Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, still feel frustrated....

     I just feel like I will never catch up.  I think it is because I have had the same two piles of dresses to go out all torn up and on my ready table since last Friday.  I start and don't finish anything and it is an aggravation.  I get distracted and then buzz to a different project.  So today I will finish one at a time.  Two pieces actually just need to be pressed.  Then I need to get the other pile done and quit spraying my time all  over the place.

     We had a costume crisis last night thinking we had not ordered enough of one costume or they had been stolen, but I just called company and they are on back order. My ballet Mistress swears she counted 12 but when they were tried on we were missing 3, so we have decided to write down as we count.  It is so hard to keep track of every detail when you have so many kids and parts.  But that snafu is over, well not really over until costumes are in hand.

     I am baking bread this morning as I get things done.  I was able to refill the linen closet as it had to be emptied by the plumber yesterday. So the bathroom and spare bedroom were all tore up.  I am a  little sleepy today, although I slept good last night with the help of a sleeping pill.  I don't really like to take them as they make me feel hung over.  I have never been hung over, but I guess they make me feel droopy the next day.   I will fight through it.

     It is beautiful day outside.  So pretty and it will be warm by this weekend.  I am off to my sewing machines and I will finish and get on with this stuff I swear.  I only teach one class tonight so I should be fine. 

Out My Window:  Gorgeous blooming plants everywhere.

Have a great and productive day!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, frustrated, bad night.

     I am frustrated as I did not get nearly enough done yesterday in the shop.  I suppose I should be grateful as daughter did get out a 3 page info bulletin to parents for me, but I felt like I was swimming up stream the whole darn day.  I hope today is better.   I also could not sleep last night.  I actually think I got to sleep around 3 a.m.  So aggravating, there is nothing I dislike as much as insomnia.  It makes me rather frantic.

     Right now the plumber is here fixing the bathtub.  I should not have a bill as I have a credit with this company. But I had to empty the linen closet and make a big mess in the spare room.  Oh well it will be nice to run a bath in less than 45 minutes don't you think?

     On a better note I already have my $100.00 saved for the week, so anything above and beyond that will go into the house fund.  It is hard to believe that April will be over tomorrow and I have to start to worry about the house payment.  It is always something.

     I went to Joanns yesterday to get some costume parts, boy do I hate that place.  The people that work there are nice, but slow....... I mean minimum wage slow, where they can't get any other job because they are slow and dingy and no one else would hire them.  I am not talking about disabled slow, that you would see at Wal-mart, I have all the patience in the world for that kind of slow, I mean just plain old putzers that have never thought about a way to do something efficiently in their lives.  It took a clerk 1.5 hours to cut my fabric, I about came after her with the scissors.   Okay I am a little cranky today, can you tell?  I did get some good buys which is unusual for Joanns.  They had red t-shirts that I wanted to make apple costumes out of 4/$10.00, also cute red sparkly head bands for $1.00, so with a little green and brown felt we have a costume for under $5.00.  You have to love that.  They also had some nice stretch oil can fabric, again under $5.00 a costume.

     On the costume front, I have a mom assigned to the lion costume.  I also have a mom making the apples and oil can costumes. So I am off the hook there.  That leaves me the scarecrow, the wicked witch and the good witch and lot's of bits and pieces.

     As soon as the plumber leaves I have to go to the banks.

Have a great and productive day!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, new totals!

     Checkout the new totals, of course Jenny updated also and she is still ahead!  I need to get a slew of paper work out for the studio today.  I left my keys in Hub's car and he is 50 miles away so I have no transportation.  Go me!  So much sewing to do that it is crazy at least I cannot go anywhere so I will get that done.  I am slowly catching up.

    D#2 is here to help me with extra studio work.  I am so happy.  She is a great get things done kind of girl.  I am going to make a list and have her start to tick things off. The first thing she is going to do is get a note out to parents with the schedule on it this week.  Yippee it is like having a secretary for a day.

