23 Years and Counting

  • By proadAccountId-365486
  • 09 Dec, 2016

What I think I've learned...............

  23 years and counting, that's how long I've been a business owner.  As a young child I never dreamed of owning my own business.  Sure as a child growing up in Kinderhook I visited the treasure shop on a regular basis to peruse the penny candy jars, especially for the Swedish fish & red licorice.  Which by the way I still like to snack on, none of that icky black licorice for me!  But I do't remember ever thinking, ' When I grow up I want to have a shop just like this!'   I was never really sure what I wanted to be when I grew up.  To be married - yup, I wanted that.  Children, yup I wanted them too.  A house of my own & kitties in the yard - yup & yup!  But my own business, no, that was not on the list.  SO here we are all these years later & when we look back over the 'wish list', yes I am married & yes we have kitties but as for the rest of the list it is a big fat NOPE!  We were never blessed with children, although i have oodles of church sons & daughters as the youth leader and all my work  daughters too.  After all I have helped put many of those work daughters through college in a round about way.  And no home to call my own either, although I've had the privilege to live in some pretty cool places along the way all these years.
   While to some it may seem that I've missed out on some of life's best gifts, instead I tend to look at what I do have instead of what many may say is missing.  I am surrounded daily by the best friends and family a girl could ask for.  I get to cheerfully head off to work each day knowing we will be helping bring smiles to many faces that day.  I love the people I work with and the people I work for!  My customers are truly the BEST!  I am allowed the time to serve my community, my church & my Lord on a daily basis and for that I and truly grateful.  
  In life you don't always end up where you expect.  In life you don't always get the fairy-tale ending.  But in life you do end up where you are meant to be, sometimes it just looks very different than what you had planned.  But you know what?  Plans can change too, and that's a good thing!


 
By proadAccountId-365486 16 Dec, 2016
This is the first Christmas in 16 years without my Miss Robin kitty.  I haven't had the heart to change her page on the website yet.  It's been 9 months since she passed away and I still miss her like crazy.   I think perhaps Miss Gracie was trying to distract me by toppling the Christmas tree this year.  She has taken Robin's place of following my around the house and telling me when it is time for bed.  Miss Lulu keeps my attention too with her silly antics on a daily basis.  We will make new memories this Christmas as we have done everyday since Robin passed.  New routines, one day at a time & one memory at a time, and hopefully not one more broken ornament at a time.  Christmas will be merry again, and Robin will always live on in my heart with all her siblings that passed before her.  Meowy Christmas from the purr-balls!   
By proadAccountId-365486 13 Dec, 2016
Meet Miss Gracie.  This adorable indoor kitty met her very first decorated artificial Christmas tree just over 48 hours ago.  While I did manage to allow her a few days to get used to the tree before decorating it, I never realized the utter fascination she'd experience once it was fully decorated.  Every single ornament just called to her!  Each one looked more tempting than the next.  The first day went well.  Miss Gracie pulled a few ornaments off the tree, got a little attention & was a happy kitty.   Today while I was at work she managed to carefully pull 7 ornaments off the tree, not a one broken.  Then 11:30pm came & the tree came crashing down.  Yes, there was a little yelling & yes there were some kitties hiding & yes there was broken glass.  About 48 hours, give or take a few minutes.  That's how long it took for Miss Gracie to bring the whole tree tumbling down to the floor, the hardwood floor.  That was 90 minutes ago and she's still hiding in the closet.   I'm sure she's still wondering what happened and where that odd screaming noise came from.  When she ventures back out into the living room tomorrow I'm sure she'll wonder where the tree and all her 'toys' have gone.  She won't understand that her mommy had to put the toys away and take the tree down since the stand was broken.   She won't understand why her mommy is sad.  She will just look up at me with that adorable face and purr.  Gracie loves her mommy & her mommy loves her.  And after all, it was a nice 48 hours of Christmas and since its been at least 5 years since I've put a tree up here at home, I'll take it!  It was 48 hours more than I had last year.    Now I can go to my favorite little shop and pick out a few new ornaments to replace the ones that broke & we'll be ready to try again!   
By proadAccountId-365486 09 Dec, 2016
  23 years and counting, that's how long I've been a business owner.  As a young child I never dreamed of owning my own business.  Sure as a child growing up in Kinderhook I visited the treasure shop on a regular basis to peruse the penny candy jars, especially for the Swedish fish & red licorice.  Which by the way I still like to snack on, none of that icky black licorice for me!  But I do't remember ever thinking, ' When I grow up I want to have a shop just like this!'   I was never really sure what I wanted to be when I grew up.  To be married - yup, I wanted that.  Children, yup I wanted them too.  A house of my own & kitties in the yard - yup & yup!  But my own business, no, that was not on the list.  SO here we are all these years later & when we look back over the 'wish list', yes I am married & yes we have kitties but as for the rest of the list it is a big fat NOPE!  We were never blessed with children, although i have oodles of church sons & daughters as the youth leader and all my work  daughters too.  After all I have helped put many of those work daughters through college in a round about way.  And no home to call my own either, although I've had the privilege to live in some pretty cool places along the way all these years.
   While to some it may seem that I've missed out on some of life's best gifts, instead I tend to look at what I do have instead of what many may say is missing.  I am surrounded daily by the best friends and family a girl could ask for.  I get to cheerfully head off to work each day knowing we will be helping bring smiles to many faces that day.  I love the people I work with and the people I work for!  My customers are truly the BEST!  I am allowed the time to serve my community, my church & my Lord on a daily basis and for that I and truly grateful.  
  In life you don't always end up where you expect.  In life you don't always get the fairy-tale ending.  But in life you do end up where you are meant to be, sometimes it just looks very different than what you had planned.  But you know what?  Plans can change too, and that's a good thing!


