The truth is, some years our observance of Advent is far more prayerful and fruitful than others. This is indeed a ‘lean’ year. However now the focus is no longer on our Wedding Anniversary, I’m hopeful that we can somehow claim at least the next ten days:)
To that end, tomorrow we begin our deep Advent cleaning, nothing says Christmas is drawing closer than a deep clean and de-clutter. The children are not thrilled;) Windows, screens wall, light fixtures, all will be washed and sparkling, cupboards will be tossed, culled and re-organised, cobwebs will vanish, all in preparation for Him.
This week I was once again appalled at customer service, truly, whatever happened to basic common courtesy and realising you want your customers to return. Our sewing machine has died (my 16th birthday present!) and on the advice of a friend that the quality of the old machines are far better than the new models, I wished to investigate having it repaired. PC took the machine in, now I admit it did look rather
sad loved. A couple of pieces are missing and it is slightly popped, however it has still been working like this for years. The shopkeeper made some very disparaging remarks about how it looked, that they wouldn’t touch it, and offered their machines that are on sale. Totally rubbed me raw when PC relayed all this, why couldn’t the shopkeeper have said, “Your machine looks well loved, however I’m afraid we wouldn’t be able to fix it”. We are now in the market for a new machine but we certainly won’t be buying from there, good customer service is something we prize.
Have I lost you all yet with my myriad posts on Christmas books? Eyes glazing and fingers scrolling quickly? Whilst I realise I risk boring you all, I’m finding it rather fun, reading and asking my children and husband to help me rate.
Next month is my youngest sister’s 21st! This morning I combed through 6 years of digital photos compiling a file of photos of her. Honestly I really don’t think I’ve taken enough photos over the years, I need to click away more often, though I can say with confidence that my photography skills sure have improved. I’m inspired to spend some more time pursuing photography in the holidays.
Thinking we should really buy our local paper, a friend shared with me today that our boys were in our local paper last week, that brings the tally up to three appearances in the local rag of our children in the past month and we haven’t seen any!