It is no longer a drag to get me out of bed in the mornings. I practically bounce right out and into the shower. This is a big thing for me - I have never been an early riser. Husband and dog are both in a state of shock. I tell Andrew that it is my inner Maggie Thatcher rearing its ugly head now that I am A Business Owner (didn't she only need 5hrs sleep a night?) but, really, it's just because I'm happy.
I have been so busy and it is nice to work to my own agenda. I have made time to see friends and family, but I've also got lots of things done to progress with The Little Green Door.
My sister got a flat tyre on Tuesday afternoon so I agreed to collect her from work and take her home. Between her phoning at 10am and me fetching her at 3pm, I then found myself taking on the rather frantic mission of locating a pair of toddler toys and reserving them at a store for collection. And so an impromptu road trip was declared. With the girls being looked after elsewhere, it was nice to have a rare couple of hours alone with my sis to properly chat. I cooed over the clothing section whilst we were there and stocked up on Christmas clothes for my lovely nieces, all of which went down very well (particularly with the 6-year-old) when we got home. (The 16-month-old just looked unimpressed and toddled off clutching the sparkly tights.)
Said toddler came over to play yesterday with my mum and it took me most of the evening to recover. I feel as though I spent the entire day following Ellie around in that slightly hunched position with my arms outstretched in case she stumbled. And that girl can move at a fair lick, let me tell you. It doesn't help that she has discovered stairs and our house has five small flights. I think I must have scaled them ten times in total, at least, purely so that she could rummage through my cotton spools on the top floor and throw them across them room. The living room is still a bit of a tip and I've been squinting with back ache all day, but it was lovely to see her.
Today, I've had a quiet day at home with the dog. I faffed with candles and foliage, made uh-mazing pecan squares, stitched several gingerbread men (for sale at the Christmas fair next week), ordered curtains for the landing (finally - red gingham) and organised delivery of my first stock order. I've only bought a few things to start off and basically bought only the things that I like, kind of on a 'one-for-me-and-one-for-you' basis. I've got some gorgeous little lanterns coming, together with a few zinc pieces and some lovely rustic copper Christmas baubles. They'll be in the shop early next week, with a fair wind.