Celebrating a Milestone with a Look Back

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A Milestone spanning 30 years! Celebrating a milestone of 30 years in business seems unfathomable! My story is one of developing a passion into a business with all of the unexpected twists and turns that have led to where we … Continue reading

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Pondering What’s Important?

In my every day life of work and play, it’s not often I take time to acknowledge what’s important to me. However, our current Northwoods weather has prompted me to ponder.

From Winter to Fire Danger

Three weeks ago it looked like winter was far from over with 3-4 feet of snow on the ground. But what a difference a week makes! We have experienced temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s! There remains little chance for snow to hang on. While exuberant that winter has ceased, May is the month when we can expect high fire danger before the grass is green and the trees leaf out. Today is one of those critically-high, extreme fire danger days with dry, gusty winds and high daytime temperatures.


Patches of snow will not last long!

What’s Important?

In the thirty years Annie’s Woolens has resided in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, we have not been threatened directly by a forest fire. However, all of us are aware of the potential and remain on the alert. So this state of affairs prompted me to ask my husband what one thing he would grab if we had to leave our house in a hurry. He was not sure. I wasn’t either. But with some time, my answer became clear:  I would grab 2 bracelets that my mother made.  She was a silversmith. I have been without both parents for a number of years. The few physical items I possess keep the memories of my parents with me. I wear my father’s watch every day. And I love to wear the bracelets my mother made as a way of holding her close to me. In all of the stuff that we possess, I find it interesting to think about what rises to the top in importance.

What One Thing?

How would you respond: In the event of an emergency and you had to leave home within minutes, what one item would you grab and take with you assuming any family members/pets are able to leave the house in safety? All hypothetical, of course, but makes one ponder. Please comment and share. 

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Being Creative – Keeping Things Fresh

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In our line of work, the routine of each day can become monotonous. Most of the year we are in production of our knitted Christmas stockings to build up inventory for the year. For example, currently I am working on … Continue reading

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What Do You Do With a Sunday?

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When you live in our neck of the woods, preparing for winter is important as winters are long and can be quite harsh. Our family has already been making preparations. Our wood is now cut and stacked and our chimney … Continue reading

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Which Hat Do I Wear?

Which hat do I wear when the phone rings?

Which Annie Am I when the phone rings after work hours?

It’s after 4:00 in the afternoon on a week day. The women I work with have left work for the day to go home. The phone rings and it’s an unfamiliar name on the caller ID in a different part of the country. Is it a relative, a robo-call for my husband and me, or an Annie’s Woolens customer? I often don’t know which hat to wear in answering the phone: that of Annie the family member/ friend or Annie the business owner of Annie’s Woolens. As a rule, I will answer “Annie’s Woolens, Anne speaking. How can I help you?”. It is one of the interesting and humorous aspects of being a home-based business. I can be in the middle of cooking dinner, doing a load of laundry, washing the dishes or some other home activity. It can be confusing.

If you are a customer and it’s after hours and you hear my voice on the line answer  “Hello” instead of “Annie’s Woolens”, just know that I don’t know what hat to put on after work hours but that I am happy you called! You have reached the correct number and I am happy to assist you!

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