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I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Friday, December 31, 2010

One Hour Away From the New Year

As this year 2010 is about to come to a close, I think back on what it has meant to me.  I have made many new friends through Cricut Circle and my scrapbooking hobby, and I have seen how creative others can be, and they inspire me!  For the first time in my adult life I do not have a job, and this has been a source of stress, as well as a time for contemplation.  I worry about whether I should be actively seeking employment, but at the same time, I don't feel guilty that I'm not.  I am 66 1/2 years old, and I have worked constantly since I was 22, except for the one year I took off to raise children.  My husband has been retired for nearly 15 years and collecting social security for 13 of those years.  All the while, I went to work full time 4 days a week as a nurse, getting up early while he stayed in bed until he felt like getting up.  Do you detect a teeny little bit of resentment in my words?  I must admit, I have resented that, and I feel that I have earned my retirement - even if I do have to curtail my spending A LOT.  So far I have not done a very good job, and now that unemployment has been extended, I might get a few more months' reprieve.  But I have faith that it will all work out.  As long as Cricut doesn't come out with any more machines that I can't live without, I should be able to "make do" with my Gypsy, my Expression, and my Imagine - at least that's what I keep telling myself. 
     Let's all pray for peace in this world, and that our men and women stationed overseas will all be coming home soon.  Best wishes to you all for a Happy New Year.  Be sure to eat your ham hocks and beans for good luck!

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