Focused on work to clear the way for writing.
On Friday, and early Saturday, I also got most of the images my nephew and brother needed done in a way they liked them for Ellis Brush Mowers. I sent off 300 dpi ones to my brother to create a brochure, and put some on the web site to show his newest equipment creation that was finished and mounted on a Bobcat.
The amount of odd buildings, wires and trees that were behind these photos that he took, you can see just a glimpse of in the window reflection. I could not clear that in any way that looked better than leaving it there. And I finished the one they wanted for a new promotion, that I won’t talk about until it is in print. That was a fun project, but took a bit of back and forth communication and lots of time to get it how they wanted it to look.
Friday I also listened to the Tony Laidig webinar I missed: Your Genius Factor. I kinda multi-tasked and wrote an intro for myself for the Facebook page. I had heard many of their stories before, but listened totally when something new was discussed. My intro got really long. Then I tried to write a shorter one, and it was pretty long also. I have been so many things, hard to define just who I am. And I am working on many aspects of my life right now. But a couple of threads that showed up was most everything I have done has some art connection and relate to my ability to network and help others. Then there is the essential oil and health elements that are threaded into my world in many ways. Hard to define myself in just a few sentences. So I didn’t really try. Just put the shorter of the two on the FaceBook group page. Have a few more tasks to accomplish before next Wednesday’s session.
On Saturday, I got my tax information to the point that I am ready to talk with my accountant about a few final items and how to handle some expenses and income. That feels really good.
I have seen lots of information come in from people for Commonwheel’s 40th Annual Anniversary show I am curating. I will work on that Monday after my hike. As a publisher who wants to present it as a possible feature story needs some solid information by Tuesday end of day. DEADLINE!
Saturday night, I drove to Stargazers to hear Spirit Machine. A musician friend and fellow MSAC Board member was there. Another band was playing first, and they sounded like a long Jimi Hendrix song, jamming well together, but not danceable. And actually not even fun to listen to at all. Good techniques, but just not what I came to hear. My friend suggested we go to another bar where her son was going to be in Downtown Colorado Springs, so we headed there.
Her son didn’t show up, and was kind of a bluegrass band with a very young crowd that filled every sit and there was barely standing room. The took a break shortly after we arrived. She said hello to a friend she knew in the band, then we walked to another very close bar. We got great seats facing the stage. But that band didn’t start for another 30 minutes. We chatted and got assurance from some kids sitting near us that the band was worth waiting for and would be very danceable.
I had had two glasses of wine at the Manitou Hair Emporium Grand Re-opening, and had chugged the Margarita I had gotten at Stargazers, so just drank a Club Soda with Lime. We both had two of these. And when we got ready to leave and pay our bill, our waitress said they were free. So we left her a very nice tip.
When the band began to play, they were very good and fun to dance too. Unfortunately the dance floor is concrete and my feet didn’t like that very much. We stayed and danced until a little after 11pm. My friend wanted to go to another bar in Manitou Springs, but since it was “Spring Back” clock night, and I had a date to go hiking the next day, I passed on going with her there.
Now I am almost caught up with my blogging. Maybe not daily, but journaling the daily happenings.
Today, I got my newspapers in from the driveway just in time for them to not get run over by many vehicles. My cottage tenant had trucks and friends and parents come to help her get moved out very early from her moving deadline. She has so much stuff in that little cottage, it is amazing!
The day was glorious. Blue sky and very warm. Wouldn’t guess that it had snowed just 36 hours ago. How I love Colorado!
I called my friends that were going to meet at my house for the hike today, and told them that they couldn’t park in the driveway. They were able to park near Kathleen’s new office and walked over here together.
Now my Greek friend is in pretty good shape, but I didn’t think as good of shape as me. And although Kathleen is a marathon runner, when they suggested a walk/hike, I didn’t expect it to be a major mountain hike.
