I just cannot believe it is May! Time is flying and is really kinda weird right now. It has actually been weird since the pandemic. I know you likely agree with me about that.
Flowers have been blooming and some have been planted. Hopefully they live through the freeze tonight. We have had unseasonably cool weather. That isn't a bad thing because it means that the water we have been getting won't just evaporate.
Speaking of water, the reservoirs have been especially low and one, Lake Meade, has been really low. I knew there were bodies in it. Yep. I was right. They have found multiple bodies since the receding water has dipped below what anyone expected...especially those who dumped bodies there. We live in weird times.
What are some of the ways you cope with the negativity that seems to be everywhere right now? Some of my coping skills are;
spending time in nature
reading a book
listening to music
studying a skill
limiting time on social media
yoga and meditation
studying my scriptures
spending time with family
Those are just a few of my coping skills. I am finding that spending less and less time on social media is much more healthy, makes me feel much healthier. What I see on social media is a barrage of the same negative comments and messages with not much else. I need social media to promote my businesses so I do still go on the platforms. However, I am limiting my time on those platforms so that I don't waste my time and get sucked into negative though processes.
I still work on my Poshmark, Mercari, Ebay business. However, I have not been in the best of health so I have stepped away somewhat and have just been adding a few things here and there, relisting, and have been in the process of taking inventory.
Lately, I have been working on my Etsy, RedBubble, Zazzle business to create more of a passive income stream, like that of my Udemy course. In order to do that I have been cranking out designs, which takes away from some of the time I have to work on my reselling business. However, once I have a solid few hundred designs, I can push my reselling business again and will only need to create one or two designs a week in order to keep the interest coming to my design business.
I know I seem like I am all over the place, but the point of these businesses is to have various income streams, which leads me to my PowerPoint course that I am solidifying and will be adding to Udemy and other platforms shortly. This will be another passive income stream.
Of course, my husband is the main breadwinner in my family. I have been a homemaker and stay-at-home mother. Now my children are grown and I can add to our income and improve my skills at the same time. This is important at a time when prices on everything are rising at an alarming rate. We need my income to pay for life at this point. Also at this point, who knows if we will ever get to retire. That is a subject for another time but just has to do with the state of Social Security benefits as well as the cost of everything.
Here are some of my latest designs. These are some that are in grid format and work for all kinds of products. You can click on any of the images to lead you to the image or product pages, if you are interested.
Here are a few of my recent listings with my reselling business. Again, the link is part of the photo, so if you are interested, feel free to click on the photo and it will take you to the item.
Women’s Lane Bryant Relaxed Fit Short Sleeve Knit Sweater, Size 16, Brown, White $16
Women’s Sanctuary Sleeveless Button Front Crepe Blouse, White, Red, Size Medium $29
Women's Charming Charlie Stripe Color Block Dress, Black, White, Red,Size Medium $12
Well, I need to get busy cleaning the floors and straightening the house. We have our cabinet person coming out to do final measurements tonight for our kitchen cabinets. It's going to be nice to get that part of the house finished so that we have nearly everything remodeled on the inside.
Hope your May is going great!
I have now made more changes to this blog style. I updated my header (do you like it?), took off the outdated and no longer necessary media kit, and changed the colors and some fonts. I am attempting to make this more me and less what I think people want to see. Being authentic is important to me. I guess I am trying to figure myself out a bit at the same time.
Some seasons of life seem really tough. No one ever tells you that having adult children is tough. It is. It can be. Having senior citizen furry family members is also really tough. We have had quite a number of furry family members.
At first, I let my kids have a goldfish. The first one died so soon after we got it that I thought I killed it. Yes, I cried. We had the burial at sea (toilet flush, so dignified). My husband comforted me by telling me it was just a feeder fish. A feeder fish? I had no idea what that even was.
Many fish and frogs later, we got a couple of cats. I had recently had a hysterectomy and was not able to have the number of kids I thought I wanted. I really needed something to take care of. I begged my husband. I kept him up all night begging him. He didn't know what to do with this childish wife he had married.
I took my children and we looked at a couple of cats that were on this website for kittens and cats. They were (still are) brother and sister. They came from a special situation but I couldn't just leave them. I took them home to start giving them love. By that time, they were already 6 months old so they were not tiny. We had to slowly introduce them to our home. First (of course, not knowing how badly cats typically hated baths) they had to have a bath. The sister cried and clawed a bit but wasn't so bad. The brother on the other hand clawed his way up my front, down my back, ran across the master bedroom and jumped up on the window, grabbing the temporary blinds. Note: This was a new house we had build and had moved into only three months prior. Anyway, his name instantly became Spike. The sister's name was changed from what the temp home was calling her to Elle.
Little did I know that I was going to get super sick from Late-Stage Lyme Disease and these two fluffy companions would become my closest friends. They were by my side all of the time and mostly because I was in bed a lot of the time.
To my relief, we finished the phase of fish, frogs, and other water creatures. Closing the book on that particular chapter was such a relief. It was such a relief. Did I say it was a relief?!
Then came Winter of 2008. A cat that was obviously used to living in a home (instead of some of the wild ones we have around here) was sitting on our porch. The weather was awful and she needed some place to stay so I made a bed for her in the garage while we put the word out to try to find her owner. We had no luck finding her owner. Spring came and we found out she was pregnant. May 2008 she gave birth to a litter. I can't remember how many there were. Maybe 6 kittens. One of those kittens was huge and white and orange. We would later name him Orangey.
We thought after finding homes for those kittens that we would find a home for Kitty (the name we gave the mommy). Well, evidently, cats can be pregnant with multiple litters, one after another. Another litter came in June. This time the biggest cat was also orange and white, but had longer fur. There were around 4 kittens with that litter.
We found homes for most of the cats but the orange and white one from the first litter and the orange and white one from the second litter. Finally, we found a home for the longer hair one of those two brothers. His new owners called him Tiger and we called our orange and white cat Orangey. Tiger was over at our house with Orangey often. Our neighbor that took him didn't treat him well. So, he just wound up coming home to us and staying here. That was good for Orangey because he needed a friend.
Well, the weather started to get bad and another cat was sitting on our porch. She was older and so sweet. We tried to find the owner to no avail. So, she wound up becoming Tiger's best friend. They would lay on the porch snuggled together and were like husband and wife. One passed on and the other not long after. Those were some sad days.
We still have Orangey, Spike and Elle. Orangey is now 14 and is having a hard time using his back legs. I am having to help him get around while we try to get him into the doctor. I feel like his time is about to pass on. I have already been experiencing anticipatory grieving. Severe grieving. He has lost a ton of weight and his fur doesn't look healthy.
Spike and Elle are both 16 years old and don't go outside like Orangey does. They stay in the basement at night and Orangey typically goes out in the garage at night (he has a cat door).
I feel like the days of furry family members is nearing an end. It is really causing me grief. They have been here by my side when my family was off doing stuff and I was home sick. That has happened a lot...a lot! They have been here when my children were at school all day and my husband was at work all day. So, you can see why this might affect me so terribly.
After these babies pass on, we will not be getting any other pets. It hurts too much when they pass on. I don't think I can take anymore heartache from pets passing.
Well, I know this is a downer of a post, but I am going to leave this. In my life, furry family members have always been there for comfort and have always been loyal. They have been needed. I have loved them deeply. I hope to see them again one day very far into the future. However, we all know that their life span is significantly shorter than the typical human life span. Having these creatures as part of the family has given my children responsibilities and learning experiences they would not have otherwise had. They have been an integral part of my life, having chronic illness and being otherwise alone a lot. They will all be missed terribly. For now, this stage is the hardest but I cherish every moment with them.