Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gaining perspective . . .

So, I’ve been terribly frazzled this past week with all of the banquets, state track meet and all that end-of-the-year fun ~ toss in my husband being gone on National Guard duty and add a very healthy sprinkling of stress from the slowing progress on the new website and my nerves are just shot all to heck!

Yesterday morning, my temper was extremely short as I tried unsuccessfully, yet again, to import my products and I’m very ashamed to say that I had more than one nasty little blow-ups ~ the worst one at the only person who was truly helping me!  Somewhere, somehow, I’d lost my perspective.

Last night, I had a dream about my sister, Sonja. She’s been gone for 11 years now, and sometimes it still feels like she left just yesterday.  In the dream, she looked so beautiful and natural, that I didn’t want it to end ~ I wanted to stay asleep and just be with her again.  There was a lot of symbolism and lessons in that dream.

When I woke up, I asked my husband if he’d like to go to church this morning.  We did and had a wonderfully, fulfilling time as a family.  It had been so long since we’d been there, but it still felt like home.

Between the dream and going to church, I feel like I’ve regained a sense of order, perspective and control.  It’s really not the end of the world if the website is not ready for the Web Shopper Appreciation Days sale that starts tomorrow morning.  All is well and right with my world ~ and what isn’t perfect is what makes it interesting. 

It is what it is and that’s all it can be. 

Take care and have a terrifically stress-less week, everyone!

Barbara Ann

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I’m so excited!

Yesterday, I spoke with Linda, whose hard work and attention to detail has made the Jackson Mill Quilt Retreat the success that is over the years.  She had an open spot for a teacher and asked if I’d like to teach a class!!!!

AND I SAID YES!!!  I have so many ideas flitting around in my head (think hummingbirds!) and I’m so very excited!

I’m thinking color, scraps, squares, strips . . . . now the real work begins!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What a busy, busy life it is!

DSC_0178 editThis is my daughter, Jessica, with her boyfriend, Dustin, on the left and her good friend, Skylar on the right.  We’re about to get this track season wrapped up this week and I must admit, I’m very, very glad.  I’ve been taking around 400 to 500 pictures at every meet (except for one!) to share with the kids on Facebook and give to the high school yearbook and local newspaper.  All that cropping, fixing and posting aside, there has been enough drama to choke an elephant this season and I, for one, have had my fill!

We also have three banquets this week – National Honor Society on Monday, Academic on Tuesday and Sports on Thursday.  Wednesday, I’ll be traveling to Buckhannon to judge the Strawberry Festival’s quilt show and Friday, we’re going to the State Track Meet in Charleston for Jessie and Dustin to compete in the girls and boys 4 x 800 meter relays.

In addition to all that, I’ve worked most of this weekend adding content and products to the new website.  We’re hoping to go live by the end of next weekend, as I have signed up for the FabShop’s Web Shopper Appreciation Days, May 23rd through the 27th.  Nothing like adding more pressure to myself!

Next month, we’re off to Columbus for the NQA’s show and then to Summersville for the WV Quilters’ show.

Lots to do and not enough hours in a day to do it all!

Have a terrific week, everyone!

Barbara Ann