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July 3rd, 2016

I have been "winging it" a lot lately, in the sense that Winging it means improvising with very little preparation. I\'m not a particular fan of living life that way, but I haven\'t had much choice in the matter. It\'s been especially true at work.

After months of being out with a broken foot, I finally was able to begin working again in May. It was good to be back. Gradually I got the company books caught up & I settled into our new building...something everyone else had gotten to do months ago. It all kept me happily busy for about 3 weeks.

Then, I faced invoicing. My daughter said she’d kept it up with it while I was out. That was largely true. But...I discovered some piles of work shippers that had gotten buried and never been made into invoices. The day to day invoices had begun accumulating also.

The invoicing system had been changed when I was out. I needed guidance on the changes. The plan was for my daughter to spend an hour a day with me, so I could learn the new system.

First, my daughter went off on a well earned and much needed vacation. I had no trouble keeping busy while she was gone, but by the time she got back, I was ready to start relearning invoicing. She’d planned to spend an hour a day guiding me. But our laser engraving machines had other ideas. On the very Monday she got back, our best machine stopped working.

For a week she worked with a general machinist to try to diagnose and fix the problems. (The last resort was to get a pricey specialized man flown in from 5 states away.)

It was a happy day for us when the engraver finally started working properly again. We ran parts on it all morning, getting caught up on all of the jobs we could. Then, that afternoon, another laser quit working. We were stupefied. We take good care of these machines, yet, the 2 most dependable ones we have went out, one after the other.

As a result of all of this trouble, I\'ve been left on my own to get the invoices done. I’ve been limping through one at a time, reading through a lot of paperwork for clues on exactly how to bill each one. Invoices that used to take me 2 to 5 minutes, are now taking me 15 minutes…& often I have to lay them aside anyway because I can’t figure them out. Eventually things will get easier, but I’m really struggling right now.

Another area I’m having to "wing it" in is Desktop Nexus. When I was out with my broken foot, I was able to spend lots of time on DN. I got to know many of you better, post a lot more greetings and wallpaper comments, and really start having a ball!

Going back to work has been good for me in many ways, but I’ve lost so much DN time. Case in Point: I was able to upload 10 wallpapers in March, 16 in April, 14 in May-- and 3 in June. I’m happy to be able to get 5 uploaded today… (3 cheers for the holiday weekend!) But I have a dozen from June that didn’t quite get finished... I can almost see & hear them waving their little hands and begging, “Pick me! Pick me next!” I’ve had to put them all on a growing waiting list.

Don’t get me wrong… I have much to be thankful for. My foot has improved a lot, I’m able to drive again, I’m working again and earning money. It’s funny though… I’ve been posting a lot of quick notes for Puppydawg/Roger about his computer woes & how he misses DN. The funny thing is, I find myself identifying with him! Computer woes are keeping him away. Time challenges are keeping me away much more than I want to be.

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence, I guess. There are many of you who are facing health issues, unique circumstances, have kids out of school for the summer, etc. All of us are dealing with time constraints in one way or another. We all live on, doing the best that we can. I just wish I could be on DN more to encourage you all through your problems, and to share good times & laughter together.

When I started this part time job in May of 2013, I was working 4 hours a day. I’m up to 6 or 7 hours a day now. I’m hoping that after I’m back for a couple more months, things will get caught up so I can cut my hours back. In the meantime, I want you to know where my heart is, even if you aren’t see as much of me… Right HERE!

Winging it, but not giving up!

Elaine :)

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