Exactly 2 weeks ago, today, I decided I had had enough of the Summer of 2012 and turned the front room of our upstairs gift shop into Halloween Heaven. We have spent the last two weeks tweaking and fluffing....and we are, almost, done. I still have to decorate the fireplace mantle in the restaurant dining room and the steps leading up to our gift shops. And, of course, the front porch will need to be done....and the all important (and much anticipated...) CANDY is on it's way....but, it is still August....so we are not quite up to them....yet!!!! We have, also, been very....very busy....very....and, to be honest...I am whipped!! Good whipped....not complaining about being busy....just saying!! So....what I am about to tell you should come as something of a surprise. I have spent some time thinking about "being bigger"! I have SO many people tell me that we need to expand....or that we are ALWAYS full and they can never get a reservation...I have people...well....whine....because I am "booked" with orders and no, I can't do "just one more cake". I, also, have people who would like me to open another "branch" in....well, let's see....EVERYWHERE. Don't misunderstand....I am not making light of any of these things....in fact...I have given ALL of it a lot of thought. I have thought about what it would be like if money were no object....all of the different shops and businesses I would open. I have an image in my head of the PERFECT General Store....the one with a little bit of EVERYTHING....I think about how I would set up the perfect country store....what merchandise I would carry...and, sometimes, I think about how I would expand the "food" side of things....what I wish I had room to do!!! But....the fact is....money IS an object...and I am a control freak. So....for now....I am going to continue to give 100% to everything I do....and stay true to what and who we are. I think that's one of the secrets to our success....because as tempting as it is to be a little bit of everything....it's better to be 100%....you. But.....if that ship ever does come in....or we win the lottery (which I don't play so the likelihood of that happening is not good....) LOOK OUT!!!! Now....let's see....we will need a good name.... :)
It's right around the corner....you know that, right??? Fall is in the air...and I must admit....I find that a little bittersweet (did you see how sneaky I was just then....) I have NOT enjoyed this Summer....especially because of what I do....but, now that it is bearable outside...actually beautiful once in a while....I am going to be sorry to see it go!!! We have been working on getting our poolhouse....our daily mini vacation spot....just right. We put the finishing touches on it on Monday!! The gardens are coming back, now that we have had some rain, and the sun isn't burning everything!! It's actually enjoyable, again, to work in them!! But....I LOVE Fall....and I am excited for it to get here!! The transformation to "Halloween Heaven" upstairs in our gift shops is almost complete....there are still things on their way....but that just keeps the inventory fresh....and keeps you guys shopping!! The bulk of the job is done. I have started to sneak a little pumpkin and apple into the bakery case, here and there, and NO ONE seems to mind (actually....I can't seem to keep up with it!! ;)!!) I am nudging Fall into the spotlight....but it, truthfully, is getting there all by itself!! You can feel a difference in the air....even on very warm days....it's not as bad as it was (thank God!!!) We were discussing when we are going to decorate,for Halloween, here at home....and my husband scheduled the pool closing!! Yes....it's right around the corner!!! Enjoy these last few weeks....but...as soon as you're ready to embrace the change....Sweet Memories is waiting for you....with some AMAZING Fall and Halloween merchandise!!! Even some "bittersweet" ;) !!!!