Teresa, PM me if you want to get together IRL. Safely, in a public place of course.The library is better for me than the mall because I literally don't carry money; my bills are paid and I've got canning jars full of fruit and a partial 50 lb sack of flour but I just don't "do" meals out and stuff. We missed this month's Art's Alive, but maybe we could do it in August. There are also free movies at Eureka Main on Thursday nights; this week it's Out of the Past
Thinking outside the box really helps here. It's yard sale season right now and I could so redecorate my entire house for under $100 if I wanted to and if I had a truck. For the first time in my entire homeschooling journey I have all the textbooks I want, and I got all of them plus a ton of academic-oriented trade books and quite a few fun books for me and dd as well for $20 at the library fund raiser book sale.
I got Jacobs Algebra for a buck if that means anything to you.
I do have a friend who's in trucking, but I haven't seen him since you joined MDC and I don't think he's in town right now. If your dh has a smallish truck, I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs someone for dump runs, house moving, and picking up larger freecycled furniture.
I need to shut up now, Teresa, because I'm making everyone who doesn't live here jealous but I'm serious; this is a nice place to live after all; I thought I'd made a mistake too and sunk into a major depression by focusing on the negatives and not noticing the positives. I don't want you to waste your kids' childhoods by doing the same.