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Moving Ahead (Slowly) on a Big Backlog
The warm weather definitely is a tonic for me. So I am able to do a lot more work than I could do two or three months ago. But the backlog was huge at that time, and it has grown since: e-mail continues to flood in every day.
I decided to break the e-mail backlog into two groups. The first group was the current e-mail coming in. The second group was the backlog that had built up from October to May. I would attempt to become up to date on the current e-mail before I would try to tackle the October-May e-mail.
That was working for a while, but June brought three intensive weeks of non-WWII commitments, and July has three more. So things are still precarious. And it looks like I will not catch up with the current backlog before the July commitments begin. So I am probably going to begin August with three groups of backlogs: (1) the backlog that will build up in July, (2) the June backlog (I have caught up to June 12 as of July 1) and (3) the still untouched October-May backlog.
So please keep this in mind in your correspondence with me. I have a deep commitment to try to get to every e-mail that you send me, but my resources are very limited. So please if you don't hear from me for several months and then suddenly hear from me about an old e-mail, understand that I am doing everything within my limited power to respond to you and to every other person who wants me to respond to them and do not take it personally.
Picking up the Ruins of My Life
February was incredibly difficult for me. As wave after wave of weather fronts rolled in, each one left me more drained. What little I was able to do at the start of the month was impossible by the end of the month. All my efforts lay in ruins.
But in mid-March, we are having an extended dry and sunny period, and the temperatures are finally starting to climb again. So my Winter hibernation seems to be ending, and my stamina is very slowly returning, and I am very carefully picking up the most absolutely critically important pieces of the ruins and trying to put things back together again.
Please plan for this and do not expect me to jump on your e-mail: just because it is urgent and important (even to me) does not give me the stamina to deal with it and all the hundreds of others that are in line ahead of it. I don't like that fact any more than you do, but it is the reality of how things are for me right now, and I know from bitter experience that trying to be tough and do too much during this time is a recipe for disaster.
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