I’ve been meaning to order 1940s House from the library and keep forgetting to do so. I’ve read in several places it is by far the best of the different PBS series such as Frontier House (loved it), Regency House Party (lame casting, but the information I learned was really interesting), Colonial House (turned it off) and Manor House (haven’t seen it yet).
I was thinking about Britain during WWII today as I watch my country slip away into something I no longer recognize. While I do believe there is a large core of people in the USA who still love and appreciate what we have here and the Constitution, I can’t help but wonder how this country would respond to severe times such as the ones face by the British in the 1940′s. I believe we are about to find out in the years ahead. Perhaps it won’t be German bombers every night, but anyone who thinks the next several years aren’t going to be difficult is clearly delusional. I do believe that Americans are pre-revolutionary. What is happening in Washington, D.C. is absolutely appalling. (How is that hope and change working out for you?) Our president has so much clout now that as he made a statement about the rating downgrade, the stock market flew down. And all this talk about starting another recession? Surely they must be sniffing glue. We never left the recession and we’re already in a depression. I cannot believe the deliberate misinformation out there. Do you know what the actual unemployment rate is? The REAL unemployment rate is 22%. Yes, 22%. The bogus numbers that are trotted out there are bald-faced LIES. Start checking out sites like ShadowStats, The Daily Bail, and Mish if you want to know the truth.
I’m thankful to be out of the big city. I never did mention that just a few weeks ago there was a mass murder that took place, oh, just a couple of blocks from where we lived. And just a week or so later, there was another killing just a few blocks in the other direction. So, yes, we are glad to be out of where we were. When I said in a previous post I would not go out for a walk without David at our old house, I wasn’t joking.
However, there is precious little I can do about anything that is going on. We have one of the only ethical congressmen in D.C. representing us so I can at least be thankful for that. I can pray that God will raise up someone of character and truth to lead our country.
So I do what I always do when I can’t do anything. I clean and organize!
I’ve been cleaning out files and catching up on paperwork. We finally finished getting everything squared away in the basement so we are basically all unpacked. We’ve been doing little fix-up and clean-up jobs around the house. We won’t be doing any major decorating or remodeling for quite some time, so we’ve just been touching up paint and so on. We didn’t like the landscaping in front of the house so we hit the clearance sales at Lowe’s and Meijer and bought some perennials to replace some of what we tore out. Next spring we’ll try to tackle more including all of the huge grass plants in front of the house. I am NOT a grass person and neither is David. We’ve been told that grass is terrible to get out so David isn’t really looking forward to that job. But it will be worth it to have more flowers and things that we enjoy.
I’m also looking for new recipes and other ways to try to cut our expenses even more. Every dollar is valuable and I’m trying to make each one go as far as possible. I’m also always on the lookout for ways to generate a little extra cash and am working on a few ideas on the side. I’ve been a big believer for many years that the more a family can diversify their income, the better. We’ve worked hard to diversify our client base and add other small sources of income. Every little bit helps and makes a difference.
And speaking of the business… It was ten years ago this week that David was let go from his job. We are thankful that God has brought us through these ten years. There have been very high highs and very low lows and pretty much everything inbetween. That is the nature of having your own business. But we’re still here and trusting that God has good things ahead for us in the years ahead one way or the other.
So that’s what’s going on here. We’re keeping calm and carrying on, thankful for what we have and trusting God to guide us each day in the future.