Here's what I tried to write shortly after the layoff:
There are a lot of things that . Many of my friends and long-time coworkers are suddenly gone. Transitions are very important to help people adjust to major changes. That's why we have retirement parties and celebrate marriages. In a layoff, there is no transition. I've worked as an engineer for 16 years in three different industries...
I was having some trouble pulling my thoughts together in that last paragraph... I can't even remember now where I was going with that last sentence! :)
Work has been keeping me really busy. I put my Etsy store and on-line indentity on hold for a while because I was just too tired in the evenings to keep up with it. I am feeling better now. Over the spring and summer I spent my free time doing very tangible things. It is really cool that my family jumped in and made these group activities.
- We planted a flower garden.
- We started composting and vermicomposting.
- We planted blueberries, a fig tree, strawberries, raspberries, a lemon tree and a bunch of tomatoes.
- We joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and started buying our produce from a local farm.
- We stopped buying cereal, crackers and snacks from the store. Now we make most all our food at home.
- We built a chicken coop.
- We raised 4 chickens who are now just about to start laying.
- We trained our chickens and dogs to get along.
I will post some more details about what we have been up to this summer - especially about the chickens. I did not expect it, but I have fallen completely in love with chickens. I had no idea they could be so delightful!