Tuesday, July 10, 2012

delay, delay, delay

Well, I was going to entitle this post "I take it all back" (being too hot to spin, that is) but then a series of unfortunate events has conspired to make me fall quite behind, so I need to explain that first for any customers that might have concerns.

First, for the month of June, middle Tennessee did not have a single day that was below 100 degrees. We had three days that were 109, but mostly, it hovered around 104. I know that everyone has been hot, so I don't want to sound like a whiner, but my wood shop is in the old mule barn, which has a metal roof and metal sides, has no insulation and no ac. It is, actually, open to the elements and hotter than an easybake oven in the afternoon. At least this summer. In summers past, it was pretty comfortable, and I just made sure to do most powertool work early in the mornings.

But his extreme heat limited the hours I could work in the shop on spindolyns, even with fans going. Those few cool hours had to be shared with all of the farm chores, which have been compounded by the drought. The drought has meant that the animal and garden water has had to be hauled, and they needed watering three times a day due to the heat. Our household water has had time consuming complications, too, so I had slipped behind, time wise, but was feeling confident that this past weekend, with the predicted cooler weather I could catch up.

Good news~ we are getting rain, and it has cooled off and I am so thankful!
Bad news~ Before the rain started, I was up the creek bed looking for a possible additional water source and slipped and my foot went between two rocks and I fell backwards and broke my foot. It is, well, I won't go in to it, but it isn't great.

Anyway, as soon as it is safe to be up and about and back to the shop, I am sure I will catch up, I just wanted spinners to know that there has been and will be a delay.
Meantime, I have some lovely, half done specialty spindles that I can polish on.....just might be a few days before I can get some help or get back out to the shop and get the bases drilled and brass cut to finish them...and then there are those outstanding orders that are setting on the work bench half done. Well, frankly, it just kills me.
I just don't handle this sort of thing well, I really, really hate to know there are people waiting on their spindolyns, and I never was a "sit around when there is work to be done" sort of person.
Fortunately, an elevated foot does not prohibit spindolyn-ing or knitting, or sketching new designs....all I have to do now is work on the anxiety produced by guilt at being late.


  1. Hello, Cady May,

    I am really sorry to hear about your broken foot. I hope you are not in too much pain.

    I found your website and blog after I recently bought a Bond USM. Like you, I knit, spin, and design. I also enjoy basket weaving and gardening.

    I was going to write to you this morning to encourage you about your rotator cuff problems, as I have had both of mine surgically repaired, so I can relate to the pain of that, too. But I imagine that the broken foot might have taken your mind off your shoulders. ;-0))

    Anyhow, I am praying that you feel better soon. It is nice to know that there is a real human being behind the company that makes the Spindolyn. If I were a customer waiting for a custom order, I would totally understand any delays I might encounter.

    Rest up, I hope those bones mend quickly and completely, and that cooler weather is on the way for all of us. Chicago is a blast furnace this summer.

    Linda g. Zaldograce on Ravelry

  2. ddwardlow@gmail.comJuly 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    I might be one of those orders that are outstanding and I wanted to let you know that I am patient so not to worry! I initially bought my first spindolyn thinking that it would be perfect to work with when I have knee surgery in the future and am still convinced that it will work. Because of my knees I often spin with my feet up on a bench and often with a Jack Russel backside to keep it upright!!

  3. To make it a little clearer...Snowy sits in my lap leaving little room for anything but her so I spin with the Spindolyn base wedged between the her backside and me. Initially I thought she might just go away but she doesn't mind being supportive at all!!

  4. Oh, I just read this and I can relate to your anxiety! Praying for healing and peace for you dear friend!

  5. Linda G. ~Thank you for your kind encouragement!
    Weaving by the River~Your Jack Russell image makes me smile, hug her once for me! Our Jack doesn't like to share my lap for spindles (he is sorta rotten )
    Lea-Ann~ Thanks! you know how I hate to be slowed down.


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