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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Former Shop Keeper Can't Shake the Curse

Tomorrow is December 1st and these words

"I'm late,
I'm late, 
For a very important date"...

it's the "RETAILER'S CURSE"and it is haunting me!!!
Fourteen years of Christmas over-load...
planning, designing, ordering, decorating,  
Everything had to be done by November 1st.

I've tried to scale back...take it easy....
relax and enjoy not having a deadline.
Sall thinks I'm nuts when I start mentioning 
Christmas in October, but it's just old habit!
We stopped in a gift shop on November 10th
 and they were just finishing up some displays.
I started breaking a sweat because
 my decorations were still in the shed!

This is what my dining room looked like on November 26th.
(That was the traditional date of our Christmas Open House!!)
What if anybody comes over and sees it all in boxes yet???
All right Lisa, "Snap OUT OF IT!"

I'm happy to report... I did get the majority of the decorations out.
We have yet to decide on a tree however...
But, I'm keeping my cool and enjoying the moment....
If Sall finds us a nice real one I'll decorate it, 
if not I'll set up the fake one.
Ahhhh, see? 
Calm - relaxed - enjoying the season.

I hope you are too!!
Have a joyous holiday season,


Verde Farm said...

I know what you mean. A sense of panic sets in :) I can’t imagine having a shop that you have to prepare for Christmas..the stress would be terrible. I know your place will look wonderful :)

Custom Comforts said...

I love your photoshop work!!! Just gorgeous! That's what I want to focus on once I get done with this quarter in school. If I have questions, can I ask you?

Karen said...

Hi Lisa, Oh, I hear you! Being a shop keeper must have been so stressful, especially during the holidays.

Thank you for the reminder to breathe, I have that word stuck to my refrigerator because I forget to do it all the time. I don't know if Sall is like my husband or not, but Carl just looks at me and shakes his head when I stress out over decorating. He thinks it's silly. I guess it is just more work we don't need to do, but it is so nice when it's done. I can't wait to see your decorations, I bet they will be stunning!

Sall's Country Life said...

Thanks for commenting...Amy, it's such a relief not being in retail anymore - that is a stressful business this time of year! Cindy, I still haven't done much in photoshop, I too want to take some snow days and really learn it. For now I'm getting by with Corel Painter, it's pretty basic and that's what fits me!Ha! Ask away though I enjoy learning and sharing with others. Karen, it sounds like Carl and Sall have much in common. My husband likes to get out of my way when it comes to decorating!! Yes, it is nice when it's all done.
Happy Holidays,