The family got through mom’s possessions. We got them divided up, organized and sent off to the appropriate sibling or charity. This includes the difficult task of dividing up her jewelry. Saturday was a very long and emotional day.
Now I’m working on gifts and projects. I had five student worker gifts to make – can’t say what at this point. Since Sunday I’ve gotten four of them done. I’m hoping to make the last one tonight. I’ll take pictures of them as they are new patterns and then ask my husband to please wrap them.
This is the rest of my immediate needs for crocheting:
3 baby bibs – moved up because the publication changed the date for the issue they’re going in
gift for my daughter’s boyfriend – again can’t say
blanket for the woman who organized my blog post
slipper socks for my niece
scarf and hat set for a client
I think these are the immediate needs. I am still working on a blanket for my niece which I may submit to the publication – I may be too late for the issue. I have to check since they rearranged dates of issues.
I’m hoping to get all of these done within the two weeks. After I get these done, I’m going to think about making things for the markets I’m hoping to participate in. However, I have a lot of writing things to get done as well.
I’m sure I’m going to be bouncing back and forth between tasks. It’s all a balancing act for me to keep moving forward in both of these areas.
I’ve been feeling too scattered so I wrote up a to do list for my writing. I need to break down some of the tasks into pieces so I can check them off but I’m hoping with the list, I’ll be able to focus a little better and spend less time bouncing around and more time accomplishing things.
Work is winding down for the end of the semester so this means I can think about more things. I’ve also got a long eleven days off over the holidays. I’m looking forward to this as I’ll actually have about three days in the house alone. I’m hoping those will be productive days for writing. On the days where I’m sharing the house with other people I’ll work on things like posting patterns on Ravelry or marketing as that is easier to be interrupted than writing.
I’m also hoping to start going through some of the photo albums of my mothers. This is going to be a task as there are dozens of them if not hundreds. Without a doubt there are thousands of pictures to look through, determine if they are good enough to scan, and pick the ones the family will be interested in. My mother was a prolific photographer who snapped shots of everything. Collectively, we’ve already decided we can’t keep them all and there isn’t time to scan them all. Still it’s a big job and will take time. I’m hoping to take a few hours on one of my days off and work through a number of them.
After I get done with the pictures, the next thing will be the slides. This is going to be time consuming as well. Both my parents took a lot of pictures. This means I’ve got lots of slides to go through from the beginning of their marriage to about the 70s (I think). This will be slow going as well.
All of this should keep me very busy through the end of the year. I’m hoping to rest a bit during my eleven days off and come back to my day job a little less stressed. I’m also hoping to get quite a bit of work done while I’m off.