Where has time flown to? It has been almost a month since I last posted. I truly didn’t realize it had been that long, but then so much has been crammed into the last 30 days that I should not be surprised. Every weekend has been crammed with either trips out of town by DH or both of us, or visits to local churches. Week days have been tossed up in the air between typical chores, new role/volunteer job, and keeping family going. It has been a ride and does not look like it will slow down any time soon. Today I am trying to fit in writing a blog post between laundry, emails, and a new part of my life that will officially start on January 1. So I need to decide if you would like the life update first or the crafting update. I think we need to do the crafting first and then those that are brave enough to read to the end will get the life update OR you can skip it if you prefer.
My crafting calendar for September looked great and most every day was filled with a bit of work on one project or another. Even October started out great for the first week. The hairpin lace wrap saw quite a bit of work and was finally finished except for weaving in ends on October 12. The first picture is when I started crocheting the hairpin lace strips together and the 2nd is the finished, but still needing ends woven in project.
The yarn is Caron Cakes worsted in the Macaron colorway. It was on clearance when I purchased it and sat in my stash for quite awhile before I decided to grab it and use it up. Other than the pictures not truly reflecting the color due to lighting and the time of day, this colorway made up very nicely in this pattern. With the finish of this project, I have also completed the final requirement for the Pathfinder Advanced Crochet Honor.
Two other projects have received bits of work here and there thanks to changes in my life. These are the Toe Up Scrap Footsies – I am working on #2 and trying to knit to the heel, and DS’s Christmas stocking. The stocking takes priority right now because I really want it finished for Christmas. Unfortunately, my crafting time for any crafting has been drastically reduced so the stocking is picked up and put down with as many stitches as I can add each time thrown into the project. Right now I am stuck in the seemingly never-ending DMC #221 or #223 but I am almost to the end of it in this center section so am trying to stick it out. Unfortunately, I have had to frog a bit of the dark rose color down on the left due to a counting error and will probably have to frog that portion in the lower left corner as well. I am in denial at this point and stitching elsewhere.
Life has been most interesting this month and while some of it was planned, two different things have happened that have changed up how and what I do. On September 30, DH received a phone call from his executive secretary for the volunteer church youth group work that we do. She has successfully completed treatment for a medical condition and was having to evaluate all that was on her personal “plate”. After looking at all that she does – run a day care, heavily involved in her local church, second grandbaby on the way, husband looking for job, plus the secretarial work she did for DH, she realized that something had to be let go. Unfortunately, the secretarial position was what she let go. She will be greatly missed and thankfully, we can still contact her with questions and for advice.
This left DH scrambling for who would fill this role as there is so much that she took care of. On my way home from work after a 12-hour shift that day, I learned what had taken place and listened as DH went through the options on the team. He could pull someone else in from outside the team or move people around. During the last 18 months I had worked closely with DH while completing the planning for last year’s regional Camporee and continued to do some of the work already. DH decided he wanted me to take on this role and he would transfer my coordinator duties to someone else. After considering all of the options and looking at how this would play out along with prayer that this was the right move, I agreed to take on this position, let go of the Senior Area Coordinator position, but retain the Pathfinder Bible Experience Coordinator position. This last one is my real passion when it comes to the youth group work.
The first week of October was spent talking with the Executive members of the team to let them know what was happening and see if they were willing for me to change roles and then the first weekend in October during our Spiritual Retreat, the rest of the team was advised of the changes and asked for their support. The second week of October saw absolutely no crafting until Friday evening as I was busily digging through a laptop and boxes of goodies to get up to speed on what was happening and catch up on work that the prior secretary had not been able to get to. By Friday night I was exhausted, but had a wee bit better handle on how things were going on that end of the spectrum.
Since then, I have still spent over half of each week working on “making this position my own” as she suggested I do. Reports and requests have been solicited and dumped into spreadsheets. Last Thursday I learned that a list of dates were to have been submitted to another party on October 1, so that was quickly dealt with and we are doing our best to move forward. There are one or two more spreadsheets that I need to build to simplify my life and ultimately, DH’s life, at least one order to be made online (and unfortunately, one of the items will not be available until some time in November), and potentially one other order placed, depending on budget. I have had to build a spreadsheet for the budget to help it make sense and am hoping to have it under control shortly. Thankfully, I have a great working relationship with the treasurer at the state church headquarters and she has been extremely helpful on that end.
Long time readers of my blog will probably also remember that I have toyed with the idea of going back to school and finishing my Bachelors. A year ago, this was considered and set aside again. There were too many factors against taking that step at that time. This year has seen DS settling more into his college courses, learning how to drive, and taking charge of his adult life as he turned 18. While he still lives at home, still needs Mom on occasion, he is becoming more and more independent. DD announced last spring that she was done with school and would step it up to finish in December of this year. I was so very happy as she had been dragging this out for long enough. She will have a two-year Liberal Arts degree which will enable her to pursue further education when and if she chooses, knowing that her generals are out of the way for the most part. And lastly, DH will complete his Masters program either in December or January.
Given all of the above, with the exception of the change in volunteer positions, a decision was made last August that I should apply to finish my degree with a start date of January 1, 2019. This month, I prepared DS’s FAFSA for next year. I then entered the information for my FAFSA. This had been done last year, but I had not used it since I had not attended school. My plan was to wait until November to apply to school, and then start in January, however, DH with the support of the kids and the pushing and shoving of my BFF, announced that I had to apply for college at WGU and not put it off any longer. He referred them to me and so began the process. I was very scared and mildly excited because I was not sure we could afford this, not just financially but also for what it might take away from what I do for the family and elsewhere. DH has tried to reassure me that this will not be a problem as it can be worked around everything else, so we will see. WGU’s program is not the traditional multiple classes to be passed over the course of a semester. According to my enrollment counselor, you take one class per month and complete each one before you move to the next. You are required to complete a minimum of four classes every six months, but can complete as many as you want. The fee is a flat fee per term (six months).
So far, I have applied and been accepted. My FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year has been updated and I have funds for the first six months of 2019. There is a bit over $450 yet to come up with, however I was sent information for applying for a scholarship that hopefully will cover that. I submitted that application this morning and hope to hear soon on whether or not I will receive that assistance. My main transcript has been received and is now being evaluated. The two smaller ones will hopefully be received soon so that they can be evaluated. With my previous degree (AS Legal Secretarial) being received 30+ years ago, I am not counting on too much of that to be accepted against the courses required for a BS in Accounting. We will learn in the next few weeks what they decide.
As you can imagine, this has and will continue to cut significantly into my crafting time. I am hoping that I can squeeze in a bit here and there because my crafting is also for my sanity. You could call it my therapy. I will continue to blog as I am able and craft while I pursue my dreams. Should all go well, I might even consider pursuing my Masters. Right now we are going to take it one step at a time to avoid being overwhelmed.
Wish me luck, and if you are patient and brave enough, stay tuned! 🙂 Next year is looking to be full to overflowing with activities and projects. I definitely will need lots of prayers!