Keeping Busy

Beautiful, aren’t they?

It’s one way to keep me off the streets and out of trouble, and people do seem to love my baby/toddler crocheted afghans.

As well as my regular adult-sized afghans:

Which is a good thing ’cause I may soon have to up my little side hustle.  So far, I’ve given away more crocheted items than I’ve sold, and most of the ones I sold I did so at a significant loss simply because I love crocheting so much.

But that may change soon.  The law firm I work for will be closing up shop by the end of the year and I will be relying solely on Social Security to pay for housing, food and daily living expenses.  Not a happy scenario, as anyone on Social Security can tell you.

Hubby and I still have a mortgage payment and need to stay in the house at least until Puppy Cody is no longer with us.  Since she’s 9 now, I anticipate maintaining this home for another 3-5 years, at which time hubby and I will both be living only on Social Security and will be able to then move into an income-based senior apartment.

Meanwhile, we need to make ends meet.  We’re not hurting yet, but the day is coming.  At ripe old age of 70, I don’t know that I will be able to secure another part-time office job.  Assuming I even want to – these days I have a hard time simply getting from the house to the car, never mind fighting traffic and weather to get an office some distance away.  Definitely not how I envisioned my golden years when I  was in my 20s.

To make matters worse, New York State may be forcing everyone to convert to all-electric homes by 2030, and I understand the cost of conversion will run $35,00o to $40,000 per household, plus the subsequent costly electric bills  every month.  How are we supposed to afford all that? Needless to say, if we still own our home at that time, it will be a very strong incentive to sell and move into alternate housing.

Which brings me to my next point.

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Hugs to all – may you stay healthy and happy.


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12 Responses to Keeping Busy

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I am so sorry to hear all this it’s just not fair is it?? You deserve better than this . I am sending you love and support 💜❤️


  2. ladyryl says:

    I know the feeling as a fellow crafter…
    I want to sell my stuff to at least cover cost of material (with at least a little bit for my time) and find most people interested in my stuff want Made in China/Dollar store prices. I do find the rare person that understands the worth of hand made stuff and is willing and able to pay what I am asking for the item.

    Hopefully you can find a way to make your sales happen…


    • I’m not overly eager to make a lot of sales because then I’ll have to pay sales tax, which would then not leave me very much profit anyway. Mostly I donate my blankets to a local shelter for children and women, many of whom are victims of domestic abuse.

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  3. I hope you find buyers for your beautiful work. You have a wonderful talent!


  4. candidkay says:

    These are beautiful! My mother used to crochet these and each of us (and my kids) have one from her. They mean even more now that she’s gone. I’ll keep you in my prayers re: finances. I wish so many people didn’t have these worries.


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