Monday, May 17, 2010

Starting All Over

Hi everybody,

I hope all of you are well and having a good start to summer, even though it's still technically spring. It sure has felt like summer here with the heat and complete lack of rain. Thank goodness we finally had rain yesterday and it will continue today!

Now for some positive news! As of late this week, I will be an employee of Lowes Home Improvement! I interviewed last Thursday for an entry level cashier position and got it. The pay is very low, but the important thing is that I will have insurance after 90 days - just in the nick of time since my COBRA is ending the end of July. I'll only be without insurance for a couple of weeks and then Lowes benefits kick in.

The pay isn't something that will make my house payment, so I will be dependent on drawing from my retirement funds. I'll never recover the money but am thankful that I gave till it hurt for so many years. I have access to enough funds to last me through this year if I'm very careful. Surely the economy will be better by then!

I'm encouraged because I was told that the store is making some changes (they couldn't go into details) and that I will be moved into a position that is a better fit for my background. Now that I have a job of my own at a place that I'm comfortable in, it's easy to pretend that life is normal again.

With this change in my life, my attitude has already changed for the better. I have already started taking better care of myself and my health. I bought a bicycle Saturday and have enjoyed riding it for the last two days. I started a log with my weight and how many miles I ride and am looking forward to seeing some good results. Yesterday, I rode for six miles and I feel a new sense of determination that I haven't had in a very long time.

My computer is in the hospital being repaired by a friend. I don't know what happened but I lost MS Outlook....all my contacts and more importantly, my job search records for the last 16 months. I sure hope he can restore all my records. In the mean time, I'm using my little Netbook and since it doesn't have Kodak software on it, I can't share pics. I have lots to catch up on and will post pictures as soon as I get the computer back home though.

I hope you all have a good day today and be thankful for what you have!



animal lover, quilt lover said...

HI Phillis,
Thank God for your job, for your happier out look and for you thinking about your health!!!!
Your health is the most important thing!!! You can't take care of your animals without it!!!
Thank God!!!!!
XXOO, Fern

suz said...

I am so happy to hear your good news. I was laid off during the dot com era for 6 months and it was nerve wracking to say the least. Initially I thought I'd finish all the things I never had time to do, but then I just couldn't get into anything. The day I got the news I had a new job starting in a week - I did 6 months of work around the house! I'll keep my fingers crossed all goes forward for you!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Good to hear things are looking up for you. I bet the bike riding is a great stress reliever ` keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Phyllis, this is wonderful news and just in the nick of time for you! Somebody "upstairs" has been listening!

Blessings and Success!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Congratulations Phyllis - just what we've been praying for. New beginnings, fresh starts...whatever we call them they bring joy to our hearts. The pay may not be great but you'll have the opportunity to show what you can do and how invaluable you can be and step right on up that ladder! blessings, marlene

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Hey, there! Congrats on your new job and your gratitude philosophy, I know things are looking up for you again, that's great, take it one day at a time! Life is GOOD~ said...

congrats on the job! I could never work at lowes or home depot. I would spend my entire pay check there!

Anonymous said...

I've just been catching up on your blog. First of all, I'm so happy Princess is doing well. I know she will have a complete recovery. I'm sending congrats on your new job. You never know what it can turn into. You are being so positive, that's fantastic! AND even the exercising. I'm impressed.