Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday, frustrating day

     I don't want to say yesterday was a bust, but it was frustrating to say the least.  Too many phone calls, too many clients, NO one picking up the work I had done.  I have several bundles and dresses hanging and the phone #'s to call are not answering or are no longer in service (because the cell bill is not paid) so how can they pick up clothing if they can't pay the cell phone bill? I have money out on the books and need to call and hound people which I hate.  Really?

     I am working like a dog and I feel like clients just don't care, or I at least that is how I felt yesterday.  By 2:30 in the afternoon I was done.  I told hubs I was laying down and I slept until 5:00 then got up and realized I had made nothing for dinner for my friend I take a meal into on Wednesday.  I had our meal planned so that was okay.  So off to the pizza place I go to spend $24.70.  Our meal was free as it was out of the garden and neighbors had brought over fresh Halibut and steamer clams.  So that was a loss but they sure loved the pizza.  Heck I would have loved the pizza too.

     This is where becoming too busy cuts into money savings.  When you forget and I do have a Taco casserole and a cake in the freezer I could have taken if I had remembered. I did send a bowl of cut up cantaloupe as a fresh side.

     Hub's washed and cut up two large bags of fresh tomatoes for me and stuck them in the freezer.  So I was happy about that.  After dinner I sewed on wedding dresses and this morning I have two that I think will be picked up.  Plus I need to alter two Sheriff shirts as soon as I am done with this post.  I have two more wedding dresses coming in tomorrow.

     I need to get to the laundry today, there is a load in the dryer and the washer and one more to do.  But the shop will take precedent.  We are not taking the littles this week as I am just too busy. As much as I want to this shop has to come first.  My mental state and anxiety have to be dealt with.

     Hubs just came downstairs and said he was called to play viola for an upcoming musical, the violist cancelled at the last minute so he is thrown into rehearsals tonight. That is fine it keeps him busy and out of my hair.

     We also got a call from the wife a  good friend of ours who used to work with hubs.  This man   was forced to retire early like hubs because of Parkinsons. He had passed away the night before, and she was devastated as she should be. So my thoughts were with her most of the day.  We went over last night to see her and see what we could do. Hubs spent time during the day contacting the State and all retirees. She had not slept much and we finally got her down into a good sleep.  She was alone which I thought was not good but that was the way she wanted it.  So sad.  He was only 74. Hubs will be 69 and even though his meds control his shaking pretty well, he stiffens up and has balance issues.  This is scary for me.  Every case of Parkinsons or essential tremor is different and watching hubs for signs is always hard for me.

     Well the shop is calling and I need to get to work.  I keep telling myself how blessed I am to be able to do this work and to be able to pay off my house sooner than expected.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.



  1. Could you start charging people 1/2 of your estimate for the total of the alteration? That way you would at least have a little walking around money while they dawdled about picking the item up.
    You are so kind to so many people!

    1. I had that same thought as well-particularly when you have out of pocket costs to get the work completed above your labor.

    2. That is an idea. I should at least with large ticket items like wedding dresses. I actually have a good cash flow I am just impatient to get more on the house. I am a complainer and this is my sounding board. Like a good SHUT UP is some times necessary.

  2. Kim,

    That is sad and he was so young.

    Charege clients and extra amount for every day after you call them. Mke a huge sign. Put it on the door and one in their hands. If they say it puts them out, tell them it calls problems for you, too.

    My arms are having jumpy muscles and I have a tremor when I am tired.

  3. I agree with the others. Charge 1/2 upfront, or the very least, some type of deposit for the work. So sad about the friend. Such a cruel disease.

  4. At least you had a good nap, and two bags of tomatoes got done. I also agree that your customers should pay something up front.

  5. You are such a good friend to both the one you take the food to and to the one whose husband died. I hope that all of your clients come to get their things. I would be very frustrated too. I am wishing you a better week this week.