Getting my new online jewelry store up and running. I have 118 photos to upload and some 30 pieces of jewelry to caption and describe. I want to make some business cards to hand out at my neighbor’s Holiday Boutique on the 30th, where I will be selling some of my jewelry. I already ordered 200 little organza drawstring bags to wrap them in. Hope to sell more than one, but doubt I’ll sell all 200 pieces. (If you’re curious you can check out my store at http://www.artfire.com/browse/?term=lsjayhandmade.) I spent a lot of last year making all these, but had to stop because nothing was selling at the other websites I tried. Got my fingers crossed this time will work better, since I already have over 50 views on my stuff. No sales (of course) but a lot more views in the first few weeks on this site than a year on the other two sites combined. Hope that’s a good sign. Not that I expect to become a millionaire this way, I do hope I am able to augment my diminished income.
I finally decided to dredge up my old fantasy novel to work on for NaNoWriMo. I was pleasantly surprised to find it actually seemed pretty good. I’m kind of jazzed about it again. I wrote more than 20,000 words last November, maybe I can get 30,000 more this November. I am pleased to be at least editing it again: I’m not writing 1000 words a day, but I am editing up to 3000 words a day. I will still try to get in an hour or so editing tonight. I haven’t had much chance to edit since I’ve spent most of today on my website. I like how the story is going and may post my first chapter up here to share.
My work at the shelter may involve some fund raising events. I have the chance to volunteer at two different holiday boutiques coming up. Not sure what would be involved in volunteering. As long as I don’t have to handle cash, I’m comfortable. Also have the chance to bring in baked goods for them to sell as well. Any excuse to make cookies is enough for me. Son said he might make mini pumpkin pies as well. The didn’t ask for it, but we also make peanut butter cups, which are always a big hit. It is expensive to bake anymore, so I would have to limit what we brought, but all the money goes to a fund for the veterinarian care of the animals that come to the shelter. This consists of not the spay or neutering, which is basically charged to the adopting family, but for the various illnesses the animals show up with. Some need antibiotics, and others need surgery for broken bones. Pretty awful to think of these poor critters not getting good health care while at the shelter (they don’t like it when I call it “jail”) so I’m happy to donate what I am able, if only my time. I think I would really miss working at the shelter should I go back to work.
Son has been kicking around the idea of going to some sort of tech school. He’s considered X-ray tech or similar medical technician, which would be very nice income for someone without a college degree. He’s also a great cook and enjoys it, so he was looking at culinary school. It would be a year long process and he couldn’t do online studies, obviously, but for him to be interested at all is huge. He also finally got new glasses recently. He’s been complaining about his old glasses for about three years now, so it’s a huge relief not to have to hear him complain about not being able to see, nor afford new glasses. YAY!!
I can’t believe it…well, yes I can: Christmas decorations are going up all over town, hanging from light posts and draped in the stores. I have already done much of my shopping (online) and don’t plan to do much more. Not being Christian, I don’t have a religious reason to observe, and then being sort of anti-consumerism, I don’t spend a lot of money. This year I want to paint grandson’s room and get a throw rug in there. That’s about all I want. Though we are still kicking around the idea of visiting Seattle over the holiday break between Christmas and New Years. We’ll see. It would be a pretty good test to see if we could handle living in the city in the grayest state in the Union. I’d really like to do it, but as my unemployment just ran out and I don’t know that I’ll get the extension I applied for (probably) and even if I do, my benefits will be somewhat reduced. Of course, we were just getting our heads above water (sans mortgage payment, of course) with all our bills. Thank you Republicans!