Friday, October 30, 2009

Hickory Dickory Dock -- jcarolek

I had this idea that I would spend a little more time on the blogs in their final days. But, as I have found to be more and more the case of late, the daily thrill of living has interfered with the opportunity to spend endless hours glued to the computer, reading and laughing at other bloggers' antics. No, as sure as the spring was filled with hours of planting of things to bloom later and the summer was filled with of hours casting for fish, so the autumn has been filled with hours of hickory nut collecting.

Each day as I run down the stairs from my office at the end of my "real work" day, grab my nut-collecting bag and head off into the woods on my version of the great Easter egg hunt, I think, "tonight, when it is dark and I cannot pick up nuts, I will post on the blogs."

And then, when night falls, I find myself processing the nuts collected and packing shipments of nuts to go out in the mail the next day. The hickory nut sales have been surprisingly good, considering I refuse to participate in the "let's undercut everyone else's price" form of eBay competition. No, I know the price I need to get for my product, and that's how I price mine. And, the day before yesterday when I tallied my shipped orders, discovering I had sold to 30 customers for a total of 160 pounds already, I was shocked!

So tonight, as I was processing the latest trailer full of nuts collected (not ALL from today, of course) I realized the time has all but run out for eBay blogging.

Only two posts in October 2009..... well, so, let's make it three, and then, as they say in the movies, "that's all she wrote."

For me the blogs were certainly fun. I met some amazing people here. I even met some of them in person when I happened to be traveling in their neck of the woods on business travel. And these people have enriched my life. No question there. I never really enjoyed the drama aspects of the blogs, but that was the beauty of the blogs... like a smorgasbord, I could take healthy helpings of those things I enjoyed, and maybe a taste of something new, but I could say, "no thanks" to things that did not appeal to me.

I have copied the posts I was interested in retaining into my new blog on blogspot ( and the rest, well, eBay can keep in their archives of "wisdom pearls" (that's that very large circular file that is labeled "jcarolek"). I can almost FEEL the server that has housed my zillions of posts for over more than three years, breathing a sigh of relief, as it anticipates the jcarolek load being lifted.

And there you have it. August slipped by, followed rapidly by September and before I knew it, October had all but vanished into the autumn air..... and here I've been, just enjoying the heck out of hickory nut pickin'.

I'm heading to CA for a couple of weeks next week and my hickory nut sales have paid for my trip.... but.....................

hickory dickory dock
the mouse ran up the clock
the clock struck one
the mouse ran down
hickory dickory dock....

My time here is done... I have enjoyed it...
And there are still so many nuts............


mixednut555 said...

I enjoyed all of your posts, Judy, thanks for enriching my life.


Judy's Corner said...

Hey kat! Thanks. Perhaps one day, when I collect a WHOLE lot of hickory nuts, I'll be able to swing by Hawaii and visit YOU! That would be awesome... but so far they have not deemed me worthy of business travel to Hawaii, so I will have to earn my own way!

mixednut555 said...

It could happen, you never know. Hope your trip to California is great, I'm looking forward to your next post.

Judy's Corner said...

I'm looking forward to CA. Definitely need some R&R. Just got back from a whirlwind trip to No VA which I really detest. 8+ hours of driving to attend a 1 hour meeting... UGH!