Helping women with chronic illnesses

Stress And Request For Support

My husband’s contract job ends on July 30th as there is no more headcount available to allow for extending his contract.

For those of you unfamiliar with contract work, if the company he has been working at for the past two years does not have enough headcount allocated (which it doesn’t) to allow for his contract to be extended past Friday (the contract’s end date), then the contract expires.

Many people have stepped in and tried to save his job. There is nothing anyone can do. (The contract had already been extended once… but that is not an option now since there is no headcount available). It’s all a bit surreal right now. It’s hard to believe that it will be this Friday that his contract ends.

Since he is a contractor (self-employed), he won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits; so we are bracing for ZERO income.

As you might imagine, this situation has resulted in stress and anxiety. We’ve been down this road before and remember it like it was yesterday. The number one reason by far that we nearly lost our house, three times now, was medical costs. Out of the last 10 years, we have been paying 100% of the premiums for health insurance for 5.5 of those years (either because we were on COBRA or because my husband is self-employed, as he is now).

We actually had to file bankruptcy several years back. Without the outrageous medical costs that we have incurred, things would have been a lot different. At the same time, we’ve been through the layoff process before and it was certainly a contributing factor that led to the fight to save our house. We itemize our taxes and the year my husband was first laid off, our out of pocket medical expenses (with health insurance) were over $14,000.00 for that year. Our 2009 out of pocket medical expenses exceeded that. So, to say that we are concerned right now would be an understatement. Especially considering that my husband has been job searching for several months now because he saw the writing on the wall at work. I mentioned in the title that I am requesting support…

Oops. No, I was looking for a different type of support… As some of you may have noticed, I have some ads displayed on both sidebars of this blog. These are not substantial money makers by any means. However, every little bit helps. While I have seldom mentioned my ads in the past, I have learned from past experience that calling the ads to people’s attention is worth doing. People’s eyes tend to glaze over and glide right by the ads normally. However, if I bring to people’s attention that these ads do result in referral fees… I have found that the ads suddenly get more traffic. (For those of you who recall when I switched my blog over from Blogger to WordPress and renamed it Chronic Healing, the referral fees I have gotten from ads since then, while helpful, have not made much of a dent in covering the cost of making that migration. So, my ads haven’t netted me any profit).

I am asking my readers this:

If you are making an Amazon purchase, would you please be so kind as to access Amazon via one of my blog ads? Any ad on my blog will do. It doesn’t matter what graphic is on a given ad; any Amazon ad on my blog will work as well as another. If you purchase something from Amazon via my blog, it will not cost anything different than if you had bought it directly on Amazon.

Also, in my blog’s sidebar, there is an ad for the company from which I purchased the domain. If anyone reading this is thinking of purchasing a domain name, I would appreciate if you’d consider doing so by clicking on my ad for Namecheap. I have not had any difficulties with this company at all. (I have heard stories of people going through grief with other companies). Several friends of mine have purchased domain names since I began carrying that ad on my blog but have purchased their domain names elsewhere. I have never blogged about the Namecheap ad referral; I simply posted the ad in the hope that some people might see/use it. Perhaps it would be more effective, though, for me to point it out. So, if you’re looking to purchase a domain name, please consider doing so through the Namecheap ad on my blog.

I would like to thank my Facebook friends who have shared a link I posted there that was a mini version of this post! I’m afraid there are too many people who shared my Facebook link to list them all but I do appreciate you helping me get the word about about my husband’s job situation and about my blog’s ads.

If anyone reading this is able to make any Amazon or Namecheap purchases using my blog ads, I would greatly appreciate it… and I thank you in advance.

If you are not in a position to make such purchases but would be willing to share a link to this post on Facebook and/or Twitter, I would greatly appreciate it! If you click on “Tweet Me” at the end of this post, it takes just a moment to send a tweet about this (or any) post. For Facebook, posting the URL for this post as a “link” on your wall (or simply doing a “share” on the link I’ll be posting on Facebook) would be incredibly helpful! The more people know about my blog’s ads, the greater the odds of people using them and me getting a referral fee.

