Today the new season of Doctor Who started. Yes, we're geeks and nerds, sci-fi weirdos and Whovians in this house. No surprise there, I suppose - our latest litter of colony babies are all named after Doctor Who companions after all. Good episode - no spoilers here. We enjoyed seeing The Doctor as a woman and agree that Jodie Whittaker is a talented and believable actress.
We're two days away from potential due dates for some of the rabbits. Quince already chewed her plastic nest box into oblivion, and Spotty has a built-in nest box. I'll have to replace Quince's tomorrow, and make sure Spotty's is looking good and doesn't need any repairs.
I'm still having an internal struggle with where to post my crafty goodies for sale. I have hair ties and dish cloths that I've crocheted. I'd usually post them in my Bonanza store because it's free to list and the listings last forever, so I don't have to worry about re-posting. They do charge a fee when an item sells, but they offer no advertising and driving traffic to my Bonanza store is all on me. I considered Etsy. I used to have a store there, but they charge a fee to post each item, and it only lasts a few months. If it doesn't sell you have to pay a fee again to relist it. If it sells, they charge another fee. They're better advertised, but I feel like a lot of my stuff would get buried in the mounds and mounds of similar stuff listed by all the other sellers. Last time I stopped using it because the only thing I was actually successfully selling were supplies, not finished projects (which is a majority of what I want to sell). EBay wouldn't be appropriate for handcrafted goodies, and the fees would eat up any tiny profit I hoped to make. I can post them to my Facebook page or to the website, but I just don't have the reach I'd like to get buyers to me. I don't have some super cool , inspirational, or heartwarming story to go with it to make me go viral. Just me - trying to pay my bills by being creative and enjoying time at home with my kids and my critters.
It's something I'll have to look in to I guess. More time spent re-searching. I do love research. Not as much as I love packaging things up for shipping after they've sold though. Yes, I'm that weird. When I was selling stuff online regularly, I got more joy from packaging things up and bringing them to the post office than I did from actually making money from the sales. Welcome to my weird world I guess.
And when I went to write this blog I realized that I haven't taken a single photo all weekend. Not one. Well what am I supposed to post in the blog then? Well, here's a random old photo I dug up, just so I can have a photo in today's blog post.
I seem to have this problem every fall. More bunnies left than anticipated. They didn't sell as well as I had hoped, the market falls out in the fall when temperatures drop and nobody wants to house bunnies outside over winter - because let's face it, outdoor chores in -40 in February isn't fun for anyone. And with kids back in school, and the holidays and everything else that goes with kids and sports and clubs and extra curricular activities, people aren't usually looking to buy a rabbit in the winter. The feed bill is getting a little out of hand, and we still have more potential litters coming. Someone buy a rabbit before I end up having to put some in the crock pot to feed us, since all our money is going to feed them.
Let me just mention how awesome barter is. We have an over-abundance of rabbits, but I would be thrilled to trade rabbits for other things we want or need... Want a rabbit? I'd be happy to swap for skeins of yarn, fabric, a working lawn mower, chain link fencing, lumber, gutters, guinea hens, heritage breed turkeys, electric poultry netting, or more rabbit cages. Want to trade with me? Make an offer! The worst I can say is "no thank you."