Thursday, April 24, 2014

She Likes Me!

While picking up my job application (see, I met the big boss and we had a short discussion. I walked away with hope. Everyone seemed nice.

After turning in my job application the next day, I was told that the big boss was eager for our interview. Although there is no doubt that I would be able to do the job, I questioned a couple random comments that gave me pause. Red flags? Not sure, but I would definitely proceed with caution.

In the meantime, my accounting job? The one that I've prayed and hoped for business to pick up so she would be able to keep me on even part time? Well, she did the numbers and told me today that she would be able to keep me on one day a week. So, pick a day. Any day. Flexibility is a plus. She also gave me a sticky note with 5 days she'd like to be sure I cover for her.

Part time. Flexibility means that I will be able to do the bookkeeping for hubby's shop. I would also be able to more easily cover the busy times for the shop.

The down side? Remaining in the unknown. Without the 40 hour paycheck, we fly on faith. Again. Or still.

Maybe I'm too loyal. Maybe I'm clinging to the safety of the known, but it seems like the job with the accountant would be a more logical fit and still allow me the flexibility to help with our personal business. Besides, I like my boss. And, dog-gone-it, she likes me!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Back Before Dark

By Tim Shoemaker

I had to stay up late last night to finish my book. Talk about a thriller. Mr. Shoemaker knows how to write a gripping novel. His audience is teenagers, but I found his books better than a lot of adult thrillers.

Four best friends who hang out together find themselves in a dare that results in one them being kidnapped. The three remaining friends pursue the kidnapper. They follow him and then map out his route. After studying aerials, they focus on an area and even stake out known child predators.

Although I absolutely enjoyed this book, I am not sure if I should pass this book to my grandchildren. The teens took risks that I would not want my grandchildren to take. I would hope that my grandchildren would be smarter.

The teens also broke laws that would result in more serious charges and consequences in today's world. I would never want to encourage my kids to do whatever it took, even if they broke laws to rescue a friend.

The author includes a serious discussion about what it means to be a good friend and how we sometimes have to do whatever it takes to rescue our friends, especially in a spiritual sense. There are laws pertaining to religious freedom that we are given heavenly permission to break, but never are we to break other laws.

I would definitely only recommend this to spiritually mature teenagers rather than those prone to acting independent of adults and law enforcement.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Things Have Definitely Changed!

Every job application one fills out is a big production. As organized as I usually am, it would seem that it would be easier, especially since I've filled out so many. However, each one has to be specific to the job on is applying for. This takes time. This takes special care.

I have a whole file. Letters for every job imaginable. Resumes. Again geared for the specific job. Then there's the job history.

There's a little treasure that I've saved since I was a teenager. I typed it on onion paper using an old fashioned manual typewriter. Check this bad boy out:

I wonder if a resume like this would land a job in today's world. Probably not. Things have definitely changed.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nine Days....

and counting.

Nine more days to wear my bean-counting hat. It's been a challenge. It's been fun. It's had it's rough moments. I've done stupid things. Actually, almost on a daily basis. That's the hard part, being faced constantly with my old-age or blond moments, or perhaps just not connecting the dots yet. Who knows, but I'm pumped for what comes at the end of the tunnel.

First and foremost, we will focus on our shop and pray for a really good summer. We miraculously made it through the winter. Thank you, Jesus. Hubby is still up and walking. Thank you, Jesus.
I'm also excited for a visit with my children and grandson, who will turn 3 in May. I'm excited to get my washing machine and dryer. Yes. Thank you, Jesus and awesome landlords. We are still thankful that we didn't get tied in with a brand new set and payments. We now have payments to make to the hospital for our E.R. visit.

My cell phone just rang. I've got to fill out another application and send off my resume'. The job search is ongoing and never ending, but this time, they called me. This could be interesting. One never knows what will really happen in nine days.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


The Easter service this morning was moving, inspiring and encouraging. The Pastor gave a bold and confident word. He basically said that the winter season is over. (Not that we may not have another snowstorm, but that the winter season in our lives is over.)

As if God, Himself, heartily approved of Pastor's word, He gave us a beautiful warm and sunny day. It almost made it to 70, but felt warmer than that.

Oh yes. We seized the day. We drove home with the sunroof open and the windows down. Then we vacuumed out the car and scrubbed the mats. Next, hubby and I sat out on our deck. We soaked up some rays.

The more I thought about Pastor's sermon, the more I wondered if God's pat on the back might have been something special and personal just for Pastor. Not that we all didn't benefit from the glorious day, but that God's smile and hearty approval was meant to encourage him to continue to speak boldly and confidently.

Yes. Confidence and boldness is definitely what I've prayed and what I do pray, not just for Pastor, but for the church. These are days we need to step it up a notch. No holding back. To God be the glory!