     Out My Window:  The sun is shining, but it is chilly.  It is supposed to be in the low 80's by the end of the week.  I can handle that. So can everything I planted this week.

Have a great and productive day!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday, yard work and studio catch up...

     Worked hard in the yard this morning.  Hubs took the truck to a church clean-up project so I could not get any garbage put in it to take to the dump.  I planted as many flower boxes as I could and also started more things from seed.  I worked off and on cleaning the pond, but it is such a mess out there and really too cold to work in water.  I did get many perennials divided and planted out front and another two large beds weeded.  I am still working on filling in 4 large beds with perennials.  The ones I bought last year in the dead and dieing from home depot have all come back really well and are much larger.  I still drive by home depot every day and look at the rack from my car, if it has new plants I stop and look at them.  It is great to get really nice large perennials for 75 cents to $2.50 and the beds are filling in nicely.  In a few years all I will have to do is weed.  Well you also have to divide sometimes. Hubs needs to spray for me out front.  He was able to mow the lawn which was a big job as it was so long, due to the wet weather.

     There is still so much clean up in the back and side yards it is scary.  I just don't know when I will have time to attack it.  I could get up earlier and get out and work for a couple of hours, but the shop has been so busy and I need the money, plus I have been sleeping later.  I just don't know if I have the energy any more to work in the yard for 2 hours then sew, keep up the house and teach dance and deal with an upcoming show.  The mess will be there when the show is over, right?

     Ballet Mistress came over about 12:30 and we loaded 15 boxes of costumes in the truck and took them to the studio. I guess I am glad now I had not filled the truck with weeds.  We unpacked all costumes and took count to see that we had everything.  I am still waiting on a May 1st ship date on 3 sets of costumes.  I brought everything home that needs work.  So I really only have 4 major costumes to do and then some head pieces and many extras, so I will make a list and start getting things checked off.  Lot's of set and painting to do. Then we came back to my house and made a tentative show CD in three acts.  There is a lot of music to splice, but this way we know what comes next and can flow rehearsals better.

     We were done at 4:30 and I continued to work in the yard/pond/weeding/planting until it was too dark to see.  Then came in to do the dishes and clean the kitchen.  Actually I needed to soak my hands and clean my nail beds, nothing like hot soapy water to do that.

     I was going to update my totals tonight but I cannot find the my bank slip with the numbers, so aggravating because I know I put it some where so I could find it. ( Does anyone else to that?)  I will have to call Monday morning.  I love posting my totals, it is the only thing that makes me feel like I am making headway.  Plus my goal is to pass up Sarah at  "Digging out of our Mess One Spoonful at a time"  We are close to neck and neck on debt and I love a competition.  After all I have been blogging for going on 4 years and have been watching and admiring her.  I estimate we will both be out about the same time and we are going to party!  She is ahead of me by about 4 grand so I put myself in a race.  Please stay ahead Sarah so I have to keep trying.

Well I am off to bed, I have church tomorrow, and music to practice.  Sweet Dreams.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, still working, still working

     Sissie, you will be so proud of me.  I have my money tucked away!  Yippee!

     I am stressed about this summer and studio bills as I have not been able to save as I wanted to, so my sister suggested that I just make it a goal to stash away $100.00 a week for the next 7 weeks.  In the summer rent is my biggest concern and Junes bills are not a problem, because we are just off a recital, but it gets very tricky in July and August.  So right now as the shop is very busy and will stay busy (hopefully) I am going to try and save $700.00 just for the rent in July or August and with the money in savings I should be okay.  She just made it sound so easy.  She always does.  Whenever I get into a jam mentally or financially she is there, not always with money but she has rescued my butt more times than I want to admit. However her biggest help to me is just good advice.  I wish you all had a sister like her.

