Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Unique, But Not Uncommon

     Yesterday was the big day...the meeting with my hubby's company and his job representative. :-{ I'll tell you what happened in a minute. First I wanna tell you why I'm leading my post with my own crochet/poetic item today...because I seldom do that!...I figure that you already have to be captured by my wordy 'carrying-ons', why make you have to be lured here by my self-promotion too! LOL...But today.......Well....I thought it was the best picture for the job! :-)

        It was the item chosen for The Unique Wedding treasury, curated by alegra85. And..I mean...what's more unique than my 'Ugly Wuglyee' crocheted picture frame?! ^_^ ... Okay,...so there "is" other, more unique, things out there...somewhere!...and I'm not averse to showing them off too! But....but....I wanted to show 'mine' off today!...Okay....I said it!! LOL...But so I don't have to feel so bad about it, here are a few of the other unique items in this treasury...

        Phew!...I feel much better now! ^_^ ....Well, better about showing off the treasury I mean. NOT better about how hubby's meeting turned out! :-( ...We knew going in that it was gonna be tough, because it's not uncommon for big companies to rake over the 'little guy'! But we didn't realize how sideways the whole thing was gonna be. :-(
       In the last few years hubby's company has been, in our opinion, very unfair as to what they expected their workers to do in a...what we thought!...10 hour a day period. We found out yesterday that it was suppose to be 9!....Really?!....Really?!!!!!!! Hubby has been killing himself on a route that was ridiculously large and time consuming, traveling all over the place, back and forth all day in this city and then that one...to meet the required times that each stop wanted him there!
      He was told to be patient. The stops were gonna be cut down...They never were! In fact, many were added over time.....He was told another method of doing the stops was gonna be implemented. Be patient...It never was!...The amount of hours he actually was putting in was being obscured because the time clock was never working....NEVER! And when they inquired about it over and over, it would be fixed for a day or two and then miraculously it would be somehow not working again....for good!
     My husband would never complain about these things...except to me. He felt that he didn't want to 'rock the boat'. He just wanted to do his job. He liked his job! He kept thinking that all the things they said they would do, would be done eventually...I was the HIGHLY skeptical, un-trusting one!...And now he sees why!! I feel vindicated after complaining about this for years!!!!
    But I also feel bad for hubby. :-( During the meeting the manager, boss, whatever he was!, implied that he doesn't really want hubby back unless he's willing to give the job 100 percent. In other words...'do whatever and for however long it takes...and don't complain about it!' (That's my take on it....but remember, I wasn't there! LOL) He also insinuated that hubby didn't care about his job. :-( He said this because hubby told him that he can't anymore be at work for 13 or 14 hours a day...That he has a wife to take care of...That he has a life outside of the job!
     The representative for my husband told hubby to take a couple of days to think about what he wants to do. He's willing to fight for the job for him. But he basically said that if he doesn't go back to it, he's pretty sure hubby will be fired and they will fight not to have unemployment pay him too! :-( Hubby might only be able to get his vacation pay...about 4 weeks pay...and an annuity that he's built up. Which won't hold us for very long.
      Soooooo, we've got two days to decide which direction to go in. It's kinda stressful to think about because I'm not physically capable of helping out much right now...except for writing poetry and crocheting. And, up till now, no one has paid me enough to even think about that being a real income supplement! :-))
     I'm sure we'll get the direction we need. We're still not worrying about it too much....not TOO much! ^_^ We know our situation is not uncommon in this day and age. Lots of people have been in similar circumstances and survived. We know we will too. It won't be easy, but we don't live very highly sustainable lives. We aren't in credit card debt. We don't have a lot of outstanding bills. Just a small amount left on a certain brand new clothes dryer we recently bought. And the phone, electricity, and cable bill!...I mean...even our date night trips are 'Virtual'! LOL
     We're trying to look at the positives. We'd be able to spend more time together. we'd be able to spend more time in the ministry. (We're both Bible teachers.)  We're in our 50s, so the lowered stress level will be good. And we won't need to worry as much about the fact that food and gas prices are going through the roof all of a sudden! YIKES!! O_O
     It's times like these that put your friendships and faith to the true test, right?!....I think we'll be alright. We're rich in other things besides money! :-) ... Enough about me now, what's going on with YOU?!! I have to go do some blog reading...Have a good day, Everybody!!! :-)

 I Am Rich

I am rich in loving friendships.
Rich in loyalty and love.
I am rich in deep emotions,
and in my love for God above.

I am rich in complications.
Rich in insight from my years.
Rich in belly folding laughter.
Rich in sympathetic tears.

I am rich as I can be,
in things not taken in a flash.
Not all abundance can be counted.
Rich is not always in cash.


  1. Deb, I'm really sorry that you are todeal with a rough situation. I hear it and see it all the time. Big companies think that pushing out the older worker will save them money because they can start them at a lower wage and not give as many benefits. What they don't see is that a good portion of those young workers won't stay at that job to long and the money that the company spends on training someone new cost them more. I could go on but no sense in it. Now to the treasury. Isn't it amzing what you can find on the internet? Thank you for sharing. I'll be praying for you. Have a good evening!!!

    1. Thanks for all the encouraging words and concern, Velma. And you're right about the big companies too. Truth is, I think they're getting squeezed nowadays too. I know hubby's company must be because we saw in the papers about the strict guidelines being put on sugar and salt products in vending machines and stuff too! Prices for gas is ridiculous now, and they have to maintain all those trucks on the road and everything! But what I don't understand is why they have to stick it to the 'little guy' when there's people in upper positions with millions in their pockets, who can just move on to the next job without even feeling a pinch financially!...Whatever happened to caring about loyal employees?!...I said to hubby: 'If they think you're such a bad worker, why have they kept you there for 17 years?!!' O_O Seems kinda unfair....A LOT unfair! But...it's what we expect in this world today...Moving on!! ^_^...Yes! It is amazing what you can find on the internet! Especially on Etsy!!! :-)

  2. You are indeed rich! I'm so sorry things aren't going well on the job front. But get out the Watchtower index and look at all the friends that have had similar experiences and how Jehovah has come through for them! (You know he will!) I read of some that have put their jobs aside for the right reasons and have gotten jobs with less hours and more money too!! I'm praying for you my friend!!! I know there are a lot of people that are!
    Hang in there!

    1. Awwww! :-) We think we are too, Bead!...RICH! And we don't have to get out the WT Index! We have many, many friends around us that have had similar experiences, and have weathered them wonderfully with Jehovah's help! :-) Good examples for us...And this isn't our first time in a 'situation' either! Hubby was a Machinist by trade years ago and left that profession because of the neutrality issue. He got into vending...and then into bread....and then snack cakes. It's been all done while holding Jehovah's hand. We've done okay...and we will this time too, we're sure. :-] Keep us in your prayers to make sure, okay! Ha! Ha!...Have a good night...enjoy your taco soup! ^_^

  3. Gosh that is something for hubby & you to think about. I am sure that whatever you decide to do it will be the right one for you. Somehow things will turn our just right. I know it will.

    You're right about finding some unique (and interesting) things out there. That treasury is definitely unique, especially those champagne bottle covers. I've never seen anything like them before.

    1. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement o. And you're right...I'm sure everything will be fine. :-]...And you're right about that unique treasury too!


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