Hang in there Mark

We’ll all be sending you warm fuzzies. Hopefully enough of them will keep the worst of the ice off your particular power lines. I know how it feels to sit and wait out storms like this. Here’s hoping you come through it with minimal issues.

Still holding our own here

Sleet/ice/snow is all around, my power lines are covered and the roads aren’t safe to drive on. I pray the power doesn’t go off, in the house with a 2 month old baby is definitely something I’m not looking forward to. This is one time I miss having a fireplace. We are expected to experience more sleet/freezing rain throughout the day and night so this is just the beginning. Its not expected to get above freezing temperature wise until Friday.

That’s true and how DH and I felt

we both retired from county jobs and though the pay wasn’t great feel so thankful for the retirement we have. However…not the secure feeling there used to be, retirement benefits are cutting back and DH got a notice this week that a health supplement of several hundred dollars he gets every month will start to cut down, a little more each year. I was never eligible for it, started working when I was too old to hit the cut off but it has been very nice for him. Especially the newer employees are not nearly as well off with benefits. I was really fortunate in one way, we had a contract that got passed during my time there. It gave three percent of of your salary in retirement for every year you had worked if you were over sixty. That only stayed in for a short time, next round the employees voted it out for something they thought would be better but I got it and it was a big difference. His county didn’t have it but he got the golden handshake, something else I was not entitled to.
, that’s a bonus of five years seniority if the county is encouraging retirement and they can get some of the employees closer to retirement to leave early.