The last six months have been tough. The company I work for shuttered with no notice. I haven’t been able to find a new job that comes anywhere close to what I was making. I had to give up my apartment. It’s been really hard to have everything go downhill so quickly. At least I have family close by that I could turn to for help. My grandmother lives right outside of the city on the train line. She let me move in with her until I get back on my feet. My social life is non-existent but at least I’m not hiding from a landlord. I can’t pay her rent yet, so I’m doing work around the place instead. I knocked out a big clean up of the attic and painting all the rooms. Now I’m helping my grandmother finally get air conditioning in her house. She’s been using a single window air conditioning unit running at full blast, trying to cool the whole house down. I explained to her there are better air conditioning options that are more energy and cost efficient. We picked out a ductless mini-split system. The fact that the cooling units are mounted to the inside walls was a plus. There’s no need to route ducts to a central heating and cooling system. This way all the walls I just painted don’t get messed up by ductwork installation. The air conditioning company that did the work was very nice to my grandmother so she felt comfortable signing up for their HVAC maintenance plan. This way, whether I’m there or not, my grandmother will have someone to rely on to keep her new air conditioning system working perfectly.