Along the Red River and My Job

Whew – its been a few days since I’ve found time to write here, so I thought I’d combine stuff together to get caught up.  Life kind of got in the way for awhile.

As you may know (since I mentioned it here), I retired from my job at the Y at the end of May.  At the time, I knew I would still need to work in order to pay my bills, but planned on taking some time off before even thinking about it.  As it turned out, I was off only 2 weeks before starting up with a completely different job from what I’ve done before.

The company is Comforts of Home – Care.  The idea here is that I have clients to look after and I go to their homes, apartments or care facility to see what they need that day (which could include companionship, transportation, light housekeeping, shopping or …).  I was open as far as which days I would be available to work and before I knew it, I was booked for 7 days a week.  The hours were short each day, but working every day was just a bit too much for me.  I contacted one of the supervisors and asked if the clients’ days could be re-arranged so that I had more than one per day, which would leave me with some days off, yet keep the same clients and the same hours per week.

So – starting next week, I will have either 2 or 3 days off per week and be working 18 hours per week and that is exactly what I wanted.  I have 3 different clients – 2 have 3 visits per week and 1 has 1 visit per week (which is how I ended up working 7 days per week).

I can pick up extra shifts if they ask and if I want to, but I have also signed on to work as a sub at the Y’s Adult Day Program.  While I was working at the Y, I often volunteered with this program, but now I have a few days signed up to work with them on my days off at Comforts of Home.

When Chester and I had our walk along the Red River this morning, the rowers were out and lining up for a race or practice.  It was obviously just a fun thing, since one of the boats had 4 rowers and the rest had 2, but they were all going together.  I took a picture just as they were lining up to get started.

Rowers
Rowers

I should have snapped another picture as they caught up with us.  The boat with 4 rowers was ahead (but not by too much) and the other 3 were fairly close together.

Big Tree Across the Red River
Big Tree Across the Red River

The river is starting to go down slowly again.  The big tree (which is just right of centre) is above the water, but several others still have their trunks right in the river.

The Canada Geese are spending their days hanging out along the river banks.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese

 

 

2 thoughts on “Along the Red River and My Job

  1. I’m sorry Mavis, but that drives me wild–employers who would even think that arranging things that way would be OK. But I’m glad that you were able to work it out with them. Working in day programs is great. When I went to school, that was my favourite placement. But I was never able to get a proper job in one. I have applied here to be a bus driver! Never thought I’d be doing that, but I’m not afraid of driving now and it is good money.

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    1. It was entirely my fault Karen, I put my availability as every day just because I didn’t care which days I worked and I could have said no to anything they offered me. I was glad that they could make the change for me so I can have the same number of hours and the same clients in fewer days. 🙂
      Good luck on the bus driver application.

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