Sorry I’ve been a little off my game lately. Things are as crazy (or crazier) as always; it is just difficult to make a post without going a profanity laced tirade that ends with my blood pressure spiking higher then the Willis Building.
Down — People are starting to realize just how bad the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is – of course they are realizing this as they are dropped from their insurance or faced with premiums shooting through the roof.
Up — Our company was proactive and managed to secure another year of insurance at the exact same cost as this year.
Down — After the next year is up, I am not sure what will happen.
UP — I have a year to prepare and I have a vague idea of what is going to happen (it is going to be really, really bad despite the efforts of the CEO)
Down : Really Really Down — Our daughter-in-law appears to have fled the state, if not is in hiding so no one on our side of the family can see the kids. I can not describe how much I miss seeing the grand children; it is just tearing us up not to be able to see those three boys.
Up — Our son TR is doing much better emotionally without her negative influence; the improvement is dramatic, positive and much welcomed.
Down – The Economy. Yeah, I know the DOW Jones Index is riding high, I know jobs reports are okay, yada yada yada. It is just very difficult to believe things are improving as much as the media is saying. Really Seems like they are trying to make it so by saying it.
Up — There some signs of improvement; my company is doing better then the last several years with strong enough sales to keep us busy.
Down — Some orders have been pushed back an unknown amount of time due to issues.
Up — The issues aren’t ours and the slow down comes right at the holidays so we don’t have to work overtime during the week and on the weekends. (Not that it mattered to my pay — I”m salary. It’s just nice not to be at work as much).
Down — She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning hasn’t been employed outside of the home for over 16 months now.
Up — The fact she hasn’t been working outside of the home has let her be available to help out with the family in so many ways. It is amazing that God can and does make all things work out to the good.
Down — Mother-in-Law spent the better part of a week in the hospital with something, something cardiomyopathy.
Up — She is out of the hospital and Kimberly (SWLMMHCEM) was able to be there and really keep track of what was going on. I know that was a blessing to both Kimberly and her mother.
Up — My Texas Father in Law just had another check up and is still cancer free.
Down- I am still greatly concerned about the economy, the overbearing government’s inability to stop trying to fix things it has no idea (see Affordable Care Act and any other “fix the economy” plan in the last 20 years). I am worried that when and if things start to slide it is going to be incredibly bad.
Up – Despite everything, we still move ahead with our preps; slower and less intensive but making progress nonetheless.
Down – The range just completed a brand new, state of the art (at least for us) 100 yard range. I have not made the time to get out and take pictures or even shoot on it !
Up – Yeah, I know how much of a first world problem this is.
Sorry for the hodgepodge of venting; that is pretty much how scattered my thoughts have been lately.