The day before the heat spell I took a walk on what was a very nice day with a slight breeze. All was going well until I stopped to talk to a neighbor a little too long and was mercilessly attacked by no-see-um flies. Soon I had to beg off realizing that applying buy spray while talking was not doing me any good. Off I went. Before I rounded the bend for home, I found myself and the neighborhood engulfed with a thin veil of smoke. I did see the person responsible for the smoke going to the source to take care of it, but that wasn't in time to stop my lungs to be filled with smoke. It took me quite awhile after I got home to stop coughing and breathe better. The aftermath of the no-see-um bites took a few days to go away. Someone pointed out to me that there is a pretty big bug bite on my forehead....I answered that "that looks pretty good compared to what was once there!" ....it's all relative! :)
Even though it was a beautiful day, there were challenges along the way. That sums up the week at my self-employed work, too. I obtained 3 orders last week. One order took the natural course of initial contact, answers, set up of custom order listing and eventual purchase. The next one lasted about 6 days of going back and forth, answering questions, compromising on both sides with an eventual purchase. The 3rd one was very fast. This client was someone who had ordered from me before and was very happy with my work. The client just changed professions and is now a real estate agent. We worked out an agreement for future purchases. The listing was purchased within 15 minutes of the first contact that day.
Other than the Etsy store, I've been keeping tabs on my seedlings. Transplanting and starting more seeds. Some are not working at all, but thankfully the basil has come through like gang busters.
Outside, I have been watching the robins take care of their 3 baby birds. There is a nest on the back deck in a planter that apparently is perfect for this activity. This is the 2nd or 3rd time robins have made a nest over the years. I've seen the baby birds just after they were born with no fuzz and have watched them grow over the past week. The happy family made it through the thunderstorms with heavy rain and the heat wave just a few days ago. The baby birds are now fuzzy and all are sporting a rock'in hairdo. The parents must be getting tired of fetching food as I see them flying back and forth to the nest with the edibles dangling from their beaks. It's been quite the show and I am looking forward to watching the little ones practice their flying.
I decided to discontinue my membership on www.freelanced.com. There is more variety of work on my website and Etsy. I haven't gotten any work through freelanced and it is time to go.
Some things are the same, while other aspects of my life are changing. That seems about right. :)