Saturday I’ll be at the University Wisconsin Whitewater vendor sale from 10 – 3 signing and selling my books and some crocheting. I’m concerned because the reader event I went to at the beginning of the month was a bust financially so I’m hoping this event is better.
I’ve almost got all of my mom’s stuff divided up. A few more days for people to look at the pictures and then I’ll print. Next Saturday there will be a physical dividing of things.
Mom had a lot of jewelry so I’m working on that next. If I can get it all organized, I’ll be handing those things over next weekend. But it’s a lot of going through and figuring out so I’ll have to see how things go.
A friend contacted me last night to ask about a book contract she was offered. It wasn’t a bad deal but in reading the fine print I suggested she contact a lawyer to have it clarified. Some of the terms were not the best.
My author I’ve been helping has updates she wants me to make. I’m hoping Sunday but I’ll have to see. I need to finish the slippers I’m working on so those may have to take priority. I have one and a half socks for the paid ones. I have one pair to finish for the requested (from my niece). There’s one more paid project to work on so I’ll have to see how my time goes.
At some point, I need to get mom’s paperwork all together and organized. I’ve got it in piles so I need to organize those piles. Then it’s a matter of hanging on to some of it for a year and then discarding. Some of it will have to be kept for longer.
There are times I feel like I’m drowning in tasks. My day job has been super busy and life has been the same. This leads to a lot of stress for me. I’m hoping for the holiday break to clear up a number of things.
Christmas is always hard for me and this year it is more difficult. I find myself teary and emotional – defaulting on irritable because it’s easier to cope with. I know this is grief but part of me is very impatient with myself because I have so much going on right now I don’t have time to fall apart. I’m coping. I’m tackling one thing at a time – though I have my moments. I know it will all get done and I know people will understand if it takes longer. Most of my deadlines are for me – I’ve already put off editing / publishing a book because of all the chaos in my life. It’s a matter of giving myself time and reminding myself to take a step back when I need to.
I know when I accomplish a task it helps ease my stress. Right now I’ve got photo albums galore in my office. My task – scan all the good ones and distribute to the family. The problem – the clutter is driving me crazy. It’s a constant reminder of all the tasks not done yet. But if I get mom’s stuff and jewelry organized, I’ll have time to work on the next step – the photos. Behind the photos I’ve got thousands of slides which are going to need converting to digital. I know this next year is going to be busy – very busy. One thing at a time and checking things off my to do list.