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12/18/17 8:44 A

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Thanks Carol!! I got your message last night! I'll respond there.

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12/17/17 12:20 P

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Heather - With what your husband does, it might make sense to look at Ren fairs, with the wood and all. Not all are staunch to the T. My dresses were all made on a serger sewing machine, so not true Ren...but they sold like hotcakes! The headdresses, capes and pretty much everything weren't true to form but were all popular.

Seems like wooden plates and serving dishes could be super popular...and you could put cheese knives out to remind them it could be modern too...

Oh yes, it sounds like a sale consideration is coming. I would quietly start looking in the background but definitely have some direct conversations. I'll message you on fb.

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12/15/17 8:59 A

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Carol, Ren fairs might be useful....I don't know if anyone would want non-period type of things though. I've only been to one Ren fair, and that was a looooong time ago. Thoughts?

Also Carol, I have something to run past you. The company I work for is a privately held LLC owned by a brother and sister. They are third generation. The father was the real driver of the growth of this business, but he retired I guess a few years ago, and then passed away Aug '16. So, the CEO and co owner is my boss. He is very hands off and delegates a lot of the running of the business to a few people, including an attorney that has been the outside legal rep and also a board member for many years. OK, there's the background.

Yesterday the boss came to me and asked me to calculate the Enterprise Value for the business. I said of course I could! Then I googled it. I'm sure you know what it is, and intuitively I knew. So, I read that it's the way to calculate the value of a privately held business that will be purchased. I calculated it, but of course I got to thinking.........I bet I know what's coming. None of the fourth generation seems to have any interest in running the business. The owners are in their early 60s. Also keep in mind that my resume shows a very strong background in preparing a company for and completing a sale and transition to a new owner.

What's your take Carol? Should I start looking? I'm not totally sure I want to go through a sale again......

On a brighter note, I'm off to do some shopping at lunch! I can't get it all done on the weekend! And, I may have a new client!!!





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12/13/17 9:05 P

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Heather - I found Ren fairs to be the best return over all types because I could make fun headdresses for the kids that everybody bought and the capes were also super popular. I made simple ren dresses out of beautiful drapery fabric with ties in the back so they could be multiple sizes (and I did mother/daughter ones). I always did one that I did beadwork on and it would be "the only one", "so much work" at a ridiculous price and I sold it almost every fair.

I could make a living at it, but we have never had a large mortgage or car payments. We live in California so our utilities are around $150 (for all) a month, summer and winter. We pay more for water and waste than we do for electricity! Our mortgage is covered by our rentals, so yeah, I could live on fairs haha. But not...because of health insurance - sigh. There is the state of affairs in our life...and no political comments here. lol

Lapparoo - I can't wait to hear about the senior games!!! Please keep us posted, that is so exciting! I've told you before that breaststroke is a family -backward- issue. lol. So, I have nothing to give you on that one! I am not sure I'm done with shopping...hehe.

One of my daughter's colleagues that she does yoga get-aways with had her storage unit broken into and all of her yoga stuff stolen! So I think we're going to buy a bunch of stuff to help her out...'tis the season!!!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!



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12/13/17 11:24 A

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emoticon HI All and Happy Holidays!

I was in Atlanta over the weekend and we had 6 inches of snow that shut everything down for a day. We were able to drive from downtown Atlanta to our friends' home in Canton but it did take forever and we were sooo happy to arrive.

The hotel we stayed at for the meeting had a small pool so I was able to get in a bit of swimming. My stroke coach believes I'll be swimming in the Senior Games late this spring. Not saying I'll win anything but I will be ready to enter. Crawl and backstroke are coming along well but the breaststroke is eluding me. I can't seem to get the rhythm right and my legs are doing all the wrong things--knees too high, legs too froggy, arms and legs working at the wrong time. Egads! How do I learn this stroke?!

Am up to my eyeballs in getting work done, Christmas shopping completed and closing the practice details galore. I'll be glad to have all this finished.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each of you!
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12/12/17 10:12 A

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Carol, I sold 16 jar candles, 3 beeswax pillars and about 15 votive candles at the little local high school craft fair. Hubby sold about 75 jar candles and two beeswax pine cones (molded candles) at the big fair he did. He also sold about 6 lamps. It was a good weekend for him, and our biggest show dollar wise ever. Of course his booth fee is substantial and also he gets a lot more people through than I do. We were both very pleased!

