Happy Friday all. We’ve survived another week!
But .. I seemed to wake on Monday morning and by the time I’d showered, got dressed and done my hair, it was Friday! Someone is stealing time and I’m going on a mission to find the beastly boy who’s doing this! (It’s a boy. I know it’s a boy. Don’t ask me how, I just feel it, and I know it’s a boy).
Shall we dive into my diary and find out what I’ve learned and am wiser because of, this week? Seat belts on, I’m unlocking the fancy lock on the cover of my diary ...ready? …. in we go . . .
I learned this week . . . that I have too many clothes and I don’t wear half of them. Now just stop and think about what I’ve just said. Chaps … this is a gal talking and she’s just said she’s got too many clothes. Yup, you read it right. Girls … I’ve just told all your men that a girl can have too many clothes. When your man points this out to you remember to say: “Yes but that’s Cobs, and her husband is a millionaire.” I’m only giving you that ‘get out clause’ so that you don’t hate me for telling the chaps that I have too many clothes. (N.B. Mr.Cobs isn’t a millionaire. I have access to his wallet, his pockets, our bank account is joint, and … I’ve had up every floorboard in this place and found nothing. Definitely NOT a millionaire.)
I’ve learned this week that there is only one particular Christmas Advertising Video this year which makes me cry.
Here in the UK (from mid November’ish’) various different (big) companies release their Christmas videos and it’s become a bit of a thing to try to out-do the other companies for the best video. Normally, it’s John Lewis who win hands down. They make some really magical Christmas videos which melt my (and an awful lot of others) hearts. However this year, their video just makes me howl with laughter and joy.
BUT … there is one video which seems to (at the moment) have passed by unnoticed by some folks here, but for me, it’s the one which turns me into a big girly wreck, crying, sniffing, dabbing with a tissue and wanting to watch it again – even though I know it will make me cry all over again. (I’ve so far watched it six times, and after each one, I’ve cried like a baby). I have to share this one with you. Guys might not ‘get it’ … but I’m pretty certain that most ladies will…. – it’s only just over a minute long (and totally child safe in case you have one of those in the room with you) …
So… are you crying? Did it make you cry? …. Almost cry? … Not cry at all???
I’ve also learned this week .… that some Craft Companies expect their customer to be clairvoyant when they don’t send you an item which is clearly shown on a delivery note, which they’ve enclosed in the parcel along with all the other items you ordered at the same time.
Customers are apparently expected to automatically know that because these companies haven’t included *that* item in the parcel, it’s not that they’ve forgotten to pack it in with the rest of the order, but that they’re waiting for it to come back into stock. And when you phone them up to tell them who you are, what the order number was, and which item it is which is missing, their attitude is as if you should have known in the first place and you’re wasting their time by phoning.
This forces me to ask … EXACTLY HOW DIFFICULT IS IT – to simply write on the delivery note: “To Follow” or words to that effect?
CRAFT COMPANIES take note: … I’m going to begin naming and praising very soon, the companies which I’ve shopped at, or with, which have given me good or excellent service.
BUT I’m also going to begin naming and shaming those companies who need to pull their socks up; buck up their act; or generally GET WITH THE PROGRAMME!
Give good service, get more custom. Give poor service, customers will shop elsewhere. It’s as simple as that.
Crafters chat to other crafters, face to face, social media or on their Blogs, and they share their experiences with and of particular companies. Don’t lose out on free advertising by giving crafters bad service.
I’ve also learned this week … That a crafter shouldn’t ever think that they’re great at something just because they’ve been doing it for a while. Even crafters who have been crafting for longer than they care to admit to being alive, can still be the complete opposite of a genius and burn her fingers on the bally heat gun; cover herself in ink which won’t wash off and makes her hands and nails look like she’s a potato farmer with no shovel; and moves things around in her craft room to make it easier for herself, then can’t find the blasted things she’s moved when she needs them a day after she moved the blasted things in the first &£%*>^ place!!!
And that same Crafter can suddenly remember at 10pm one night that she needs a particular type of card for the following day, then frantically goes through everything she has in her craft room trying to find inspiration and at 11.20pm finally gives up, telling herself she’ll look in the morning, knowing all the time that she may as well just go to the shop and buy whatever they have because she’s obviously a simpleton with a noodle for a brain and she’ll never be able to make anything ever again so she might as well sell all her equipment in her craft room right now damn it and be done with it!
…… clunk. screeeeeech. clunk. [sound soapbox being put away]
I’ve also learned that people are some of the nicest things God invented.
When you give people a reason to be lovely, they will (more often than not), be lovely. When you give them a reason to care, they will (more often than not) care. When you show them a need which you have to get them involved in praying for someone they maybe have never met before, don’t know and haven’t even heard of that particular persons blog before … These people will see that their own prayer or ‘wish’ or hope, could be the one that makes the difference and will pray, or wish, or hope and push that feeling out into the ether. And they’ll show their support by leaving a few words for that person to read so that they see that they’re not alone. People care. People care enough to make an effort for a person they don’t even know. People care enough to try. People are hoping. Wishing. Praying, for a positive outcome.
I hope it’s ok for me to let you know, and I don’t think that she’ll mind me sharing with you …. I had a very short email chat with Michelle today and she said: … “the outpouring of love and support meant so much, and came at perhaps my lowest point”.
Thank you to those wonderful people who left her a message of support, who prayed, who wished, and/or hoped. Each and every one of you made a difference. Sometimes, just knowing that people are rooting for you, praying for you, wishing you well … or are just on your side, is all it takes to give someone the strength to keep on keeping on. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and doing what you did. (If you left a message for her on her blog and it hasn’t appeared yet, it isn’t that you’ve been forgotten, things are getting done as and when they can be, as you would expect).
But from me, many, many thanks xxx Bless you all. How brilliant you are. I love you.
And … finally…
Since I always try to leave you with something funny to smile about ….
I mentioned a few paragraphs ago about the John Lewis Christmas Video for this year which makes me laugh …. I share it with you here (don’t fret, it’s only a little over two minutes long – and again, totally child safe)
….. and in case that wasn’t quite enough . . .
And a few silly but funnies … ….
A: Spoiled milk.