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Dear Anyone, We have never met but I have read a lot of your family news letters. My name is Beth, and I am His wife, (you might as will call me that because we have been together for 15 years now). (and I will be referring Him as either He, Him or His) I hope everything is well with you and yours? Anyway, I am writing this letter because I don't know who else to talk to. He has no idea that I am doing this, so please don't tell Him anything? Before the last 2 years we were doing well with His working and I with my own business. But 2 years ago I lost my business. You see, I was a CellularOne authorized dealer. Then AT&T came along and bought CellularOne out. I had to sign a contract with AT&T to become a dealer for them. Well again I was holding my own and able to pay the bills and have monies to take home. The contract with AT&T was for a year and that year came up so fast and I didn't think anything of it until in February of 2009 I received a over-nighted FedEx from AT&T saying that as of March 1 2009 I would no longer be an authorized dealer for them, that I could close up my business. That I was not making their quota. I do not understand it, I paid the lease and I bought all my equipment and inventory , all they had to do was pay me for my commissions. And I was not the only one that AT&T did this to. There was a lot of former CellularOne dealers they did the same thing to. And to make things worse, He was told from his employer in March 2009 that all the guys there would all be laid off. He had drawn Unemployment Comp till this last December as all of his extensions were gone. We live in an area where the unemployment rate is very high. There is no work in our area. So there for he is not bringing in any kind of income either. Although he did work for one of his friends from LF for a couple of months before Christmas. Wasn't much, but it sure helped us out. Now that the Holidays are over with, his friend does not need him This last March I put in an application for Social Security Disability. I have had peripheral neuropathy for quite some time now, and in August I was accepted. I receive $742 a month. which isn't much. And I have raised a few puppies and sell them, which has brought in a few more dollars. We had an all summer garage sale going this last summer and have sold a lot of our personal things. He even sold his pride and joy, his garden tractor he bought a few years ago and most of his guns. We are down to one vehicle. And right now I am trying to sell my Great Grandmothers diamond that was given to my over 10 years ago. Haven't even had a bite on that, and I am practically giving it away. I guess every body is just about as broke as we are. I have been looking for a part time job in the area but I have not found anything I can really do, as I can not stand for very long and my fingers go numb with working with them also. It wouldn't be so bad if they were just numb but the nerve pain is so very painful. I guess the reason why I am writing this to Anyone is that I am looking for some help. There is nothing my folks can do as my Mom is in a nursing home. And I have no other family I can go to. And of course His parents as you know are both deceased. I even asked His sister if there was anyway she could help us, but she said she had none to help with. I guess what I am doing is... God, our house payment is going on 3 months past due. Good thing they can not shut off your electric , Minnesota has the cold weather rule that from Oct 15-April 15 they can not shut you down. Not so with gas for heating. They just do not deliver unless you pay up front. Tuesday our cell phones will be shut down, We just don't have the money. Not sure how long we will have the internet. At least with that we can check online for work. You know what the really bad thing is? Before all this, I had built up my credit, that my score was just about to 800. Now, I'd be lucky if it is 500. I am getting side tracked again...Anyone? Please? Is there anything you can help us with? I don't have any idea where we would go if we lost our home. It is 10 acres that I had before I met Him. We just put a home on it 5 years ago. I hate to beg, I just don't know what else to do. And I always thought that here would be the home that we would live in till death do us part. We have never been so broke in our lives. I am getting desperate here. And I do not see any light at the end of our tunnel. I feel as though God is really testing us and I am just not sure where he is taking us. So please, let me know as soon as possible if you can or not? And I will understand if you can not. Sincerely,
Hi Anyone, Well, it is 8:30am Feb 8th and burrrr!!! it is cold in here. The furnace thermometer says it is 50 degrees in here. Nothing like piling on the blankets and then this morning hurry up to get dressed. We ran out of gas for heating and cooking last night around 6pm. The temp last night was 22 below and hasn't warmed up much this morning. Boy, it's a good thing we live in a "disposable" world., because I was able to make everything for dinner in the microwave. We didn't call the gas company last night because they charge you an after hours fee of $150, plus you have to have a minimum delivery of 100 gallons. We didn't have the money anyway and we owed them over $200 from last month. Well, I had to call them this morning cuz you can't go long having no heat in the middle of the winter here in the great state of Minnesota. Of course they want last months bill plus for the 100 gallons they were about to deliver. She told me that they needed $534.33 before they came out. A lot of money if you don't have it. I did still have $400 in the bank that I was saving for the house payment. Can I cry now, it just seems like nothing can go right anymore. Last month I had sent in an application for fuel assistance. The gas co wanted to know if I had. Called FA and of course I had to leave my phone number. Oh my God, they called me back and she said that they were working on my application. Somebody must be looking out for me, because she said we qualified for $413 for the gas co and $168 for the electric co. and that I would get another $500 in emergency assistance. "Let me hug and kiss my Angel" Today I am posting on Craigslist our cell phones, now that we will not need those for a long time. Along with some of my family antiques, and a few other items. I hope they sell fast, cuz I need the money for our house payment. Sorry...I have to go. I will post more later today