The wind is howling, wind advisories are in effect. The temperature has dropped from the balmy upper 60’s we’ve had most all week to the upper 40’s and low 50’s. Because of requirements to weight the canopy, I purchased a set of leg weights for the tent, but they won’t be enough if this wind continues. It is supposed to calm by early morning tomorrow. I sure hope so. We have some exercise weights that I think I will also take and lash to two of the canopy legs and put double weights on the other two. The weights will be half again the weight of the tent, but if the wind continues, I will be hard pressed to keep it on the ground. We can’t stake them down as we will be set up on a parking lot made of pavers.
Early this week, K and I set it up in the garage to figure out arrangement and made a few minor adjustments, like removing the small price signs and putting an A-style chalkboard with all of the prices on it in the corner of the tables. I’m hopeful and anxious as the huge annual Y Craft Show begins today in town and continues through Sunday and the local toy shop is having their holiday unveiling event tomorrow as well, so lots of events going on the same day.
More than two weeks ago, I ordered more of the screw lid tins that I use for the solid lotion bars, the Biker Bum Balm, Comfrey Salve, and Brigand’s Oil Salve. Having ordered from this company before and receiving my order in a week or less, I figured, I was going to have them in plenty of time to finish packing some of my products. I have tracked this package that was shipped from California on November 3rd. It only took a day and a half to get to New Jersey. From there, FedEx sent it to West Virginia, only a couple of hours west of us, then to North Caroline, a few hours south. Then, it hopped over Virginia and went north again to Maryland where it sat for 5 days. Two days ago, it was an hour west of us in Virginia and with any luck, it is out for delivery today by USPS as they turned it over to them. Ten days it has been in transit, a smallish box that would easily have fit in the medium flat rate USPS box and would have been here in 3 days at most. I have contacted them, but received no reply. I guess I will be up tonight finishing what I had hoped to have all packed and ready to go early tomorrow morning, I have to be at the market for final instructions by 8 a.m.
Mid week, I received an email from a reporter at the local newspaper. She wants to include the local crafters that are on Etsy in the Holiday Craft market section of the newspaper. K took a photo of a representation of my products, I wrote up the brief blurb that she wanted and a listing of my products and sent them on. The next day she asked for a profile photo so K took that as well and that too was sent on. This should be a nice little boost of publicity.
If you are one of my local readers, come on to Blacksburg tomorrow and visit all of the events going on, buy some local produce and meat while you are at it. I am not the only craft vendor tomorrow, so you can browse for holiday gifts for your friends and family.
I hope the tins arrive and the wind dies down, then maybe my anxiety will lessen.