Friday, November 25, 2011


When you're out of work for a  year and unable to make a mortgage payment since February or March, this is what you'll see as you pass the house this holiday season.


Wish it could be this.


But, nothing lasts forever and sometimes traditions must end.


So, travelers , passers-by, neighbors and school children, accept our apologies... our Christmas House is not to be this year as there are priorities, like being able to keep utilities on; put food on the table and have a vehicle in our garage.  Then until taxes are paid, bankruptcy filed, complete financial restoration occurs, and only until a job is secured will there be a Carilo Christmas house to enjoy... Sorry.   And, have a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bloom Where You Are Planted...

That's a saying I've heard.  And I guess it's only right to keep this idea in mind during these uncertain times.   ~ to be continued

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Just Saying...

My prayer is that our returning vets have jobs, and they not experience uncertaintly faced by jobless Americans out of work for over a year. My hope is that our foreclosed home be first made available to military family starting out (although, I wish it were in better condition). My wish is for all those suffering invisible injuries have proper, adequate treatment when they come home (I have same, but no insurance to continue treatment).

 I'm grateful for our troops, they are foremost in my thoughts this Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Thanksgiving Wish

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There are all kinds of self-help books for everything under the sun, but none offer solutions for what's happening to families like mine all over America. If you know of such a manual, guide or plan, maybe something titled, “Home Sweet Homelessness” or "The American Dream... WAKE UP!" please, let me know. I could sure use some tips, advice, and resources to help recover from trauma of job losses during the first decade of the 21st century. *Hunger and homelessness should not be an option.


I wish things were better.  I wish Rick never lost his job... in Texas.   I wish we never had to leave there.  I wish I had hope for the future.  I wish things were better.

I'm grateful our boy is doing well at his job... I wish he someday goes to college and studies about all the things he's most interested in and fascinate him.  I hope he achieves great success in all he does.

I'm grateful for our girl's independent spirit... I wish her dream of going to college next year comes true.  I hope everything comes together in her pursuit to be a teacher.

I'm grateful for our youngest's strength... I wish I could make her birthday wishes come true.  I hope she knows how much I appreciate her understanding.

I wish I could be better, smarter, calmer, optimistic, attentive, hopeful.  I hope they know, even though I don't have their pictures, artwork and awards hung all over the walls, they are my pride, my joy... my treasures.  I'm thankful they make being a mom  the best thing that ever happened to me.