a damn fine day

Apart from finding my bathmat soggy with cat wee at 5.30am, my day has been close to ideal so far.

We traded at the Kirstenbosch Market, and had good sales and (even better) great orders.

Rob helped us set up and we allowed him a short rest afterwards. A cheese croissant and a shot of Thai iced coffee also helped revive him.

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The weather was perfect (unusual for windy Cape Town!), and I made new friends. I’d wanted to take a pic of a sign that some new vendors had and, when I asked if they minded (I find it’s always best to ask first!), the guy said, “No, don’t take a picture – take the sign.” So I said, “Well, how much is it?” He said, “It’s nothing, if you like it I’d like you to have it.” So I said, “Just like that? But then I’d like to give you something in return.” And then he said, “No, just give something to someone else then…” I liked that. I like people who aren’t greedy and who do nice things on impulse and who think about spreading good vibes.

Here’s Victor’s sign. I love it.

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Another reason for gratitude today is that my daughter has been unwell for the past while but really seems to have perked up today and is much more like her usual happy, balanced self.

But the best part of the whole day, from a purely selfish point of view, is that my body wasn’t growling in pain at the end of the ‘shift’. This included getting up very early, lots of carrying of lots of things, driving, setting up the stall, being at the stall for six hours, chatting to people, networking (don’t laugh, it makes a difference, trust me!), walking around, eating, drinking, crocheting, packing down the stall and packing the car, unpacking the car at home, etc … I’m usually crawling to my bed in aching exhaustion by 4.00pm on a market day, but today – I’M NOT. I made coffee, made some phone calls, tidied the lounge, cleaned the car (albeit very cursorily), and here I am writing a post and thinking I’ll nip out to Woollies for a few groceries. Wow. Acupuncture’s latest convert = me.

Tomorrow is a public holiday in South Africa, and Rob and I will be trading at the Somerset West Country Craft Market from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Just so you don’t think I’m planning to slack off.

Back soon x

29 thoughts on “a damn fine day

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      It does work that way, actually, because they are quite striking en masse like that!!! People catch sight of them from quite far away and beetle over—that’s when we show them All Our Other Stuff :-)

      1. Nice piece of work Post author

        I don’t know, but I’m going to find out. I have her card, and she’s definitely worth a follow-up visit and maybe even an interview. She also sells a ‘kit” which has all the glassware and steelware and coffee that you need to make exactly what I bought to drink, except the ice (obviously), and I got one for Alex. Not sure if she’s tried it out yet, but she is an iced coffee fanatic.

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      Thank you for the compliment – I should point out that it’s taken us well over a year to get things looking the way we want them to!!! Yes, weather pretty amazing. We’ve got another good day ahead…this is the time of year we spend oodles of cash on top-quality sunscreen. :-)

  1. tgonzales

    Hi Jill! I love seeing your booth and that photo of Rob resting is epic! I bet he wasn’t allowed to lounge for very long. ;) Wow! Woman the things that you accomplished in one day are amazing and then you start all over again today. Gosh I think I need to contact an acupuncturist and I’m so glad that Alex is feeling better. :) Love and Hugs, Tamara

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      Rob liked the lying-down thing so much that he did it again this morning at the SW market. But on one of the tables. What a twit he is sometimes.
      Um, so I don’t think I accomplish any more in one day that you ever do, with your full-time job, your home, your family, your teaching, your husband, your crochet business!!! It just sounds like a lot.

  2. yarnchick40

    LOVE that you had a great day!!! It seemed pretty darn wonderful and you cheered me up just by writing that post :) Fabulous display! The owls are so cheery and inviting.

      1. yarnchick40

        The world is alright with me, I really appreciated that you brought a smile to my face on a dull work day. I could hear the joy in your words. The force is strong with you!

  3. Linne

    Love your booth and it’s so nice to hear you had good sales AND good orders! Maybe the slacking-off period after Christmas won’t be so long, after all . . . ;-) Those owls are delightful. I would have been over there hugging one, too (and succumbing to your charming sales pitch, I’m sure) ;-) ~ Linne


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