urocyon: Grey fox crossing a stream (Default)
[personal profile] urocyon
Feeling kind of silly.

I've been regretting not being physically up to walking Max and taking him to the park lately. He hasn't been getting many walks at all during the week, since Ingvar is usually pretty worn out by the time he gets home. I got to thinking (worrying, more like) about it more, since work will be sending him to the US for several weeks soon.

Then it occurred to me that I've been a muppet. There are lots of people eager to walk dogs for £10/hr. or so. I've done it myself, and am hoping to get a pet care business up and running again once my health improves enough. And, yes, I'd consider this a reasonable and fairly cheap accommodation for anyone else.

We'd already discussed maybe getting somebody in to help clean a couple of times a month or so, in a very similar vein. Neither one of us is great at tidiness, besides my pain and fatigue issues. We're actually pretty economically privileged in the scheme of things, and won't starve if we pay somebody to help clean on that kind of schedule. But, yeah, I've also put off looking into that, feeling like I "should" be able to do it myself.

Still, it hadn't even occurred to me that we could get someone to help walk Max.

Ah, disability shame and lingering ghost poverty! *facepalm*

Date: 2011-04-12 10:40 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Finding Nemo's Dory, the adventurous fish with a brain injury (dain bramage)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Oh, I have been exactly there with both the cleaners and the dog-walking. Disability shame and owning-class shame as well. (To which my answer is: quit emo-ing and put an ad on Craigslist already.)

Date: 2011-04-15 10:50 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Bambi fawn cartoon with two heads (Conjoined Bambi)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Yeah, I must admit to having fairly bad luck with Craigslist, so I hope Gumtree yields sweets for you!

Are your veggie box deliveries from one farmer or from a greengrocers'? Our part of the upper midwest is home to many CSAs -- community supported argiculture. Eaters come up with a "share" payment once or twice a year, and the farmers supply weekly boxes with stuff they've produced. That's if all goes well. If the weather does to farmers what it so often can do, we all share the misery.
http://www.csacoalition.org/about/

Almost one-third of the supermarkets in our town offer either delivery, or web-assisted picking. That latter is very handy: I use their web form to request stuff; they get it and bag it; a stop by to pay and take it away.

I don't know if this reflects students-who-can't-plan or more older folks who can't handle shopping or what. I know I like it! Yes they add $5 or $15 on to the market basket, but that's less than hiring someone to do it.

Best wishes!
Edited (forgot the link) Date: 2011-04-15 10:51 pm (UTC)

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