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The Next Chapter + A Bunch of Good + Unbelievable

The Next Chapter + A Bunch of Good + Unbelievable

Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island

“A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don’t have things go their way. And you never give up hope, and you really just hold on to it—Hard work and perseverance. You just keep getting up and getting up, and then you get that breakthrough.” – Robert Kraft.

Shirley and I sold our beloved little company yesterday.

Emotions are all over the place. As I write, I grieve the loss of our “business family”  and experience the joy of freedom to come at the same time.

Scott F. Fitzgerald wrote, "Intelligence is measured by a person's ability to see validity within both sides of contradicting arguments."

There has been a pull to change direction for the last few years. After lots of chit-chatting with retirees and talks with Shirley, prayer led my spirit to let me know it was time.

You don’t stop laughing when you age; you age when you stop laughing.

I am channelling a lot of author Scott Fitzgerald's today; many of his quotes seem to resonate.

"I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Our company became a favourite destination for Islanders and visitors alike. We were fortunate to be in New Glasgow, one of the prettiest villages in Canada. The company's popularity grew from the hard work and service of such excellent staff; many have been with us 20 years plus, and Lynn marks number 30 in May.

I wrote about the start in the July 2021 blog number six in a seven blog thread of how I met Shirley and the journey to New Glasgow.

We did not arrive to this point without the support of so many loyal customers. It is a family business, and a large part of our family has been the staff and the customers.

We would like to thank all the operators who make Prince Edward Island one of the best Island destinations in the world. Their hard work and dedication to the industry are the envy of many jurisdictions in Canada. As well, the accommodations’ front-line staff have consistently supported us, and we thank them.

Our company grew from a specialty food manufacturer into a food gift store and online retailer, restaurant, small theatre cafe, Gardens of Hope, and butterfly house.

Shirley and I will continue our ministry of serving others through our non-profit Foundation of Hope Respite Cottage. 

"And in the end, we were all just humans...Drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

We will remain in an advisory capacity to assist the new owners with the transition.  And I will continue writing this blog for the company.

We are pleased to have Adam and Marsha Doiron step in and infuse new energy and heart into the company.

Adam & Marsha are no strangers to the tourism industry. They are very familiar with the Preserve Company, having worked for decades in the motor-coach travel industry where they confidently sent thousands of visitors to us.

The purchase brings much nostalgia to the couple; in 2006, they were married in the Gardens of Hope. We are grateful to them for their plans to continue the company support of the Respite Cottage as well.

Marsha and Adam publicly shared yesterday: “We are excited to purchase this truly unique business. And we are excited to work with the dedicated and loyal team at the heart of the company. We appreciate the years of hard work behind creating this icon and continue the legacy.

We look forward to growing the business with this excellent, strong team.”

What's next?

Not knowing how to write, I started this blog in 2014. After reading my blogs, Betty Morgan (90+) and Althea (80+) would write to me. These two ladies of age and beauty reminded me to pay closer attention to my colons, semi-colons and grammar. 

Their messages encouraged me to try and learn the craft of writing.

"You have a place in my heart no one else ever could have."

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

He said it; I mean it.

Writing is one of the essential skills in the world. One of the benefits of improving your writing skill is you become a better thinker.

There are a number of reasons, I did not like school and did well to graduate from high school. My education has come from school of hard knocks. 


So my new adventure is to read more, learn more, write more and teach more.

"Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to."
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

I am starting a daily blog starting real soon. I hope you join me there.

The site is still in the design process, but it is far enough along to accept sign-ups.

Hope you join me on A Bunch of Good Things. Sign Up Here.

To the consistent readers of this blog on Saturdays…

"You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person(s) I have ever known—and even that is an understatement." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

He said it; I mean it.

Lots of Love from Prince Edward Island. And THANK YOU for being here today.

Bruce, Shirley and Millie

ps. Your Morning Smile

A woman is getting lunch ready when the phone rings.

"This is the middle school calling about your son Johnny. He's been caught telling unbelievable lies."

"I'll say he has," the woman replies, "I don't have a son."

Let's Wiggle, Jiggle, Giggle and Dance

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Kathleen Kovalick - May 10, 2022

Your messages inspire me to begin writing in a more “hard knocks” kind of way.