In sharing the link to this post, each of my Facebook and Twitter friends who share it are making their friends who see it aware of my blog ads. If even a small percentage of the people who see it on social media were to make Amazon and/or Namecheap purchases via my blog, it would be really helpful. Considering many of my friends who are on Facebook and/or Twitter are connected with hundreds of other friends, simply sharing the link on social media could really help!

Again, there is no additional cost to shop Amazon via my blog’s ads as opposed to shopping directly on Amazon’s site. Also, Namecheap’s prices are very competitive. I would GREATLY appreciate your support in spreading the word with anyone you think might ever shop Amazon or Namecheap.

Last but not least… About a year and a half ago, a woman whose opinion I value suggested that I install a donation button on my blog. She knew that I had had some bad experiences with AdSense (Google) ads and that I had dropped them after tiring of manually blocking ads about false cures for illnesses including endometriosis and fibromyalgia. (This was before I had installed the Amazon ads). She said, “I know you work hard on your blog. I value your work and I know that I would make a donation. I’m sure others would too”. At that time, I was not comfortable doing so. I had only been blogging for about 6 months then. While I know how hard I work on it and while I do believe my time is worth something, I was not comfortable with installing a donation button at that point.

It took almost two years for me to reach the point where I decided I was at peace with installing a PayPal donation button. I never wrote a single blog post about it. I simply installed it in the sidebar of my blog and figured I’d see what would happen. I had read what blogging experts like Darren Rowse of PROBLOGGER had said about the use of items like “tip jars” in blog sidebars resulting in readers leaving $1.00 or $2.00 “tips” to support sites they value and support. I just wasn’t comfortable using the word tip. Of course, I wasn’t comfortable with the word “donate” either but that is what PayPal calls it. (There is a reason it took me almost two years to install a PayPal button).

“People are willing to reward bloggers when they see value in your writing”.
~~ Darren Rowse, p. 122, The PROBLOGGER book

In any event, my lack of communication to readers about my installing this button a few months back (due to my discomfort with the topic) probably didn’t do very much towards encouraging anyone to use it. I decided today that it is about time for me to take a moment to explain why I have a PayPal button. As I said, I am not entirely at ease with the word “donate” on the button. I am not looking for charity. I have lost a fair amount of money in the 2 years I have been blogging. (I should emphasize that it was my decision to migrate my blog and I’m not complaining).

My intent here is to explain to readers that I installed the PayPal button in the hope that:

1) It might provide a means to recoup some of the expenses associated with this self-hosted blog (mostly costs associated with migrating and re-designing it).

2) It would provide a means for readers to make a nominal (i.e. $1.00 or $2.00) “donation” to support this blog… a blog on which I spend a considerable amount of time researching/writing. (In other words, I’m hoping that readers who value my writing might consider using the PayPal button as a means of conveying their support).

The purpose of this blog is to help people. Nevertheless, a professionally re-designed, self-hosted blog, such as this, does cost money and even a nominal donation does help offset expenses. (It will be awhile for me to recoup the costs of the re-design and migration of this blog but every little bit helps).

Again, I want to be clear that I am not asking for charity. My intention is simply to draw attention to my ads and PayPal button. My hope is that those in a position to make purchases using my ads/affiliate programs — and/or to make a nominal donation using my PayPal button — will now better understand why I have things set up as they are… and will understand that I really greatly appreciate the support. Thank you!

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1 AmandaNo Gravatar { 07.27.10 at 4:48 am }

Jeanne, my friend, I know how hard it is for you to write this post, but you needn’t worry: I don’t think you are asking for charity and I’d take a bet that no-one else who knows you does either! You deserve some extra income for what you do, because you put so much time and effort into running a site that is so helpful to those in need… I only wish I knew a way for you to earn a proper income from it xx
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..Life at the Patch – week 13 =-.

2 CredaNo Gravatar { 07.27.10 at 11:09 am }

Oh Jeanne, I can relate so much with all of my heart to what you are going through because I am basically going through it myself (you kind of know some of it). I’ll do what I can to help via all of your great suggestions above! Hang in there. One day at a time, I guess. “Surreal” is an outstanding word choice for this whole experience.

3 Toni BernhardNo Gravatar { 07.27.10 at 8:02 pm }

I’m sorry things are so tough right now Jeanne. I buy from Amazon and will link to them through your blog. Take good care.

