Monday, December 19, 2011

That Second Page.......


I cannot believe is has been Thanksgiving since I did a post. I sure thought I'd be back to regular posting long before now. Actually I was really counting on it. I had added a second page to my blog hoping to raise some money for the holidays.

Before my colonoscopy I actually got many of the pictures taken thinking I would be able to get everything up during the two weeks between that test and my surgery. Instead I ended up on my back for those two weeks trying to heal up enough so my surgery wouldn't get postponed.

I guess once my stay in the hospital dragged on, I should have realized there wasn't much chance of me actually getting anythings listed before Christmas on that second page I added to my blog. As it is, I couldn't really decide if that page was going to do the job or not but I never got much farther than thinking what my alternatives actually were.

I thought about listing some things on Craigslist. I thought about building an online store or maybe building a blog specifically to feature what I have to sell. Since some of the things I want to sell are horse items, (tack etc) I thought maybe it would be best to put that stuff here on this blog but then I really haven't had the energy to do much of anything, so nothing got done.

Last year I worked at Fred Meyer for the holiday season and that took care of the gifts for family and friends. I probably would have been a good candidate for rehire this year if I hadn't gotten sick. I was actually in the hospital this year when holiday hiring was done but I pretty much already knew there wasn't much chance I'd be up to working for the holidays that's why I had decided to do that page on my blog.

My crafts have always baled me out in the past. Heck, my crafts pretty much paid for Scandalous let alone all the school clothes, birthday and holiday presents they paid for over the years. I guess it's taken until now for my denial to be broken down enough to realize that's just not going to happen for this Christmas. I know there are a lot of people struggling just like us but I have never really experienced a Christmas quite like this one before.

Dave and Lindsay opted to not have a tree this year and that hasn't helped my holiday spirit. I just can't believe there is not a tree standing in it's usual spot near the fireplace and even more so, I can't believe it's OK with Dave and Lindsay that there isn't one. Strange............the twists and turns life can take.

Reality is sinking in. Hard for it not to with Christmas just a few days away. The hardest part about this Christmas is just not being well. The other stuff doesn't really matter but I'm having a difficult time being unable to do what I love most. I miss the time with my horses and just seeing them out in the field is not enough.

I know I must behave. I actually got a little reminder of that the other day. Don't ask me what I was doing because I don't know. What I do know is that a small section of my incision reopened. It is not infected or anything like that...........just a reminder something I did was too. It's not very deep or long and it looks like healthy enough tissue but it's presence makes it pretty darn obvious I'm not ready to be off the couch and thinking about ways to raise money are probably just going to have to wait.

I had hoped I would raise enough that I would have the funds to buy software to build myself an online store. I've been thinking about building that store ever since I closed my ebay store down but I never seemed to find the time. With Dave still out of work, getting an online store going would probably be good for him. He always did my ebay shipping for me and did a great job of it.

Since the doctor thinks it's going to be a while before I am fully recovered and my body seems to be agreeing, I figured I would probably have the time I needed to get that kind of a project done. God knows I certainly have enough inventory to do it between my crafts, all the thousands of books I have etc.

If anyone has ideas about good software programs for online stores, I'm open for suggestions. I do need something that will take credit card payments probably through paypal and it needs to be fairly simple. I still haven't figured out how to use the software the online bookseller I wanted to use works so simple is a must.

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  1. No idea, my friend,, but after all you have been through and overcome in your life, if anyone can make it happen it would be you ! Christmas tree or not you have the most important things, Dave and Lindsay, and they you !Love and hugs

  2. Your presence is the holiday present. We have a tough holiday too, particularly with everything going on with Sierra. Here's to recovery - for all of us.

  3. Can't help you with the store software. I have a bunch of stuff to sell also, and I just can't seem to get the motivation to actually put the stuff on eBay or Craig's List.

    BUT, what I can help you with is letting you know that I continue to pray for healing, strength and peace. You have a family that loves you, and that in itself makes for a Merry Christmas indeed.

  4. Have you thought of Etsy? At least temporarily. That way you could sell at least your craftd without having to build your own website.

  5. I know nothing about software programs but I hope you find a way to get your online store up and selling.

    Wishing you and your entire family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

  6. I don't know anything about online stores but a lot of bloggers use Etsy to sell their wares.
    Faith and love are what gets you through difficult times, and sometimes we just have to trust that God has a plan for us. I hope things improve for you, both health wise and financially. I'll pray for Dave to find a good job.

  7. The only thing I can suggest is Etsy. I'm working on a store there, slowly.
    I'm sorry you're feeling so down. I think everyone is this year. Lot of people not doing cards or gifts or anything. It's a strange year for sure.
    I'm glad to hear you're still on the mend, at least you're moving forward. We miss your posts!

  8. MiKael, have you heard of Etsy?

    I'm glad you're feeling well enough to blog, I just wish you were feeling well enough to do other things too.

  9. Good to see you back online and posting. I know this Christmas has been a tough one for a lot of people. I know I am still NOT in the mood let alone the Spirit of the Season.

    Stay warm and heal up. That's first on the list of things for you to do. I know getting things listed and posted for sale is never easy, but for the tack, you may try It's the tack store version of Dreamhorse and you can accept PayPal or any form of payment you wish- just state it in the ad.

  10. It is so good to get a word from you. And so sorry about your situation. We struggle financially at Christmas too, which is why I drag our tree out of the closet. Are you familiar w/ Etsy? I don't know what kind of store you mean to have, but you could check it out to see if it would work for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers all the time.

  11. So glad to hear from yu again!! I was getting worried it had been so long. I dont know anything about online stores, but I do love crafts and horses, so you probly will have something I want as you get it listed.
    Not having a tree for Christmas is kinda sad, as is not seeing th ponies up close, but there will be time for that and Im thinking a store will help keep you busy in the in between time.

  12. i sure miss your blog entries.

    get well soon.

    merry christmas.

  13. I can't help with the software choice but just wanted to wish you restful Christmas time and hope that the 2012 brings you health and happiness.
    All the best,

  14. Just wanted to say....Merry Christmas from Lisa and the entire herd at the Laughing Orca Ranch!!

  15. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, MiKael. Take it easy. Many hugs to you!

  16. Zen Cart is free. It's a little fiddly to learn (at least I thought so), but if you have the time, it's a good choice.