Sunday, June 09, 2013

Catching Up.... Again....


Well, once again it's time to update this sadly neglected blog. Quite a lot has happened since my last entry on February 27.

When I wrote that entry, I was on third shift – or as I commonly call it "hell shift." Since that entry I've been on mid-shift for a month, and then day shift for two months. Tonight, I go back on hell shift. The big difference is.... I'll be doing so by myself. The people at Deluxe managed to get Jimmy kicked out, and Joe isn't in a big hurry to replace him. So whoever gets stuck on night shift is by themselves for the entire month. I am not looking forward to going into work tonight – I never do look forward to night shift, but it's going to be even more hellish now.

Aside from work being a never-ending pain in the butt, there have been some major events since my last entry. The most major event of course, is that we lost both Dad, and his brother, Uncle Glen both within three days of each other. On April 3, uncle Glen passed away. Then on April 6, after a long, brave battle with dementia and cancer, my dad, Carl L. Shelley, passed away.

As you can imagine the last few months have been a roller coaster of emotions. Although we knew dad was going downhill almost on a daily basis, and that it wouldn't be long before he wasn't here anymore it's still never easy to say that final goodbye.

I'm still kind of getting used to not having elderly relatives to take care of any longer, and having a little bit more time to get things accomplished. I'm kind of amazed at just how much catching up I still have to do. I'm finally getting some projects around the house finished up that have been sitting in limbo for 2 to 3 years. I'm working on installing a doorway in the basement hallway  at the bottom of the stairs coming down from the garage. Putting a wall and doorway here will hopefully keep things a little warmer downstairs in the wintertime. The cold air comes down the stairwell from the garage, and keeps that basement hallway feeling like a meat locker.

I've been getting the shop cleaned up, and put back in order so I can hopefully start working on a few projects in there. I'm also hopefully - at some point - getting a fence installed across the front yard and driveway. It was supposed to have been done between the sixth and the fourth of this month, but with all the rain we've had the contractor has fallen behind schedule. I'm having Lowe's do the work – I had thought about trying to install it myself, but I'm still pretty busy and just don't have the time. Nor do I have the experience or the equipment to install fence and gate. Anyway, I'm having a gate put across the driveway – basically because I'm tired of all the neighborhood brats using my driveway as a turnaround point for their bicycles, go karts, skateboards, etc. etc. I ended up opening up a credit card account with Lowe's to get the fence installed since they wanted payment up front. The bill is due Wednesday, and as I mentioned I still don't have a fence. I will be asking some questions when we go to pay the bill – like "when am I getting my fence?"

On the positive side of things, we had a great visit back in May with our friends from Washington Bill and Tara (bamac62 and auntietk on Renderosity). I also recently upgraded to Poser Pro 2014. And I don't know if I mentioned it before, but for Christmas Jolene got me a fantastic gift – Adobe Photoshop CS 6 Extended! So I've been having a lot of fun with both of those. I also signed up for a years worth of tutorials from Digital Tutors. So in the bits and pieces of time that I actually do have to relax, I'm learning new things all the time – and hopefully at some point I can start making a little money with my graphic arts and CG stuff. I hope to be able to create CG content that I can sell on Renderosity and/or RDNA.

As I understand it, I will be getting a bit of an inheritance somewhere around the first part of July. I do have some things I want to do, but I'm not making any concrete plans just yet. Mainly because when I do, everything seems to crumble into dust before my eyes – or that's the way it's been in the past. At any rate, I'm hoping to be able to do some things I've never been able to do before – and I'll just leave it at that.

For now I'm going to sign off this rather lengthy entry, and once again.... I'm going to try to keep this blog updated little more often.

See you next time!