Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Seems like there are more people in trouble this year. More people are hurting for money, looking for jobs. But we don't have to let those circumstances bring us down. We can be thankful for many things. So here are 10 things that I'm thankful for this year.
1. I'm thankful for my family being together. Even if we are not together physically, we can be together in spirit.
2. I'm thankful for having a place to live, food to eat and clothes to wear. It's not the most beautiful house, or the most perfect one. Our clothes are not the most 'in style' but they keep us modest and warm. We can't always eat the kinds of foods we want to eat (i.e. healthier and better for us) but we do have food and our bellies are full.
3. I'm thankful that after a 6 month wait, my husband was finally able to get a job. And it's a good one, too. I'm thankful that, even when I wasn't looking, a job fell into my lap that works with my schedule.
4. I'm thankful to finally be able to get off food stamps. It's been too long and I'm glad we'll be standing on our own feet again.
5. I'm thankful for books and music. Without those, my imagination might die and that would be a tragic thing, indeed!
6. I'm thankful for my chosen family. You know, 'friends are the family you choose'? They always brighten my day and make our lives interesting.
7. I'm thankful for coffee. Though this is low down on the list, do not mistake its vital importance! Without it, I'd be out of commission for at least two weeks, maybe four. I love my coffee. I'll drink it almost any way you can imagine. I've been drinking coffee for /many/ years now.
8. I'm thankful for prayer warriors and true servants of the Living God. They do not call attention to themselves and I will not embarrass them by calling their names here but I am thankful for them. Without them, we would have had a much harder time getting through this year.
9. I'm thankful there is still breath in me. That means I have another chance to do something right.
10. I'm thankful for our freedoms. They may be slowly withering and wasting away but I'm still thankful for them all the same. And I'll still do what I can to protect them.
So what are you thankful for this year? How have you been blessed or lucky? Rattle off some positive thoughts, if you wish, in the comments below. No negativity, please! If you don't like my post, just pass it by. Also, try being kind to folks during the holiday season. I think you'll see that it makes you feel much better about yourself. You might even want to continue the practice when the holiday season is done! :) I wish all my readers a most wonderful and happy holiday season! Laugh a lot!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I'd like to address something I'm now seeing on facebook: people requesting their facebook connections to unfriend them if they voted a certain way. It is their right to request this, especially considering that many of the connections we make on facebook are people we have never met in person. One would've had to communicate at least marginally with those "virtual" friends to consider them as such in real life. Personally, I have nothing against anyone when I first meet them but I won't consider them a friend until I have had more time to get to know them. It takes even more time and conversation for me to consider knowing someone well enough to earn them the distinction of "Brother" or "Sister." Having said that, posting things like this quote from Jefferson Quotes and expecting to guilt trip some folks into changing their minds about the decision they have painstakingly made isn't really very "friendly" of /you/. In my opinion, you should consider that the person making such a request has probably done so at a great cost to himself and only after much thought. You should also consider that this request was not made lightly. You might also want to consider their own perception of life events. If you can't consider any of those things because you don't know how they feel about those things, then you might want to consider if you were ever really their friend to begin with. Personally, I find it hard to believe in 'friends' who would re-elect someone into office who has proven that he is a traitor, who is not interested in improving or endorsing anything of true and lasting value in this country. Solutions to problems are made much more complex than they need to be and therefore those solutions never get implemented. If you want to be a part of the solution to the current situation in our country, quit outsourcing and start making do with what you have. That will help with the unemployment rate and the financial situation of our country, two very large and menacing problems.
I'm stopping here. I believe I've said enough. Remember to breathe.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Ah, where to start? So much has gone so very wrong lately. And I still can't help thinking that there are others who have things much worse. Call me a hypocrite if you wish but as much as I hate the current food stamp program, without it, my family wouldn't be eating very much. It's totally insane that a retired Air Force Tech Sergeant cannot get a decent job no matter how many times he puts in an application, no matter what his job skills amount to, no matter how much previous experience he has. It's even worse that because of his disabilities, he can't put in applications at the most available jobs, such as fast food restaurants and retail stores because he cannot stand on his feet all day. It sucks that he is willing to work, yea even /eager/ to work and yet we still wonder how we will make ends meet from day to day. We had to make a decision this month on which bills to pay and which ones we were going to have to make mad. If nothing happens within the next couple of weeks, I'm sure the nasty grams and hate calls will begin. This is without a doubt preying on my mind. But there are people in this same situation everywhere and probably a good many who are worse off.
On top of this jobless state, wherein we find ourselves with very little money left in the bank and still over half a month left to go before we get our paltry retirement check, our stove will not work correctly. The lights work perfectly. The clock works just fine. However, pretty lights and an accurate clock do not cook food very well. The burners and the oven will not warm. We don't use a microwave so it looks like salad and/or sandwiches for a while until we figure out how to fix it ourselves b/c we surely cannot pay someone to fix it for us. And the warranty is no longer good.
We live in Louisiana. In the summer, you need AC...preferably an AC that works correctly. Our window unit in our family room is not working correctly and until we figure out why, we cannot run it. It is leaking so badly that its becoming a danger. We have cleaned it and adjusted the angle many times and still it leaks into the house.
The floor in our master bathroom must be redone...completely. The toilet is threatening to fall through the floor at the least provocation. We cannot afford to redo it now so we are down to using the hall bath. I'm thankful that we have a hall bath to use.
My list of things to do and complete keeps growing and growing and growing and there is nothing else I can do about any of it. Nothing I say will make any of it better. So I sit here. And I wait. And I'm bad at waiting. I get morose and antsy and frustrated. And I snap a lot. Much like a wounded animal, I suppose. Or maybe like an animal in it's old age that just wants to sleep. But I will not sleep. I cannot sleep on the job. I will do whatever I can. I will do something positive. I will fingerpaint with my kids today. I only have black tempera paint and brown paper bags but it's something. And it can be something positive. I have material and I have patterns and I can sew. Even if my machine breaks, I can hand sew. I can be productive and be positive. And I know that if I keep at it, tomorrow will be better. It has to be better...right?
Remember to breathe...