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Nicole’s Corner: Taking on the Unexpected

July 24, 2014

Hey there everyone!  I’m back in New York this week and ready to rock this remodeling out with Joie – we are two chicas on a mission to use our girl power and spruce up this space!  I am a firm believer that every girl needs to know how to use a rachet strap because when you are at Lowe’s gathering supplies and you’re not quite sure how they are all going to fit in your Honda Element, a rachet strap always saves the day!  And that’s exactly where Joie and I found ourselves this week.  The scruffy contractors rolled their eyes at us, but after shuffling a few boxes of yarn around, everything was in and we were on our way and ready to get to work.

But, when we got back to the store, we noticed the toilets were making a funny noise.  I made the mistake of flushing when I went to check it but it only made things worse…the water started to rise and we didn’t have plunger on hand to help.  Yikes!  Time for an emergency trip back to Lowe’s for two plungers and snake!  And then the real craziness ensued.  After snaking and simple plunging didn’t solve the problem, Joie and I each armed ourselves with a plunger and made our way to the two different bathrooms.  We thought that synchronized plunging might provide enough power to clear the backup.  I yelled down the hall to Joie to start and then we counted and plunged together…one, two, three, four, five, nothing, six, seven, eight, still not working, nine, ten, and all the way to twenty-five. And in the end, all we got out of it was laughs and we had to call the plumber.  One thousand dollars later, the tree branches that were blocking our pipes are now cleared.  Situations like these confirm that the emergency fund is a necessity, not a luxury.

After a day spent on plumbing issues, we made our way to work with the intention of making good use of the remodeling supplies we’d picked up the day before.  As I pedaled up to the parking lot, an incredibly large piece of our maple tree stopped me in the parking lot.  The thunderstorm from the night before had broken it off, and I had to change my plans so we could lop this monster of a tree branch (it was as big as a small tree) and get the parking lot cleared.  So, Joie, Terry (our landscaping fairy, remember him?) and I (good thing this Jersey girl spent some time in Maine so she would know how to properly lop a tree) made quick work of it and we were back to business.

Even with couple of unexpected setbacks this week, we are making progress.  A few weeks ago when Joie was out walking Squeakers, she found a free pegboard on the street.  She called me to come pick it up (and yes, if you’re wondering, I did have to use those ratchet straps again) and this week, Joie painted it and made it into a fabulous display our kits.  The painting of the office continues and we are saying our goodbyes to the eighties wallpaper.  And I’ve been doing lots of picture taking and description writing – there are oodles new products going up this week that I can’t wait for you to see.

And one more thing…I’m excited that something we’ve had in the works for a bit is ready to go.  We have new custom and one-of-a-kind drawstring sari silk pouches made just for us that use to pack any order over $30!  And orders over $87 get the larger size!  These sacks are so fabulous and soft, I want them all for me!  Really, I got them for all of you, so I will share and I can’t wait for you to get one!

Those unexpected things always come up, but I take them on with an open mind, flexibility, being able to draw on the emergency fund when needed, and good friends (and landscaping fairies) to help!

Love, Nicole

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