Some Monday’s just start off differently!

Little Ideas with Love

So here we are again, it’s time for my Monday blog. I thought I’d share with you my day, sometimes it’s nice to share what’s happened and also share with everyone that my days sometimes go wrong just like yours might sometimes.

So I was up super early as I knew I had a busy day ahead as I wanted to get out all of my subscription boxes, there’s a lot each month over 80! So I got up and as I got out of bed my mobile phone fell off the bed onto my foot….ouch it bloody hurt and I’ve a great big bruise to prove it. After hobbling downstairs to make breakfast for me and Alfie I then realised Richard had taken my car to work to give it a run and had forgotten I’d got to take one of the dogs to the dog groomers ?? men……they are so hard work sometimes lol. Good job she’s local who I use, but even heading out it takes 40 minutes out of my day to take her and get back with walking and then another 40 mins to collect her and come back and when you’ve over 80 subscription boxes to get packed up and shipping labels to add before 2pm it’s not good. Luckily I was able to ring Annie and she came to collect her for me, we did social distancing just as my dog groomer also did when she took Bailey from Annie, but I was stuck and I needed help. For those of you who are unsure who Annie is, she’s my friend but also works for me in the workshop, but is currently furloughed and hopefully due back next month. Honestly if she hadn’t have collected Bailey there’s no way I’d have been able to start on my subscription boxes. It was strange seeing her as were both huggers, and it was strange not being able to hug her. I’ve missed hugging people as I always hug everyone, I’ve not really seen people during lockdown as I’ve only left the house twice since March, but it’s hard knowing you can’t hug anyone and I know some people find it easy, but when you’re a big hugger it hurts that you can’t, but hey I’m sure one day we’ll be able to hug again and if not I’m coming up with an invention to protect people when they want to hug someone lol.

So anyway where was I? Oh yes, so after my foot injury I then set Alfie up with his school work and I went in the workshop, I was in there before 8am knowing I’d lots to do. I made up all the boxes first and then part close them so that when I put each thank you note in, I just slide it in the top and then add the postage label. I do the postage labels in the house, went to switch the little postage label printer on, nothing happened! Looked at the back no lead plugged in and no where to be seen, quickly rang Richard and he thought it may have come out of the printer when he was sorting the CCTV wires out, after a rummage  behind my work desk I found it. Right time to get on, nope my label printer wanted to play funny buggers and then the Royal Mail back office was playing up, it seemed to be going on a go slow. So this process took me until 11.45am to finish, nearly 3 hours, it’s the longest it’s ever taken, but yes I’ve more subscriptions to do, but all the messing about made it take longer. I’d not had a drink all morning, so I quickly made one and a sandwich for both me and Alfie as I knew once I went back in the workshop I had till 2pm to get all these postage labels on, notes added and all boxes taped up and sealed. Normally both me and Annie do this together, but until shes back at work it’s just me. Every order I double check the address is correct, all address have 2 checks, some customers often change their shipping address, even more since lockdown as many haven’t been going out to work and have worked from home, so I need to make sure everyone’s address matches what’s on their order. I’m pleased to say I did it with 15 minutes spare, I worked my little socks off as I wanted to get everyones out so they can start to enjoy their boxes this week. Baring in mind I’ve done all this with a bruised foot that has given me trouble all morning, checking in on Alfie every 20 minutes and then helping him if he was stuck with everything. I sometimes wonder how I do it, but I sometimes don’t even know myself lol. Let’s just say this evening I’m relaxing as I won’t lie I’m tired and my head hurts as it’s been a stressful day with so many different things not going right, but hey……..tomorrows a new day!

 

In between all of the above I was also chasing a parcel that had been lost from my vinyl supplier, which actually turned up, it had been sat at DPD warehouse since the 1st June, they decided my address didn’t exist, which means it was a driver who doesn’t know the area and instead of ringing my number which is always displayed on the label and asking me to direct them in, they say my address is wrong, it’s normally the blue DPD hub who have trouble as I find they have many stand in drivers who never know the area, but it left me with a missing order and a backlog of T-shirt orders piling up with my new sparkly glitter text on them. Good news is I’ve got it now so this week I’ll finish those orders off. I have changed dispatch times for clothing, it’s now 3-4 weeks, yes it seems a long time, but if I don’t have your size in stock it needs ordering in, I only order every 7-10 days, then the T-shirts have to arrive with me and then I’ve to print them up. The printing is done here by myself, and as you’re already aware I’m working alone so it takes me longer to do each job as well as run my social media and reply to customers too. I honestly can’t wait to get back to normal and have Annie back, it’s hard doing all the jobs she normally does and it’s lonely on my own without her. I’ve always appreciated Annie and everything she does, but I appreciate her even more now as she’s a massive part of my team and the jobs she does she does them amazingly and she takes a lot of pressure off me leaving me to concentrate on my customers orders and making stock.

