Thanks to you all for your kind words about Edith Ann. After 19 years, it's so odd to not have her climbing into my lap every time I sit down, and I still feel the loss. It was her time to go. She just wore out.
Two weeks ago, September 9, it was 106F/41C with a hot, dry wind. That was the day the Clover Fire started 2 miles from here. I needn't go through all that again; you can read back through my entries or click on the link. Suffice it to say that week was all-around bad. In the end my family came out relatively unscathed but many people lost everything.
Friday night we were supposed to have a cold front come through from Alaska come in that would bring a tiny - maybe not even measurable- amount of rain. Instead, we got two days of more or less nonstop rain that ranged from moderate to heavy. It was a good way to end summer and bring in autumn. I am over summer. I feel much more energized than I did when it was hot. I drained and covered the swamp cooler and tore out the garden, which had taken a considerable beating from the heavy downpours and which was dwindling at summer's end anyway.
If anyone wants to start their own sales website, I can heartily recommend SupaDupa out of the UK. Very good templates, reasonable prices, and their customer service is great. I've been working on my new website, Violets and Wine, a standalone site apart from my Etsy store. I may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but it's clear to me that Etsy is abandoning their original direction of handmade/vintage. They are now actively and blatantly courting corporations like Martha Stewart/Lucky Magazine, and eventually very small business owners like myself will no longer have a seat at their table. I am learning a great deal about self-promotion on the web.
Some of you on Facebook may have seen this already, but if you didn't, here is 21 Comics That Capture The Frustrations of Depression. Of course it applies to anyone with any non-visible medical condition as well. I thought it was brilliant.
OK. Gotta get back to work. Making a really great dress out of some red and black taffeta I got at the Fabric Market in Amsterdam this spring, and I'd like to get it listed online this week. Have a great day ~
Here's to autumn!
I might have to look into SupaDupa - wonder if my sea glass would sell there? It has died on the vine, in etsy. And I wouldn't want to bother anymore with etsy anyway, if they're starting to be like that!
I'm glad your family came out relatively unscathed from the fire... too bad the rain didn't come then, instead of two weeks later.