The Violet Fern

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Not Making the Dough, but Making the DOUGH!

I never dreamed I wouldn’t have a career. Surely, I thought I would be forever involved in graphic design or some sort of arts with a stable, weekly paycheck. It has taken me the last 20 years to realize this simply isn’t the case … I … just … don’t … have … a career.

I’ve picked up and put down many things … graphic design, working in a library — co-op — gallery — gift store, landscaping, but for whatever reason none of these things stuck.

Do I work? Absolutely! I work supporting my husband and our company ( and I bag our products in a pinch. I work on customer relations. I design new patterns for our leashes and collars. I take and/or touch up our product photos. I am the catch all for whatever odd, necessary jobs there are in maintaining a business. I allow my husband to streamline. I facilitate his day however and whenever I can. I cook, I clean, I maintain.

I used to work at worrying how little monetary contribution I make to our empire, but I now accept my role. It’s humble but it is also quite important and frankly, we work well together. We’ve been through a LOT of ups and downs but have persevered through all. I have a new peace within and I’m trying to be still and listen to what plans God has for me.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

I have an Etsy store and I paint, sure, and will always paint. But with a $30 sale maybe every three months, or a $200 sale once or twice per year, I am certainly not bringing home the dough.

That’s okay. As I said before … peace.

However, meet my latest creative endeavor … sourdough bread baking — now THAT is dough, baby! This is the kinda dough I’m bringing to the table.

This is a garlic dill pickle loaf I just baked this morning.