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Shop Hours Change

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

As of Monday, August 21, 2017, the shop will be closing at 4 pm every day.
Starting Monday, August 28, 2017, the shop will be closed on Mondays (in addition to Sundays).

Here’s why:

As the saying goes: ” everything happens at once” or “the best laid plans” or “Murphy’s Law”.  Whatever, it’s lowered the boom on me !!!

It all started with our A/C unit malfunctioning.  A problem not easily or quickly resolved.  (It’s still out, however it has been resolved and a complete new system will hopefully be installed tomorrow)  These past 6 weeks have been a flurry of organizing and planning and preparation for me to be away from the shop for 2 weeks.  My husband, Christer, was having a total hip replacement surgery and for his beginning recovery.  We picked an excellent orthopedic center with top ratings, great doctors and staff (one of the top rated in the nation).  We attended the orientation class and learned a lot.  We coordinated with the lady that works for me, with her schedule so that she would be available for the full two weeks before we set the surgery date.  For any of you who have experienced this, you know it’s a major surgery with an intense, long recovery.  I knew that 2 weeks were not going to be the whole recovery. But it would give us a chance to get him well on the way so I could go back to work.  Then my darling youngest daughter, who had just moved back to the US from Japan, was planning to take the shift for week 3.  Good plan, good organizing…………right????  We spend a month preparing the house for his recovery.  I contacted as many people as I thought would be effected by the interruption so they understood what was going on.  Everything seemed to be in place as the date approached. I thought that I had covered all the bases.

His surgery was scheduled for August 15.  We showed up at the hospital at the assigned time.  Everything was moving along smoothly as planned.  The surgery commenced and Christer was stable and did very well through the whole thing.  His joint was very badly deformed with osteoarthritis as we had seen in the X-rays.  The surgeon did a terrific job of reshaping the pelvis socket and implanting the appliance.  Big thumbs up all the way around.  Christer came out of surgery doing very well.  He was in no pain and couldn’t wait to have lunch.  Within a few hours he was up walking and sitting in the chair doing extremely well.  We were very please and so happy we had chosen that hospital to have it done.  Big thumbs up all around !!

Then I got the phone call that changed everything !!  The lady that works for me, Brenda, her husband collapsed with a brain bleed and she was headed to the hospital with him.  THAT WAS NOT PART OF THE PLAN !!!!!!!  Now what was I going to do ???  I was really stuck.  I went down to the ER to talk to her and try to formulate a plan.  She obviously wasn’t going to be available to open the shop the next day, (last Wednesday).  And I couldn’t leave either.  The next day was going to be “work day”, intense training for both patient and “coach”;  I had to be there.

I was up most of that night trying to figure out what to do. I made several trips down to the ER to confer with Brenda.  I started to make phone calls to find a solution.  Everyone was either out of town, already had a commitment, or not capable.  My youngest daughter, (I knew there was a reason we call her our “bonus baby”) came to my rescue at great last minute scramble and expense to her and her family.  They only have one car at the moment.  So her dear sweet husband took the day off work and drove her and her youngest, the 2 1/2 hour trip to Medina to open the shop.  So if you came to the shop Wednesday morning and it was closed, I apologize for any inconvenience.  We did all we could to get it open.  She arrived about 11:30 am and opened the shop.  Along with one of my very loyal customers, they ran the shop all this week for me.  I cannot express how grateful I am for their sacrifice.  Of course she couldn’t stay here until I could go to the shop, she starts her new job tomorrow and had to go home.  Her husband drove back up here yesterday to retrieve her and our granddaughter.  So now I am back to a similar situation.

Evie keeping “Grampy” busy finding Waldo.

I brought Christer home from the hospital on Thursday and he is doing much better than I am !!!  It’s very tough trying to be a complete hospital staff as well as run a business and watch a 4 year old !!!  Which brings me to the reason for this unexpected email.

Because of the medical situation for Brenda’s family, and my obligation to my husband’s recovery, we are making some adjustments to the shop’s operating hours.  Please take note of these 2 major changes and tell your friends who may be planning a trip to the shop.

As of Monday, August 21, 2017, the shop will be closing at 4 pm every day.
This will allow time in the afternoon for Brenda, to visit her husband and take care of what she needs to.  Because my daughter came this past week to help, she will not be able to help out with week 3 of recovery as planned.  So we will need to continue the reduced hours through Christer’s recovery.  We will assess it again this coming spring.
In order to ease the pressures associated with this emergency and allow for medical appointments and other family business, starting

Monday, August 28, 2017, the shop will be closed on Mondays (in addition to Sundays).
We will assess this again in late October to see how we are all doing.

Thank you so much for your understanding and patience.  This has been a very trying week for all of those concerned.  We appreciate you business and want to accommodate where and when we can.  A very big thanks to all of you whom have sent or posted encouragements, concerns and well wishes.

With sincere gratitude, Donette