Monday, July 25, 2011

Simple Joy Sunday on Monday

It has been a really busy couple of weeks and, sadly, that meant that I've been neglecting my blog.  On a good note, however, it meant that I got a little bit of much needed theater work.  Let's see if we can't at least get caught up with a few little bits of happiness from the past couple of weeks.

The air conditioner in my truck has been broken for probably around three months at this point.  In the summer.  In Florida.  Not fun.  In fact, it's been pretty miserable.  But, the up side is that I've been swimming a little more often when I get home to cool down.  I love to swim.

I really appreciate my online friends for sharing links, clicking, and giving a thumbs up for Crowdtap.  Thanks to your help, I've earned $11.50 plus donations for Susan G. Komen for the fight against breast cancer.  That may not sound like a lot, but every little bit helps and I really do appreciate it.

I tried a couple new recipes that I really liked.  Laura over at I Am a Refined Young Lady shared a crock pot recipe from that I just had to try: Chicken Taco Chili.  I love my slow cooker, but hardly ever use it so this was a good excuse to pull it out.  I also made skirt steak with chimichurri using fresh parsley from the garden.  Yummmmm...

At my framing job, I got to work with a customer on designing a mat and frame for this original artwork that her husband got her for their anniversary.  I think I found a new favorite artist.  The piece is really beautiful and was a highlight to a rather crummy day.

I finished reading the second Richard Castle (from the TV show Castle) book, Naked Heat, and enjoyed it just as much as the first one.  A really fun, tongue-in-cheek read, very much like the TV show.  I've moved onto the first book of the Dresden Files: Storm Front.  The show was really enjoyable and the books come highly recommended by Scott, too, so I suspect I will like them.  I'm very much enjoying just brain candy right now.

So far as the shop goes...  I had seven sales in July.  That may not sound like a lot to some, but it kind of is for my shop.  I put out a call for help to raise some funds so I can buy more soap making supplies and a few friends were able to step up to the plate for me.  Not only that, but they also helped me reach the 100 sales milestone in my Etsy shop.  To help celebrate, I made some loyalty coupons that will be included in all future orders and I sent out a bunch of free samples with those 7 sales.  One of those free samples turned into another order for four of my new herbal sleep pillows.  My Wolf Hunter Chain Maille Necklace was included in a beautiful treasury by Mermaiden Creations (her treasuries are always gorgeous, actually).  And, on top of all of that, I got more rave reviews about my Warrior Salve from another happy customer: "Got the Warrior Salve last night & put it on this morning: it helps so much!! I love it!!"

Overall, a busy, exhausting couple of weeks with a  bunch of good stuff to highlight them.


Della said...

No A/C in Florida must be miserable. It's bad enough until the A/C has time to cool my little SUV down! It has been HOT! I hope you can get yours fixed soon :)

OOOO I use my crockpot a lot, too. I like putting boneless skinless chicken breasts in it, and making chicken tacos YUMMY! and soooo easy on a hot day.

Athena's Armoury said...

Unfortunately, it's going to cost me $1,000 to get my A/C fixed which is why it's been put on the back burner for a while. Just can't afford that right now. I may have to have a sale or something to try & help pay for it.

I hear ya about easy crock pot cooking. Gotta love it. I'm going to keep going back to that website for more low cal/fat crock pot recipes that are actually tasty.

Sheryl Hastings said...

You have been busy! Sorry about the air conditioning. I can't imagine a summer without it. I've been spending a lot of time in my pool too this summer, more so than usual.

I'm off to check out that crockpot recipe. I love using that thing!

Athena's Armoury said...

Enjoy the recipe!