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Saturday, March 21, 2015

I'm very lucky


I love this photo Gerry put on his instagram today of my studio. I have not spent time in there in a year now, I miss it, but I/m having a lot of fun doing new things. I'll be back there one day......


This is my new place. I'm working 4-5 days a week now, learning more and more every day. This is our greenhouse. I have always known a good bit about house plants, but I know soooo much more now. I am cloning african violets successfully which is a thrill. Today I found a little rogue violet that had somehow cloned itself in a large fern. I have repotted it and brought it home to be with my other ones.


I'm doing most of the merchandising and being given more and more responsibilities. Its so fun to have all this cool stuff to play with!




I got to source some new note cards for the store, and I started at the top, with one of my favorite artists, Shannon Bueker. Shannon was gracious enough to let me come to her studio and pick out some cards, and put them in the store for review. The first day out in the store, we sold four of them, and everyone was very complimentary. I knew they would be a hit! Baby steps. Buyer one day? maybe........



Here's Gerry's favorite space in the store, the hydroponics and soil grow room. Tomatoes getting bigger every day. One day we would like to have a space like this to start plants indoors. Its amazing to see what light and nutrients will do for plants!


Another hydro display. Simple and efficient. Last Saturday I sold my first hydro set up to a couple without having to run to a manger asking for help. I actually knew what I was talking about and had a $500 sale, all by myself. I felt like the training wheels were off. The first month I worked at the store, I felt like a complete idiot about a hundred times a day. I didn't know how the computer worked, didn't know where anything was, didn't know what half the stuff we sold was for. And now they are asking me where things are! And I can get through most of the day without needing help. What a great feeling. Its like when I finally learned how to mix a glaze on my own.


Poor Gerry. He's used to being the one to get home late at night and I have dinner for him. I have been working until 8pm a few nights a week, he is shooting basketball tournaments. Not much time for home cooked meals. But I did come home the other night to a wonderful plate of pasta.  Gerry has never been one to cook a lot of meals, but this was a great one and most appreciated, as tired as I was. Spring time in a garden shop is unreal! I come home exhausted.Wesley and Gerry have both been great getting meals together for me, and I love them for it!

I feel so lucky that this job practically fell into my lap. I work with the most fun group of people. We all get along, we are all somewhat dysfunctional in our own adorable ways, we laugh a lot, we support and help each other, there is just a great feeling of working for a common goal. I have never worked at a place with an energy like this store. And I feel very blessed......

13 comments:

Melissa Rohrer said...

Good for you. You've gained a lot of useful knowledge, get to be creative at work, and get paid!
And it is nice to have a meal ready for you once in a while when you get home.

Michèle Hastings said...

sounds like you have found a perfect fit!

Anna M. Branner said...

I agree, working somewhere with all those goodies to play with. That way you don't have to want them for yourself. :) LOVE the cards. Off to see if she has a web presence....So glad you are doing well!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Melissa, yes very helpful info for when we find our piece of land one day..... but the best part is definitely getting paid!
Michele, it does feel like a good fit, I'm lucky I found this little island of content!
Anna, Shannon does have a web presence, her blog is on my blog roll, Not Now Kato.

cookingwithgas said...

Blue willow.... my grand mother had those plates.
Congratulations on that job.

Lori Buff said...

It's so nice to see how much you are enjoying this job. It looks like a great place.

Tracey Broome said...

Meredith, I am a sucker for Blue Willow,every time I see a plate in a thrift store I have to have it!
Lori, thanks, it is a great place, every work place should be like this!

Laurie said...

It looks and sounds like a blast there. I don't get that way often, but the next time I do, I hope to come by and check it out.

Trish said...

What a great place to be, Tracey, physically and mentally..
Good Spring! :). T.

Tracey Broome said...

Good spring to you as well Trish! and happy Easter

Laura Farrow said...

Bravo!

just jody said...

What a great place to work and a blessing to part of their "pack". Enjoy!

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Congratulations on your new job. I'm positive that I would never get a paycheck if I worked an that garden store. LOVE those notecards and little bunnies. I'm a sucker for African Violets too...hide the credit cards.