Different kind of a list today, because tomorrow I will have a booth at my very first craft fair. I am nervous about it. Nervous I don’t have enough inventory, nervous I don’t have enough variety, nervous I have the wrong sizes/colors, nervous that my prices are too high, nervous I will sell out early, nervous I will not sell anything.
I need to ignore all that and just get ready and do my best, right? This is how I learn what sells.
Today I need to make sure I go over my list and pack everything I will need, then load the car with it all and head out. I’ll be staying overnight at Mom’s, as she is right near the venue (the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, from 9-2 on Saturday, please come if you are in Maine!) and is happy to have me.
Today I will set up the table and get my head ready for it, then help Mom make a million sandwiches for the food stall.
My sister and her family will also be coming to Mom’s at some point Friday night, my sister will have a booth next to mine at the fair. I think it will work out well, as she will be selling her knits and pottery, and I don’t know what else. She and I are complete opposites in the colors we are drawn to, so I hope that between us, no matter what color hat you want, we have it. :-)
There will be some visiting before bed. Little Niece E will do some entertaining, without a doubt.
In the middle of all that, I will do plenty of nervous knitting and probably some last minute display prep.
I will take photos of the booth, but don’t expect professional perfection – I am just not there yet. I did remember to type up care instructions to give to folks, so I don’t have to say 1 million times “hand wash cold don’t wring dry flat keep colors separate. ” :-)
Lots of deep breathing is also on the list.
I know, no Friday list. Again.
It has been an eventful week. Let me give you a clue: A just said to me “You quit your job on the 3 year anniversary of the day I broke my ankle – 11/13/11”
Yep, that’s right, I quit my job.
I tried hard not to. I tried to work through the burnout (that doesn’t work, right?) I tried to negotiate a long leave, but that really doesn’t work for the agency with my position. So, I quit. Sort of. Jan 2 is my last day as full-time in my current position. Jan 5 I start as a part-time employee, just doing the tax program. When April 15 comes, I think am “done” as they say around here. Then I will take some time to just rest, relax, refresh, recover. I hope at the end of that time, I know what is next. I had hoped that what was next was my job, but I know it might not be available when I am ready for it.
It feels fabulous. That means it is the right thing, right?
So. Friday – it was a good day. I picked Mom up early and we went to Portland to knit and lunch with sister C and little niece E, who had a half day of school. She is 8 now, and very excited to show me her new “round (circular) needle she got for her birthday, and the hat she is making. She was fascinated by my row counter, and luckily, I did not need to know what row I was on. I think I know a Christmas present… C and I talked about the craft fair that is this coming Saturday (in Owls Head, if you are around and want more info, let me know!) She will be selling pottery and hats, and these GREAT muffs she invented. I will be selling hats and jewelry and whatever else I finish up this week. NOT socks, can you believe it? Mom will be working the food booth, so it will be a family event, but we won’t really see each other, except that C and I will be in side by side booths, I hope.
Today is catch up on chores and things around town, and laundry at home. Sounds fun, right? I need to go get going on that stuff… I’ll catch up with you all later and show you what I have been knitting.
Saturday we went to Bangor so that A could help L with her laundry and shopping – likely the last time we have to do that, because she really can manage on her own now, with some forethought. A backpack works for carrying the laundry up the stairs, and groceries can be carried into the house a little at a time. She is making amazing progress!
While in town, I ran over to the Maine Harvest Festival – like a GIANT farmers market, held once a year.. I was headed in for my annual supply of cranberries – they were 5 pounds for $10 – great price for locally grown big fat lovely berries.
I also got some toffee and some, well, maybe this will surprise you – yarn. This is yarn from a store I have mentioned before – One Lupine. It is beautiful, grays and purples, wool and bamboo blend with a touch of nylon. Should make lovely socks. :-)
Today we emptied the freezer and cleaned it – and then went to the dump and got rid of all that spoiled food. Then we went to the grocery store and picked up a few things. It will take weeks to restore the freezer and fridge to their former stocked up for winter state. :-(
Then I spent the last hours of daylight to finally finish this monster puzzle that we started when L came to stay – she never really did any of it, but once we got to a certain point, I could not put it away until it was done – 2000 pieces! Many which seemed to fit where they should not, it was a challenge, to say the least.
