I hadn't planned on the June 24th post being my last new one for almost two months, but I also hadn't planned on falling into my now yearly birthday funk weeks earlier than normal either, so...
I will mention however that in previous years this depression usually starts to show itself about a week before my birthday, and then begins to abate within a week or two after my birthday has passed. This year however, it hit me pretty hard, and fast, during the last week of June, and even though it has eased off to some degree, it's still with me to some degree here more than halfway through August. I'm not sure why it's lasted so long this year, I mean I haven't really done anything of note in the past year, but I didn't do much of note the previous year either, and it didn't last this long, so what's so special about this year? [rhetorical question]
I realize that this is a me thing, and is just something that I have to deal with on my own, as even if it's well-intentioned, advice from others doesn't help, and talking about it doesn't help either, I'm only doing so to try and explain my absence.
My one solace is that moping about is not an option, at least not where I live, there's just too much that needs to be done on a daily basis, so no laying around for this sad sack. The storm damage from earlier this year has taken up a great deal of free time, so projects that should've been tended to months ago have really piled up, I've been trying to get to as many as I can, but it seems like every time I finish one, there's still a dozen more waiting to be started, and those are just my projects; I'm not even counting all of my moms, whose stuff I usually move to the front of the line. She's still considerably more active than most people her age (and judging from what I've seen online, more active than most people half her age), but does need help with a few things, most notably things that require heavy lifting. I never gripe about helping her with anything, if only because her being around to help, is much better than the alternative.
I don't know if I've mentioned it before or not, but my mom has a keen interest in stained glass. We converted a shed into a studio for her a few years ago, which has worked out really well, but it has become apparent as of late that she needed more storage for panes, especially those of the larger variety -- the only problem is, there isn't a lot of extra money right now for supplies. It didn't take long to come with a solution though, as I had been saving a bunch of leftover wood (scraps is more of an apt description) from an old project, and after taking some measurements, was able to come up with a relatively okay idea for a storage unit. My mom wasn't entirely convinced that it was going to be doable, but gave consent to give it a go, so I did.
Now I don't have a fancy shop full of expensive power tools, nor do I have a lot of know how, but I am stubborn, and did want to see this through, and am proud to say that after screwing up once and having to sort of start over, not to mention all of the weather delays (we've had jungle weather here this summer, hot sun followed by an afternoon thunderstorm then more hot sun, which is good for the plants, but not for someone who's trying to work on a project outside without cover), the project is done. It's ugly as sin, but is crazy sturdy, and will hold quite a bit of glass, upwards of 100 large panes. My design was also modular, so in theory more could be added on to the unit in the future if need be.
My mom is happy with how it turned out, which of course is all that really matters, and has now mentioned trying to come up with something else for some of the extra small stuff that is currently without a home. She has two three-tiered wooden shelving units that she saved from the dump, and I still have some more scraps, so it's looking like those units are going to get reinforced, chunked up if you will, and get a few dividers added, so that they can be converted to hold smaller pieces.
I'm thinking that I'll be done with all of her stuff sometime next week, which will then free some time for me, meaning that I should start trying to figure out what's next on the to do list, anybody feel like flying (or driving) down for a working vacation? :)
After enduring all of this life talk, I should probably try and balance it out a little by giving ya'll some collectibles talk too, and maybe even photos some photos to accompany said collectibles talk.
This came from my mom, who at this point is the only person that I get birthday presents from anymore (which is okay by me), and although I would've been completely fine if this had been the only thing I had got, she did add a little something else to the birthday card...
I also bought something a little bit before my birthday, which for blog purposes could be called a present to self.
Other than finally finishing the sorting that I've been working on for over a year, I haven't been doing much card stuff. These Reggie's are my first purchase in months, but with all of the great packages that I've received from fellow bloggers this year (including a few while I've been away), I haven't really felt the need to buy much, which has worked out well, cause I don't have the money to be buying stuff at ten times the normal going rate, and that's how pretty much everything is right now, but I'm good.
I got an envelope in the mail from Israel (yeah, that Israel!) the other day, which was kind of neat unto itself, but the real prize was inside:
Even though I have little desire to do so, I'm gonna try and get back to blogging on a semi-regular basis, which will hopefully lead to me getting back to reading (and commenting on) everyone else's blogs. I feel a little guilty about not supporting the endeavors of others in recent months, I mean I have read some posts here and there, but just haven't felt like I've had anything important to add to those posts. I've heard some about the new Blogger interface, and I suppose if it's as bad as everyone says, I might be calling it a day, as I don't know if I'll be wanting to learn some new complicated system, especially when it's replacing something that to my knowledge, wasn't broken. But we'll see, my blog screens still looks the same, so obviously it hasn't changed yet. Maybe they'll forget about me, and I can just keep using the one I know (sort of)...
Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.