Saturday, December 20, 2014

Old Things, New Things.....

Life is always so interesting, don't you think so?

I've been holding off on getting a new iPhone.  Why?  Because it's such a freaking hassle to get everything downloaded to the new phones.....arg.

Today, we went to get the iPhone 6.  We have Verizon service, so we went to the Verizon store.  Luckily, we went early - before 10:00 a.m.  By the time we walked out of there a little after 11:00 a.m., the place was packed!  Of course, being the Saturday before Christmas, what would one expect?  That's why we went early!

That being said, once you get in there and get a tech to help you, it's like a non-stop onslaught.  I wanted to just get the iPhone, but I really didn't want to pay $399.00 for it.  So I said I was good.  Dear Hubby decided nope, we were there, it would be good to get the new phone.....so the salesman says, well, if you turn in your old phone, and you get the iPad Mini for $230, you can take this much off your bill, and you'll only pay this much and if you use the new Edge program, you'll get the phone for this much instead of paying that much.  Holy crap!  Slow down.  And why are you trying to sell me stuff I don't want.  Or need?

I happen to like my old iPad 2.  It works fine, it's a good size, and I'm all good. Well, Dear Hubby decided, let's get the iPad.  I didn't want a mini but he doesn't give me time to talk to him, or to process anything!  That's how I ended up with a laptop that I don't love much.  Sigh......

Anyway, I have the new iPhone.  Lovely.  4G works GREAT.  Everywhere!  Except...........home.  Sigh.  Granted, today is a very overcast day....so maybe tomorrow when it's supposed to be sunny out, the 4G will work...or, maybe not.  We'll see. Not holding my breath.............

Here's one of the 728 photos/videos that were on my iPhone 4S.  I downloaded them this morning. This is our Christmas tree for this year.  It's artificial, it's pre-lit, it's got little decorations that don't remind me of Christmas's past which can depress me.  I fell in love with those little lanterns.  They are from Ikea.  The little hanging behind the tree is a Christmas panel I got one year at a Quilt shop.  I haven't done any quilting since I found spinning.....

We haven't had any snow here --- yet.  We haven't had a white Christmas here in VA in a LONG time.  I'm ready for one.  Only issue is, I don't want it to make travel difficult since I want to go see the grand kids on Christmas.  Hey, isn't it supposed to be the other way around?  Well, if I only get to see them if I GO see them, then I'll go!

Here is one of the gifts one of them is getting.  This is for her to use when she comes to visit.
A Disney Princess suitcase, for the Princess herself!

Something new for the coming year...............I'm interested in getting a Saori loom. I think I will really enjoy the Saori loom.  I've been following this type of weaving on Ravelry and Facebook for several years now.  When I first started weaving, I found out about Saori and was interested then.  Things didn't fall into place for me back then, but they feel like they are now.  A new Saori studio opened here in VA, and that's new!  They just opened in Oct. 2014.  Come to find out, one of the people that I spoke with a LOT on Ravelry about weaving in general, and Saori, is co-owner of this studio.  She doesn't live in VA, she lived in Louisiana but she's affiliated with this studio.  So I know it's all good!

I'm in the midst of setting up a Saori lesson with the studio owner, and I'm enticing a few other friends to come join me.  One way or another, I'm going to do this.  :D

Dear Hubby, wonderful supporter that he is, is okay with this.  And he's also okay with me getting the loom, when the funds come in.  He does commission work, and in the Spring is when he gets paid for last year's work.  I'm a lucky gal, for sure!

So I have that, and lots of new ideas for my business, all waiting in the wings.  When the holidays are over, and I get my head back in the game, life is going to be VERY good.  :D

That's about it from me for now.  I'm having a difficult time focusing so I'll close for now.

Take care!  If I don't make it back, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and hope your New Year is super great!

Martha



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Year, Almost Gone.....

I can hardly believe it's almost the end of 2014.  Christmas, as of this writing, is 10 days away.  Holy Cow!  How did this happen?

This year has been full of ups and downs for me.  For some reason, Summer was awful as far as my moods, and I had a lot of meltdowns.  I think some of it came from unanswered questions.  Those answers eventually came at the end of summer/during fall.  Questions like; can we afford to move?  The answer is; no.  We can't move from here, for a number of reasons.  That means that I can't even think about that as an option for maybe another 5-10 years.  By then, I'm going to be OLD!

The other questions I keep asking myself are things like; should I keep my business going, or throw in the towel?  I finally decided, that's just a dumb question...........of course, I should keep my business going!  Why wouldn't I?  I ask myself the question because the business hasn't grown much.  I make one or 2 sales if I'm lucky, on my Etsy shop.  I do okay at the two fiber festivals I attend each year.  It's a lot of work going to the festivals, but I love being there, and talking to people one-on-one.  I love the interaction.  Just because I  don't sell out of what I have, doesn't mean I shouldn't keep going!  I just tend to feel like a failure, and want to give up.  Dumb.....I'm finally doing what I love.  Why would I give that up?

Sometimes, I feel as though there are quite a few restrictions made by myself and my guilt, and by my husband, who basically is the financial person that funds what I'm doing.  I don't really make that much off this business per year.  I realize there are restrictions for a reason.  Sometimes, I want to get into this full-tilt, because I think if I did, it would be more successful.  Unfortunately, there's no proof of that.....so I have to do what I can, when it makes sense to do it, and work hard until the rest falls into place.

Today I received another one of those emails from The Daily Om.  It talked about alters.  As in, having an alter and having it in a place where you can sit and meditate and think about the things you are doing with your life.  They said it's not for praying, necessarily, although, if that's what you want it to be, it can be.  They say, it probably already exists in your home, somewhere.  Humans tend to gather and display things that are meaningful to them, grouping them together so they can gather joy when looking at them.

This is my new little alter, on a corner of my desk.  I was inspired to clean the crap off my desk, in order to make room for the alter.  I love sitting at my desk, staring out the window at the yard, in the summer, watching the birds and hummingbirds, and in the winter, looking at the shadows.  I think about my life, and where I am, where I've been, and where I hope to go.  How I hope to be successful, and how I get inspired just sitting here, staring at nature.  So I decided the corner of my desk, would be a great place for my alter.....

My alter contains a Buddha statue, a hurricane lamp with a candle, and a crystal (plastic) diamond shaped decoration that is actually from my Christmas ornaments.  I really like this.  I may add or take away things, at some point in the future. For now, it's perfect.

I wanted the lights put on the porch immediately after Thanksgiving this year.  I love my porch lights.  At night, I can sit in my office, or the living room, and look out.  I imagine the people going up the main road and seeing the lights, and the lights cheering the people up.  We're the only house on the block with lights.  This year, I bought extra lights to put up.  Hubby didn't understand, but I get joy out of them.  So he gave in.


I did play with this photo, and made a card out of it.  Here it is:

Picmonkey is a pretty fun, easy, and free (unless you want to upgrade) program that you can use to edit photos.  It's nice because you don't have to have a password, and the website doesn't save your photos - you just save it to your computer.  This really looks like it was snowing, doesn't it?

Well, that's about it for now. I'll be back again soon. Oh, and if you're reading this before Weds, the 17th of Dec, 2014, I'm having a sale  on Etsy for 20% off over a $15 purchase....and it's a great sale.  The sale code is HappyHoliday20 and it's also listed on the shop dashboard.

If I'm not back before Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Martha