Tuesday, December 16, 2014



When I first started looking for a job a few months ago, one thing I said I would NOT do was work in retail. Well, have I mentioned that I'm working in retail?! But it's not in a large department store or discount store. THAT, I swear, I would NOT do!

I'm working seasonal, part-time at Thistle & Clover, the specialty shop I mentioned in a blog post on June 8th. (They carry Scottish, Irish, and Welsh items.) My new friend, Karen and her husband own it, and they are great to work for. The other employees are helpful and fun to work with, too. I'm enjoying learning about some of my Welsh and Scottish heritage which is on my dad's side of the family: the coat of arms, the tartans, the history, etc.

Karen, in front of Thistle & Clover

I love talking with people and helping them find what they're looking for, so it hasn't really seemed much like work.....until I get home and realize how tired I am!

Over the past week, when I've been home from work, I've been adding a few ornaments to our Christmas tree. It occurred to me that at the rate I was going, it would never be finished before Christmas! So, during the past couple of days I finished trimming the tree! I'm so happy with it!

Our Christmas tree in 2014

Last year we only had a tiny, two foot tall tree, and it didn't seem like Christmas to me. This year we have a six foot tall tree, complete with lights, that we got at Walgreens last year after Christmas for...Ten Dollars! I'll post a couple of photos soon.

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." - Burton Hillis



  1. Liking your quotes on your blog (I've had to catch up!) Glad you're enjoying your job. I just read on Claudia's blog that she ran into you - how fun was that? Good luck with the sale of your book!

  2. I was sooooo jealous when Bookie said she had run into you. Green eyes glowing...
    Have a wonderful Christmas - and look after yourself.

  3. I spent years working in retail, and I think that one of the reasons it can be so tiring is that you're on your feet for most of the day. And often, you're constantly moving, whether you're stocking shelves, putting things away, or hanging things up. Not to mention that many retail supervisors are very vigilant about how many breaks you can take; I remember one job I had where I was only allowed one ten-minute break during a five-hour shift.

  4. Love the quote at bottom. You're so lucky to get a paying job. I do all sorts of things here, regarding the Guest House and staff but it's for the love of my hubby. I'm not allowed to work. Even in South Africa I'd struggle to become employed again, even though I have a long clerical background. (that's books, accounts - not clergy, LOL) Have a great time decorating your tree. Jo

  5. Nice season to be in retail even if tiring. Love the quote. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. You sound happy! I'm sure there will be some great stories to come from your job. Wishing you the happiest of holidays.

  7. What serendipity to run into Claudia. Had to be an exciting moment. Glad you found a job you enjoy.

  8. Glad you are getting your tree up. Your job will slow down and there will be days and hours off when you can sit near the tree and just BE. It is so hard to turn our minds off...easier to keep running than to be still, yet silence and sitting are so important. Be sure and give yourself some of both for Christmas!

  9. A ten dollar tree would make my Christmas too. Happy Holidays.


  10. "The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." - Burton Hillis


  11. Hi Becky, you do sound happy! I am glad that you are having fun at your new job. Hope that you guys have a great Christmas.

    Kathy M.

  12. Love that last quote - so true. I'm glad you are enjoying your job, Becky. Merry Christmas to you!!

  13. Thanks everyone for all your wonderful comments! I'm adding a photo of the tree today, although it's not a very good one!

  14. P.S. Also adding a photo of my friend/boss Karen, at Thistle & Clover!

  15. Your tree is lovely and I'm glad you're enjoying the new job. Such a busy time of year!

    Critter Alley


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