So, things have not gotten better over the last few months. They've gotten a little worse.
But life is an uncertain thing. The only guarantee is death. But I'm not 100% certain about that anymore either.
As long as I'm here, though, I might as well do the things I'm interested in. And the Runes are not asking me for any money.
I bought "The Runes Workbook" and a red notebook to keep as a rune journal. I also just joined www.runesecrets.net.