When talking with them this morning, Kathleen suggested we go up a new trail next to the Incline. At that point in time, I knew I had guessed wrong. Luckily, I had decided to pack my Camelback pack rather than a smaller hip pack. This meant I had lots of water and food if I needed it.
The trail began very mellow compared to the Manitou Incline. But it soon turned steep and took us uphill quickly. I have hiked this area many times from different directions. The Ute Trail is what they were skirting to make it a little less steep, with more switch backs, less straight up. On the down trails, it got a bit snowy, but I just hiked slower and carefully, and it was more mushy and muddy than slippery.
But during the decision making process of which pack to take, I had forgotten to put my extra battery for my camera in the pack I took. That meant that I didn’t get many pictures. But some I took were very interesting, and a couple could be useful in the next Flood Book with a view of Manitou Springs downtown below the Williams Canyon. Plus, that picture made me really appreciate how much better pictures it does take than my last camera. The clarity of details on the buildings I zoomed in on was amazing!
But the not having a view-finder makes it challenging to get the shots I think I am getting sometimes. Still, most work for what I am looking for in an image. Would have been good if I had taken one a little more to the right, my house might have been seen in it.
Then I ran out of battery and realized I hadn’t put the extra one in this pack. Dang! Well, just had to hike with out a camera and enjoy my time in this beautiful mountain area so close to my home without taking photos.
We took about two hours to complete the hike. I am sure Kathleen could of done it quicker, but my Greek friend and I took more breaks to catch our breath and enjoy the views. And I did take some pictures, which always slows the hike down. We all had a good time and talked about other trails and hikes that are spurs off this one.
When I got home did my normal email viewing, and decided I had too many relating to the Commonwheel’s 40th Anniversary Gallery show I am curating to work on that right now.
Emailed my new tenant that he might get to move in sooner than expected. That I would do some inspecting and fixing of the property when the current tenant finishes moving out, then let him start moving in, and painting if he wanted to lighten up the wall color a bit.
Enjoyed my dinner and a little entertainment, cleaned up the kitchen and some space in the living area during the entertainment.
And now I am doing my blogging / journaling to catch up on the last few days.
On Thursday last week I had a Cat Scan.
This was ordered by two Doctors, so felt was necessary to do.
I really didn’t like the idea of drinking the “Berry” (Barium) Smoothie and having dye injected into my veins, but also don’t like to disobey two doctor’s orders.
I am visioning that they were concerned because neither had seen me before, and hadn’t felt the uterine fibroids I have lived with for over 15 years. Yeah, they were suppose to shrink and go away with menopause, but that didn’t happen. My doctor of 25+ years went into private practice about 3 years ago, and my world hasn’t been very solid on many levels, so this is the first time I’d had a check up since my last visit with her.
I had done a MAP coning the night before, and asked my Spirit team to protect me during all this procedure. And I connected with them as I drove to the hospital for the test. The smoothie wasn’t hard to drink, and all the warnings of bad feelings I would experience with the dye injection were very mild. No big deal!
Another Great webinar with Tony Laidig that night relating to creating content using Public Domain content. I do look forward to getting my life back on track in a way that I can start writing again and using some of his trainings. Have some goals to get things finished this weekend and finalize the Cottage Rental challenge. I really liked the young man that saw it on Wednesday, but have a couple of other promised showings to do the next couple of days.
Then when I checked my email, saw that the Friday person had cancelled and another person hadn’t set a time. HMMMM!
And Snow was predicted for Friday. A storm that sounds big, but then this is Colorado and one just never knows what will actually come over the mountain.
I had a “Tune-Up” with Kathleen, Sharing Inner Health, Friday morning, and walked over to her new office in Manitou Springs. I had almost forgotten that she was moved back into Manitou Springs. But then I had put a photo of her new office building on her web site, and had no excuse for forgetting where I needed to be. Sometime that day, my memory was jogged into where I would head in the morning. And I wouldn’t be getting my favorite Pretzel Rolls from the German Bakery that was near her old office. My bread “sin” is to enjoy these a few times a month when errands take me near that Bakery.
