Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Weekend of Firsts

This weekend was a weekend of firsts! Scott and I did our first craft show. And I'm pleased to say, it went much better than I anticipated. We paid $5 to rent our table and after deducting our expenses (table fee, lunch, and amount of money we took to make change with), we came home with $148 in our pocket! Now, I know that doesn't sound like a windfall, but considering it was a very small craft fair and the weather was nasty out, I think that was pretty darn good!! Here's a pic of our table. Being a novice at this, I didn't even think about taking a cloth to put on the table and my displays weren't the best, but it got the job done.

It's funny because a lot of the stuff I was sure would fly out the door, didn't hardly sell at all and the stuff I was iffy about went like hotcakes! We did end up bringing more home than I wanted to, but that's fine because I can use some of the stuff as Christmas gifts and I plan on taking some of it to my former coworkers because they've asked me to bring some stuff to them. We also donated some items to the lady who set up at a table across from us. She sells stuff to raise money for the Cancer Society's Relay for Life and she was thrilled that we gave her some of our "treasures" (her words, not mine!).

Another first was the weather! On Saturday morning this is what we woke up to:

Can you see it??? Yep, it's SNOW!!! On October 1st!! Somebody must've made Mother Nature mad!! As far back as I can remember, we've never had snow this early in the year. I sure hope this is not indicative of the winter we are going to have this year. Oh well, not much we can do about it, I suppose, except to grin and bear it. Ugh!! Thank goodness it didn't hang around very long and didn't stick to anything for longer than a few minutes. But it stayed cold most of the day with the high temps barely reaching the mid 40's. Bbbbrrrr!!!

Scott has been suffering with horrible migraines for the past couple of months. He's always had a history of them since he was a teenager and had a brain aneurysm that he had to have surgically repaired at age 14. We went for a CT scan last week and will hopefully have some answers by Tuesday. Please keep him in your prayers. I hate to see him suffering with these awful things.

I also would appreciate prayers for me. I haven't shared this with too many people, but I have been unemployed for the past month or so. I left my old job because I hadn't had a raise in over three years, no benefits, and the 70 miles driving each day to and from work was killing us with gas prices so high. I thought I had a better opportunity with another company located much closer to our home, but after working there for about two weeks, I realized I had made a mistake in leaving the other job, bad pay and all! The job was nothing like it was advertised to be and I was so miserable and would just break down in tears each morning before work. Scott knew I was miserable and I think he was afraid I was having a nervous breakdown, so we talked it over and decided it would be best for me to quit there and look for something else. I was extremely hesitant to do that because we need both incomes just to survive, but Scott said my health and sanity are more important than a paycheck. Besides, with what we are saving in gas and him getting to work some overtime, it's almost made up my salary. So anyway, I have my first job interview on Tuesday and I'm praying that God will lead me in the direction He wants me to go.

Whew, I surely didn't mean for this to be so long winded! If you are still with me, thanks for listening to me rant!! Until next time. . .


  1. YOU GOT SNOW???!!! ICK! We haven't seen any yet but sure has been cold enough! I will keep you & your hubby in my prayers dear friend, and i hope you get just the perfect job soon! I haven't even looked since quitting my job over a year ago, with my fibro I'm just too limited in what I can do, UGH!

  2. Hi Donna, I'm so glad your craft show was a success! I'm also sorry to hear about your husband. I will keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Just remember that sometimes you have to get lost to find your true direction. I did and I have since found mine!


  3. Chin up 'ol gal...things always have a way of working out and I am sure it will turn out well for you...good luck tomorrow - - and keep that snow in your area, don't send any my way (although there were flurries in the Adirondacks on Sat morning!!)

  4. Thanks for the sweet comments! I am following you back! :)

  5. Been cold here to in central IL but no snow thank goodness. You did good for such a small show. I have been working on things to sell in a craft show near here but paid $50.00 for double space and they supply 4 tables and we get a ticket for a hot lunch they are selling also..just hoping I do really good as this is the only way I can make extra money to keep us afloat...I sell on line but not much selling on ebay so will try etsy after the sale the 22nd.
    Good luck with your job ...I am sure something will come along that you will love and will be praying that your DH gets some help for his migranes..they are no fun.
    Nancy from insidenanashead