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.27.10 at 11:50 pm }


Thank you for your kind words. I greatly appreciate you spreading the word about this post on your Facebook wall! I am absolutely amazed at the number of people who have already shared this blog post link on Facebook in just its first day being posted!! Word of mouth sure is a powerful thing!

I know that you are all-too-familiar with some of the challenges we’re facing here. ๐Ÿ™ I can only hope that I can help direct some traffic to your beautiful new online shop (Amanda’s Patch) and, in the process, direct people to your ongoing efforts for endometriosis awareness too. You have been so incredibly supportive of me and I can’t thank you enough! I only hope that I can be just as supportive of you. By the way, Endochick was asking me for the code to the “Amanda’s Patch” badge (which I just sent her). So, I’m guessing that maybe she is thinking of posting a link to your new site as well.

Please let me know if you hear back from that journalist who interviewed you about leaving your former career to start up your online business (due to your endometriosis making it so very difficult to do that type of work). I love that you are incorporating endometriosis awareness into your business’ new site! I can’t wait to see the article.


Oh my. I know you too can relate all-too-well to what is happening on my end. I’m so sorry for everything you are going through. ๐Ÿ™ I know you’ve had a very tough time of it! While I know some of what you’re going through, I realize there is much more to the story about which I’m not aware. I’m so sorry.

Yes, people simply sharing my link on Facebook and/or Twitter is extremely helpful! Today has brought a large spike in blog traffic. It’s amazing how many people have stopped by here simply because my thoughtful friends have posted my blog post link today. I am very fortunate to have such supportive friends helping me by spreading the word about this post!

Yes, “one day at a time” is generally my philosophy in these circumstances. While I would give anything not to ever be in this position again, I believe that having gotten through it in the past does give us the comfort of knowing that somehow, some way we WILL get through this! We have been through major adversity before. So, in an odd way, I am comforted by the fact that we have some coping skills going for us that we didn’t have the first time around.

Something as simple (and free) as making a quick trip down the street to our local library to borrow DVDs (I hunt for comedies!) makes a huge difference. Laughter really is the best medicine. We normally barely watch any TV (as we gave up dish/cable with the 2002 layoff). However, in times like this, I hunt for comedies for us to watch. My poor husband gets SO, SO stressed out during the job hunting process that I do everything I can to help him keep his wonderful sense of humor while we “weather the storm”, so to speak. The power of a library card extends beyond books! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My husband has been working at a troubled financial institution. So, we’ve known the day might come when this would happen. Now that we’re at the doorstep on his contract ending, though, it really is surreal. Three more days!


Thank you so, so much! I know you have had your share of adversity too!

I really appreciate each and every Amazon purchase people make using my blog ads. I have no way of knowing who bought what (unless the person tells me specifics about what they ordered).

I do see the items ordered, though. I truly do appreciate every single time a new item pops up on the order list. New orders make my day, in fact. They take away a smidgen of the helplessness that I feel about the fact that my former career went up in smoke.

Each time I make people aware of my Amazon ads, I get an influx of orders. It’s just not my favorite thing to talk about the ads. I really try to focus on writing about the various medical conditions on which I write.

I realize, though, that there are times that I would be silly not to mention my ads. This is one of those times. So, thank you so much! I really appreciate it very much! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. When is your book coming out? In the fall, right?



5 GyandeviNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 12:42 am }

Just bought a book on Amazon for Alexander’s birthday on Sunday. You’ll laugh when you see the title come through…yes, I bought it for MY sanity. — love, gyandevi
P.S. Perfect position for the donation button! It needed to be moved to where I can easily find it. Plus, donations are not recognized as income. You can receive up to $17K per year per person — so I could send you 16,999 $1 donations…lol

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 2:21 am }


How is my most loyal Amazon customer ever doing tonight? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you again so much for the lovely comments you posted on Facebook when you linked to this post. I tried to look up the book you mentioned but it’s not far enough along to show up just yet. I am guessing it is a guitar-related book, perhaps? I saw those tweets you posted about the guitar.


