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Of being a small business owner/wife/mom…

It’s been interesting.  I find that I have to physically leave the house in order to get things done.  It’s so easy to get interrupted with business work or slip into mom-mode get distracted and then later frustrated by how little I am getting done.  Funny how the working mom stereo type is very much alive in my home.  It’s unconscious and something the whole family is getting used to, including me.

So, here I am at the local library – open until 8pm on Tues and Thursdays so I really try to make sure I have those nights as my “parental nights off” where I’m not putting the kids to bed.  It’s a time I am really trying to honor and not give up without a good reason.  Even if I wasn’t trying to launch this little endeavor the night would still belong to me because I deserve it, darn it.  I hope all parents honor that need for time for themselves.

Onward.

It’s interesting to me the t-shirts I’ve been picking up lately.  Some are just plain while others are from different events or attractions.  This week I’ve been working with t-shirts from:

Townsend, Delaware

Sultan Shindig – from, like, 2011.  You missed this year’s event it was in July.

GEL Weekend which has also already occurred.

There was a World’s Greatest Dad shirt with the original price tag still on which made me a little sad for whomever gave the shirt to their dad.  A couple of polo shirts from the local golf courses here on the Island.  I did find my first shirt that will qualify as an XL size so that was exciting for me, a beautiful eggplant purple.  Some fun designs that came from I have no idea where but am totally going with.

Behind the scenes I’ve got a 15 month old who’s trying to cut 5 teeth right after we got her to sleep through the night.  I don’t now how necessary those teeth are, she seems to be doing just fine with the 8 she already has…

PS:  my facebook page is most up to date on the latest projects and what to expect/what will be available at upcoming events. 

“Like” to keep current!

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Long ago I started this blog with a variety of aspirations, hopes, dreams, etc.
Then the reality of parenthood set in.
Then our daughter got older and I got a little wiser and things picked up a bit and the blog evolved and all was good.
Then I got pregnant and had a second kid, quit my job to become a full time stay at home mom, built a house and moved from the burbs to a rural 5 acre lot with lots of dreams, hopes, aspirations, etc.
Then the reality of parenting two kids, living in a rural area, learning how to garden, protecting said garden from garden-destroying deer, trying to recover financially from building our home…
Oh goodness, I could jut go ON and ON.

But, I’ll get to my point.
Soon.
I think.
My husband is annoyed to no end by my long winded answers/explanations.
Since I have some much more time to myself and energy to spare as a full time stay at home mom (I do hope you recognize that for the lie that it is) I’ve decided to honor this growing need for creativity and resurrect the Pickahling brand and my founding product – the Sherry Cloth – that started it all.
And I’ve expanded. After talking with my husband because there’s no way this is going to work without his support, which I have we started brain storming and came up with the not so original but no less brilliant idea of just using up the stuff we have – namely fabric. I come from a short line of seamstresses, most recently quilters who, if you’re familiar are incredible fabric hoarders. Then there was my Aunt Siler who on top of being a quilter, grew up during the depression so was an avid saver of all sorts of things.
As a result we have a crazy amount of fabric, amazing vintage buttons from the time period of what I call “Circa Aunt Siler” with no real way to verify actual age. We also have all this wood/trees that have been cut down (living on 5 acres remember) that’s just sitting there with nothing to do…
Lots of ideas…
This blog site is evolving, again which made lead to a loss initial readership but perhaps grow with new interests. Time will tell.
Until then, let’s see what happens!

PS:  I’ve been updating the Pickahling facebook page and am looking for “likes”  Thanks!

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“I don’t know how you get anything done.”  – my mom

“I don’t.” – me

I actually have really great kids, good kids, but what I wouldn’t give to have two more arms and hands.  I would be totally be ok with all the staring because I know everyone would be looking at me with envy.  I would have used those extra appendages to hold my unusually fussy baby while trying to make raspberry mango jam I was working on with my mom this afternoon.

Eyes in the back of my  head would also be handy for so many reasons that I know my fellow parents would recognize.  Today I would have used those eyes to watch my daughter swinging on her indoor jungle gym when she said, “Mom!  Look at meeeeee!”  while simultaneously stirring the raspberry mango jam.

What did I learn today?  That doing  all the above AND make granola at the same time may not have been the best idea.  At one point in the afternoon I asked my mom, “How did YOU get anything done with three kids?”

“You were all angels.” – mom

OK, that is a total lie.  I know, I was there, so she must be suffering from some sort of parental amnesia, whatever, it wasn’t helpful.  But things were done and now we’re all pooped and the kids went to bed pretty easily.

And so will I.

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I have made no secret about  my love of toast so this small batch will not last long at all in my house.  While very easy to do, I still find myself a little intimidated by the whole canning process. It’s that element of danger with all those bubbling, boiling fluids.  I only got splattered a couple times so I’m calling the day a success.  My goal is to continue with small batches to increase my confidence.  Luckily between my mom and my foodie sister I will be a pro in no time.

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Today alone has taught me a few things…

  1. It just doesn’t pay to be in a hurry in the kitchen trying to get something done while the little one is asleep.
  2. The bottle of vanilla and the bottle of soy sauce are very similar (THAT was a close one).
  3. Always secure valuables and breakables when driving as you never know when you’ll have to slam on your brakes to avoid running over a baby rabbit (the laptop seems to have survived).
  4. Businesses in rural areas do not have the same hours as businesses in the city (I have NEVER heard of a coffee shop closing at 6pm!).
  5. My husband is way better about putting the baby to bed than I am (and that is so okay with me).

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  • That my daughter met a new friend at the Farmer’s Market.  At four years of age they were, of course, instant best friends.
  • My husband is putting the baby to sleep more often.
  • Said baby isn’t hesitant to let us know her wants or not wants as the case may be.
  • Smiling faces upon waking since I am a grouch immediately upon waking.
  • Blossoms in the garden.
  • The excitement when an eagle is spotted on the property.
  • The young deer meeting up in front of our house and keeping away from the garden.
  • Finding a use for all the stinging nettles, a little late in season but I’m going to try cooking.  Apparently these area  powerhouse of nutrients and by golly I plan on making the most of this prolific weed as it’s growing more successfully than anything in my garden right now.
  • Bread baking tomorrow.
  • Canning next week when my mom visits for the week.  She was worried we wouldn’t have much to do – little does she know…!

 

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We have been blessed (?) with children who are early risers.  I can’t remember the last time I slept past 0800 or 0730 for that matter.

Like before 0630 despite all efforts to change that time to later we have resigned ourselves to this fate.  When we lived in the city and we only had Sofia I would make her some toast and jam and lay on the floor while she ate.  Now days we’re trying a new tactic.  A morning walk about.  Yes, Sofia is still in her pajamas.  I think I might have been too!

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