So on Friday morning I set out to do some walking errands an hour before my appointment. First I walked to Commonwheel to take some items left over from the meeting that needed to be returned there and pick up a necklace form a friend had gifted me with and get my Carnivale FantaFaces Mask signs out of the window.
On my way there, I heard noises in the creek and there was equipment pulling debris out of the creek in front of Adams Mountain Cafe.
I had my camera with me, so took a few photos. Realizing I had to hurry, I didn’t take many.
I need to go back and find them doing this more this next week.
This sight and sound will make many business owners very happy to see that Manitou Springs is working on getting the creek bed lowered before Spring melt and the rainy season begins.
I also stopped at the Post Office to check for Festival applications, and there were a few. Put them in my bag and hurried on to my appointment. I had seen Kathleen’s VW bus pull onto to the street in front of me, so knew she was headed there also.
She wasn’t quite ready for people and I helped her move a table from the kitchen into the “reception” area so she could put out tea water and her special popcorn to snack on while waiting. While she got things together, I took some photos of her treatment room and a space that is for rent that Commonwheel might consider for office spaces if our basement is not usable for a long time.
When I was done with my treatment, my Greek walking friend showed up for her treatment. It was raining! Lightly, but not what I had expected. These ladies suggest that on Sunday we all do a walk together. So I agreed. (A walk was what I expected, but it turned out to be a challenging hike.)
When I got home, I called the young man and assured myself he was the right person to rent the cottage. We set a time for him to bring the deposit on Saturday. I emailed the other prospects telling them I had many good prospects, but had chosen someone else.
There are times when email comes in really handy. And doing this switch of tenants with very few phone calls was a blessing for saving me time when my time is so very full right now.
Then I looked out the window and it was snowing big fluffy flakes.
Oh, so beautiful!
Errands and Cottage Showings and Health Appointments, oh my!
I went to pick up something I needed for tomorrow’s test and learned I had written down the wrong address. Close enough that I was able to get what I needed with little distress. And tomorrow I will be at the right place on time.
Just too much going on in my world right now. And I still haven’t caught up on my sleep yet.
Need a real break, but not in the cards for a few more weeks for sure.
Driving around Colorado Springs I had a magnificent view of snowy Pikes Peak.
I took time while driving around Colorado Springs to appreciate this view of Pikes Peak and snap a few pictures in many places.
I pulled over to the side of a street to take on photo where there were no wires hanging in the view, and was perfectly aligned to be out of the way for an ambulance that sirened by me while I was stopped. Nice to not to have had to try to move out of the way with more traffic where I would have been if I hadn’t stopped for the photo op.
Did some grocery shopping across from the place I was to have my hearing tested. Very convenient and timely.
So my hearing test shows that I have moderate loss of hearing in both ears. Sort of what I expected to learn. Will see where that leads in the next few months.
And the testing room had the view of Pikes Peak from where I sat. Very comforting and beautiful office space with an expansive mountain view.
Unfortunately my hearing test coincided with a Tony Laidig webinar I would have liked to have been on in person, so couldn’t show up. Luckily there will be a replay that I can listen to soon. Will find time either Friday or Saturday to do that, so I will be caught up for the one next week.
Got home in time to listen to four messages and have a good lunch in preparation for the showings.
All three candidates were very qualified for renting the space. And then there is the person from far away that is interested and is interesting.
I really prefer to meet potential tenants face to face to get a real feel for who would be the best tenant and neighbor.
The young student had his mother with him, as the current tenant had done a couple of years ago. She and he were both interesting. And the very shy, rescued cat who lives there and wasn’t seen during either of the other showings came out and loved on him. He jumped in his lap, rubbed all over his feet. Sat next to him on the couch. So very unusual of him. He isn’t even that friendly with me who he knows from other visits! What a great couple of references he had.