P.S. Thank you! I thought it would be easier for people to see the button up there. Now Gyan, if only you were serious about sending 16,999 $1 donations. lol Honestly, if I were to get any $1 donations I’d be excited. Then I’d know that the button actually works! ๐Ÿ˜‰

7 GyandeviNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 10:32 am }

Hahaha! Guitar Method 2. Then I get a whole batch of new riffs (and perhaps songs). Also bought him guitar lessons via Skype with a kick-ass guitar instructor out of Boston. (And if I coulda bought it via Amazon, I woulda!) *Hugs to All*

8 Matthew SmithNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 11:10 am }

Hi Jeanne,

Really sorry to hear about your husband being laid off. I’m afraid I can’t help financially as I’m out of work myself, but I did link this entry to some of my ME friends’ Facebooks in case they can (including the FB page about Emily Collingridge’s Severe ME book, which you allowed me to plug here a while back).

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 12:58 pm }


You are too funny! Soon, Alexander will know many new riffs (and maybe even songs) so that you will not have to hear the same thing over and over. That is awesome that you bought him guitar lessons by Skype. Soon, Alexander will be the one playing kick-ass guitar! I know you would have bought it through Amazon if that were available. They do have a huge inventory but video guitar lessons? I’m afraid not. Thank you so much for buying the guitar book using my Amazon ads. No one uses my ads more than you. Thank you! Also, thank you again for posting this blog link on Facebook! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Thank you very much for going out of your way to share my link on Facebook. I really appreciate it! I am sorry to hear that you are out of work and I’m sending positive thoughts your way! ๐Ÿ™‚



10 PatriciaNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 5:05 pm }

I am so sorry and I truly understand your situation especially about the medical bills part. I am hoping that the two interviews my husband went on this week are going to be the start of the up hill ticket to ride.

Amazon only pays for new purchases not used or Kindle and that new decision has affected my income considerably.

Keeping you in my prayers…and I will put this on my facebook page and twit

I wish I could do more

11 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 5:34 pm }


Oh my. I am sorry that you understand my situation (especially the medical bills) from your own experience… because I know that means that you are most likely feeling stressed. I truly hope that the two interviews your husband went on this week will soon spell a job… Best of luck to him with that!!

My husband had an interview the other day and is waiting to hear if he made the “short list” to go on to the next round of interviews. We’ll know shortly if he will be able to have a second interview for that job.

As far as Amazon only paying for new purchases, I must have missed a memo. My inbox is so full that I’m not surprised I may have missed something. I doubt if anyone would have purchased a Kindle using my blog ads anyway but that part about not giving referral fees for used items is (unwelcome) news to me. I know some of my readers who use my Amazon ads do purchase used items. So, that policy is good to know about… even if it’s news I wish I weren’t hearing. I’m really sorry to hear that this has affected your income. ๐Ÿ™

I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers too. Thank you very much for sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter! I am just blown away by the number of people who are sharing this link on social media. I am very grateful!

I am no longer on Twitter but I’m on Facebook. Please let me know if I can return the favor and post a link there for you. I wish I could do more for you too.

Thank you so much, Patricia! ๐Ÿ™‚


12 JennNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 11:07 pm }

Hi Jeanne,

Sending you prayers and support through this time.

I tweeted the link. I hope it helps! Thanks for the namecheap tip. I have a friend who may be buying a domain soon, and she was looking for a company she can trust. I’ll send her here.

After exhausting my FMLA and receiving two medical leave extensions, I was “let go” from my job. These are scary times. I feel for you.

I think the Pay Pal donation is a great idea and I’m glad you have it on here.

Take care
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..WHAT NUMBER IS YOUR PAIN =-.

13 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.28.10 at 11:29 pm }


Thank you for all of your kind words! I’m sending thoughts and prayers your way too.

Thank you for tweeting this link! Yesterday was the most blog traffic I’ve had in awhile thanks to so many kind people spreading the word in social media… and today my blog has received even more traffic than yesterday. I hope it helps too! (I am hoping the blog traffic may translate into some transactions – but time will tell). I am truly touched by the number of people who have taken the time to post my link on Facebook and/or Twitter.

