Hello everyone!!!! I know that it had been a long time since I last chatted with all of you, There is good reason for this however, some of you might not find it as good reason, but it’s the truth so here goes huge update I will try not to ramble too badly..
Lets start in November of 2013 I found out that I had problem with my left foot I woke up one morning with the side of my foot begin sore, it just got worse from there it took many, many test to find out what was really wrong with it which put me out on Medical leave from work. <span Because of this I was not able to travel let alone drive so I lost my blogging mojo so to speak the only thing I had to blog about was my foot & my crafts I was not sure how any of you would have liked to hear about those two topics.
Fast foward to April 2014 I was still have problem with my foot however we finally knew what was wrong with it! This turned into double edge sword because I tried so many treatments for it with no relif. Their was an option we had left & that was PRP [platelet rich plasma therapy] which did not fully work I still have pain not as bad as it was in 2013 but I still have.
May 2014 then end of May I lost my job 9yrs because I was out on medical leave to long so that put my mood down even futher my job issues I later found out I could have fought that however that is topice for another time. During those 5/6 month I did not really have much to talk about expect for my crafts, which during those month I got into heavily I am sure you reading this wanting to know what those crafts are. I dived into crocheting, knitting, spinning fiber into yarn as well as I started knitting & crochet podcast. Again, I was not sure how much you would want to read about all of that on this blogl Reading books also because big with me as well on my other blog I have done book reviews if any of you are interested I can put those reviews here just let me know.
Even thought the treatment did not fully work I have good and bad day but I have learned what I can and cannot not do. I was able in early May to start driving again so I was able to start traveling again, which I did, however my mojo for blogging did not come back so I took the rest of 2014 off to decide whether I wanted to come back to it or not.
I did after much thought decide to come back to it, I miss writing even if I am not very good at it!
April 2015 up to date things are good with me, I still have the foot pain which will never go away because will have the problem with my foot for the rest of my life so all I can do is treat it which I am okay with. I am now doing something that I love very much which in turn is given me the freedom to keep reading, doing my crafts, hobbies as well as pick new one up. Do not worry, I still travel yet to, no new love I’m not even dating anyone, however I still have my love for India and everything East meets west. Over the next few weeks you will see new blog post even post from my other blog. I have decided to start few sections in this blog which are knitting, crocheting, spinning, book review, my podcast, however I will try to keep my yarn stuff to my podcast blog. Duly let me know if you like these new sections.
I’m so happy to be back with all of you!
Penelope started Soapothecary in March of 2000 making hand made soaps, lotions, face, as well as body products which has been going strong since I have been long time customer of hers for long time now I use all of her products, I don’t have to worry what I’m putting on my body because I know. Her products are latex free vegan friendly and she uses organic oils too so I know that I’m not putting chemicals on me that are going to harm me or my body which makes me feel good. As of February 9,2013 Soapothecary is now stickily online how ever in Jim Thorpe PA if you go into the 5&10 store you will be able to Soapothecary’s hand made soaps only for the rest of the products you will have to visit them online at http://www.soapothecary.com .
As promised I’m going to talk about some of the small business that I happen to like and love some of them are local others either internet based or located in different towns or city’s. I would love to see boom again in small business America I feel that small business is the back bone of this country it’s where everything got it start from J.P Morgan all the way to Super Wal*Mart, yet somehow long the way to these chance stores we some how have lost the small business which is such sad thing this because without them we really would not survive at all. I would love to be able go into small or on website for small business and buy just about everything that I need or want, don’t get me wrong I’m not downing big chain store they are great for things that I need and want as well however they just seem to lack a lot of things that your small business has for example getting to know the employees in the and them getting to know you and what you like and don’t like what you need or want, getting to know the owner for the store who might happen to live right in your neighborhood! Getting that great customer service in small business, as well as find that hard to find item that big chain stores simply do not carry or even finding that rare item as well.
I understand that we all have be consumed by the malls I have been to, that is why it got me thinking after driving around for almost 15minutes looking for parking spot at the mall would it not be easier to buy from the small business I would not have to drive around for 15 minutes or longer looking for parking spot, fighting the packed malls just to get to one or two stores that I want to go into only to find out that they no longer carry that item or they are out of stock which you need to order it online. I’m not trying to down the malls of America either with their one stop retail shopping it’s nice to have it all located in one place however the down side is that it’s so crowed, they don’t always have what you need or want! I have found that it’s nice to but from the small business I don’t mind paying to park in car in parking garage for an hour or two or pay some place to park my car at one set price for few hours I know it will be safe, or even parking downtown and walking around downtown looking at the shops! I have found that this is very relaxing and enjoying experience to me I don’t feel rushed I end up finding some pretty interesting shops along the way as well as some great local eat, running into people that I know and have not seen in while, I might even get to take in some site which I would not normal see in mall plus I find it more family friendly as well. I know that shopping small business is not for everyone as some people only brand name pay lot for them and only shop in brand name shops, well I have news for you your small business sometimes carries those items as well all you have to is look and even asking.
My Nana still tells me stories of how many small business where you could go in once place buy your clothing items walk down the street go into your local meat market another store would have your shoes, jewelry, pharmacy etc.! I’m always amazed when she tells me about all of this I just answer her with I be that was exciting to walk down the street or down town begin able to get what you need or driving to another town to get what you need, she just tells me yes it was in fact I liked it better that way because you got treated better sales people knew you what you liked and what not! I know that we are not longer living in grandparents and great grandparents times however maybe we should take cue from them learn something that buying from the small business is good thing it keeps your fellow neighbors in work and community going and well with today having the internet it keeps lot of other people in work too. One might ask how dose buying off small business viva internet have the same experience well the owner or employee might ask how you experience was could the make buying from them better? Or how you liked what they carry they try to get to know you as person. I challenge you reader to try small business out for 30days see how you like it!
I will be posting blogs of the small business that I happen to like and love telling you why they are amazing giving you the links or address to check them out!
I recently finished reading “Karama & Reincarnation” By Paramhansa Yogananda I must say that I was kind of let down but this book I thought that he would have went into more detail about Karma how it works and such and more about reincarnation, it’s not that he dose not talk about the whole process but little more would have been better. I did find this book to be very quick and dry read I will say that did walk away with some information that I did not know which is good thing. I don’t have to much to say on this book I will leave you with descriptions of what this book is about.
Many people share theories on reincarnation, or karma, or what happens at death. Paramhansa Yogananda, a master of yoga, writes from his own true knowledge and experience. Coming through Yogananda’s words, above all, is the deepest encouragement to every reader: the reassurance that God loves us, and that all of life is designed to help us move toward our own highest fulfillment.
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