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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

They say, when it rains, it pours. Well, that has literally been the case here for the last week. While I really do enjoy the cooler temps, for walking and sleeping. I dread the coming winter and I am sick of darkness and dreary days.
And it has also been that way figuratively as well.
After working a regular shift on Sunday, Honey, who was pretty sick from a bad cold and sore throat, went out to work anyway on Monday and about an hour later, arrived back home, with a lay off slip.
This is said to be temporary and will hopefully end, with them returning to work in late October.
But men like him, coalminers, are becoming a thing of the past.
There really is no other industry here and little other type of work. When a coal mine shuts down, not only does it put around 60 to 100 employees out of a job, it also affects the surrounding economy.
Parts stores, mechanics and garages, tire places, diesel sales.
thats just naming a few.
and then there is the whole ripple effect, men who are not working cannot make mortgage payments, vehicle payments, buy clothes and shoes and other necessities for their children.
Priorities become food and heat and not much else.
We here in this area are a forgotten people.
In order to survive, we have to leave this area and go search for work elsewhere and leave behind family and give up homes.
As I had blogged about in my last blog, I had hoped to be able to move soon, but that isnt likely to happen now.
There are dozens of homes on the market in my area right now and most of them are people in the same boat he is in, laid off or job gone.
Time will tell if things get better but I just dont see it.

In other news, I have been walking as much as possible, except yesterday, I went with him to sign up for his unemployment benefits and it was raining anyway.
It was a good thing to give my foot a break, ummm, not the best choice of words.
To give it a rest.
I have been having issues with these orthotic inserts and many times it feels as if I am walking bone to ground.
I know I have flat feet and need the arch support, but I really believe they push my feet too far out and cause me to walk more on the outsides of my feet.
The location of the broken bone and I can feel it more.
So, against doctors suggestions and perhaps ill decision making, I have decided to take them out and buy myself a good pair of gel insoles.
I feel better when walking on gel and will keep a close watch on the pain issue.
But with the cooler days I plan to walk as much as I possibly can and get outside as much as I can before the snow starts.
The only good thing I can see out of all of this is that I do have alot of projects and odd jobs needed done around here and maybe while he is off work for the next month.
(knock on wood).
I can get some of them done, like a new roof over the back porch and some brush cut off the hillside and some loose shingles replaced.
Since we will most likely not be able to spend much money, I guess we will just have to use alot of elbow grease.
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    I am so sorry. I admire your perspective on the situation, and it's inspiring to me that you are still working toward better health. When I get stressed, I sorta say, "To heck with it," about my weight and health. Your attitude is a good model. Thanks, also, for commenting on my blog.
    2231 days ago
    Sorry to hear of all the struggling. That breaks my heart. I do hope your hubby does get his job back. As for you - I don't know the history of your foot but it sounds like you know what to look for and are being careful. I have knee problems and am still walking a lot as well. Some days it's good, other days it hurts. I'm actually looking at recumbent bikes to help me get thru winter. We get so much snow & ice that walking outside gets very limited... and like you said, shorter days mean much less daylight to walk in. Have you tried an exercise bike? Just thinking to take the pressure off your foot. Either way, sending positive, happy vibes your way. Trusting it will all work out :)
    2232 days ago
  • GORDON66
    Sending many good thoughts and wishes your way. Get your house in order and enjoy each other's company Bless you both!


    2232 days ago
    I hear you on the gray gloomy days! It seems this summer had its fair share of them. In fact I was saying to my friend the other day that I don't think I got enough sunny days in the bank to carry me through the long winter season! On those gloomy days, I always remember that saying "I believe in the sun even when it is not shining, I believe in love even when I feel it not, I believe in God even when he is silent." The sun is always there above those grey, gloomy clouds - sometimes we just have to be creative in our ways to see/feel it!

    Way to get out there and walk! I'm with you, walking outdoors is awesome!

    2232 days ago
    Rainy days can drain you, and I'm not just talking about the weather. Even so, often life provides little moments for you to remember that life is a wonderful and amazing thing. For me, your little "silver lining" at the end was that glimmer of hope, that reminder that when bad things happen, it's our attitude that saves us. So keep walking, it's yours to do, and keep him working around the house, it'll keep you both busy, and keep on sharing and contributing and trying.

    Although not the happiest of blogs, it's a meaningful one. So thanks for sharing too...
    2232 days ago
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