In years past I would not still be working on my art work at this point in December, but with the economy the way it is, I can't say "no" to an order.
I just finished and shipped a buffalo to Canada, and still have a unicorn to get done in the next few days. It is not a Christmas order. It is for a December 28th birthday, so it should get to Texas on time if I can ship it on Monday.
I did have to say "no" to one order this week. A former customer wanted to get her husband a polar bear for Christmas, but I told her it was too late. We settled on a February delivery because he has a birthday then. I gave her a nice discount.
It's a good thing I've had a little business this season. We have been going kinda crazy with buying things. In addition to all the Christmas gifts, we have been buying necessities, and not-so-necessities for the Alfa. Things like the 50 foot air hose to fill the tires from the onboard compressor, and the new air filter Craig will be installing this weekend. Little things like the telescoping brush to wash the roof someday, and the fiberglass renewing kit to use after. Also the surge protector and the driving lessons, both necessary in my eye.
We did splurge on one not-so-necessary item: a new flat-screen TV for the bedroom. We don't have a satellite service yet, but we should be able to pick up some stations with the antenna in the LA area. This was something Craig wanted to do from the day we bought the Alfa. I thought the old one was OK.
Craig was given a nice gift at the Christmas party today. Special recognition was given to a number of people for the work they did on projects this year, and Craig was one of them. He was given an iPad. He says I can have it because he doesn't feel his fingers are nimble enough, but I think we will both use it a bit. I played with it some this evening, and at first touch, I have to say I like my laptop a lot better. It took me a while to get used to the track pad, but now it is very comfortable.
But I will give the iPad a fair trial period. People seem to really like them.
I was very excited to see the traffic on the maps. I was looking at the L.A. area at about the time of night we will be going thru there next week.
We have also been talking about getting a smart phone. Verizon is promoting all their 4G phones that if you buy one by the end of the month you would get double the bandwidth for the life of the phone. It really seems like a great deal. A decision to make in the next few days.
It would be a forward looking purchase. We don't need it here at the house, but it would be necessary once we were on the road. Craig is talking about getting rid of the two land lines we have. But then I would have to get a "wedge" that would attach to the phone so I could continue to process credit card orders for my art sales. Right now I have a transaction processor that is attached to the house phone line. Not very portable!
So the decision is not whether to get a smart phone or not. It is whether to get it now or wait until we are actually free of the house.
The double bandwidth is very tempting!
Oh, and before I forget, Welcome Russ. My 100th follower. It just occurred to me, I'm being followed by a Duck!