Friday, February 13, 2015

New days, new chances, they say!

Goodmorning everybody!

I am getting a bit grunchy here too at times, specially with all high bills coming in. They always come in a group at the beginning of the year(the nastiest ones!).
Now it is up to me to do something about it, but it always is such a lot of work. If you have a real low income you can apply for reduction or even remission, but gosh, you have to fill in enourmous forms and send all kind of copies of almost everything with them. I understand the minicipal or other authorities want to know something about you, but they also could just send a form that you have to sign in which you give permission to get info from tax office or other municipal agencies and then they should have almost every information. Perhaps one or two copies of special things and vooila, all done. But no. For every occasion you will have to send a pile of copies again. Soooo frustrating.
And then it isn;t yet sure that they will grant you request!
Well, I will try to start on it in the weekend, get all I need together then make copies start of next week and then cross fingers that it is good enough and such.

Jan has gone to an appointment from a department of social security where they coordinate volunteer work and this person will be your coach too, as I understand it.
Well, Jan can show he is working on getting a volunteer job, but without succes till now.
we'll see what will be the outcome of the conversation there, May be they will have a nice little job and if they could introduce him, it will be easier to get the job.
Monday I have an appointment finally with the social security guy, I had to go to last month, but seemed to be ill, remember??
It still took about a month before I heard anything from him!
All those appointments take precious time and non of them seem to be very helpfull, till now. But you have to go, if not, or if you come late, you might get a penalty on your payment!
Somehow I can understand it, but on the other hand, if they cut on your already very poor income, people might come into trouble, because they cannot pay the necessary bills anymore and what then?
So i wonder if that really is the best of measurement.

Let's try to go to a brighter side of life.
The weather looks rather nice today, the sun i shining, large parts of blue sky, almost no wind.
Temperatures are around 7 C here now, so not too bad for the time of year.
This weekend there is some speedskating to watch, World Championship for different distances, like 500, 1000, 1500, 3000,5000 and 10.000 metres.We already have one golden and one silver medal on the 10.000 mtrs for men( all started already yesterday) and a silver and bronze one on the 3000 mtrs. for women.
So this event will help to forget a moment about all official and nasty things, but reality will come back real soon too LOL!

Yesterday I was busy for several hours( including waiting time for dough that had to rize) in the kitchen. Made a Boeuf parmentier for dinner(is a kind of sheperds pie with minced meat) and also made a Russian pirog for tomorrow which we will have with our soup I'll make.
Looks a bit like this
Today is "free cooking day", meaning jan and I will look after ourselves, to make a quick bite. I love those days, I sometimes just have a pizza, or some spaghetti, anyway, something that is ready very quickly, without using a lot of pans and time LOL.

And now it's time for your freebie. It will be in 2 downloads again, one today, the other one on Monday(oh, I might post later in the afternoon then, because of my appointment in the morning!).
As it is Valentimes day tomorrow, I;ve made a kit for it. And I have a nice surprise to go with it too!
A lovely and sweet fram cluster made by Florence.
Next week you also will have some additional clusters from Arlene. Oh, you also should pop in on her blog, because she also has a lovely Valentine freebie for you.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, all the folks that are sick and tired of lots of snow I wish a very quick rise of temperature and speedy melting and then sunshine!

Download part 1 HERE

Surprise from Florence:
Download   HERE


Corrine Corbin said...

Thank ou for the pretty kit. I don't have a Valentine to send one to but I'm sure my children and Grandchildren will post a picture or two. So the first one to use will be Florence's pretty QP. Thank you Florence.

Happy Valentines day to every one, even Jan lol!

Edna B said...

Oh what a lovely Valentine kit. I could be tempted to make a scrap page. Seriously, one of these days, I'll get back into digital scrapping. I just have a full plate at the moment.

So sorry to hear of all the problems with trying to get some of the bills adjusted. I agree, the process could be made so much easier if the different agencies would go to one location and get all the pertinent information that they are asking for. Of course, this might mean that they have to work. Oh my!

Hopefully yours and Jans appointmets will help to find some good volunteer work close by. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Here, we are getting ready for the next big storm. Gosh, I wish it would quit. Ah well, Spring is coming whether we will be ready or not.

Now I'm off to see about some lunch for myself and Pogo. You have a super nice day my friend. Hugs, Edna B.

Linda said...

Hello and Thank you for these lovely downloads.
It certainly would be nice to only have one form to fill out.
I wish you well getting all the paperwork needed and hope you have success in getting a discount on your bills...

Mat's Merry Memoirs said...

Hello dear friend, had the first eye done on Friday, all seems to have gone well and healing quite rapidly, but best way to heal is to keep it closed, so lots of sleeping for two days....LOL!
Thanks for the gorgeous frame Florence! Thank you Kyra for the lovely kit.
Keeping you in my prayers that you and Jan get the assistance needed FROM social security.
Will chat more after some more healing. Hugs to both of you!