Life without work and the problems of getting back to work:
It’s the problem of how to finance an education for Bee for the next 4 years, so she has some stability. All the jobs in countries with good schools (eg Vienna and Copenhagen) aren’t paying school fees, so it looks like a move back to the UK and packing her off to boarding school at vast expense while I travel. And then I “forgot” to get the cat’s rabies injections up to date, so the cat can’t go back till November, so will have to have a “holiday” in Ljubljana with my sister. And now I have to have a gall bladder operation before the summer!
Just coping with problems one day at a time is enough to fill the day!
It's the logistics of living that are such a pain. The cat, the school, the move, the health, the hair coloring, the annuals into the flower boxes, yatta yatta yatta. We can manage the EU, but these small things can fell any good woman.
I finally fixed the hair colour last week. No annuals this year as waste of money if moving. All my balcony plants revived once I realised the cleaning lady carefully turned the water off each week, and the computerised automatic watering system couldn’t turn the water on again. Stupid thing.
Now just been despairing with the internet and wireless connection (end of the world). Set it up all on my own!!! Finally we got DSL just before we leave. Not perfect (needs resetting when I reboot the computer but I try not to reboot). One day I will fix it. But magically it started working again.
After the gall bladder op I have to have holiday then pack up and move somewhere soon after the op. Doc has okayed the holiday, but not sure he heard my mention moving as he gave me instructions not to do any weiightlifting.
If it's of any comfort, I also have a fear of not having enough money. My husband (who, to put things in perspective, was born and raised in a Serbian village) looks at me in amazement and wonders, "How much is enought? No amount is enough for you." Probably right, but I have a number in mind that would make me feel secure. At least I think. Which probably means it will shift upward forever.
I know about the money. Seven years ago we lived for a year on 1000 GBP a month and were quite happy. Now we are into private education (which I was always politically against) and private health care (ditto), all because of my job moving us round so much. Sloph’s boyfriend (whose parents were poor but got left lots of money recently) used to consider us as high powered and rich. I think he was shocked when my job disappeared. But I had had continuous employment at a great salary for seven years so couldn't complain about a gap. Especially now the gap has ended, hopefully. Just no pension, so have to keep working till I drop.
Kids have a choice of university education now (no loan) and pay for me in grand style in my old age. Or have a loan now .... and hope I don't live too long. Sloph has worked out it's better to take the loan anyway, since you can put it in the bank and get interest on it whether you use it or not.
Rereading this, I'm sure there will be not much sympathy for me and my "troubles". Everyone in new Europe has the same problems of how to get their kids a good education and how to save for their pension. Only in old Europe can you rely on the state, and probably not for much longer.