So I’m going to wrap this blog up now, but just remember………we all have days that go wrong, we might scream, shout or cry, but that’s fine as nobodies perfect and it’s good to release upset if things don’t go the way you’re hoping they had, but remember……tomorrow’s a new day and tomorrow you’ll shine brighter than you did today.

Im going to relax this evening and have an early night, ready for a new day tomorrow.

Thank you for taking time to read this weeks blog, keep smiling and remember you’re all amazing.

Stay safe!

 

love

 

Rachel…….x ❤️?

43 replies
  1. Kate Plummer
    Kate Plummer says:

    You’re like Wonder Woman!! I’ve had a terrible day today too!! But we carry on, coz we have no choice….Enjoy your evening, I hope it’s a peaceful one and your foot gets better soon xxxx

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  2. Chloe
    Chloe says:

    Oh gosh what a day you’ve had. I hope your foot is okay! That was so kind of Annie to help out and I bet it was lovely to see her after so long. Tomorrow is definitely a new day, rest your foot and have a nice relaxing evening xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      It’s really sore, it’s probably not helped I’ve been on it all day. Who’d have thought a mobile phone could cause so much pain lol. Thank you for reading my blog xx

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  3. Amy White
    Amy White says:

    Ah we all have those days where things go wrong, glad it was a productive one still for you! We all miss Annie too, can’t wait for you to have her back with you!

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Being on my own all the time is hard, I know Annie works part time for me normally, but it breaks my week up and we always have a giggle. I can’t wait for normality again xx

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  4. Gemma Evans
    Gemma Evans says:

    Sounds like you’ve had a really busy day! Hearing about the effort and time you put into making orders makes me appreciate them all the more! That’s why I love ordering from you because I love the care that goes into the whole process. Have a well deserved rest now and a lovely week xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Aww Gemma, this is so lovely of you to say, it means so much to me. I’m resting, I feel so tired after today. I’m going to go and have a shower and get my pjs on. Have a beautiful evening xx

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  5. Krystal Hurley
    Krystal Hurley says:

    You can give Annie extra hugs when all this is over! ?

    Thank you Annie for taking the dog – it means we all get our subscription boxes a day earlier ?

    I’m amazed you managed to get them all out today – go girl. Put your feet up tonight with a brew (or three) and chill. Talking of feet, I hope your foot is ok after the phone incident!

    I’m in bed already (6:12pm) making a macrame wall hanging (a very new hobby of mine). I’m going to finish a crochet blanket next. Just chilling melting Mysterious Moonlight ? Back to work tomorrow after my first week off since Christmas ? xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Honestly I’m lost without Annie here, she really is amazing. She saved me today collecting Bailey to take her to be cut. I hope you feel better soon, you work so hard and I’m so grateful to you and all the nhs team xx

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  6. Michelle Temple
    Michelle Temple says:

    Rach your super woman!!!! A bad start always puts me in a negative mindset, I wish I was more like you x I can’t wait for my subscription box xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      It makes tomorrow a better day as one bad day I can get over and I always say everything happens for a reason good or bad. Have a beautiful evening xx

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  7. Sue K
    Sue K says:

    Love the blog hope ur foot ok and not in too much pain Reggie got groomed last week I’m lucky she picks him up and brings him back he’s gone from looking like scar the lion to the mad spaniel again Take care have a lovely relaxing evening xx??

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      It’s painful, but I think it’s hit right on the bone….well I guess there’s loads of bones in your foot lol. I was so happy when Mel reopened as Bailey was well over due a good hair cut xx

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  8. Claire Lister
    Claire Lister says:

    Ohmygoodness hun! What a day. I hope your foot eases up soon, that sounds really sore. Good thing your phone didn’t break or that would have been another problem ? Annie will be back before you know it, I miss her bustling around on the lives even though we dont see her on camera much ??❤ Have a lovely relaxing evening and thank you for getting all our subscription boxes out xxxx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Claire I only went and dropped it on my foot again in the same bloody place. It’s now even worse ? I’m writing today off! She’s missed by everyone and hopefully next month she’ll be able to come back xx

