I feel I need some sort of a delayed segue starting from before I took my hiatus until now... a little explanation as to why I disappeared for a few months - before I start in on regular blog topics. So, while I'm brewing some tea, let me ramble a bit...
The main reason for my hiatus was my poor state of mind coming out of winter - caused by several factors. Winter was hard for Mike and me - financially, since his business is slow during the cold months and his unethical ex-mechanic ruined the relationship he had with his main winter vendor. It really sucked because that relationship and the work that came from it was our winter bread and butter. I was looking out the window at all the grey skies and bare trees reaching towards the heavens and wondering if we were going to make it here.
I've always been frugal, but I've had to put it into overdrive here in Dogpatch. I have worn out holes in all my work jeans and I can tell you that the iron-on patches they make these days don't last like they did when I was a kid and much harder on them! After a few washes, they start peeling off. Why is everything so poorly made nowadays? (That is a rhetorical question since I already know the answer to it.) We are using and re-using as much as we can. Normally I would have bought new jeans by now, but with money so tight, I'm fixing and repairing and making do. I've always done that up to a point, but this past winter I had to get serious with it.
In addition to the gray skies of winter and financial worry, I was helping Mike's company with all the year-end paperwork. Tax stuff. It was very time consuming and I really just didn't have the opportunity to play much on the computer. I had to key-in every receipt from 2011 for starters. Talk about tedious. But it was necessary.
And, I was also spending a lot of time revamping my diet to make it totally grain-free. And mostly sugar free and dairy free and a few other frees as well. At first it seemed exhausting doing all the research following the results I'd gotten from my doctor, but as I was able to collect the new ingredients I'd be using - and putting theory into action - it turned into fun testing out new recipes and doing a major overhaul of my eating habits. It was a challenge, but food challenges have always been fun for me when the goal is to be as healthy as possible. More on all that soon.
Now it's spring and everything is green and beautiful and we made it through the winter. And there is
more business at the shop every day. But it's still bit scary because a small town like this is a hard place to make a living. We're not sure why, though I'm beginning to think we moved into the Twilight Zone because it is just so odd and different here. Mike works his butt off and gets new customers all the time, but it's still a struggle. Some of the people here are just... not to be understood (that's a kind way of putting it). But we keep trudging forward and keeping our chins and attitudes up. We are both very positive and that most certainly helps.
I've thought about getting a temporary job, but would have to drive quite far to find anything. Mike says it's not even necessary to think about at this point, but it's something I would do in a heartbeat if I thought it was necessary.
So there you have it. Life is a struggle. For everyone. I don't dwell on my struggles, but just wanted to do a word dump and now move on to other things. Like my crazy chickens and goofy Dusty, the gardens and cooking and who knows... maybe even some politics! Ha!
Whatever, it's good to be back.