Alt title: What Prevented Me From Getting My Head In The Blogging Game
I swear, this has been the craziest year! Not bad crazy, exactly, just filled with things that keep me away from the computer. At least, anything FUN on the computer.
So what have I been doing? Let’s review.
You know about the boot. I sweated through most of the summer in it, but I tried not to let it completely shut me down. I continued to do yard work and housework and other assorted tasks, and I even went to the gym a few times for weight work with the arms, but it wasn’t the same as full body workouts.
The boot was hardly fastened into place before I dragged out pretty much every project piece I had in the garage and got started with some renovating:
I was on a good roll for a week or so there, finishing one piece:
This chest has been in my parents’ attic and then in a closet at my house forever. No one remembers who painted it, but whoever it was they did a fine job. I worked for days and days trying to get all the paint off, without success, so I opted for updated paint. After the black base coat dried, I draped lace over the drawer fronts and spray painted with metallic-finish paint. Sort of like a stencil.
Wonderfully imperfect and it works well in my master bathroom as extra storage.
And then real summer came along, bringing lots of humidity and too-hot-for-booted-Cammy-to-sit-in-the-garage weather, and my project work came to a halt.
I wasn’t bored, though. I did some work for Tall Jeans:
Note my student’s excellent (and dainty!) technique in positioning the cover photo. Someone taught her well.
Along with training sessions, I did some pet-sitting for my new local best buddy, Bama (as in “Roll, Tide”):
Bama’s no Sally, but at least he’s not terrified of car rides. In fact, it’s his very favorite thing to do after belly scratches. That he has in common with Sally.
Let’s see, somewhere along in there is when I got my big boot off and started wearing the brace. Still not ideal, but better than lugging that big boot around. The timing for that was great, because a series of storms moved through Memphis, and I had LOTS of storm debris to clear up.
First we had one of those “little limb storms”, in which I spent half a day raking up tiny limbs and leaves. Two days later a bigger storm came through and took out more small limbs for me and some big ones at my neighbor’s house. Fortunately, they had no house damage, but the limbs were blocking the front door. Unfortunately, the neighbors were out of town and due back that night. It seemed only polite to make sure they could get in the house, so I grabbed my trusty saws-all and cut those limbs to pieces. I wish I had taken a photo of my 87-year old “helper”, another neighbor who was stylin’ it in slacks and furry house slippers. We had it ship shape in no time.
As so often happens, in the middle of cleaning up the limbs in my yard I decided to take on another project. Some of y’all might remember the day last year when I spent an entire afternoon hauling free landscape rocks across town. In the middle of summer. Well, I moved them again.
I didn’t have enough to do the side yard, but I did just happen to have two oddly-shaped half-moon spaces in front of my fence that weren’t doing anything useful, so I moved the rocks and eight bags of sand into those spaces and made myself a little rock bed. The plan is to place pots of ferns and low-light plants over there next year. This is at the top of my driveway, and it will be nice to have a bit of greenery to welcome me home. If I can keep it alive, that is.
And now I’m working my way through Memaw’s movie collection.
Those boxes are just the VHS tapes she recorded. I think there are nine boxes total, with one whole box of nothing but recordings of Mama’s Family. I was all set to donate them to Goodwill, and then I found out that VHS tapes are quite popular on eBay now as many stores no longer carry blanks. Who knew?
Some of her DVD collection has moved into the “collectible” category, so one guess who is now running an online DVD sales business. Labor of love, labor of love. (Let me know if there’s a particular DVD you’ve been searching for. I’m sure we can make a great deal. LOL)
And that brings us to now, with a pretty big change on the horizon. I’ve signed on with a consulting company, and my first assignment is the company that eliminated my position six years ago! It turns out they needed me after all; it just took them a while to realize it. Actually, they’ve got a big project going that I can help with, but they can’t hire me because I took the buy-out. Enter: the consulting company as an intermediary.
I have mixed feelings about taking this job. I’ll enjoy working with the people again, and to be honest, the scattered nature of my training jobs wasn’t working as well for me lately. I liked it, but I was ready for something new. I’m just not sure I’m ready for 8 hours a day “new”. Eight hours in shoes, a bra, and something not a t-shirt or jeans or workout pants. I’m also not ready for 5:30 a.m. gym times, but that’s the only slot that’s going to work. We do what we have to do, though, right? I am ready for a steady paycheck and work that requires more of my brain, so I’ll make the sacrifice.
On the other hand, there are two more lottery drawings between now and next week, so there’s still hope for the casual life.
I hope you’re all doing well. To those of you who blog, I apologize for not doing my part in the community lately. I’m hoping the new structured days will help with that.