     I sewed like a mad woman yesterday and will have to today also.  I have two wedding dresses due out at about 3 today.  Hubs string quartet is playing at The Dogwood Festival at the college, but it is very cold and rainy today. (not a good day for an outdoor festival)  They will not take their instruments out in the rain.  I feel sorry for the developers.  Having a rainy weekend just makes the festival miserable and  no one attends.  I know I will not be going.  Also one of the Washington County's is having their fair this weekend, again, how miserable. Many of my students have animals in that fair and they were describing how cold and dreary it is in the barns. I won't be going to that either.  I am such a party pooper.

     This is my last weekend free before the show so I will take advantage of it by getting things done and doing a little relaxing.  The house is a little messy and I have laundry to finish.  No kids will be home this weekend so I don't have to worry about them.  Hub's and I will attend a fund raiser for a local man running for Senate.  I told the woman in charge that I would bring a plate of finger foods.  (I cannot spell ourdvours, horse d vours, dors de whors, okay now we are just getting awkward)  So I will make beach bread, cheap simple and every one loves it.  Stale french baguette( I can spell baguette), thin slice of fresh mozzarella, thin slice Roma tomato, basil leaf and sprinkled with EVO.  Delicious!  It is also very pretty.

Out My Window:  Cold, dreary, socked in foggy weather.  You cannot see the valley below my house.

Have a great and productive day!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday, up and at'em

     Stayed up way too late last night.  Why do I do that?  I say I am going to go to bed early and then I start reading a book or watching a movie and then I am dragging the rest of the day. But I made myself get up this morning and I am bathed, coiffed and ready to meet my public.

     Hubs was transposing music last night while I made bread.  He came home last night and said, "We are out of bread."  I knew that, just did not have time for it yesterday.  Right now I have a couple of loads of wash to do and plenty of sewing.

     Everything is in full bloom in this valley and it is so beautiful, but rainy and cold. Which I should be grateful for or I would get no sewing done as I would be out in the nice weather, working in the yard.

    Costume boxes are arriving and the ballet mistress and I need to go through and look at everything and get the music put together for the show.  I hope we can do that this weekend.  At least a rough cut.  I want to get all caught up in the shop as much as possible so I can concentrate on recital props and things the next couple of weeks.

     So I had better get busy as I have to teach at 3 today.

Have a great and productive day!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, same old, same old....

     When I came home from the studio last night, hubby was home.  He was done with his planting early.  It was really rainy yesterday and I think he got chilled.  We had a hard time warming him up, but finally hot chocolate, warm food, blankets and a nap and he was okay.  He had just been cold all day long and then had a hour ride home in the car and even with the heat on full blast he could not warm up.

     I sewed hard yesterday and I will need to sew hard today also.  The shop is just busy and I am so grateful. Parents are slowly getting their costume checks in and I am waiting for parts on the ones I need to make then I will have 5 that I need to tweak and redo.  I can do that without causing too much stress.

     I need to call the garage door repairman and the plumber.  This is the third time in 4 years we have had the garage door repaired. I have a credit with the plumber so maybe I will get those things done today.

     Hubs just mowed the lawn last weekend and it is so long in back.( we need a goat)  But it is that time of year and now it is too wet to mow so it just grows, and grows.  Our yard is very large and very steep so it is hard to mow.  I cannot do it and I don't know how much longer hubs will be able to either.

Out My Window:  Rainy, cool, need to go check on the chickens.

Have a great and productive day!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, I am freezing!

     It is raining hard outside and that is great!  It is good for the garden and all the new plants, but I still had to go out and check on the chickens in the pouring rain.  Hub's is out tree planting today, so I wonder how that will go.  He left very early and came home after 10 last night.  Usually he checks the chickens in the evening.  I check them in the morning. Well the big chicken was out of water and I had to wield her huge water carrier to the back porch and refill it.  In the process I was soaked through and it gave me the chills.  I am sitting here with a blanket around me and a space heater at my feet, shivering.

     I was able to get the three paperwork nightmares I had out of the way yesterday and also pick up our truck which is now fixed.  I had to take $500.00 out of my meager savings for the deductible and now I have to get it back in, but I will you just wait and see.  Truck looks great but it smells like paint. Picked up the posters for the show yesterday and they look wonderful.  Now I have to get them disbursed.

