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March Will Bring BIG Changes

Well, things here are settling a bit. We should be getting a new stove sometime this weekend- curtosy of a group of fellow small business owners who chipped in for an “intervention” last weekend. It was actually pretty funny. (I only hope these guys don’t really expect me to cook for them now…)

March will be very busy. Christopher has his surgery, which we hope will restore his hearing. Its scheduled for a Friday, so he will have the weekend to heal & adjust. Thomas has some big testing- both requiring trips to our large Childrens Hospital an hour away. And a 1/2 dozen other appts & counting also in March so far.

The weather will be warming up, which I hear will bring more sales, & I need to hold model auditions & have a photo shoot featuring my products, & a new product testing/fitting. ( Which also means I need to step up production.)

March also will bring the beginning of A LOT of restoration work on our house! Between March & April, I have to completely clear our my studio, finish stripping wallpaper, paint, & well, completely redo EVERYTHING. Also, repair & paint the exterior of the house, & have my laundry room built.

And EVERYTHING has to be done before MAY!! May is our historic district’s big “Prominade.”ย  This event takes place every other year, & is a huge event in which people have to buy tickets & several open their homes to the public. Being a business, I HAVE to be READY!!ย 

It’s all exciting but stressful. And it is hard for me to let anyone *help*.
But all this at once can only happen this fast if I delegate a lot of it…..

Christopher’s Ears. Part 2

Well yesterday was consumed with the roller coaster ride that is the fight for Christopher’s ears.(13yrs old)  We made the drive our area’s main Children’s hospital about an hour away to see his  newest specialist.  He has lost a great deal of his hearing in both ears, and just finished steriods to try to help the left ear. 

He will need both his inner ears surgically cleaned out, tubes put in again, & his aniods removed.

The hope is that this all may restore his hearing. He has never had a history of ear infections or anything that warrants all this, just strictly the hearing loss. The steriods did not help his hearing levels at all.

So we have 2 phsyicals, & another surgery within the next month.  And when this is over, they want to take another look at Andrew- who may have the same inner ear defect.

Today will be consumed Thomas’s big school meeting with board.

Everyday there is something big. And I of course I still have all the inner workings of a house with 4 children & a business to run.  Customers getting upset because there packages are taking to long to arrive during our snow storms here. Or that their custom order took a week to get shipped. Etc. 2 weeks of broken plumbing. Mountains of laundry to wash & HANG up to dry. Meals to cook. $550 utility bills. Homework x3. Dozens of other Dr & therapy appts. A crazy stalker.  The list is endless.
But I’m doing all I can & that is all I can do.  Just keep wading through the mud toward the rainbow at the end of this storm. I know each step is bringing me closer…

Headed Up.

We have working plumbing again! Yay! 

Things have got to start getting better.  I have high hopes for 2014. And a lot of work to do. THIS is the year to get some major work completed on my house. Now I know who I will hire for all my plumbing. 

Tomorrow is my 13yr old’s ENT Dr appt to find out about his surgery. I am taking off work, of course, & taking him because that is what real parents do.

I’m waiting to hear back about when I can get a meeting for Thomas about his school issues. No matter what time they call with, I will take off work again & be there.

I am a great parent. My children will always come 1st. And I am awesome with ALL kids- not just mine. Children (&animals) flock to me like a magnet.  Stunned parents stand amazed when their anti-social child runs up and hugs me. I have been told I have a God given gift. 

It is time *I* claim this & STOP doubting myself- & no longer allow the low lifes who have ever caused me to doubt myself at anytime in my life have any control. I am not responsible for other’s failures. I’m back.  I WILL succeed. And I WILL win. Watch out- This mama bear has her claws back… โ™กโ™ฅโ™ก

Snow Day

47c = clean walkways!
Table salt is much cheaper than rock salt, which eats your sidewalks. And it’s fun to listen to crackle & pop the ice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The boys helped shovel.

And we used the snow to build
“The Crystal Heart Palace”

Front door even has a security key pad.



Overflowing… Literally. lol… ugh.

There are several URGENT catastrophes happening all at once.

Everything seems about even on the major priority list. This sucks. This is one heck of a ‘storm’ but sooner or later we will be due for a ‘rainbow’ soon…

NO ONE is going to keep me from reaching my goals. I may have to take detours- like Christopher needing yet another surgery, & busted pipes, & a crazy stalker attacking my facebook shop page, but we WILL make it.  I may not know how or when but I am too determined to allow set backs or crazy people ruin our dreams.

And of course it could always be worse. So. There is nothing more to do than keep wading through the mud of this storm, no matter how deep.