Here’s a quick knitting update – finished the Tern socks, They are cozy and warm, and I love the soft blues and grays.
I adapted that pattern to make some finger-less mitts a friend requested – they are coming along. I couldn’t work on these when the power was out – the black is too hard to see in the candlelight. But now that we have power, I am back to working steadily on these, too. Simple rectangles that are mirror images of themselves, and when done, just need a side seam sewn up, leaving a gap for the thumb.
I started the next pair of socks – they are pink, from some Cascade Heritage yarn I picked up last week (having realized that I was almost out of sock yarn!) I haven’t decided on a pattern yet, but know how many stitches to cast on, so I am working on the toe, and will choose a pattern before I get too much farther. :-)
Allie and Zumba insisted on going out on the deck today – can you guess where the bird feeder is? They love watching it from the deck but can’t seem to figure out that they could sit on the window seat in the bedroom and be warm while they watch the same birds.
They are cute, but maybe not so bright.
A has tomorrow off, I have Tuesday – not sure what I will do with a whole extra free day this week!
Sorry not to post my list today as usual – life is complicated this week!
Power came back on – beeping and clicking and flashing lights woke us from a deep sleep in the middle of the night Tuesday – you know – a little before 8. :-) Once we were sure it was really staying on I leaped up, turned on the dishwasher and pellet stoves, flushed the toilets, washed my hands, plugged in the DVR to record NCIS, and went back to bed. Since then, we have played catch-up.
It has been warm, so the snow has almost melted, and all the dishes are done, laundry is back under control – amazing how 3 days with no power can create havoc!
Today I went and got the snow tires on the other car, and met Crimson Crow in town for a fun morning of errands and chatting (you knew you would be here, right, CC?) and a good breakfast at the Riverside restaurant.
After I left her, I stopped in the office to drop off my time card, then came home to clean out the fridge. Very exciting. Got to throw is all away, then scrub shelves, etc. Haven’t opened the freezer yet, but all of that will be tossed as well, and that will get cleaned this weekend.
Then I made some cheesy artichoke dip, and shortly, I will leave for game night at A’s office. Of course I will bring that sock I have been working on all week. :-)
I’ll post later this weekend about the other fun things we have planned, but for now, know that we are safe, have lights and water again, and knitting is happening again.
(since I am at work!)
Storm did hit, we got a foot of wet heavy snow, but amazingly, lost no trees.
We did lose power, and have no clue when it will return, so for now, there will be a quietness about this blog. We are fine, we have a woodstove to warm us, we sorely miss lights and especially running water, but we make do. They have all of that at work, so we survive.
I tried knitting in the dark, I won’t be making much progress until the lights come on (but I knit a bit on socks every day, if you are reading this, knitting sarah!) How did people get anything done in the “olden days”? They must have had brighter candles or something.
Gotta head home soon, so I am in before dark. Ugh. Wish we didn’t roll the clocks back this weekend!
I guess the title says it all, right?
I heard the forecast, so I picked the last of the green cherry tomatoes to ripen indoors – amazing to be doing that on November 1.
Still have carrots to harvest, but as long as I get them out of the ground before it freezes, I should be good. Probably will do that this week.
This first snow of the year is beautiful, of course. But I wish it had held off a few more weeks. It will now be a long slog until spring.
Indoor pursuits today, until it stops. I expect I will do some knitting – started the black fingerless mitts yesterday, I think they will be hard to work on in artificial light, we will see. I am using Premier’s Deborah Norville yarn – it was the right price and color, but it feels quite rough to me. I hope it will soften with washing. I am making up a pattern based on Pam Allen’s Tern socks, which I am also knitting, and will work on today. And I should get started on some card making, but not sure I will venture upstairs to the craft room today.
The oaks still have lots of leaves on them, so I fear with this heavy snow and high wind we lose power at some point. I guess my first indoor pursuit will be to make sure the cell phones are charged, and to fill some water pitchers.
Here’s what I am committed to doing on this Halloween Friday:
get the snow tires put on A’s car
knit some on my socks.
Yep, that is it. All that I have to do. Now, I *might* also do some laundry, get the mail, clean the bathroom and some yard work. But I might not, too. Certainly, I will be puttering, and I love puttering. It seems so laid back and comfortable, yet at the end of the day, lots is done. My kind of day.
Oh yeah – work on the puzzle. I might do that, too.