Skip to main content

Thank You Notes. Have You Written Yours Yet?

I'll admit, I haven't, however it is on tomorrow's agenda. During the last month I paid so little attention to my business that today I both did some practicing and ordered some new stuff, along with some customer favorites. Predictably my first sale of the year yesterday was "It's a Promise." I can't blame folks for loving it, I know when I saw it in person I pretty much gasped with delight. So, on we go, another year of shooting and selling. Amazingly enough, around September or so, I thought I'm doing well this year, perhaps I can meet my sales record this year. By the grace of God I did so by around $4,000. Crazy, right?

Talking to Nancy on the phone today she told me she'd read my last post about the wooden spoon and had to chuckle. Why, you ask? Well, while she was here last weekend she used that room for her stuff and saw the wooden spoon on the windowsill, wondering why I had one in a bedroom. She went so far as to pick it up to carry to the kitchen when apparently she either got distracted or assumed I had my reasons. This amused me greatly.

During the last couple of days that Jon and Alissa were visiting we did a few things, including a little afternoon spent in the Ivanhoe Village area. I asked Alissa to take a picture of me and J sitting in some chairs in front of our favorite furniture store, Something Different. And so she did.
So, there we are. As are my car keys sitting in my lap. So what Gail. That's easy for you to say. Following our adventure in the furniture store things got even more interesting as I wanted to get some reading glasses out of my car and could not for the life of me find my keys. Controlled panic ensued. Purse dumping, scouring the store, and self recrimination followed. Eventually both Alissa and the store worker suggested we ask in one of the other shops, and sure enough, someone had turned them in! Here's the thing--we wondered how in the world it happened, and now, after finally unloading the photos on my camera for the first time in a week, I see the evidence. Now we know.

Alissa loves taking photographs nearly as much as I do, frequently we like the same thing, although she's a whiz with her iPhone whereas I am not.
After some snacks at White Wolf Cafe, which were yummy in case you are wondering, we made our way into "Rock 'N Roll Heaven," and did we ever have fun. I can never see anything Beatle related without thinking about my dear friend Karen Hirsch who actually saw the Beatles in person as a young girl when they played in NYC! Plus, she had Beatle trading cards! Who knew there was such a thing?
Poor Paul with his arm lying on the ground....

Who knew there was a General Hospital board game????
Perhaps all my GH watching when I was a junior and senior at Melbourne High School influenced my decision to work in medicine? NOT! I did love it though; every afternoon after school. Other girls were in clubs and sports, I watched GH.

So, in some bad news/good news, Matt Stromberg's brain cancer has returned after a 20 year hiatus. Obviously that is the bad news, the good news is that following a four hour surgery yesterday morning, he is recovering miraculously. Previously he lost mobility and speech ability--this time it seems as if that will not be the case. Normally Matt is a party animal and loves dancing however, at the party he was on the "dance floor" only briefly as he had been recently suffering both headaches and vertigo. Now we know why. If I could tell you more I would but to date that's pretty much all I know aside from he will be having chemotherapy and radiation as soon as possible. Both Angela and Matt are remaining calm, relying on their faith which seems to working quite nicely for them. :)

Recently I've discovered a shop that I love--R. Nichols Stationary and Gifts, located in the same strip center where Roger and Trish are moving the printing business.
If you are so inclined, check out the link, particularly the "about" page--a wonderful success story. Anyway, this morning I realized it was the first Monday of the month so I took a little trip to Leu Gardens which happens to be just down the street from the shop. Score!

The citrus grove, which by the way, these were already lined up for me:
 And your know how much I love variegated foliage:
There were the usual plethora of Moms and strollers! It warms my heart seeing all the stay-at-home Moms in evidence. Speaking of Moms, Jen, our niece by marriage is a good one. She is turning her boys into little hipsters:
They visited me at the market yesterday which is always nice. The day was sunny and bright which you know made me very happy indeed.

While we are on the subject of foliage, well, at least we were, Jane and Ray, Tom's parents sent this beautiful foliage basket for my birthday which arrived amidst the chaos of the window replacement.
As you can see, the painting is not complete, however I do have a crazy new turquoise rug!

Finally, my sister Lisa is a turtle fan. This morning a woman with a small boy in tow was dropping popcorn kernels into the lake and by golly the turtles seem to like popcorn nearly as much as I do.
Those claws are really something aren't they?

While I'll be writing paper thank you notes in the morning, I want to take this opportunity to write my readers one as well.

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your kind interest in my blogging attempts. I know that they are not always the greatest, but there are those amongst you that don't miss an "episode", and for that I can't say thank you enough. When I go on and on, you seem to still be with me, so that's such a compliment. Wow! Nearly seven years now....

With gratitude,
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Should We Go or Should We Stay?

It is hard to know what to do in the situation we found ourselves. Should we go, or should we stay? My vote was to stay, whereas Bruce wanted to head back to Vancouver because he had loads of meetings and work to do. After losing Baxter so recently, he'd had a hard time concentrating on work, and had only just begun to find his way. While I could understand all of that, now that I'd gone along for the ride, I realized how unpredictable it could be. How long could it take, after all?

Saturday morning Bruce drove over to the dealership to find out what he could while I roamed the property looking for anything of interest. Two things caught my eye, one of which are these cool pinecones on what we would call a Christmas tree.
Adjacent to the hotel there was a large lot fenced off for conservation. Walking around the block I saw what looked like evidence that a beaver had been busy. Further, I saw some cone shaped "structures" in the distance.
I never did see any beavers,…

The Sky

After our friend, Karen Howard, moved to the North Carolina mountains, she said one of the things she missed the most about living in Florida was the fluffy, white clouds, ever present throughout the year. Now I have a better understanding of how she felt.

There is no escaping the sky when you are living this high off of the ground with abundant glass. Because our high rise was the first to be built in this area of downtown, there are few impediments to the view. From what I've gathered, views are both highly prized, and highly protected here. And what is there to see? Having lived here for more than five months now, I've learned that there is a lot to see. Whereas in the summer months, your eyes are drawn to the activity on the water below, in the winter, it is all about sky watching. Will it rain? Will there be fog? Will that yellow circle on my phone, indicating a sunny day, really happen? If so, will there actually be a sunrise or sunset? What about the moon and stars? Wil…

Six Months!

I would be the first to admit that during these months in Vancouver I feel as if I am living in a bit of a bubble. Rarely do I even know the date, so it came as a bit of surprise discovering this morning that six months have elapsed since we arrived on July 29, 2017. Doesn't it seem as if were not that long ago that I was writing this post? Now that was fun to re-read that post! I was wrong, the building I photographed was not ours. Terribly sad to read about Baxie..

So, what do we think six months later? We do love the city, but this weather, yikes! I also read in that post that I was bound and determined that I would not complain, so we'll leave it at that.

Every day last week, in both rain and weak sunshine, I made myself go out and about, not wanting to sit in the condo alone while Bruce is at the office. I visited places both familiar, and not so familiar. More often than not, I began my walk when it was not raining, finishing them when it was. One morning I saw that the …