Spring Is Just Days Away
I don't necessarily get depressed because of the weather in winter, but I'm sure it does something to my already melancholy mind. So, I am happy that this next week will include a chronological date with spring, even if the local weather isn't quite living up to the title just yet. March 20th is the first day of spring...and also the day I become the grandmother of a teenager! Yikes!
A Death In The Family
Near the end of February, just a couple days after his birthday, my cousin Cecil Yates, Jr. died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack. I hadn't seen him in a few years but I am good friends with his sister and it hit her pretty hard to not have her "big brother" around suddenly. Last weekend we attended a memorial service for his family in another town here in Washington. Gatherings like that are always so odd to me. It was more of a celebration of life rather than a memorial I guess. I saw people that I am probably related to, but don't know well enough to just walk up to them and confirm it. I guessed at who they were by who they were talking to and their age.
Visitors Arriving Soon
The visitors on the horizon are our daughter-in-law and our three grandkids who are coming to visit around the first of next month. Our DIL's mother is also coming on the road trip so she can see some of the places her daughter went with her grandpa, and get a taste of what it's like to live in WA. I can't say I hold out much hope for them to like the weather here right now...spring rain and temps in the 40's is sure to elicit some moaning and complaining. But, it's spring break and the time they can drive up from California, so we'll make the best of it.
Blogging, Writing and Making Extra Money
In the mean time, I've been working on some projects for my other blog iPentimento - Genealogy and History. Most recently, I changed the tag line of the blog to include the term "technology". Actually, the tag line in now "technology infused genealogy and history". When you start a blog you should have a focus, which having it be about genealogy and history does give to it, but I want to be found for more than that, so I added the technology part.
Fibromyalgia Is Always A Factor
Because I have fibromyalgia I have spent the last few years finding ways to make money online using my writing skills, knowledge of blogging and doing a lot of trial and error in which I decided just how best to conserve my energy (fibro patients are chronically sleep deprived) while adding a few extra dollars to my pocket.
Will There Be A "MeBay" In My Future?
So, lately I've been working on getting a book ready to publish on Kindle; learning how to create a landing page for my wordpress blog; promoting my Cafe Press stores (check out those cut kitties!); writing articles for LoudLaunch; and I just found out this week that it's possible to put a page on a Wordpress blog where you can do your own auctions and not actually go through Ebay. Of course, the downside to that is that you get less promotional exposure, but by knowing lots of people online and having created trusted relationships with some, it's entirely possible that if I should decide to go that route I would make more money than sharing a big chunk of it with a major auction site.
In the mean time, I've created these landing pages for products I'm affiliated with:
- Flip Pal Portable Scanner - Long life battery powered and a gem to have at family gatherings
- A digital download (PDF) for the 1909 publication of The Home Friend (read more here or download $).