It’s too soon to tell if the traffic will lead to any orders (with the exception of the fact that I know of one person who placed an Amazon order that just isn’t to the point of showing up yet). Thank you very much for letting your friend know about my Namecheap affiliate program. If she clicks my ad, it will pull up the various plans/prices available. Thank you so much for letting her know about my Namecheap ad.

I am so, so sorry that you were “let go” from your job after the medical leave extensions! I’m really sorry. I know your surgery delay put things behind. That is really unfortunate. I feel for you too. While I agree that it’s scary, try not to let the anxiety make you feel sicker. (Easier said than done, I know). We have been through this type of thing before and I know it is no picnic – but I have learned the hard way that worrying myself sick is counterproductive (especially when my symptoms would then escalate from stress and then I would need increased medical care… which costs more money). I’m almost scary-calm now.

Thanks! It took me quite awhile to decide to install the button and it took until this post for me to talk about it (and to move the button to a more prominent location where people are more likely to see it).

I am so sorry about your job and I hope things work out as smoothly and quickly as possible on your end.

Hang in there!

Take care,


14 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.31.10 at 2:35 am }


Time is officially up. My husband’s contract ended Friday (yesterday). He also received a call regarding a second interview he’d been waiting to hear on. The hiring manager deemed my husband “over-qualified”. Therefore, he was not even given an opportunity for the second interview.

Thank you SO much to everyone for the blog comments, Facebook shares of this link, and Twitter messages about this post. You have no idea how much I appreciate your support!!!

Please continue to spread the word with Facebook shares and/or tweets (re-tweets).

Thank you!


15 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 08.07.10 at 9:00 pm }

Dear Jeanne, I am sorry to hear you are going through this.

I am not buying much of anything lately but if I ever used Amazon it would be via you.

Your medical bills are atrociously crippling.

Keeping my fingers crossed that this November a better Congress will clear up this economic uncertainty by lowering taxes and other sound and proven practices, so small businesses will start hiring, investors will believe in America again, and entrepreneurs can get back to doing what they do naturally — creating jobs. So many are out of jobs, this HAS to be improved. Keeping the faith America will get back on track.

I WILL donate to your button, and am so glad to. You are a dear and good person. Just need to transfer some funds to Paypal. Need to see what’s available on a CC.

And will tweet this in 3, 2, xoxo, 1…
.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..โ€œSomewhere On A Michigan Highwayโ€ โ€” Singinโ€™ For &amp About The G-Man =-.

16 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.07.10 at 9:35 pm }


Well, our current situation is not my favorite experience to go through. That’s for sure. ๐Ÿ™

Yes, I believe “atrociously crippling” is a fitting description for our medical bills.

I heard today about a study that says women are more optimistic than men now about the economy improving. Let’s hope that the women are right on this issue.

Thank you SO much for being the first person to use my PayPal button!

Thank you too for tweeting this blog post link!

I really appreciate your support, as always. You are a dear and good person, Jannie.


17 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 08.07.10 at 11:50 pm }

Hey, Jeanne, been thinking about my earlier comment and glad you didn’t edit it out, as I fear I waxed too economically and possibly politically rhapsodical. I’m a little riled up lately about economic policies I do not agree with. I guess a lot of us are, 6 out of 10 Americans these days.

Jim’s had to lay off half of his guys, he felt really bad to but the work just wasn’t coming in. So we’re treading water here some of the time, but things have been a bit better lately with car sales. And we’ve been eating 3 times a day, every day!

Ahhh, I would love to go for a little vacation, tho. And I think we will get away for one more night before Kelly goes back to school on the 31st. Go to a nice resort hotel only 40 minutes from our house. Prices are supposed to drop there after the 15th.

You going on any more awesome art day-trips?

I do take a LOT of trips in my mind, tho. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep, never leave the farm with Blue Bunny to keep me company. ๐Ÿ™‚

That really sucks your hubby was called “over-qualified” for that job. That makes no sense to me. Was he asking for more money that they were offering? I am assuming he was not. I just don’t get that employer’s thinking. What the frick?

Yes, funny I thought I had $10.20 in my PayPal but I forgot I paid $15.00 a couple months ago to the gal who does a little work on my blog from time to time.

