Etsy Shop Update

Things are much the same as they have been with my Etsy shop.  Thanks to a new part-time job (hooray!), and a very stressful and unproductive February (boo!), I will probably have to delay opening my shop until the end of March.

Maybe by then we will be able to see over the snowbanks.

The Log Book: February 2015

THE LOG BOOK: February 2015

I would like to begin this entry with a quote:

“February is the armpit of the year.”  ~Garfield the cat

(With apologies to anyone who has a birthday in February)

Latest projects:
Trying to keep the house from falling apart in a dingy, soggy mess (thank you, ice dams and illness)

What’s cooking?
Soup!  It’s hot and comforting, and this winter we need all we can get of both.
This month’s favorites:
Vegetarian copy-cat version of Olive Garden’s chicken and gnocci soup (modified from a recipe found online), and lemon cookies.  My husband’s family has the easiest recipe for lemon cookies, and I find them addictive.

Reading:
Lark Rise to Candleford
Little Women

Watching and listening:
All Creatures Great and Small, Series 1&3
Emma

I’m looking forward to:
The end of February!  I tell you, whoever decided that February should be the shortest month of the year was a very smart person.

Other happenings:
Between us, Shaun and I were sick for three-quarters of the month.  Can winter be over now?  Please?

I started my new job at the library!  This would have been more awesome if I hadn’t been sick with a prolonged cold and cough on top of it, and had to call in sick to my FIRST DAY OF WORK.  But, in spite of my less-than-stellar physical condition, I have been enjoying it.

We’ve had bad ice dams.  On our side of the house, it was like the windows were raining, in our bedroom, the dining room, and the kitchen.  On the rental side, the water was dripping from a support beam in the dining room and the ceiling in the living room.  It took the contractor two visits and a bucket truck to get all the ice off the roof and the sides of the house.

So in sum total, February has been illness, a new job, and ice dam stress all on top of each other; mitigated by God’s provision (Shaun was home to help me deal with it all, and money from the rental paid to clear ice from the roof), and some really good cookies and soup.

Can winter be over now?  Please?

The Log Book: January 2015

JANUARY 2015

Still getting used to writing “2015” on my checks….

Latest projects:  This year, I made what is possibly my first ever New Year’s resolution–GET ORGANIZED.  To that end, I’ve been organizing the room that serves as my studio, (which had become a disaster), as well as getting my Etsy business in order and cleaning my house.

I’m also working on two new sets of crowns.  Coming soon!

What’s cooking?
Not much, actually.  I’m taking a break from lots of cooking this month…..
This month’s favorites:
Anything easy. 😀

Reading:
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskel
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson

Watching and listening:
All Things Great and Small Series 1
Love Comes Softly and Love’s Enduring Promise
A&E Pride and Prejudice
Hogan’s Heroes Season 1
Cranford
Little Women
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Classical radio station
Louis Armstrong
Appalachian Journey — Yo-Yo Ma

I’m looking forward to:
Re-opening my Etsy shop.
Starting my new job (see below)…..

Other happenings:
Shaun was away for most of the month, so I seized the opportunity to organize my studio and the house (in other words, turn everything completely topsy-turvy).  I also took the opportunity to watch my idea of “chick-flicks” (literary adaptations/historical drama). 😀

I’ve been hired by the local library as their new cataloger!  I’m very excited.  I’ve been volunteering or working in libraries since I was fourteen, and just can’t stay away.  🙂

We have a renter for the other half of our duplex!  Thank goodness–the rent money will hopefully go right back in to fixing up the house.  We’re thinking of some new windows, more insulation, fixing the ice dam problem….

We received the first letter from our sponsored child, Prilly, who lives in Indonesia.  It was a form letter, but I still loved it.  Probably the best part was her drawing, which shows flowers and trees and tons of butterflies.  Oh girly, you’re making me long for spring!