Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bench detail, Rosecliff

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Cloudy and mild

There was a saying on my mother’s side of the family, the ones who farmed and gardened to supply their restaurant — that the weather on the 27th indicates the weather for the next seven weeks. If that’s true, we’re in for a treat, because yesterday was lovely.

For the most part, I gave myself the day off from writing. I did some admin work, and follow-up on a few things. I read in the afternoon, some research, some for pleasure. I finished LESS THAN KIND by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis, a fantasy novel tied to Tudor England. It’s the last book in the series, and I never read the others, but, for the most part, it stood alone. I also finished THE BARN AT THE END OF THE WORLD: THE APPRENTICESHIP OF A QUAKER, BUDDHIST SHEPHERD, which was very interesting, especially when she talks about her struggle not to respond to irritating situations with anger.

Wrote to the Preservation Society of Newport, praising the flower show, mentioning the parking problem, and offering some possible solutions (all of which were more positive than my first reaction). Got a very nice response almost immediately.

Deadheaded the roses which faded, some of the pansies (can’t believe they’re still there), the petunias, and weeded. I’m going to have to get more gas for the lawn mower this week, and mow later in the week, and soon get some oil for it, too.

That’s pretty much it — a much-needed, quiet day. I’m back to the page today, have an interview with a potential client, and found some messages on my phone from another potential client. So we’ll see. September is so over-booked, I’m getting alarmed, and I’m having some growing pains in the career. I’m glad I’m in demand for a particular type of job, but I’m trying to shed that kind, not get more clients in, because it doesn’t fit in with my overall vision. So I’m trying to balance the need to keep the short-term, quick-pay jobs along with the longer-lead-time jobs. It’s getting more and more difficult for me to accept site jobs, because not all of them have internet or wireless access, and, at this point, because of the teaching, I have to have internet access. I put a lot of emotional pressure on myself with these jobs, which needs to stop, because I have to remember that I can always say no if the dates or conditions don’t work. Saturn Retrograde Growing Pains — what can I say?

Anyway, I’m going to try to spend some time on the page, return the phone calls, and then mentally prepare myself for the meeting.


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  1. It’s so tough when you’re getting a lot of clients in one area when the other area is where you’d really rather be. Makes you feel a bit stuck, doesn’t it?

    Sounds like your day off was lovely. Mine started out lovely, but there’s a growing tension in the house from one of the younger inhabitants and it nearly ruined the birthday dinner. Complexes are tough things to have, but even tougher to have to reside with.

  2. Gosh, we had a scorcher yesterday that turned into a cracking storm overnight. That would be great if we could have it for the next 7 weeks. Overcast today, though …

    And yes, if September is booked it’s booked. Unless you can conjure up extra days, there’s not a fat lot else you can do about it. If it’s alarming you already, that sounds like bad energy anway and you need to start saying that you’re really sorry but you simply can’t do it – without beating yourself up over it.

  3. Sending peaceful thoughts your way.

  4. If the 27th predictometer is correct, it’s going to wet and miserable here for a while longer! :-/

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