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September 2010 Newsletter

Dear Friend:

There are no signs yet of the beautiful red and gold that I find so enchanting and associate with the fall up here in the mountains. I'll send pictures (maybe) next month. The maybe is because with a few summer rains, all the green trees seem to still be flourishing and I am not sure when the leaves will turn this year.

We had a little bit of excitement this last month when a customer called. She had our card and she looked down at our address and squawked, "Frazier Park! That's where the flames are!" We had no idea as we don't watch TV because we dislike all the "bad" news. We stay informed on the Internet, but we had been busy.

So here is the good news: With the help of a big DC10 our amazing Kern County firefighters diverted the fire into the wild lands and there it still sizzles, but is in no way a threat to anybody. A couple of years back we were evacuated for a fire and what an adventure that was!

I want to write to you this month about relationships.

I am a huge believer in good relationships. It is our long-lasting relationships with our friends, our customers and the volunteers who schedule our shows, that is bringing us through the tough times of this economic recession. Sadly, competitors are folding left, right and center but we are still stable. I have always liked to deal directly with my customers, is why we do shows, and we try to help our customers in every way we can.

We try to deliver a service way beyond what is expected at a price that is better than they can get elsewhere.

A core set of relationships is also a great asset in your personal life. Such relationships sustain you when you need them. Strangely enough, it can be a surprise to find out who actually steps forward to help during bad times, and who doesn't. So we believe in spending time to figure out who is important and who is not, and who is true and who is not.

It is well worth your while to reach out and spend a little extra time to involve others in your life. It is for this reason that we created the "Friends and Family" gift table with each item only $5.00. (On this table, yes really, it is a fun table - if three items are bought the fourth is absolutely free.) So you can actually afford that little gesture of consideration, even if the budget is tight.

Grandma and Me

September 12th is Grandparent's Day. Will you take your grandparents out to dinner? How about a nice sentimental, nostalgic movie? Or how about a card and a small five dollar gift? It is the always the thought that counts! It is in being remembered that takes one over the potholes. (Of course, if you are the grandparent, you deserve to give yourself a treat!)

I want to tell you a story about my grandmother. She had stayed with us for some months when I was a child, and then went home to a city about 100 miles away from where we lived. Not long after that we heard that she had passed and we went there to attend the funeral. Two weeks later, when we returned, we found a parcel waiting for me. I never got gifts in the routine, not then, but there was this box that had come in the mail and it was just for me!

It was two beautiful scarves, colorful, just the right thing for an eleven year old!

She was a grand lady. She reached out and shared a gift, with a thoughtfulness that went even past the grave.

Quote for the Month: "Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, and somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends."
    ~ Author Unknown

How can you find out when and where there is a Picture Lady Gallery? Go to www.picturelady.com/schedule.htm. The password is "art" (without the quotes).

Christmas is just around the corner. We offer a perfect gift in three sizes of Photo-to Artwork - 22x28 at $150, 16x20 at $115.00 and 11x14 at $55.00.

Visit our web site to choose pictures for the Christmas season that is just around the corner. Christmas is a great time for getting together with friends and family.

The more you reach out the stronger you are going to be. It is during the crunch times (like now) that you need your friends and family, and they need you.

Until next month!

Warm Regards,
The Picture Lady
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