Actually — I have an E-Mail in now to that wonderful lady now, as I’d LOVE to do what Pioneer woman does with separate blogs within her blog — I’d start one just for Give-Aways! Whoo-hoo. And possibly in the future one for Songwriting, maybe even get interactive with other songwriters (much further in the future) in some kind of a challenge thing. But to start, have an on-going thing where I am videotaping me writing songs. Like for reading bills — awesome idea!! And while doing ironing, dishes, baking brownies, etc. IF the lighting is good and my hair is light and fluffy appearing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

But anyway, zero in my paypal. And in my checking account?? — you DON’T EVEN wanna know how much money is NOT in there. The Paypal for the $4.80 transfer difference probably bounced. hee-hee! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m too scared to know what that account balance is.

Ahhh, well — it’ll all work out! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to phone EBay, ’cause Jim’s now former secretary is not returning our calls and she has the password, and I believe the account (which I started about 8 years ago and has, like, 800 glowing stars) is now in HER e-mail address. Hopefully they will somehow let me access it because I still have the original e-mail address (our home one, that we still have. For now.) (Jim switched our home phone from Time Warner AT&T, but we still have TW for our Internet and Cable…)


If not, I guess I’ll just have to start a new eBay account (which I really really am not looking forward to doing, but will) to sell all those books to get My Amazing Camera, because I want to start taking Freaking Kick-Ass photos of anything I freaking want to.


Gonna ask the recording studio amazing guy too if I can trade my excellent Gon-Bop bongoes and stand for studio time. He and Jim bartered a bit but those hours left are limited. Not even sure how many there are, 3 or 4, I think.

This may be the longest comment I’ve left in a long time, if not my longest comment ever in blogging!

YOU rock.


Now, how do I put this up on my FB wall.

FB, oy. I’ll get it all together, Jeanne! And hope you’ll stick with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..โ€œSomewhere On A Michigan Highwayโ€ โ€” Singinโ€™ For &amp About The G-Man =-.

18 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.08.10 at 2:15 am }


You can wax, you can wane… You are free to wax and wane here. Or is it wax on, wax off? It’s been a few decades since I saw the Karate Kid movie… so I’m going on memory here. Gee, Jannie… do you think any of my readers besides you will even know what I mean with the Karate Kid reference (???) or do you think they’re too young to have even seen Karate Kid?

You know how we’ve been talking a lot lately about your music… what with your second CD about to be recorded soon? Well, when I reached the word “rhapsodical”, can you guess what popped into my head? I’ll bet you can…

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Yes, Jannie. I would adore hearing you sing Bohemian Rhapsody! Any chance you can videotape it and post it on your blog? I’m sure it would be a big hit!

On a more serious note, I’m sorry Jim had to lay off half of the staff. That must have been hard to do. I’m glad you’re getting 3 squares/day. I hope your vacation works out. No art-trips planned for us.

Trips in the mind, like you mentioned, work too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m glad Blue Bunny keeps you company.

Oh dear. Please don’t get me started on the “over-qualified” business. No, he was most definitely not asking for more money. In fact, the gentleman at the agency (who we know from when he used to work for a different agency in town back when Hubby and I worked for the same consulting firm) told my hubby that what Hubby has been making (last job) is too LOW for this market – as compared to his qualifications/experience.

So, part of what apparently resulted in the hiring manager crying “over-qualified” may have been that the hiring manager too felt the salary was too low for Hubby’s qualifications (fueling a fear in him that Hubby would run out on them… which he most certainly would not). So, it seems to quite possibly be the opposite… that they couldn’t see him accepting the salary they had in mind (long-term, anyway) because they thought is was too LOW for him. It’s SO frustrating!!

So, you’re in negative numbers with PayPal, huh? Oops. You’ll get it worked out.

The separate blogs within a blog for giveaways and songwriting sound great! I love the challenge idea. Would this be a face-off between two songs with people voting?

Yes, please do tape you singing around the house with your light and fluffy hair. Be sure to sing some bills!

I’m too scared to look at my bank account either. I’ve been putting that off. I’m not ready to see it yet.

Hmm. I guess letting someone go from a job without getting all the passwords can be problematic, huh? Can she do any damage… other than annoy you by not calling back so you can login?

