SAL update

It feels to me as if, every time I do a SAL update, so much happened in my life – but not much needlework!

I have mentioned here a few times that I am finding work very stressful and struggling a bit with my health after radiation earlier this year. Well, good and bad news on this front. This week I had a bit of a break down at school and decided I need to take a break asap, as I know very well that I cannot continue being this stressed and unhappy in my work. I applied for refreshment leave for 2017 (instead of 2018 as originally planned), which basically means unpaid leave for a year with my position held for me. No, I cannot afford to take unpaid leave, I won’t be able to pay my mortgage, I won’t be able to pay any expenses as my savings account is not ready for this at all. But my lovely ex came to my rescue and told me to apply for leave, pack up, rent my place out and move myself and the cats to the house for the year. He is still living in the house we shared as a family, it is huge with 5 bedrooms and therefore more than big enough for 2 adults, 2 cats and a dog. I am so thankful and grateful that we have a good relationship and that I actually feel ok to take him up on the offer

So yes, the next few months I will be organising a move, sign a contract with a property manager to look after my place, and …..and …. and. It is going to be busy and my list of ‘to do’ is already a mile long. I am experiencing feelings of sadness and happiness and relief and stress – more or less all at the same time. But I know this is going to help me get 100% back to normal again and I am actually looking forward to walking out of the school where I stopped enjoying my job some time ago, where I felt un-supported, where the stress has been triggering migraines and causing nights without sleep

Didn’t think this will be happening, but it is đŸ™‚ In the meantime I made two little smocked dresses. A colleague at school is pregnant with a little baby girl and the baby shower is tomorrow. I made a little dress, a pair of knickers, smocked a little vest and socks – a whole little outfit.

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Another colleague became grandmother for the first time on Friday and I made her granddaughter a little dress and smocked a vest.She was so happy to receive this for the little girl. I love giving away my smocked dresses!dresses1

Please pop over and have a look at the work of my SAL friends:

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com
Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com
Margaret at www.thecraftycreek.com
Cindy at http://homeofaflossjunkie.blogspot.co.nz/

7.5 earthquake in NZ

Just after midnight this morning the country was shaking – it went on for a long time and it was very, very strong. The aftershocks also continued for a long time, with quakes reported all over the country. So far there is news of 2 people who lost their lives. But I think we came off lightly

Here in Wellington schools are closed and no buses or trains are running. Everyone is told to stay out of the CBD as they are assessing damage. But to be honest – it was not fun. When the shaking started I got out of bed to check on the cats but it was so severe I couldn’t walk. Just stood in one place, holding on. It went on for several minutes and the first aftershock followed soon

I am happy to say our family network plan worked well – if one of us are in a quake or anything else they have to txt at least one other member to say everything is ok. And I think our messages reached each other more or less at the same time. Knowing your family members are safe decreases the stress immediately

No school for me today as I am not allowed into the CBD, but let’s hope there are no more aftershocks

SAL update

What a week – school is crazy because it is so close to the end of the year. The students are submitting the last assessments and we are starting to get everything ready for next year. Things are different at a correspondence school – you cannot wait for the beginning of the year to get your ‘classroom’ sorted. Students are starting to enrol already and they will have access to the online material before the school officially starts, therefore everything must be prepared now, to be ready when they start.

I have also been thinking quite a bit – I am one of those unlucky few who are struggling with fatique after radiation therapy. During radiation I was struggling with it already and it simply never went away, although I can feel it is getting better. But a busy day means days of recovery to recharge. Stress is not helping and the school environment is a stressful environment, which also causes my migraines. And, the effect of this is that my work is not a happy place for me at all. Therefore I am considering getting through next year and to call it a day after that. This will give me something to look forward to and I can count down to the end of my working career. It will also give me a year to build up more savings to make sure I can retire without worrying about finances. So it is either resigning at the end of 2017 or applying for a year of refreshment leave for 2018. There is no rush to make a final decision, I just know I have to get away from school for some time in future. Waiting until 2018 is not ideal, but it will make 2017 a lot easier.

Needlework-wise I have been busy with the Frosted Pumpkin journey. November has been released and I hope to work on it this coming week.

This is where I was last time:

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Frosted pumpkin

This is where I am now:

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Yesterday I also made another pincushion, this time as a present for a colleague. I decided to, although I am not telling them yet about my plans for 2018, make a few items for those colleagues I am close to. Something they can use in future and be reminded of the good times we had in the office. I’ll be finishing these small gifts from now on and give it to them as I finish it – just a little ‘pressie’ đŸ™‚

Please pop over and have a look at the work of my SAL friends:

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com
Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com
Margaret at www.thecraftycreek.com
Cindy at http://homeofaflossjunkie.blogspot.co.nz/