I made tremendous progress yesterday in getting things organized. I was quite determined to get some things done, because I needed to get my head above water on several small tasks that have been hanging in the background. I like being organized and in order to be creative, I need to feel that things are in order. When I look at the calendar and see how time seems to be passing so quickly, it is sometimes difficult to understand how each day is consumed. My days are all so full and it really does amaze me how soon it turns from morning to night. I can’t ever imagine being “bored”.
I got my bank and tax business taken care of yesterday. I thank you all who sent me encouraging messages, both in the comment section and privately. It feels good to know that i have friends and people who care. I do realize that I am certainly not the only one this happens to. I just want to do the right thing and it is unfortunate that they give you so little time to rectify it and pay it back. In all fairness to the IRS, the woman did offer up a payment plan right away. I didn’t take her up on it though, as I didn’t want to prolong things. It completely drained me right now but I wanted to be able to put things behind me and move on with a clean slate. I have made due on less. Besides, the new catalogs are out and I am ‘optimistic’ that I will see their success by next month (See Grizzman – I AM getting back on that pink cloud again!) Besides, it will make me work harder. We always work harder when we are hungrier. :)
So on to other and better things . . .
I am finishing up the proofreading on my Skating Pond project this weekend. I received my instructions back from the editor of that magazine in their format so I could check them and do any final changes on them. I like seeing everything all laid out like this and I am getting excited about the whole project again. I had spent last weekend drafting the instructions which were almost 10 written pages. There are a lot of colors and directions for all those pieces. They are not talking the bridge, but I will include it in my own set later on. I will be building the bridge soon I think and present it on the other blog. I am a little behind with the other blog, as I do like adding in stories about each character. As I have been repainting each one, I think of a short story to go with them. It makes it personal and fun for me. I will probably catch up on that this weekend, as well as adding in my star projects to my gallery.
I am still awaiting my website update from the host. When I spoke to them last Saturday, the order was supposed to be submitted in an ‘expedited’ status. I was told that the normal time was within a week. I also know that they programmers don’t work on weekends and they are the ones that are supposed to do this. So it isn’t happening yet. It is like waiting for your turn to jump out of a plane as far as I am concerned (and not in a good way!) I wish they would just get it over and done so I can see what I a will have to do to get it to normal. There are things I want to add in and I need to change some things and I think it would be silly to do it and waste the time if the site will be wiped and started from scratch (so to speak) anyway. I am not looking forward to that at all and wish it would just be done.
On a good note, I received the new issue of Creative Woodworks yesterday. The project that was in it was my “Life Is Sweet . . . Bee Happy” plaque, as well as my “Making Turn Buttons on your Scroll Saw” article. I remember that I was just finished working on that project when I first joined Lumberjocks. So much water has gone under the bridge since then, it seems! I have only been here for about four months, and it seems like it has been much longer than that. Although it seems that sometimes I am spinning my wheels, I looked back and figured out that I did accomplish a lot in these last four months. I have also met some wonderful friends and I have learned so much about so many things. All in all, it has a been a great summer.
It is funny that I almost forgot about that plaque. I opened up the magazine and said to myself “oh, yah” when I saw it. I also can’t help but think how appropriate the timing was. In the wake of all the chaos of the previous week, perhaps it was a sort of karma that was going on to remind me to stay grounded and appreciate what is around me. I think they are good words to live by.
|From Life Is Sweet - Bee Happy!|
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"