Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happiest of New Years!!

Greetings of 2011!! Another year gone and a new start , new opportunities abound. Jim is once more employed which is a very good thing for his psyche. While having him home allowed many things to be repaired I do not feel it was good for him to not be able to find anything. He is working for Winnebago in the maintainence department, much like he has done in the past but this time as a mechanic rather then in management. In some ways this may be a relief for him , he will be able to go in work his shift and leave with no worries other then doing what is assigned.

I am still working at home and it is going well, there is quite a bit of pressure more then I anticipated. They want talk time down but require you stay on the line for transfers etc so it is a constant battle to be within the guidelines. You also have the uncertiny of who will be on the phone and what the problem will be. I am thinking that when my 6 months are up I may look for something different. In many ways it is easy so we will see, I am not a quitter so tend to stick with things maybe longer then I should.

Jim was able to get many things done around the house over the past year, things like redo
ing all the old windows. He took the glass out, put new caulk and points and now the windows are as good as new. People keep saying "oh, you need to put in new windows" wrong! The few windows that were replaced by previous owners are terrible. I read in This Old House that the older windows properly maintained are just as energy efficient at the new expensive ones. So here is proof, windows that going on a hundred and now have no leaks or rattles.

We had a quiet holiday, just enjoyed each other and the critters. The tree and outside lights were were up, not as many as I wanted but still pretty. That is one of my favorite things about the holiday all the twinkling lights. I do not miss all the pressure or the feeling that I need to buy tons of stuff, couldn't anyway,lol.
We did what we could and sent out love which has no price.

So again I wish you a wonderful New Year and hope to spend more time in blog land in this exciting new year. Here is to our goals being met and our understanding that "things" do not bring happiness we do that for ourselves.

Best to you, Barbara


Renie Burghardt said...

The snow looks beautiful, Barbara! Glad your husband is employed again. You are right about things. Being with loved ones, (human and animal) and enjoying the quiet times is what really matters.

Happy New Year! May 2011 shower you with many blessings!



Karen said...

Your snow pictures are just beautiful. It sounds like things are going well for you and you have life in perspective. We all need to be reminded now and then. We are planning a very frugal year this year as well, and it makes me happy in so many ways. I enjoy the simpler things such as just being with family.

Happy New Year, Barbara!

violetlady said...

It was good to see a post from you. I have sorely neglected my blog -- really should get back into it. I am happy for Jim that he found a job. I know it has been a long haul this past year. But at least you had more time to spend together. Ken and I are in our new place and enjoying it - less work and very cozy. Happy New Year to you, also!!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Barb!

I'm so happy Jim found a job! And it really is nice to be done with your shift and go home!! Has great advantages... Tell Jim congrats!
I'm glad your job is going okay... it would be lots of pressure at times. What are you supposed to do?? when a person is waiting for an ambulance or whatever you'd think some kind of small talk would help them pass the time. Oh well, it's always us that do the jobs that know people better isn't it?
We are doing good. Had the granddaughters alot at the holidays which kept us extremely busy and made us feel OLD! I've got my craft room organized after all the holiday mayhem so I can work on some things again. I could hardly walk in there after Christmas!! LOL

Wishing you the very very best 2011!! Love & big hugs, Sherry & Wes

PS we loved the train card and so did our little ones!! thank you!