up and down the eastern coast? Me, that is who.
The economy is bad everywhere. I thought that up in New England it would be somewhat better than in the South. I was wrong. Stores are closing left and right up there. We weren’t picking up any new houses to clean and I wasn’t making enough money to afford an apartment, utilities, food or anything else needed for survival. The school system up in Maine is way behind the system here. They aren’t up on their reading or math. In Maine, the third grade is still on adding and subtraction. Here, at his old school, they are doing multiplication, algebra, and geometry. In Maine Brian was still on printing and here, at his old school, they are doing cursive. His reading was suffering while up in Maine. Here he is at fifth grade level reading and after he reads a book he goes on line and takes a test. He is an accelerated reader, but in Maine he had to draw pictures of what he read and he had a whole month to do it. I was shocked that they are so far behind.
My sister, a friend of hers and I did a harvest fair. We baked cupcakes, pumpkin and banana bread, made orange flavored chocolate and white chocolates as well as chocolate and white chocolate lollipops all in the harvest and Halloween mode. We also made maple and pecan flavored popcorn along with green apple flavored popcorn. We made blueberry and apple cinnamon muffins. It took us two full days and nights to do it all. The evening before the fair we did all the baked goods. We went to bed a 2:00 a.m. and got up at five to be at the fair by 7:00 a.m. We failed at that. We all lost $140.00 plus. It was terrible. All the other vendors were also complaining about the money they were loosing. People weren’t buying. They were just browsing. They all said that it was the economy. We gave away all the leftover baked good to friends and family.
These are some of the products that we made. This was just half of it.
Regretfully, Brian and I are back in Georgia. We also brought Nicky back with us. Carrie will have to work nights and didn’t have anyone to care for Nicky while she worked. She will be traveling back and forth to Boston from New Hampshire. Carrie will be looking for nighttime daycare. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before Nicky is back with her-If you know what I mean. 🙂
My sister, bil and niece did everything to make us feel at home and were sorry that we couldn’t make it there. My sister said to give it a few more months, but if I didn’t find an apartment I wouldn’t be able to watch Nicky while Carrie worked. Brian was saddened that we had to leave but couldn’t wait to get back to Grampy. He is back in his old school as of yesterday and right back to his regular routine. Kids are somewhat resilient anyhow.
Well, I failed that mission. When we decide to make the move back we will be sure that we do it together. We will just have to make it here for a while. Tom told me to have no regrets that at least I tried.