I took the listing off Craig’s List, and need to take the signs down in the morning. Emailed a couple of other inquirers and told them that I wasn’t showing it any more. And emailed the faraway person.
All the while working on a book that I had hoped to get a draft done today, but that needs real concentration to get in the condition I am willing to send it off to the author.
Mostly I worked on my brother and nephew’s project. Putting a Flail Mower Arm on a Tank. Each time they have something different than what I have done. Not very clear in instructions, nor are the photos I have really the best resolution to work with for a brochure. It is a fun marketing concept. And getting closer to the final image I think.
Last night I attended Manitou Springs City Council Meeting to support Natalie who put together the application for Manitou Springs to be designated a Creative District. There was total support from the Council for this and the read a resolution into the minutes.
There was also a heated discussion about the timing of changing the pay for parking hours back to summer hours. Everyone who spoke thought it was way too soon. But the Council can only suggest to the Parking Board that they might consider waiting a few more weeks. So not much to be done and when the time change happens, so will the parking fees.
Oh, and Monday’s Commonwheel meeting was interesting. Will have to see where we go in the next few months. Stay, Move or Expand – if Move or Expand, how and where will that work. The finances are not very clear.
Our landlord is doing everything he can to make the property flood safe. He is working with the neighbors, even putting his own money into a neighbors property, and the City of Manitou Springs. He is offering to tear down some garages across the creek and road from our building to make room for more parking spaces and have it graded to encourage the water to flow away from the buildings if it should overflow its banks.
He got some good answers from the City about the funds that have been secured and what they will be doing with them to protect all of Manitou Springs as much as possible from experiencing the types of devastating flooding that happened last summer.
Off to a quick blog on my hiking blog about Carnivale in Manitou Springs where I will share some more images of the fun and creative people that participated in this year’s frosty parade.
Sunday was both a Beautiful and a Challenging day.
Did I mention that on Carnivale morning, as I was going out the door, I saw I had a text message from the cottage tenant. I checked it to discover that once again the cottage heater would not light properly. So I called my plumber friend who was able to come down soon and look at it. I put a couple of oil based heaters outside, carrying one to her porch. Neither of them left me a message that day to tell me what had happened, but I assumed my plumber friend got the pilot lit, and she had heat.
I have many times over told her not to text me with problems, but to call my home phone. Her texting me about a plumbing problem cost me an extra $50 in a water bill because a pipe had broken and I didn’t see the text until I was far from the house. And my plumber friend also was at another job for few more hours. That also meant water was running under the cottage in the winter. No telling what type of damage that could cause. That was months ago, and I had thought I had been really clear with her about how to communicate with me about issues she experienced that needed quick attention.
So Sunday morning, I slept in a little bit, but not too late. Was happy that my leg and knee were feeling close to normal after all the dancing and “hiking” I had done the last couple of days.
What gets me up is the incredible frosty scene outside. I take a few photos in my bathrobe, then go in and start my morning.
I ventured out into the street to get a picture of Red Mountain covered in Frost. Beautiful, but very chilly!
When I was dressed, the frosty scene drew me out to take more photos. I thought I would just go up to the Catholic Church, but went a bit farther. And once again my fingers were frozen by the time I got back to the house. But so much beauty, I just enjoyed this very unusual scene. If I hadn’t been so tired, I probably would have ventured further up the street and hills, but just couldn’t do it.
A bit later, I look out to see if the frost is still on the trees, and I see a note on my mailbox. I discover my cottage tenant isn’t going to renew her lease. She left this month’s rent in a small piece of paper with a note on it saying she hadn’t seen a new lease, and needed to make some changes in her life. One of which was moving, not renewing her lease. I had put a new lease in her mailbox at least a week ago. Not sure how she didn’t see it.
