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Due diligence…with a hook.

So, I’m having to totally redo my whole podcast thoughts, and it may end up being a photo montage of the year to date since that seems to be working more for me than the stupid webcam…(*&*&^*(%&@^#^$*& frustrated words…

In the mean time I am working away on the CLF Adult book, doing a few patterns at a time, and deciding where those patterns will fit together in the book, then writing the filler text, though I will be asking a few CLF members for help with that part. It’s really hard to switch gears from editor to writer in this process (at least for me) and partially due to the fact that I tend to work on the book at night, when most of my creative juices have been poured into my parenting.

Why is it taking so long? Um, well…cause it is. Call it quality control, call it RAM issues (even with the upgrade), call it the stupid program ceasing to respond and hoping it recovers, call it I’m the mom of two teenagers, one who is just beginning to get really social and active in her own life, but still needs mom 😉 LOL…Sound familiar?

Luckily the same said teen bought me what I wanted for Mother’s Day which is the book, “The World According to Mr. Rogers.”…what does this have to do with crochet OR the CLF? Lots.

Before I got the book I used to “joke” that Mr. Rogers saved my life, after getting the book and reading through the quotes, I realized that he really had saved (ugly ugly childhood) and influenced me in so many positive ways. I keep that book nearby, and when I’m feeling over loaded, or pressured, or not good enough, I can read those words and know that Mr. Rogers would get “it.” (See I’m really not as Fearless as the title I’ve been given!)

Lots of people made fun of that man, but frankly from those I know who actually got to meet him, he really was the nice man you saw on television. By no means, perfect (who is?), but he truly believed that striving to understand the human condition and spreading the word of acceptance of who and what you are was vitally important. I’m glad he did…Because it got through to this kiddo, in fact I was such a literal child that when I was four or so I thought he really was talking to me through the television set! I was his friend, I was special to him.

Again what does this have to do with the CLF? Loads. A great deal of what I try to do is based off those same principles: Keep it positive, empower others, and know that you are not a one person army. It takes lots of people to get things done, and in this world of uncertainty and fear mongering the more of us who can band together in a positive way, the surer we can make our lives together… And to not give up, but keep doing your best even when it doesn’t seem like you are getting a whole lot done!

I think we can all use a whole lot of that list above, and knowing that almost 4,000 people want to make a positive change in the world, even for something as seemingly insignificant as crochet, is pretty awe inspiring! Thank you so much for the inspiration…and yeah, I think you are all pretty darn special too!

Change of Plans & Choices & Books

Ok, CLFers don’t hate on me, cause I’ve had a change of plans for August. Yes, I said I was going to Buffalo, I wanted to go to Buffalo. I love my CGOA brothers and sisters. I wanted to take my hooks and yarns, and buy more hooks and yarns, and play play play! However, I had a few decisions to make and I will spell them out just so my loyal minions and ring leaders know why. I believe in transparency.

If you noticed I haven’t been talking up book 2 too much. That’s because, as with book one, the problem was my computer was running sooooooooooooooo slow.  Now as I wrote in the last post, the CLF has finally made enough to oover a few basic expenses. (Certainly not enough for me to fly to Buffalo AND stay in a hotel, let alone do silly things like eat and stay in the black). So, I made an executive decision to buy new memory for the lap top.

It was a good decision. For you technophiles, envision this. I pulled off a 198 page full color book will a laptop with 2  512K memory sticks installed. Today I got 2 1GB cards put in, I’d have loved to put more, BUT my laptop can’t handle more. Now I should have less freezing, and my c omputer should be able to handle the load of the books.

There is no inspiration for working on a book when your program decides not to respond and you have to recover files and pray you saved the last bit, because it may or may not be able to recover the page.

So, no Buffalo. But, I will be mailing a few things to a few dedicated CLF minions and ring leaders to pass out to all and sundry. And, I will be doing a little subversion here on the left coast. Stay tuned for those details.

The other reason, I chose this, is that my local community fair is the week before Buffalo, and I am the Department Head of the Hand spinning and Fleece division. All of my normal help are elderly, and some of them have been quite ill this year. I will not have the help preceeding the event as normal, and that means for 2 weeks in July (not to mention the actually 3 days of the fair) I will be running my buns off doing my job here locally. I know how exhausted I get those weeks before the fair, and after the event itself, and as a measure of self care, part of my decision to spend the airplane ticket money on the computer (and the other subversive activity) was made knowing I would end up zombie like if I pushed myself.

Thank you for understanding that my will to go cannot meet my physical ability to do so, and I am sad I will miss out on the fun and  seeing and meeting you! BUT next year is the retreat for the CLF, AND I’m thinking of doing a SE USA tour…more details to come when I figure it out !

Hooks Raised! CLF SALUTE!