Firstly let me say a great big huge THANKS to everyone for their helpful comments, it really means a lot to me. And to Tracy, here l am standing on one leg…………….
Yesterday l took time out to go and visit my mum (she is 87 and lives on other side of the country), oh how differently the older generation see the world. There is so much l just cannot say, she asks how l am and l am 'fine', what would a black dog mean to her apart from causing yet more worry and admonitions of 'pulling yourself together'. Any talk of my impending divorce sends her into major worry mode as she never had to deal with things like that, so all in all not a case of 'pour your heart out' and have a hug. More of pour the tea and buck up.
Anyway on the way home l visited my friend Carrie at Rustique Interiors and had a cup of tea and the most amazing muffin in her new cafe part of the shop. Now this gal knows how to bake a muffin, banana and walnut, sheer heaven. So not only is her shop the usual feast for the eyes, now she has added a feast for the tummy too, brilliant idea. Carrie is doing the Country Living fair in Glasgow this Christmas as well as Hopetoun House. Her coping stratagy for the stock making – don't look at online orders in morning until you have got the one thing done that you had on your list for the day (ie; sewing up Tweedy Puddings or something), once that is done then tackle the orders for the day. Now l hadn't thought of this, l know l am dreadful whenever orders come in. I have to attack them right away and get them out immediately. I hate the thought of keeping people waiting. I know l have it on the web site that orders can take up to 10 days to complete, this doesn't stop me going into major overdrive and trying to get the order out within a matter of hours. Not a realistic ideal l know and something l have to get my head around. Afterall we crafting businesses are not Tesco or other mass producers/shops where people expect things sent out 'by return' (tho of course l did have someone order last week who asked that it be sent by return) they should (one hopes) give us a few days to get things done. I just have to give myself that time too.
So what are your organisational work plans that help you cope with orders/stock/stress/prioritising etc, l would love to know. These snippets from others all help to pull together threads that make up the stitchery of our days. Maybe we all have our own little ways of coping under pressure, imagine if we all put them together, between us all we might be able to cope a little bit better.
Todays pic shows my fun evening last night painting yet more Christmas hearts while armed with my very favourite wineglass (full of course) and watching telly in the background.