Your blog pictures are amazing. You don’t like the camera you have? If you are compelled to buy a camera, remember Amazon has cameras. *wink*

I assume Gon-Bop bongoes are drums? Whatever you need to do to get in that studio and start recording… I am so excited that your 2nd CD will be relatively soon!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, this may very well be your longest blog comment ever here. I’m honored, Jannie.

YOU rock!



I sent you a step by step email of how to share this blog post link on Facebook. Let me know if you get stuck and thank you again for sharing it!

Jannie, I would stick with you until the ends of the Earth. I would walk through fire for you, my dear! ๐Ÿ˜‰

19 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 08.09.10 at 6:10 pm }

Thank you, Darling. I have read all this, but sorry I can’t wax as rhapsodical must away to get that fluffiness back in my hair, if at all possible, then pick up Kel from camp, then meet Trixie at a new pub that’s changed restaurants 4 times in 6 years. I suspect mafia money is at play there, perhaps.

Scaramouche, scaramouche — off to to a fandango…

Will return to this!


Oh, can one REALLY get a camera via Amazon!?!?!?

Nope, I think ex-secretary is harmless.

xxoo (agin.)
.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Happy Birthday- Rosie =-.

20 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.10.10 at 1:01 am }

Jannie… Darling,

What is this? Green Acres? You are cracking me up, Darling! Well, I hope to be hearing your version of Bohemian Rhapsody very soon. For your hair, try blow drying it upside down. It was all the rage in middle school but it might still work. You’re a busy bee, Jannie.

Scaramouche, scaramouche… I can’t wait to hear your Queen song. (Thunderbolts and lightning and all that jazz, you know).

I look forward to your speedy return here. I’ll be counting the moments with baited breath.

YES, it is absolutely possible to buy a camera via Amazon!!!

Will you be buying one via my blog ads? What’s that? Yes! Good answer! I like it! Send your friends too, will you? The more the merrier!

I would imagine she’s harmless and just isn’t in a hurry to return calls. People go through all sorts of emotions when their jobs end.


21 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 08.10.10 at 6:04 pm }

Okay, Dear Jeanne — breeeeeeathe now.

Ahhh, here I am again. Safe and sound on Jeanne’s blog, but as soon as I post this I’ll have to get back to the dishes and such…

Well, if they accept PayPal on that definitely gets me closer to purchasing An Amazing Camera via YOU!!

I have only had my iPhone to take pix with since last October. It does an okay job in some lighting, but I have little to no control over how my pix turn out. Any pix on my blog prior to last Oct were taken with 2 of my now defunct kinda-okay digital cameras.

Got into my eBay account — whooooo!!! So happy Now have to take pix for auctions, 47 auctions.

I shall wax my legs and wane my trubbles here. ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t even get the Karate Kid reference. Never saw it. Sorry.

LOVE Despicable Me, tho!! The little “minions” CRACKED ME UP!!

Yes, Gon-Bops are drums. Bongoes!

Ahhhh, that’s what the employer was afraid of, probably. Fear is not a way to live.

Well, really gotta go.


22 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.11.10 at 3:08 am }


Don’t worry. I am breathing freely. Did I imply otherwise? How could I be anything but calm when conversing with the likes of you, Queen of Funsterment?

Yes, you were safe and sound here until you left to tackle that thankless job with the dishes. I’m glad you stopped by, though. It’s always a treat.

I just checked Amazon and I’m having difficulty determining whether they do or do not accept PayPal as a form of payment. Maybe I’m looking at the wrong screens. I can tell you that if you look at an item before you’re ready to actually purchase it (i.e. if you put it in your shopping cart for a couple of days and come back to it), then the referral would not work. Why? I don’t know. It’s one of Amazon’s rules. Anyway, that would be lovely if you could purchase a camera via my Amazon ads. (Referrals are percentage-based. So, that would be awesome!)

Hooray for accessing your eBay account. Have fun with the auction pictures. If taking them with a cell phone gets on your nerves, you know where to get a new camera. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It didn’t even occur to me that you might not have seen Karate Kid. (YouTube tells me a remake is in the works but I have my doubts as to whether this is a phenomenon that can be duplicated. I have including, for your viewing pleasure, a clip from it: Karate Kid (circa 1984). Mind you, it’s blurry since it’s old.

