Priority shift

Priority shift

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. Apologies for cancelling the SHAC this morning; Dad is poorly again, so my attention and focus is with family right now. He’s a fighter, true grit, and I’m sure he’ll come through this, but there is so much going on at work too, that I had to claw back a few hours, and the SHAC does take up 2 mornings a week. After the retreats, we can start again. That’ll give me a break, to come up with a brand new SHAC trip with my fellow shackers, and it’ll give you a break too.

How about we reconvene on Monday 5th September. I’ve just looked at the calendar, and there’s so much going on in August, it’s mad. Let’s put that date in our diary, can we? I will endeavour to blog more regularly, Paul will still continue with Groovi Tuesday, so he can keep you posted xx

The prep for the 3-5 pm TV show this coming Sunday is all prepped and boxed (it’s amazing how quickly you can tick those boxes when you‘re under pressure Gray!), and I’m ploughing through the Demos for the Clarity retreats which are looming the week after next. Really looking forward to spending a few days with our friends and customers. I’ve got some smashing projects lined up – it’ll be good.

And don’t forget! We’ve got a Groovi Craftalong next Friday 12 August at 7pm FACEBOOK LIVE. That’ll be using those beautiful Groovi Christmas Treasure plates of Linda’s, that blew the doors off last week. Didn’t they just!! We reckon they’ll all have left the building by next Monday, Tuesday latest.

Anyway, must dash, said the Mexican! Note to self: slow down, before you get slowed down. Time to go find a cat to cuddle.

Love and hugs

Barb xx

80 thoughts on “Priority shift

  1. Sending love and well wishes to your dad and love to you and all your family.
    I agree absolutely about a break being needed as you have such a busy month ahead. It will give us all something special to look forward to in September.
    Take care. Hugs. Annette XX

  2. Best wishes to you and your family. Take all the time you need. We can patiently wait and even catch up with some of the projects you and the Clarity team have provided for us that we haven’t had time to tackle yet

  3. Thinking about you. Time to smell the roses Barbara and take time for the important things in life. Sometimes you have to get your priorities in the right order. I am sure we’llsurvive. Take care and look after yourself and your family🥰

  4. Spend some precious time with your lovely Dad Barb. We have all got plenty to be going on with – I still haven’t unpacked my last order yet!!! Love and hugs to your Dad xxxxx

  5. I hope your dad makes a good recovery. Lots of love to you all and gentle healing hugs coming your way.

  6. No need to explain, Barb – family comes first! Give your lovely dad our very best wishes for a speedy recovery. #travel gently #TempusFugit
    Debbie xxx

    1. Spend time with your Dad and remember you need to look after yourself as well. Bless you, trying to keep those plates spinning. Hugs, love and prayers for you and your family. xx

  7. So sorry to hear about your Dad but have everything crossed for his recovery. Postponing the Shac whilst you get your priorities resorted is completely understood. If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to help anyone and nobody wants to see that happen. Hugs to all the family xx

  8. Hello Barbara,
    I think we had all guessed it was something along these lines. You have your priorities right, family first, if needs be Paul can lead the Retreat and we will all muck in to help where we can.
    Sending you all a big hug.

  9. Sending best wishes to your father and the family. Hope I am going to make retreat as really looking forward to it. Take care. Lots of love

  10. Sorry to hear that your dad is poorly, parents are so precious. Doing the right thing though just remember to have a little breather yourself. x

  11. Firstly, get well soon Mr Gray, we’re all routing for you xx Secondly, thank you Barbara for taking a break. August is busy for me too and I was wondering how to fit everything in 🫣 take time to cuddle those cats (and Dave) and I’ll see you next Friday for the pyjama party. Looking forward to getting my plates.

    Seriously Barbara, take extra care and see you soon. Give your Dad – and your Mum – a great big hug from the Shackers.

