Finished the watercolor for the art course...It is a bit overworked. Stuff is off. Can't really pinpoint the problems and kind of don't really care. It is what it is and I am reminded of why still lifes are not my thing (I was going to say "bag" but didn't know if that would sound off somehow).
Yesterday, one of the foundations of my world came crashing in when Michael came back from an "inventory" (wink wink) meeting with his bosses. They supposedly told him how great he was doing, what a great employee he is and then let him go (at will). Supposedly not enough work to keep him busy and he is second lowest guy in the territory. The other lives in St. Louis and of course, he doesn't want to go to St. Louis and take that guy's job.
This is the third time in 11 years of marriage that M lost his job. Yes, I still have mine and he will get unemployment and one month's severance pay. As most of you know, one month's pay will just not be sufficient when he could be months without a job.
There goes my harp and my harp lessons. I will not be able to pay for Jordan and Jayda to have piano lessons. I know these aren't major big deal issues to most people and of course would be the first thing to have to cut out of the budget. But it really is hurting me. I will take a big loss on that harp too just to get out from the monthly payments. I have over $7,000 equity in it.
We will also have to pull our house off the market. We will not be able to find anywhere cheaper to live than we have here and we definitely would have a hard time finding someplace to live with all the animals. Without Michael having a job we wouldn't qualify with my credit to buy a house (though it is good enough and I make enough were it not for that one black mark I told you all about awhile back).
Quite honestly, I'm reeling. Michael is 55; not easy to find jobs at that age. He has the education and experience to be able to earn decent money but I imagine if they could take a 22 year old at half the salary...Well you get the drift.
Michael was in medical lasers. One of the things thrown out in his ouster meeting was Obamacare and what it would be doing to healthcare jobs. Hadn't really thought it would affect that segment but I guess I didn't think it through. Not that I was a fan in the first place but I guess I didn't expect it to have an effect on us personally, at least in the jobs arena. His ex-boss (said rather viciously) told him to try to switch into industrial technology and away from medical. I guess he will be lucky to get anything.
Yes, I am hurting and I am bitter and I am upset and I am dreading emailing my harp teacher. She is so wonderful and oh so sweet but I really committed myself to this. And Michael can have my car and I'll just get a used one down the road when he finds another job. At least I can maybe get my VW bug again, even if it ends up being used. Yes, he lost the company car too, of course.