And How Quickly Things Can Change

The last half of the week and weekend have been a complete turn-around for me since my first post here on December 14th. For some reason the other night after that first blog post I decided to post in a Facebook Group for the Digby area and asked if anyone thought there would be a market for a small craft supply shop in or near Digby and the response I got was overwhelming to say the least. Hundreds of replies and likes all saying yes, we need one, and yes they would support us if we opened a small brick and mortar store here somewhere.

Photo by Jane Carmona on Unsplash

It’s really turned my spirits around immensely. I feel like I have a bit more of a purpose now and don’t feel as stuck. I set up an appointment at Nova Scotia Works. I can’t remember if I mentioned that in the last post, but essentially they can help me write up a professional business plan, look for programs, loans, grants and other sources of funding to get this going. I still fully plan to incorporate the website as per my last post, but with the response I think we really need to consider opening up a small local shop to start out with as well if we can find the funding. I would love to be able to sell worldwide with either free or really decent shipping costs, so that we are not limited to the area.

We also decided that mom and I would go in 50/50 on the business as partners and leave the men out of it as it will open us up to more funding options, programs and things since there are some “women in business” type associations that have options for support and funding as well that we will be able to possibly access. I am unsure if there is anything for seniors starting businesses, but we will have to check on that as well and see if us being partners would affect that since I’m not a senior, yet lol.

Overall, this has put me in a much better mood over the last few days and helped a lot with my depression and even anxiety. I haven’t had a panic attack for a few days. Which is much better then the 2-3 per day I was experiencing through the beginning of December. Hopefully this will give me something to strive for, work on, and give me some goals to achieve and new ones to set and maybe spur me back into finishing my courses and getting my diploma as well, even though it will not help me directly with the business, it will still mean I won’t have to hire out anyone to do our website at least.

It’s not all been good over the last few days and I will mention some of the bad here in a moment, however this has managed to outweigh the bad and still help me keep a more positive frame of mind. As for the bad, just about the same time all this happened Eddie and I made the decision to give Bella back to mom and dad for now. I was struggling so much with her. I am just not used to having a dog or puppy and I’m afraid I did not adapt well to her. I started bonding, but much slower then I expected and I’ve also come to the conclusion that I honestly just don’t like dogs in general much.

I was struggling emotionally with how to handle her puppyishness (sorry I know that’s not a word); the bouncing, chewing, whining, etc. was causing me migraines and panic attacks and I felt I was completely incapable of caring for her and giving her the love and affection and the training that she needed even as a pet, never mind a service dog. So, after some discussion we all decided it was best for her to go back with mom and dad (she was born there) and live with them. They don’t plan to rehome her as she has been bounced around enough. They said we could re-evaluate down the road and as much as I’d like to do that I need to do what’s best for her and I don’t think yanking her later on from a home she has loved since she was born is what’s best for her.

Even in just the few days since we made the decision I have felt some of the fear, anxiety and depression melting away slightly. I know it was not the direct cause, but it sure didn’t help when she was here. I felt kind of heartless but I just kept wanting to go back to it just being Eddie and I and the two boys (cats), and I knew that it would not be a good fit for her here and not fair to her.

The other bad thing that happened, not that I would call mom and dad taking back a puppy that they love very much a bad thing, but anyway, is that COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed here to the highest they have ever been. For a small province of just under a million (970,000) we have had 476 new cases today alone, meaning that we have been smashing our previous records from the second wave, day after day for the last week, including 18 today in the western zone, where I am which has remained relatively COVID-19 free or really low compared to the rest of the province. We also had 426 new cases the day before, 394 the day before that and 287 the day before that on top of a week of almost 200 a day before that. So the cases have steadily been rising since the end of November, we now have 632 active cases (not sure why but that does not seem to add up to me) and the Omicron variant has been confirmed here and I think confirmed to be the majority of the cases as well, I am not sure about that one but I think I read that somewhere. We do have 82% of the population with 2 or more doses though, so that’s good. They have started on the boosters for health care workers, people over 60 and those with immune issues.

This has caused restrictions to be put back in place, which were almost completely gone over the summer due to super low cases (like under 10 a week). Which means that going to Halifax for Christmas this coming weekend is going to end up looking a bit different. As of right now the government is not asking us to cancel our Christmas plans outside our households, but they are asking us to change them to help minimize the spread. So, as of right now we are going up, spending Christmas dinner at his sisters with only 8 of us and then not leaving the hotel other then that. We may even end up ditching the dinner if more restrictions are put in place or the cases continue going up, which I am sure they will. I am pretty sure we are going to end up going into a full lockdown for New Years and am working in preparing myself for that. It sucks, but I know we are not alone, everyone everywhere is facing similar situations I think worldwide.

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    Susanne says:

    That’s fantastic, Kadie, I’m so glad for you! I hope the Covid surge doesn’t disturb anything about this. So sorry to hear that Omicron outbreaks happen there too.. although it’s not unexpected. They need to hurry up with the boosters since it seems 2 shots isn’t enough for this variant. We received our boosters on Thursday.

