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Monday, April 11, 2011

It is the start of the second week of Hubby's "retirement" from the Chamber of Commerce and I just have to get back to work myself. We drove to Orlando and back (8 hours each way) and I sat for 2 days listening to at least 900 barbershop tunes and singers! By the end of Saturday night, I was sung out! Thank goodness each group or quartet only sings 2 songs. Some of them are REALLY good and some are okay. Our group did not do as well as last year but we still had a good time. Three days of not moving at all puts a crimp in your legs and butt. We did not eat but 2 meals each day but I managed to put on a few pounds I didn't need. Ate too much at each meal I guess so it is back to the grind. So discouraging.

We stopped to gas up on the way back and there was fresh grapefruit available. I bought two and just ate one half. How juicy and delicious! My van is currently at the shop getting a new part for the air conditioner. Must have hit a rock and all the freon leaked out. I threw on some clothes to go get my husband and put on a pair of capris jeans that the zipper is broken on. No bra, t-shirt and zipper won't stay up. Belly doesn't help. Cute.

Well it's off to my day and week. Have a busy one. I miss quilting. I also crochet and I can do that in the car. I have an afghan about 2/3 done and it will be quite pretty. I don't usually work on it unless we are riding somewhere. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 4/11/2011 2:10PM

    Crocheting to pass the time as you ride in the car is a good idea - and I can see it would be a lot more portable than quilting, lol...

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A Whirlwind Day!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Yesterday was extremely busy and my husband already has 3 part-time job offers. He has accepted two. He has had so many phone calls from friends who are shocked at the situaiton so he is very happy about that! We are not depressed and my business is picking up so things are fine. Yesterday I had a window treatment appointment with a woman I had seen 20 years ago. At that time, they did not purchase the treatments because they felt they did not have the money. I was pleased that she called me back and hope to be able to satisfy her this time.
Friday, we are going out of town to Orlando to the Florida Barbershop Convention. Always a fun time. Hubby won't have to worry about taking the day off! Me either! April is a whirlwind and May is my annual decorating convention in Phoenix Arizona. Hubby is flying out on the last day and we are spending four nights in nearby Sedona and plan to take a train to the Grand Canyon! Should be fun! Later.

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TIRED49 4/6/2011 11:30PM

    Happy things are working out. You are one busy, traveling lady! Have fun!

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CHBADILLO 4/6/2011 2:37PM

    YOU are busy :) have fun and be safe :)

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KASEYCOFF 4/6/2011 10:04AM

    Wow, the Grand Canyon trip sounds really great! I think some of the Turtles live in / near Phoenix - wonder if you could meet up with any of them?

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Yesterday I had a good cry about my husband's job loss but the events of the day have turned things around. So far, few people know about his termination at the Chamber of Commerce. This is a small town and we have a LOT of friends. As soon as they hear, they call and most are really angry at the way he was treated. So it's all good. He is happy he's not there anymore and he already has things to do, two part time job offers and we are fine financially so it is all good. We even drove out to an appmt for me together yesterday where I had to measure some windows. So we are moving along. When God closes a door, he opens a window! You just have to be there to appreciate it! And accept the gift!
There is one good thing, we won't be going out to eat all of the time anymore so we will be cooking healthier meals at home. He is having lunch with 2 friends today who are absolutely angry with what has occurred! The way it was handled.
Right now, my husband is whistling in the kitchen so I guess he is all right.
Anyway, What a difference a day makes! Later.

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EDITOR 4/6/2011 9:07AM

    I am glad to hear you both are not discouraged or depressed!

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KASEYCOFF 4/5/2011 5:44PM

    I totally agree with you about God opening windows, lol... Could be a lot of serendipity in the timing of your husband's job loss. Sometimes we don't do what we would like to do until we're 'forced' to do it. Maybe your husband would have chosen to semi-retire, but felt he ought to stay at the Chamber. Now that they've effectively ended the job, he can begin to relax and enjoy life more. The way it was handled stinks, but the fact that it's a done deal could well be a blessing in disguise, for the both of you. Thinks me!

