Saturday, December 13, 2014

What a crazy fall this has been!

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.