Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thank You

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Thank you, dear blogging friends for your kinds words, thoughts and prayers. It's humbling and heart-warming to know how much you care.

A week ago, I made an appointment that meant I would have to take today off from work. How fortuitous--I really didn't feel like going to work today anyway.

It's sunny, but cold this morning. My birdfeeders are filled and at 11:00, my friend Steph Anderson, our local weekend meteorologist and co-author at the KTTC weather blog is coming out to our house for a look at my birds and backyard habitat. I'm looking forward to her visit and hopefully will have her story and videos to share with all of you in a few days or so. There's nothing like birds and nature to take a person's mind off the unhappy current events (and maybe Steph's story will provide one of those "windows of opportunity" that opens to a new career!)

I've already applied for another job, and will also be looking at the opportunities being offered by the census bureau, and if I don't hear anything from them, there's always the unemployment option which will provide me loads of time to spend in the backyard this spring and summer for birding, gardening, and improving the backyard habitat.

20 comments:

Dana and Daisy said...

Ruthie, I am so sorry, I did not catch your post yesterday. I hope today you can rest a little, and get some inner peace about all this. I know it is hard losing a job, I have lost them before, but you will recover! I promise! I know because I have. The first thing I recommend is just taking deep breaths and realizing you are not powerless over this situation.

Love, Dana

Shellmo said...

Ruthie - I can't wait to hear about the news story about your backyard habitat! Please keep up posted! I am sending prayers your way that the perfect opportunity comes your way!

Mary C said...

Ruthie - I'm looking forward to hearing about your backyard habitat interview. And hopefully today is looking brighter for you. Those of us praying for you can already feel the burden has been lifted. Now to get you a great job. I meant to comment yesterday that it's probably just as hard on Mr. J, isn't it? Well, I hope you can make the best of it with the next few weeks. It's good that you have friends there, too. And I'm sure they hope you will stay in touch with them. Now that I think about it, the opportunity is for you to "branch out." More folks "need" you - need to know what a great person you are, need to know you as a friend, etc. Hang in there my friend!

Richard said...

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).

Mama Pea said...

Talk about strong, resilient, ya-can't-keep-a-good-woman-down! Look out world, our Ruthie is on the loose! You go get 'em, girl. Mary C. is right. This is a chance for you to spread your beautiful light.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am proud of you to take this positive view of your circumstances Ruthie. I know it is difficult.

It will be interesting to see what story will come of the news interview.

Gaelyn said...

So glad you have the day off. I look forward to your pics with Steph.
I can tell you're the kind of up and positve person that the right thing will come your way.
My neighbor just took the test for census taking. Would be a great way to meet more of the people in your community, and network for a job.
Hang in there like I know you will.

barefoot gardener said...

Oh, sweetie! I missed the post yesterday...sorry 'bout that.

I will be thinking of you and hoping this interview goes well...

RuthieJ said...

Thanks Dana for your kind words and support. Things are much better after 24 hours and I still have a month to get a plan formulated, so I'm sure everything will work out.

Hi Shelley,
It was nice to have something else to think about today and I hope I don't come off as a total dork in the news story! Steph thinks it will air on Friday night and I'll be sure to share the link with all of you when I can.

Thanks Mary C. I think it will be tough for Mr. Johnson too. He also got the news yesterday that his most favorite (and current) manager is retiring at the end of March, so he's thinking about maybe retiring sooner too--depending on who his next manager will be.

Thanks for that scripture quote Richard. I've remembered several others that are pretty appropriate right now too.

Thanks Mama Pea! It was good to have this day at home with the birds and to think about some "action plans." (I even found time to give myself a much-needed haircut too!)

Thank you Lisa. My pity party was short-lived (as it should be!) I'm looking forward to moving on to bigger and better things!

Thanks Gaelyn. I heard someone I worked for had quite a fit when he heard my job was going away. I'm going to wait and see if he's got another plan for me when I get back to work tomorrow, but in the meantime, I think I'm going to sign up on-line for a census job. I think my data entry and admin experience would be good qualifying skills for getting hired.

Thanks Barefoot. I'm sure this whole situation will work out to my advantage.

Mary said...

Can't wait to hear how it went! I would be thrilled to be a news celebrity!

troutbirder said...

Hi Ruthie,
I was just watching channel ten for national and local reports on thousands of lay off. This sucks! And now it seems personal to read about your experience. You've got the right attitude though . Hang in theire girl
troutbirder a little to
the south..

mon@rch said...

Enjoy the short time you have until work comes your way . . .

Red said...

I'm glad you're feeling better today Ruthie! More prayers for you still :)

That's exciting about the tv interview! Since she's your friend, she won't make you out to be a dork :D It'll be way cool! And of course, if she gets edited by someone else, you could always get out the bow and arrows... ;)

Meggie said...

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate these days, Ruthie. I sure hope things work out for the best...as they often do even though we don't realize it at the time. Keep us posted about the bird habitat interview.

Jayne said...

Now, that is certainly a thought Ruthie! Find something to get paid for that utilizes your nature knowledge. You'd be so wonderful sharing your vast experience about birds and nature. Hmmmmm..... putting on the thinking cap....

Can't wait to read about your time in the KTTC spotlight!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Mary,
Most of it was filmed indoors at the dining room table and it was really cold and windy when we went outside.....and of course, the chickadee flew to the window feeder to pick up worms about half an hour after Steph left!

Thanks Troutbirder,
At least I got a 30-day notice to try and find other employment or at least figure out a plan.

Thanks Mon@rch, I will (and I hope you're right!)

Hi Red,
We had a good time doing the interview. Steph was really nice and young enough to be my daughter, but she's really interested in learning more about birds, so maybe I'll drag her along on a birding adventure this spring.

Thanks Meggie. I will post a link to the news story (unless I look and sound totally dorky!)

Hi Jayne,
I wish my writing skills were better. It would be fun to write a weekly nature column for the local paper too.

Larry said...

I'm glad to see that you're already putting a positive spin on things. So many good people are facing tough times right now.

Marsha said...

You have a great attitude Ruthie and that will help you through this. I'm really looking forward to seeing your news story.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Larry,
You're right about that--I feel really bad for younger families who have kids, mortgages and auto loans--they're really in a tough situation.

Thanks Marsha. I believe a positive attitude helps a lot (in addition to a little beer!)

Mel said...

Dearest Ruthie,
YOU WILL MAKE IT :)
New beginnings are around the corner, exciting and awesome.
Go for them! And let me know if there is anything I can do to help you, ok? ;)
Besos,
Mel