The person who fixed her heater called and asked if I could pay him that day. Not a problem. Then he explained what he had done. Since he had just replaced the thermocouple not too long ago, he was mystified as to why there was still a problem, but could see some angle and air problem. So if the pilot went out again, I was looking at a $200+ part and about 2 hours labor. He had done all he could to fix the problem he saw, so we both hoped the pilot would stay lit the rest of the winter
I put up a listing on Craig’s List for the cottage, but somehow transposed the number for the rent with a much smaller amount. Then I copied and pasted that listing into a couple of emails. I had spent much time trying to find a picture of the cottage that I knew existed, but it wasn’t labeled in any way I could find, so just used a couple of exterior images of the driveway and shared grill and picnic area.
After doing my posts for the two blogs I went to bed, very tired.
When I laid down in bed, something was haunting me. And I got back up and saw what I had done. That meant redoing the emails, looking silly to lots of people, but what else could I do. First I fixed the post on Craig’s List. Then in the morning I .
The next morning, there were quite a few responses to the wrong amount posting – it was quite a deal for a cottage rental. I emailed them all with the new price and suggested they look at the updated listing. Then, wrote that if they were still interested to send me another email.
I had gone out first thing and taken a photo of the cottage to add to the Craig’s List post and wrote a bit more information about the location and revised some of what I wrote so it looked like a new and different cottage listing.
Some folks did respond that they were still interested. So I had to get my tenant to tell me what day I could start showing it. Which will be tomorrow after my hearing health appointment.
But the worst part of Sunday was what woke me up just after I had gotten up and then back to bed really late, say 1:30 in the morning. I did easily fall asleep, but just about 2am, I woke with my eyes watering and panicked. My first thought was I have close the window, and started to jump out of bed. But realized it was winter, and no window was open.
Then I tried to figure out how my bedroom could smell as if a skunk was walking through it. I mean the smell was that strong!
There is no where else in the house I can sleep. So I sprayed some lavender essential oil around the room and put many drops on a piece of cotton. Pulled the covers over my head and tried to get some sleep. By then I had a headache and took another Percogesic and slept fitfully until morning, when I gave up and got up. I brought a diffuser into the room and diffused Young Living’s Purification blend and that did help get the scent out of the bedroom.
And I have come to the conclusion that I can’t post every day. Just too much time to do that. And I need to write other things. So if I get a post every other day on both sites, that will be my new goal.
And in my next post, I will talk a bit about the Commonwheel meeting on Monday and how this day went being at an unusual level of exhaustion, still got many things accomplished.
Manitou Springs Carnivale was the second coldest.
After a 50 degree sunny day on Friday, we awoke to snow, fog and very cold weather for Carnivale.
But that didn’t keep the fans from lining up for the Gumbo Cook Off Tastings.
Too much preparation happens to not show up!
FantaFaces masks showed up on a few faces. Kelly Snyder and her husband Mayor Mark Snyder wore theirs despite the snowy weather.
My fingers were frozen by the end of taking pictures of the parade!
I mean, really frozen, they hurt when I tried to warm them up at the house.
But I went back out after they were warm, sans camera and danced until about 6:30 pm.
Councilwoman Coreen Toll and her husband Shanti came for the parade and then I caught up with them at the Townhouse Lounge. When that band took a break we went to the Keg where we danced to Arch Hooks. Great music was playing all over town.
Later, I ran into Sara and the masked man at Swirl while eating gumbo. I told him I had made his mask. He asked my my name, and I told him Julia. He took off the mask to confirm I was telling the truth, as I sign them, and yes, Julia was the signature.
I stopped at Commonwheel for a “pit stop” and looked to see if any had sold recently. A couple had sold the day before and 4 on Carnivale day. Glad to see that! When I left Commonwheel, Sara & the masked man were on the sidewalk and they grabbed me as I got to them. Walking in a threesome, went back to the Townhouse for a couple more dances. I ran into a couple of other friends. Chatted during the band’s break, but I needed to go home and get off my feet.
I came home very tired. Laid down and couldn’t get back up. Luckily I had eaten gumbo a couple of places, so wasn’t starving.
