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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Sewing Plans and The Spanner in the Works.


Hello everyone

This year I was hoping to resume my own life again, which got soundly interrupted in 2012 when my husband hit a health hiccup, prompting quick resignations from his staff.  Which just goes to show the calibre of some people.  Years ago, when I worked for someone who had issues I told them not to worry, I would sort everything out that needed sorting out until they were ready to return.  

We did find a new person, but I discovered that the accounts were in a mess and not done for some time.  I had no experience in this area, but sorted this out - which took some years to fully understand. 

I could not continue my studies as I could not devote enough time to a demanding course.  I was not entirely happy with this!

We also moved the business, which also took a lot of my time.

I took on the role as bookkeeper - no experience, but as my husband said, you can do statistics...

And I listen to my husband, as his profession is very demanding. And of course he still has health problems, but does that daunt an Alpha male?  No.

Last year I started wondering what had happened to me and made the decision to start a course of study I had always wanted to do.

Lo, the first week back at work for us last  week and we had 
 no receptionist and will not for a while.

I was looking forward to a quiet week to catch up with sewing, because my husband holds the fort over Christmas...and no senior staff to help him sort out problems.

And I did the accounts and other things that needed doing...

To cut a long story short, we will have to start the process of restructuring.  Our operations are quite different from a few years ago, as are technological innovations.  And of course, regulations and rules continue to multiply...

Meanwhile, I am doing all the domestic support, the accounts, the BAS is due, and I am
taking on aspects of the empty position. Then we will have to work out what we need and can afford, and start the process...


I will have to cancel a few activities for the next few months, and I will not be blogging.  I will not be using Instagram except to communicate with the Make a Garment a Month sewers. And as for my Facebook Make a Garment a Month group, you are a great group already and I will still be popping in from time to time.

I will continue to post the monthly themes for Make a Garment a Month.


And, I will sew in the early morning ...so that I will also still Make a Garment a Month.  Probably simple ones, because you are a bit bleary eyed first thing in the morning!  I often pin something ready to sew in the late evening ...

And, I have made my January garment, which will be blogged one day.  Not my best make - I sewed this on Saturday afternoon - my husband said I really needed to go and do some sewing.

He knows it is important to me and that it distracts me from things and gives a sense of satisfaction.




Thanks for following me everyone, and I will be back blogging sometime in the future.

Take care

Sarah Liz

27 comments:

  1. Oh, Sarah Liz! I hear your frustration coming through and really feel for you. But I know that you’ll weather this and find your footing again. Meanwhile, your loyal readers like myself will keep sewing for MAGAM in hopes that our endeavors will cheer you on and give you something to look forward to reading in your spare moments. Hang in there! We’ll be waiting for you right here.
    Kathy

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  2. Oh Sarah Liz I feel for you, it never rains but poors in your corner. We will be here so don't stress yourself about blogging or being on IG

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  3. I am sorry to hear of your husband's health issues, and the ongoing pressure of keeping the business going. You really do double duty a lot. Good on you for managing to fit your sewing in, which is more than I can say for myself right now. However, like the others, I will keep posting on MAGAM - when I make something!

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  4. Hang in there! Make sure you take care of you! Go sew! We'll still be here (or on FB or Insta) when you get the chance. Sending you lots of good wishes.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear of all of these issues stopping both you and your husband in your tracks. Health is very important and I hope your husband improves soon. It must be so difficult when dealing with business issues too.
    I hope for only the best outcome for you both. You will he missed Sarah Liz but you must prioritise. I hope you do manage a bit of sewing time here and there though.
    Meanwhile I'll keep at my MAGAM projects and will post on the vaioys platforms.
    Take care Sarah Liz xxx

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  6. Sarah Liz, wishing you all the best whilst you support your husband and his business. Give us the MAGAM themes and we'll try to do the rest.

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  7. Big warm hugs from the Yukon (and since we just came out of a -40C cold snap, you know we have the warmest hugs!!). Do what you need to do, and best of luck and wishes to you both to get through this and get it all worked out. <3

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  8. So,so sorry to hear all this Sarah Liz, I’m sure you will get through it and normal life will resume, but in the meantime I am sending my best wishes and hugs. Sue xx

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  9. Take care, Sarah Liz. Hope you'll find time to snuggle up after a busy day to read or plan your sewing and perhaps sew a little during weekends. Sending hugs!

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  10. Really sorry to hear this, Sarah Liz! I hope that it won‘t be like this for a too long time! Maybe you will be able and can afford to delegate some tasks you do not like so you would have time and energy for more loved activities. Have a lovely sewing time though!

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  11. I'm sorry about the way things have worked out. You must prioritise of course - and importantly find time to care for yourself - while looking after your husband's business and its difficulties. (I seem to remember a blog post about moving back to your house - wasn't he thinking of retiring?). Certainly don't worry about blogging, FB or IG. This year I might manage to post occasionally on MAGAM! We'll be here when you get back! Enjoy your early morning sewing - I know you usually get a lot done. 🤗

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  12. PS That jacket/cardigan looks lovely. I love the pattern on the front.

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  13. I love the jacket! Very lovely:)))

    I'm really sorry to hear that. I hope that it will be better soon. Take care Sarah.

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  14. Hang in there! I’m sure things will get better soon! Here’s hoping you at least get some sewing time which is very therapeutic!

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  15. I'm so sorry for all the issues claiming your life right now. Of course you must set your priorities and obviously spouse and making a living are very important ones. I do hope you get some things like staffing resolved soon so you can resume other things that are important to you.

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  16. So sorry to hear about everything happening at the moment! Please take the time to get everything sorted out. I'm sure life will feel much better when there is a new system and everything is caught up again. The group will still be here trying to tackle the monthly challenges, but always remember that we wouldn't be a group if it wasn't for you Sarah Liz! We are here for you - if not in person - in spirit! Hugs from afar!
    Star

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  17. Thinking of you Sarah Liz. Hope everything will get better soon. Hugs xx

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  18. I know that I've been MIA for quite a long time, but I decided to come back with the New Year. If I lived there I would offer to come in to help you out if I could.

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  19. So sorry to hear your life has been turned upside down..Praying for better tomorrow's for you and your family. Gonna miss your posts.

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  20. You can't do it all and for now other things need your attention. Social media take up so much time! Well done on getting your Jan make done anyway!.

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  21. Look after yourself Sarah Liz. Everything will be here when you are ready... Yes I am still lurking around but not sewing.

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  22. Sorry to hear about all that is happening. It's really frustrating when things just can't seem to go as we'd like. I hope things work out soon. Take good care of yourself.

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  23. I think I've already left a comment on IG but wanted to leave one here too to let you know I'll be thinking about you and hope all is sorted out soon so you can get back to your 'life'. You will be missed and always know we will be here when you can return. Please take care of your own needs too and look forward to seeing the garments you make. Hugs!

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  24. Sounds like you have your plate full! I will miss your postings, but certainly wish you the best. Meantime,I will keep checking in to see if you are back in the swing of things with your blog. Best of luck!

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  25. Thinking of you! I am glad that you will get some sewing time and that will help with all you have to balance. I will miss your posts and look forward to your return.

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  26. I understand the need to simplify. Take the time you need and I will hold your place in my blog queue.

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  27. Oh Sarah Liz, this is so frustrating for you. I hope and trust that your husband sees the sacrifices you have and are continuing to make. Fingers crossed this is a short season and you will come through it quickly. Lots of love Louise x

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