I guess in all the turmoil, I forgot to mention that Susan was back in the mix after initially saying she couldn’t go to Panama. So that was when we found houses we liked which fell through in the end. Then the day after was when she backed out again, as it is too expensive to take Cedar, the dog.
Just in case you were confused….
I just moved the site from blogger to a wordpress blog so am working on getting it into shape.
It’s time for this blog to be a real entity, found by search engines etc.
So this short pose is a test and later today I hope, I will post a real update.
I last blogged in August last year and since then I have been so immersed in the business that it seems there just wasn’t time. And I also didn’t want to put what was actually going on in the biz out there in cyberworld!
But now things have changed.
Friends and family know I have been battling to keep mymixednuts going on a frayed shoestring. The shoestring finally broke, or more accurately, I gave up trying to keep it in one piece. It is a great idea, but the timing (recession) and the product (non-essential) combined, did not create a climate for success.
Annie has put a lot of money into the project; I put a lot of sweat and tears. I learned a huge amount about small business. And there are a couple of things that stand out: Pay yourself first and know your partners, and define responsibilities. Of course I know Ryan but the others… I only met Annie and Joe once. And then when we took on a marketing partner, a friend of Annie’s, things definitely started going downhill. I only met him once as well. Just too many cooks…
But I was desperate for work and so when Ryan suggested that I do this thing, I jumped at the chance. He saved my bacon. And it is really sad to have to walk away from what I consider a creation of mine as I really had very little help. From a single url to the site it is now is a big accomplishment for me. It would, of course, be more of an accomplishment if it was profitable.
So now I am back in the job market, looking for something to keep me going. I interviewed yesterday for a position in Port Townsend at a boat yard that needs someone in the shop and to do other stuff like marketing etc. It would be fun I think, but there was a tall stack of applications on the desk so who knows whether I will get it. This is a depressed area so everyone is looking for work.
But I hold the vision of warm water, swimming and snorkeling every day and sun! Every day! Instead of this cold, snow, rain, ice and gray that we are surrounded with here.
The good news is my health is excellent, I live rent free, my kitties are wonderful. I actually feel a whole lot better since sending my resignation yesterday even though I am flat broke with no job! The stress of trying to keep the biz afloat would have killed me.
So now, anyone out there, I am available for anything legal (or not) to make some money.
Not only did I get a new look while down in SoCal, so did my blog! Pretty cool, huh?
It’s hard to believe we are going into 2010 – although this has been a long, really tough year, sometimes it feels like it has flown by. Other times, I thought it would never end.
But now it is here and I believe that this is going to be a super good year. So I am posting my resolutions and they have to be specific, quantifiable, and measurable.
My New Year Resolutions:
- Love more – get ready for hugs and kisses
- Live more – make the effort to get out of the house, go to events, see more people, join some clubs or something!
- See and connect with my family more – and that means ALL my family and people who I consider family but may not necessarily be blood related
- Exercise more – walk 3 times a week 3.5 miles (regardless of the weather) and yoga (starts 1/14 twice a week)
- Eat better (not more!) consistently (no junk food) I haven’t been taking the time to cook properly recently, just picking at food and that is not good for my health, so I will get back onto my good diet of all natural, no junk, no processed foods. And of course drink lots of Kangen water
- Earn more – or to put it differently – create financial wealth, or as I like to say – Absolute Financial Freedom which means getting rid of debt and creating more income. And that means new business and Kangen
- Make more friends which goes along with getting the hell out of the house more
- Sell the house – actively market it in the spring, it’s already on craigslist
- Move where it’s warm – not sure where yet, I need more research
- Simplify my life – properties and debt gone, no junk in the house, cupboards and closets cleaned out – basically ready to move
So there – they are out where everyone can see them and call me on them any time!
Tonight I am going to Gig Harbor for a New Year dinner with Scott and his girlfriend Linda and will stay the night down there as it is a hike from here – an hour and 15 minutes – and after midnight on New Year – no way am I driving it home. So Scott graciously included in the invitation, an overnight! Also, my contribution to the evening spelled out – nuts and Warres Otima 10 year old tawny port and Napa Cellars chardonnay. I went looking for those the other day and they had to be ordered! So will go up to Port Townsend to the Wine Seller and pick them up around noon. Lot of driving today.
The site is becoming more stable and I have been working out glitches. It seems like when one thing is fixed or a new feature is brought online, it affects something else, a cascade effect! But those are becoming fewer and farther apart now and that is encouraging. The latest one was getting the gift certificate sorted out, which I think is taken care of now. But I have had to figure work arounds etc and it is giving my brain a real workout!
The full moon woke me this morning and it has just dipped behind the trees on the bluff. I wondered why it was soooo bright when I got up. Beautiful, and it wasn’t quite so cold, either. No frost this morning and the barometer is actually up – although They said it would rain today.
So Happy and Prosperous New Year to everyone.
We are technically live – but there are glitches and now I wish the guys were not in India! I suppose I should have been prepared for some things to not work, but everyone is so anxious to get it up and running so have felt very pressured and now this. Oh well, can’t do much about it until they get to work in a couple of hours.
