Thursday, July 26, 2012
I had put on my status today that I have 3 bushels of apples to put up..It is a lot of work but so worth it in the end..I'm blest.
This morning I've read 2 blogs here about struggles people are having with the current economy and jobs, etc..well thought it was about time to tell people there is light at the end of the tunnel..We have been through it all and survived and come out better than before..I truly believe that God doesn't give us more than we can handle though when you are going through hard times you don't feel this way..So here is my story...
I have rhumitoid arthritis and never give it much thought..I just go on with life. My life career was teaching school and I loved it. I retired in 1997 mainly to start up a daycare center so that my DIL's would have a place to work and keep their kids at the same time...we lost so much money on the project and had to close at a big loss a year later..we had sunk more than half our savings into it..But we sold the house the daycare was in and then my knees went out from the stress and the RA which had taken a toll..I wasn't 50 yet so doctor made me wait 3 years before I could have them replaced..so we were down to 1 income which was half of what we had been making when I taught public school..well more of our retirement income went to just living day to day. During this time, we pinched pennies so much that we got the house and land paid for. We live in a very rural area which is 7 miles from any town and 50+miles from big enough town to have a Walmarts..After 3 years wait I finally got my first knee replaced..thought it was the biggest mistake I had ever made as things went wrong. Since I was young they put a type of replacement in that is porous and the bone has to grow to it so I couldn't put weight on it for 8 weeks..PT didn't work as the rehab I went to for the first 12 days didn't allow certain things so I lost the bend in the knee and at 8 weeks I had to go back into hospital and they had to forcefully bend the knee while I was under sedation..another 8 weeks without walking but major PT..PT was the worst..well sicne I had met all on our insurance I decided to suck it up and have the other knee done before Christmas...everything went right this time and I knew then how to throw fits on those in rehab and took my healing into my own hands..The following year 2002 I went back into teaching again at another district. I saved every penny I could (thankfully I did) and worked for 3 years..then the RA took a hip and my hearing..My hip collapsed in January and I refused surgery until I finished my teaching contract that year..I hobbled around on pain killers and a cane until June and had the hip replaced then..I was back in shape and ready to start teaching again in August when I found out they had moved me to a roving position and knowing my other hip was in bad shape, realized that I didn't think I could do it..so checked on disability..sure enough I qualified and so immediately went on disability at a cut in half my salary..Bad thing was I had just bought a new car in the spring fully thinking I would be working and I wouldn't get my first disability check until December..but somehow we managed. I could not qualify for medicare/medicaid for 3 years..but wasn't worried at this point as hubby was still working..well following year the DIL and I opened a litte lunch type deli beside her house in town..She did most of the work but I helped whenever and it gave me a place to try to sell my crafts i've always loved doing. Well that fall our pickup truck was stolen from under our carport..so we were forced to get antther truck so hubby would have a way to work..Well about a month later we recovred the truck minus wood working equipment we had in the back while working on the new little shop..and we had to buy new replacements for them..well now here we are with me making half salary on disability and 2 vehicle payments..so we sold my car as it was eaiser to sell and came out even on it..then not too long after that, the company where hubby worked closed..he went on unemployment for a few months and finally found a job driving a water truck from our state to surrounding states..he hated it and I hated it..and he had lost our insurance as well..and I wasn't far enough years yeat to qualify for medicare/medicaid..Thankfully he qualified for VA medical. Well a few months after taking this first job he finally got a really nice paying job without medical benefits still but the job was working out of state..now we are talking about a 62 year old man at this pont..But we prayed a lot in those next few months that nothing medical would happen until my medicare kicked in. With the bigger salary he made we got all the bills paid off but the one vehicle payment. Then we took one of our retirement money markets I had put back when I had worked the last 3 years and got payments coming each month that was the same as the truck payment..so with all the bills taken care of, hubby retired at 63..and we haven't looked back..It has been a hard struggle but we live a great life and enjoy what we do now so much more.
Part of our planning was when we first bought our property in 1987, we really wanted to move onto the property quickly so we bought a single wide mobile home planning to build a house later on..we had built one home ourselves doing most of the work in the other place we had lived before here..but as time went by and the sons grew up, we both realized we were comfortable in the mobile home and if we spent the time and money and remodeled it ourselves we wouldnt' have another mortgage to pay off or never pay off...The house has completely been remodeled. We added a huge laundry room that not only has a washer and dryer, but 2 freezers and 2 water heaters...gas and electric. (we have power outages so it helps to have the gas one during those times) and we added on a dining room. The wood we used for the walls on the dining room and floor was from lumber we had cut from trees we lost in an ice storm one year. We took all the cherry and cedar to a small one man mill and had it cut and then dried in the rafters of our big shop..Another year we lost some pine and more cherry trees when a hurricane blew in so far north that it got some of our trees and our neighbors..we got the neighbor's trees as well as he has MS and needed help cleaning up..We have a large garden each year (have had a garden since we married in 1979..a flock of chickens for eggs and lots of fruit trees and bushes and vines we have planted over the years...Hubby loves to hunt and fish so most of our meat and fish comes from that..We do combine the deer and bought pork to make our own sausage and deer and beef or grand meat..we built a big smoker and smoke hams and turkey breasts we only buy on sale..We rarely if ever eat out anymore and yet we eat better and healthier than ever and as for boredom...I have my crafts to do and he has his wood working he does plus the chores and our doggie babies and visits from and to our kids and grandkids..live couldn't be better. So there is light at the end of the tunnel. I'm sure we will still have our down times and think it is the worse there there is always good times ahead.
I know this is a long post so thanks for taking the time to read. I truly hope it helps those going through hard time to realize there are better times coming.