All posts for the month September, 2014

New thoughts….

Published September 29, 2014 by mamapossum1954

Firstly, late last night there was a semi-crisis with Murphy on FB. Traci & I were trading PMs about the situation – both of us extremely worried. To be honest, I really don’t know where I’d be right now without Murphy! I KNOW she’s frustrated & under a lot of pressure….and I realized that I haven’t been a very good friend of late. I’ve been wallowing in my own stresses, depression, lack of motivation, despair – you name it! Often, I couldn’t even be bothered having a shower or going out anywhere – unless errands needed to be taken care of. I’m determined to rectify this error.

On a different note, I’ve been scanning Etsy some more, as well as websites for patchwork patterns, material, batting, etc……Pretty much decided to try my hand at smaller items (placemats, table toppers, baby quilts, aprons) and try to determine the cost involved. I’m kind of following a handful of shops on Etsy to get an idea of what they’re selling & for how much, popularity, etc. It also gives me a good idea of how to set up my own “shop”. There’s quite a few articles on tips for Etsy sellers, so that’s a plus.

Today is “errand day” since Nate is off. Bank to put money in for bills, get a few food items at Walmart, grab some tobacco and tubes, then home to do the trash…and (hopefully) locate my binder with quilt patterns.


New Start? (or am I kidding myself?)

Published September 28, 2014 by mamapossum1954

It’s been over 9 months since I graduated IUP. I’ve had 3 job interviews, and applied for many more positions than that (even ones I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to do, in view of my panic disorder and physical limitations). Anyway, yesterday, my friend Sara mentioned there’s a position available at the place where she’s interviewing on Tuesday: Havin (domestic abuse shelter) in Kittanning. Well…..firstly, I don’t have a reliable vehicle. Secondly, even if I did, would I be able to handle the winter drives to & from Kittanning? Remember, I worked at Central for 5 years, and it was “white-knuckled” driving every winter. So, where does that leave me?

There are no jobs here in Indiana, PA apart from retail or personal care. The first is unacceptable due to my panic disorder. The latter, due to physical limitations.

I cannot apply for jobs that might be available further afield (e.g., Johnstown, Greensburg, Kittanning, Pittsburgh, out-of-state, etc.) – reasons: (1) lack of vehicle; (2) lack of finances to move.

Our truck is still holding on, but needs work. We can’t afford another vehicle. My son can’t get a credit card (he has no credit history) or a loan. I can’t apply for any of the Master’s Program (let alone, my dream of the Sociology Masters), once again due to lack of finances.

So…..the main point to this post…….Nate mentioned an idea to me the other day…….Why not try selling handmade items on Etsy.  I’ve allowed the idea to simmer since then…and it seems a possibility. I’m under no illusions that I could actually “make a living” at it, but it might bring in desperately needed extra money. And it was something I did contemplate in Australia at one stage. So, I’ve been looking at “how to” articles on google, and sussing out the shops on Etsy, and even registered on the website (though have not “opened a shop”). I need to ransack my room to see what unfinished items I have, and figure out patterns, materials, cost, whether the sewing machine actually works, etc. before I commit.

Still, it IS something to consider.