As you can see, I am back, I’ve had some problems over the past several months.
We Had Technical Difficulties
It has been a while since I wrote here is because I have been technically at a disadvantage. The problems with my laptop started back last June. I wore out my laptop’s keyboard. I have had it for five years so I really can’t complain. The laptop I had before that one lasted me three years and when I bought that second one, the guy at Best Buy was impressed that the first one had lasted as long as it did and he said that he didn’t think the one I was purchasing would last me as long. Well, that was five years ago, so I think it lasted me very well.
Then in November, the gussets that held the screen to the rest of the laptop broke and that broke the screen too! It happened in the middle of NaNoWriMo. I got the laptop fixed just in time to finish the first draft of the manuscript I was writing.
On the first of December, I started working on my newest nonfiction gardening book which I call The Seasonal Garden. I made some definite progress when again, in the middle of December, the gussets gave out. Back to the repair shop went the laptop. Weeks passed. My repairman became sick with the virus. Then he said the gussets were lost in transit. Finally, at the end of January when I still hadn’t gotten it back, I broke down and purchase a new laptop. Because I have always had good luck with Lenovo products, I ordered another one.
You’d think that would be the end of the trouble, but of course, it wasn’t. No, not a pandemic or a supply chain issue it was something else.
Then the Weather Turned Against Me
I was supposed to get the new laptop on February fourth. I anxiously watched as the package came across the country. The package made it to Kansas City, Missouri by Wednesday. Under normal circumstances, the laptop would have come early, but it wasn’t the case a major winter storm came through that affected the country for several days. The weather was so bad that that new laptop stayed in KC from Wednesday morning until Saturday. The laptop finally arrived on Monday, February seventh.
For two days I worked to catch up with the emails that I was behind and at the same time, I have been working on the next draft of my most recent book The Seasonal Garden. This book is supposed to be out by the first of April, and it would have been easy to do it if it hadn’t been for all the problems that I’ve had to get a working laptop.
Now Everything Is Happening All at Once
It would have been great if I could have been working on my book when the winter was at its height. The weather already feels like it is about to change and my cat is starting to shed her fur which means that the worst part of the winter is over. Gardening season is upon us.
In addition to that, the sawdust that I have been waiting on all winter has also just arrived so I am having to really hustle to get everything done this winter that I have wanted to complete during the slower season.
Making the Best Use of my Time
Not that I am complaining though really. The truth is, I have been completing other projects that I have also needed to get done. I try not to let problems stand in the way of progress. I took the time that I had in January to complete my spring cleaning. I have the gardens dug for the spring garden. In addition, I have focused more on organizing my time which I will discuss in a later blog post. (
Anyway, it is good to be back to writing on the laptop. As I am finishing the first draft of this blog post, I have six first drafts written for this blog and my other blog (The Perpetual Homesteader–Check it out!) Plus, this week a big chunk of the book has been reworked. I won’t be able to catch up with the lost writing time, but I am intent on making the most of the time that I do have.
How about you? Have you had challenges lately that you’ve had no control over? What have you had to do to reprioritize things when you have had to wait on someone or something else?