Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just when you thought it was safe to get in the water

So.   Here I am halfway through a very challenging week.  Lots going on at work, trying to work through problems and find solutions to issues that should not be issues !  UGH ! Very frustrating.

On a lighter note, I did get some good news this week.  While in Palm Springs I had an altercation with a garage door.  For some reason the sensor malfunctioned and the garage door came down and landed on the roof of the rental vehicle.  The door put a dent in the roof just above the rear cargo door.  Beinge an honest citizen, when I returned the rental vehicle I reported the damage and was promptly charged $500 for the deductible.  I was told that the rental company would get an appraisal for the damage and advise me of the remainder owing.  Fast forward a couple of weeks and I get a letter from them asking for my insurance information or perhaps if I don't have insurance I would like to pay out of pocket - no information about the out of pocket amount balance.  So I sent them an e-mail requesting the additional cost so I could make a decision as to whether I would claim it or not.  Three weeks go by, nothing.  Then last week, I received a refund cheque for approximately $110. Wooohoo!  However it does make me wonder why they asked for my information when they owed me a refund.  Whatever !

Spring - and rain - have  arrived here on the coast.  My roses have all kinds of new leaves on them and the hostas are growing like crazy.  I have a yard and a half of bark mulch to spread and weeding and leveling to do in my new flower bed at the front of the house.  I also have a postage stamp of a lawn that I need to reseed.  Craziest thing -  I can't keep grass on this thing, but the weeds are going crazy.  Go figure.

I'm starting into the busy season at the store.  I'm finishing up an order of Mother's Day cards and then wedding season is upon us.  As usual, I'm behind the 8 ball in my production.  I'm so accustomed to being behind that sometimes I actually think I'm caught up.  Demented thinking I know!

Organizing my studio is an ongoing process that is always challenging.  I've moved things around yet again and I'm getting there.  Slowly, very slowly, but surely.  I need to purge some treasures, not sure how to do that but I'll give it a try.   I saw Peter Walsh on a youtube video and he talked how you start to get your clutter under control.  He said use the 80/ 20 rule - for every 4 things you keep, you must get rid of one thing.  What a radical concept!  It really isn't such a big deal when I think of it that way.  I might actually be able to do that.

I'm working in my art journal, however I'm not making a heck of a lot of progress.  So little time and so much to do.  I'm also a little frustrated with all these talented people who can draw.  They are so inspiring and everything is predicated on actually having some artistic abilities, namely the talent to be able to draw.  Come on people!  What about people like me who can't draw.  Can  you have a little pity on me?  You're making me crazy!

Gotta run.  Caio!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Very tired

I'm very tired this week.  Thank God the week is almost over.  I have Monday off so it will be nice to just relax.  Having said that, I have lots to do this weekend.  I promised Kerry I would do her taxes for her.  That should be simple enough as she has a very simple tax return.  Famous last words!

Gotta run - I'm falling asleep at the computer.  Caio!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

I'm enjoying a relaxing Easter weekend.  I did a couple of hours of OT yesterday.  It was such a beautiful day here on the coast that I decided not to spend the whole day there. 

On the way home I stopped at one of the local Thrift Stores where I spied a side table for my printer.  Right now I'm using an end table from my family room (which is quite large) for my printer.  The table I saw was only $12 and smaller and had a couple of storage shelves as well.  It would free up some room in my already overcrowded studio so I will probably go back on Monday and buy it. 

Part of the problem is that I continue to buy -  I never seem to get rid of stuff.  It is impossible
for me to throw out perfectly good "stuff".  I subscribe to the "I might need this stuff someday" mindset ....and therein lies the problem!  I need to stop buying stuff - this from the gal who's waiting for an order from!

I'm off to work on some card designs for the stores.  However, before I do that, I've been saying that I'll post one of my journal pages.  I completed this one in Palm Springs, with limited supplies.  It's for a journal swap I'm in and I'm happy with the end result.  Caio !

Friday, April 06, 2012

Hated Journal Page

It's unbelievable to me that I've been back from holidays for more than three weeks.  Where the heck has the time gone?

Ok, so I said I would post my "hated journal page" so here it is.  Caio!