and chew gum at the same time . . . I figured this out yesterday and decided to forgive myself for it. I'll preface what I am about to say with this: I know I am an incredibly lucky person to have the life I do. That said: I am finding it difficult to attend to everything on my plate.
We are in the middle of construction on an addition to our house. Working with an architect is not easy . . . so many mistakes have been made and they are like dominoes -- one leads to the next . . . Thank goodness for our practical, experienced and fair contractor. And all the details that have to be attended to: cabinets and door hardware and all that stuff. It is enough to make my head spin. We have thought about this addition for 18 years -- you'd think we would know what we want already. . . .
I have two shows coming up -- the Peconic Ruggers hook in on February 28 and The Fairfield Grace Show in March. I need to work on new patterns and dye wool and order needle punch supplies, as well as finish a rug for an elderly friend and complete 2 small mats for a special order . . . Then there's my blog, and my ebay and etsy shops which are virtually empty and taxes are due soon. . .
I've got a million phone calls and emails to return to people I know and people I don't, and my Valentine's cards didn't get made. The dryer broke on Friday. The toaster broke on Saturday. A friend has been diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer and is having surgery in 3 weeks. Another friend's new puppy died and she is heartbroken. Clara has room mate issues and our phone bill from Florence could feed a third world country.
I am not complaining. I'm grateful I have a plate that is full. It's just when it gets this full, I freeze. Then nothing gets accomplished. I just need to know how other people manage. I am already a list maker. And I do let some things go -- like the Valentine's -- and I make Pete eat pizza if I don't make it to the market. And obviously, my blog suffers . . . Any other suggestions? I'm all ears . . .