Wednesday, October 15, 2014
So, weather forecast said rain would be gone by 730. They lied. It is still pouring and no sign of it letting up. No one else came and I am not staying. Maybe next week...
I will go home, do more laundry, fix a healthy lunch, and maybe start on Christmas presents...
Have a warm, dry day.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tomorrow is the last of my Wednesday markets. I have 2 more Saturdays and am deciding if I am doing 1 or 2 more sundays...or 3...
Sales this season were way off because the sweaters are mia, last year I sold 6 of them at 200-300 because they are 100% wool. That isn't a bad price for hand knit real wool. They last for decades if they are taken care of properly.
I'm taking another rest day today. Trying to get my pain level under control. Evidently, neuropathy doesn't like cool or cold weather. Sigh.
Hoping sales are good the rest of the markets, so I don't have to store as much. We'll see.
Have a great day. Mine should be ok. I've already got 2 fruits in and veggies for snacking. Baby steps.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Is going a little better. I knew it would. I just had to hang on, keep praying, and believe.
Saturday sales weren't great, but they were better. Enough that I was able to pay both boys for helping with takedown and loading (I gave them coffee money, which I probably would have given them without the work, so I was very happy with the work!). I ended up taking the younger one to green bay for him to start Christmas shopping and to get some hats for winter at the Halloween store (don't ask. Long story ). It helped keep his mind off the dance he wasn't at.
Sunday I spent what I had left getting a few soy candles from another vendor (first thing before sales). I wanted lemongrass and let him pick 2 others. He ended up picking 2 of the other 3 that I liked. That works. I made some end of season deals, so sales were good (I refused to go as low as my cost, though! All I did was lower my profit margin.). I figure slightly lower profit and cash on hand was better than storing them for winter. That let me buy my baked stuff from my friend. She didn't have time to make me any small loaves of wheat, but she put sesame seeds on a small loaf of white for me. She is amazing. And she's going to make some cinnamon bread with no icing for me. I plan to freeze that and use it to make french toast for the guys for thanksgiving and Christmas breakfasts.
Speaking of breakfast! I slept in this morning (730) and woke up wanting a huge breakfast. I wanted eggs, bacon, pancakes with lots of butter and syrup, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, lots of juice and mocha.
What I got up and MADE? A 500 calorie sub. With veggies added. It is my breakfast AND my lunch! I'm making progress...A little, but progress.
Which reminds me. Hubs is at it again. He offered to get me a pug puppy for Christmas. That's the kind we were looking for when I got hazel. I told him thank you and I love him for the thought, but I do not want another dog right now. And I really don't want a puppy, not even a pug. I think I have managed 2 days without tears so far. It's too soon to think about another dog.
The saddest part of thinking about a new dog is that I can have a purebred for less than I can get a rescue! Adoption fee $300 (some are even higher). Specific food shelter requires to be purchased from them when animal leaves facility $15 for the smallest bag (about 8 lbs). New collar, leash, ID tag, bowls, toys, etc. Around $100 (double that if you get it from the shelter store). Microchip? Anywhere from 50 to to 200. Extra shots for going on truck occasionally? Another 150. Because it all has to be done at the shelter before I can leave with the dog.
They are already spayed/neutered, so that is a plus. But still! It's going to be a long while before I can do that. When I'm ready. Right now I'm not.
I am, however, ready to get off spark and on to work! Have a good one.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Another Farmer's Market. I have decisions to make over the winter. Mainly to keep doing the market in town or not. If I keep doing it, I have to decide if I want to keep sharing the same space with the "friend" I've been sharing with for 2 years. My sales have gone down by over 30% each year being next to her.
It doesn't make sense. At my northern market, I'm in even less space sharing with my Baker friend and my sales are fine. I think it's the person , not the lack of space. She sells jewelry and when children come to look she tells them "oh no, you can't have that, your things are down here" and shows them the cheap plastic stuff. Bad business. And she will call people out of my space where they are looking and talking to me to go look at her stuff. That's just rude. And yes, I have talked to her about it. Repeatedly. I have more luck telling Leo to behave and stop barking (and we all know how that works).
I can go down at OMG in the morning to wait for a daily spot and spend 2 X as much as I do for the season (3 am or earlier and $20 a day). Or I can go to a different market up north. Unless I can get them to give me a different spot. We'll see.
My son won't be going to the dance tonight. It turns out his date was dating someone else at the same time again. Evidently I am the only parent in the county that is raising my kids with MORALS.
Sigh. I have never tolerated being cheated on. Never will. Thank God Hubs isn't the kind to do that. (His mom would get him before I could, lol).
I got the requested designs done, but didn't make them hanging towels. I wasn't sure if that was what was wanted. I can always add the tops. Taking them off is a whole different matter.
Well, I should be getting to it. Have a great day.
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