Daily Reflections From My Window

October 22, 2021 Friday: Socks and More

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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Aristotle

A week ago this time we were waking up to the 70s in Florida and sunshine. It’s fall in the Laurel Highlands and 40* and overcast. But these colors are pretty spectacular. I love this time of year and I love the seasonal change. Otherwise it would be hard to appreciate. A week ago, we were also looking forward to the wedding of a special young lady. This weekend, we’ll be attending the wedding of a special young man. Our little BJ is all grown up and tying the knot and we couldn’t be happier to be able to be there. More on that after the event!

For now, I’m getting my inventory checked in, washed and labeled. I like to wash these socks when they arrive. It gets the machine stuff out and just makes them feel better to me, and hopefully to you too. I have lots to upload to my shops. It is helpful, but I’m so bad at it. It seems to take forever and requires a lot of patience. I want it to be completed yesterday! I need to practice patience and stay on track. The whole process takes time. I hope we’re on track now with our socks and in the future can be confident about what is sent and what comes back. There was quite a bit of waste with this batch (not FC’s fault) but worry not, it will be used for something. I really like how easy Frog Creek Socks, a Pa, family owned small sock manufacturer who works with farmers and fiber growers, made checking things in. Everything was labeled clearly and listed completely. I’ll have to figure out the spinning cost to add to the sock making price to get an accurate estimate of what each sock costs to make and then add a tiny profit. Do I add my labor and the cost of shearing, sorting, vet, bags, water, electricity, fiber wash, shipping, mistakes, and more? Barely. Now I want to figure out how to add my logo and size and style info to each sock. I have a Cricut and I’m not afraid to use it! The day’s a wastin’ as they say. I have a lot to do. I won’t bore you with my world insights. After being home for a few days, I immersed myself in the news (really, something I NEVER thought I’d be doing!) and find the state of our country unrecognizable. I need a break. I’m a capitalist and a worker bee and have always tried to work to make my life better. My friend Edyce and I STILL laugh about all of the lemonade stands, plays and things we’d do to make money in our neighborhood growing up. We even had one stand where we sold our old toys, way before resale was popular. We even learned customer service when one neighbor (an adult) insisted that we give him his lemonade for free. We were always on the cutting edge, she and I. And all the babysitting!

Now on to make labels and mark each sock. In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.

Have a blessed day!