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New Potatoes

We have been eating the bounty of our vegetable garden lately. Lots of green beans, lovely tomatoes, and digging out the new potatoes as we get hungry. Mom planted two kinds, a basic white potato and a red potato, one in each row, and so far, about half of each row has been dug into.

All I can say is, there's no satisfaction like what comes from digging up your own potatoes, brushing the dirt off, finding HUGE potatoes where you expected average sized ones, cooking them, and loving how good they taste. Yum!

It might sound crazy, but our potatoes taste so good because we have “good tasting” soil. Yep. What you plant your potatoes in helps determine how good or ehh they'll taste after growing. Example: placed grass clippings from lawn mowing around potato plants, and potatoes grew in the grass/soil combination. Dug up, cooked, eaten, ew. Not such a great idea, those grass clippings. Now we compost them or use them as mulch on other things, definitely NOT as mulch and growing medium for potatoes.

On the current-work-situation front, I quit Job2.

It was either my sanity for a paycheck, or walk out. I chose the walk out. I'd rather have basic human decency and respect for less pay than get browbeaten or verbal abuse for a paycheck. Really. I tried to treat the employees that I supervised with decency, and with a basic human respect, and I hope with some kindness.

What it got me? A couple thank you's from one person in particular, as in “thank you for not treating me like I'm stupid” or a repeated statement that I was that person's favorite manager to work with. Which made it a good workday, whether that person knows it or not.

Some of the others? Not quite sure, other than the store manager would use small comments they made, take them completely out of context, and then save all the small things as huge problems to make major mountains out of. Yes, isolated, one-time incidents, converted to long-term problems. Oh, yes, and to yell at me over the phone about, or in person, repeatedly.

I'm out of that situation now. Completely.

Now, I just have Job1, with a better working schedule there, and the manager at Job1 is a bit relieved that she can now give me a few more hours, and have more flexibility as to when I can be scheduled during the day and during the week.

Best part, my “limited” healthcare benefits are through Job1, for which I am very grateful for that choice. When I compared plans between jobs, there was considerable more “bang for the buck” in the plan through Job1, so that was the plan of choice. I recently added dental onto that plan, so now I can plan on more regular preventative maintenance and checkups in the near future, instead of worrying about emergency maintenance or fixing. So far, knock on wood, teeth have been staying put and not breaking.

I think I inherited my dad's teeth, as I see fine hairline cracks in them and worry about future breakage or that the grinding I do at night will fracture them more. I have an over the counter thing I have to heat and fit to my teeth, costs way less than the couple hundred thing Mom got last year that needed a casting an fitting for, plus the dental consultation/office visit fees.

On the yarn/book/store front, I'm cash poor. Very cash poor, with only one pay source, and for maybe less than I can afford for more than a month, two if I tweak things carefully.

Bad thing is, I drool over yarn I see advertised. Good thing is, I have a nice stash of yarn to play with. Yep, wool fetish can be a bit distracting. Good thing I'm not actively selling yet, I'd have to pull out one of each color to play with if I had any stock on hand. I'm still figuring out how to make $$ and $$$ cost of internet sales services per month/year/whatever work on $ leftover from my monthly budget. Or if I sell soap socks by consignment, will I really make any money worth considering that would help pay for more than my supplies and time? Hmm, thoughts, plots, plans!

Short term, if I decide against consignment shop locally, there's eBay, and I have my PayPal account, so that small end is covered. Just have to decide if dipping into and almost cleaning out my small savings to start a small online yarn venture THIS year would work, or if I would do better to wait on another job showing up, saving a bit more up, and then doing the online store in a year or two, and after the sock book (which needs finishing, yes, I know, so everyone can stop waiting on me just saying that I'm writing it) is put into ink and paper.

Crazy thing is, I'm knitting some basic toe-up socks in a soft, “new to me” sock yarn for a friend, and she has no clue that I'm making them for her. The colors remind me of a 1960s sweater, shades of brown with a few color hints of soft orange and green, and they are so her colors, I can't wait to see her face when she gets them.

Funny how I almost never do “traditional” socks from cuff to toe any more. Most of what I do is toe-up, but it doesn't mean that the cuff-to-toe architecture is obsolete in my knitting lexicon. Interesting how my preference and knitting style has grown and changed over the years. And continue to change, as I never think I have mastered all there is to know about knitting or yarn, or spinning. That's right, I do have a spinning wheel with an incomplete project on it...which comes first, knitting, writing, or spinning? Answer: finding a new job first, then writing and knitting...or is it...we'll see.


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