May 12, 2010

We're getting settled in Oak Ridge

I'm back. 

My life for the past few months has been one catastrophe after another.  Does anyone out there remember the old movie series called "The Perils of Pauline"?  I like watching silent movies.  This was a series of shorts where Pauline was kicked out of her home, tied to the railroad tracks, etc.  Always the same theme, poor Pauline gets into a really bad spot and then in the end her Hero comes to save the day.  Well, I've felt like poor Pauline lately.  I'm still waiting for the Hero to save my day, tho. 

Moving is always difficult, but none of my carefully made plans worked well.  Mom has moved well, but doesn't feel great.  She turned 90 on the Sunday right after we moved.  Gary fell from the top of the truck while loading it and really hurt his shoulder.  He has also developed Macular Degeneration in one of his eyes!  Very scary.  Fortunately, there is a wonderful Eye Center here in Oak Ridge.  They got to him quickly and treated it quickly.  He's recovering well.  Thank goodness!  Both of these incidents caused delays in his being physically able to lift more than 20 lbs.  So, the move is taking a lot longer than we had planned.

Then, 1 week after our move, I lost my job.  Thank you, Humana

So, on top of trying to get my Mom settled in again with a new Hospice organization that does things differently, and trying to hire 1-2 new caregivers for my Mom, and trying to get the house set up and boxes unboxed, while Gary is in Kentucky still boxing up things and getting the house straightened up for the new owner; I'm now also trying to deal with losing our health insurance and looking for a new job!  What fun!

I've just gotten back to making new purses and should have a few ready to post very soon  I've also submitted 4 of my pieces to be juried for admission as a member of the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center.  If admitted, I will be able to sell my products at the Center.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  I hope they like the items I presented.  If they don't pick me, I'll try again with some new items later on this year.  I'd like to be able to display and sell items there.  This would also be a good start to me selling my products at craft shows and other similar shops. 

So, watch for an update on my version of the "Perils of Pauline", my job search, and my purses.

Happy Spring!


Jane V said...

So sorry about all the craziness! Gotta love those employers that lay you off! Hope you find something quickly. You may want to check out TempSystems in Oak Ridge. Chris Milligan was the one who always helped me and she will remember me. I worked with her for a number of years! Praying for you! posts me as "Anonymous" but this is Jane! :)

Andy'sTreasures said...

Thanks, Jane. I kind of thought that it was you. Guess we have ESP! I'll get in touch with Chris. This is a pretty tough time to be looking for work.

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