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First Day

Monday, April 04, 2011

Well, today is the first day hubby is home without his job and it will be interesting to see how it goes. First job for me and us is to finally get my office organized. Can't share with him with all my stuff everywhere. I'll keep you posted. All of his friends and colleagues are really shocked at his being let go. So that is good for his ego. WE started my business with him working with me and I guess we will end it that way. I will need to step it up, I realize that. This is a small town and very tight so we are starting to hear things about this and that in regards to his employment. Very interesting.
As for me, I updated my weight and I guess we won't be going out to eat much anymore as we don't have the extra income so maybe that will help with the weight loss. Later.

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HISTORYKEYS 4/5/2011 11:09AM

  I really admire you both. Your blog is so positive and uplifting as you deal with this awkward transition! Blessings to you, and your hubby, and may you receive as many blessings as you have so abundantly shared.

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ACROSONIC 4/4/2011 10:14PM

    Good luck with all those changes! Not sure I'm ready to have my hubby around all the time! Hopefully that's still about 10 years away. But then, he and I have a lot of solitary pursuits and he doesn't mind if I do or go wherever I want, in other words, we give each other space.

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ALMMOM 4/4/2011 4:28PM

    Seems that adapting is the best and most productive thing to do!! I'm sorry for the job loss - but excited to see the new adventure that is planned. Things happen for a reason - most of the time we don't know until later!!!!

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KASEYCOFF 4/4/2011 9:03AM

    I know a lot of wives says they don't like having their husbands 'under foot' after retirement and so on. For what it's worth, I love having Himself home and around - he's good company, or I wouldn't have married him, lol... So sounds as tho you both will have a blessing in disguise from this, since you will have more time together. Meanwhile, a benefit for your DH for being able to relax a little, and for you with not having to eat out as much--!

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After the shock, what to do next!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

What to do when you are fired as my husband was on Friday?

Well, first of all you are shocked and you want to talk to your friends and get some encouragement.
Then you try to figure out what happened and why and come up with something that isn't right.
Then you talk to more people and the ones who work there and find out that you were "fired by facebook". Not knowing enough about social networking put you in the ditch and you have been replaced by a younger person skilled in this area.
You get depressed and down on yourself.
Then you talk to another friend and find out more details.
Then you start to realize that maybe it was the right decision and people already knew that you weren't going to stay in this job forever. My husband had been there 10 years and just turned 64 so it was just a matter of time anyway.
Then you add up the money we already take in along with my business and realize we are fine in that area.
You already have a couple of job prospects from 2 friends and a third one is on the horizon doing the same thing with another membership group, all part time.
You go for a walk with the dog who will be really excited that you'll be home more to take her for a walk.
When you come back, you have started setting some goals on how to move on. And things will work out.
Got to go to the Home show today and need to get ready. Yesterday I talked with many people about my business and I anticipate today being better. Later.

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TNANCE3 4/3/2011 4:00PM

    I am so proud you two are coming out of this with such a great attitude! My husband and I are teachers and did not get hired for this school year. It makes you look at things differently that is for sure. I pray that all things go well for you both.

Just a question. What is your business? Just curious! I am always interested in peoples pursuits and interests. Good luck and God Bless you both.

Teresa emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 4/3/2011 11:11AM

    In my branch as a resthome helper we only last until 62 as we can't handle the pace- so it is called early retirement..
My two co-workers whom just retired have efter been helpers for 30 and 40 years- isn't it about time to gear down and have time to ones self?
I have had other co-workers whom keep working and not enjoy anytime without illness.. The art is to get out while the going is good and do stuff we have dreamed of when the time is there..

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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2011 11:06AM

    Sounds really good - sometimes I think it takes this kind of 'forced change' to get us to consider new possibilities and new horizons. Glad to hear he's seeing the glass as half-full!

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PMFISH 4/3/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon Great attitude and right one! Things happen that at first seem like a negative, but turn out to be very positive. Sounds like this will end up being positive for your family.

Good energy coming at you, along with God's blessings.


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