Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Time For Decisions

I am not a decisive person. I am a 'weigher', a deliberator, a cautious personality. Thankfully I married a risk-taking decisive, and driven man to balance me out. I have expressed on more than one occasion that I would never have had the guts to start a business if not for my years of having my fears refuted by being married to Dale...I learned that I could survive taking risks...and thrive!
(I also must mention my parents who 
invested immensely in my life, health, 
and in my business financially~
I am blessed and so very grateful!!!)
On September 15, 2004 I opened Bittersweet Farm, the little gift shop on our farm. It has been a great adventure. I have enjoyed every day of this experience, with the exception of the packing-peanuts. (I recall feeling the same way about rolling perms in my first career!) 

It has been nearly eight great years, and it is time for me to make a decision. Actually I have been deliberating over this  for the past two years... and its time to admit that those two have been financially challenging for the shop. With my husband's work circumstances, our lifestyle changes, and now with the sale of the farm, I have come to a decision. I have weighed options for moving on in another way, like renting space in town, but have discovered it just wouldn't be smart financially at this time.

So with all that, I have decided to finalize the closing of Bittersweet Farm. It is time to say 
My plan is to close out fall merchandise over the next two weeks, then take a few weeks to put the Christmas merchandise out and close out the Christmas merchandise in October... 

25% off everything 
Friday August 31st 
Saturday September 1st 
then the 
following weekend:
30% off everything
Friday September 7th 
Saturday September 8th 
Christmas will be sometime in 
October ~ Stay Tuned!


  1. Kathy I so understand your decision, you have been in business as long as I have.
    You have had a long time to think this through and I commend you for weighing the options.
    Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you Karen! You have been such an encouragement! It isn't easy to stop doing something you love. My mind continues to consider other options, like doing seasonal sales, but since we don't yet know where we will land after closing on the Farm, I felt it best to close and if ever I start again, it will be fresh with a new name, etc. :)

  2. It's always so sad to see a small business close ~ but you have to do what you have to do. Times are tough these days to make a living for us. I wish you much luck and hope you find a happy medium in your decision making process. You'll know when the time is right to continue your adventures. Your a very talented person and you have a special gift in the patterns you produce. Hopefully that will continue.

  3. Thank you so much Robin. Every ending is only a new beginning right? The road seems to open to things that surprise us, and think, "I never guessed this would be on the other side of that...!"

  4. I just wish I lived closer. I'm drawn to your little shop in your large life. . . there's something very beautiful about it all.

    God has something new for you, right around the corner. I just know it. Even now, you can't see it, but he can, and it will be a perfect fit for your next season.


    1. I love those words Elaine! Thank you. And speaking of your words..I was in tears already in the third paragraph of your book on the acknowledgements page...the part about your mom. You are so gifted. Glad to know you and be blessed so often by you and your gift of words.

      I feel that something on the horizon too. :) My God-adventure!

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