Friday, August 31, 2007

Life Changes

I had a preliminary hearing at the Workers Comp Board today. We are going to continue everything the way it is. I'm going to keep up with the physical therapy and going to the doctors.
I hired an attorney on just about everyone's advice so that I couldn't be railroaded.

But now I have to make a decision. The company policy is that we are allowed 60 work days medical leave. If we go over that, we lose our seniority. I missed 45 days in the spring so I only have until September 26th to go back. I don't know if I'll be ready by then. The surgeon has me out until November 5th, so I'll definitely lose my seniority. Even if I do go back, it'll only be 2 days a week so I can quilt full time. Otherwise, Mike wants me to guarantee that I'll double my quilting income and I won't have to drive at all. With all the ups and downs of this business, how can I guarantee anything?

Sure, I have plenty of quilts now, but the phone isn't ringing very much. August is a very slow month for me every year. I have to figure out what I'm going to do on my art quilts, and I have a double wedding ring to quilt for my new DIL.

Do I have the courage to go for it? I can always go back to the bus. There's not a line out the door for people willing to do my job. This is very hard for me. I'll talk more when I've made a decision. Or not.


Deb said...

Sounds like you've got some big decisions. Such things are never easy. You just have to trust your instincts that you'll do what is right for you. And for the what if's... life is not written in stone, and we are more resilient than we think. You'll do the thing that is right for yourself.

debby said...

I'm sure the right decision will become evident in it's time.

How are you feeling through all this? Is it comfortable to quilt?

We need to discipline ourselves to set aside time each month for our own work, don't we? It always seems to get pushed aside.

Tazzie said...

Gosh making such life changing decisions can be hard. I know the one you choose will be right for you.

Alycia said...

Okay - one more thing to add to the mix - what will make you the happiest. I finally sold my other business and do LA'ing full time - and honestly - I am waaaay happy I did it. Dont know if that helps or not - but Happy is a good thing to be! Feel better

Anita - aka Granny Patches said...

(((Eileen))) Hugs. I've noticed over the years that July and August is slow months for quilting. Customers are busy with summer things and not thinking of quilts so the phone doesn't ring as often. As soon as the weather has a nip in the air the customers will remember they have quilts to finish. In the meantime take care of yourself "first" the rest will happen in it's own time.

Theresa said...

I'm a school bus driver too! I would love to quit driving the bus after 24 years, but I'm afraid to let go of that income. I know it will be there each month. I wish I had the nerve to quit and take the leap into quilting full time. I know I could make it work. I wish you the best on your decision.

Mary said...

It's a hard choice. I guess if you have the option to go back to driving the bus if things don't work out, maybe this is a good time to give it a shot.