Plans for my days away from my job…

At last! Tomorrow is my last full day then I am sudo free until next year. Weds. I am going into my studio and really crack down on my basket weaving.  I actually downloaded a book that shows (and explains) what you need for the Nantucket baskets.  I am planning to order a couple of forms and some bases for the baskets next month so I can actually work on them! For me I find the larger baskets easier to work with than the smaller ones.

I know that my husband is bringing his childhood friend back for a (gasp!) two week visit.  We also have a bet going. I say he won’t last three days, my husband said a week, Winner gets their dinner (anything they want) made for them.  If it is longer, then not only is the bet null and void, but we take him to dinner to celebrate.

Just wish tomorrow was over with. I really didn’t want to work there, I wanted to get the tubs moved to the trailer and start decorating for Autumn!

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As summer closes

It seems that this season summer has gone by too quickly and yet slower than molasses!  I have not enjoyed working this year.  It has become very stressful and I would rather not be around people as much as the museum requires.  I have become less enamored with people as the years pass by.  I just came back from the doctor who has switched out my meds for something which he says should help a bit more.  I hope it helps, but I hold no expectations and only hope for some improvement.  I find that I look forward to labor day more because I can actually start concentrating on my baskets and other crafts which I hope to perfect and eventually sell. With the weather lately, I would love to see some autumn coolness, colors and smells filling the air.  It will be a form of inspiration in a way!

I am sure that the term “best laid plans … ” will come into play as we finish off the last few weeks of summer. My plans are as follows, 1. working on the baskets 2. doing paperwork (IE any catch up I may or may not need to do) 3. go through my clothes and getting rid of those which I don’t need or want. 4. go through all the food stuffs which are outdated and I can not eat.  5. general crafts and clean up.

Well, there is the update for the summer.  Hope you all are doing great and thank you for following my posts.

Now the studio is completed (except for … )

Well, the structure is done. Windows in, electricity, flooring, loft (for storage) painted … Now it needs to get organized.  What I thought was just my studio (which would give me a place for working ALL my art projects) has become our work shop/studio. IE I am relegated into choosing 1 thing to work on at any time (aside secretarial crap for him). He is doing 2 things, stained glass and minor repair of furniture.  Anyway, my dreams of having a private workshop where no one hangs over my shoulder and critics everything I do (IE telling me I am doing it wrong because HE would never do it this way … ) has been shot to heck and I continue to have that annoying shadow following me EVERYWHERE!

I will be posting photos of the place soon as I get the camera out here.  We still need a heater, shades and he is currently working on a peg system to hang the reeds for my baskets … Oh yeah! Did I tell you I was going to do baskets?  Hope you are all having a great day!

A hot do nothing kind of day

Today is one of those days when I truly would rather sit in a dark cool place or by a waterfall/pond/ocean and relax. Today it is humid due to the short thunderstorm which hit us yesterday.  It is suppose to have chances of Thunder showers all week (including the days I work in the museum).  This means when the sun does decide to peer out at us it will be hot and sticky. If it weren’t for the occasional breeze we would be totally miserable.  As it is no one really wants to be out and about in this weather which means NOTHING gets done. Plus my husband left huge lengths of wood in my studio so I have to either walk around or over them to get stuff done.  URG!!

Anyway, I am in hopes that if the hot weather is on the hotter side in June, then maybe it won’t be so hot on the hotter days so our trips down to Martin and back won’t be so hard on the dog(s) and car!  And MAYBE I can get some work done.  Anyway, I have been going through all the video tutorials of basket weaving before I actually start work on them so I won’t screw up.  I think I really don’t need them since it looks way too easy.  But my hubster won’t let me start until I go over everything at least 15 times before going near the reeds!  He reminds me of an engineer who keeps measuring/calculating and either doesn’t start the project or never finishes it.  I want to start it and learn by working with the materials rather than spend time staring at the materials and do nothing at all!!!

Looks like I am going to get Jr. on the 21st.  It will be nice to actually see/hear him instead of being ignored.  Sure he is old enough to be out on his own, but I would like to not be ignored while he is gone.  IE I miss him!

More later …

Choices good and bad (well, not TOO bad!).

I know, I know! Another rundown of what is happening this week.  Choice #1: Working this summer: Good? I get out the house a few days a week and am paying off bills I would not have been able to do otherwise. Bad? It is effecting my health. I am getting less and less enamored with working out in the public.  It is dragging me down and I am feeling depressed and stressed. Even my pills aren’t working, and I am NOT going to increase them again for all the gold in the world! They are starting to put me into a sleepwalker state when I take them (too strong).  Choice#2: The basket weaving … I am going to enjoy it … Will bring in funds … Don’t have to interact with people … The jury is still out on the bad!Choice #3 The new phone: Sure it is simple … NOT! I can’t set up individual ring tones … Doesn’t have some of the neat stuff my old phone had, and it is bigger than I wanted! Good? It doesn’t ring on its own and actually works like it is suppose to.

Anyway, I just found out I have to go out a half hour earlier to be around people today due to the Park’s 85th Birthday party. So sorry about the post. Not feeling up to this, but I am doing it for a dear friend. Have a great day!

Warm day …

Seems that winter has finally broken its hold on S. Dakota.  Despite the wind I have found it to be more of the August weather rather than May.  I started out with a sweat shirt and had to pair down to my skirt and sleeveless shirt (I wear this style shirt all year round, but usually layered).  I mowed the lawn and it was just dirt/dust that came up. I am afraid to do the weed & feed I would not have ANY green on the lawn area. So far with the dogs most of the grass is gone.  I am planning on doing the 6′ fence this year, at least on one side. Wish it could be more but unless I can get my craft business off the ground that will be the best I can do.  What do you think about caning and basket weaving? I can fit both in the little studio without much hassle. More later!

School daze …

I have (maybe) a chance to go back to college and follow a dream of mine.  There are two problems with this … Well, maybe more than two….  In the Dakotas or at least where I live, jobs are few and far between. Not to say there is not a need for trade skills such as nursing, electrical, construction and farm labor, but on my end the four I have listed I can not do or rather have problems with.  Nursing. I use to do in home care and helping those who were in the nursing homes. Problem here?  I tend to develop gastrial/intestinal problems when working with people who are ill (well, to be honest when I work around people in general). Electrical/construction. What some people find a twinge when touching anything electric, I find it hits me like a ton of bricks, and construction, my knees are bad, I don’t do well with heights and I can’t lift/carry anything over 35 lbs. 50 lbs max as long as it is a saddle or dog kibbles.  Farm labor? I am a 55+ year old white female. I still fight to find anyone who will hire me because I am neither male nor Hispanic.  So I choose a duel course in CAD-CAM and computer programing…  I am not being told that no one is hiring in those areas where I live (big whoop! As if anyone would hire me anyway in this town) and I have to work in a big city because I have to work at the boss’s won’t hire independent contractors due to the fact they want to keep the work as their own (As if I want to keep what I do for someone else!) so I am told that this is not for me. Problem is I have no interest in any other courses, and the guy I have been working with is less than enthusiastic plus hasn’t gotten back to me due to sever health issues!  I am signed up with the college, but not sure if it will happen… decisions, decisions! Not sure what to do next… Just saying.