This is a very good friend of mine
I am still in North Carolina. And since March 20th, 2015 I have been without my car. It was a car that needed a lot of work due to unfortunate mishaps. I just didn't have the money to fix it or take any chances with it. Then it was my birthday the next day and...I just got a letter, I just got a letter, I wonder who it's from? Yeppers! My very two favorite girls in the world! Erin and Rachael! I cried.... Rachael wrote I miss you, Grandma, when are you coming home? I remember before I left Florida that she had written me a note. It said when you move you can put me in a box and tape it up and have daddy put me in the car (before I wrecked my KIA) and he will never know. I told her that was so sweet and that I just can't do that because I would get in trouble.
Okay... medium forward... I didn't think it was going to be so hard without my car. My roommate showed her colors. I even let her use my car a couple of days to get back and forth to work because she had to put her car in the shop. The second day she used it, she abused her rights for using my car. She was supposed to come straight home from work but instead picked up her daughter and new boyfriend with to go meals they brought home for themselves. Her excuse was that the traffic was very heavy and that was why it took her almost 3 hours to get it home. Next day, the car would not start. I got a temporary fix two days later that only lasted two days. $100.00 down the drain!
Okay, so no car.
And of course, I could not get any financial help from anyone. I didn't dare ask. Not after I spent $14,000.00 trying to figure out where I wanted to go, and buying that car, and fixing my suspended license that I didn't know about. How could I have known? Money goes so very fast. So basically due to the fact that my roommate was not willing to help me out with rides and nor my neighbor upstairs, I am learning that just because I am willing to stick my neck out for others doesn't mean other people will stick their neck out for me. After all, I am not her mother, sister, daughter or even a friend. The closest bus stop is like 5 miles away.
Meanwhile, there was at that time one dog Dexter, and 6 cats, with one of them being mine. Isaiah. During the cold months, all the animals would huddle up on my single sized bed. Well, Dexter and 3 cats did. Finally, my roommate's daughter and her boyfriend moved out. And they took Dexter and one of the cats. Even when the daughter and her boyfriend were here and roommate left for work, I would open my eyes to see all the animals just looking at me to care for them. To feed them, take them out, give then attention. So here I am stuck and it is too dangerous for me to walk down to a store about a mile away. Two lanes. No sidewalks. Up and down and twist and turns on this road and many other roads of course in this mountainous area about an hour from the Smokey Mountain. I love the mountains if I have a car. It is very inconvenient without one. And I have had to hire a couple of drivers to take me where I really need to go. I have not paid under 20.00 for a ride. And with my limited income I could barely afford 3 rides a month. I live in a very pretty neighborhood in the ugliest house on the block. 1920's built home turned into two apts. Anyways, the good news is that I am finally going to get a place of my own soon. I finally was approved for a Housing voucher. And my daughter wants and needs me back in Florida so I will transfer my Voucher there. It will definitely be more convenient. Hearing aid places, Doctors, Stores, and etc. Even bus lines to get me here and there. I am moving down there for 3 main reasons and none has to do with me liking Florida or not. The 3 reasons are my girls. To help out my daughter while her new husband is deployed and she goes to work. To care for my more favorite girls. My granddaughters. I have a new step-grandson and we will just have to learn to grow on each other. We all can't wait for me to get down there and I'm ready to leave this place. Shouldn't be hard since I really don't have much at all. When I don't have a place of my own, it does no good to collect things that I don't need at the moment. I was pretty upset about losing my other stuff in Tampa because this has been the 3rd time of me being homeless. This last time was totally unexpected. Although I forgive my granddaughter's father, I hope I will not have to see him. I'm getting too old for all this crap. But it is my granddaughters that need me the most and I need them too.
This was how my car looked before my tickets. It doesn't look like that now. I'll show you later.
