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Getting there-

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It's the last market weekend and I am SO ready to be done! I may take the whole next week and do nothing but sleep.

I plan (yeah. There's that word again) to spend the winter concentrating on me. Eating better and getting to the gym. I know I can take this weight off and I know how to do it. I just have to DO it.

My computer and router aren't on speaking terms, so blogging and logging haven't been happening. Having extra time to be able to do it on the phone or tablet (when I can get it away from son, lol) will be easier in winter.

So, we'll see how it goes.

Have a great weekend.

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KAREN608 10/25/2014 9:12PM

    Great plan to commit yourself to better health!!!

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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.

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LOLATURTLE 10/21/2014 12:57PM

    bleh. I think we are supposed to get rain here this week. BOOOOOOOO.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/15/2014 3:37PM

    Yeah - we are having a wet, dreary day too and the rain just picked up and there's a flood warning...

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KAREN608 10/15/2014 2:35PM

    Maybe you are getting the rain we had, as we had two days of steady rain. My yard filled up with water and only today is it starting to dry out. Not much we can do about the weather, and I do not trust forecasts, I pull up the radar online and look at the clouds myself!

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PICKIE98 10/15/2014 10:15AM

    It poured here yesterday, but it is hazy and partly sunny here. Too bad your day had to be changed..For the better, I hope...

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Finally! The end is near-

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.

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KAREN608 10/14/2014 12:57PM

    My pains are intense with the storms/cold weather too.
Hope the end of the year goes out with a bang! of sales and income

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Everything but my weight loss...

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.

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KAREN608 10/13/2014 10:06PM

    That shelter sounds very expensive, shop around when the time is right for you to have a new pet.

Cinnamon bread for holiday meals, mmm! You do treat them RIGHT.

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LOLATURTLE 10/13/2014 10:00AM

    Glad some things are starting to look up!!

but WHAT??? the shelter makes you buy their food? That's weird... the one were we got Smudge told us we SHOULD keep her on the same food so she wouldn't get an upset stomach. Which we did, but which is also silly as she'd been in the foster home for ONE DAY. So she had JUST had her food switched on short notice, because who knows what she was eating at the place they took her from!!

Look for a different rescue or shelter - when you are ready! too soon.... emoticon - there has got to be a better one. We didn't pay any extra for Smudge's microchip, and the company the shelter used charges 20 - FOR LIFE. One time fee of $20. I couldn't believe it! I thought it would be $20 a year or something. So there are better options out there. emoticon

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Another Saturday

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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SATCHMO99 10/12/2014 5:01AM

    Tell market organisers if they don't give you another spot they'll lose your business. It's them you need to be mad at. You surely have some leverage as you've been a trader for several years.

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SENIMMO 10/11/2014 5:31PM

    My choices were share with her or have no space. At the time it seemed like a good idea and it was the only market that was available to me (I didn't have a car, it was in town). I have asked the people who run it to give me a space of my own both years. I have choices and options now that I didn't have before. If they expect me to share again, they should think twice.

My real decision is more of do the market in town or do another up north. And I told the friend today that I won't let a friendship damage my business any more than I want my business to damage a friendship. They are separate things and taking advantage of one and ruining the other is not continuing.

I am learning! And getting more confident. I'll get there.

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KAREN608 10/11/2014 11:50AM

    Uh if that is a friend you don't need enemies. Ask for another spot! You work hard and need sales.

Too bad the girlfriend turned out to be a two timer, but he can move on and find someone of better character. Better to figure this stuff out early than later. My stepson all his life picks low moral women, and now late 40s and has a runaround wife but he puts up with it and must think all women are like that. He is finishing raising his last two kids so maybe in another 4-6 yrs he will move on.
His Mom ran around all the time and sister ...both still so it seems that type never change. He did not have any good role models about love.

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EVIE4NOW 10/11/2014 8:10AM

  Pickie is right, ditch the friend. Just tell her plain and simply it isn't working out. Yes, you both will have to pay more for your space but if she is the cause of sales going down, you will more then make up for it. You don't tolerate being cheated on, but that is exactly what she is doing when she does what she does and refuses to change. Good luck.

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PICKIE98 10/11/2014 7:27AM

    IMHO, ditch the baggage(friend) and get another table.Why should YOU pay and she reap the rewards?
She is a user and you deserve better for all of your hard work. I wonder who was next to her before you came along,, they probably moved for the same reason..

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

Do what is good for you: she is..

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