Pomegranate….

So today we tried pomegranate.
It was nothing like we expected.
First, when you cut into it, it starts “bleeding” like you just stabbed a creature.  Then, the inside looked nothing like the grocery store picture ..
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We expected lots of little juice bubbles, but instead it looks more like some sort of pea pods, and you have to open each section as such.  The ‘juice bubbles’ are more like corn kernals– it is like reverse corn– we had pick each kernel off, & they have the consistancy of a corn kernel & seeded grape combined.

Overall, it is like cutting open some alien larva pod & trying to eat it. Yuck.
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We Enterupt Our Daily Program For…

….. OUCH. Got home to find our 1st November Utility Bill. November- but really 1/2 October- you know, that bill… it is litterally over DOUBLE. 
I have no idea what I am going to do. And it wasn’t even really COLD yet here then. And that is with only heating about 1/4 of the house. It is just now getting truly cold.  And of course, there is only ME to try to do all this to bring in income, to do all the house repairs/weatherization, everything to run our household, & the full time task of the boys billion Dr & therapy appts, etc.

Also- I don’t talk about it, but I have some pretty serious health issues too. I have surgery in a couple weeks & 2 very powerful Rxs I’m supposed to take but they made me too sick to function so I just can’t. Dr isn’t putting me fully asleep so that I can get kids on bus, go in, & get myself back in time for the kids buses after school- only way I’d agree to finally do it. Also, my feet/legs cramp up & ‘fall asleep’ if I sit or lay too long, making it very hard to stand/walk until I can wake them up. So, I just try to keep moving. And the cold causes my joints to lock up in severe pain- especially my hands- like they are literally frozen. It’s scary & frustrating. All I can do is hold them in front of the heater and keep trying to move them until I can, then get back to work. It makes the high utility bill already even more frustrating.

My van really needs major work. We still need more plumbing, electric, etc. It’s Thanksgiving week and we don’t even own an oven to cook a turkey in if we had one. (We were offered one from church, but turned it down- so many don’t realize how many DON’T have luxury items like an oven… or a can opener, to utilize those “Thanksgiving Baskets”.)
And the last thing in the world I want to think about is Christmas… and the 3 birthdays immediately after (8, *10*, *13*). Now this ‘lovely’ utility bill….

I am already BEGGING God for a miracle with this new shop. We are soooooo close. This barely surviving thing is beyond old. I mean, what do you do when your utility bill is over 1/2 your monthly income?!

Ok. Deep breath. Nothing I can do but keep going, one step at a time. Some day, things will be better…

STEP 1& 2 of Set Up!

For more info & photo of before set up, see previous post. 🙂

STEP 1:

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STEP 2:
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Boys helped paint

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(cell phone colors arent great- but the empty wall is bright yellow peg board for the Diaper Wall)

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Now, on to “STEP 3”: Diapers!! 🙂

We open THIS WEEKEND- BLACK FRIDAY!!
4020 Pleasant Ave
Hamilton, OH 45011
This Fri, Sat, & Sun: 9am-6pm

Continuing weekends: every Sat & Sun: 9a-4p 🙂

TODAY STARTS SET UP!!

Well, here we are! Packing, loading, etc. 3 boys in tow. They vow to ‘help,’ but can’t lift much and take up 1/2 the van each load, so probably more of a hurdle than help, but at least they will feel like they are contributing.

I had little heads up as to WHEN this place would actually open, and little time to prepare. And booth sizes have changed a couple times, so I really do not truly know what will fit til I get in there & just do it.

I have 6 pieces of brown peg board in my van right now that needs to come in our house, be painted, & once dry, taken over & mounted. So, before we can do anything, I have figure out how to lug them inside. Next we load the van with what I have packed so far (only 6 rods of clothes) & head over. It REALLY sucks not having anyone at all who will help. Right now it will take a miracle to get all this together myself by opening day…

WELL, HERE GOES NOTHING!

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1 WEEK TIL GRAND OPENING!!

Well, I’m pretty nervous& not sure how all this will work out, but WE START MOVING IN THIS WEEKEND!

I will have my 3 kids in tow. And its looking like as many as *6* trips back & forth JUST to get the stuff there. At the very least, it will be. 3-4, depending much much I can pack around the kids lol…

I still need to go buy peg board, cut it, paint it, take it over & mount it. (Note: Its huge & heavy & will be additional trips too.)

And then there’s actually setting everything up. Yep. I’m terrified. Some how I have to I make all this work & FAST… like everything else. It will happen some how.

So. GRAND OPENING of our NEWEST LOCATION NEXT WEEKEND!!

LOCATED IN HAMILTON, OH. Pleasant Ave- inside “Pleasant Treasures” ( the old Super Pets building)

Very slowly packing…