You see when I bought this car in Panama City, FL. on Dec.30th, 2013, and as I was getting insurance that was when I found out that my license had been suspended. Fortunately for me that one of the things I took from my home when I got kicked out, I brought my plate along. I had totaled my other car in a my fault accident on Oct.28th, 2013 and kicked out Nov.2nd, 2013. No steady address to get any missed mail. Was running out of time and had to make a decision of really where I wanted to settle with what money I had left from an inheritance I received while in Michigan but had such a hard time getting it. Because I couldn't understand on phone and was homeless and a certain place I was at for 4 days was holding my money for ransom. That is an entirely different story. Anyways I decided to go to Tennessee on a suspended license and not registered. While in hotel room in TN I emailed Tallahassee to see what I had to do to fix my license. While waiting for answer I kept looking for places to live and finally decided to rent a room in NC. Crazy! I am the only one here with a car. Anyways I had to get down to business. I mailed everything Tallahassee wanted including money. But I had no plate. My cat Isaiah needed emergency medical care. So I asked my roommate if he would let me borrow his plate which had expired and altered to correct year. But I was busy trying my best to get settled at this new address so I can take of business with getting everything legal and set up with doctors and taking my cat to vets 4 times. In the process of all this of course the couple who rented the room to me is reaping the benefits of getting where they need to go and dragging me into it. Glad that is over somewhat. Because after getting legal finally I started charging for gas. But prior to that I got 2 tickets in one night for the plate and not being registered in NC, but I told her I was in the process. Gave me until June and if done before that time try to get the ticket dropped. But just before I was about to get a new plate within the next few days I got lost on a dark rainy night that one of my roommates talked me into getting a friend who was in a bad situation. It was so dark that I straining to see street names that I didn't even see the red light. Boom!!!! Got another ticket. I was so sad and crying and the cops saw my new address and they are familiar with this place. (Need to get out of here!) They even told me I should leave that place. But I needed the address. I had insurance enough to cover other party but did not realize that I did not have collision for my own car. Anyways I took care of being legal and ready to plead my tickets. My roommate who let me borrow plate got a ticket too the first night we got tickets. Not the second time though. So for the last few weeks I had been trying to get there by 8:30 on Fridays. Anyways finally this past Friday with or without the roommate I was going to take care of business. I took his ticket with me in case I could get that excused. He had been drinking all night and couldn't wake up. I kept trying then finally I just went by myself. Before going though I looked on FB and got a private message from someone say that the Lord woke her up at 2am and said my name. So she prayed. And it was what I needed to hear because of all the trials. So off to court I go. Went to courthouse room 1 and was told I needed to get my name on the docket downstairs in Clerk Office. So I did. On the way back up I got on the elevator and there was a sharp dressed professional looking man and I asked him if he was an attorney for the traffic courtroom. He said he was the DA. And I just started blurting out everything. Showed him all my tickets and legal documents and then he said he would talk to me again shortly. After the judge was sworn in the DA turned around to me and motioned me forward and then we walked out of courtroom and down to the Clerk again and took all my paperwork and went on computer and came back and said there! "Everything has been dismissed"! I no longer have to worry about that anymore. Clean as a whistle. Wiped clean. I was given GREAT MERCY! I shook his hand and hugged him and thanked him. I was one of the last to get into courtroom building and the first to leave the building. Now that is a MIRACLE! As for my roommate I gave him his ticket back on table as he was still sleeping. I told I would go with him when he was ready to take care of his. After all he did let me borrow the plate and took a risk. Now that is my update on the tickets. Wow did you just see that? No doubt I was supposed to meet the DA on the elevator. I told him about driving illegally since I got the car. He said he totally understood. In the midst of an unjust world there can be some justice and grace and pardons. That is what God is all about. He is helping me take care of my messes. One day at a time.
