Archive for September, 2013

Weekly Pet Challenge: Timmy

This is my guinea pig, Timmy.



He is very friendly. He loves to eat greenbeans, carrots, apples, blueberries, strawberries, hay and watermellon. Whenever he hears plastic rattling he gets excited and squeaks and runs around in his cage. He associates that sound with his favorite foods. He loves to be rubbed behind the ears and down the middle of his back. When we take him out and hold him he is very good. He doesn’t bite and he waits to pee ’till we put him back in his cage. We have had him for one year and 2 months.


Daily Prompt: Imagine

The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.

The man hanging out in the shadow of the pay telephone next to the Circle K store.
It is 107F and he has on a long sleeved flannel shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

He is wearing long sleeves to keep the sun off his skin. 3 years ago he had skin cancer on his arm and he doesn’t want anymore. He is a roofer by trade but he hurt his back and can’t work right now. So he is hanging around the Circle K wishing to buy a cold drink, but doesn’t have the money. He wants to ask for money from people going by but is too embarrassed. He wishes he had cigarettes too. Tonight he will go back to the apartment he shares with 2 other guys and hope someone has dinner. They work at Labor Ready and get paid daily, when there is work. Some days they don’t get work and then it’s just tough luck. He doesn’t have a car right now because he sold it to pay his rent. He has no idea what to do to make his life better. He can’t get unemployment because he can’t work. He can’t get disability because his injury isn’t permanent or expected to last a year. He should get better eventually, but doesn’t know when. He’s hungry. “Hmmmm” he thinks to himself, “there is a lady in a wheelchair and a little girl. Her purse is dangling off of the arm of the chair, I could grab it, I bet no one would catch me, nobody else is around…” He thinks on it, then, “No, I’d better not start doing that, where would it end?”

I used to be a rock. I was a divorced Mom of 3 kids, had a townhouse, a van, a full time job. I felt very independent and self sufficient. I even did my own home repairs, had my own collection of tools. My income, however, just barely paid the mortgage and other bills. I was proud of making it on my own.

Then I received a shock to my system. I got a passed due bill in the mail from the County. I owed over a thousand dollars in property tax. Somehow it had gotten overlooked in my planning. I was used to it being paid as part of the mortgage payment. When I had refinanced my townhouse to get the ex-husband’s name off of it I wasn’t allowed to include the property tax. Then I forgot completely about it. Now I was stuck with a bill too large to pay. I didn’t know what to do. I also lost my job and got a new one that didn’t pay as well as the old one. Now I had trouble making ends meet. I was frantic.

I prayed about my financial woes constantly. I wished I had a husband to help me. Finally I decided to go to the elders of my church. What a blessing they were. I told them everything financial, showed my bank account, my paychecks etc. I told them I had no idea what to do and I would be greatly appreciative if they would figure it out for me and I would abide by their decision. After much discussion and thought over weeks the verdict was in. Sell the townhouse and pay off everything I owed. They helped me get my townhouse ready to sell. They even made a couple payments for me to keep me afloat. Then I sold it and payed off the bills.

I don’t know what I would have done without the elder’s input and help! Since then, I have had to accept more help because I got very sick and have become handicapped. I am on disability and my 2 kids still at home are very helpful. Total strangers hold doors open for me. When I say “thank you” people smile. That makes me feel good. It is a small thing, but I can make people smile!

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