I love this time of year. While we have experienced more rain than normal and grayer days than we like, winter is our time to refocus, set new goals and take a deep breath. When spring arrives, we hit the ground running for what seems like an eternity. In reality, it is a fast, insanely busy 10 weeks. Now, 2020 was a bit different and the entire spring rolled into summer and then fall. We weren't sure what to make of that, but it's a new year so let's be optimistic, ok?
As we prep for spring, we always have some of our largest orders of hardgoods arrive. I placed the pottery order prior to Mariah's arrival so I delicately tried to share with her the order (Mariah is our relatively new Pottery Sales Department Lead). At the time I placed it, I didn't think much of it. I looked at it and I thought, "Well, that should cover it. (I think.)" And on to the next thing I went.
The vendor called and let us know the semi was coming Monday morning. Of course. Monday. And then I find out it was 20 pallets. 20? Dear God. Shoot me now. Mariah, and every garden center team member, is going to kill me.
Fast forward and I'm blinking. They unloaded the truck in half the time that I thought it would take. And they have moved pottery into place like little tasmanian devils! What the heck?! The funniest part of the story ties in with unloading.
Julia is all of maybe 5' 2" , if that, on her tippy toes and as fiery as I am. One set of pottery was double stacked and the largest set we ordered. It looked like it might have been as tall as her and she could easily hide in it. BUT she thought she could pull it down. Aurora was telling me this story and all I could say was, "It would flatten her like a pancake!"
Aurora, one of the chillest and most reasonable team members, pushes Julia's pause button. (Yes, some of us have pause buttons.) Phew. These girls go get the skid steer and line the bucket up level with the top stack. Then , they scootched the pieces into the bucket and brought them down to the ground safe and sound. BOOM.
I seriously can't brag enough about all of them. When you visit the garden center, you don't even realize the legends that are walking among you. LEGENDS, I tell you. Legends.
It was cookies for everyone and we will see if they read my story today because tomorrow, I'm throwing them a pizza party for lunch for finishing pottery in record time. They have certainly earned the calories! Y'all - don't pack your lunch!
Come one, come all. We have pottery out the kazoo. We need your trunks people! Get here and get here now for the best selection. Counting down to spring with love for you.