Leadership

Friday, May 26, 2006

Once Upon a Sheep Survives1

Well, I'm really feeling a bit tired right now. I've had that insomnia for the last couple of nights that hits me once in a while. It's difficult to concentrate when that happens - sleep deprivation is not good. However, my mind is occupied, in an excited way of course, with the yarn shop - and it's survival. Some things just take a licking and keep on ticking! I really felt a sense of peace - you cannot own things so much that your happiness depends on them. But I must say that I am very pleased that we've been able to keep the shop alive and well. When we decided that the sa would not continue to have oversight of the shop and if we had to we'd close it, it was a difficult decision, but I was at peace with it. That didn't mean I wanted to see it go - however, one has to be realistic.

But now we have another chance to keep it going with a completely new group of women who are ready and willing to put their all into it and sign on officially. I'm sending off in the mail our application for The Shepherd's Heart to become officially recognized as a non profit society - what a learning process. We have our board of directors, backing from a bank and we're off to the races!

I'm just about finished that sweater for the shop - lovely lilac lace. I'll post a picture when it's done.

Today we had a staff retreat - I decided that it would be fun to take my staff away for a day and do some team building with them. We had a couple of guests - Suman from head office who specializes in HR and the HR dept head who is going to school to become a pastor! What a wonderful day we had. We went skiing on a pair of ridiculous skis - five at a time. I nearly ended my life under one of my staff - Mike is a bit bigger than me. It was really a blessing to do this - we had a lovely meal, chicken stuffed with cream cheese - different, very rich. We really got to see each other in a different light and find out about each others colour personality profile. We exhanged affirming compliments and all in all were lifted up by the experience. I think we're going to do it again next year.

And to end off the day, when I got home was a nice letter from the little girl we sponsor in the philippines, Janine. What a sweetheart who sends me updates on her life on a regular basis. She is really a cutie.

So ends another day, another week.

grace...Kathie

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

New Knitting Project

I'm working on a new knitting project for the shop. You can find it on www.knitty.com - it's the little girls lace sweater. I'm doing it in a lovely lilac shade of Grace and trimming it with a darker shade. Watch for pictures soon, I'm almost finished.

grace...kathie (who's busy knitting)

Happy Birthday!


Isaac and I recently shared our birthday celebration! Everyone came over and we had a wonderful time. Ed barbequed his special chicken marinade and we had salad and other fixings. Of course, in spite of starting a new "eating plan" they got me a cake entitled "Death by Chocolate" for my big day. Well, it was worth the pound I gained - why hesitate, if you're going to cheat you may as well cheat really good.

I'm having a very interesting time lately. As soon as the nice weather hits in BC I start dreaming of camp and sitting and knitting and looking out over the water to Keats Island, and well... you know, nothing much more than that. No busyness and no phone calls about work, just me and the kids and Ed hanging out. Soon....soon....

Well, now that I'm officially at the top end of the 40's I begin to think of the big 50 birthday coming in a few years - I can't believe that. I still feel so young, and I don't think I look that old, but I suppose when Menopause if finished with me my skin will look a little more like I'm supposed to at that age! If only I had scads of money and could live a life of luxury - my own personal chef, workout instructor and the best skin care $ can buy. Well, one can only dream...

I'm tired of dreaming, time to go back to reality!

grace...Kathie