A friend of mine turned me on to the local community college that offers small business start-ups free one-on-one counseling. Not having money to spare for financial counseling otherwise, I decided to jump on that. My appointment is tomorrow. The free counseling includes: * Start-up issues – registration, licensing, market research, financing, insurance * Business planning for prestart-up, start-up, existing and emerging businesses * Strategic plan assistance * Development of marketing strategies * Financial statement analysis, budgeting and projections I’m very impressed that it’s all free. (I’m assuming there’s no hidden catch since my friend went through this herself.) Jody and I came up withRead More →

It was so cold and ridiculously windy here today, I wouldn’t be surprised if we lost some shingles off the house. Our garbage can blew over and tumbled around the yard and the cover for our grill blew off. The wind was so loud, it woke me up this morning and I couldn’t fall back asleep. It’s only going to get worse the next couple days. We can expect highs in the teens Tuesday and single digits on Wednesday. Yikes! Ava and I decorated our Christmas tree today. Well, I decorated. She pulled the non-breakable ornaments off and put them on and took them offRead More →

Wow, today has been a productive one. :) I made amends with my old friend “Nelly” – (she wrote a bit about it on her blog too). It feels so good to have closure and be getting over that whole thing. I hope it will work out that way with my other friend (TF)…someday. Time will tell. I ran some errands (with Ava of course). I went to the bank, picked up a little something for a ‘welcome to motherhood’ celebration we’re having for a friend this weekend, mailed off two photo orders (to grandparents of the little boy I photographed a few weeks ago),Read More →

Well, that was a nice surprise! I just got the mail and discovered a free holiday CD from KBCO (a local radio station). It includes holiday songs by Coldplay, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Bare Naked Ladies, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin and others. Hooray for free stuff that I can use! :) Ava and I are listening to it now. She’s rockin’ out while nursing. LOL