Like Yeoldfurt said in his post earlier today, it's been an 'interesting' week. It seems like everything around here either needs fixing or replacing these days. The vehicles have been taking turns breaking down for three months now. We've had to put money into every single one of them, each time from $200 to $1500. They're just old vehicles and mechanical things have a tendency to wear out. I broke that tooth a couple of weeks ago and get to spend $95 to have it pulled next Thursday (a good bit cheaper than what the dentist wanted to do) and today I got to spend $15.00 on a new mailbox and hardware because some hooligans trashed our old one night before last. Makes me wonder what next week has in store for us.
My venture at Yesteryear's pays for itself but not much more than that. In the three months I've had the booth space, my net after expenses is a little over $100. Not exactly a revenue stream, but I am purging a few things and turning them into cash. My primary goal in setting up the booth space was to purge, so technically it's a success. But I was hoping it would generate just a wee bit more cash than what it has so far. I could really use an infusion of cash right now. I'll give it a full year ...or until the first month I actually have to pay the booth rental ($35/month) out of my pocket instead of my sales ...and see if it's worth continuing.
Looking around for what else I can sell, I couldn't help but take another look at the horses. We have the two that we ride and we have the 23 year old who is our grandkid horse. Those are 'forever horses.' That only leaves the six year old, Lyric. The one I was going to saddle break last year and it just didn't happen. Well, technically, she's broke to saddle and will take a bit and bridle very nicely. I've just never climbed up on her back. Every time I think I'm going to, my wiser self reminds me of how well I wouldn't bounce if I hit the ground these days. It's been about 12 years since I had a 'horse wreck' and I was lucky that time ...nothing broken, just some cracked ribs and a hairline fracture of my pelvis. The way things have gone for us in general the last couple of years, I think my luck may have run out.
So, I listed Lyric on Craigslist today.
She was a pretty little thing as baby and she's grown up to be a really nice mare. I'm asking $600 and hoping I find someone half my age who has a bit more disposable income than I do ...most importantly, someone who will love her and appreciate her. She deserves more than I can give her at the moment.
This is my first ever attempt at selling something on Craigslist. The price is right (free) ...I just hope she sells. If I can get $600 for her, the money will go to stock up on hay for the three we will still be feeding. Sounds like a lot of money, doesn't it? We used to get 1000-pound round bales for $70/each ...delivered. Now we can only find scrawny little 500-pound bales for $135/each including delivery. So converted to round bales at today's prices, $600 is only about 4 weeks worth of hay for the three horses we'll still be feeding. Lord, I hope the good rains we've had for two months now continue through the summer so our local hay producers can get up and running again!