Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Open House!

Last Saturday, was a very busy day.

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) lately, you'll know that I have a new habit.  I go to the YMCA/YWCA (Y) to use the pool.

As you may know, when I use the pool, I do not swim lengths. 

Even though I have more freedom of movement than I have had in years, and even though I am stronger than I have been since the collision I was involved in, in 1980, I still cannot swim lengths. 

Why?  Well, since I am not totally healed from neck and shoulder injury from long ago, it is still very difficult for me to raise my arms over my head, making it nearly impossible to swim lengths, when I cannot put arm over arm up and over into the water.

Instead, I work out in the water, doing exercise.  Anyone who has seen me work out, knows that I do not do light exercise, but rather, I work out very hard, for between and hour and an hour and a quarter (1 - 1 1/4 hours).

Since the Y opens on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., I was there at opening time.  During the week, the Y opens at 6:30 a.m.; that's when I arrive!

So, by being at the Y for 8:00 a.m., I felt like I was getting to sleep in!  :-))

After doing my time in the pool, I rushed home to shower and change into something comfy for the day.  I knew I wanted to be comfortable for the rest of the day, because I knew that I was going to be limited in what I could do for the rest of the day.

Upon leaving home, I picked up the plate of cookies I had baked the evening before, taking them with me to my friend W's home.

W was having an Open House/Craft/Avon/Baked Goods sale.  Since W is an active woman who sells Avon, she had much to offer those who were coming to look, and hopefully do some Christmas shopping.  At least one mutual friend loves to bake, so W had a variety of baked goods for sale on her behalf.  The same applied to someone who likes to do crafting.

My cookies were not to be sold.  They were for all patrons and/or friends to enjoy while they visited W's home.

Why was I there?  Well, W suggested I set up a table, bring some copies of my book Love Never Fails You... and hopefully, sell some to patrons who attended the open house. 

So, in addition to baking cookies last Friday, I also dropped off at W's home some copies of my book.  This way, I was all set up for the day, when I arrived on Saturday morning.

Throughout the day, people came and went.  Some purchased items, some did not.  Everyone seemed to have a nice visit with W, her family and friends, including me.

W made sales, as did her friends who left their goods with her to sell.  The surprising thing for me, was that I did, too!

Yes, believe it or not, I actually sold some copies of my book!  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!  And, thank you, W! 

You may be aware that I had ordered copies of my book that I never would have ordered, had I known the conferences where I was to bring my book to and I was to speak at, were cancelled! 

W, I am sincerely grateful to you, for your friendship and for your loving heart, that opened up your home to me.  Due to your loving suggestion, I now have less books at home.   Truly, this is quite an accomplishment!

If anyone has any suggestions on how I can market the remainder of my inventory, please contact me.  After all, most bookstores in USA order directly through the publisher and here in Canada, it seems unrealistic at this time to drive great distances to drop off a copy of my book for the buyer to read and make a decision as to whether they will carry my book or not; then return to drop off copies for sale.

In any case, like I said, I am grateful to W, for her loving kindness.  May God bless you, my friend.

Until next time...

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