime, I am trying to decide what to do, trying to figure out how I can earn enough money online to keep us afloat, and there are so many ideas, but the hard part is to know what to do and in which direction to turn. I thought of looking at ghostwriting (writing articles for other people – they get published without your name on them), but I would really love to be able to write under my own name. I would love to write a book, but I can’t think where to begin, I need a plot, and the worst thing is that this could take a year or more before I got published, and then the book might never be successful anyhow.
I keep trying to be realistic, since my IT skills are in need of some re-tuning, but still I am hoping that something will come along.
Tomorrow will I hope bring some good ideas, since Debbie goes back to work, and I have more time to myself, time to devote to writing, promoting, and to trying to earn a penny or two. I would really love to have some good money coming in soon, as we had planned to spend Christmas in Florida so I can see my two daughters, but if I don’t get a job, that isn’t going to happen. There is always the Lottery of course, or the million to one chance of a benefactor leaving a donation in the Tip jar on the blog, but I don’t realistically expect either of those to happen. Just have to get lucky and get a good paying job.
So farewell summer, welcome to my new working life, trying to make it by writing and blogging. Wish me luck…