Well March 21st has gone by. As far as I am concerned it is the first day of Spring. A beautiful day to have been born if it had been a different life. As many of you have known, I was homeless for awhile. And I am not particular fond of where I am at now. The picture on the side reflects a place in Florida where I have lived for many years. A place where many things had taken place. Some good, some bad. Now I am in North Carolina. I was in Tennessee in the very beginning of January. Had no intention of moving here but I could not keep affording hotel rooms. It was great where I was at but it also was a college town. I don't have very good credit so applying to get an apt. would have been futile. When I left Michigan after getting my money which was such a hassle I went to Panama City to meet up with an old elementary friend from 5th grade in California. I stayed in a motel room and rented a car for two weeks. I even took a trip back down to Tampa to see my Doctor and pay the ticket I had from an accident on 10/28/13. Also to rescue my cat who was about to be thrown out. I went to the condo in which the father of my precious granddaughters were living. I was kicked out and did not have much time for him to go the legal way of getting me out. He and his new girlfriend kept coming at me and attacking me verbally. I even called the police that morning and they suggested that I leave or find someplace to go within a couple of days since it was a hostile situation. It was so heartbreaking. My granddaughters and I cried so much. But I think I told you all that already. Went back up to Panama City with my cat and my California friend. Time was running out. I didn't want to live in Panama City. My dream was Tennessee for as long as I can remember. So I bought a beautiful 2002 Saab 95 wagon. As I was getting insurance for the car, that's when I found out my driver's license was suspended because I did not have bodily injury on my insurance. I still bought the car and took the insurance. Since my friend and I could not decide on a place together because she wanted to go one way and I wanted to go another. Drove up to Tennessee on a suspended license which I would normally never do. When I got there I looked high and low for a place because I was running low on money and needed to survive on my SSDI checks once again. I contacted Tallahassee to find out what I needed to do to take care of my license. Since I am deaf I emailed them. They told me what to do but time was of essence. Had to find a place to live. I kept seeing this ad everyday on Craigslist for a room in NC. But kept trying to stay in Tennessee. I was running out of my inheritance money which was not much at all. I also discovered that my cat's ear was so swollen and red. So I got the room in NC. The cutest room in the house. Upstairs and also the cleanest. I proceeded with doing the next right thing even if it was wrong. I took my cat to emergency 3 times. First 2 times they drained the ear. Finally they did the surgery. Aural Hematoma. It was bad. I pretty much spent the last of my money on him and Tallahassee. I did everything they told me to do. But now I did not have a plate. The people I live with had a Florida plate in which they wrote in 14 but it was really 2011. They didn't have a car so I took them everywhere. Meanwhile trying to get legal too. What a hassle. 3 times I went to Driver's license place. I had to get more proof of my name. I did everything they told me and had to wait for the mail to come. Finally got my license. But just before getting my legal plate and registration I did a guy a favor by going to another city to help another woman who was homeless. On the way back I got lost. It was rainy and dark. Finally I realized where I was at and looking for the street names. It was so dark and rainy that I did not see the red light at all. There were no street lamps. But oncoming traffic hit the side of my car. The couple in back seat were very distracting and the woman was drunk. All I could do was cry and they were laughing. Not at me persay but all the same I was very upset. No one was hurt Thank God. The other driver was very kind to me. We held hands but I still was at fault and have to pay the consequences. The police were very nice and recognized the address I was living at. They had been there quite a lot. They told me to try and get out of this place as soon as possible. But I am trying to take care of business. Meanwhile the woman who rented the room to me is very disgusting. Ugh! I try to keep my mouth shut for the time being because I was using their plate. HA! Finally I am legal. She is very verbally and violently abusive especially towards her so called boyfriend. I have been starting to tell her no to her demands as she uses me as pawn to be a messenger to her boyfriend. She is wearing him down. I am not going to go to all these churches to get food that I don't even want or to churches to eat meals or go to Walmart and sit in my car for two hours while she spends money on all this stuff and her poor boyfriend has nothing but his SSI which has been cut in half because of the rental income from the renters. He has some serious problems and one time I stood up for him in her face. She needs to be reported to social services for verbally abusing the mentally ill. He is just bi-polar like me and he drinks way to much to drown out his sorrows. I need to get out of here. I took my router back and got my own internet service. She said if I did not like it to take my router back. So I did. Oh my God. She called me horrible names. But then she puts on this wonderful face to the public. And tells everyone what a fool I am. But thankfully for me my doctors knows who she is and even the police. She preys and uses other people she can control. I showed her she could no longer control me. She claims to be so spiritual and sends money to all these new age gurus and yet her true colors come out. I do realize that we all have good and bad in us. But my Dear Sweet Jesus never have I seen such wickedness in this woman. But right now I need to focus on what my next step is to be. Going to shower now and see about moving out of here soon. I do want my car fixed though. It was such a shame. It still drives very well but my driver's side mirror is scary. I hope my insurance will pay for it.
Talk to you all soon again I hope.