Monday, January 31, 2011

Craftcult Widgets

Did you know you can get Etsy widgets at craftcult? Well you can. You can get shop widgets just like the ones I have on my sidebar, or you can get Treasury widgets like the one I have here. They are really easy to get and pretty easy to install on your blog. Here are some instructions on installation. Have fun and spread the Treasury Love.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fresh New Face

Just a little note to tell you that my Blog has a Fresh new Face. I'll be posting silly little tidbits on a random basis, and posting Seller interviews and Tips on Thursdays. More fun this way! I lead a very interesting eventful and often funny life,so I thought I'd add those events too.

I also have added a mailing list for my newsletter. See it over there to your right? Sign up to receive offers at my shops and some extra tips just for my newsletter friends.

I will be having a giveaway next month so stop back in February to see what's up for grabs.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Medical Update

First I want to thank all of you who have sent positive thoughts and prayers our way. For those of you who don't know, my son was born with a serious heart defect. He has had 2 open heart surgeries for repair and after nearly 20 years, one of his replacement valves is leaking. He was told that he needed surgery immediately so we rushed him to the Cleveland Clinic.

Here is the latest news. My son is back home in North Dakota. His Doctor at the Cleveland Clinic put him on medication that has alleviated a lot of the pressure and him feel much better. His heart is leaking at 35% and he will not be critical until it reaches 50%. What that means exactly, neither of us is sure. He will need surgery soon, but not immediately. It also sounds like they can repair the leak through an artery instead of opening his chest and heart again. Much better for him. It also seems that he will need several operations over the next few years.

Right now he is working with lawyers and the government, trying to get disability insurance to pay for the surgery. He is disabled, but our government likes to fight even obvious cases. He has to hire a lawyer and loose some of the money he is entitled to, to fight to get what is his. He has worked for years, even though he could have collected, and finally applied for help when he was just too week to work full time. He was turned down by the Social Security Doctors who only took an x ray to determine his condition. It really irks me that when someone really needs the help, our government uses road blocks to stop them. He is not up for review until August. We're hoping the lawyer can push it up for this emergency case.

I just wanted to post an update and once again thank you all for you positive energy and prayers. My son is so much better now than he was when he came here, and things are looking up.

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Day in the Life

I got up at 5 am to get my son to the airport yesterday. It's on the other side of Cleveland so it's a long trip in rush hour traffic. Poppy's mother in law drove, because our car is DOA for the winter. Interesting trip. While driving home I mention that I need to get my Drivers License transferred from New York to Ohio soon, so she offers to take me and Poppy (because hers expired) at 1:30 in the afternoon.

At 11 am a knock at the door was the in law who would like to take us right then. So Poppy and I scramble to get all our identification together and make up on for our photos.

I knew that Ohio accepts out of state licenses and that I would need proof of identity and residence, 5 points. In New York you needed something like 12 points so finding 5 was no problem. The trickiest part was getting myself decent looking in 5 minutes.

At the license bureau desk, I request my Ohio license and then the clerk mouthed things that were spinning through my head like one of those bad dreams about high school, where you don't know where your classes are and there are 13 floors in the school. She handed me a book of Ohio traffic laws and said that the testing center will be open in 15 minutes and that I had to take the written examination first. OMG! High School nightmares!

Poppy was prepared,not that she studied, but she was knew it was coming. I was already worried about passing the eye exam, my glasses were broken and I only had an older pair. Now I had to take the friggin written test too. So I spent the next 15 minutes speed reading the Ohio Drivers Manual. Some things had changed since I took the test ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO!

Wait! The story gets better. I squinted and passed the vision test, although I am fairly short and pressing my head against the machine to keep the light on was not easy. If I didn't stand on my toes the light went out and I couldn't see the letters. But I passed.

Now the written exam. I was nervous to say the least. Miss 11 out of 40 and fail. The first few were a breeze. Then came one of those trick questions where every answer was the same and none of them seemed right. Incorrect! crud. A few more correct and another incorrect. Argh! I was sure I wasn't going to pass.

Poppy finished and was out of there. She moved to the next step, while I still struggled. Finally a passing score. Whew! What a relief. Taking my paperwork I return to the first counter. When I get to the clerk I'm told it might take a while, BECAUSE ALL OF THE COMPUTERS ARE DOWN STATEWIDE!!! And they had no idea when they might be back up.

Poppy didn't know this as they didn't announce it to the twenty other people sitting, waiting. As our driver was sitting in the car waiting for us, I thought it would be best to leave and come back another day. They swore to me that I wouldn't have to take the test again and that it was already in the computer, you know, THE ONE THAT WAS SHUT DOWN STATEWIDE!!!

So that was how I spent the first half of my day. And this is how I spend most of my days.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Simpler Life

A New Year and a Fresh New Face to the Blog! Blogger has some great new templates. You like?

Took a few months off to do a little house cleaning and soul searching. That and mountains of work over the Holidays and the distraction of my visiting son.

I'd like to thank all of you who have sent out thoughts and prayers for my son. It seems new medication is making him feel better than he has in years (maybe that's because of your prayers). He is returning to North Dakota. Hopefully surgery will hold off for a while.

I recently read a post on unemployment, written by a woman who found happiness and peace and a total life change because of it. So instead of my planned post, I'll tell you about my Simpler Life.

As a Design Director and a Product Development Manager at fairly large lighting companies, I had a pretty hectic life. Sixty to Eighty hours a week with travel around the globe searching for new ideas and overseeing production. Sounds Romantic. Great pay, but those jobs left me little time to enjoy what I had.

Along came the recession and hormone changes and I just couldn't take the weight on my shoulders to do the impossible. I walked away from everything, at first opting to work freelance in China, and eventually opening my Etsy stores.

I don't have my big beautiful house, or for that matter most of my possessions. I bake my own bread and make my own bulk laundry soap. On rare occasion, when things get really tough,we go to the local food pantry. We have a lovely vegetable garden in the yard of relatives where we rent our tiny cottage.

We live in a very rural area, right on a small lake. Life is very simple. I share a bedroom with my 7 year old grandson. My only alone time is in the shower. But I honestly haven't been this happy and relaxed in years. I have time to spend with my family. I can take a walk whenever I feel like it and I can sit and watch the birds out of the window if I like.

When business is good I work like mad. I can put in a 14 hour day with no problem. When business is bad, I can just relax and enjoy life. I have no credit, so no major bills to worry about. I don't have much more than a roof over my head and the moon and the trees, and I love it that way. You wouldn't believe how wonderful simplifying really is.

I recommend you take a look around you and really evaluate what is important. Things are well, just things. Time is fleeting. Smell the flowers.
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