Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I've got nothing :(

I know ...

It's still coming!

I'm working on it!

It's driving me bonkers!

I don't know how long it's going to take!

I'm doing my best!

I'm frustrated as hell!

WooCommerce needs to lift it's game!

Happy birthday to me!

Take a deep breath .. in .. out.

I'm going to bed early so that I can get an early start tomorrow.

If I can get the minimum work required done, just so that I can launch my site on my birthday, I will be very happy.

That would be the best birthday gift ever.

Wish me luck!

Watch this space!

Nite all.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Still Working on it.

Fingers crossed, by tomorrow evening, all things going well, my website will be launched.

I'm so sick of typing those words ... surely they will come true soon!

Our car is still not repaired, so we have no transport at the moment .. we can only drive around our little town because the car randomly decides that it can't go faster than 40kph.

It's my birthday on Sunday and our 7th wedding anniversary on Monday, but because of our transport issues, we haven't been able to get gifts for each other, which is fine with me.

Adoring Husband got into The Bay today via other means and bought me two bouquets of flowers. Beautiful colourful Gerberas for my birthday and gorgeous red roses for our anniversary ...

What a lovely surprise that was!

And these are the gifts that I bought myself! One, I asked to be gift wrapped when I ordered it online and the other I wrapped myself. I also wrote a motivational note to myself in a birthday card, which I'll share here on Sunday!

Now I need to sleep.

Nite all.

A Slight Disappointment

I strongly doubt that tomorrow will be my launch day for the website.

Maybe Saturday, if I'm very conscientious and very lucky.

This will probably sound like double dutch to some of you, but I updated the WooCommerce plugin and there was a problem with the update - which I discovered was a 'thing' when I went Google searching for a fix.

This meant that I lost some of the photos and all of the accompanying information from the shop. It took me more than two hours to rebuild it all and then one of the photos wouldn't load the right size. I still haven't figured that one out.

My other problem is that something has appeared on one of the pages and I can't figure out how to get rid of it.

This problem prevented me from building my jewellery shop today, so that will be my mission tomorrow, along with creating the Art and Craft page.

It's going to take longer than a day and I'm feeling the pressure!

On the bright side, the order that I mentioned in yesterday's post, finally arrived today! Wahoo!

The dining table is now covered in photography gear, jewellery, boxes, the gorgeous packaging that came in the order and some of Adoring Husband's 'stuff'. That too will be a job and a half to clear eventually. I still have quite a few photographs to take yet - but they are not urgent right now.

For now, I'm going to get my 'sweet sleep' essential oil and attempt to have a restful night. My brain wouldn't shut down last night and it took forever to fall asleep ... only to be disturbed at 1.30am by the dogs for a toilet break ... then it took forever to fall back to sleep!

I have to fit a LOT into tomorrow and my brain will need to be on the ball.

So ...

Nite all.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


My day didn't quite go according to plan.

I had one Le Reve delivery to make. Luckily, I didn't accept Chef Pat's invitation to 'come in' otherwise I'd have been in even more strife with my day!

From there, I stopped at the pub to pick up two big bags of chillies from Tweedle Dee. Luckily, Tweedle Dee was working, so that visit was much shorter than it would have been otherwise!

My next stop was at The Motivator's house to say goodbye to Slammin' Sam who was returning to Sydney today. Luckily, they only had one hour to spare, or my visit might have stretched even further beyond my limits!

The Motivator gave me some crab to bring home - yum.

The Post Office was fourth on my list. I checked the mail and grabbed a couple of grocery items.

I sent a text to the Blonde Bombshell to see if she was back from her holiday, so that I could deliver her some chillies. She returned my text immediately to say that she was home, so she was my next stop.

After much catching up, I bid my farewell, explaining that my website was calling and that I had lost enough time for the day.

By the time I arrived home, it was almost lunch time! Good grief!

I shelled and ate three delicious sand crabs for lunch while Adoring Husband made his own lunch with leftovers from yesterday.

So my work day got a very late start and I did not complete even half of my 'to do' list for the day. This means that I'll have to work double time tomorrow!


I may even get a couple of hours in tonight before bed - hence my early post here.

I've been expecting delivery of an order from the Reed Gift Fair since last Wednesday and still there is no sign of it, so I'll have to phone the company tomorrow and ask them to follow it up. That's annoying.

Another company have contacted me to say that they can't complete an order of which I've already received three quarters. So at least I'll get a refund soon.

I guess this will be a learning process - which companies will be reliable and worthy of receiving my business? It seems that my learning curve is much bigger than I at first imagined haha. That will keep me on my toes!

Anyway, I'm off to get some more work done.

Nite all.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Still Working

Coffee with the girls was fabulous! There were only two missing and I didn't get home until 11am (which is like the midnight of the daylight hours!! haha).

When I arrived home, I prepared an early lunch so that I could lock myself away in my workspace for the rest of the day.

I did some repair work on my original site shop, made a list of all the little things that I have to clear on the site and began working on them, and watched some instructional Youtube videos on some other stuff that I need to do.

Tomorrow, I'll add the jewellery shop and if I'm quick enough, possibly the journal shop as well, That will give me Thursday to work on the final Art and Craft page.

That will be enough to launch the site and I can add everything else later.

It's all going according to plan so far.

Meanwhile, I need to get to bed before midnight, so this is short and sweet.

Nite all.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Later Aligator!

It's the end of the Queensland school holidays! Yay!

Sadly, there is still a week of NSW school holidays, so I guess we will have a few tourists in town for another week.

The only time that I left the house over Easter, was to attend my Art class (out of town) on Saturday morning, so I haven't seen the crowds or dealt with the mayhem.

I'm led to believe that it was the biggest fishing classic in the 25 yr history of the event. The wind carried the announcements and the noise from the Lion's Park to our back yard on Saturday and Sunday, so I couldn't avoid the event completely.

I look forward to getting out and about tomorrow and meeting the girls for coffee.

I got quite a lot done today.

I cross matched my stock with each invoice to check the prices and then I started my inventory .. at least on paper.

I took photos of 90 pieces of jewellery, but there is more yet to do. Here are a few more.

It's a long and tedious task. Not so much the photography, but the editing to make them look presentable.

Still lots to do, but I think I have enough photos done, to at least open the jewellery shop by Friday.

It's time for me to sleep so that I can be bright eyed and bushy tailed tomorrow for another day of work. I think I'll have a visitor to help me tomorrow! Fingers crossed.

Nite all.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Exceeded Expectations

I'm pretty happy with my progress today!

Adoring Husband only needed one 'Do Not Disturb' warning and he was kind enough to make my lunch and serve it to me at my desk.

Today, I designed my 'sign up' form, the confirmation email and the welcome email with the link to my ebook. It is what I struggled with at the beginning of this year, but Youtube came to my rescue and the process was so easy!

Adoring Husband was smarter than me with the Lightbox and it is all set up on the dining table ready for me to perform in the photography marathon tomorrow - the one of my own making - to photograph all of my stock.

Here are a couple of bracelets that I'll be selling ...

I need to take better photographs of them for the site.

Following that, I need to design and create the extra 3 shops for the site, which shouldn't take long.

All things going according to plan, the deadline of next Friday is looking pretty good at this stage! I can feel the butterflies!

Pretty excited about our footy tips this week.

Both Adoring Husband and I have all of our tips correct so far this week. There is one more game tomorrow and if we've tipped that one correctly, we will both be on top of the footy tipping ladder!

On that note, I'm off to bed for an early night. Another big work day tomorrow.

Nite all.