This is the scene where “wax on, wax off” is taught to the Ralph Macchio character. Recognize the other man? Yes, he’s the guy from Happy Days on TV.

As far as your legs are concerned, I recommend that you not only put the wax on but that you later take the wax off. Just a suggestion.

I have not seen Despicable Me.

So, you said you’re selling the bongoes?

Yes, I believe the “over-qualification” assessment of Hubby’s background was a fear-based thing. I think they mistakenly thought he’d be a “flight risk”. If they knew him at all, they’d realize that those fears were totally unfounded. You’re right… fear is not a way to live.

Nice to hear from you, Jannie. You make me laugh… something very needed around here these days!


23 alohamorakatNo Gravatar { 08.17.10 at 3:06 pm }


I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s job. I hope he finds one soon. I’ll tell people about your Amazon ads.


24 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.18.10 at 1:33 am }


Thank you! I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ˜‰


25 AnnieNo Gravatar { 09.15.10 at 11:56 pm }

Oh no! What a time to be out of work! My husband just started a new job after being out of work for months. We were a one-income family down to 0 but the federal COBRA subsidy has been a big help – we’re still on it. I hope that can help you, too. I know this post is from July so I’m hoping he has been able to find work or will soon!

26 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.17.10 at 1:58 am }

Welcome Annie!

Yes, it is a terrible time to be job hunting. That’s great that your husband just found a job!!!!!

My hubby’s job stopped at the end of July and he has been looking aggressively since. No, we are not eligible for COBRA-anything this time around. This past job (no benefits) was a contract position that ended up lasting two years. (This may sound short but in the land of contract jobs (at least in his field and our area), it’s actually pretty long.

Hubby is not even eligible for unemployment, since he was self-employed.

Anyway, for that job he was self-employed as a contractor. In other words, the job was billed through Hubby’s consulting firm but he physically worked at their site. Therefore, he wasn’t even eligible for benefits (i.e. health) for the whole two years he worked there. We paid 100% of the premiums that whole time for health insurance (obscenely expensive).

Before that, we had been on COBRA in the gap preceding the job that ended in July. The COBRA we had sounds different than what you referred to because the word “subsidy” never entered the picture.

Basically, the COBRA we were on (after the position two jobs ago ended) enabled us to pay 100% of the premium but keep the same exact health insurance we had at the second last job – with the “group rate discount” that the employer has set up with the insurance company. In other words, the employer who laid him off that job stopped kicking in their portion and we then paid the whole thing. We were very grateful for it, though, because ANY gap in coverage could have caused the pre-existing causes to kick in and that would have prevented us from getting insurance because of my illnesses!

Our COBRA simply saved us from having ANY uninsured time which would have made me uninsurable. We still had to pay 100% of premiums. So, we’ve been paying 100% for health insurance for several years now.

Your COBRA comment actually got me curious due to the word subsidy. So, I did a search and found this:

COBRA Health Insurance Continuation Premium Subsidy

I am glad COBRA is helping you. Our COBRA ran out after 18 months of being on it (the standard max). We were still on it until it ran out to the maximum time allowed because the group rate premium from the second-last employer (even at 100% premium) was less than what we have since been paying by purchasing private insurance on our own (as we’ve been doing since we exhausted COBRA). Yes, we pay even more now than paying the 100% of premium COBRA – because the 100% now lacks the group discount. ๐Ÿ™

On a brighter note, Hubby has had 3 interviews with a company that must be interested in him since they have scheduled… wait for it… 7 more interviews!

Here is the schedule for upcoming interviews (2 different positions):

9/22: 2 interviews for the one position
9/24: 5 interviews (back to back!) for the other position

So, it’ll be 10 interviews total done by 9/24 – all with the same company. (One can only hope that 10 is enough to enable them to make a decision. We shall see!)

I’m not sure, after that, what the schedule is. One can only hope that they’ll decide quickly and select Hubby for one of the 2 jobs!!

Thanks for stopping by, Annie! Nice to see you here!


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