It has been hectic lately. Usually March is laid back, a month for tidying up after winter and getting ready for the gardens. This month? It's been unusual to say the least.
Not that there's been anything big--well, except for the Storytelling Retreat the first weekend. And then I offered to put together a basket for the storytelling guild to donate to my library's silent auction event on April 9th. I thought I had plenty of time, but who would have guessed the baskets had to be completed and turned in by March 10th! I begged a little extra time and got it done over the weekend.
Then there was the rally in Charleston this past Saturday, and a concert in Marietta on Sunday with Robbie O'Connell and Aoife (pronounced Eefa. like Eva with an f) Clancy, his cousin. They are the next generation of the famous Irish musicians the Clancy Brothers and are stellar performers. I think I might have heard Aoife when she performed with Cherish the Ladies a few years back.
Robbie was my teacher at the August Heritage Irish Week workshop last summer. I was delighted to be able to hear him again and we even had a minute to talk. What joys life can bring us.
However, there are some looming deadlines and I have been spending every spare moment working towards them: the West Virginia Writers Competition deadline is today, this weekend I have my ballad-to-story workshop to present at the Virginia Storytelling Gathering in Harrsonburg, VA, and next Thursday I present a workshop for West Virginia librarians on story ideas for this summer's reading program. Follow that Friday night with a school program. I also need to write a review of some poetry books this week, and I still haven't started any seeds. Or my taxes. Ack!
It's all good, though. I would not agree to do these things if I didn't love the work, and I know I can manage it even if I'm hyperventilating a little. I keep looking ahead to May 10th and retirement, when I will have full days to concentrate on storytelling, gardening and writing. Note that none of those occupations require me to lay out huge amounts of cash! Which is probably a good thing since income will drop pretty significantly with retirement. More time, less money. I'll take it.
What else? Oh, my youngest sister celebrates a birthday tomorrow, and several of my sisters will meet me in Harrisonburg before the conference for a lunch date. How cool is that! I'm all for mixing business with pleasure.
Anyway, that is where I have been. I have more stories to share soon. Tell me, though--what have you been up to? I miss your comments when I'm not able to blog daily.