As an #Autism and #SpecialNeeds parent, I sometimes desperately need a sense of normalcy

Lizze and I might have the entire night to ourselves. I’m not sure what we’re going to do with our free time but I at least a tiny bit of walking will be part of it. I want to finish the month strong.

Money is really tight and a huge source stress/anxiety. Now we have at least a $1,000 deductible to come up with related to our homeowners claim in regards to the storm damage to our house, garage, yard and tree (see It’s pretty bad but thank God no one was hurt).

Our car is really beyond repair and things like groceries or other everyday expenses aren’t getting any cheaper.



We’re also taking Zane, one of our service ferrets to the vet in the morning because something isn’t right with him. That wasn’t planned for but it’s part of being a pet parent. The ferrets do so much for our kids with Autism and they are a priority.

Writing is how I provide for my family but when I’m struggling with depression, writing is so much harder for me. Deriving an income from this site becomes more difficult when writing becomes more difficult.

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  • Cindy Jones says:

    Hey Rob, doesn’t the insurance company assess the claim and then cut you a check for the amount less the deductible?
    I understand the work still needs to be done, but could you not do some of it yourselves, like clean up the tree branches and repair the fence and anything else that wouldn’t necessarily require a “professional” so you don’t have to come up with the shortfall? Just a thought

    • Facebook Profile photo Rob Gorski says:

      That may very well be the case. One hiccup comes in the form of the mortgage company. They have to cosign the check and are involved in managing the repairs. I haven’t worked with them since our mortgage was sold to them a few years ago, so I’m not sure how this will go. We can certainly do some of the cleanup but it’s extensive.