Well, as you can tell by my paucity of posts, it's been a busy and difficult year and I thank you all for sticking with me.
There's been a lot going on, both good and bad. I have pretty much cleaned up most of my late husband's estate and feel ready to move on. I also feel like I'm on a more stable footing financially. I have had a TON of freelance work - almost more than I can handle; I'm running late on some deadlines even as I speak. (I also have not one but two front covers this month, one the Just Cross Stitch October issue and also their Halloween Special Edition.) But this has enabled me to pay off my car and free up some money for other things. I will be at AWA in Artist Alley again this year and also attending CONjuration in November, my Etsy shop has officially reopened, and I have some really big things planned for next year that may see me branching off in a whole other direction.
On the other hand I spent most of June and July flying back and forth to CT to help my sister through some medical issues. This ate up a lot of time that I needed for other things but I did get to bring back some family heirlooms and personal items that were being stored there. (I even managed to sneak my mother's collection of crochet hooks through airport security by putting them at the bottom of my suitcase with a piece of foil over them.) I've been having some health issues myself which have once again left my doctor scratching his head and chasing his tail as we both KNOW something is wrong but every test we do comes back negative so we have no idea what it is. And then I broke a tooth and promptly managed to swallow it o__O so that's gonna be a fun dentist visit.
In between all this we are still looking for a new house without success. My house is half packed and full of boxes with nowhere to go. I will say that the selection has improved so I feel more optimistic. But now I have a quandary. It would actually be cheaper for me to buy a house than rent one at this point, especially as I can get down payment assistance from the county. The catch would be that I would be required to live in the house for at least five years, which I kinda have to do anyway since it will take Son #2 that long to get through undergrad and apprenticeship. But given my sister's health emergency this summer I don't know if I would be able to stay that long before I need to move up north to take care of her. So I don't know whether to go for it or not. Decisions decisions.
I've been doing some writing again to take my mind off things. The return of Star Wars (in a GOOD way this time) makes me feel like I'm back in 1977 again and I've been having Plot Dreams with the end result being a series of Stormtrooper Soap Operas. It's been fun.