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I answered a question about myself in an incorrect thread and was asked to share my response in a new thread . I don’t actually know much about starting a new topic but here my original answer to the question what would you like to share about yourself.

I love dogs and have three of them. I was a critical care RN for 20 years and loved it. I am now disabled since it ruined my spine and joints from all of the heavy lifting day in and day out. I lived in Va for 20 years in the Richmond Area. I got sick with a rare childhood virus when I was 48 that left me with severe fibromyalgia. I lost my house and everything I had saved trying to keep it hoping I could go back to work. Now I am living on social security disability and am a 100% disabled veteran. I spent over two years in the USAF when there was no rules about men doing anything they wanted to you. Needless to say I am disabled from PTSD from what was allowed to happen to me when I was on active duty. Never knew I was eligible and found out by sheer luck. I had to move to Pa and live in my deceased grandparents home until I could get finalncially straight. There was short time after I lost my work disability and before I got approved for my social security that I had absolutely no money at all. Not only had I lost my 3000 square foot home on 2 acres in Va, my job, my savings, all of my good friends but now I was living in cold Pa in a house that was built in 1924 and need to be totally remodeled. I also have two children who still live in Va and now I was separated from them as well. I thought I had hit rock bottom and would never get back up again. I prayed everyday but the prayers I asked for were not answered and one point I even got mad at God but continued to pray. Then waiting a few months everything turned around for me. I had an income now, had worked on my house for 5 years and it was looking good then out of nowhere I met my fiancé. I wasn’t looking to meet anyone but it just was a fluke. I had wrote off any kind of relationship but we were so much alike, came from almost identical upbringings, were both in the military, both had worked in mechanical jobs and the rest is history. Now I live in The Villages, Fl an upscale development for retired people. It has been like I died and went to heaven. So no matter how bad things get just keep praying and God will open doors that you never thought possible. Not the doors that you are hoping for but bigger and better ones. I also have met a lot of friends and customers from selling online. I have a few customers that I am really good friends with and we keep in touch weekly. Selling online is a great experience but I sure am glad I don’t have to depend on it to pay the bills. I am a procrastinator and have a hard time keeping focused on anything. I have shelves of antique glass and if I list one or two things a week I feel like I have accomplished something. So now you know much more about me than was probably necessary but anyone who wants to chat I love to read and write. I figure you guessed that right lol

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I answered a question about myself in an incorrect thread and was asked to share my response in a new thread . I don’t actually know much about starting a new topic but here my original answer to the question what would you like to share about yourself.

I love dogs and have three of them. I was a critical care RN for 20 years and loved it. I am now disabled since it ruined my spine and joints from all of the heavy lifting day in and day out. I lived in Va for 20 years in the Richmond Area. I got sick with a rare childhood virus when I was 48 that left me with severe fibromyalgia. I lost my house and everything I had saved trying to keep it hoping I could go back to work. Now I am living on social security disability and am a 100% disabled veteran. I spent over two years in the USAF when there was no rules about men doing anything they wanted to you. Needless to say I am disabled from PTSD from what was allowed to happen to me when I was on active duty. Never knew I was eligible and found out by sheer luck. I had to move to Pa and live in my deceased grandparents home until I could get finalncially straight. There was short time after I lost my work disability and before I got approved for my social security that I had absolutely no money at all. Not only had I lost my 3000 square foot home on 2 acres in Va, my job, my savings, all of my good friends but now I was living in cold Pa in a house that was built in 1924 and need to be totally remodeled. I also have two children who still live in Va and now I was separated from them as well. I thought I had hit rock bottom and would never get back up again. I prayed everyday but the prayers I asked for were not answered and one point I even got mad at God but continued to pray. Then waiting a few months everything turned around for me. I had an income now, had worked on my house for 5 years and it was looking good then out of nowhere I met my fiancé. I wasn’t looking to meet anyone but it just was a fluke. I had wrote off any kind of relationship but we were so much alike, came from almost identical upbringings, were both in the military, both had worked in mechanical jobs and the rest is history. Now I live in The Villages, Fl an upscale development for retired people. It has been like I died and went to heaven. So no matter how bad things get just keep praying and God will open doors that you never thought possible. Not the doors that you are hoping for but bigger and better ones. I also have met a lot of friends and customers from selling online. I have a few customers that I am really good friends with and we keep in touch weekly. Selling online is a great experience but I sure am glad I don’t have to depend on it to pay the bills. I am a procrastinator and have a hard time keeping focused on anything. I have shelves of antique glass and if I list one or two things a week I feel like I have accomplished something. So now you know much more about me than was probably necessary but anyone who wants to chat I love to read and write. I figure you guessed that right lol



