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We actually wrapped up our school year before Memorial Day, but it feels like we hit the ground running and haven't stopped! I'm thankful we've squeezed in several times to swim, the girls have spent time with friends, gone to camp, enjoyed VBS, etc. My husband had a big change with his job, so our normal schedule is out the window. That's OK. Maybe next week I'll figure out what I'm doing every day. Summer schedules are supposed to be different, right?

One thing I HAVE figured out is how I'm going to illustrate the book I wrote this year. If I'm going to be a part-time author (maybe "part-time" is stretching it at this point) and one day a full-time author, I'm going to have to:

  1. Become independently wealthy

  2. Write only New York Times Best Sellers

  3. Figure out how to illustrate my books

Paying an illustrator each time equals not making income on my books. I'm so happy with the plan I have in place for this book's illustrations! Our oldest daughter and son-in-law are coming for a visit next week, and that is when I'll be able to begin implementing the plan. Can't wait to share it with you!

See? My current work area is just...crowded...or something.

I continue to walk around our house looking for a place I can work besides the dining room table, but so far a small office space has not appeared. In lieu of that, I need to figure out a way to make a mobile office. When I was a teacher, we had several teachers in our school who did not have a classroom of their own. Instead, they had a cart where they stored all their teaching things, and they pushed it around from classroom to classroom. I need a way to be a "cart writer," I guess. It could work. Maybe it would allow me to quickly turn my office back into a dining room as needed but still be ready to roll at any moment. (See what I did there? Ug.)

Today we are doing a bit of driving and also visiting a museum with our youngest daughter. I'll drive on the way home so husband can work. On the way, I can probably squeeze in a bit of sewing. I love sewing with felt, but I've got to figure out a way to organize my felt stash, thread, and notions for when I'm on the go. Digging around in my big bag right now is driving me crazy. I haven't found the right words to search on Pinterest to find what I'm looking for. I have a friend who crochets and her bag of yarn is so organized and easy to take along. Felt projects lend themselves to more mess. Oh well, that's another thing I'll figure out when life slows down or we figure out our summer schedule--probably just in time for school to start back.


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