I've been spending lots of time in the office lately, both looking back over the past twelve months and looking ahead to the next eight months or so until pumpkin patch time rolls around again.
As I prepare to mail the sales tax we collected to the state revenue department, I'm looking back over the 2009 season. Although my sub-par bookkeeping skills make it a bit stressful, it is kind of fun, and certainly helpful, to go back and reflect on what days were good days and what days could have been better, sales-wise. Before long I'll start in on income tax preparations which also is a time to look back and assess the results of our efforts to run our businesses successfully and efficiently.
Looking back has its benefits, but I prefer looking ahead and making plans for the 2010 Pumpkin Festival. Believe it or not, even at this early date there are things that need to be done. As I mentioned on our Facebook page recently, we've ordered our seeds and a few have already started arriving. It is always fun to pick out new varieties to try! I also recently mailed off a grant application, hoping to secure funding to help us advertise to a bigger audience. Included in the application are plans to have a new logo and brochure designed, so I've been doing a little browsing for ideas for that. We're also looking forward to attending the Nebraska Governor's Agri- & Eco- Tourism Workshop next week. These are always stimulating and inspiring and a nice break from the ho-hum winter routine. When we return, I'm sure we'll be full of ideas and looking ahead to the 2010 season even more than we are now!
Have a great week!
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