That woman in the photo? That's me. Only I'm way older. Anyway, the one thing I've learned is that life is all about juggling. Let's look at three examples.
1) Remember I mentioned getting A Time to Heal and Seeing the Elephant up at IngramSpark? Easier said that done. All was going along swimmingly until I downloaded the cover generator. It was an INDD file, or in English an In Design file. And that meant I needed PhotoShop or something comparable to open it.
I don't have PhotoShop. I can't afford it, and even if I did, I'd have to learn how to work it.
So.. Juggle. I decided to close down my book title, but couldn't find a way to do it. Of course, I did what any sane person would do, go away from the website for a while and then come back. Somehow I stumbled upon a page on IngramSpark that had my title file and - thank God! - the ubiquitous little trash can that means "delete."
I deleted. Problem solved.
Then I put A Time to Heal up on good ol' Lulu, but not after struggling to get the color on the front cover to match the color on the spine and the back cover. It still doesn't match, but I feel pretty good about myself.
Moral: You can't always get what you want. Sometimes you need to throw one ball away and focus on another.
2) Juggling kids.This morning I met a mom and her son over at a church member's house. It was a fund raiser for our mission group that involved raking the yard and the gardens to rid them of leaves and other debris after our harsh March weather. We have a small youth group at the moment and they are all very busy young people. This means I can only get about 2-4 kids out for a project. Fortunately, the church member helped out. About 11:15 another youth group member showed up, followed by his dad around 11:45.
Again, things don't always work out the way I would have liked, but they worked out. We toiled for two hours, the dad and son worked for maybe another hour or so. At any rate, we will receive a donation, so mission accomplished.
The good news is that we have work through the first Saturday in June, which means any donations will go toward our mission trip. Yay! Pictures below.
Photos: There was lots of leaf raking and sucking of leaves into a hand-held mulcher and sawing a fallen tree up to put out to the curb. Also, in the photo on the right, a mom blowing leaves off the patio.
3) It's good to have all those fund-raisers lined up - plus an overnight extravaganza with kids from other churches in our district. This falls next Friday night and ends Saturday morning.
This juggling act involves trying to do that and blog at the same time.
I'm telling you now. I may be missing some Saturday blogs. Please forgive me. I'm only human. A very tired human.
Now Dan's says it's time to eat dinner. You mean I get food with this gig? Sweet!
Have fun juggling your lives!
Janet Stafford, Squeaking Pips Founder