Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bear of Little Brain

Even at the best of times, my house is cluttered.  But this is the state of my dining room table.  A box of needles and crochet hooks from my mother's stash - anyone need some straight needles???

Piles of paper to do with her estate, funeral arrangements, condolence cards (which I haven't had the strength to open), Christmas cards (ditto) - both ours and hers - bills (both ours and hers) yet to be paid, a box of cards I purchased to send to distant friends and relatives, some of whom may not have heard the news, my year end...and on it goes.

I am drowning in paper and things that need to be done, sooner rather than later.  

Just to add to the chaos, the weather has warmed up and the siding guy has returned and is hammering on the walls.

There is also a firm deadline in the studio that needs to be met, but at least I was able to start the weaving.  I'm hoping Doug can go pressing next week so I can get the hemming done.

I am still not in a fit state to be making life changing decisions but I have confirmed a workshop in October, and just sent an email to Olds College asking when the satellite classes here in May will be up on the web site.  May and June of this year are going to be incredibly busy if all the classes scheduled go ahead, but it is very heartening to see the interest in the Olds Master Weaving program growing.

Stay tuned...


Anonymous said...

Chin up dear lady, you will get through the mountains of things that are awaiting your attention. One day at a time.

Julia Prentice said...

I'm sorry for your loss..just take each day as it comes, Laura. ((hugs)) from Julia in New Zealand

Peg Cherre said...

Wish I could offer concrete, real life, hands on assistance, but I'm on the other side of the continent, and many of the tasks you've outlined must be done by you.

Here's what I've learned over the years (although I can find it incredibly difficult to implement): when I'm feeling overwhelmed by having too much do to, knowing that there's no way I can get it all done, I actually need to do less, not more. I need to take time for a hot bath, a long walk, a good read and an even better sleep. Only then can I realistically prioritize, figure out what truly must be done and what can sit for days or weeks or not be done at all.

Breathe. Have a cup of tea. Close your eyes and see the sun and clouds in your mind, even if they're not there in real life. This, too, shall pass.

Marei said...

Laura I have been not been reading my blogs on a regular basis so just found out this evening that your Mom passed at the end of the year. I am so sorry and wish you the peace that comes from remembering all the good times you shared with her, your Dad and brother. As for the paperwork....I hear you loud & clear! My Mom passed in December 2015 and I just....JUST....finished up settling her estate about 2 weeks ago. Although there are still taxes to do. I think the plus to all this mess is it gives you time to mourn. At least for me, I was through the mourning process by the time probate finally ended! I think your comment in the previous post, about you & Doug relooking at what you have/keep, is very interesting. I said the exact same thing to my husband after clearing our my Mom's estate. In fact, I have suggested that everyone 55+ years of age should be required to have to clean out someone's estate just so they can see what a process it is. I think that would mean a LOT of people rethinking about their own possessions....what they "need" and what they can get rid of. I think it's so much better to divest myself of "stuff" than to have my children have to make those decisions.
Peace be with you.