August was a blur. I got sick with Covid, even being fully vaccinated - slept lots, drank lots of water, lost all taste and smell and lost 15 lbs in two weeks. Thankfully, I am on the mend, symptoms are very mild at this point and I have now tested negative. I can honestly say, even fully vaccinated, Covid sucks - but thankfully mine stayed upper respiratory and I didnt have to deal with lower respiratory issues. The whole family got it at about the same time, all 17 of us. 4 were fully vaccinated and still got it, none of the cases became anywhere close to life threatening. (thank goodness).
Things are going great with FD. We are planning to adopt her and her CASA is pushing for adoption to finish by Christmas. That is crazy fast if they can pull it off. FD turns 18 in July, so the clock is ticking. Even tho she will be 18, she wont finish high school until 2024- so she will continue to receive some services until then. In any case, the adoption is moving forward now and we are all excited to make her a permanent part of our family!
Financial wise, this has been more of a struggle than I anticipated. The hub is not allowed extra overtime at his new job, which is something we counted on from his previous job. In addition, the foster money has been cut by 2/3 since last April. These two factors leave a deficit in the budget each month of about $800-1000. Add to that all the extra expenses we have encountered, (water well, tires on our trailer, jacked up airline expenses, and several other unanticipated costs) and we have blown through much more of our emergency savings than I anticipated. I am considering working for my son part time to help supplement the deficit. But I am holding out to see how finances go once FD starts school. The hubs job is also saying more OT is coming this winter. Thankfully, we still have a nice cushion, but I dont want to deplete it anymore than we have above the current deficit.
Otherwise, aside from Covid, retirment life has been great. I LOVE the options that the extra time allows. Its been a good summer. Altho we have had a consistent heat wave all summer added to very hazy smoke filled air. I am so ready for FALL and more energy to enjoy it.