But that is why there was no post yesterday.
I am not as on track in my world as I usually am.
I thought I was arriving for a meeting early, and I was actually late. Not sure how I twisted the time from 10 am to 10:30 after looking at the calendar last night. Luckily the ladies are very forgiving. I regaled them with stories about the flooding last year, the relocation of the Art Festival and what our plans are for this year.
I had left my power cord for the Festival MAC at Commonwheel last night. When I picked that up I learned I had sold a mask, one that I easily repeat and make the best money from selling. So when I got back from my meeting grabbed the one that was on Etsy, put some empty boxes with peanuts and newspapers in the car and gave myself permission to drive back to Commonwheel to put that in there. Roger who is very tall, had found one of my pins on top of my display that I couldn’t see and had thought was lost/stolen last year. Bonus.
Being mocked by a Raven sitting in glowing silver branches yesterday came to mind as I worked through my many tasks. He seemed to be laughing at me as I hurried through the park taking photos and accessing the possible new layout idea.
I got lots of tasks done relating to the 40th Year Celebration with Old Spokes in the Gallery. That felt good. Some people actually have sent photos and one bio! Hope more show up over the weekend. And many confirmed that had been not responding or on the fence.
And I got www.sharinginnerhealth.com website filled in with 4 pages for the classes she is teaching herself with a partner and at the School of Inner Health that she has sold to a couple of people. That really felt good! Hope they all like what I did. And I discovered an error on a brochure they are sending out. Emailed them that it needs fixing.
Should I go and dance at Stargazers to Tribe for an hour? I do deserve the dancing time. It is always fun to wear a Fantafaces mask to get others in the mood to come play at Carnivale in Manitou Springs that takes place tomorrow. So seems like a good idea. Just for one set . . .
I worked at the Commonwheel Artists Gallery all day.
I prefer to do one long day a month rather than two half days.
Although I got a lot of computer work done, very few people came into the Gallery, and no one bought anything!!!
That is not a normal day for me.
I easily engage people in conversation, and usually someone in their group will purchase something before leaving. But not today.
I don’t think I had 30 people come in, so I guess the odds were not with me. Though one of the couples from Michigan left saying they had to think about a couple of things thye liked, and they were here until Sunday. So they may be back to buy when I am not working.
When I asked one group of three if they were visiting and they said yes, I asked if they were from Michigan. I had had 3 other sets of visitors from Michigan, so was just joking around. Except they said yes, how did I know? Just a wild guess, I replied, as 3 other groups that were here earlier were from Michigan.
I did get a couple to sign up for our email newsletter. Plus some local people who had brought visitors said that they will be sure to come for the 40th Anniversary Gallery show and wanted to know where the Art Festival will be held. One couple told me that enjoyed the park where it had moved to last year, so that was a nice thing to hear, as it will be there again..
So got lots of work done for that gallery show and some Festival tasks completed.
I had started the day by finding the hanging signs that have pictures of artists in the shop that hadn’t been hung back up since Holiday Market went up. The hooks were challenging to get onto the proper hooks, as a rope lighting had been hung using these hooks also. But I got all three hanging up and an new FantaFaces Mask picture inviting people to come buy a mask for Manitou Springs Carnivale.
Plus the shared jewelry case looked really naked with the jewelry just on the wooden bottom. I found some tiles and got them to fit well enough to give a bit more interest to the case and added a couple of my feather pendants to give it some variation from the metal work that was placed there by other jewelers.
So I put some time into making the Gallery look better, which felt good and productive.
And my friend who is helping with the advertising stopped by with her delightful mother who is getting ready to move here. We had a lovely conversation. When she moves here, my friend and I will make a date to play Rummikub some future evenings. I actually have that game and used to play it with my parents all the time.
Came home and all I wanted to do was have popcorn for dinner and watch Survivor’s first episode that was 2 hours long. That show is my “guilty pleasure” that I share with a couple of friends. We always have a dinner together and watch the final episode.
