These are crazy times!
Just when I think I am almost “there,” I realize I am not even close! Well, that’s not exactly true, but it seems the more I get done the more there is to do.
The pix is of the garage with the majority of the stuff delivered – packing materials, ribbons, nuts, fruit!
But I am not complaining! Overall this is fun, but it can be frustrating and tiring and tough without a second pair of hands or another brain to tap into.
But the site is coming along – we are SO close; minor programming glitches, tweaks to the design. The backend, or CMS (content management system) is enormous and pre-populated with emails that all need reworking as I think/know that they could not possibly have been written by someone who speaks English as a first language, if you know what I mean. Same thing on the site – every word has to be checked. But really, these guys are amazing – what they have done just blows me away! Yes, it’s taken longer than anticipated but it is being done right, and not just being thrown together. So next week, I know we will be live and then I better have the garage/workroom sorted out, because I know I am going to be slammed with orders.
Yesterday I suffered my first major glitch – I ordered 5-gallon buckets to store stuff in but the lids are wrong – they have to be pried off and fortunately, I only put one on to try out. But prying it off, I seriously damaged my finger when the screwdriver I was using slipped and slammed my nail so hard I almost passed out! Got ice on it right away, sat on the floor in the kitchen and finally managed to get to the chair and lie down until I could stand without being lightheaded. Nasty! Two aleve didn’t do much either to relieve the pain. But this morning, it just aches, is a lovely black and I know I will lose the nail eventually So will order different lids tomorrow – ones that come off easily!
The little tabletop photo setup will work well – I tried it out yesterday, before I slammed myself! But first I have to make some of the mixes to photograph! And then create the gift baskets and take pix of those as well. And there is still some content to be created but can’t find where I change it in the cms so will have to wait for my Indian fellows to come back to work tonight (they are 13.5 hours ahead of me) to tell me where to find it!
On another round of antibiotics – the first days, I had a bit of reaction – itchy, blotchy face but then it went away and I haven’t had any other side effects. Today is the last day of this round. I have to call Dr. Jadin in South Africa this month and check in. It’s been six months now – it feels like yesterday when I found out what ails me. I am fortunate that most of the time I am just fine and have very few of “those” days and when I do, I just kick back and veg at home. But I expect I will be doing the regimen for the next year, at least. And I will go to South Africa for the next round of test and MRI’s – medical tourism as I sure as hell can’t afford it here. The MRI alone here is more than the cost of the plane fare, time over there and all the tests and doctor visits there. So when I find out from the doc when I need to be tested again, I will be figuring out a way to get home.
So today is supposedly the first deadline for the site but we are just a bit behind, which is ok, as the other stuff, like business entity, bank account etc is still in limbo, waiting for filing papers etc. I just hope we don’t miss the Christmas season!
This really is quite a learning experience, and quite daunting at times. Every time I turn around it seems there is something else that needs to be done, or bought or applied for. But once I have been through the whole process, from inception to shipping the first bag, I think I will be able to handle any internet startup business like this. It really is amazing what is required!
You think OK, I need a bank account, and a merchant account. Then you think, well it needs to be secure so register for verisign ($$$) and oh, what about a gateway? More $$$. Then what about liability insurance, Ryan asked? Hmm, hadn’t thought of that one! And on the strictly practical side of things, like the packing, what do I need? Not having actually packed a bag of nuts, I have to imagine what it takes from start to finish, so from the time the bulk goods arrive (inventory) to the time they are shipped, (inventory again) what does it take? I think I have been through the process a million times in my head and have a good idea, but until I actually do it, which I can’t until the funds are set up so I can buy the scales, boxes, bags etc, the ideas are going to have to remain in my head.
On the other side, the garage is almost ready, a little more painting and weatherstripping around the garage door, and it will be ready. That has been a huge project, and I am really grateful Susan came down to help last weekend to get the main stuff done. Otherwise I would still have a huge amount to do.
We have had some lovely weather but that ended last night with a howling gale and torrential downpours. The kitties are not impressed, sitting in the sunroom door, watching the rain. MY weather station is working well, but I think I will eventually have to mount the anemometer on the dock piling as I don’t think it is getting the full force of the wind where it is. It will take some doing, and I have to think about how to mount it as the piling is a bit punky at the top. It might have to wait until spring, but we’ll see. Maybe I don’t want to know how hard the wind is actually blowing!
On day six of the latest round of antibiotics and it has not been a good week. They make me nauseous and I haven’t been sleeping that well. And I really notice how not enough sleep affects my entire outlook! So I will be glad when this round is over and I get back to normal.
Oh, and here’s the link to the little fun thing I am doing, The Goodwill Apparel Challenge
We lost power for almost eight hours yesterday – not a good omen for the upcoming winter! Fortunately it was during the day but as it dragged on, I found the camp lantern and the heavy-duty candles. I also realized I better get some wood, as the past few winters, we have had all the off cuts from Chris building the boat. But now I have none! Not that I use the wood stove much but it sure comes in handy in this situation. Luckily, the outage ended before dark, but the temperature had really dropped fast and I was thinking I would go cuddle up in bed with a book and a lantern! And two live feet warmers – Hinckley and Buddy!
This morning it is windy windy windy again with clear skies and a full moon just going over the top of the trees. It was so light this morning when I woke up, I thought I had overslept!
Day 5 of this the 5th round of antibiotics and it’s an easy one. No side effects at all. I changed the water flow rate in the Kangen water machine so I think I am getting more anti-oxidants and for the past two days have been feeling so much better. I can actually work, operate all day without getting tired! I am going to get Jim to measure the ORP (oxidation reduction potential) of both waters so I can see if what I did actually does produce more. Reminder to self: take water samples to demonstration on Tuesday