Monday, 15 December 2008

Countdown to 2009!

Hi everyone - firstly, just a little note to say - Yes I'm still alive! - Thank you for all your kind enquiries, I did not go away altogether, but I have some serious catching up to do with all your news, which I look forward to doing next week when I will have 2 whole lovely weeks off work!
Life has been pretty hectic, in a not so good way! - Firstly I arrived at work one morning about a month ago to find that during the night half the shop ceiling had collapsed - It is all sorted now thank goodness, but it was a lot of mess and upheaval, and although we only had to close for a very short period of time, it gave some people fuel to say that we had "gone bust" which is not a nice thing to keep hearing, even if people are saying it in a joking manner. I don't know, what is it with these small towns and the gossip that people like to spread?!
Anyway, to show you all that I have not 'gone bust' (well not just yet anyway!) here is a photo I took today of our shop window, which I think looks lovely and christmassy

We are very busy this week, trying to get things fitted for christmas (poor Tim is going to need a month off work, never mind a fortnight!) and we also have a few internet orders to complete, which was very welcome in the current economic climate (but don't get me started on that!)
We have also been really busy christmas shopping like everyone else. shopping for 3 of our own children, both of our (large-ish) extended families. not to mention 3 of our birthdays and our wedding anniversary also fall over christmas! - thank goodness for the internet is what I say.
But anyway, onto the title of this post - I love New Years, I think I love the prospect of a brand new shiny new year even more than christmas. It has nothing to do with the fact that my birthday marks the start of the year (35 if you must know!) It is all to do with the lists, the goals and the brand new Diaries full of empty pages. I love starting the year by making a lovely long list of all the things I hope to achieve during the year - this years items include such things as "Knit a pair of socks" and other life changing events like that!

I like making lists full stop and I make a list every year of how many books I read too. Here is my lovely new diary which has a page for each day - big enough to make lovely lists on each page (I'm aware I'm starting to sound really anal now, I know!)
I also have a smaller handbag diary for appointments, although usually I end up carrying both around with me simultaneously. So I leave you with a piccie of a corner of my kitchen, with my Good Homes Calendar (lovely photos) and my spotty diary - Oh and you might just like the hyacinths I picked up today too.
Take care and I promise I won't leave it so long till my next post x


MelMel said...

So glad you have sorted your shop loks so pretty and eye catching.....i MUST come and look sometime soon!xx

Rosesposes said...

Hi Natalie
I bet that was a shock arriving at the shop and finding that. Glad its all sorted. The shop window looks lovely and christmassy. Must be a lot to organise what wife children and life too!.
You sound like me with lists of things at the beginning of a new year. Mind goes something like spend less(dont spend that much really),be more organised. maybe this year will be the year !!!
see you soon x Dom

Rosesposes said...

meant to put life and children ( not wife) !!

Vanessa said...

Hi Natalie,

Sorry to hear about the shop!
I hope your not struggling to much in the present climate, I think it is all hyped up by the newspapers anyhow!

There nothing wrong with lists!

Vanessa x

periwinkle said...

a girl after my own heart - I went looking for a big diary today and the top of my list for things to do in January is "knit socks" :-)... your window does look very christmassy
lisa x

lou said...

Hi, the shop looks lovely and Christmassy; if only you lived nearer I would pop in and have a look.

Glad everything is ok in the shop now, it must have been horrendous!

You have reminded me I must get my diary.
Love Lou xxx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Hiya, welcome back! What a nightmare you had, at least it happened when you werent in there! You sound one very organised girl, wish I was, it all floats around up in my head, mingleing into shop looks beautiful! Keep an eye out for Mr Postie this week...Claire xx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

ps...yes I did get your email, thanks xx

Joanne said...

The shop front looks fantastic and so chrismassy, I to love New year and also write many list which I do try to keep up with.
The big one this year is to keep to an organised routine.
So here's to the New Year hope it's a good one.
Joanne xx

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

the shop front looks lovely glad its all sorted now !!! you can never make too many lists i have a list of lists i do that many sometimes :-)
Lesley x

What Kelly Did next...... said...

Sorry to hear about your shop! Is looks gorgeous by the way! x

Josie said...

glad you managed to get the shop sorted, must have been a nightmare to deal with and gossips have nothing better to do! the shop looks lovely,very christmassy.
Josie x

Chocolate Cat said...

So sorry to hear about your trouble with the shop but glad it is sorted now. Your shop looks lovely and festive. I am also a listmaker, I do start to worry though when I make lists of lists!! I also look forward to the start of a new year full of hopes and plans.

Lazylol said...

Glad your shop is sorted - I visited you twice in the summer and picked up some lovely fabric remnants. The Christmas window looks gorgeous.
I am with you on the list thing - I make lists of lists I have to make! This morning I started my first list for 2009 and my new reading list.