I haven't blogged today. Not like me. No, there is nothing wrong, I just got busy.
This morning I cleared a few paths for me and the dogs. I knew it would melt soon, but I wanted to be sure we could get around the yard until then. Then I showered and ran into Ruidoso for a few errands. I had, had, had to have seed for the finches. As long as I was there, I also went to WalMart for some essentials that I can't get at the little market in Capitan. Also had a couple other stops, nothing exciting, but needing to be done. I realized I should have allowed time to have my tires checked at Big O, but I didn't, so I'll catch it another trip. I do need to get a good spare replacement so I don't get stuck somewhere.
By the time I got home, yep, most of the snow had melted, except for the front steps which I didn't clean! LOL!
On the way into town, I stopped to get my mail, and a neighbor was at the mailbox pull-off. He had met a car-hauler there to turn in his company car. He was victim of the economy a couple weeks ago as his company has cut this and cut that, raised quotas, and finally is laying people off. He has been there for a long time and says they will actually be OK, because he is getting a generous severage package, but he is fighting one thing, the continuation of his insurance. He is the husband of my friend Madeleine who lost most of her eyesight, so obviously, they need their insurance to remain continuous for a significant period of time.
And just before I left the house, I had a call from step-son, Allan, with similar news. He and his business partner are closing the real estate office they opened in February. The business will remain open, but moving to a small space on the home property of his partner. The business is simply so slow that they are losing their shirts in the offices they are in now. Allan has decided that it is necessary that he find a "regular" job until the economy changes, perhaps a couple years.
I'm telling you, it is hitting everywhere and everyone. I told Madeleine's hub that the good thing is my income is steady and not likely to go away (retirement), and the bad news is that my income doesn't allow for change. Well, unless I want to shorten my future, drawing a larger amount each month. But we both agree that we will be OK, and that old adage holds true .... when god closes a door, he opens a window.
What changes have you seen or experienced thanks to this wild economy?