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  9. Lisa Simmons
    Lisa Simmons says:

    Rach,
    You are such an inspiration lady, you go above and beyond to get everything sorted, now you can rest your foot while you relax xx

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  10. Roseena Mckinley
    Roseena Mckinley says:

    wow what a day you have had you have done amazing and everyone is going to love their boxes I know I do x

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  11. Paula Jones
    Paula Jones says:

    What a day!!! You are amazing getting all the boxes done and out today. Homeschooling is enough for me at the moment lol.
    Hope you manage to relax this evening. X

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      It’s been a day I won’t forget lol. Hope you’re doing ok as I know it’s hard home schooling and we’ve been doing it for so long now, but we’re also all doing an amazing job at it too xx

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      • Paula Jones
        Paula Jones says:

        we are doing really well with the homeschool, as long as we stick to our routine and get it done first thing. x

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  12. Sarah Foulds
    Sarah Foulds says:

    Aww it sounds like one heck of a day lovely. I hope your foot is feeling okay and you get a well deserved rest tonight xxx

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  13. Ellen Ross
    Ellen Ross says:

    Aww, bless you Rach,. We definitely all have days where you feel like you want it end or days where we wish we could start over. You’re amazing for what you’ve managed to achieve today even though it didn’t start well. Put your feet up, chill and remember tomorrow is a new day. Hopefully you will be able to hug your friends soon. Sending love and virtual hugs xx

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  14. nicola stephenson
    nicola stephenson says:

    Gosh Rach, what a day! I am shattered after reading your blog! Well done for getting everything done – hope you have a chilled evening. And we are one day closer to being able to hug those we love x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Lol Nicola your comment made me giggle….it was a king read wasn’t it full of all sorts. I sometimes wonder if I should talk about my whole day to give you all an inside of how it goes xx

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  15. Maria Wall
    Maria Wall says:

    Gosh you have had a super busy day Rachel. Sorry to hear about your foot, I hope it heals quickly. Enjoy your evening ? xx

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  16. Annie
    Annie says:

    Aww Rach what a day you’ve had!! That was some bruise from dropping your phone. Rest and maybe put some ice on it to ease the pain xx
    I loved taking Bailey for you. She’s such a cutie ? hopefully not long until we can get back to our working routine. I’ve certainly missed LIWL XXX

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Aww Annie, it’s so hard without you as you really do make a massive difference here in the workshop. I can’t wait for you to be back at work. Thank you so much for taking her today for me, you really are an amazing friend. It’s hurting a bit more tonight, proper bruised it good and proper. Love you Rachel…..xx

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  17. Sheila Kitching
    Sheila Kitching says:

    Wow!! You work really hard. I love that you still have time for school work with Alfie! It is always hard to work on your own when you get used to someone else being there. Hopefully it won’t be long and you can get Annie back.
    Glad B your parcel finally arrived.
    Hope your foot gets better. What a bruise!!!

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      It’s all about juggling, but Alfie also works well independently too and just asks for help if he needs it, he’s really such a good child I’m so lucky xx

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  18. Louise Ross
    Louise Ross says:

    Jings! You need to be an Octopus and have 8 arms! Well done for getting so much done today especially with your sore foot. It’s so typical that something happens when you’re rushing around. Hopefully that’s enough craziness for one week and everything will be better now moving forward. I’m looking forward to my box as always. Take care, stay safe ? xx

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  19. Wai-Ling Bennett
    Wai-Ling Bennett says:

    Love reading these blogs, you pay meticulous attention to detail and I like to picture in my mind as you tell us what happens. I tend to skim read books and can read one book a night but I re-read your blogs just in case I’d missed anything. You and Annie are a force to be reckoned with when you work together, it’s good to in a great team x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Aww your comment really made me smile. It’s nice knowing you picture in your mind what I’m saying. Have a beautiful week Wai xx

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  20. Chelsea Sawyer
    Chelsea Sawyer says:

    Wow just wow rach I don’t know how you do it, I’m sure all your subscribers are truely greatful for the way you go above and beyond for us all constant, you truely need to slow down sometimes ?, your poor foot I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope Anne is back to work soon to give you that much needed and well deserved hug. Take care … ps. I have tried to post this 3 times now ???

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Thank you Chelsea, my foots lots better, still bruised buy better than it was. Yes hopefully next month she’ll be back in the workshop with me once ive come up with my social distance measures too xx

      Reply

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