     I have a ton of sewing to get done in the next two days.  Yesterday was busy in the shop with much new product coming in.  My goal is to have at least 1/2 my savings returned and $100.00 put away in my summer fund by the end of the week.  Everyday I go to the studio there are more checks to pay for costumes, and put them right into the costume account.  I have over $7000.00 to pay back and I will, no more adding debt.

     I had to do hub's work at the bank last night as I knew he would be home so late and would have put in a 16 hour day, and I will have to do the same thing tonight.  So after I leave the studio I will go to the bank.  One thing about doing it myself is that I really appreciate him when he is there to do it with me.

     D#3 called yesterday and she met with her counselor and then said that there is no way she will graduate in 4 years.  I already knew that.  She might take an extra semester or an extra year, but that is okay.  Her health was so precarious through high school and that first year of college we just never expected her to push herself like the other girls did.  She is much stronger now and able to carry a heavier load.  Boy will it be nice when she has her undergraduate degree out of the way.  I just keep telling myself 2 more years you can do it!  I keep telling her that also.

     I can see that I will have to make bread tonight when I get home as we are down to about 1/4 of a loaf.  So I will put that on my to do list.  I feel like I am forgetting something important and it is bugging me.

Have a great and productive day!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, Happy belated Easter

     Happy belated Easter everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful time with family and food.  I have been so busy these last two weeks I feel like I am on a roller coaster, but I hope things are a little calmer in the next few weeks.

    I was able to get the garden planted on Saturday.  I cannot find eggplant starts any where but I know they will pop up some where in a few weeks.  I also started a large tray of seedlings again.  Corn, sunflowers, and some more morning glories.  They should be up and ready to transplant in a few weeks.  I am almost done filling in the front bed with perennials, then as the season progresses I will continue to add perennials from the dead and dieing bins.  I can fill in holes as I go.  I also bought a large bacopa on sale and am in the process of transplanting that for my flower boxes.  I will work on those later.  There is still so much cleaning to do outside.  That will just have to wait.

     I want to really take stock of my shop today and get things organized and out. I am trying a couple of new strategies to get through the summer.  My sissie has come up with a couple of new ideas I am trying to implement.  I must save at least $100.00 in an envelope a week for the next 7 weeks. Then if I can continue it will help offset the rent for the studio and as it is my largest bill in the summer.  I am panicky right now as I have not been able to save as I like and even though I have some savings, it is not enough to get through.  Last summer was not good and I don't want a repeat.  I also need to remember how sick I was and I could not really do anything.  I am feeling pretty good now.  So if my health holds I think things will be better.

   Again I have 3 paper work struggles to get done today and I will get them done!  I will not procrastinate!

     Well the shop is calling and I have a whole day of work planned.

Out My Window:  Beautiful but a little cool.

Have a great and productive day!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday late, some kinds of help....

         The late poet Shel Silverstein had a great poem called Help.  It is perfectly appropriate for my last two days.

And some kind of help are the kind of help
that helpings all about.
Other kind of help are the kind of help
We'd rather do without.
( this is roughly quoted)

     I spent late into the night Wednesday, searching internet sites and getting all my ordering lined up for the upcoming recital.  I had 6 sites with long lists of costume parts and pieces.  Over $5000.00 worth of goods.  I spent Thursday morning placing orders and checking by phone for availability and changing things that would not ship on time.  Finally it was all done and I did not get to blog as I had several sewing things that were due out.  So on my way upstairs to get something to eat (it was about noon) the phone rings and it is the fraud department from our CU saying that my CC had been used recently on several odd sites, like Wizard of Oz .com so they had shut down the card and dispatched all the charges. 

  Now I had to call all the companies who had or had not saved my orders, and I had to wait until Friday morning to replace everything and pray that is was still available.  I swear monkey costumes are really hard to find this time of year.

