Sunday

There is a new post about the Art of the Brick at Franklin Institue over at Photos by MAK. I would love for you to stop by and visit!

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I am half way through my first full weekend off since the beginning of August. It has been a nice relaxing (so far) weekend for me. I slept in until 10:30 on Saturday morning, and except for a quick trip to Towamencin Fire House to pick up Chicken BBQ dinner, I stayed home all day! It was a rainy day, and just what I needed. A total day of down time.

Working retail wrecks havoc on any kind of schedule. From the ever changing shifts, open some, close some, to different days off every week, sometimes two in a row, sometimes only one at a time, it is difficult to actually decompress.  I have not had any type of vacation… more than 3 or 4 days off in quite a long time. Twice I planned a 7 day stretch of time off and twice those plans were changed for me. Top that with probably the most stressful time I have had in the 5 1/2 years at the store, and I have been quite on edge. We have turned over almost all of our staff in the last few months. We are left with one gentleman that was there prior to me, myself and the store manager that have been there for any length of time. Staffing retail jobs is not easy, people don’t like the pay and they don’t like the nights, weekends and holiday schedules! With new staff comes training, and falling behind in projects, and stress. It is a vicious cycle we seem to be in!

Sometimes we all need a little quiet time, alone time, silence. For me that does not come often! I know some for whom perpetual motion is what makes them tick, but I guess I am just getting too old for that. I like peace and solitude. I enjoy my time alone.

See how nature, trees, flowers, grass, grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa

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I am soaking in the last few quiet hours of this weekend. Once Tara is done work, along with Mom, we will be headed to Wal-Mart (ugh). Mom does not venture out too often any more, but needs a new lamp and Tara needs an Eagles shirt for work tomorrow night. I of course, am sure I will find something there I can’t live without. Maybe a new crock pot. Cooking is one thing that I have come to dislike after a busy day at work, so this fall I am going to try out all the “dump dinners” and crock post recipes I see every where!

Make it a great day,

Love and Lattes!

Martha

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