Welcome back! It’s been awhile. Yes, I know that most of that is my fault and I can only use the same exhausting excuse that I’ve been busy. But it has been a busy 5 months.
Want to know what happened? Keep reading! If you don’t, that’s ok, I plan to be back soon with another post.
In November last year, I started helping hubby’s oldest daughter, my step-daughter, through her 1st drug relapse. She was sober for 2 years and due to some circumstances that I won’t go into, she fell out of the moving car (I would say fell off the wagon, but most people don’t drive wagons around anymore. lol). Since she had no vehicle and I’m not about to let her use mine (I’m selfish that way), I did a lot of driving around to take her to doctor appointments and to her outpatient drug rehab classes around the end of March.
This put a severe damper on my work schedule. Every M-F I had to wake up at 6 am to get our girls ready for school and on the bus before heading out at 7 am for her drug rehab class. The drive is about an hour and 30 minutes one way and the class is 4 hours long. I could have come home after dropping her off but then I would only be home for an hour before going to pick her up. I decided to stick around and create some digital downloads on my laptop while I waited.
That was an instant flop! I made the patients nervous, got dirty looks from the receptionist, and very little done. After that first week, I gave up. It was easier and less troublesome to work on products for my Etsy shop during those 4 hours in the lobby.
One day a week, she had meetings that she had to be at in the afternoon and evening, so we had to stick around town and I didn’t get home until sometime around 10 pm. Hubby and the girls were on their own for dinner and bed time in the evenings that day. I bought quick meals or if I had the chance premade dinner the day before for them.
April until June is usually a busy time of the year for us on the Ranch because we are still feeding cows and starting out Spring work (fencing, ditching, picking sticks out of the hay meadows, dragging, etc.). Because of hubby’s buggered up knee, a lot of this work fell to me and the girls to do.
So between traveling every week day, ranch work throughout the week and into the weekend, catching up on house work, and juggling showers with laundry. That might sound weird, but we have a septic tank that really needed to be pumped (and which we had done in the Spring) and it’s not recommended that you do more than 2 loads of laundry a day. So with 5 people needing to do their laundry and take showers (1 who wanted to do it everyday and has a tendency to take long showers), I needed to make sure we didn’t over tax the system by doing too much in one day.
To add to my absence, sometime in May, I had to back up all my files from my old laptop to transfer to my new laptop. Bad choice on my part to do this with everything going on because somewhere along the way I lost most of my shop files and photos. The thought of redoing most of that work was too much at the time and so my blog and Etsy shop languished in the background.
I can tell you that I was glad when my step-daughter could finally afford a car to take herself to her rehab meetings and doctor appointments because the last 8 months has not only been a drain on my energy levels–sometimes being a introvert sucks– but it has also a setback for my shop. The momentum I was gaining in sales has dropped, and I’m going to have to work hard to rebuild some of that, starting with recreating some much needed files and taking pictures of some new listings.
I’m looking forward to finally get back to work!
For those who stuck with me until the end of this post, you might be interested in the 15% off sale going on at my shop right now. It won’t last long.
Thank you for being part of my story! You guys are Awesome! Wishing you the very best!