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A few days ago my husband and I hit the road for the day.  He was making cold calls for prospective clients.  I enjoyed the scenery.  I love the harvest season!

As the drive progressed I noticed more and more abandoned buildings and houses.   

It is apparent that people and businesses simply pulled up the stakes.  Left.  Moved on to, hopefully, a better place in their lives.

For sale signs everywhere.  Older signs had been replaced with newer ones.

I am not depressed over what I saw.  I am just hopeful for the people involved. 

I checked a few minutes ago on our county unemployment rate.  I stopped watching the figures when they neared 13%.  The latest report states 15.3%.  Wow.

A friend approached me a month ago, asking if I could use some help.  Her normal hours are being cut drastically.  She works in a retail location.  I explained that I run my company myself.  I can use some help.  Yes, I can! Can I afford to pay anyone right now? No.  I wish I could.  If I could, I would definitely hire her first.  And if I could, I would hire the poor folks that need the help in the worst sort of way.  I cannot.  Bet your bottom dollar, I feel like being generous.  I work hard here.  I keep my nose to the grindstone.  But looks can be deceiving, this is tough for all of us! As I told my husband yesterday, “It is a blessing that one of us is working!”

All I can do is pray for you. 

Obviously I do not get out of the area often.  I go ten miles in either direction, that’s about it.  Such a site to see, and I am glad I saw it.  Not glad for what is happening, glad that I know.

I hope help and change comes soon.  There is hope.

 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

 

 

 

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leaves4_copyI made an announcement a few days ago that I was going to work all weekend to free myself up for Monday (today) and Tuesday.  My statement ended with, “To free myself up for the blessings ahead.”

Eight words to describe the employment situation for many…jobs are not growing on trees these days

Unemployment statistics are released quarterly, monthly, etc…, but I know first-hand that the statistics do not nearly include all that are unemployed.  For example, they do not include those that cannot collect unemployment, those that are not eligible to apply for benefits.

My husband and I shut down a business right before the economy crashed.  He hit the books, studied, took classes, and passed tests, just to find that his new career path had hit an all-time low. 

But now we are fighting back, fighting back with our own fireballs. 

What we have been working on is a new business that will ensure my husband is up and working again.  His new skills will be put to use.  I am a firm believer that there is good in all bad.  Frustration and bitterness does not lead to good.  What does lead to good is determination…a listening ear and eyes (our own), to what we are really supposed to be doing in life. 

If I seem a bit distracted, I am.  Is it affecting the farm and Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps? No.  I am just a tad bit slower with email and comments on the blog this week. 

Life is a beautiful thing.  Sometimes we have to pull up the bootstraps and say, “I have had enough.  I am determined to make my life a good one!” Determination, sheer will-power!

And, yes, we can use all of the prayers, good wishes, and positive thoughts that you might want to send!

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