Saturday, July 21, 2012
So, I've owned my own business for 28 years and I didn't do it without the help of government. Boy, am I fuming at that remark. This just goes to show that someone who has never owned a business, or had to work for a living making a meager paycheck shouldn't be president.
I have suffered my business through every recession and downturn in the economy since 1984. I lived through multiple hurricanes where business slows to a halt because people don't have homes to decorate. I have lived through several wars and Sept 11. I was in the Air Force Reserve until 1996 until I retired and had to put my business on hold while I was doing my reserve duty. In 1991 I was called up for Desert Storm and had to put the whole darn thing on hold for 4 months. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan came through and took the roof off of one half of the building my husband and I owned. We had 2 months of renovation thanks to having a good insurance policy and the smartness of me to call a contractor friend immediately before he got booked up!
I live in a large military community. When Sept 11, it was a ghost town around here. I mean, large deployments and nothing going on. Every business in town suffered. My husband and I went to the mall one Friday night soon afterward and there were 3 people in the department store, the two of us and the clerk. I confess, I took advantage of the governments Small Business Development Loan as it was open to those businesses living in areas such as mine which were adversely affected by military deployments and bases nearby that were locked up. Did I say loan? That means you have to pay it back and I did. I had it tied into the building equity that we owned and when we sold the building, the loan got paid off.
Then after, Obama took office things really went sour. And the Gulf Oil spill was next. Now all we need is another hurricane. At least now I am working from home with no employees. The only thing I have to worry about is staying happy. And I will be really happy in November if Obama loses!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I just returned from a short geneology vacation with my sister in lower Delware and Maryland. We grew up there. My father built a house in Blue Ball, MD, we attended Calvert Elementary school and had family in nearby Wilmington, Del. At age 12 we moved to lower Delaware to Riverdale/Oak Orchard. You have to be from there to know where that is. Sis and I had an amazing time going through old cemeteries and visiting old haunts. Rehoboth Beach, De hasnt changed much. Still the same boardwalk and buildings and thoroughfare. Just different businesses. Candy Kitchen, where we worked is still there and also Grotto Pizza. We learned to love Pizza at Grotto's and I understand it is now sort of a franchise operation with outlets in many places.
I'll post another day with pics but todays post has to do with working for a living. After visitng Delaware we headed for Northeast Md where we stayed with a cousin and attended a family reunion of sorts. I know what poor is, having seen it first hand. My dad was retired from the Navy and had a pension and he and my mom worked. We weren't rich by any stretch of the means but we had what we needed. My cousin came from a family of 5 kids and they lived in a house that had no water. Can you imagine living in a home during the 40's and 50's with no running water? In a developed section of the country? They were dirt poor. Her mother, my aunt, worked as a seamstress and her father was one of those who went from job to job or no job. This was a time when there were no food stamps, no government aid. No nothing.
My cousin married at 19 and had 3 children. The twin boys were preemies and one of them died so she raised a son and a daugher. Now she and her husband live on a farm in MD, retired with horses and cows. They are wealthy beyond imagination, not in money but in family, love and happiness. From a childhoods with absolutely nothing to a modest home on a farm in MD with family living on the same property. They are the example of the American Dream, growing up and living in a country where you can work for a living and make it.
I contrast that with todays population. 50% of Americans dont work. They just stay home and collect their government check. In some cases this is a good thing. There are those who need help while they are in transition, searching for a job. That is what government help is designed for. But then there are others who milk the system.
I hope and pray that things turn around soon. I'm not going to get into politics here but something has to happen in November. Only God knows what that is.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I have so many talents and interests I can't keep up with them all. This morning I slept in. Guess I needed it as I haven't slept well in several nights. So here it is, almost 10:00 and I'm still in my pajamas! Why? I'm sitting at the computer going through all of my hobby e-mails and so not getting any work done! I do still own a business and I have clients who want me to help them and projects to take care of. So I'm sitting here blogging about it on Spark instead of working. I've also spent 2 hours this morning, reading quilt blogs, sewing blogs, blogs about the Queen's outfits and why she picks the colors she picks for them, geneology (found a really distant cousin recently) Politics and whatever else. I'm also trying to become a consistant blogger on my real blog. So I am going to sign off here, get in the shower, get some clothes on, and then go to my real job as a decorator. I have people waiting to buy things, waiting on me to price it! Get moving Carol. Later.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
With time, women gain weight because we accumulate so much information and
wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.
Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, Good grief, look how smart I am!
Must be where 'Smart Ass' came from!
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