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I need 48 hour days. Or shorter work hours. Or fewer commitments. Or a housekeeper.

My house is a horrid mess of everything out with mere game trails through it (I'd take a picture but it might scare you - it scares me!).  This is what happens when you break your hand and it takes over a year to get some use of it back, then tear a rotator cuff that's still in the works of healing, and have your kids move out and your mother die and they all used your teensy house as storage.

It's getting done, slowly, slowly, slowly, and in the meantime, I have Water Paws coming up in a week, the Monthly Science Tea, and now weekly steampunk classes, and of course, OctopodiCon 2!

And in between I have Wildcrafting and Square Inch Gardening classes for the hungry. Right now is a great time to be wildcrafting - fiddleheads, wild vioets, dandelions, redbuds, oxalis, cattails, fresh mints, and more are ready to harvest.

And mowing!  Always the mowing!

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:56:11 PM PDT

  •  I'm still here, even though it's been a very (6+ / 0-)

    discouraging day. I have not met or even come close to my income goal that I wrote about here and in the PWB diary. I guess I must be wearing out my welcome here or something, because other than Noddy's comment this morning and few rec's I didn't even get any expressions of support or good wishes.

    So I guess tomorrow I will empty out my savings account to pay the bills. I'll probably take some from the money I had set aside to do the brakes of my car - hoping of course the brakes hold up until I can replenish that. And who knows when that will be.

    The only thing that's on the horizon right now is that I'm been a emailing with an established client about taking on a new project. I offered to combine it with a project we've already discussed, at a reduced fee (but because it's a big project it would mean a generous amount of money for me). I'm hoping my offer will spur him to move on it quickly. But the last three prospective clients I pitched deals to have just fizzled out, which is one reason why I'm in this hole.

    One thing that didn't help my mindset was that yesterday I tuned in on a "webinar" one of my FB contacts had sponsored. It was supposed to tell us how to get our handcrafts businesses into the realm of 6-figure sales. At least it talked about handcrafts which most business seminars don't. But the presenter had a sort of "boot-camp" style and it left me feeling even more discouraged. It really knocked a hole in my confidence in myself and my business. That's the last thing I need from someone who calls themselves a business coach!

    So that's about it. Anybody wanna buy something? Check my sig line. I have some good deals...

    End of Winter SALE at my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet - 25%off winter scarves, afghans, holiday items!

    by jan4insight on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 12:19:15 AM PDT

  •  we had a busy day, went out to check a couple of (9+ / 0-)

    items at the second-hands... for some reason, we got to thinking of good-old Revereware and chintzy-new Revereware, so we did some reading up and got out the copper polish and...

    well, a couple of years ago one of our best stores had a Revereware box special on, and it looked really great, so we got one. And after using the new stuff about 3 times, we realized that the new stuff was THIN and LIGHT! and pretty useless. So we went back to using my "heirloom" ones. But a couple of those have gotten round-bottomed, mostly from  years ago when I was figuring out how to cook rice...

    So, we went on-line yesterday or so and found the RevereWareHistory page, which is VERY long, but does tell you how to tell the good stuff from the tinfoil stuff. by when the stamps on the bottoms changed, and how, and also the way they did the handles... basically, you want American place names AND a circle around the Paul-Revere profile AND the American place name needs to be below Paul AND the handles need to be the riveted/screwed-together ones! mostly.

    So we set out this morning to check on second-hand stores and pots-n-pans. And we had some notable success, and found a bunch of other good-stuff too! well, good except we're supposed to be getting rid of stuff, pre-moving, not adding! but we're really sort of replacing, so it evens out.

    We also went through a flurry of collecting clean copies of our "heirloom" Corningware, and non-shattering lids! (good glass lids are clear on the edges, the problem ones show blue)

    hope youse' all's weather is as mild as ours. quite damp and still cool, the grass is loving it, but mowing wet grass is not so great, so ... I think we're supposed to have a "dry" day on Sat...

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:02:32 AM PDT

  •  I'm baaack from KY (10+ / 0-)

    My visit was eye-opening, and not in a good way, plus I lost a credit card (no charges that I did not make, yay).

    My 93 y/o mother told me that the basement was flooded. Yes, it was, with sewage. She can't see or smell plus has only two functioning lights in the basement. $600 later the good news is that the clay line running from the house to the street seems okay but had been clogged with tree roots.

    Got my first good sleep last night...

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:11:08 AM PDT

  •  Good morning (9+ / 0-)

    And now begins the diaryfest: Thursday Classical Music, US since 1865 for Friday, the Okiciyap Quilt Auction, a review for Climate Change SOS. a memorial and remembrance for Remembering LGBT History, a special US since 1865 commissioned  by JayRaye, all topped off by a Top Comments diary Wednesday. And grading and course prep. This is why we have vacations so we can make ourselves busier than usual during them.

    I might not get all of these done, but it's not the worst goal to work for.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 05:35:24 AM PDT

    •  I love posting for my poetry group, but you seem (0+ / 0-)

      spread kinda thin.

      Just think of all the mojo you get!

      Hard work at Daily Kos,
      I've found,
      gets a person at least a little 'street cred?'
      or mojo,
      or both.

      Any response I get,
      makes me feel good,
      or awake, at least, even if it's negative,
      like yet another commentor telling me
      that my free verse hurts his eyes,
      and is a "crappy" way to present my ideas.

      Better than feeling lonely,
      and us widowers truly do not want to feel lonely.

      Hope all your diaries hit the rec list.

  •  Good morning everyone! (7+ / 0-)

    Sunny, sunny day. 65 and probably windy, but did I mention sunny?

    Doing stuff today.

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:13:33 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! Still cold and overcast, but (8+ / 0-)

    not as cold as it has been.
    Getting lots of work done but not enough sleep!

    "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

    by bumbi on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:39:46 AM PDT

  •  Two Okiciyap quilt auction diaries go up today, (7+ / 0-)

    10 am and 8 pm eastern.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:48:55 AM PDT

  •  Hope everybody got a decent night's sleep... (6+ / 0-)

    I did for a change--I think I went comatose for about 6 hours.

    Our 3 elderly woozles are still breathing this morning, so I'll take that as a good omen.

    Love & good cheer to all!

  •  Hello all. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, old wobbly, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    woke up seizing, and I've had two asthma attacks since 8am. Lots of fun this morning. We just got eggs in for dying. Now I have to get Caedy to separate out the eggs we're boiling so they can warm up and get boiled later today. I don't want to risk doing it the way my body is behaving right now, between seizing and trembling from albuterol I'm afraid I'd drop more than I kept lol. The weather is what's doing it. It was 32 when I got up and first walked the dogs this morning. Now it's 62 and supposed to get up to the high 60's, low 70's. Supposed to be up to 80 again by Sunday. My lungs don't like when the temp bounces.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:45:16 AM PDT

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