    1. Hear Hear from us all . x x x take care Barbara you have all our love and thoughts are with you and yours . shirley

  12. Take as much time as you need Barbara, quality time with family is so important and at tge moment you need to be with them. Make the time to be with your parents while you still have them it is so important. Take care of yourself as well xx

  13. Remember to look after yourself, Barbara, so you can look after others: your Dad; the rest of the family; the business and then us crafters. See you in September 😊
    Take care xx

  14. Sorry to hear your dad not well again. Wishing him a speedy recovery. You are right to prioritize your time. You will need your energy to help your mum and dad. Family is very important. Take care look after yourself. X

  15. Sorry to hear dad is poorly again, I wish your mum & dad well. And I wish the whole family well including those not so close to home. Will be at the live craft next week hoping my plates arrive by then. Take care all of you especially YOU.

  16. A beautiful picture! No matter where you are or what you’re doing, rest assured that you have a lot of friends behind you to help in any way possible. Wishing the best for you and yours.

  17. Sending you and the family lots of love and strength to get through this difficult time. I hope dad makes a full and quick recovery . I hope mum is coping ok!! 🥰🥰🥰

  18. Sending you and your whole family love and best wishes. We may not see you in the Shac but you will be in our thoughts every day.
    Take care and remember to breathe!
    with love

  19. Sorry to hear your Dad is unwell again. Wishing him to get better very soon.
    I am pleased you have your priorities in order and are taking a break from some of your commitments if not all. You must take care of yourself too. You have a wonderful hubby in Dave and also friend Paul to support you so let hem relieve some of the weight from your shoulders.
    Your break will let me catch up on the SHAC and GROOVI shows that I missed in the last few weeks. Now that I am more mobile and can hop about to find my stash as needed I will be doing much more crafting, might even do some messy stuff.
    Looking forward to the next round of shows on TV.
    Best wishes 🍒

  20. Sending love to you, your dad and your mum too.
    I hope you listen to your own advice to take things one day at a time or in fact one moment at a time. And make sure you look after yourself physically and mentally.
    Love you and always here to help! Xxx

  21. Glad you are taking a break – look after yourself as well as your dad. Maybe you should do term time Shacs so you get some proper rest time back in the summer, Easter and at Christmas? Looking forward to the retreat and I get to see my folks too before I come! Long overdue hugs and I’m looking forward to it!!! X

  22. Barbara, we understand family definately comes first. Take all the time you need Give your Dad our best wishes and of course your mum too. I will look forward to friday week take care and travel gently xx

  23. Hope you’re Dad picks up soon. Take all the time you need and look forward to September. Love and hugs xxx

  24. Totally totally understand and hope your Dad gets stronger with everyday, lovely photo of you both. It will be good for you to slow down and do just what helps. Looking forward to Sundays shows and when we get back in the Shac in September. Love to you, and all your family x

  25. Sorry your Dad is poorly again and wishing him a speedy recovery. pleased you are taking a break as you need to look after yourself as well you have a very punishing schedule. Love and Hugs xxx

  26. All good wishes to your dad, and do take care of yourself. One day at a time…we are very grateful to you.. would just love to be at the retreat, but shall be there in spirit. Love and happy hugs to all I know.
    Keep safe, and well. Xx

  27. Adding our best wishes for your dad and all the family. They must come first as everyone is saying. I still haven’t caught up with the Monday SHAC so at least can do that next week and will look forward to reconvening on 5th Sept. It’s a busy month with us too -I have 3 medical appointments and possibly a 4th if MRI results come through. Take care and we’ll be thinking of you all.

  28. Thinking of you and praying for a speedy recovery for your dear Dad. Take care of yourself too. Just looking at my own dear Dad sitting across the room at 88 years old – we have to cherish them because time is precious.

  29. Take time with your Dad and take time for yourself.
    We can all get back together whenever it suits you.
    All the best

  30. Sorry to hear your dad us poorly again . Wishing him a speedy recovery! Sending hugs and lots of love to you and your family. Xxx

  31. Hi Barbara
    Family will always come first without them you have no base. Hope your dad starts to feel better soon. ❤️
    Love Ruth & Jackie xx

  32. Hope you’re Dad is back on track soon. Looking forward to the retreats, but if you have to cancel we’ll all understand. Make time for yourself as well. Sending best wishes to your dad for a speedy recovery xxx

  33. Sorry to hear your Dad is not well again & I hope he is soon feeling better again.
    Quite understand that you have to take time out to be with him & your mom – family must come first. I have put the 5 September in my diary but meanwhile I hopefully will see you at the Retreat – my first time & I am looking forward to it.
    My plates are on their way so I will be set for the PJ party next Friday. Thank you to the team at Clarity Towers for getting our orders out.