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      Kadie says:

      Yeah, we knew it was coming but when the Delta variant outbreak happened we still managed to keep fairly good control on it. I read somewhere that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine for instance was 95% against infection and against severe illness in the original virus. I’m not sure with the Delta variant but they are saying that it is only about 30% against infection, not sure about severe illness, but that’s quite a drop. Would a booster even change that? Is it possible I wonder if they need to develop new vaccines like they do with the flu as new strains emerge? It’s all kind of interesting, and scary, when you think about it. Canada has always been behind in getting the vaccines out and Nova Scotia has been one of the worst in Canada, however on the flip side in Canada and especially Nova Scotia we have some of the highest rates, actually looking it up so does Ireland. We are about on par for that. But Canada is behind on the boosters compared to Ireland.

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      Kadie says:

      Thanks Debra. When I saw the image I knew I had to use it. Though oddly enough we have no yarn in our first inventory order lol. Can’t please everyone and we have to start somewhere.

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    Shanae says:

    Kadie,
    First off, told ya so, lol! I knew everyone would like your ideas! That being said, as an American with a bunch of Republican/Democrat head butting of ridiculous bullshit as of late I’d like to say I’m sorry about the damper of spread but I’m not even surprised. My entire nation is too busy pitting groups against each other to pay attention to ACTUAL threats, because apparently it’s 1880’s up in here lately *eyeroll*. Apologies for the seemingly short nature, I just feel like in our time we should be so much further and pitting everyone against one another for the sake of race and class, which seems pathetic and outdated. however, it’s a fact of reality nonetheless. COVID aside, I do hope global events and whatnot don’t inhibit your selling abilities, because you really do have a fantasist plan at hand. You’ve really gotten a good plan going honestly.
    Also, while Canada is behind in boosters and keeping distance, well you should see the USA its pathetic and would be funny except most people (including myself) can’t even afford to survive at the present.
    Holding out to hope that 2022 will show some positive aspects. At least I am trying to remain optimistic and hope for a better year, because 2021 freaking sucked ass.
    Keep up the awesome work on The Paper Craft Co girl because you have a solid plan, and as soon as I’m financially able I will 100% order something because you have some cute stuff and it’s for someone who is worth working with for sure!!
    -Shanae

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      Kadie says:

      Thanks for all the kind words. We ordered our first small inventory order today to start just some local selling via a scaled down starter version of the website and via FB marketplace, so I am really excited! It was harder then I expected. I am sure I will blog about it in a day or two lol, but it’s hard figuring out what to order, where to order from, how much to mark it up, while still being competitive, etc. But I think we found a really good wholesaler to start out with.

      To be honest with you it is no different in Canada really. So much bullshit when it comes to political parties, anti-government , anti-vax, anti-covid, conspiracy theorist nutheads. It’s just a shit show when it comes down to it here too. I am happy to say though that we do have a decent vax rate though so I guess that’s something. It almost doesn’t jive with the number of people who claim in our country to be against vaccinating, yet somehow we are still at a higher rate.

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    Brandy says:

    With the cold weather and Holiday season upon us, it was no surprise that Covid started to spread again. I got boosted at the end of October and it was a no brainer seeing as I work in retail and with the general public (touching peoples germy cell phones). I knock on wood that I still have not caught covid and I am honestly very surprised seeing as I have a very weak immune system (with my health issues).

    Starting a business is definitely super exciting. I can’t wait to see and hear more about it as it starts to blossom!

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      Kadie says:

      Hey Brandy, I’m glad to hear you were able to get your booster. We haven’t gotten ours yet because we’ve both been sick since Christmas, though ironically not with Covid. Ours are booked for February 6th though. Knock on wood that we don’t get it either. My aunt, cousin and cousins boyfriend just had it. Luckily none of them ended up in the hospital but they are still recovering weeks after. It scares me because I have health issues too (diabetic among other things) and am in a higher risk category of severe disease according to the government. I’m at home but my husband works retail so it worries me that he will get it and then we will all get it.

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    Deanna says:

    I’m so excited about your self-employment journey. I would love to be my own boss. If only I could think of something to do that makes money haha. I’ve been watching the Covid cases in NS and have been concerned about the numbers. It’s hard when my parents are there and I’m so far away. I can’t imagine what I would do if something happened to them. I am really hoping everything settles down again soon as I was hoping to finally be able to fly home this summer for a visit!

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      Kadie says:

      I understand how you feel. I am so worried about my parents getting it. My mom’s sister and her daughter and daughters boyfriend just had it. Luckily they never had to be hospitalized and were vaccinated but they still got pretty sick. It’s scary. I know the cases are way worse out west but you also have a much larger population as well. Not sure how it all figures out percentage wise but our numbers were the highest we’ve had so far a few weeks ago. I hope the summer ends up like last were it dies off for a bit and we can get out and do more and go places and I hope you get to visit your parents. I can’t imagine how you feel being so far away. I hope you, your husband and Elliot are doing well!

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