One of my goals this year has been to increase my income and assets, so it’s interesting to see what’s happened.
First my partner really wanted a puppy. Since she’s on voluntary leave from work at the moment it’s the ideal time for puppy-raising. We splashed out on buying two puppies in February. That was OK — I had recently brought some savings back from the UK and was willing to dip in for puppies.
But then it turns out that there are many related expenses: doggy car seat belts, a crate, collars and leads and treats, puppy training classes, a new fence to keep them in the garden…
Next up my teeth started crumbling. That brought not only lots of tooth repair costs but general poor health for a while between the crumbling and the repair. That was followed in short order by a cold that just keeps on keeping on.
Writing’s my main source of income these days. To write you need a clear head. A clear head (and lots of energy) aren’t compatible with poor health and an ongoing cold.
But at least the cold has almost gone, which makes it all the more frustrating that on Tuesday morning, when I bent down to unlatch the puppies’ crate, I suddenly experienced an excruciating pain in my back.
For several days now I’ve been walking and sitting with some difficulty, though I can now at least bend forward a little without too much pain. But again, the overall tiredness and being unwell don’t support hard work and high productivity. Tomorrow I’m hoping the osteopath can sort out my back.
This year’s scorecard so far: output down, income down, assets down.
Footnote: on the plus side: the puppies are incredibly cute! And it’s excellent having my partner around.