Yesterday, I was blindsided right along with the rest of my work family. It seems that the store I work at has plumbing issues that require the store to be closed for 6 months-1 year. We did not have any warning at all. We were required to attend a meeting and we were told the news. Now we have to attend a meeting on Thursday or Friday to see if there is a spot for us at other stores. If we don’t want to be transferred,   we can opt to take the severance pay(if we qualify).

I am taking this news very well, but others are not. I look at this a somebody telling me that I need to do something different.  Recently I tried to apply for disability, because of my arthritis making it hard to sit or stand for long periods of time without a lot of pain. Unfortunately, I was denied, due to still working full time. I would have to only work 15 hours to get the benefits, but I would lose my insurance. Now I can re-apply and hopefully get the disability. Right now my employer will pay us for sixty days, or we transfer to another store, or take the severance package.   If I take the severance package, i can still file for unemployment until I get disability. My insurance will still be paid for the sixty days. Then I will have to find my own or I can pay for my insurance that I have now out of my own pocket through Cobra insurance. I just have to let them know when I get the notice in 44-days.


I was looking to do something else already. I have enrolled in a copy editing and proofreading class to make a career change. I will continue with my schooling until I finish. There was a reason I started all this before I got the news of the store closing. Maybe deep down I had a feeling or someone else was whispering to me to take these steps. I don’t know, but I am glad that I listened. Now I can concentrate on what makes me happy. The last year- year and a half, I was not happy with my work. I would wake up and dread going in. I usually love working with the public, but lately I dreaded going in.

Maybe, starting this blog has been my salvation, because it reminded me that I love to write. It has also given me more confidence in myself and my writing. I will keep you informed with any updates in my status. I love my work family and my blogging community family. You have all helped me through difficult times, and I deeply appreciate you all. God Bless Everyone.

This morning I was also given the news that my great aunt Gloria-Jean Braggs has passed away. I have fond memories of her and her family playing music at our family reunions. I always enjoyed their singing and playing.  My heart and prayers go out to them.




  1. I just want to hug you! Having been in your position (similar, not the same but similar) I can really feel for you – but the thing is, you are taking it so well! I am afraid I wasn’t as cheerful and positive about it as you are – again, I want to hug you…. if you get disability you can talk to them about insurance. Since I went on full disability I am covered under disability health insurance. I don’t have to use it often, but it sure came in handy when I had to go in to the hospital the other morning, I gotta tell you. And it makes me feel ‘safer’ as well, even if I don’t use it that much. I also have a prescription plan through Silver Script that means my meds are extremely inexpensive.
    Good luck with your change of careers! I know you will do brilliantly at whatever you decide to do. Like you, I used to work with the public, but at least I did it from behind a computer screen and telephone mic ….. once you hang up the phone, they aren’t your problem any longer! 😉

    • Jennifer Reed/ bookjunkiez

      I’ll hug you back. I am enjoying my copy editing and proofreading class, and plan to get in that field. I also want to concentrate on finishing one of the books I started to write. If I get disability this will help me to achieve that goal. I am doing some edits on the children’s book that I am working on with my sister. I have a scene she wanted me to work with, so she sent me what she had. I am almost finished with it. It is part of my HOW TO CATCH A HUMAN series that I have been posting. I am loving writing this book.