 
By proadAccountId-365486 23 Apr, 2016


Last summer days? 

  Well it is already September 4th and supposedly the last unofficial day of summer has now come and gone for 2012.  With the heat and humidity of today, I beg to differ, summer is still going strong where I am!  I was looking for another bookmarked site tonight when I came across my long lost blog.  To be more specific, lost since the first day I started it in February as a matter of fact!  Just what I needed, one more distraction, as if I am not already spending too much time on Facebook & Pinterest!
  I do not claim to lead an exciting life, have the answers to all of life's mysteries, or even to have a grasp on basic spelling, punctuation or proper grammar these days.  I do however find the time to observe to world around me and appreciate each moment of the day and all the blessings and challenges the Lord gifts me with every single day!  As time allows, I jot down my musings on life here to share with anyone who cares to listen!  This week has already been filled with the beauty of many monarchs, in the yard everywhere I went & even along the road in the car on the way to work; a majestic blue heron up on the tippy top of our giant willow tree by the pond, kitties stretched out napping on the deck and that 'adorable' buck who turned my flower gardens into his own personal salad bar.  Yup, 225 acres of fields to eat off of & he decides my garden tastes the best.  I suppose I'll consider it to be an honor.
  As you rush through your day, getting the kids on the bus and heading off to work yourself, take time to really see the world around you.  Pause a moment to drink in the beauty and keep your eyes open, truly open, you never know what you might be missing along the way!  May the Lord bless you this day and everyday so that you may be a blessing to those around you! - P
By proadAccountId-365486 23 Apr, 2016
I have finally decided to take the plunge and restart my blog & add it to my site.   The line above is truly a little white lie.  I did actually attempt blogging 4 years ago, and since that lasted for 2 whole posts, it is clear that I don't really have any idea what I am doing.  I have been called opinionated however, so I suppose it is time to put that gift to good use!  Stay tuned & we'll see where this all goes! Blessings -  P
By proadAccountId-365486 23 Apr, 2016
I  can show my personality:
Through the use of pictures and longer rambling posts I'll have more chance to share the authentic me!

I can learn new things:
As I share my thoughts, hopefully those of you who read my blog will share your wisdom with me as well!

It is free!  
Enough said on that one! 

It will allow me to keep many thoughts and conversations in one organized place:
With a blog it should be so much easier to keep track of ongoing conversations!  And I won't forget how to get to my website, unlike my last blog that is lost in a giant internet black hole!

It can widen my community of friends:

Blogging will allow me to connect with others who like the same stuff I do!  What's more fun than that! 


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