But when the gas prices went down, the railroad took a massive hit. We are one of the lucky railroad families; my husband still has a job. But to keep that job my husband has had to follow his job to another town while the kids and I stay here. This could be temporary or it could be permanent, we don't know.
In going with the job, my husband has had to work without pay, they call it "familiarizing" with the area. Each area has it's own rules on how many trips they guys must do without pay, some are a few trips, others a few weeks, some a few months. While the railroad is supposed to put the guys up in a hotel when they are in a different town than "home base" with all the moving that has happened the railroad will now only put the guys up for 24 hours in a hotel. If my hubby is there for 24 hours and 30 minutes, waiting for the railroad to call him we are charged for the hotel room for the full duration. Yes there has been times my hubby has had to check out of the hotel, drive to the railroad depot and sleep in the car for a few more hours because they haven't called him to go to work yet. And yes, the unions are okay with this. This is just the tip of the iceberg and if you think they should strike, I agree, unfortunately it's illegal for the railroad workers that haul coal to strike in the U.S thanks to regulations by the federal government...no not Obama, Ronald Reagan if you really want to know :)
The first option I had was to shut the blog down. I am not okay with paying for the domain name and everything else while this is going on. The second option is the one that I have chosen to try, and I hope you understand.
My second option is to start finding sponsored posts for the blog. I really feel that this will be a win/win situation for the website. It could give me new content to blog about and enough money to keep the site up and going. If I can find any of these opportunities they will all be relating to CU of course and only one's that I feel strongly about.
The deadline will be in September of this year. If it doesn't work then the site will shut down, but I promise to give you plenty of notice so you can copy what ever you want or send in your final questions to me before it shuts down. In the mean time I will get some new blog posts up about the highs we have experienced.
I truly hope you understand and if you have any suggestions, please let me know using the contact form.