Hey there! I just realized it has been several weeks since my last blog post. The holiday season is crazy for just about everyone, and this year is no exception. I have been having additional difficulty getting things wrapped up this year though because of missing all of the family and friends that our family has lost this year.
So what have I been up to? Well, we took a luxurious trip to Disneyland for Thanksgiving. It was not really a budget conscious trip but we did save a bundle by booking the vacation and paying off the major expenses (hotel and airfare) months in advance. We also kept our spending in check by only purchasing souvenirs that were useful or that would compliment an existing collection.
I took the fall season off from couponing so that I could focus on some other projects:
First off, Adaline is officially my best selling fiction to date and I am SO excited about that! I've had the opportunity to do several public author appearances and have been invited to speak to students about writing. That has been a great adventure.
Second, I have begun tinkering around with Etsy, and am in the process of launching a new website dedicated to homesteading and DIY projects. This webstore and site are the jumping off point for Cockamamie Farms, our urban homestead. Cockamamie Farms and Cornerstead.wordpress.com are going to be the culmination of a lifetime of homemaking, work with livestock and my family's history of agriculture. (I bet you didn't know that I used to train horses and riders for a living, did ya?)
Third, I've started loom knitting socks. They aren't very pretty at this point, but I am learning a lot about sizing them to different feet (I've got toddler, tiny-women's and super-wide-men's feet in our household). I'm also discovering that I can make these super comfortable, custom sized socks for a fraction of what we would buy quality socks at the store for. The project is time consuming, but it is both budget conscious and mentally rewarding.
So there you have it - that's why I haven't been blogging with much frequency. It's always something, isn't it?