Sharon Hathaway - April 24, 2022

As with other comments, I was startled by the announcement of the sale and your retirement. Then I remembered that my own retirement was the best decision…and you know when it is time, and you control your destiny. So happy for the new adventures that await you. Even happier that Adam and Marsha want to maintain the legacy. I also hope the on-line continues since I love in Southern California. I am signing up for your blog. Take care, celebrate this new chapter. The best thing about retirement…you spend time doing what you enjoy, with only those you want to be around, whenever you want.

Valerie - April 23, 2022
We wish you much happiness as life continues with your new adventures. We have been visiting the Preserve Company for so many years and always bought something that we enjoyed so much. The raspberry pie was beyond delicious. But the atmosphere was always so welcoming and it felt like we were finally in PEI when we visited there. So many wonderful places on the Island but the Preserve Co was a must. Enjoy your retirement; you deserve it and I will look forward to reading your blog. God bless you as you start the next phase of your life. Retirement gives you so much freedom. Enjoy.
Heather Nash - April 18, 2022

We first visited the Preserve Co. in 2012, and then every year since then while on vacation. We moved to PEI in July 2021 and were frequent visitors. I also purchased lots of christmas gifts there in 2021. I’m glad the business will continue. I do wish you the absolute best in whatever you will be doing now. I love that quote: “Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

May God bless you as you continue to serve Him in other areas.

Susan - April 13, 2022

Like many others commenting here today, I initially took an intake of breath and said, “Oh no!” when I read the news about the sale of the company today. But then, I too, realized this would be the start of “new adventures” for you and Shirley, Bruce – and for the new owners, Adam and Marsha, too! My very best wishes for the future to all of you. Our family has so many wonderful memories of visiting PEI Preserve Company when on the Island… and I do hope Adam & Marsha will continue with the online business! I’ve already signed up for your new A Bunch of Good Things Blog – and look forward to those Bunches of Good Things arriving in my mailbox. Thank you for all your enterprise over the years, Bruce – and for your thoughtful weekend collages here of music, arts, philosophy and literature. Enjoy whatever comes next for you and Shirley – and Be Happy!

Joan Courtney - April 10, 2022

I am reading this a week late! So my message will be just an echo of everyone else’s. But sincere nonetheless! Retirement….has a ring of hope and eagerness about it! Like fingers trembling with excitement when about to open a present! I think I know how you and Shirley are feeling right about now. I, too, just recently retired after teaching piano for fifty-two years. So many blessings and memories in those years! I wouldn’t trade a thing. And music for me, will always be my launchpad for anywhere else my life might take me as this new journey begins. With your love of music Bruce, I know that it will be your companion too on your new adventures with Shirley. We are so lucky, don’t you think? A new beginning… An empty canvas just waiting for us to paint the first colourful strokes to our next extraordinary life’s creation!
I wish you both with all my heart, a retirement journey filled with good health, joy, wonder, awe, silly moments, laughter, and loads of wonderful new memories to add to the ones you carry in your hearts from the Preserve Company. God Bless!
Joan Courtney
Amherstburg, Ontario

Denise - April 10, 2022

Just read your message that you are retiring, good for you!!! Wishing you all the best in the years to come, I am just recently retired myself. Enjoy everyday. I will still stop by the restaurant for my favorite raspberry pie this summer…..take care of yourselves and big hug to Millie (so cute).

Norma - April 9, 2022

Reading you each week kept alive our fond memories of PEI and our visit many years ago. Happy semi-retirement because we hope to keep on hearing from you and maybe one day we’ll get to return to PEI.

Eileen Gelhorn - April 7, 2022

I loved watching the Stevie Wonder song video. It speaks to your future. Congratulations on your retirement. I will continue to follow your Blog. Thanks for keeping it going. The all Canadian PEI PRESERVE CO. will continue to thrive with having been built on such a strong foundation.

All the best in your future endeavours Bruce and Shirley.🌷🙏🏻🇺🇦

Kathleen Kovalick - April 7, 2022

As always, Bruce’s Blog delivers.
Just finished off a jar of black current jam with our Sunday brunch. The Black Current Jam from PEI The Preserve Co. delivers.
Happy to hear about the transition period, Bruce & Shirley.
You are a fine example of continuing Education.
All Best to you,

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