What a dolly mixture kind of day!
I am not quite all work and no play – though it sometimes seems to my nearest and dearest that is the case! We manage a 45 minute swim several times a week and love it especially if we get the pool to ourselves.
Anyway, today included said swim and it was lovely.
We worked on our Ripple Retreat filing and I had some calls to make regarding furniture we have ordered for the family room – I ordered a coffee table last week, paid for it right away, then the next day I get an email from the company saying payment is incomplete. I check the bank, nope it has been paid and try to call them but they are closed for the holidays. So I had to sort it out today – turns out it was an automated reply I got and they were sorry. Grrrrr.
Some of our regular supporters rallied round the other day when I mentioned wanting to get white china from M&S (to match china donated last year) and so I have also been trying to get a wee discount to get best value.
Taking the car up the motorway every week to the Retreat meant it was filthy so as the sun was shining today we got it washed ready for the New Year and while I helped a bit with that I was in the garage fixing our storage boxes ready to take to the secure storage unit that Broughton Removals have kindly given to us. (we have had many donations over the christmas period for the Ripple Retreat)
What else today?
Oh yes, I met up with a new supporter Hailey – she is going to become a new Ambassador and speak at events for us – we will be so busy this year we need all the help we can get!
I did a wee bit work on my Young Ambassadors Programme today too – I love it so much and want to improve it year on year. I have lots of ideas on my list for the YA’s. They are growing in confidence and need stretched more.
Ian Pirrie of Edinburgh School of Food and Wine has made an offer I cannot refuse – it means organising another event but I need the money and love organising events so of course I said yes. So, I started work on that – I need to get 6 celebrities to come on board.
I do these blog posts late evening but I don’t mind admitting that I get so frustrated trying to load photos. Error messages ping at me constantly. The sooner we get the website sorted the better.
I will never make a professional blogger but really want to just give you the flavour of what it’s like to run this wee charity and prepare for the last few months of building our Ripple Retreat.