Thanks again for all of you who've been so supportive. Thought I'd let those of you who might be interested what I've been doing lately - or not doing, as the case may be....
I've been hunkered down for awhile, working on life chaos. Overwhelmed. Pretty isolated too. Got to feeling sorry for myself. Blah blah blah.... I'm not sure if life is calming down or if I'm just adapting - but I feel like I can start interacting with some of my little corners of the world - mostly on line, sadly. I'll be around here and facebook more - it's like starting to go back to my favorite RL places. Only from the couch....
Homeschooling Nik continues to be a bright spot in my life. He drags me (mostly figuratively) into all sorts of wonderful worlds I'd never discover on my own. Who knew peacock eels eat worms, we have hematite rose formations down the street or the gothic faces on the 1930s cabinet he wanted ( to store his extensive shell collection) were art nouveau green men and wiccan symbols. He's refinishing it. 14 yo boy who wants lepadoptery art and gothic furniture in his bedroom.... Otherwise normal child who reads medical books for fun.
He does whine, however, that we aren't going to the thrift shops. I have limited stamina, limited space in the house & am a vintage-o-holic.. He said, "well, you'd just be buying things for me". Yeah. Right. I told him it was like taking an alcoholic into a bar and expecting her not to drink. So he guilts me into buying him more books. Such a shame.... House is gonna collapse from those.
I've been doing a lot of on-line drawing and computer art to keep my creativity running. Hubby got me a drawing tablet for Christmas. Gotten fond of word game books. Plus - heaven help me - been subjected to every episode of NCIS at least 5 times. I'm stuck in the living room with the 48" TV and a TV zombie husband. Good thing I like Mark Harmon!!
I've closed 2 of my bonanzle stores. I decided I was too spread out. Need to simplify! I want to concentrate on vintage for now. Eventually some re-purposed & steam punk jewelry, but first gotta get this vintage stuff moved... or my house will crumble under the weight of that too!
The other change I'm going to make is to open an etsy store. Etsy sales just seem to be going much better than bonanzle.
Unfortunately, I don't think I can do selling right now; things are getting really tough with my Mom. I'd hired a wonderful lady to help me organize, but she is out from extensive back surgery. I'm pretty disabled, so I can't do much by myself. Every so often I pretend I'm a "normal" person - and I pay for it in a day or 2 on ice packs and heat.
Since my last update I have glitched a couple nerves in my upper neck which affects my ability to talk for any length of time. Don't have to worry about that on-line. And my big foam neck collar is a wonderful place to wear & display my vintage jewelry!
So, as usual, I'm a mess, but I'll bounce back - also as usual. It means adapting to how things are and changing expectation. I've been there. Done that. Have at least 8 t-shirts. Got the mad skills.
Thanks again to you all. It's like coming home. Leslye