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2010 was a banner year for me. I'll try to list the events in order.
In June, I left my husband of 20 years and moved an hour north with my daughter, who had recently left her abusive husband of 12 years, with her 5-year-old twin boys.
In August I retired from teaching school and discovered, after my measly savings was gone, that I was penniless. Good thing I'd set up housekeeping with my daughter! I also couldn't afford the health insurance after retiring, so I had no health insurance.
Finally my retirement check, what little there was, started coming in. Sometime after that I got on unemployment, which helped, but still needed more. After searching for a part-time job for a while, I finally relented and did a little substitute teaching. In September, I applied for disability because of my osteoporosis and osteoarthris. I was accepted for disability a mere 3 months later, in December.
2011 was another banner year for me.
I moved out of my daughter's apartment in March and set up housekeeping, again, in my new place. I had a lot of help with my move. I hired movers and had friends come and help me unpack and organize. My back was already riddled with fractures, herniated and bulging discs, etc. One night in March I reached over to turn off a lamp and felt the god-awfulest pain in my middle back. Days later, I found out I'd fractured a vertebra in my Thoracic spine (bra area). I'd had many other "silent" fractures over the years. I didn't feel them but boy I sure did feel this one!
Now it's the end of January, 2012. I am pretty settled with my pets. I'd given away one of my cats, Lightning, but got him back. My Pagan group meets here in my apartment at least once a month, sometimes more. I'm still struggling with finances but I'm gonna be OK.
I am really glad that I did everything that I did, except for breaking my back. I am still helping my daughter when I can. Mostly, I love the silence of living alone.
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I haven't been on this site in quie a while. I learned to crochet last summer and I spend a lot of time doing that. It is kind of adicting. I lost my tarantula, Lucky, about a month ago. She was 18 years old. She had quit eating for several months, and then she died. I put her body at the edge of the lake behind my apartment one snowy, cold day. I'm not going to get another tarantula. I gave the aquarium she lived in all those years to Goodwill.
Last year I had to take in a cat that…Continue
I entered Barkley in a photo contest sponsored by the humane society. You can vote for him if you donate $5.
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Some may not like that I did this, but I traded Lightning, one of my cats, for Barkley, a dog that a friend needed to find a home for.
I got 2 cats, Thunder and Lightning, from a shelter, in May. They are 6 years old and had been together all their lives. Lightning is very sweet but I developed more of an attachment to Thunder. My friend Cheryl got Barkley, a shelter dog, age 3, from her brother who couldn't handle him. He has major separation anxiety. Cheryl goes to work every day;…Continue