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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What happens when real life happens to bloggers...

Blogs are places we go to see pretty, well organized, thoughtful, creative and motivational lives.

I am fortunate and have a beautiful home, four fantastic children ( even the short grumpy one), employment that makes me happy ( I am a Creative Social Media Manager working remotely ) and I have been married for almost 30 years to a pretty tolerant in-house engineer considering he puts up with fabric, sewing machines and ongoing projects all over the house.

In my life, you will not find a team that includes photographers or editors, no one to make graphics for me and no one to write or proof my copy ( although if I paid the teenager, she might and she would probably do it even better).

Everything I do on all of my social media is just me.  JUST ME! I am not complaining.  I find extreme joy in my life as a blogger and community builder. I adore people.  I adore the creative community! I find it a great honor to be even a small part of all of your lives!

I am putting this out in the world so hopefully you can understand that when there is a lapse, it is not because I am not wanting to be creative or share, it is because sometimes in life, other things happen and agendas do have to be prioritized in a different way.

My last post was a Monday Motivation post from 15 May.  After that post so many things ( both good and not so great happened) making it difficult to get my act together and even more difficult to write a blog post:

Here is how it all went down...

LIFE 101...

May 01 Michael told us he would be leaving for California to finish up his college degree in San Diego on 10 May.  SO HAPPY he is going but we had all thought he was staying until late May/early June

Everything is fine until...Adam gets sick on 03 May. We went through the entire school year with almost no illness at all!  We did have our yearly Christmas Break sick that seems to be mandatory but nothing major.  Adam was SICK. He was coughing for days on end so I had sick kid at home...and then Katy came down with it a few days later.  It was almost a full week of sick kids.  Not very productive at all.

Michael then was getting ready to move, getting his physical for a possible job in Antartica ( breast exam included...SWEAR!)...when the 10th arrived, it was really insanity!  I was helping him do all of his last minute packing ( and my work) and then he was on his way...and I was left devastated. I already miss him and Tara so very much.

The following day I was on my way to North Carolina to Pineapple Fabrics for their warehouse sale that happens every few months ( next one is August 3-4-5 and I will be there!).  It is a fast five hour drive from where I live so I go down, help out and snag some AMAZING fabrics! I drove and worked Thurs-Fri-worked until 2pm on Sat and then drove home.

These were all kinds of AWESOME!

I saw my good friend Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane Quilts and Sew South retreat goddess! It has been FOREVER since I saw her last and my heart was filled with JOY to see her!

It was a great weekend filled with some pretty amazing people and fabrics!

Monday I had work completed and my post UP!  I even had the house cleaned and almost 100% of the laundry done AND PUT AWAY! YAY ME!

Tuesday was possibly the best day I have had in years.  EVERYTHING was perfect.  My work was awesome, the weather was gorgeous and I had so much completed, it was crazy! I called the in house engineer to tell him of all of my good fortune and then said...OH NO!...it is too perfect...get ready for it!

I was born and raised in the South.  I am from pure bred superstitious stock.  I know it is all poppycock but when you are force fed superstition soup, you have a hard time letting it go, especially if it served up with cast iron cornbread and real butter.

And then it happened ( you kinda KNEW this was coming), I had a call from Adam's school...he had come into the office with a stomach ache.  He stayed for a bit, the let the nurse know that he was not trying to get out of the state standardized testing 😂 Even when he is serious he is funny!

He came home and things went downhill rapidly.  He was on the floor in PAIN.  I had never seen this in any of the kids.  The pain was unbearable. I convinced him to take a warm bath and that seemed to help for a few minutes until he got out and puked on the carpet in the hall because he did not have the energy to make it back to the bathroom...poor guy!

We spent another couple of hours with him in bed crying in pain and me not leaving his side.  Could not touch him but he wanted be to be there...and I was...

Until I decided that he HAD to be seen!  I found a local ( 30 min away) urgent care and broke every law making it there before they closed so that he could be seen.  Katy asked if I wanted her to come too.  I said yes because me carrying an 80+ pound child was probably not happening.

We made it with 4 minutes to spare!

He was seen and they took all kinds of samples, asked the usual questions ( fever...sore throat...out of the country...drainage (((((YUCK)))...and some others...NOPE to all of them.

The results came back as strep+ and a WBC over 34 THOUSAND...and with that we won the ticket to the closest emergency room.

Checking into the ER is always a crap shoot.  Sometimes you can get there and it is not too bad.  That was NOT the case at all the night we checked in at 11:01pm.  We waited...and waited...and waited...and waited...

Katy worked on her school paper that was due on her cell phone and my phone was almost dead.  I did not think we were going to be going to the ER so I did not bring my laptop or my charger for my phones.

