Monday, January 26, 2009

Cheery and breezy this ain't.

I'm at it again. But now it's gotten REALLY serious.

1- I remain inexpressively grateful for all the prayers on my behalf. You are all in my prayers. (Yes, even you non-praying types!)

2- As you may remember, the current economic mess pretty much has me at ground zero, if you will.

(My praying, though, is a LOT better.)

Given the way my business has evolved, (with greater exposure to commercial real estate in southwest Florida) things are now officially looking pretty grim.

We have three major projects out there and if only ONE of those were to come through we should be able to get through this year. I'm not looking for untold wealth, I just want to be able to meet my obligations to my clients and pay my bills and feed my family, pay for all the schooling and care my kids need and take care of my dad as he ages and his health declines.

Last time I said things were not yet dire, but it was getting closer. Well. It got closer a WHOLE LOT faster than anticipated.

The client on whom we counted to for the bulk of our income "until things straightened out" just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Effectively, our cash flow has stopped and will not resume for an expected 3 months.

There are thank -- literally -- God, some opportunities for us to get out from the very severe financial stress we are facing. There is a glimmer of hope and we cling and pray about that hope.

3- Therefore I am asking, as humbly as I can, for your prayers that we may be delivered from the severe financial stress under which we find ourselves. If you can manage to get "scrunchy-faced" that would be appreciated, and some pious perspiration might not be out of place. (Priest pals o' mine are even celebrating Mass for these petitions, so you know it's serious stuff.)

4- I am pretty much left with only praying like a maniac.

5- I am not someone given to stress easily, or worry, or fear. But this is different.

6- I will never -- at least not this side of Heaven -- be able to adequately express my gratitude to all of you for what you have done and are doing on my/our behalf. Please know said gratitude, however imperfectly expressed, is thorough and complete.

7- I HATE what this blog has turned into. I hate that it's not fun, not funny and otherwise just an endless litany of what's wrong. I promise to return to form as soon as things, Deo volente, straighten out.

8- Yes, I disabled comments again.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 10:56 AM

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Oh. OK.

It turns out that many (most?) of the comments appended to these posts were winding up in my spambox.

I THINK I fixed that.

Management apologizes for the inconvenience.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 4:51 PM 5 comments

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"No comment."


The metric kids may look here for F-to-C conversion. (The above does not take into account the overnight lows.)




Posted by Joke at 6:27 PM 6 comments

In case you were wonderin'

This is still going on.

I remain wildly grateful for all the prayers and stuff.

There is a GLIMMER of hope on the horizon. (I attribute all of that to your prayerful prayin'.)

While I wait (getting "Rosary burns") for that glimmer of hope to materialize into something more concrete, things are starting to get very, VERY difficult.

So, I am asking again, as humbly as I possibly can, for your prayers, that we may be delivered from the severe financial distress under which we find ourselves. If you can manage to, once again, pray "scrunch-facedly" that would be appreciated, and some pious perspiration even more so. (Lighting candles, Mass intentions, etc. would be VERY good.)

I apologize for not being my usual, cheery self. If you want to be selfish, pray that this whole mess is successfully and satisfactorily concluded, so I can get back to the business of blogging recipes and jollity.

I thank you all in advance, and promise my continued prayers for you.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 1:19 PM

Friday, January 16, 2009

Use your brain.

Attention knitters.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 8:43 PM 10 comments

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An update.

I generally try to go all sweet and light and fluffy-bunny with my posts. Partly because I don't like train-wreck posts/blogs and partly because highlighting the things that suck in life is something that goes against my grain. But, I have been pretty reticent over the last few months and SOME explanation is warranted.

As you may know, the current economic mess pretty much has me straight in its crosshairs. I'm at Ground Zero, if you will.

(The upside is that I'm getting a LOT better at prayin'. These days it's aerobic.)

Unfortunately my business has developed, over the last few years, a greater and greater exposure to those areas which, of late, have been "taken out and flayed alive." We have three major projects going and if only one (JUST ONE!) of those were to come through we should be able to get through this year.

I'm not looking for untold wealth, I just want to be able to meet my obligations and pay my bills and feed my family, pay for all the schooling and care my kids need and all that.

The good news is that things are not dire, yet.
The bad news is that dire's getting closer.

There are (thank -- literally! -- God) some opportunities for us to get out from the mess we are facing. Yesterday I had an appointment that, if it all goes as hoped, would go a long way to allowing us to weather the next year or two. Not wallowing in luxury, of course, but we would be able to meet all our obligations and make everyone whole.

So.

I am asking as humbly as I can -- and you can imagine how easily humility comes to me -- for your prayers. If you can manage to get "scrunchy-faced" that would be appreciated, and some pious perspiration might not be out of place.

Beyond that, all I can really do these days is go on pray-n-trust mode.

I will never -- at least not this side of Heaven -- be able to adequately express my gratitude to all of you for what you have done and are doing on my/our behalf. Please know said gratitude, however imperfectly expressed, is thorough and complete. Your prayerful kindness will not go unremembered.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 4:05 PM

G'day?

This can't be good.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 4:04 PM 5 comments

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Translation: "The World Is Ending Soon."

Check out this insanity:

Larry Flynt Sues Nephews For Putting Family Name On "Inferior" Porn.

Umm...yeah.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 11:42 AM 2 comments

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

UPDATE! Today is...

UPDATE: Just shooed out the last of the relatives and about to begin the cleanup. Food was simple (Cæsar salad, ziti al forno, Amaretto cake with vanilla ice cream, espresso) but it came out quite, quite well.)

NTS's 10th birthday!

Happy Birthday, kid...you ol' man loves you.

-J.

Posted by Joke at 1:46 PM 16 comments

Monday, January 05, 2009

So ya know

Just wrapped up a phone call which brought potentially SPECTACULAR (and very high in relief and consolation, too) business news.

Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please...keep me (and this project--God knows which one it is) in your prayers.

Scrunchy-faced prayers, if at all possible.

I promise to return the favor.

AMDG,

-J.

P.S. I'm thinking I might -- cheerfully!!!! -- owe St. Joseph and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel a li'l something, too.

Posted by Joke at 6:16 PM

Friday, January 02, 2009

Please remain seated.

Bloggery will resume directly.

(Just as soon as I recuperate from my seasonal exhaustion.)

-J.

Posted by Joke at 8:59 AM 6 comments