Overworked and Underpaid


Hi all,

To all you wonderful folks who have checked in only to see that post on Java socks still up and nothing new, I apologize.  There has been a much needed flurry of work to do in my real job that has just taken all of my time and attention and left me without any fun or interesting things to post about.

To those of you who are self-employed or live off of assigned work (that you can’t control the flow of) you know the stress that comes along with slow periods.  The income slows down – but the bills stay constant.  And with what I do, I don’t get paid until months after all of the work has been done.

Summer and fall were slow work periods for me, which allowed me the time to do all those things I blog about, but put us in a position where, when work is here, I have to do it -which is why you have not heard from me in way too many weeks.  I have had my nose to the grindstone and I have been working hard to support this big lovely family I have.  Even today, I have to run up to the Appellate Division courthouse, then to a county jail, then back to the home office to prepare for 3 court appearances this afternoon.  Somewhere in between I have to make the menu for Easter dinner and a grocery list because we always do a more Polish Easter – with fresh and smoked kielbasa and ham, and Gram’s wonderful Easter Bread – and this year we want to add homemade pierogies (the boys are sooooooo excited about that one).

But our first show of the season is coming up the end of April, so I have to get to work on Escape to Evermore projects for the booth, so please know we should be back on track with our craftier blogs next week.  I even plan to document our attempt at homemade pierogies – which will either show you how to do it or what not to do when making them.  I think the boys are going to love this one.

Thank you all for checking in.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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7 Responses to Overworked and Underpaid

  1. Little Michelle says:

    I feel your pain Sis. Mike has worked for commission for over 25 years. When it’s busy there is no time for play, and when it’s slow you worry when it’s going to pick back up again. Never ending battle. I’m grateful for the job I have now. Doesn’t pay much but it’s enough to cover health insurance and rent.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your post about making your Easter meal. Yum. This year will be the last Easter before Madalene Raye gets married. I may even fix the girls some baskets. Hehehe. I remember growing up and mom and dad always got me…oops I mean the Easter Bunny…the nasty pre packaged baskets (probably from Kmart 😉 ) so I was always made sure the Easter Bunny brought my girls really cool baskets. With candy that wasn’t put in the basket and wrapped in cellophane the year before. It’s funny the silly little things i disliked as a kid. Boy what a brat I was.

    I hope all is well with your family. I wanted to thank you for still making me feel like you special Little Michelle.

    Much Love and (((HUGS)))
    little Michelle

    • Shelly R. says:

      I hear you on the Easter Baskets. Our Easter Bunny leaves the shiny foil wrapped chocolate eggs hidden all over the house and the boys spend the morning searching to find all the possible eggs they can find. They get so excited about this part that they hardly pay any attention to their baskets – which always have a stuffed animal without any tags (the Easter Bunny’s stuff should not be made in China) and, as best I can, unidentifiable goodies. Same with Santa. Elves don’t shop at Walmart. Takes some doing but we can usually come up with something. I can’t believe they got you pre-packaged!! I don’t really remember what I got at Easter – I just remember that my favorite stuffed animal – Buggsy – came one Easter. He was a white stuffed sleeping rabbit that I still have.

      The family is going at full steam. Scouts take up Tuesdays and Thursdays. Little League started up so that is 2 evenings a week and some on the weekends. Jesse’s science project is due tomorrow (We have to wrap a big paper mache ball with yarn to turn it into Jupiter) and we are getting ready for Vash’s First Communion on May 6th. Chris is working on a Sustainability project for our Village and I have GOT to get a grocery list together for Easter. I LOVE seeing the pictures of the girls and Maddie’s engagement pics. I can’t believe they grew up so fast – and so beautiful. I say go all out on the baskets. Its the last you get to treat the as your babies. I still do one for Chris.

      I love you Sis. I know I stink at keeping in touch. Somehow I seem to keep myself in a constant state of having too much on my plate. But please, I hope you know how much I love you and you are as much my sister as Liana and Danielle. And as we know, we look the most alike of anyone in the family. 🙂 Love you.

  2. You know you’re missed, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Wishing you a steady but gentler flow of work that allows you to balance musts with wants.

  3. Ashling says:

    You know you’re missed, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Wishing you a steady but gentler flow of work that allows you to balance ‘must dos’ with ‘want tos’.

  4. pentalia says:

    Mmmmm… pierogis… love ’em! Can’t wait to see how they’re made.

    • Shelly R. says:

      You don’t have to wait. Gram did not make homemade pierogies growing up – that was Aunt Fran’s job – so I don’t have the family recipe. So I did some searching and found the recipe in another blog which you can find here. http://thedrivencook.com/2012/01/24/pierogies/
      It looks wonderful and she has detailed pics to show what she did. I will let you know how we made out with ours though. Starting them today!!

      • pentalia says:

        Oooo, thanks! That was a great link. I used to make pierogies for the kids from frozen ones we got from the Schwann man (person). We all loved ’em. I think they pretty much had just mashed potatoes in ’em. Good memories!

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