My apologies for going missing last week. I finally got the Administrator paper for my SIL’s estate and jumped into action to start processing all the pieces and parts. My week was full of constant phone calls, paperwork and appointments with a full day of volunteering at our Chamber of Commerce golf tournament thrown in. Oh, work. I even managed to squeeze in that darn work that helps to pay our bills. Don’t ask about sleep. I have given sleep up until all this is over.
This week has been more of the same but with the addition of school shopping thrown in and our internet being down for almost three days. Miss L. starts school this coming Monday. We got the school supplies on Monday and we got school clothes and soccer gear yesterday. Neither of us enjoy shopping for clothes and were both wiped out by the end of the day.
Several family members came to help clean out J’s storage units and we managed to get one clean completely and have to get the other one finished this weekend. We now have boxes piled in the house and soon in the barn. Everything has to be out of the unit by the end of the month and we have limited time to do it. The rest of the sorting out of stuff will happen here. I cannot stand “stuff” out of place or laying around for very long so my mission is to focus in and get this done as fast as possible.
Sooooooo, my apologies, but this is as good as you get this week. There is more on the schedule than I have time for. Hopefully next week will be better as we settle into a school schedule.
Take some time to slow down this week…for me as well as yourself!
There are no deep and thoughtful thoughts today. I am surrounded by Christmas chaos and a to do list depressingly long. Winter has set in and my normally cheerful disposition sinks along with the temperatures.
D. and I have been working long hours at his business. I will have to admit to looking forward to the end of deer season in another month. Next year he will be retired and hopefully the late night hours will not be so often.
I am pretty sure Amazon loves me this year and the UPS guy hates me. There have been deliveries every day this week because I have neither the time or inclination to fight my way through stores for Christmas presents. So far I have not had to step foot inside a single store and only plan for one quick stop to get gift cards this weekend. That should be the end of the shopping!
Decorations have been pretty minimal too. I got greenery up outside Thanksgiving weekend as well as the Christmas tree. We have an artificial tree and over the years my son, along with my daughter, were chief tree builders. I had to do it this year and realized just what a frustrating job it is.
Cooking is not happening at the moment either. No time with all the hours at the shop. Meals are generally soup and crackers. Christmas goodies probably are not going to happen at all. I hope to get our weekly pizza made tonight. That may be this week’s highlight for food.
Next year I think I will put a note in my calendar to get the Christmas shopping done in July and cook plenty of meals to freeze well before the beginning of deer season. Right now I feel like a squirrel who can’t find her nuts the day before a blizzard!
I have included a few of this week’s photos to break up this downer of a post. Hopefully by next week’s post I will have wrangled in the chaos and will be in more cheerful spirits.
We did wake up this morning, look out the kitchen window and find Bob the Houdini Horse staring in at us, wanting his breakfast. Wish I had managed a photo of that! Leave it to the crazy horse to give us a much needed laugh for the day.
I forgot. No excuses. I just forgot to write a post last week. I remembered on Saturday evening. It was even on my To Do list and I still forgot. I will try not to let that happen again…at least not soon.
At my age you would think that I had learned to be patient in how long things take. Every time I think I have learned that lesson something else comes along to prove otherwise.
Right now I am aggravated in how long it is taking me to get my work space set up and workable. I make progress, then something needs to be fixed in the house and here comes all the furniture, appliances, boxes, etc. piled back into my office and it clutters my mind as well as the space.
Last week we finally resolved some car issues that took about a month longer than I would have liked. It all turned out fine, but my impatience stresses me out for no good reason.
I have been “helping” D. train our horse, Bob. My helping means I hold the rope and pet the horse when he (Bob) gets stressed. I am trying to learn from D’s patience. It is one TINY step at a time teaching a horse his ground manners and to accept a rider. Today consisted of just showing Bob the blanket and putting on and taking it off his back, then trying the same thing with the saddle. Bob was not thrilled with the saddle. D. would let him smell it, touch it to his side, then walk away with the saddle. I have no idea how long this process will last until Bob will calmly accept the saddle on his back. Three weeks ago Bob wasn’t happy about a bit in his mouth either, but now hardly notices it.
So, I’m trying to keep in mind that life is more of a slow, one step forward, two steps back process. Eventually you get where you want to go, but it is rarely in our perceived timeframe.
This week’s other life challenge is dealing with disappointment. Disappointment mainly in people. I have had two incidents where people I have a high regard for have let me down. I know things happen and I know business decisions are rarely easy, but the customer service has been highly disappointing. In my business things go wrong also, but I do my best to make amends and resolve the issue that makes the customer, if not ecstatic, at least satisfied that I did my best to help them. One of these situations will result in me not using the business again, the other I am waiting to see how it plays out. I hate feeling this way. I am a peace, love, give a hug person who despises conflict. Unfortunately, in our flawed humanity conflict is often more the norm.
On a brighter note, I have found a tiny bit of space to work on drawing and painting again. I even managed to dig out the sewing machine and make a cushion cover for a chair that the dogs were beginning to cause damage to with their nails.
Oh, and salsa! We are making salsa and canning it this week. That just makes me happy. Fresh tomatoes turned into salsa that I can eat in February and have a taste of summer all over again. As Martha says, “it’s a good thing.”
Have you recovered from your Thanksgiving food coma? Maybe next year I will try to abstain from gluttony and put my money where my mouth is and do more giving instead of more eating. Even though they roll around the same time every year, the holidays always sneak up on me. One minute it is August and the next it is November.
A lovely, wonderful thing has happened this year. On December 1st (when I am writing this) I have all my Christmas shopping DONE! DONE. DONE. DONE! That has not happened since my now grown kids were toddlers. My daughter and son-in-law will not be here this year :-(, but with his family so I had to get at least their gifts taken care of in time for their Thanksgiving visit. I’m cheap and don’t want to pay shipping or stand in line at the post office. So, once I got started throwing my money around it didn’t take long to beat down that gift list. Oh, happy day Cyber-Monday as I made that last purchase on Etsy.
Oh, yeah, my decorating is done as well! How the heck did I do that? Ahhhh, no kids at home anymore. That is the downside. There is always a price to pay.
So, what am I going to do with all this time on my hands? Well, I have some gifts I am making for seven little munchkins. Next year they will officially be on my gift giving list, but for one more year I consider it helping out my fiancé. Here is a sneak peek. Will post the finished ones after Christmas along with a commissioned piece that I finished back in October but can’t show yet.
The not so fun stuff is the computer backups, upgrades, filing and reports to get ready for taxes. YUCK! I can’t use the Christmas season as an excuse to procrastinate this year. If I’m really, really good, my plan is to hunker down this weekend and beat most of it into submission.
I do have a large design piece to start on that has a first quarter deadline, AND I’m challenging myself to a drawing a day in 2016 to freshen up some skills. Do you think I should do a few as fillers on those days that just get away from me? Yep, I think so too. I will post some of those as I go along (keep me accountable please).
In 2015 I had a rough idea for a series that I wanted to work on. Things fell apart and nothing more than a few sketches happened. I still like the ideas and have added to the list, so my big goal for 2016 is to begin again. This year has been lots of experimenting in different mediums, refining skills and finding direction. Hopefully focusing on one idea will give me some boundaries to work within. I have too much creative ADD to live without boundaries! It has been a willy nilly year around here in 2015.
I apologize if this post has bored you to tears. Writing down some goals keeps me on track. Guilt can be a wonderful thing.
If you have made it this far, I hope you have peace, health, laughter, joy and fun in the coming days instead of the usual holiday insanity.