Thanks for your patience as I sort the whole IT/broadband stuff.
Still sorting it and many thanks to Dee in the Forge for letting me use their computer and broadband … I have great neighbours.
It’s been really really cold here this week in Ballinamore … we’ve had hail and the kind of bucketing down rain that just soaks you!
I don’t usually start my fires until November but they’re on every day at the moment and my heart wrenches at the cost of coal.
Coco puppy loves the fire and tries to sit on my lap when I’m in my chair.
Ever seen a puppy the size of a small pony trying to pretend it’s a little dog so it can sit in your lap … too funny.
I can hear her trying to hypnotise me ‘ I’m only small … I’m only small’.
Not working … so she ends up on one of the couches.
Had a lovely chat with my Pa and brother Marc yesterday.
I think Pa is a bit worried that with the recession/downturn that I’ll have no work and be reduced to baked beans on toast (which I love by the way).
Well Pa darlin’ … all will be well. It’s the precarious life of a consultant to never know when the next work will come along. It helps build a resilient spirit.
I have finished my contracts and nothing on the horizen so I’m looking forward to taking some time to develop:
- My Life Dreaming workbook – it’s written and Marc has done the design but I want to do an edit and then do a costing to self publish and sell it online. I have an online Irish bookstore who has said they will sell it … and some of my worldwide readers have been asking for copies since I mentioned it last year. I’ll aim to edit and publish it by March 2009 … always set a deadline to focus your energy and passion.
- SKIL2 – need to do research on an open source platform called Joomla to see if it could be the foundation for everything I want to build in SKIL2. I want to make a decision about the OS platofrm by December 2008 … another good deadline.
Note – both the designs were co created by my brother Marc (designer extraordinaire) and moi … one of the great pleasures of my life is codesigning the branding of my enterprises with Marc.
I’ve also put a few ideas for some collaborative thinking work on innovative practice in arts/community work to a client … see if they are interested in doing it and then working together to get it resourced.
Coco needs a lot of walking and last week I did nearly 8 hours of it … I can feel parts of my body that were moving south are now moving north … gives a whole new meaning to tight arse… (no offense intended to any sensitive readers).
I’ve started knitting (isn’t it fab when you can fit a stereotype … single, middle aged … knitting by the fire … hee hee) scarves as presents for friends and neighbours.
I’m also making up some lovely clay pots of bulbs for my beloved neighbours so they can have scent and colour in their homes for Xmas.
Ever been in denial?
Yeh … me too.
Moo Bar closes after tomorrow night and I keep pretending it’s not.
I want to thank Brent and Mary for having the courage to make an idea a reality.
Too many people spend their lives dreaming and talking about their ideas … and never go the next brave step … moving passion to action.
I have a years worth of great memories of nights in the Moo Bar … laughing evenings with my fab neighbours … my joint birthday party with Rosie … dancing … singing … working behind the bar … running away from anyone reciting poetry … getting to know Ballinamore locals …
I’m going to be in the bar tomorrow night celebrating and commiserating … come on down.
Thanks for the memories Brent and Mary ... and I look forward to hearing and being a part of your next adventure … sign me on.
I hope your week has had moments of whatever makes you happy, content and energised.
And if the elephant poo has been falling in great quantities … remember … it has to stop sometime … and there’s always duvet days, chocolate and wine to soothe the pain.