Oh, That Darned Economy

You know, in the 90's, when we were in a recession--I don't really remember feeling stressed or strapped. This time around, though, things seem so much worse. Two of our family friends have filed bankruptcy and are (or have already) giving up their homes and moving out of town. One has already moved--where there was a job available. The other couple is moving when school gets out--closer to their families.

We are still struggling along with our mortgage company, who seems to lose our paperwork on a regular basis, so we have to keep sending in new paperwork. We have been trying to workout our payments with them, since my dear husband worked reduced hours for 9 months out of the last 12. He is working full time right now (thank goodness!), but we got behind on all of our payments in that time.

We had our Christmas Cookie Swap this past weekend. It was kind of bittersweet because it seems like time together with these friends is coming to an end. And of course, we missed the ones that have already moved away.

I don't know what is going to happen. I am plugging along with my writing, which helps, but is (so far) not consistent in its money-making qualities. The Christmas season is upon us, and I am feeling--not sad, exactly--more like melancholy. We are lucky in that several years ago we sat down as a family and "reworked" Christmas. One gift per person (from each person). Not loads of gifts. Sometimes that has been hard--but this year I am thankful for it. Money-wise it has taken some stress off of the lack of dollars in our home this year.

I guess I'm just rambling. I am already missing my friends, and they haven't even gone yet.


Midnite Skys said...

I know what you mean I lost a good friend, she moved. I know it only a hour long drive.......... but I am hit with the money worries.... with hours being cut and know they will be cut more in Jan. I don't get to see them as much as I want........ I have another one moving back closer to her parents in another state... I would love to move out of the city (city tax and the water bill going up 35%) but with the housing market bad......... I am stuck

Manic-Momma said...

We too are struggling to make ends meet. The economy is bad, and although on the news they are stating it's getting better-I have yet to see it. I know people in their 50's and 60's who were laid off and now are running out of their nest egg. What a predicament we have gotten ourselves into as a country.

HOpe things look up for you all! Following from MBC