• Jill Holdaway

Jill's January

After a busy crafts fair and product making season, I decided to use January to work on plans for my business. This involves overhauling the So and Soap website, doing budgets and taxes, master batching oils to save money, learning new soap making techniques, and organizing my product recipes in a new system.

It hasn't been all soap biz this month!

I've been reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and going to both of my book discussion groups. So enlightening to hear what others get from the stories and characters. Last month I was facilitating my public library book group and we had a fantastic discussion on Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. We thought that Noah's upbeat attitude made the atrocities he described easier to take. And his mother's tough love helped prepare him for the hostilities he encountered in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa.

Low king tide at Pleasure Point

I've made one of the most typical New Year's resolutions - get more exercise! So now I'm going to Zumba classes. So fun! I'm klutzy and have a bad knee but I don't let that stop me. I'm also going on more walks with the neighbors. Exercise + visit all in one! Yesterday we went to Pleasure Point (Santa Cruz, CA area) to check out the lowest king tides. Yes, king tides bring the lowest tides as well as the highest tides.

I've been updating our emergency supplies. This year I've put together a go bag I can take should I need to evacuate quickly. I've also updated the food, medicines, and water in our stay put emergency supplies. I washed and updated the extra clothes in my emergency supplies. Good thing I tried on and walked around in the walking and hiking shoes in my stash. They were so old that the vinyl and rubber in the soles had deteriorated and the soles were coming off. I wouldn't have gotten far in these shoes!

Binge watch of the month: The Komiskey Method on Netflix. I love this odd couple story and the all-too-true accounts of aging. And there is something about Michael

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