You can't make a living off these little shows I do, but I'm getting a pretty good return on the table fees I pay usually. And it's just plain fun!! There is a lot of jewelry at the shows I go to, but since the ones I go also accept vendors (not just hand crafters) sometimes you have folks selling kinda cheap imported stuff that they didn't make. It's harder to compete at those shows. We are living and learning and having fun building this up!

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12/12/17 9:46 A

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Oh Kourtney, I feel for you. I'm not getting enough exercise and have gained too. It's time for me to do one of my twice a year protocols and I just don't feel like it. It's like it's just one more thing. My new job is super awesome and fun...but I'm working at least 12 hour days because it's so behind and I have a staff that isn't trained. I don't mind the hours right now because I'm moving on things that need to get done and as soon as I'm finished getting it set up I can sit back more. I hope your anxiety levels stay in check over the holidays, I know that can be difficult sometimes.

I know I'm a freak because I LOVE wrapping gifts ... buying gifts ... thinking about buying gifts...

I need to get my Italian son's gifts into the mail so they get there before Christmas. He just found out this morning that he has gotten a scholarship in Vancouver next year in his Master's program!!! I'm so excited for him. ...and here I bought him mostly summer shirts and pants. I might have to send a second box!

I have a tradition that every year I buy or make a gift for a random person. Someone not on my usual list. One epic year I made an advent calendar with 24 pieces of jewelry for one of my friends and it was awesome! This year I'm getting my new accounting manager (who is very good friends with our Maureen) a pair of Ugg boots because she's always cold. She has massive school debt so there's no way she'd buy something like that for herself.

I also bought my son one of those enclosed, live habitat globes with shrimp swimming around. It's a ridiculous gift but I know he's nerdy enough to love it.

I swore I was dialing back Christmas buying since we're supposed to be heading into retirement and last year I did pretty well with it. This year, however, is a completely different story. Since I took this job I decided I could let myself loose and do as I pleased this year hehe. I don't get a bonus this year since I just started, but next year I'll be in the executive plan and I'm told I'll be very happy...so next year may not be dialed back either!

Heather it's great that the home business is going well! How many candles did you sell at this fair? It makes me want to do that too! Maybe next year I can do a holiday shop. I wonder what would be fun to sell? Maybe stained glass ornaments? Bolster it with jewelry. I'll have to think about that. I hope that you guys can get that going enough along with your new clients such that you can do what you want!

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12/12/17 9:12 A

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Kourtney, it's definitely a challenge to keep the balance in all parts of our lives. I've had a hard time finding motivation for it all.

I hope you have a nice time out of the office and you don't have to work too much!!

I'm of course feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff to do at the holidays. Christmas and New Year's Eve are always fun, but there's so much work leading up to it!! I finally decided I would buy all the gifts for the nieces and nephews on line, have Kohls wrap and send them. I just can't deal with the whole wrapping, boxing up and getting to the post office stuff. Often my sisters-in-law send a gift directly to me for my kid, and then I have to find a box and wrap up the gifts........so, yay, more gifts for me to wrap!! :) I'm going the easier route this year and having someone else wrap these gifts!!

On that note, I think I'll go order the gifts now!

Have a great day!!

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12/12/17 8:58 A

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Hi all,

I’m very off track with food and exercise. I’ve gained back any weight I’ve lost - again - and am at a new high. Sigh.

I’m definitely in the “get to the holidays” mode at work. Thankfully, I head to IL on Saturday (although I’ll probably work a bit remotely next week) so I’m almost there.

I’d like to spend some time on me over the holidays. I’ve started liking cooking (I know, shocking) and want to do some cooking and working out, as well as setting goals for next year and getting a head start on them. And reading.

My mental health has been ok, but has definitely been better. I’m working too much, as usual. Gotta got a reset button on that.

And that’s enough rambling for now. Hoping to be in here a few times a week - definitely helps me feel less alone.

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12/11/17 10:05 A

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Good Morning all!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm just starting a quick thread now because I'm running late and I have a meeting to attend!

Our craft fairs went great! It's nice to feel like we are finally getting traction in this business. Yay!!

And I'm back on track with food and treadmill walking. Yippee!!

Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!

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