There are several other irons in the fire as well. For several years, I have been studying aromatherapy. My university degree of years ago involved massage. I learned every aspect of the anatomy and care and prevention of injuries, including massage. Gosh, I even won a little award for my touch! So, combining the two, there is spiritual massage, a combination of healing touch and essential oils to help people feel better. The province of Alberta prohibits anyone offering therapeutic massage without an extensive course in their schools, and they do not recognize my training at all. I asked. The only shingle I can hang in this avenue is to go through Reiki or something similar. So I will.
Then there is wholesale soap supply. I have had two people ask if I would/could make soap exclusively for their business. One is a local greenhouse. She is very busy and would like a line of simple soap for gardeners. Easy peasy, but whether it is lucrative enough to produce in small batches, I don't know. If I could put my name on the bars, and offer them to her at a discount so we each make a couple of bucks, that would be better. We are talking. The other, well, we are just starting to talk.
And of course, I could rent the bed and breakfast house. There is a single mom who has three kids, nice mom and kids, who might be looking in the near future. Or just rent the upstairs, which is more likely, so that I have the basement to continue to sort and liquidate things. I managed to sell some rolls of fabric today, yahoo. Every hundred dollars in the pocket is a space open in the house. That is a win win situation.
But everything takes time. Nothing happens overnight, unfortunately, and no matter how I want things to be the way they were, they are not going to go back either. As long as we have this recession in the oil patch, business here is difficult. Everyone I speak with is feeling a pinch, even people I would not suspect, like the baker. She said their business is way down and they don't know what to do. Of course. With 5000 or more people gone from the Lakeland district, that is going to impact everyone.
I am fortunate and grateful to be able to keep going. The man who rented the pasture is supposedly coming this weekend to fix the fence and pay me. Then I can pay the hay man and the grain man and all is good. Other than my car, which is acting up badly with slow starts and might cost a lot of money to rectify, there are no major expenses coming up. All is well at the Fat Ewe Farm and the irons are in the fire for now. Stay tuned.