Is This Thing On? ::Check…Check::

by Sally J.

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I’ve been away for a very long time, haven’t I? Fortunately, my entire family made it through The Most Challenging and Difficult Winter Pretty Much Ever* with flying colors. I’m not hiding the details from you because they are secret. Anyone who knows the details is welcome to share them with anyone who inquires. It’s just that I so so so need to move forward and not focus on what I just endured. I hope you won’t hold it against me.

Updated to add: OK, that seems overly dramatic in retrospect. Here’s the quick summary, and may we not speak of it again for at least a few more months.

Last December, my husband Joe had a mild heart attack, which won him a free ticket to the test where they inject dye and some kind of camera…yeah, that one. It turns out Joe was born with an anomaly in his heart. Not a hole in his heart, but the placement of an artery that could only be fixed with a bypass. My 45 year old husband needed open heart surgery. OMG. Horrible, terrifying, WINTER. Egad! Lucky for me, I live in a neighborhoody-neighborhood if you know what I mean. My wonderful, thoughtful, energetic neighbors came up with a dinner plan that brought hot dishes to our door every other night. And took care of shoveling the snow, etc. Those were difficult months, but I was very well taken care of.

Fast forward to today… Joe is healthier than he’s ever been, now that his heart functions normally.

*I’m thinking there’s gotta be a Latin phrase for this. Or perhaps one enormous German word.


Here we are. At my new website (squee!) which is — as I’m sure you’ve noticed — still under construction. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that your real friends never mind a little mess. They just want to see you.

Plus I feel like I graduated now that my blog is (finally) on my own domain.

Below are some optional discussion topics, should you feel like stopping by.


A while back, I posted a video with a straightforward solution for organizing and safeguarding pamphlets at the same time. This would also work for other softcover books.

You can read about the pamphlet folders and four flap enclosures here.

Here’s what I’d like to know:

(1) Would you feel comfortable making one of these yourself?

(2) Would you feel comfortable measuring your pamphlet and emailing the dimensions to a crafty person who will create a custom enclosure just for your item? If so, how much would you be willing to pay?

(3) Would you feel comfortable sending your pamphlet to a crafty person who will create a custom enclosure just for your item? If so, how much would you be willing to pay?

Note: I am *not* a crafty person. I will never create enclosures as a business. In fact, my answer to question #1 is: No, not really — and only in a workshop setting where the supplies are part of the fee. And there’s a patient teacher who kind of holds my hand.

However… tells me there are oodles of skilled and talented people with time on their hands who might be perfectly delighted to do this kind of work.

Leave a comment below.

Sonia Simone July 11, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Love the new site, love the header, and glad you survived Whatever It Was. Here’s to moving on.

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