I love a cuppa. My everyday tea of choice is Rooibos but I also love a herbal tea and Pukka are one of my favourites. Some time ago I started to add teabags to random customer orders. I was inspired to do so because a very lovely friend from America sent me a parcel and in it she enclosed a teabag so we could share a cup of tea despite the miles between us. I liked that idea very much and decided I would do the same for my customers.
I try to make the packing of orders as peaceful as I can. I enjoy the whole process and don't want to rush through them.
So, music on and a cuppa to hand and I am all set to pack. It is a pleasurable experience for me and I am happy that customers really like it too. So day after day I get to spend time enjoyably wrapping gifts ;)
Aside from that pleasurable pass time life has been a bit difficult for various reasons lately.
A very dear friend ( I consider her family) is unwell and spending time in a hospital for eating disorders. We miss her dreadfully and she is on our minds all the time. She has been a part of our lives for around fifteen years and everywhere we go there are memories of times spent together. Often that makes us sad but very often it raises a smile or full on laughter thinking of her and the events we have shared. Get well soon A you are amazing and we love you.<3
My health also took a turn for the worse and I was really quite concerned when it lasted more than a few days. Living with M.E for over 20 years I am well used to the ups and downs that go with it. I am also very used to pacing myself. Sometimes because of events outside my control that is taken out of my hands.
We attended our Nephews wedding and although we had a wonderful time it was a long day and ended up having to stay longer than we had intended and we didn't get back home til ten pm. I was so wired that I simply couldn't sleep that night and then woke very early the next day.
I expected to need a day or so to rest up but when that went into a week I began to get concerned. M.E is debilitating and my life is a constant balancing act. The thought that it had got worse and might be on a downward spiral was quite scary. After a few days of panicky feelings I decided I needed to change the thoughts I was having. I started listening to more guided mediations and looked after myself as well as I could. I took the decision to only do what was necessary so orders were dealt with and basic jobs were completed.
Gradually I have come through it though and I am beginning to feel more like my 'normal' self :)
Good job really!
Last year I was approached by the local WI to present my story at their April meeting. It seemed so far away when I said yes ;) It came round with lightening speed and last night was the night!! In my previous job as a manager of a large store I often had to present to a number of staff and it became second nature but that was over 20 years ago. I am by nature quite an introvert so it was a challenge to get up and speak.
I set up a display and then waffled my way through my journey and how I came to be selling yarn :)
They were all lovely and asked questions and before I knew it we were talking crochet and yarn and I had a great time. I am so pleased I went ahead and did it.
Perhaps a few new customers will come my way, perhaps not. It would be nice if they did but
whatever will be will be.