Those of you who follow my page on Facebook, may already be aware of the changes that have taken place at The Red Cat Food Store over the past month or so. It certainly has been an eventful period in my life.
On the 20 July I had a stall at a local craft market, Made’n Thornbury Market . It was a very successful day despite the atrocious weather. There was a sudden heavy downpour and hail in the middle of the day, lucky the market was in doors, but the poor patrons certainly got wet.
I’d worked right through the night before the market to be ready. I was feeling very exhausted that evening so went to bed at 6:30 pm for a well deserved early night. Just as I lay down, my phone rang with the news that the window at the shop had been smashed. Suffering from sleep deprivation and not thinking clearly, I hastily got dressed and ran out of the house to see what had happened.
As I turned out of our drive way, I lost my footing on the wet concrete footpath and fell flat on my face, using my hands and mouth as a break. When I got there, a small crowd was gathered outside awaiting the arrival of the police. I stood shivering in shock and cold, holding a face-washer to my mouth to stem the bleeding. I had put my teeth into the inside of my bottom lip, not quite going right through.
It seemed that two 16 year olds had been seen running away after the sound of breaking glass was heard by a couple of witnesses. As the witnesses didn’t actually see which on of the two teenagers broke the window, the police where unable to press charges. An ambulance was called to check me over and they advised I go to the emergency department of the local hospital.
After waiting for someone to come to put a metal shutter on the broken window and getting a friend to come and sit with our three children, my partner drove me to the hospital. Luckily it was early on Saturday night and I didn’t have to wait too long to be seen. I was cleaned up and sent home, feeling very sad and sorry for myself. Finally crawling into bed at 11 pm.
That’s one of the things about life, things can change really quickly. Whilst nothing serious happened it, the events of that night kind of shook me. While I was waiting for the window glass to be replaced by my brother-in-law ( I can thoroughly recommend Dynamic Glass for all your glass needs), a friend dropped in to the shop for a coffee. I was over whelmed when he offered to do the signs on the shop for free. His offer came right of the blue and has been the boost I need to get over the window being broken and literally falling on my face!
You never know what life has in store for you or what is about to change, for me the key is to “roll with the punches, to get to what’s real”. I can’t believe I’m quoting lyrics from a Van Halen song, but that’s life!