The “Last Call” email I sent out to Old Spokes is getting lots of response. I guess setting a really short deadline helped.
Plus some folks who are showing that responded to a different email replied that they could help by offering to bring food to the opening night and another offered to help proof the information I will be putting into the Scrapbook.
Getting me a bit more excited now.
I hiked over to the new home for Transition Town Manitou Springs with my Greek hiking friend.
It is all about having faith.
The bridge was destroyed and water got very close to the house, but didn’t damage it too much. The owner is aging and ready to downsize. And just getting the yard looking decent would take more energy than a single young person would have.
Transition Town Manitou Springs wants to make this an example of many ways to work with the environment, mitigate flooding, grow food and raise chickens.They are working on a rent-to-own plan so they can demonstrate that their business plan is solid and have finances in place to buy it as soon as possible.
This picture shows where the bridge used to be. They are not sure if they are rebuilding one, or working with the Bottling Plant to use their access. I can hardly wait to have a greener photo after they have put in some garden areas and plants begin to grow here.
My friend who just sold her school will be having her private practice here. Sharing Inner Health will offer Craniosacral and Lymphatic Therapies. She and her partner will also teach classes demonstrating Raindrop Technique with Essential Oils.
This hike gave me a chance to get a photo to put on her brand new web site.
And although it was the second mini-hike of the day, it also was very healing to remind me how others are not allowing the flooding of our town stop them from making progress in their business goals and dreams.
In the parking lot of the brick building, which is a Bottling Plant that bottles Manitou Springs Mineral water and only sells it to Japan was a strong reminder of the flooding.
This right next to Transition Town’s new home.
The creek bed is much different than it was a year ago before the flooding.
And this is after some debris has moved down the creek. But the creek sides are much higher than before.
Gotta have Faith!
The morning was sunny, but the predicted storm clouds arrived on the wind as the day wore on.
I wasn’t really feeling on track having not come to terms with having a new health challenge.
These little guys sitting in the tree outside my window did make me smile.
I had many phone calls to make relating to getting appointments to find out just how challenging this new health challenge really is. And what it will cost me to do all the scans and get the reports. The phone rang just as I was getting dressed, and that was the first of many calls I would get from the Hospital to set up the appointments. Everyone was very helpful and I can sort of afford it.
Just when I thought I was feeling more financially comfortable, this comes up. Though I am grateful I have the Peak Vista coverage and can just about afford this without having to make payments.
And then I received a call to set the appointment for having a free Mammogram appointment this month.
I also needed to set-up a meeting at The Fields Park for the Commonwheel Art Festival to discuss placement of the new electrical resource with the concept of moving the Music to the other end of the Park. He called me back and will meet with him tomorrow.
My neighbor had me come look at the renovation project she is doing. She wants to be able to run a drain along my stone wall to get water away from the back of the small cottage right next to my property line. I think it will be fine. And with the new guttering and new roof on that cottage, there will be less rain and snow hitting the side of my house that has been damaged by too much moisture hitting it and staying there during the winter.
Then she told me of the raccoon that had torn off some of her new roofing and was hibernating in the attic. He won’t come out, so drastic measures will be taken soon. How he figured out he could get in there is a mystery to me. He just tore a bit of roofing off where two gables met and is now snug as a bug in a rug with all the new insulation in the attic.
As we chatted the wind came up and the air started feeling very chilly. Time to get back inside.
My tenant had paid her rent, so I drove to the bank. Then I had a wild desire to have a cooked chicken and some different veggies and fruits and maybe Ginger Ale for lunch. I hadn’t gotten around to eating at my normal time and it was getting on towards 3pm, so I was hungry. Not my usual way of approaching grocery shopping, but didn’t get too off track. In fact, stayed pretty much with good food that will be comforting to have the next few days.
