We’re holed up. Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath brought rain, wind and now snow to our part of West Virginia. Certainly not the devastation others have experienced from this strong storm, and I am not complaining about the storm’s impact in our little corner. We will get a few inches of snow before the storm passes, but nothing like the two and three feet some friends have reported.
I love puzzles—crosswords, cryptographs, word scrambles and jigsaws especially. It has been years since I worked a jigsaw puzzle, and I forgot something: I am obsessed when I start one. I will work hours at a time literally, just to get a few pieces in place. How can someone like me, who can hardly sit still to watch a movie, get so involved in something as simple as a puzzle? It’s a puzzlement to me, but there it is.
I am taking a vacation of sorts these past few days, not working on anything at all. I’ve read a little, slept late, watched a couple movies with Larry (I’m sad because we watched the last of the early, early Hitchcock movies—silent films no less!), drank coffee and pretty much that’s all. I haven’t even cooked. Larry has been cooking simple meals and he’s enjoying it. I just want to rest, recover and regroup from the hectic schedule of the past month.
I was supposed to be telling stories today, but with schools closed that performance is a no-go and I don’t really mind, although I am sorry for the children who will be disappointed that they did not get to have their Halloween party. Perhaps it will be rescheduled, as trick-or-treat has been in this county. This year the weather played the tricks.
Today I am slowly getting back into the routine. I’ve done laundry and dishes, did some cleaning and have a pile of things ready to be priced for my antique mall booths. The booths have been neglected this month, I’m afraid, since storytelling ruled most days. So I need to restock at both places. We visited them this weekend to see how much I needed to bring, and fortunately/unfortunately both places still look pretty full. The Marietta booth continues to outsell my first booth almost two-to-one, so I will very likely downsize the first booth this month to reduce the rent. The expansion I did in July has not paid off as well as I had hoped and has cut into the profits from this booth significantly. Live and learn.
Larry has been outside a lot this morning, trying to knock snow off of the laden mulberry tree. It still has its leaves and two big branches have broken with the weight of this heavy wet snow. He's also filled the bird feeders and knocked snow off the satellite dish twice so the internet will work. Gotta love that man.
I hope all of you are safe, warm, well and out of the weather. I’ll be back to regular posts now. New booth pics will be posted later this week and I’ll also post some photos of recent finds and a few from our travels, although for some reason I didn’t feel inspired to take many photos on these trips—I think my mind was just too busy with other things.
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