They Can’t Take Away Our Memories

I know that most of us are feeling the pinch of this economy. As for my family and I, we have felt it for a few years now. Most know that Tom is partially disable due to injuring himself on the job which led to spinal surgery where they put titanium clamps to his spine. That surgery led to him having congestive heart failure, kidney failure, pulmonary embolism (blood clot to his lungs), hematoma from the intravenous needle to his right arm (the had to due surgery to relieve the pressure which left nerve damage), and having a vena cava filter inserted in to his jugular vein in his neck (while he was awake) to catch blood clots before traveling to his lungs which he will have with him for the rest of his life. This all happened within days of his spinal surgery. It was a nightmare. He will never be able to do the job he did before his injury. Now he is doing desk work which doesn’t pay as much and much less than his job before his injury. We have learned to adjust to less money, but each year it gets harder and harder to maintain what we already have in today’s economy. Everything has risen in price from our health insurance, food, taxes…It just goes on and on.

This is our pool before the economy tanked.

This is our pool now.

This is what has become of our pool. Last year we didn’t open it and this year we knew that it would be tougher to get up the money. We don’t foresee things will get better for us to afford such a luxury. Our pool was becoming a frog pond, and a mosquito magnet due to lack of financial maintenance. We had it filled in with five (dump truck) loads of dirt using our income tax return.  Bye, bye saving!

It is so sad, to us, that these are the results of the financial hardships that we have come to know.

We have been busy moving the rest of the dirt by hand. This weekend we are going to plant grass seed where the pool was.  We have a lot to do.

13 thoughts on “They Can’t Take Away Our Memories

  1. Liz, I just can’t get over what a beautiful backyard you have. I am sure your new garden area will be beautiful also. Love these photos! big hugs

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  2. Hi Liz,

    I didn’t know what had happened to Tom, I am truly sorry to hear that he had to go through all that suffering. I know things seem bad right now, and yes, compared to how they used to be, they are bad, BUT I know things are going to get better. You know these things come in waves. It’s just that some take longer to ride out, but before you know it, you will be safely on shore. You are right my friend, they can’t take your memories.
    Sending a huge hug your way.

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  3. Hi Liz,

    It really is expensive to maintain, isn’t it? I am sorry that you and Tom had to go through all of that with his back and all of that.

    Hope you have a good weekend!

    ((Hugs))

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  4. Hi Liz: This economy is the pits. We’ve never invested in stock, thank goodness, but the food prices are out there and here, I can’t get half what I want. I’m so sorry about your pool. HUGS and God Bless.

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  5. Liz, oops I hit send to soon. I forgot to comment on your memories, you’re right no one can take those away! no one. big hugs thanks for sharing your photos.

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  6. Hi Liz, I was checking out the different parties and the Libertarian party isn’t for me, but I do find the Independent part of America interesting esp when I read this!
    ” “The Constitution for the United States of America was established as an inspired ensign and standard of liberty for all. It is the only constitution based foremost upon the rights and liberties of a free and independent people who are superior to government, having government as their servant rather than as their master. ” okay now I am interested cause this is how I feel.

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  7. HI Liz aw I’m so very sorry about your beautiful pool and your husband’s horrid illnesses. Liz I was telling my mother about you just yesterday I was crying and I didn’t know why, but I told her I feel like I know you, something in your heart reaches out to mine when I read your words. Now today you posted about your father and I now know that we both have experienced a similar life as a child. My father also beat my mother this was before 911 days and I was always protecting my mom. She does not fight for herself and never has. Her family was perfect though in every way and I mean that with all my heart, my grandparents were the best. I could never be like them, they are so cool I aspire to be like them.
    They are gone now but always in my thoughts. My dad also left my mom and ran off with another woman, telling me he was doing so while I was in the yard broke my heart. He was a mean drunk. But I also love him so much no matter what he did I loved him. My brothers do not share my love for dad. They are angry with him.
    Even though you cannot have your pool liz I love the idea you have come up with to fill it with dirt, will you put a garden there?
    Grow your own food? I am saving my income tax this year and in February Steve didn’t make enough money to pay our bills. So he took a week of vacation pay to make up for the loss of income. I don’t know what we are going to do if things keep up this long we don’t know from month to month how much he will get he is commission.
    I am rethinking a new party also. I use to be a independent before I was a Republican but now I am thinking maybe Libertarian, but i have to go to their site and read it. John Stossel has a special on 20/20 Friday he is a Libertarian and hates these spending bills. I like him a lot. will check it out. I am praying for you and your family sweetie. Hang in there with me! Big hugs

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  8. Hi Liz, It was a beautiful pool, but I have an idea about the expense since we had an above ground pool which we removed a couple of years ago. Those loads of earth don’t come cheap either. *hugs*

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  9. Hi Liz, I am so sad looking at the before and after photos. This recession is heartbreaking to us. My husband’s job ended this past Sunday…all the Circuit City stores shut down. We are taking it a day at a time, and my Lord, he will be 60, who will hire?? Keep us in prayer please, as I also pray for you and your family Liz. Just where it will end is anyone’s guess, but I sure am thinking it will get worse yet!

    Love and hugs!

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  10. DearLiz
    My tears are flowing over, I am so sad for you.
    To see the first photos of the nice pool life, for than to use saved money to fill it up, it is just sad.
    But I understand the luxury must go first, hope it stops there.
    I am sorry to hear about Tom too, so much you have to go through.
    Send you all my warm thoughts and hugs.
    Take care.
    from Inger

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