Well, now that I’ve gotten that whiny post off my chest I’ll try to follow it with something more upbeat because while I cannot ascribe to the popular declaration”It’s all good!” neither is it all bad. While I struggle with what sometimes seem to be debilitating losses and bouts of depression, the kids are moving forward. They are doing well in school and are active in a number of extracurricular activities like drama and choir. Both of my older girls hope to try out for their respective basketball teams (providing I can come up with funds for sports physicals, uniform fees, etc.,) and they are making friends. Unlike me they are looking forward to the change of seasons and hope for sufficient snowfall to indulge in winter recreation. And there is one member of our little extended family who loves the change of venue – our cat, Topaz! She spends 90% of her day and night outdoors and is doing her best to bring the local rodent population under control. She’s one happy cat!
I find some measure of accomplishment in our little farm endeavor. It is one area where I have some control and make a difference. Our angora rabbit is healthy and growing a beautiful crop of fur – I almost hate to pluck him as I worry he will be too cold without it! The hens are laying and I never have to put eggs on my grocery list. The goats are thriving as well and are such engaging animals that I just enjoy seeing them and spending time with them. They are a long term investment – we won’t have any kids until late next summer so in terms of income they certainly fall into the deferred category. Nonetheless they provide me with a purpose and some friendly companionship so I don’t mind the wait.
My Etsy shop is filling up with all sorts of handknit goodies just waiting for the Christmas shoppers to appear! http://www.etsy.com/shop/boxcarkids Please feel free to share it with your friends. I will be adding more on a weekly basis. I’m thinking about adding a line of knit clothing for 18-inch (American Girl) dolls as well. They will be quick to knit and since they don’t take much yarn I’ll be able to pick up odd skeins of yarn on clearance and keep the costs down (the cost of good wool yarn makes it hard to profit from things like cat beds).
I’m going back through my novel, making a few revisions, and hope to move forward on e-publishing it by the end of the year. These little creative endeavors help a bit.
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