Tony Laidig had a guest for his Expert Media Show tonight. Daniel Hall, who did a really great training for doing audio books. Would love to take this course, but not sure with the health tests and the timing if I can afford it. May ask a friend if she would be interested in learning it with me and collaborating on some projects, and paying half the fee. Have to think about that overnight.
I had good news that the at risk boys that help with the heavy listing at the Art Festival can be there even if we have a beer garden. Yippee!
Taxes still not totally done, but have all the info I need to put the numbers into the report for my accountant and set an appointment to discuss some of the items I am unsure of where they belong. Always a fun process with the number of businesses I have.
It is always eye-opening to see how much I spend compared to how much I bring in. Too many programs and classes that I haven’t fully used this year. Though I will grant myself the fact that the flooding of Manitou Springs that closed Commonwheel’s Gallery and filled that basement with mud and water twice, plus having to relocate the Art Festival played into making it difficult for me to concentrate on my businesses. And then the exhaustion factor that set in after the intense 3 weeks related to relocating the Art Festival didn’t help either.
I still have lots to do for the Gallery show I am curating in April and a couple of web site clients that need some work done. Tomorrow will be a busy day on the computer for sure.
I will think hard about the audio book course and maybe get inspired for getting more written about essential oils. I do have that book that would work well as an audio book, and could build on that easily.
March is still looking good for getting back into the groove of writing as I get caught up with my other tasks and put my taxes behind me.
Not ready to hear the possibility of my body having a health challenge again.
But at both of the exams I had in the last few days, the doctors were concerned about a lump in my abdomen. And want me to get an ultrasound.
Have no idea what that will cost. Just when I was beginning to feel some breathing space financially.
I have ignored and lived with known fibroids for over 15 years without experiencing more than just a little discomfort. But this seems to be something new and it seems to be worrisome to the doctors that examined me. So I will make the call and find out the cost and go from there tomorrow.
I had a hard time getting to the health care office today. Maybe I was more than stalling, but not wanting to have this exam with its challenging outcome. I went to where I thought I had been directed on the phone. Didn’t see the name of the clinic. Asked a woman wearing a tag that looked official standing outside the complex of medical offices.. She told me I was at the wrong building and directed me a few blocks away. I hurried to my car and drove there. When I was called to the desk, she looked up my name and told me I was at the wrong clinic. The one I was suppose to be at was back where I had been, but around the corner. She called them to tell them I was on my way and not to worry about being a few minutes late. I hate being late! But there was nothing to do but get back in my car and find another parking place and check in at the right Women’s Health Clinic.
For all that stressing, my blood pressure was low, my norm and my heart rate was fine. All good news. Then there was the exam that revealed the new lump in my body. Not so fine.
After the last surgery I had that was a minor surgery that left me with a major complication that I deal with daily, I am not dealing well with the thought I might have to have another surgery. I guess I will just see what I learn in the next few weeks.
Had to leave a webinar with Tony Laidig after about 20 minutes to get to my Board Meeting. Will do the replay as quickly as possible to not get behind in trainings.
On my way to the Board meeting at the MAC, I stopped at the Commonwheel and was greeted with my favorite words. “I am so glad to see you, I am having a bit of trouble.” This one was easy to resolve. A new person learning about closing the Gallery and had a few questions. Nothing that couldn’t easily be resolved.
As I continued on my walk to the MAC for the Board meeting, one of the Board members called and told me we meeting in a different building than the email had said. Four of us got there, arranged the tables to work better. As it got later, no one else showed up. She had gotten the building number confused and everyone was at the neighboring building. A call from the President got us moving in the right direction.
Had a productive meeting. And enjoyed my half mile walk home.
Grabbed a quick snacky meal so I wouldn’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night and writing my blogs.
Got a bit distracted and went on Facebook for a few minutes. Found some very fun and beautiful art postings. Even was inspired to share a few.
Now off to the hiking blog.
Then early to bed and doing a MAP coning to surround myself with healing entities.