They called us back at 0400...that is FOUR AM for those that were not in the military!  He was seen for five minutes by a kind dr and then it was decided that Adam would have to get shots of antibiotics.  Then more waiting...

We finally walked through the door of home at 0530.  Just in time for the in house engineer to go to work and for Katy to get ready for school.  YES, she told me that not only was she going to school, she had a tennis match. She is crazy!

I went to bed.  Staying up 24 hours was just not something this 50 year old could manage! Adam woke me up at 9:30 and was not in as much pain.  He had a fever at this point and still needed me so I spent time with him.

We are at Wed 17 may now, I think...

On Wednesday it was decided that I was going to be attending Quilt Market. I made my flight reservations, already had a place to stay and then started organizing all of the graphics and schedules for Missing Market.  I had all the graphics completed on Wednesday evening and started on all of the copy on Thursday.

My flight was Friday evening and I packed about one hour before I left home.  Thank goodness Adam was feeling much much better by Friday morning.

I was still working my regular job during all of this, so you can see where I may have had to make judgement calls for my poor blog.

Fly into St.Louis Friday night about 11pm...bed at 12am...OMG!!!!

I hit the Market floor with Sara the following morning at 9:30am!

I spent all day Saturday and only half the day Sunday taking notes ( I did not take photos because the lighting in there was the WORST), talking to people and trying to stay caught up on the Missing Market event.

I was so happy to see many people I have not seen in over a year.  Elisabeth from Robert Kaufman and author of the new book Fussy Cut Sampler ( I will be participating in the blog hop here)

I also met Mister Domestic!  We have been social media friends for some time now but this was the first time I had met him in real life.  He is as much of a trip in person as he is online.  It always amazes me when people say to me, " You are JUST like you are online!"  I am always me...and Mathew is ALWAYS himself, I like that! 

I flew home on Sunday and my head did not hit my pillow until 2 AM!

Yesterday ( we are now up to date almost), I was a zombie!  I still had to get kids ready, catch up on work and housework...it was all pretty crazy!

So here I am today.  Hoping that the rest of this week will be uneventful so I will be able to take care of my family, my business, my creative time and...yes...my blog!

I love my place here, it has been my place to share, to dream and to make connections with people that have been friends in real life and online.

After I emptied my bag today ( looking for my keys because some DUFUS made two drs appointments on the SAME FREAKING DAY), these goodies fell out and they were just perfect to brighten my day and quilt those superstitious deamons!

I am hoping to have more pretty photos and projects up VERY soon! What happens when bloggers are interrupted by real life  ( both good and some not so good) is lapsed posts.



Unknown said...

Welcome home! I hope the youngest? Is feeling so much better and you are recovering from your long week and all the traveling, can't wait to hear about your quilt market fun!

cgd said...

Wow what a time you have had!!!

margaret said...

what a month you are having I am exhausted just reading about it, trust your son is now feeling a lot better

Kerry said...

I'm exhausted just reading what you've been up to! ;)

I agree - you cannot be everywhere and do everything at the same time (I have tried but all I end up with is a lot of unfinished messes all over the place). Pretty much the same here though - life happens and nobody is going to tell you off for missing posts.

And thank you for sharing it all.

PersimonDreams said...

what a CRAZY May and it's not even over yet!!!!

Doreen said...

Breathless here!!!!! I don't s'pose "Taking time to smell the roses" is on the agenda, hmmmmmm???!!! Hugs......

debbymom said...

I love seeing you in my email whenever you are able to stop by. If there is a lapse of time, I'm not counting. Live on!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a whirlwind of life that you got into, Kim! I am so glad that Adam is doing better and I hope that things even out to a low hum instead of roaring along like they have been so far this month!

Tiffany said...

Girl, you deserve a three day nap!

Lisa Lisa said...

Good grief, Kim! I have no idea how you made it this far into May without completely falling apart! I always enjoy your posts and appreciate the time/thought/energy that goes into #missingmarket. Thank you!

Jen said...

Oh my, what a crazy month you have been having. I am pretty sure that most of us have had an interruption by our real life and the blog takes the hit. Hopefully everyone is feeling healthy and relaxed now that the chaos has come to a close.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Oh boy, Kim! I do hope you have more quiet time ahead. I wouldn't have managed with all that. x Teje

Unknown said...

I enjoyed spending every moment I could with you at quilt market, you my lady are a beast! You do more in one hour than me in one day!! You inspire me to work harder and go for my dreams <3 Keep doing what you need to do but keep rested too, it's important!

Go-Go Kim said...

❤️❤️❤️ It is back to the grind ��

mascanlon said...

So glad everything is a little more settlEd for you Kim. Crazy how the universe seems to know just when to throw us all those curves. Glad your son is better. And I look forward to hearing your take on market!

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