Hi Everyone! First let me wish you a belated Merry Christmas. I hope your holiday was nothing short of blessed and beautiful.
Happy New Year! If you make resolutions, I hope that you set goals you're able to achieve and that you do achieve them!
I know it's been a number of months since I posted a blog and really, since I have been present on SP.
Some years ago, the house across the street was up for sale. One day, I noticed a vehicle sitting in the yard of that house - there was a person sitting in the car. I thought it was probably a realtor and shrugged it off. Well, that same vehicle was sitting in the front yard of that house for two weeks. Turns out, it was the future tenant of the house (they rented) - she was watching the neighborhood, specifically me. She then tried to send her children to my house for most of each weekend. I realized very quickly there would be no happy medium with these folks - that 'her way or the highway' was the mentality. In other words, I was to be her external (and FREE) nanny. By the time they'd lived there 3 weeks, I had seen their children more than they had! Once I put a stop to things (before week 4 even started), they stopped speaking to me and I was so glad to see them move.
Why did I tell you this story? Well, because people here on SP get to thinking that it might be fun to run a Team here, only to find out that it's a good amount of work. Two people here tried to pawn their teams off on me and frankly, I was too busy to manage my own team, let alone others! While things didn't get testy because I stated my position up front, the other parties stopped talking to me once it became clear to them I wasn't going to do what they wanted me to do.
To be honest, I'm sure that is part of why I drifted so readily away. Because that's how I seem to respond to people treating me poorly - withdrawal. I'm not going to try and FORCE someone to treat me a certain way. People usually know when they're being stinky, so I rarely even point it out. My absence speaks volumes.
My business has been going really well and that's been keeping me quite busy. OK, VERY busy! I love going out and working at the farmers markets here locally. In doing so, I've made a number of connections and am now doing contract manufacturing, have had a retail venue offered, as well as others selling my products. It's been a whirlwind, and I've loved every minute - the ups, the downs, the weirdness.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving, I tripped and broke my foot! What a pain in the backside - to come to a complete, abrupt stop after getting up to 90mph was a blow! It's a Jones Fracture of the 5th Metatarsal. The pain was crazy! Had surgery on 12/2 (got a big screw put in!) and had a cast for 2 weeks, then the boot. Today I find out how much longer I have to wear the boot. The foot is still a little swollen, but it's much better.
The incision was tiny. I used my Healing Salve on it and am really quite impressed with how quickly it healed with that. For my Spark Friends, I've created a discount code in my shop - 40% off anything. Just enter 'Spark16' during checkout at intrinsicalchemist.com/s
During all of this, I had a sinus giving trouble, so went to the ENT. He said we might need to take a bone out. UGH. Doubled down on my neti pot and often used Alkalol (it's an awesome herbal infusion you can use diluted alone or add to the saline solution for the neti). Yesterday, got the good news that we won't be taking the bone out! Woohoo!
For the most part, and in spite of my insurance company saying they may not pay for my surgery (WHAT!!??), life is pretty good and getting better every day.
May your New Year be blessed and serene, prosperous and healthy!