Yeesh ...

Okee-dokee ... as if this week hasn't been overwhelming enough, I just got a call from my hubby saying that his business trip to the UK has been cut short. Normally, that'd be GREAT news, but in this case, it's not so.

The bad news first ...
While jumping off a boat he works on for the Navy (the ONLY way to disboard, dismount - whatever you call it), he landed wrong and has quite possibly torn a ligament. He can't walk - can't even put an ounce of weight on his leg. And this is a man who completed our DIY move last year with a blister on his big toe the size of a golf ball (I'm not exaggerating - it was horrible and HUGE - it HURT just to look at it!!). I do have pics if anyone's brave enough to see 'em (as long as I don't have to see them again!!)

Sooo ... for the next couple of days, I'm going to be playing nurse (again - if you remember the rotavirus episode - we're STILL not allowed to say the "R" word in this house). And chances are, depending on how bad he is as he gets off the plane tomorrow evenin', it will mean that the eZine will be late coming to your mailboxes.

... sigh ...

I am so tired of the delays - first it was EQ6 being back-orderd, then it was finding out that a Windows emulator won't run it as well as I'd hoped so I could run it on my Mac, being blocked by Blogspot, then it was a last minute realization that EQ6 files won't work in EQ5, and now this. It's really frustrating for me - and unfortunately, it seems as though ya'll are going to be disappointed and frustrated, too.

I really hope ya'll understand and aren't too upset with me. For quite a while I've been doing this all on my own in terms of writing, designing patterns, designing the eZine, trying to sweet talk the manufacturers into sharing secrets with me that I can pass on to ya'll, and managing the e-mail list. So I hope ya'll will understand that I have been doing the best I can.

So the LAST thing I want ya'll to do is think that I've stopped trying ... and to think that I've let ya'll down. 'Cause honestly, that's the last thing I want. I sincerely have been working day and night, doing my best to get this off the ground and make it the best it can possibly be.

Now, I do have some GREAT news ...
I've gotten volunteers!! YIPPEE! I've got four wonderful people who've volunteered to help - writing, proofing, giving me the scoop on their local activities and events and general advice and opinions!! So while my hubby's accident DOES put the eZine back a few days, it'll be even BETTER. I've talked to them at length and they're talented, intelligent, funny, wise and just, well ... AWESOME!! Trust me when I say that quilters, especially these kind souls, are THE best people EVER!

I'd really like to recognize them (and further embarrass them, of course!) here - 'cause they definitely deserve major kudos!! (last names withheld for privacy):

Debi (who's volunteered to write articles!! YAY!!)

Anna (who's also volunteered to write articles!! YAY!)

Gladys (who's volunteered to help me "iron the wrinkles" out of the redwork patterns! Yippee!)

Yvette (who's volunteered to give me the skinny on local events!! Yippee!!)

Alma (who's sharing AWESOME patterns and ideas!! YAY!!!)

Cathy (who's sharing ideas and has volunteered to help me "iron the wrinkles" out of the eZine's design!!)

Thank you SEW much, guys!! I know this is going to be wonderful - I am SO excited!! These ladies REALLY deserve a hand - so please be sure to leave comments here letting them know how much ya'll appreciate their volunteering spirit and talent!! Without them, it'd more n' likely take even LONGER for the first issue to reach your creative hands!!

if anyone else might find it in their hearts to volunteer, I'd LOVE it! It doesn't have to be anything too taxing - mayhap just preview patterns? Give suggestions on what you'd like to see? Nominate someone for our featured quilter? Or just holler at me about your guild's quilt show (FREE publicity for your show - how can you beat that?!). It's ALL appreciated!! :)

Alrighty, I've got to go and pick up my hubby's crutches ... one thing's for sure - he's sure going to get some use out of'em. He's too ornery to just sit on the couch! :)

And 'sides that, while he's still gone, I have several patterns to finish and upload - yes, I know, I've been saying that for a few days now - but I'm j-u-u-u-u-s-t about done! :)

Until then ...
Happy quilting & big ol' quilty hugs!!
Connie :)


Catmoves said...

I wonder if those four great volunteers could get together and convince you that you really need to need to use a serif type face for your blogging.
San serif may work for short paragraphs, but it is difficult to read line after line after line. Please check Google for typography styles. I'm sure it will improve your site. Just trying to help.

SewCreative said...

I have to be honest and say that I have no idea how to change the style ... I'm using a standard template designed by another designer. :/

For the record, I do know about usability, I'm a graphic designer by trade with a background of Human Factors (The science of understanding the properties of human capability and designing to apply those principles) - and actually, it's long been a convention that sans serif typefaces are easier to read - especially when used in large blocks of body copy. There's more contrast between the characters and typically they're easier for older eyes to scan.

I myself am horribly myopic and rarely ever wear my contacts (I'm not even at this moment!) and for me, not being able to see my monitor so clearly, sans serif is for me, easier to see.

If you'd like references to those studies, please let me know! I have them around here ... somewhere! :)

Thank you for your comment! :)

If anyone else feels this way, please let me know! I'll look into changing it! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm 72 years old with poor vision and I don't have a problem with the typeface that she's using. I think the blog is fantastic as is.

Sewcreative: I like how you made the size bigger. Much easier to see now! Thanks! Keep up the wonderful work!