Wednesday, May 10, 2017

                                            A beautifully mature mountain dogwood tree. 

Springtime in these mountains has been a bit of an adventure this year.  We had beautiful days in February and March.  April overdid herself with showers.  It rained biblical.  The good news is that everything is lush and green now with blooms and buds a'plenty. 

Springtime brings projects.  I have had a rapidly receding land issue with the creek for the last two years.  The roots are showing on some of the hedge plants that grow along it.  Today I had a wall installed to stop the erosion.  Railroad ties backed with sandbags full of concrete.  We were careful to follow the "meanders" and built up from where the bank stops now.  Then we filled in some topsoil behind the timbers to help out the hedge.  It will take time for it to fill in completely but it's a start.  Expensive work.

So now it's May and the March winds are blowing.  I vowed yesterday to come inside and stay until I could go out again without my hair blowing in my face.  That didn't last but it was not quite as bad today.

Etsy is in the news again.  A new CEO.  For myself, I'm about ready to give up.  I'm tired of ridiculous changes and surprises.  Things seem to have slowed down tremendously since the news broke last week.  That is compounded with the new rules about payments.  I have been with PayPal since they paid $10. to you if you joined and I've never had a problem that couldn't be worked out.  They have phone-able Customer Service which Etsy does not. Etsy has decided that they will process PayPal payments too.  I'm not quite sure how that is legal but everything has to go through what is now known as Etsy Payments.  That, we resist, since most of us are still deleting spam from our emails from the hack that took place at Etsy a year or so ago.  I'm thinking of giving it up. 

I've run a 20% off sale in my Etsy shop this week and nary a nibble.  It's a bit depressing. 

I have three online friends who have moved on to their own website and are doing really well.  I wish I had the fortitude to try it.  With all else I have to keep up with I don't know if I could do it.  Then again, I might like the challenge of something new. 

Any readers dealing with Etsy these days?  Do you have a website?  Does it do what you'd like it to do? 

1 comment:

  1. I too have given up on my Etsy shop. It was never a source of income for me that I could count on. And it was an avenue to get out there when I wanted to start on social media.
    But it's too much work for no return. I sell at a monthly vintage market and in a vintage Shop.
    Better return and easier to follow trends.
    I'm not closing but I haven't added anything new. Etsy just doesn't like vintage, even though they have plenty of rules for us to follow, they never promote vintage and don't show us the same respect as sellers as someone who sells earrings.
    Good luck Etsy, I wish someone would start a vintage online marketplace.


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