Susan came down this morning to help me getting the first order out. I had hoped to get it done yesterday but finally managed to prepare the mixes last night. Then we got going this morning filling the bags and making the gift baskets. I sure enjoyed having the moral support and it was quite fun. We brought everything into the house because the garage was so cold, but by the end of it we were pretty warm! The house looked like a bomb hit it, with squiggly stuffing stuff all over the place, and discarded paper and a few nuts here and there. But we got it done. Then I tried to get them to the Fedex place by five but just as I got to the bridge, it closed! So the packages will go out tomorrow.
Weather has changed; it’s not quite so bitterly cold (above freezing now) and it is raining. They threatened snow and some places got some but not us, thank goodness! It’s enough being cold – I don’t need to schlep around in snow too. But I suppose it will happen eventually.
But it’s only a week until the days start getting longer and just a few weeks before I can start vege seeds, so there is hope!
Although today is cloudy, it’s not raining and it quite mild so went for a long walk on the beach, on our sand island that is accessible at very low tides.
The dredging is being done so took a quick pix of that with my cell and then further along, the trees are still wonderful colors so here you go.
It was a fun weekend. Nothing extraordinary, just good.
On Saturday, I decided to go to the Farmers Market. It’s been ages since I went, so called Susan and we met there. The produce looked wonderful, lots of squash and late summer veges. The market has been extended to mid-December, but it really isn’t a lot of fun to go when it is cold, windy and raining! And it must be hell for the vendors, too. But Saturday was a pretty day, not too cold and no wind. Then we went to the little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop and sat and watched people. I don’t know why, but people in Port Townsend try to outdo themselves, looking and dressing weird! Some are just bizarre and I wonder what on earth they are thinking! Very individual!!!
Yesterday, the weather had turned nasty again (I saw the barometer dropping on my newly-installed weather system!) but Susan and I had planned a jaunt into Silverdale to the huge new thrift shop. The drive there was beautiful, trees of every autumn hue along the highway and in the town, giving it some personality. Silverdale is such a blah place, so the trees really perked it up. It is built around a mall – in fact Susan says it’s just one big strip mall! You can find just about everything you need, but it really isn’t a destination other than to get necessities. After finding some treasures at the store, we had a really nice lunch at Red Robin – enormous hamburgers – and mine is still with me this morning.
It is absolutely pouring today so no walks. But I did start yoga-pilates. I have a dvd so started this morning. Pilates is deceptively gentle and I know will be stiff tomorrow! But not getting out to walk is not good, so figured I better figure out something else to do.
The site is coming along well, the logo is almost there and the business side of things is supposed to be set up by the end of the week, so then I can order supplies like bags, labels etc.
Today I will finish up the garage and have it ready to paint. Something I have been putting off but need to do soon so the paint can off gas before I have to be in there a lot.
It may not be the prettiest weather station installation, but it’s done and it works! I do have to get a compass and adjust the anemometer vein correctly. I guessed and lined it up with the TV satellite dish! I think I will most likely get a taller mast but I used what was around here so…
So now I can look at the panel in the house and get even more depressed! It’s wireless so the main control is in the house and I think I can hook it up to the internet and have my own official weather station. But not sure if it works with a mac so have to check that out and if it does, you will be able to commiserate during the winter and envy me in the summer!
This is a steeep learning curve! I thought I was pretty up on what is going on in the online world, but boy – this is eye opening.
I have never seen so many acronyms, I have to keep googling them to find out what they mean, and then google more or go to a wiki to get a description of what it REALLY does/is!
But hey, it’s a job and I am making headway. Today I posted the ad on elance.com and pretty much before I was done there were people contacting me about it. But I think I found the group and they are in India. I did a lot of research before posting, and sent the job description to them, now I just hope they respond. I don’t really like to outsource, but when I look at the big picture and the budget I have to work with, and what we want the site to do, this is the only way. People in the US charge upwards of $50 and hour and India is around $15. I’m no rocket scientist, but this makes sense to me. I just hope I will be able to understand them when I talk to them! The accents can be quite strong even though I should be used to them, coming from KZN!
Finding the actual product is actually quite a challenge as the bulk will be rather large so shipping/freight is adding to the bottom line. Look at this, biz speak! haha. Wait, maybe that’s taking away from the bottom line? Oh well, I am not an accountant (or a rocket scientist so what am I) but I have Quicken to sort that sort of stuff out.
It just started to rain, and it has been cold all day (a slipper day, but still the summer slippers) and I have had the heat on. And it blew like stink all day too. Even the kitties weren’t impressed. Susan came down with a table for me, seeing as I sold mine in the garage sale as I was expecting to be gone! And we moved the rest of the furniture I was selling from the garage back into the house. So I live here again. I realize too, that I got rid of all my winter clothes (but they were all too big for me anyway) so I have to get a new coat and boots and the whole nine yards – Goodwill here I come – or at least the consignment stores as it is going to take me a while to get back on my feet.
Ryan sent me a Mac to use after my laptop crashed and burned, and I now have Skype and have been so happy to have long conversations with the family in South Africa and Betsy down in Uruguay! What a blessing it is – now at least I can talk to people from this edge-of-the-world place. It is so beautiful here but so lonely; I am really grateful for the job or I think I would go over the edge! And the water here is c-o-l-d and I don’t want to do that.
Tomorrow morning I know my email will be full of responses to the ad – from India so I am really going to be busy. And I have to go to the accountant to get my taxes done and then a Kangen water meeting in the evening. And I must pack up what is left from the garage sale to donate to Rotary for their Big Garage Sale this weekend.
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