And that is all she wrote! The Stocking season officially comes to a close tonight as Cheryl has turned off the Etsy shop and will refuse to take anymore orders. If that sounds a little….mmm hostile…..Then blame the exhaustion and the fact that we had to remake a custom order of three cats and are planning on overnight ship them to the person who is getting “nervous” because her items have not arrived yet. This happens every year….It should be expected. But for some reason, this year has played out slightly different and Cheryl is ready to be done with it.
That being said…and my limited means of vented frustration….This was probably a typical year. We will, after a brief rest and recovery segment, evaluate the final numbers and what, if any, changes need to be made. Usually we are “happy” at this time and can sit back and look at our bank account as the testement to our hard work. This year….well it is not that simple.
Perhaps it was all those custom dogs and cats. We were not planning on doing custom ANYTHING! But somehow the word got out that we would do anything anyone wanted and have it all done before Christmas. We are not sure how that happened, but we will need to fix ( or HIGHLY DISCOURAGE) that in the future.
In the mean time, We are planning a trip to Michigan for family reason. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this time and not mess with my last remaining nerve. Michigan loves to remind me that I’m no longer welcome there. The feeling is mutual…but there are third parties that do not understand…and, try as I must, I am unable to explain the relationship between myself and a place where I have previously lived for may years.
Actually the weather is similar to most places I have lived. Sometimes random, Sometimes colder than cold, hotter than hot. But that Lake Effect snow is irritating at best. It always manages to do the opposite of what you would like.
So that is it….Stockings done, Christmas on the Horizon, Michigan snow storm is inevitable. Surviving the holidays has never been so exciting!