This has been a helluva week for my family & friends in Northern California. Wildfires have consumed massive parts of Napa and Sonoma counties. As many of you know, I lived in Sonoma County for more than 25 years! And, watching all of this mayhem and devastation from the safety of North Carolina is causing much worry and fretting on my part.
In fact, at this point in time, I don't even know if the home I lived in in the Sonoma Valley is even standing. The area was under mandatory evacuation orders and that's the last I heard.
The good news, all of my family members in Sonoma County have not been burned out. They have their cars packed and are ready to go at a moment’s notice, but so far no evacuation orders. But some of them have left the area anyway because they can't breathe due to the heavy, unrelenting smoke.
The point of this post is this…. We don't know what mayhem may come our way. We don't know how quickly we will have to respond. I know a lot of people think some massive emergency won't happen to them, but you don't know that. Ask the folks who lived in Coffey Park in Santa Rosa. Having their lives threatened and their home destroyed by a wildfire wasn't even on their radar.
Please take a few minutes to put some items together. I have a bright pink plastic file box that is our “go” box. Our passports and social security cards are in this box. Birth and death certificates are in this box. Cash, in small bills, is in this box. The pets’ shot records are in this box. Whatever paperwork is important to you and your family and will be needed to reestablish your life should be in this box or in a remote safe place — safety deposit box at the bank or with a relative who lives out of the area.
Make a list of items you want to take with you…computers, phones, chargers, durable shoes, a change of clothing or, at least, underwear. A list to refer to in a time of panic will help get you packed and out of the area in a timely manner.
Now about those sentimental items. You need to really think about what you would want to be in your car taking up valuable space. Remember most of what we own is just stuff that can be replaced. Grab the photo albums. In my case, I would grab all the quilts my sister made for me. But that's about it. I need all available car space for my family and my pets.
Oh, by the way, speaking of pets, if you have small pets (small dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, etc.) make sure you have a carrier for each animal. If your home is threatened but you are not evacuating yet, keep those pets inside. If you need to go, you don't want to leave your cat behind because it was outside and now you can't find it.
We just signed up with our county sheriff’s office for text alerts on our cell phones. This is not automatic. Please google your county sheriff cell phone notification system and sign up. It could save your life.
Keep your thoughts and prayers going for all those beings in California who are impacted by this horrific disaster. They will need our help in the days, weeks and months to come.
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As the weather cools and the days shorten, my mind automatically starts thinking of the upcoming holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, & New Years. That's a lot of planning.
That's where this little notebook comes in. You can do all your holiday organization in one place. Gift lists, card lists, decorating ideas (hello Pinterest), baking, travel plans, packing lists, parties to attend, parties to give, shopping lists, thank you notes to write — you get the idea. All of it in one place. There's a sample layout in the photos to give you some ideas. Click here to see it in my Etsy shop.
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Well, crap. I just wrote a great blog about what my plans were for selling my stuff and......I deleted it. #$@^&
Let me see what I can recreate. Damn, this makes me mad.
Greetings my friends. A few days ago I wrote about how I needed to step back and look at what I was doing regarding all of my efforts to sell my notebooks & journal embellishments. So I took a few days to really think about all of this.
I really enjoy making my notebooks, flower journal embellishments, pen pouches and putting them together in journal sets. I would like to sell them and make a small profit. So I opened an Etsy shop. Who knew there was oh-sooooo-much-more to running a successful Etsy shop besides just having fabulous things to sell
So that's it. I want to have a successful Etsy shop. My plan is to take the rest of the year to make my shop the best it can be. That starts with having lots of items for buyers to choose from. I want to have 20 of each item I sell -- notebooks, flowers, pen pouches, and journal sets in my shop at any one time. I have a ways to go to make that happen.
Once I have my shop in tip top shape I plan on taking on social media. I want to learn all there is to know about social media. (That's a joke. I don't think one person can know all there is to know about social media!) But I can certainly learn how to use social media in an integrated and efficient manner. I want to develop a learning schedule for the first quarter of 2018 so I can learn about my chosen social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest. Then I can create and implement a social media marketing strategy that, hopefully, will bring more visitors to my shop. More visitors = more sales, I hope.
Once all that is up and running smoothly I want to turn my full attention to blogging. I enjoy blogging. But as you might have surmised, I have a lot to learn about the ins and outs of having a successful website. First lesson, don't delete something until you are very sure what you are deleting.
Don't get me wrong. I will be stopping by every few days to post a picture or write a little about how things are going. I want this website to be more than that. But that's another steep learning curve that I just have to delay a bit.
That's the plan. Stay tuned to see how it all comes together. As a fellow Etsy seller says, "I have come too far to quit now!"
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All of this is new territory for me. There is a very steep learning curve to each of these endeavors. So when I add all of this together I have been running around expending lots of time, effort, and energy but not really accomplishing much. I just can't get my arms around all of it. It's the “whack-a-mole” syndrome. Deal with something over here and all hell is breaking loose over there or something is dying of neglect somewhere else.
As many of you know, I love being organized in life. I have lists upon lists for all this. I have all kinds of planning apps on my phone (FYI — I still haven't found the app that works for me.) I have two paper calendars, one electronic calendar, and two paper planners but I still haven't developed an overall system to manage all there is to do. Oh. And I would like to have a personal life — time to spend with family & friends, time to expand my yoga practice, time to just sit and enjoy life.
So, stay tuned. I’ll keep you advised as to what I am doing and what this grand organizational plan looks like.
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Back to School — Student Notebook — Grid Notebook — Doodle/Tangle Sketchbook — College — Student Gift
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This altered composition book has grid pages which makes it the perfect notebook or journal for bullet journaling, doodling or just keeping track of your busy day. It's an excellent gift for anyone who keeps a journal, planner, diary or smashbook. It is a great back to school gift for your favorite student or teacher.
The front and back covers of this notebook are covered in fabric with backpacks & school supplies. The colors are browns and khaki with just a touch of muted pink. The covers are lined with cold pressed watercolor paper. The outside spine is reinforced with grosgrain ribbon that is sewn to the fabric covers. The inside spine is reinforced with book binding tape. There is an attached ribbon bookmark with a charm. An elastic pen holder is attached to the back cover so you can keep your pen with your notebook. And the pocket on the inside back cover is the ideal place to keep a few loose papers. I include another bookmark in the back pocket -- just for fun. It also comes with a complimentary elastic band in a coordinating color.
The front cover of this notebook can be customized, if you wish, with a placard with the word or name of your choice in one of six different fonts. I can also put a blank placard on the inside front cover with your name. Or I can leave it blank for you to customize. Just contact me, as I'm happy to work with you.
The size of the notebook is 9.75" x 7.50". There are 100 sheets, 200 pages for writing or doodling in this book.