If you follow me on social media (hint hint), then you already know the good news: Tim’s disability appeal was finally — finally — approved!
This is a huge load off our mind, obviously. And it’s a chance to get our hands on the money we’ve socked away each month since this whole debacle started. Two years ago.
Granted, some of the money went to his lawyer, but the majority went into what, for all intents and purposes, was an escrow account. The money just sat there, taunting us when huge bills hit or our savings progress was just slower than I’d hoped.
We went out for a celebratory dinner to a moderately pricey restaurant, a fantastic local barbecue place. But otherwise the funds will be used pretty diligently.
- I’ll boost savings up from $5,000 to at least $10,000
- The front half of our roof needs replacing (the back half was done when we first moved in)
- The guest house needs a new front door (you can see daylight around the frame in a couple of spots
- The car down payment fund could use a small boost.
- Not essential, but I’d dearly love to get some solid interior doors. Or at least some hollow ones that aren’t chipped/scratched up. I dream of a day when our bedroom door doesn’t have a series of small holes spelling out “ICP” on the side. I’m afraid I’ve never been a juggalo, you see.
- Tim has requested that we replace the current ceiling fan over the pool table (which casts shadows on the table) with a pendant light, preferably a longer one with two or three bulbs/shades.
- I’m thinking about painting the hallway. If I do, I’ll at least briefly entertain the notion of letting a professional do it (if I can find a Groupon). I’ll probably end up painting it myself, but it’d be nice to know I have the option.
And now that we have Tim’s check again, I can open and start putting some money into a SEP IRA. And the car is getting older, so I’d like to boost our monthly car fund savings from $100 to $300.
But for the moment I’ll just try to enjoy the relief that comes from knowing his check and, more importantly his Medicare, is safe. Well, I’ll enjoy it in and around calling roofers.