Sam just commented that I’m not just a Coastie … because I put out a daily blog I’m a Coast Postie! …and then he started singing, “I’m a Coastie and I’m ok, I live inside ‘coz it rains all day!”
Sam and I sat and watched another episode of Enterprise last night. Several birthdays back, I bought him sets of the first and second seasons and, while we watched them at one point, he didn’t pay a lot of attention and I’ve forgotten a lot of the plot lines. So…we’ve been spending a little time sitting each evening. Last night really cleared up for a good while after sunset and just after full dark, I happened to look out the window behind my head to see the fat crescent of the going-on-first-quarter moon. It wasn’t the little fingernail paring that we see in the colored twilight over the ocean, not even the classic ½ circle that will be there tonight, nor the gorgeous pearl of the rising full moon. It hung so marvelously in the velvety black sky, so beautiful that for a moment I got all teary.
This morning it’s been breezy. I got lazy, getting up originally at about 6:40 and then deciding to crawl back in for a while and only waking after 10! Well, I’ve got to get a little better caught up on rest. I know that. It’s not even summer yet, so I have a chance of managing it. During the first several years after I opened the shop I pretty much did everything on my own. When Mom was still on this side of the Veil I always scheduled her appointments for Tuesday/Wednesday and did all the shopping on those days, too. That’s when I learned that I *can’t* on my own manage to keep going year ‘round without making sure that I have a couple of days to do the “other stuff”. The closer to the heavy part of the tourist season we get, the more important it is.
Since 2008 I’ve had help off and on, but as I got ill I ended up delegating more and more. While learning to delegate is a good thing, a lot of stuff got neglected just because I wasn’t there to do it. Now that I’m a lot better I’ve been getting more and more into the “old swing” and things are starting to get done. I did not realize how much just wasn’t happening, from moving product through rather than letting it sit, to keeping the inventory accurate, to not allowing paper to accumulate. I had no idea how much product had wandered into boxes of things that have been stuffed far enough back under the tables to not get it, but it’s been an eye-opener.
I *was* aware, on a regular basis, that I was having to buy things that I couldn’t prove had been used up, but as we’re gradually going through the “grumple pile” in the back and sorting things out I’ve been very aware of the derivation of that word. One of our kids started calling the “to be sorted” stuff “grumple” because, “It’s all rumpled up and it makes you grumpy, Mama!” So, I’m grumpy because I have a lot of stuff that I might not ever get around to using!
Anyway, this a long wander around from where I started…. which is to say that Sam and will be in the shop later for a while, since we need to get the new sign planter filled. Sam got it set up yesterday, but we still need to get gravel for drainage and take the plants that are going into it and take it all up there and *do* it. I have a couple of miscellaneous small chores for him to do, stuff to hang up mostly, and I need to finish stuff for a couple of orders. Not going to be much of a rest day…. So I got up late.
Four paragraphs worth of “I got up late”!
…and once the planter is ready, I’ll get a new shop picture!
Yesterday was mostly spent cleaning up from the weekend and then catching up on everything from mail to “where’d you put that?” to new product that needs to be set out. Late in the day, Trinity and Star and her family stopped by for a visit and we took a little time to chat. It was good to see Dan and Kyle again, and I never got to meet Brett until yesterday, although he’s apparently been reading this newsletters assiduously. Have to wait and see if he comments about being mentioned!
Late in the day I got quite a number of “drapes” cut out. I used to make these when we first opened, but it’s been so darned hard to find room to sew for the last several years that most of you haven’t seen them, I’d guess. They’re something like the Karuna Arts caftans, but made of knit fabrics, net fabrics and “slinky” fabrics with things like stars, moons, spiderwebs and other witchy things on them. They’re really fun to put on over solid color clothing to dress it up or to give yourself something a little different for rituals. I made the originals of these for my kids for pretend-play, but started making them for adult sizes on request for a prom dress-up a couple of decades ago. Once I have a few done, I’ll put up pictures. I have orders for two, so I’m going to get those done today, I hope, and mailed.
Oh! The other important thing Sam did yesterday was to catch up on getting mail out. That means that the last of the prizes that were being mailed and several orders went out. Depending on how far away you are you should start looking for those on Thursday and if you don’t see them by the 19th, please contact me! Iow, packages to Oregon will start arriving on Thursday and the one for Florida should be there by the following Monday….
I put up ½ of the “play day” pictures yesterday. I’m hoping the rest will get done by this evening.
Oh! The Paradise Music order came in, a nice big box! Those will start getting priced and set out for sale on Thursday, so come in and have a listen?
The shop is closed today, but while we’re there the doors will be open! Summer hours – Thursday through Monday, 10am-6pm!
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NASA Science News for May 9, 2011 - No coffee? No problem. To wake up any morning this week, all you need to do is look out the window for a beautiful dawn conjunction of planets. FULL STORY at http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2011/09may_morningplanets/