difficult times, positive possibilities
Saturday, March 07, 2009
i'm searching for the silver lining. i live in the san joaquin valley of central california. we were rates the 5th saddest city in the nation this week as housing prices fall, foreclosures increase and unemployment is about 16% (compared to the national of 8%).
my work status has been made permanent and stationary. workmans comp will allow me to work 24 hrs per week (i do 12 hour shifts). my son graduated from a culinary program top of his class but can not find work in our area - as you can well imagine, restaurants are being hit hard by the economy all over.
soooooooo where is the silver lining. well, i've still got our home, despite it needing a lot of repairs. my house payment is probably considered small as the loan was written a long time ago before the real estate boom and bust. my car works ok despite being a 1985 volvo. working less will naturally bring in less income but i pray that my employer doesn't make drastic cuts into staffing.
we will get by for now. my dream of rejoining the gym and doing water aerobics is most assuredly on hold but my neighbors have a pool that i can work out in once the weather allows. my feet work so i can walk (with a knee brace) and i can do some exercises at home. no stair master or elliptical unit for me. it's the basics with some small weights and resistance bands. i also like to do yard work (never did much before but now i enjoy it).
we are planting a small garden area this year for tomatoes and peppers. i have an orange tree which does produce pretty good fruit. we can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables at the local farmers market, restarting in a few months.
so despite the setbacks, for now the silver lining is holding.