How do you do everything you do?

Hello everyone. I know, it has been a very long time since I last posted. I will address that in this post. We have had a rather interesting time over the past month or so. School is finally out for the girls and we are starting to get our summer routine in order, which is anything but routine so far.  If you are friends with me on Facebook, then you will already have a sense of why I am so behind on Tool Time Tuesday videos, blog posts and new jewelry. It has been pretty crazy to say the least. As I post different projects I am working on, I often hear, “How do you do everything you do?” Well, as you have already seen, there are too many balls to juggle and some things get dropped, like my blog and videos.

So what has been happening at my house the past few weeks? Let’s take a look.

First, the girls had decided they wanted a play set out in the back yard. We found a few that we liked, but they were so expensive that we decided we would keep looking. In the meantime they found one they really liked, but again it was a bit out of our budget. So the girls decided they would help come up with the rest. They have a goal of $500 and have already made $200. They put their heads together and came up with some ways to help earn money. Kate has decided to make and sell jewelry. I have some wonderful friends that have also pitched in to make this happen by sending leather, beads, findings and such for them to use. Kate’s little business is booming and she is accepting custom order requests.

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We didn’t want them to have to wait all summer without playing on their new play set, so we purchased it and have started the water treating of it. OH MY! What a chore. we still have one more box to open and inventory.


Well, just as we got started on that, we received some very much needed rain. I tried to enjoy it and love it. And I did….. until we started to get flooded.

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Riley’s bedroom flooded. As we tore into things, we found quite a bit of mold. *sigh* So we are in the process of tearing out her closet and part of the wall in her room. We will also be tearing out the bathroom on the other side of her closet as we are pretty certain there has been water issues there as well. So I started working on getting contractors to come in and give me bids.

In the meantime, I continued to get the flowerbeds ready to finally get our mulch. We have wanted to do it since we moved in two years ago and this year we could finally afford it. YAY!

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Then, we got hit with another heavy rainstorm. We ran from one end of the house to the other checking on things as the downspouts and drains were overwhelmed with the heavy rains. The placed that had flooded before, flooded again. And this time, it claimed a new victim….. my studio. *sob* I love that all of my tools  can be stacked on these little carts. They are easy to move.


However, there was a bit of damage and the floor had to come out. It is a laminate floor. The water flowed down the walls, under the plastic and foam where you could hear it squish as you walked. We drilled a hole to see how bad it was. Let’s just say, we actually had some fun making it squirt up through the holes. So out came the floor. Next, I will be moving all of the equipment and taking down my benches so we can tear into the walls. *cry* I now have a traveling dehumidifier. We swap it between the studio and Riley’s bedroom. It might be a while before I can get back to my videos and jewelry. BOO!


To let my head rest from some of this and just get a change of scenery we took advantage of a really nice day and took a mini hike. I picked a really mild one with instant gratification  – a waterfall at the end. I wanted to test out my foot to see if it has healed enough to do more strenuous activities…. it hasn’t. BUMMER! But we enjoyed the morning all the same.

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I have very exciting news. Even with all of these set back. I have finally finished the biggest phase of my book. A friend is working on the layout right now and I have a small group of people helping me with the editing. I am so excited, even if I am really behind schedule. It is getting so close now. This is what my bench top looks like at the moment. All my pieces laid out for photographing and getting ready to list some for sale so I can raise the funds needed for publishing costs and a studio remodel….. that was never in the plans.

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Yesterday I received a new tool. A mini guillotine shear from Pepetools. It is so stinking cute. It has a 4″ cutting edge, so it really is small. In fact, with the exception of the handle, it comes fully assembled and weighs very little. I need to figure out how and where to mount it (as I will be taking down my benches here soon) and then I will be doing a video review on it. I can’t wait to give it a try. There are times that I would have liked having a smaller shear near my presses and I think that is where it is going to go.


So now you know how I do everything I do….. a lot of things get dropped. I think I am giving up on trying to get everything together and being on top of things. Because even when I do get in that mode, other things happen and it all goes out the window anyway. Whether is it someone coming into town that you need to get together with, parents or kids with medical appointments, floods, unexpected construction work, etc.

I am just so grateful that we are in the situation we are where we are able to handle the hurdles that have been placed before us. I have learned that just because there is a schedule, sometimes you just have to release control and go with the flow. I am also trying to get my head wrapped around the fact that I will never be able to move and will have to die in this house because we will never get our money out of this one. LOL. Oh well, it is a great house with an amazing view and great studio. How can I complain about that?

9 thoughts on “How do you do everything you do?

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Thank you Denny. I really appreciate that. Especially right now. Things have been so stupidly overwhelming that I have been tempted to not put everything back, just shut the door and be done. But I don’t want to do that either. However, my husband not-so-secretely wishes I would call it quits. Then he can turn the studio into a theater room. LOL.

  1. Darrel Clegg

    Well sounds like you’ve been busy…Are Busy and …We’ll be Busy for some time… glad you take time for your children girl….and hubby to I figure lol…

  2. Lecia Woessner

    WOW! I’m stressed just reading about “Everything that you do”! I’ll tell you what Melissa, that’s a lot to deal with & I can’t imagine what your “To Do” list looks like! People say that “God won’t give us more than we can handle” but I think that the truth is that He gives us the strength to go through it even when we think that we can’t & that we have 2 choices, fold or deal & if we choose to deal we will find out what the blessing is at some point & then somehow we wind up being grateful that it all happened in the first place! I hope I’m making sense! I think that prioritizing & letting somethings fall to the wayside is the only way to cope! I can tell that you’re the kind of person that feels guilty if you don’t get it all done but just BREATHE & let go of the stuff that is not absolutely necessary to do or else you’re gonna go crazy!
    Personally I can wait for a blog post &/or a video while you take the time to get things situated & I’m sure that I’m not the only one!
    If there’s anything that I can do to help, just let me know! Oh yea, does your daughter have a web site that’s she’s selling her jewelry on? I love her bracelets & would love to get one (but then you’d have to worry about the money part of it & get it wrapped & take it to the post office! Maybe that’s too much right now!) All right, I’m rambling now! I feel for you honey! Stay strong! And don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff)!!! Lecia

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      You are so right about the whole fold or deal. I have to admit, I have been trying to avoid the deal part for a little bit as I let it all sink in that we have to do all of this work….. that shouldn’t even be necessary if they had built the house properly in the first place. And then the fact that my inspector didn’t catch any of it makes me even more mad. But at the end of the day, it is what it is. It is my house. And the damage has happened. And the damage will happen again if I don’t get it taken care of properly. So, little by little we are getting it taken care of, and every now and then I will hide my head in the sand and go for a hike to get away from it. LOL.

  3. Nancy Layer

    You have so much to be thankful for, a wonderful husband, three beautiful daughters, a gorgeous house (despite all the issues), your own jewelry workshop with a fireplace, and I can go on and on….sometimes we just have to step back from it all and thank God we are healthy and really blessed. You are a beautiful talented woman and I am so glad for what I learn from you every day!

  4. Elizabeth Norris

    Hi Melissa, I’ve been meaning to read your post for a while but guess what, I’ve been busy. I really feel for you with your recent flooding etc. Hope you’re still enjoying summer with your girls (budding jewellery designers). I’m not surprised things like blog and video get dropped. You are obviously a very busy lady. I enjoy your posts when you get the chance to write. Thanks, Eizabeth


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