Friday, August 26, 2011

FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS...

Falling through the cracks:  to be lost or forgotten; to not be noticed or dealt with; to pass unnoticed, to be neglected or unchecked
Wow, that is a pretty accurate and unflattering definition of my life at the moment.  It feels like so many things in my life are falling through the cracks.  I am feeling very disjointed and disorganized.  I would love to lay the blame on situation or circumstance, although sometimes these out of my hands occurrences do contribute, I have to face the cold harsh facts that I am responsible for my mismanagement of time, for neglecting certain duties, refusing to deal with certain realities, or blindly letting things pile up or pass unnoticed, in an essence, I have left myself unchecked.  I have lost my vision and forgotten the path I was on.  This is a slippery slope indeed.
I woke up this morning with the pressure of an elephant on my chest, an elephant that I invited to sit there, nice!  I had the clarity and realization that I had to take action and get back on target.  That means I have to cut out anything that is not absolutely necessary to carry out my goal.  One of those things that is time consuming to me is this very near and dear blog.  One simple post can take me as much as three hours from start to finish, times that by three (the amount of posts I prefer to do per week), and you get nine hours, that my friends is an entire work day! 

So, my dear friends, for just the teeniest bit of time I am going to step away from my computer, go cold turkey, and turn my hand to the task of setting a few things back in order and then I can blissfully return to blogging without the nagging guilt.  My plan is pluck away at all those ripe old things that have been hanging around on my "to do" vine, working my way to the newest little green sprouts that have cropped up in recent days...
Until the vine is picked clean, well, maybe there will still be a ripe idea or two left to savor in the future...
I know that if I have a week or two or maybe even a few that I can get focused on what I need to accomplish and send that elephant back to the zoo where he belongs.  Although, I am thinking he likes living here since this place seems sort of like a zoo at the moment but I will soon resolve that.  Thank you for bearing with me with your readership, friendship, love, and support.  I know I have not been around in the quality, content, and consistency that we have shared in the past and for that I apologize.  This has been a really big transitional year here at the Quill with my daughter getting married (no, I have not forgotten that I have promised to share the wedding!) and my mothers health slipping.  My time and attention have been needed on the home front.

I know there are those of you who can just blog your way right through whatever situation you are in but right now I am not at a place where I can't do that.  Reality struck hard this week when I came so close to losing a beloved aunt that has been like a mother to me.  I need to get some priorities straight to make life easier, richer, and fuller here at the Quill.  I am not saying goodbye, just see you later.  How much later I cannot say but I am hoping I will reconnect with you sometime in September.

24 comments:

Marianne said...

Take all the time you need. Home life always comes first.
xo
marianne

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Take care and rest assured that we will all still be around when you return. Hugs!

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,
I wish you the best of time, making order in your daily life, taking care of your family and home.
I will look for your return , and be happy to see you again.
Hugs and love-Dorthe

Robin said...

Take care, my friend! We'll see you when we see you :)

Hugs,
Robin

Diane said...

I hear you my friend, because that's where I've been all summer - tending to other things instead of blogging. You're right, it takes a lot of time and thought and care.

I've also had to eliminate several of my crafting pursuits and focus on more career oriented things.

Blessings for your aunt...

Hugs, Diane

The Country Nest said...

Sandy,
We all need to step back at times. The computer becomes all consuming and life needs to come first. Take care and we will see you when the time is right.
Hugs,
Donna

Lorrie said...

Taking time to focus on other things is what you need to do for now. As Donna said, "Life needs to come first."
Take care,
Lorrie

Kasia said...

Everyone needs time to recuperate and step back for more important things... We will all be here, happily awaiting a creative post when you can happily bounce back! :) In the mean time, see ya later and good luck! ;)

Hugs,

Lesley said...

Hi Sandy. Take all the time you need. We'll miss your blog but 'life' is more important. I'll light a candle for you and your family and keep you in my thoughts. Blessings

Karen Valentine said...

We will miss you my friend, but I totally understand where you are coming from. Take the time you need to get yourself where you want to be. We will all be here anxiously waiting for your sweet self to return to Blogland.
XOXO,
Karen

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Will miss you, but I totally understand. Take whatever time you need...we will be here!

sonya said...

Dear Sandy-we all can relate to what you are talking about, I'm sure. I know I can. We will surely miss you but priorities are priorities. Please take care and know we will be thinking of you.
Many blessings and hugs,
Sonya

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Take care Dear Sandy and enjoy your time off.
Wishing you a wonderul day.
xo Tina

time worn interiors said...

Enjoy your blog vacation! I love blogging as well but just don't have the time to devote to it any more! I hope you get to where you want to be very soon. I will miss you!
tot

Laurie said...

We'll be here when you get back, Sandy!

Vickie said...

Take your time, Miss Sandy - we're not going anywhere! There are more important things than blogging - family comes first! Take care!

Beth Leintz said...

Sandy- get that elephant off your chest and hurry back to us- we'll miss you but understand and wish you the best.

(I don't know when you added pictures of yourself to your sidebar, but its so nice to have a face to put with your name!)

Vee said...

Miss Sandy~

My goodness, we are two birds of a feather. The elephant on my chest is two lifetimes of stuff still waiting to be sorted and purged. Every day, I say that I will tackle it. Every day, I walk by it. It's kind of tidy tucked into thie corner over there and covered with a big tablecloth...cute little elephant. Right.

Take your time. Come back soon! I had just nicely decided that I would get back to more blogging as I do not like this two times a week arrangement I've worked out for myself. Now I'm thinking, I should just do as you're doing. Plug away until I can see enough daylight to get back to what I truly enjoy doing.

Much love to you... Do NOT respond to this comment. You've enough to do. ☺

Hello, I'm Laura said...

I had read this post before but didn't have time to comment. I must say "Good for you!" Truthfully I need to do the same. May you come back refreshed and full of joy.

Bonita said...

Take your time, my precious friend. Real life living is so much more important that online living. And I know how weighty that stinking elephant can be because he visits me from time to time too!

I'm thrilled to see your picture here!!! I had wondered what you looked like and had always pictured you with blonde hair. That doesn't mean I pictured you as the blonde in all the jokes, but rather a very stately blonde. I'm so happy to now know what you actually look like and you are beautiful!

I'm also happy to see the pictures of the berries in this post. I have two giant things that I thought were weeds with red stems growing near my fence and these pics are them. It makes me feel better to think that even if they are weeds, someone who makes everything as lovely as you do, has them growing near her too!

Lisa said...

Miss Sandy,
I certainly understand the need to take time for yourself. I had to do that myself this past summer. Your friends will always be here for you. I can relate about the 4 hour posting time. It is an all day event for me. People who can shoot a post off in 1/2 an hour amaze me.
Lisa
PS Love the beautiful picture you put on your sidebar!

Shopgirl said...

I am back home on Blogger, I looked back at some of the things I have missed. Summer is almost over, and fall is in the air. Big Hugs, Mary

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi Mizzz Sandy,
It is about balance and choices and balance. I pray your Aunt will get well. Relax, and do what is important to "you". As you can see your community here supports your break.

Marcie

Lovey said...

Blessings upon you...

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