Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer Sun! Summer Fun!


Well folks, these pics feature the view from our "office" last Sunday.  I mean, if you're going to be working a 7 day week, it sure doesn't hurt to have one of those days spent in a place like this!

Yep, you guessed it. It's been another wonderfully busy week at the shop. Some big jobs, some small. Some big ones disguised as small ones, until the you throw back the covers.

There were a few frustrations along the way,  with shipments: some stock showing up, some.....not. Dealing with one supplier who seemed very convinced I owed them money, until I faxed her copies of all of the cashed cheques. Then there was the crappy task of having to let people know that their beloved trailer will most likely be written off by insurance. Those conversations are not fun.

The frustrations are, of course, offset completely by the smiles and thank yous that come across the counter when you get to tell people that they aren't going to have to miss their wedding/holiday/camping trip/family reunion after all because you are able to help them with their, hail damage/broken cross member/awning arm/broken water line/broken window/ fridge/furnace/leaking roof.

I did, however  have to miss the "Art in the Park" tradeshow today. I just haven't quite mastered the ability to be in two places at once...........yet.

Tomorrow will be spent on our own camper, getting it ready for next weekend. Nope you are not mistaken. We are taking 2 entire days off! We will set up camp Friday night, after work. Then Saturday, after a day of not working, we will do our show by Delmany, then Sunday AND Monday will be spent doing absolutely nothing! It's a long weekend and I've already put up a sign at the shop that we won't be open on Saturday.

I'll be loading up my e-reader with something trashy and mindless, kickin' back with something frosty and planting my butt in a lawn chair, only getting up for walks along the river's edge, maybe a dip or two in the pool, and a bite to eat.

We are looking very forward it. We both could use a couple of days of no "have to's".

Leading up to this glorious hiatus, we will need to finish up a few jobs, so their owners might enjoy the long weekend, as well.

There is siding to finish up, a fridge to fix, a converter to change, a fridge to install (which requires an entire revamping of built-ins) the re-plumbing of almost an entire trailer, and a utility trailer to make whole again. That, along with the walk-in business that comes off of the highway, we should stay busy enough to stay out of trouble.......for the most part.

Rehearsing for the Delmany show will have to happen while we work, it's about time we checked out the acoustics chops of the shop, anyway!

We are lucky people!

You know, we've had a few of our customers needing work done to their trailers, not for a holiday or a fishing trip, but to take it to the city to park there, as to be close to hospitals during treatments and appointments with specialists, etc.  It provides a feeling of "home" at a time when comfort can be pretty important.

It pains my soul when I hear of the heartbreak and stress they are having to go through. They're just hoping to make it to the next step, get to the next phase of treatment, and recover well from the surgeries.

 The strength and courage it takes to face these hardships, is an amazing example of the resilience of the human spirit.

Well folks, that about does it for this week!  I hope you are taking time to enjoy the Summer!

Until next time, I'll leave you with this wish......................

May your glass be perpetually filled with something tasty and frosty with a tiny umbrella to provide shade for the ice.
May every beverage add generously to your evening, maybe a little relaxation, a few new dance moves, a little spice.

May you have the chance to sit, relax, put your feet up, rest until you feel rested.
May the sunshine and gentle breezes tease your senses, all five of them, tested.

May you have the chance to sit by a campfire with some marshmallows and some friends.
May you be filled with the childhood feeling, hoping Summer never ends.

Take Care! Until Next Time!

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