     The sewing shop has been really busy and I am slowly catching up, I think, but I still had several fancy gowns to get out this week and many Easter things to get done.  It has been nuts here the last two days.  I just don't remember a dance recital taking this much time and detail, or is it like childbirth and you forget?

     I am being very diligent about costumes this year and saving every receipt  (I always do this) but I am keeping a journal and writing every expense down, so I can make sure and charge parents.  I will not go deeper into debt with this recital.

     It is supposed to be beautiful tomorrow in the 70's I can't wait.  I am going to work outside and plant the garden!

Have a restful night.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, up early

      I woke up at 6 this morning, probably from stress.  But I made myself get up as I have been sleeping too late and need to start getting up earlier for yard work before the shop opens.  I am really tired right now but not sleepy tired.

     My goal to day besides sewing like a demon is to get all my costumes and costume parts ordered for the show.  The poster is done and went to print so as soon as the printers open I will order and get a hold of the TV station.  It is all the little details that get to me and trust me there are a lot of details.

     I am really trying not to make any bulk costumes this year.  I do have to tweak many and make a few individual but that I can do.  I just don't want to make 17 of something and lose money in the shop in the mean time.

     Did get my personal account balanced and most of the bills are paid.  Now I must pay really close attention to costume and recital money to make sure it gets paid back to appropriate places.  As we all know keeping things straight is not my strong suit, but I am working at getting better.  Once all the costumes are in line, I will calm down a little.  I just need to know they are coming so I can check my list and start to knock things off of it everyday.

     Thinking maybe my shoulders and elbows are a little better from new meds but too early to tell.

Out My Window:  Sunny but very cool, heat still on in house!

Have a great and productive day!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, dreaded list done!

     I have been putting off so many dreaded paperwork problems and they have been keeping me up at night.  So yesterday was set aside for fixing all of these issues. 

     First of all taxes are due today in the US.  I had to remember to mail a $305.00 check to the state.  I also had received a check from our medical saving over a month ago to pay the close to $800.00 worth of bills left from hub's two minor surgeries.  The check sat un cashed and the bills unpaid.   Finally disbursed those and realized I had not asked for enough money out of the account so had to make it up myself, DA%^!  I had 4 envelopes from SSI to send additional tax forms and also a letter denying my claim but the request for tax forms came after the denial so I sent all of them in, requiring the tearing apart of the entire under the stair closet for taxes from 3 years ago.  Now I feel as I fight this I will have all the records copied and ready to go. 

     I needed to get a letter out to parents on costume costs and recital schedules.  I also needed to get a schedule for workshops out early enough for parents to get organized for summer.   So after this was composed I went to the printers and had all the paper work for SSI copied and additional copies made for studio. 

     I also did the dreaded FAFSA yesterday as I have been putting that off and actually it did not take me too long to get it done, but as I have been doing this for 17 years I should be good at it by now.

     I was really struggling with the studio checking account.  I was able to get payroll done by the skin of my teeth and I felt like money was missing, but having worked at a bank I know they don't lie, and then I picked up my statement and found a $900.00 deposit that went into the wrong account.  I do balance with my statement, but I don't read everything on both sides of the stupid papers they send.  Well now I will.  No wonder I have no money to pay the bills.  So I was able to pay all the bills for the month and catch up, now I just have to get more money in to get the rest paid.  I do have a large deposit for today and I will pay rent and be broke again. Story of my life.

     I have really been struggling with costumes for this show and finally got to Joanns to figure some things out.  Walked around and around and finally talked myself out of making a bunch of things as I always lose money and become overworked and frustrated.  I did purchase the fabric for the Dorothy costume and I am in the process of getting other things ordered.

     I was sent the poster graphic last night and made a few changes which will make it available for the printers tomorrow so I should have the posters ready to put around town this weekend and a commercial up by next week.   It is just staying on top of everyone and I myself need someone to stay on top of me.