You did perfect in creating a new discussion, and I'll be back to share more later. And I am going to read this to my 79yo mom today. She'll be greatly inspired. 💚💐💚

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Well me and my mom had a great time talking about your blessed good fortune. I think it is wonderful that you have shared your testimony. I felt very sad about your experience in the USAF, but that is all over now. For those who believe it, prayer does matter. I hope that you have gotten much medication and medical care since you have gotten settled, and that you are living relatively pain free. I'm happy for you and thanks for sharing this private part of your life. What did you do with your grandparents' house? I think it was a blessing that you had that place to go to, though at times you may have felt that you may as well have been living outside.
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I still own my grandmas house. Getting the rest of the remodeling done to sell it eventually. I have a lot of antiques there and I wish someone would just swoop in and offer me one price and take it all. I am in no hurry to get rid of my grandmas house since it is paid for. I don’t ever want to be without a roof over my head again. y parents of course would never let that happen. They are 80 though and one day I won’t have someone there for me when I fall. They are the best parents a child could ever ask for. They are not rich by any means but worked hard and saved money once us four kids grew up and left home. Of course I paid them every penny I owned back. I wold never take money from my parents. We grew up poor but one thing there always was is lots and lots of love.
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I still own my grandmas house. Getting the rest of the remodeling done to sell it eventually. I have a lot of antiques there and I wish someone would just swoop in and offer me one price and take it all. I am in no hurry to get rid of my grandmas house since it is paid for. I don’t ever want to be without a roof over my head again. y parents of course would never let that happen. They are 80 though and one day I won’t have someone there for me when I fall. They are the best parents a child could ever ask for. They are not rich by any means but worked hard and saved money once us four kids grew up and left home. Of course I paid them every penny I owned back. I wold never take money from my parents. We grew up poor but one thing there always was is lots and lots of love.


Well you know there are many types of sellers, antiques dealers and pickers who source items like that, buying the whole lot. Kind of like Storage Wars. Have you seen that program on TV? Is there a caretaker for the house and when was the last time that you went back to inspect it?

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Mostly old clear glass. Not worth all that much to call someone like that. I still have a good amount of Fenton glass as well. My fiancé is still working up north so he is living at the house. No worries there. Thanks for sharing, Julie. By the way I haven’t seen anyone else answer my question lol
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Mostly old clear glass. Not worth all that much to call someone like that. I still have a good amount of Fenton glass as well. My fiancé is still working up north so he is living at the house. No worries there. Thanks for sharing, Julie. By the way I haven’t seen anyone else answer my question lol


In time maybe someone will.

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One of my greatest joys in life is that I am a self-taught artist, crafter and writer. Formal education is ok. I'm not against it, but I'm very happy to have studied and grown on my own. For what I love doing in life, it is enough. I do plan to take some free, online graphic design courses throughout the summer. I want to increase my graphic design understanding and skills, but not interested in being degreed.

Caring for my 79yo mom is a real challenge. I never thought I would have to do that. She is not an invalid and takes care of herself, but she does need daily assistance with many things, depending on if she is having a flareup of one of her 4 diagnosed conditions, or if she feels great. She has had 2 bouts of being bedridden, one for 3 1/2, and the other 5 mos. later for about 4 1/2 mos. There is also the administrative help, planning for the future and general encouragement and motivation that I have to provide daily. I do feel sad that my life is like this. It takes a lot out of me being in this position. Before I was older, I used to read about the trials of caregivers. Like with any other challenges in life that others endure, we think how sad, and we sympathize with them. Then sometimes we one day find ourselves in a place where sympathy turns into empathy. 

I am glad that I live with strong Christian faith. It helps me to be positive and to live with hope for the future, and the future is the next moment, because a positive change can happen before we turn around. Things change overnight. I believe in positive thinking, faith, prayer, hope, inspiration, seeing the glass as half full, that behind every dark cloud is a silver lining, my end will be better than my beginning, happiness is a choice, joy comes in the morning and that I have power over my future, and most of all that nothing is too hard for God.

So all of my craft supplies and art media that really I never dreamed that I would have, surrounds me in a cocoon of love, joy and possibility. Compared to the time when I did not have any creative supplies, my work space is like my own bulging store. It is filled with colors, especially my fav ones of chartreuse green and fuchsia, and I can reach out and pick and use supplies as I please. I can open drawers and storage containers and ou-o-o-o-o and ah-h-h-h-h over my sparkly, shiny, glittery, colorful stock. I am very grateful for what I have, new and salvaged. When I observe my creative space all is well.

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