  34. Hello Barb, sending huge hugs to you and your whole family. Hope your Dad feels tons better soon. Family should always come first. Bx

  35. Having an elderly, poorly Dad too, I know what a worry it must be for you. Hope your Dad improves quickly, but you must look after yourself so that you in turn can care for your Mum and Dad. Take a break and spend time with your parents. Best wishes to your Mum and Dad and hugs to you. Carol xx

  36. Sending you all love , strength and prayers. Know we are behind you and willing your dad increased strength every day. Lots of love to you all x

  37. You and yours are in my thoughts. Try to get plenty of rest yourself as these family worries can be very draining.

  38. Barbara don’t feel guilty you have helped so many of us over the past years, we are all behind you and wish you, your Dad and your wider family all the very best. Time to put yourself and family first. Love to you and yours.

  39. I couldn’t agree more with all the lovely comments my fellow shacers have said. Sending you and your dad healing wishes. 💕💕

  40. Sending best wishes and hugs to you and your dad. Ive been in the same situation and family definitely comes first also time for you too. 💕💕Also sending best wishes to the rest of your family as well x

  41. Beautiful photo Barbara, and how alike are you and your dear Dad?!
    Thinking of you and sending thoughts of strength and healing for you all. Take care of yourself too x

  42. Please just take a break for a day or so, busy in August, we can cope without you Mondays and Thursdays, and will be lovely if a Paul can keep us in the loop, on aTuesday, love and hugs to you and yours hoping for a quick recovery for your Dad, take good care xx

  43. What a lovely photo of you and your Dad. Hoping and praying that all will be well. Take a step back from the good ship Clarity for a while Barbara as you’ve got a wonderful team to steer and navigate for you. We’ll all be waiting for you when you take over the helm again. Look after yourself (and Dave, Ragnar and Erik). Pam xx

  44. Wishing your dad a speedy recovery and thinking of you all. And you need some me time too. You give us so much and it is so appreciated xx

  45. Family first.
    Don’t worry about the shac, we’ll be ready and waiting when it’s right time for you. Wishing your Dad a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself too.
    Love to you all 😘

  46. Best wishes to you and your family. Your eyes say it all! Please take time for yourself. We don’t want to lose you altogether so time to look after you for however long it takes. Your dad looks like a true gentleman. He really has been having a rough trot. Thinking of you all💐💐💐

  47. I do hope your Dad recovers soon and you need to look after yourself as well. I’ll miss the first shac as I’ll be in Madeira celebrating our golden wedding but I look forward to seeing where we will be going. Take care xx

  48. Yes Barbara always take care of your parents as they took care of you! Family are so precious! Try to manage some you time with Dave as well. All the best to your mum and dad! xx

  49. Sorry this reply is a bit late but please know, Barbara, that I am thinking of you and your family.
    We (husband and I) are in a very similar situation.
    My father-in-law, who is now 96 has been in hospital for the last four/five weeks, having been quite poorly, but the hospital are now keen to discharge him as it has been decided by the doctors etc. that further medication will no longer be given.
    The care home he’s lived in for the last 7 years can’t/won’t take him back so somewhere else will be offered by the hospital Discharge team. If, in our opinion, we think the care home offered is not suitable we will, like you have to find an alternative.
    The thing is, he has been here before with this end of life stuff, but he comes through it, so, like your Dad Barbara our Dad is a tough chap.
    This week we are currently in Chiddingstone, Kent for a long awaited, booked, holiday with family and friends to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary later this year, plus all the birthday gatherings and other occasions missed during the last 2 years.
    Fortunately the hospital have allowed us this time away by assuring us that nothing will happen until we get back.
    As well as all this my husband has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. So, Barbara, I fully empathise with you and the tough time you are experiencing.
    Although I will miss it, you must take time out from the Shac to be able to spend this precious time with your Mum an Dad.
    Please also take care of yourself.

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