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It’s hard to believe I’ve been away from the blog for a whole week.  I didn’t do it on purpose.  Let’s see if I can fill you in on what’s been happening.

1.  Husby and I have been spending a lot of time tending to his dad.  He’s had a rough time of it this past winter, suffering a stroke and a broken hip both within a two-week period.  He had to leave his home and move into a nursing home.  Throughout all of this his existing dementia has gone into further decline.

2.  Visits to the nursing home take a toll, and if that isn’t enough we also paid a visit to the funeral home to make arrangements for his dad, just as a precaution.  Husby is a big believer in being prepared.

3.  Demands of the day job have been pesky, getting in the way of all the things I really want to do.  Sure there’s time after I come home from the day job, but by that time I’m pretty well spent.  I’ve been sitting on half-done printing jobs, cutting jobs, beading jobs, pouring jobs, and writing jobs all week, never quite getting up the energy to complete what I’d like to complete.  The older I get the more that drives me nuts.  Completion is my goal, but the dang day job keeps getting in the way.

4.  In spite of my half-done projects I started a new project this week and guess what, it too is half-done.  But I can hardly wait to unveil it.  For now it’s a secret.  It will make its debut at the Chateau St. Croix Fete Des Fleurs in June, but I’m so excited about it I can hardly breathe.  Oh, all right, I’ll give you a hint ~ this person is my inspiration:

Christopher Walken, all-around insane guy.

No, the project has nothing to do with cowbells.  You’ll just have to wait and see.  I’ll be doing an internet debut too, so if you can’t make it to the Fete Des Fleurs fear not.  You won’t be kept in the dark much longer than those who will see it live and in person.

This weekend I’m going to gather up my gumption again.  There will be lots of completion of projects, a little bit of hanging out with the family for a casual spring break gathering, and catching up on the sleep I lost this past week.

For now, how about just a little more of that Christopher Walken insanity…

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March Madness

Today I’m honoring two people who have a lot in common.  They both dislike March, and the madness associated with it has nothing to do with sports.  They’re both responsible.  They’re both dedicated, prompt, and full of stamina.  They also both celebrate (?) an anniversary in the madness that is March.  Auntie B’s Wax salutes the vocational longevity of Nola and Charlotte.  They’re tough.

Fifty-seven combined years of service. That’s two thousand two hundred-eighty weeks. Man hours? That comes to a total of eighteen thousand two hundred-forty.  Nola and Charlotte have paid their dues, and are still paying.  Their work ethic is astounding, especially considering what they put up with on their jobs day in and day out.

Yes, it’s madness.  March madness.  They both deserve a big, fat vacation.  Or a Section 8 discharge for being crazy enough to endure this long.

Congratulations to you both.  You are indeed two tough MFs.

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Pals

Everyone should have a pal.  A pal is different than a friend.  I can’t really explain how it’s different, it just is.

You know how you might have one friend you can tell some things to, and another friend you can tell other things to, but you’d never dream of telling the first thing to the second friend or the second thing to the first friend?  You can tell anything to a pal.  Anything.  No filters, just complete trust.

Everyone needs a pal, even if it is a different species.

A pal is faithful. A pal is loyal. A pal will tell you when you have spinach in your teeth or if your skirt is tucked into your pantyhose. A pal will act foolish around you, and you can be foolish too.

The best thing? A pal is a pal for life. Who’s your pal?

 

The adorable bottle cap magnet is available in my shop. Give it to a pal.

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A new beginning.  What?  Don’t you think of an ordinary Monday as being a new beginning?

So it’s just the beginning of yet another work week.  I won’t bore you with the issues I have with my day job, but if you grumble and moan when Monday rolls around I can totally relate.  Still, Monday is your day fresh out of the shoot.  You’re invigorated after your relaxing weekend and my guess is the next two days will be your most productive both on the job and off.

That’s the way it is for me, at least.  I get a lot done at my day job and also am very domestically motivated.  Monday is ironing day!

I guess I can say it’s officially spring too, the beginning of a new season, as our clocks “sprung ahead” this past weekend.  Growing up we sprung ahead in May.  We “fell back” in October.  Now Daylight Savings Time runs from March to November.  For someone who takes the hours of a vampire all of this saving of daylight is a little unnerving.

Come Wednesday and Thursday I’m a little more business-oriented ~ focusing on creating product, organizing paperwork, and making additions to my shop.  Look what went into the shop last week:

Sex and the City Drink Charm Set of 6; I Married A Dead Man Magnet; Anita Sniff Bottle Cap Magnet; Peppermint Candle; Springtime Bath Bottle Cap Magnet; Eat Your Troubles Away Magnet

This week there will be more additions to the shop, so please feel free to stop by.  In the meantime, have a marvelous Monday, and don’t grumble too much.

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