     I was also able to sketch the graphics for the black and white scene props and I will take them into the artist for scale and dimension since this is not my area of expertise. Hub's will need to cut the back grounds out of really thin balsa board, then he can paint the backs black and the artist can cartoon the front.

     So I feel like I got a load off my chest, lot's of paper work done.  Of course it is never truly done as I have another discrepancy with the CC company to fight but at least I have all of the paper work clipped together and I am going to take care of that today!  I also need to balance both checking accounts which I will do today.  Then I feel like I can face the recital and get on with the lists and lists of things that need to be done.
     So all in all I feel like I just pulled many things off the desk that I needed  attention.  These things have been really bugging me.

     Right now my shop is a total sty, so after I get a little more paper work done and a few more bills paid I am going to get it cleaned and organized.

Do any of you put things off and develop a dreaded pile or list?  I mean really important things that gnaw at you?

Out My Window:  Hub's got the garden tilled last night so that means I need to go and finish it and get it planted, but that is for another day, I have enough to do today thank you!

Have a great and productive day!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, catch up/ total udate!

     I updated my totals for March on Saturday night and we are under $120,000.00 on these bills so that feels good.  I realize that we will be under $100,000.00 by next year.  It is still so scary as I have the CC debt also and it seems to never go down.  It is stable so I will be positive about that.

   I have several things that I have been putting off that are really important.  I decided today I would get them done so that the load is off my mind.  I hate paper work more than anything and it all involves paperwork.  But If I am diligent I should be able to knock it out this morning. I will need to run and get photo copies to mail but I also need copies for the studio.  If I can get all this crap done I can face the week and get on with more important things like the upcoming recital, (which is coming too fast).

     I was able to start on my new medication this weekend.  It has about the same side affects as the old, but is in pill form and is taken twice a day.  I keep waiting for bad side affects but so far so good. I am a little sneezy this morning so do not know if it is allergies or the meds which also can cause sinus pressure.  I just hope this new drug will get my SED rates down so the inflammation will subside and I have less PAIN. So tired of being tired and in pain all the time.  I still work and keep going, but it is tough as I would really just like to stay in bed.

     I just turned the heat back on in the house.  We had turned it off last week due to the fact that people were going in and out so much and it was warm out.  But after 5 days it was only 53 downstairs and I was having trouble typing as my hands were so cold.  It is 61 upstairs.  So back on with the heat for a while.

     I was able to get some what caught up in the shop last week, but I still have piles of things to do.  I will have to start getting costumes that cannot be ordered ready so I need to clean out as much as I can to free up space.  Actually the shop is just a mess.  It needs a thorough cleaning.  I might add that to my list today just to get some motivation.

     I was able to get a little done in the yard this weekend, but we did not plant the garden.  I will do that next weekend for sure.  We did however get the chicks out into a pen and they seems happy.  It is a large collapsible cage that we can put away and reuse.  Hubs wanted to build one, but the cost and not having a place to store it, led him to see my idea was better. Only took 35 years (Huh).....;)

     Everything is blooming here and it is so beautiful, I want to get out and enjoy it a little bit.

Have a great and productive day!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, Happy Anniversary!

     Today is hub's and my 35 Wedding Anniversary!  35 years and I have not killed him!  It truly is a miracle.  Haven't made any plans yet, but I am sure we will think of something later.  I have many plans for today.  I need to finish up in the shop and then I am going to attack the house and laundry.  I have a photo shoot at the studio about 5 and then I am free for the weekend.  Well as free as I can be without a hundred things I want to do.

     Right after I get caught up in the shop today I am going to clean my desk and get  the totals for last month to post and then set up a budget for the month to pay bills.  My books and finances are such a mess right now.  Money needs to be paid back to accounts and balances posted. Blah!

     What I really want to do is get outside and roll around in the dirt, but I will save that for tomorrow.  This is really hard for me as I have no discipline.  When the sun shines I am dragged outside by fairies I swear....

So I feel a list coming on.  A list always draws me back to reality.

