Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!?!?

Adieu 2008, Bonjour 2009.
I don't tend to make much of a fuss over the "new year", which in my mind begins on the winter Solstice instead. Over the years I've come to see New Years Eve celebrations as tending towards an alcohol fueled, hysterical, forced gaiety at a time when my mind is turned inward in a contemplative winter-induced, chocolate and shortbread detox!
We spent a very quiet, peaceful evening with a good bottle of wine, a silly movie and a cozy fire.

We lost our cable and internet access for several days, which led to Food Network withdrawal for So and internet withdrawal for me! It was repaired today, so I commenced 2009 virtuously by doing a little work.

Sadly I will be spending tomorrow clearing merchandise from one of the antique malls where I have had selling space for 9 years. This makes three venues from which I used to sell that have closed in the past year. One closed due to the owner retiring, one closed due to cash flow problems despite a valiant struggle, and the mall is closing because the owner of the building wants to repurpose it and wouldn't renew the lease. Do you think the fact that the farm across the road sold for $4 million last year may have something to do with it? I do. The space is just on the very edge of town and is urbanizing rapidly. I'm very sad it has closed, leaving the wonderful, knowledgeable staff without jobs, but there is hope that a new antique mall will open at some point. I like to have lots of different selling venues, and I remain optimistic that there will be new opportunities.

That being said, check out my Etsy shop for new "Seeds and Pods From Another Planet" beads!


Anonymous said...

Karen I've just popped in and read your blog via Linda's "Bead Bloggers" list page...just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts here. They always make me feel kind of calm (or something)...thanks :o)

Karen Elmquist said...

Thank you so much for such a lovely comment, it truly made my day!!