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!

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