Friday, March 18, 2011

For Those of You Who May be Wondering, I'm OK

First of all, I want to thank you all for the wonderful messages of support.  They were really appreciated  and I am very grateful for everyone's thoughts.  Part of the reason that I'm down in the dumps is that it is proving to be very hard to get volunteers this year for the FLTAP Trainer's Listings.  A couple of the stalwarts have, because life has gotten in the way, been forced to drop out, or seriously curtail their involvement. 

There's always some flux, but the loss of these two, and the fact that a couple of others have not responded to my email, means that we're seriously shorthanded.  So far, this year, there are only three of us.  We can function with that number, but it will be very hard.

So, please forgive me if I don't show up on your blogs for a while.  I'm OK, just kind of gob-smacked right now.  The Trainer's Listings mean a lot to me, perhaps a little too much.  It shouldn't take me too long to get back to my usual cheerful self.  I think of myself as a glass half full kind of person, though right now it is looking seriously half empty.

25 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Sorry, dear. I know additional workload is still additional work - no matter how dear the cause. Hope you can get some rest too!

Madi and Mom said...

Oh Louise I feel for you looking for volunteers. It seems there are so many who enjoy sitting back and letting others do things....and that makes it so hard for folks like you and it makes you burn out!!! I hope as the weather improves folks will start remembering the need to help.

Hang in there and we'll be here when you return.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Liesl said...

Hi There Louise,I too have been absent from my blog for a couple of days,coping with "life"! I am thinking of you and sending positive thoughts!
xoxo
Liesl

Sharon said...

Hi Louise!
I don't call the cops till I can smell the body ;-)

I know you are busy and knew there had to be a reason for you being so bummed. We all know that the blogs come second after life.

I hope you get some real great help! So you don't have to burn the candle at both ends!

XXX

Vicki Lane said...

Here's hoping things get better -- life can be overwhelming sometimes....

tapsalteerie said...

If I didn't live 900 miles away I'd be right there with you! I understand your funk and will be sad and melancholy with you in spirit :(

Gary said...

Gee we thought you were fine!! Hope you will find some other people because it's important work!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Camada.

Judith said...

That's a bummer. I hope things get better and some volunteers turn up. Sending you good wishes. Judith

AJ-OAKS said...

Oh my Louise, no wonder you are a bit down. Volunteers are a huge part in what you are part of. What you do is so wonderful and heartwarming. I truly wish I was closer because without a doubt I would be there helping.
Sending prayers and thoughts to the universe that you get more much needed help.
Hugs.

Lori Skoog said...

Hang on Louise.

Terry said...

Aw Louise, that's a tough break. The need is just so great in all the animal rescues. It's hard not to be down.

Cat said...

I live on the wrong end of the states to be much help, but sending good thoughts your way. (And vitual chocolate. Less calories that way.) Hey, you take the time you need, our blogs will still be about!

Cat

Judy's Corner said...

I hope you find the right folks quickly and that life starts looking wonderful again very soon!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Louise!! I've been down because of the loss of Tanner, so I'm sorry I didn't notice you weren't feeling well either--Just know I'm sending positive thoughts in your direction that you'll get the help you need for a cause that you care about and is so worth while!! Take care and know that we're here sending warm thoughts and our support!!

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

hi louise, everything will be better soon. life gets busy this time of year and it is difficult to visit everyones blog so don't worry, your true blog friends understand. i don't have a stomach for those who expect a comment everytime they blog, life is so busy these days and i certainly will understand if you don't visit me as often. take care friend and try to relax!

Sandy ~~~ said...

Any day you are here is a day of sunshine...take your time!

Tina said...

And good help is so hard to find at times too. But i am sure there will be somebody wonderful and passionate like you come into the mix.

sophie...^5 said...

It'll work out...be positive!

Sheri said...

Louise, you have done wonderful work. I'm sure the burnout rate is high for volunteers. The need never abates and it is hard not to let it get to you. You may not be able to save them all, but for the ones you have reached you have changed everything.

Ann Nichols said...

I understand about feeling gob-smacked with work and other things...! I sure do hope that you get the help you need. Soon.
Have a lovely Sunday,
Ann

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I know you are very passionate about the cause, and thank you for caring so much, but I know it's quite difficult at times, take care honey.

Canyon Girl said...

Louise, it is your good and caring heart that has you down in the dumps. I hope you will find the help you need so that this important work can continue at full speed. -- Inger

Rising Rainbow said...

Sorry to hear you lost trainers it sounds like you were counting on. It's always tough when things go south that way. Good luck in finding your way through this.

Rebekah said...

Sorry you're feeling down, Louise. I don't know what FLTAP is but I understand it's important to you. Hope things will be straightened out and that you can find people.

Take it easy...

Jim said...

Take as much time as you need Louise. It is important to you and we are not going anywhere soon. So see you when you have some time. Good luck too!
Jim