What a week! Holiday premiere week indeed...
We're cooking our turkey dinner today. Lennis made homemade noodles and the turkey is roasting in the vintage roaster my aunt Vivian gifted me at Christmas a few years back. I love the roaster it offers even cooking and browning of meat to perfection. Thank you Aunt Vivian.
I feel blessed often and everyday simply pondering thoughts of my aunts. They feel my heart with song.
New shop music and I love, love, love her voice! I played the cd all day yesterday at the apothecary shoppe. Never tired of hearing her beautiful voice. That's how I always can tell when I love the music. If I can play it over and over and continue to love listening to it.
We don't do a real tree and I kind of wish we did, but with our busy schedules this time of year an artificial one makes more sense, it seems. I couldn't resist sticking the owl in the artificial Christmas tree.
I can smell the aromatic turkey. We rubbed thyme, rosemary and sage, butter on the bird before placing in in the oven.
I've already turned the calender over to December. Can you believe it?
The chutney has been made. I'm getting ready to create brown paper wraps for the lids. Jill's Chutney, November 2014.
Words cannot begin to express my feelings regarding "Small Business" Saturday. If you travel to my facebook page you can get a first hand look at my wonderful, kind, support small business friends, shoppers. Thank you, thank you very much. Bittersweet enjoyed a record day thanks to you! It was non-stop. I didn't even have time to eat lunch. Again, I can't begin to describe my feelings. Other than, you continue to amaze me with your patronage. My little town folks knows how to support their small business. So many happy faces. My highlight was that the little soap boxes (an original idea from my mom) was one of the most popular selling item yesterday during shop small day. Then at the end of the day, I gazed at the holiday soap counter and it was almost empty! Please, hurry if you wish to have some Bittersweet Holiday Soap for Christmas. It's going quickly and will be completely gone soon.
Yesterdays success was made even more special by my feelings prior to the day.
I ventured out on Black Friday late in the day to the red store and T.J. Maxx. I was in awe over how busy the two retailers were. I had Bittersweet feelings about the whole retail thing while I was out shopping that day. My shoppe had been dead on Black Friday so naturally I was wondering if these same folks shopped small as I stood in line to pay for my items. I had my shop small button on that day and it was as though it was beaming. I'm so very proud to be a small shop proprietor. The facts remain, without the support of shop small customers, I would not even have the luxury of having these thoughts. Again, thank you.
Enjoy caring and sharing holidays.
Jill 00 (two hugs are better than one)