Yup, getting up at 5.30am certainly goes against the grain! It could be worse, though – if it was dark and cold, it would be a lot harder.
As it was, I woke often during the night. It was hot, not the slightest hint of a draught coming in the window, and I left the blinds open so the moonlight kept waking me. That’s the sort of thing I can do when Tai Chi Man isn’t here. When he works out of town, which happens only rarely these days, I get to read in bed of an evening, have the blinds up, and the door open. I warned my son to be quiet as a mouse so he wouldn’t disturb me, and in fact I fell asleep quickly and didn’t notice him moving around.
There is an advantage to having fuzzy hearing. Once I take my hearing aids out and put one ear on the pillow, I don’t get disturbed by much. Tai Chi Man, on the other hand, gets bothered by the crickets, the kids brushing their teeth, a pin dropping at 500 metres – you know the thing!
So it was my third morning at the Farmers Market and I have to say that I am having to remember my humility and lack of attachment to outcomes. Because I didn’t earn one single cent. And I paid $20 for the stall. However there is a lot to be said for exposure and being a regular, because people know they can come back, and hopefully when they do that they will buy something, or recommend a friend.
I had a prize draw bucket today. Having people who were sort of interested come and put their name and phone number on a draw slip got them up to my table. And I said that if they saw something specific they’d like to win, they should write it down too. That meant they actually had to take time to look at what I was selling.
You always have someone ask you at the end of the morning whether you had a good day. What they mean, as far as I can tell, is, “Did you make any money?” When the woman in the next stall asked me the good day question, I said No, then corrected myself. I told her that, yes, I had indeed had a good day, but hadn’t made any money. Because I enjoyed myself (despite the heat) meeting people and crocheting a couple of baby hats just for fun.
The photos are on my iPad so I will add them later.
Once I’d packed up my stuff at 1pm, I was intensely hot and sweaty. The library was right there, so I dropped my books in and sat there for a bit, cooling off and relaxing. Then I bought groceries, and finally, once home, was able to hydrate, shower and eat. I really needed all three, badly!
Ds2 and I ate a mountain of organic blue tortilla chips with cheddar Daiya (nachos), plus black beans and salsa. I was ravenous. Dessert was fresh blueberries.
And now it’s after 10, the windows upstairs are once again open and I have the large fan blowing air through in the hope it’ll be reasonably comfortable to sleep tonight. I can bear 30-plus degrees better if the nights are cool.
So now the only WIP on my Ravelry project page is the mitred square vest I was possibly going to knit with all that Marks and Kattens Carolina. And with plenty of inventory and none going out today, I don’t feel obliged to make more. No pressure!
Have a great weekend!
The important thing is you are meeting people and promoting your work and hopefully they will return and purchase items in the future.
Just now read in an inspiring blog that we have to count the seeds sown rather than the crop harvested… It is good to know that you enjoyed your day! Those little hats are very very cute! Best wishes…
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