I don't think I mentioned this, mainly because I hate casting negative lights on my beloved Army. But over a year ago, Ben got this mysterious bonus pay. He had heard the stories of bonuses accidentally given and then when the Army figures out their mistake, they start taking money out of your pay to pay it back. So he called in to check on it, and they said that there was no mistake, that he earned the bonus.
So, fast forward a year and half. Ben gets $25 for his weekend drill. What the heck!? We were suppose to get around $300. That is what pays for our utilities and our health and dental insurance. Ben gets on his Army account to check his pay stubs to see what is going on. Turns out the Army decided after all that the bonus was a mistake after all and now they are going to take it back PLUS interest. First off, we never got the whole bonus, 30% was taken in taxes. But now we have to pay back the full amount PLUS interest! You can imagine that we were LESS than happy about this whole thing. Especially, with Ben in school and funds being tight anyway, losing that money is a real blow to us.
However, luckily, the weather is getting cooler and the hat orders are coming in. I have ALMOST earned enough to cover that loss for November and December. But it still stinks big time that what we hoped that the hat money would be Christmas money, is now going to pay bills. It's sad. But hey, that's life right?
So now you know why I haven't been around here lately. Crocheting while watching Netflix has become an almost full time job. But I'm not complaining. We have really been blessed with the orders. These are my most popular sellers:
sell this hat on Etsy and I also sell the pattern.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Clarice the Doe hats. Original design by Chelsea at A Chick w/ Sticks... with a few of my personal changes.
Turkey hat this year and have sold a few. The original pattern and design are by Chelsea at A Chick w/ Sticks as well.
Then my Utah State hats are always best sellers as well.
So now you know where I have been hiding. Hopefully, I will be able to come out of my cave every now and then and write a post. Meanwhile, I have almost run out of good Neflix movies/ series... anyone have any suggestions?