Oh my GOSH what an insane Fall this has been! All of it has been good but it's kept us in drop and go mode for a long time.
It all started in September when we posted that I had accepted an
amazing position at a regional Credit Union as a cross trained "banker"
and I welcomed the opportunity to join a company I had tried for years
to get a job with. YEARS. I had sent a resume each and every time
they had a position posted in our Crossroads area that I fit - for at
least 7 years and that was a LOT of resumes. It came with a fantastic
package offer - we were blessed.
With this new company my
schedule radically changed as they have extended hours and weekends. And
with new out of town training thrown in - it's been a bit of an
adjustment. Once we caught our breath and could schedule around it we
were on our feet again. It took printing out schedules for the house,
dragging out crock-pots, and buying the smoker but we accomplished that
goal or at least made some good headway.
Then in early
November our son married this incredible young woman in NYC but it took
additional time to plan this trip as well. We shared pictures with
you...You always need clothes, travel items, etc. This was all worth the
effort as well - the wedding was wonderful! Unfortunate for us we only
had 48 hours to experience Evan and Ashley's wedding and NYC but it was a
48 hours I will remember for ever! And oddly enough this Rural woman is
ready to return. When it's warmer. For longer than 48 hours.
All during this time the feed bag tote business ramped up and I mean
really ramped up. We experienced a 300% increase over the last years
orders...SO - I'd get home from work, eat and head to the bag room most
days. No complaints at all but it just meant we were still going to be
on drop and run mode. I even had orders that came in while we were
sitting at JFK in NYC waiting on the plane.
Sundays we still
held out for Farm Sunday but that has only meant laundry was done and
the refrigerator emptied and little more - other than sewing up
additional bags from weekend orders..
And with the holidays
here - we do very little holiday shopping, but we do attend events.
Those are down time for us. However this year it has been very selective
what we are doing and where we are attending.
Now - schedules
at work have evened out. While we have a few more training sessions -
they are local. My holiday sales on feed bags has dropped tremendously
and I think the biggest part of my season is over. I bought a Franklin
planner again to be able to keep up, plan out meals and schedule days
outside around weather days as we need to get back out to shred and get
the garden area pulled together for a spring garden. And the planner
will help me to bank in days to start raking out this house.
So to all of you - THANK YOU for sticking around while we were in the
middle of chaos and not able to post many updates. It's been a challenge
but I truly believe challenges are GOOD for you. Once you overcome the
challenge the sense of accomplishment is wonderful! -- Yes you can!
Now - to take care of a few more items in the home office
then it's into the kitchen to start raking it out first. And that my
friends may take all day.....
Happy Holidays to all.