No! I Really Mean It This Time!

Ahem.  Well, seems I spoke too soon.  This has been an odd year for this website.  In nine years, I have never gone this long without posting anything.  This has been a year of learning about my limitations.  I took on a gig last year, and it was quite the ride.  I learned more about contracting than I ever wanted to, and I learned quite a bit about SEO and PPC and ROI and of course, CYA.  There was very little room in my handsome head for anything else…including my most favorite subjects like spirituality, politics, and for lack of a better phrase…the human condition.  That bothered me quite a bit, but I would have done it all over again, mainly because I got to know some truly fine people who I otherwise would not have met.  I came away from this experience truly impressed by nearly every one of them, and each of them taught me something, I believe.  But it is done.  The moment I made the decision to spend the rest of this year catching up around Coyote Creek, I felt instantly relieved.  I’m way behind, and I couldn’t afford to hire people to do the things that need doing, so I will be playing catch-up this Fall.  That’s fine with me, the leaves are turning, the air is mostly crisp and clean, and this is a beautiful place to do chores, all in all.

So, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

With that, let’s do a bit of catching up, shall we?  For those of you that emailed and asked about us, first, thank you, and let me just say that we are all in good health.  There was a nasty scare with the horses this year, I waited too long to move them from Winter pasture, and the fescue was so hot this year, three of our horses nearly foundered.  It took a very compassionate farrier, and some herculean efforts on our part to keep them on their feet.  I won’t make that mistake again.  They are out of the woods now, and I am so relieved and grateful to Ricky and Rita, who spent countless hours tending to these horses for next to nothing.

We are dealing with aging parents, and Alzhiemers.  I am struck by how little resources there are to help people care for family members with any sort of dementia.  You’d think that with a wave of Boomers set to retire, there would be more information and assistance available, but you would be wrong, as I was.  We are fortunate, the Primary Wife is an RN, and I am tenacious when it comes to researching things, so we are somewhat well equipped to deal with this.  Still, it is exhausting at times. It can be a struggle to find the beauty in the situation, but it is there, even if I lack the writing skills to describe it.

What a farce of an election, amirite?  More than a billion dollars will be spent this year in an effort to convince us that President Obama is unfit for office he holds.  Roughly that much will be spent trying to convince us that former Governor Romney is unfit for the office he seeks.  And neither of those things is true.  Let me be clear…I intend to vote for the President.  I have huge concerns doing so, like drone wars targeting American citizens, and his cozy relationship with the banking industry.  Still, for me, there is no choice to be made.  I don’t think Romney is unfit.  He isn’t evil, he isn’t stupid.  But beyond that, I don’t know what he IS.  He took such ridiculous positions during the primaries that I lost all respect for him.  I believe he could be comfortably in the lead to win this election if he had been more like Jon Huntsman, and less like Rick Perry.  Anyway, I’d like know why the GOP thought this was a good time to talk about cutting back on Social Security, considering the enormous amount of Americans set to retire in the coming decade.  Sheesh.

I’ll be watching the debates tonight, of course, probably on C-SPAN, so that I am spared the breathless commentary from professional political pundits who know less about how real Americans live than either of the candidates.  Seriously, they are talking to each other, not you, not me.

Okay, well, duty calls, and the weather is beautiful, so I will end this here.  I will be back to a regular routine of posting here 3-5 times a week.

You have been warned.

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7 responses to “No! I Really Mean It This Time!

  1. The best part about getting canned was being able to get stuff done around here. The worst part was the not having a job part but I could get used to retirement. I’m having a couple of interviews this week, though so I’m excited about that.

    There’s no one stop shop for info on caregiving and alzheimers, though. Been there and done that for the last 6 years.

  2. Well I’m wishing you all the luck with your interviews. Seeing you on teh webz so much is a tad disconcerting.

  3. democommie

    Dear Mr. Voorhies:

    Does this mean that you will be opening up your variety store again? I have been coming over there looking for humor and other good shit and it’s been closed. I’ve not had gainful employment in about six years, three months and I’m in debt up to my as–fortunately age insulates me from worrying about my retirement.

    Mack:

    Good to see that you’re posting again.

    My brother-in-law is an elder law attorney in Godfrey, IL, not too far from St. Louis. He got into that end of the legal profession after he had to start dealing with HIS parents. Despite our political differences we have a decent relationship and he’s a very good man. Let me know if you’d like his contact info. He doesn’t practice outside of his area but he’s an honest man and might know somebody in your area that’s good to go with.

    Mittmoroni is NOT qualified for the job. He’s a whore. He’d sell his mother’s body to the parts people. Much of his business “success” is the result of “pump and dump” schemes and screwing the workers, customers and shareholders of the companies gobbled up by Bain. I’d say he’s a despicable human being, but I’m not sure that he’s human.

  4. Sorry to hear about your issues with aging parents. Been there, done that, know it well. You’d think as such a huge chunk of the population ages we’d have gotten together as a society and figured something out but … socialism, yada yada, can’t do the big stuff any more, whatever. I do know we spent a very healthy share of my parents’ savings giving my mother at-home care for two years — this being the decision made after having a really bad experience with my grandfather in a nursing home. So we are grateful that we were able to do provide that care for her, but know with great sadness that it’s not an option for most people and also, it was barely an option for us. It really shouldn’t be that difficult.

    And then we are so grateful for the wonderful VA facility that was available for my father in law, I don’t know what we’d have done had that place not been available and had he not been a Veteran. So my take-away is that yes, we DO know how to have good nursing care facilities. We DO know how to make this care affordable. But we don’t do it because of some bizarre political hurdle which is just so fucking stupid.

    I don’t want my country back or forward. I want my country to grow the fuck up, have a grown-up conversation about the big stuff, and figure this shit out.

  5. I’m glad you’re back!

  6. First I tell you since I retired I love waking up getting coffee and watching TV all day. Then you get satellite tv, then you stop working. Do I have it about right bro? By the way, I lived in Mass while Romney was governor and there are good reasons he is losing Mass by over 30 points. Also, he quit after one term. He knew he could not win relelection. Good riddance.

  7. democommie

    What Woody said. I also lived in MA when Mittmoroni was the governator. The ONLY reason that scumbag got elected was that the Ray Shamie wing saw Jane Swift as a lozer (which she was) and pulled a coup during the state reptilican convention. This was around the time the teh Mittster was fiddlin’ his tax returns to show that he was a MA resident for political purposes. He’s an asshole.

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