1. find phone  (found)
2. hem six pairs of pants  (actually it was 9 pairs)
3. take in waist on two pairs of pants ( It is now 12:30) 
4.take clean laundry upstairs
5. put away laundry and carry dirty down stairs
6. start laundry
7. clean master bedroom/change sheets
8 clean master bath (It is 2:30 and I have had lots of interruptions, I want a nap)
9. put new sheets on guest room upstairs
10. straighten and wipe down guest bath
11. Go through kitchen and dining area and put things away
12. straighten front room and take costume boxes down to shop hall
     (Okay it is 3:30, I fed and watered the chicks and cleaned out their coop and put down new bedding)
     ( I found some chicken breasts that needed to be cooked while cleaning up kitchen and I put them in
       crock-pot with onion, celery, garlic, and carrots?)
13. clean and straighten guest room downstairs
14. clean and straighten guest bath downstairs
15. clean and straighten family room
16. get desk organized
17. pay bills
18. set up accounts for the month after all it is only the 11th!
19.  Get photo shoot ready at studio!

I know this seems long, but my house is just a little Topsy turvy and I will whip it out in a few hours then I can play.  Yippee!

Out My Window: Sunshine, beauty, flowers, smells, warm earth, just good stuff!

Have a great and productive day and I hope to get my list done, I really need a cheering section bad....


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, okay I am back and not fibbing:)

     It has been prom dress hell here and I have not been able to post.  Sorry....  Hub's mom was a real help and she got me caught up as far as  dresses are concerned.  Now I just have regular work to do today.  I have more dresses but they are not due out until next week.

     I am so glad to be back to somewhat normal.  I will still be very busy with the yard and garden and sewing and the upcoming recital, but it is just nice to be able to get back to a schedule again.  My finances are in a shambles, I have not posted totals for last month or set up an April budget.  I have bills out the ying yang and I need to get organized.  One day at a time right?

     Right now the house is kind of messy, there is laundry to put away from our travels and a big pile of wash waiting, along with the beds that are stripped from company.  I am going to try and ignore it today. Tomorrow I have a photo shoot for the new poster Wizard of Oz.  I want to get the dog bathed and something done about the chicken coop this weekend along with some yard work.  So I have plenty to do around here.

     I just answered the door and rolled my left ankle.  I hate it when I do that.  I fell over hard on it, but it seems to be the side of the foot not the ankle that took the brunt.  Great!  Also I was approved for a new med finally and I can't wait to take it.  It will be sent by mail as Pharmacies are not carrying it yet.  It will replace the shot I take weekly and is a pill form.  This will be nice for travel as the other is such a pain.  Especially if you travel by plane.  It has to be kept cold but not frozen.  In taking to the specialist from the drug company itself it has really worked well for those  who have no other choices.  This scares hubby and daughter as they remember that 10 years ago I had 7 tiers of drugs to run through and now I am at the top tier.  I don't necessarily feel bad, but I am sweating a lot and my SED rates are bad.  I also have (I have to admit quite a bit of pain) so many joints flaring.  The meds I am on although they keep me mobile are not arresting the disease.  Crap!

     So much is blooming here and it is so pretty, I need to find my camera...

Out My Window:  Beautiful spring day, it was 84 here on Tuesday.

Have a great and productive day!  I have so missed this and can't wait to here from everyone.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday, I am back and I missed you all!

     We drove home last night with Hub's folks.  Dad is really losing it and mom is at her wit's end.  It is hard when dementia starts to take over.  We had a really good time with our grandson.  I was able to get Mom's yard looking ship shape. 27 large plastic garbage bags of trash and 21 bags of mulch spread.  It took me about 3 days.  I was able to make curtains for D#1's mater bedroom and get some alterations and hemming and mending done.  My favorite time was when grandson came up and asked me, "Grandma what's ya doin?"  I was sewing.  Okay  love to hear Grandma....

     I need to catch up on my blogs and see what everyone has been up to.  Right now all I really want is a nap!

Have a restful and peaceful Sabbath.