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Things have been busy and weird lately. I'm trying to keep up with the store blog, and as a consequence don't have much time or enthusiasm to attempt to make my less-professional thoughts more legible here...

Cam is starting a new job on Monday in a different city not too far away, but far enough that she won't be living here during the week. So, as of Monday, my entire home life will be different. I'm not exactly thrilled about the idea of coming home to an empty house every night - something I haven't done in a VERY long time - but at this point it'll just be something I have to get used to.

Things are good at the store. I'm a little concerned about summer sales slowing down, but I'm trying not to worry. Honestly, worrying is becoming a profession in and of itself for me these days, to the point where I worry about how much I'm worrying...

Also, I'm starting a sock project where I knit myself 14 pairs of socks and reward myself with Fluevogs... except I technically bought the shoes on Monday. But I'm not letting myself wear them until the project is done...

shop-May 2010

sock number 1... on the home stretch...
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    neil young - only love can break your heart
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My seed supplier (for the store, I sell seeds a bit now too) has a table booked at this weekend's Peterborough Garden Show, but can't actually make it. She wants to know if I want her table, I'd sell additional seed from her on consignment, and I could sell yarn as well.

- great exposure to a potentially knitting-friendly local demographic
- experience working a show as a bosslady and not someone just working for someone else
- potentially being able to restock some of the really popular seed (bull's blood and golden detroit beets, cosmic purple carrots) that I've sold out of
- potentially making money

- asking my mom and Cam to cover for me at the store this weekend
- having to take my own seed displays from the store to the show, not being able to sell any of that seed in the store this weekend, and having to transport said displays across town, likely by cab
- not having much in the way of signage or promotional materials for the store
- not having much experience with shows, and having to do it alone (can I just use a cash box and be cash only? can I roll the tax into each price so as not to try to add it up seperate {is that legal?})
- potentially not making much money at either place
- being exhausted

Tonight I'm a guest at the Women's Business Network's monthly meeting/dinner thing, a woman who works in my mentor's office has agreed to take me along... I think I've sorted out my wardrobe issues for that, but it's been stressful in its own right. How is the only professional looking jacket I own made of velvet? Is velvet okay in the rain? I feel like the answer is no...
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I feel like all I talk about it work now, so here is something decidedly non-work related.

I've been listening to Timber Timbre a LOT lately, I just can't seem to stop. The only other things that seem to break in occasionally are the Weather Station and Great Lake Swimmers, specifically singing along to "Everything is Moving So Fast" by the latter which, ironically, I can only sing while standing still (I sing a lot while walking to and from work, quieting down for passersby of course)... I think this is partly due to the fact that I prefer the higher harmony part of the song, and partly due to my recent physical inactivity. But no matter, these are still great songs...

Anyone have any amazing songs I should know about? Preference for those easily sung, but any old song will do.
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Things I want and can't have...

Around this time of year my mind starts to browse. I always have fantastical ideas of what my tax return *might* bring, but this year the practical side of me says "save it for later, whatever you get" because yarn shops generally don't do as well in the summer, which means if I'm barely breaking even now, I may be in for a rocky first summer. I'm not too concerned about it, my dad is ready to lend me some emergency money, but the less I have to do that for my own personal expenses, the better. So here is a small list of things that I wish I could have, things that I will buy if I have a magical windfall summer! (haha)

1. Fluevogs, maybe these or these or these

2. Compost, a truck full (technically, just one cubic yard, not a whole truck)

3. Riel, in t-shirt form

4. A "Build Your Own Banjo" Kit (I have this dream of learning to play the banjo in the slow summer days at work. I also have a slightly more realistic dream about drop spindling at work this summer, especially because one can walk around while doing it!)

5. While we're at it, Fiddle Lessons - there's only so much you can teach yourself...

6. Alan Lomax's The Land Where Blues Began, book and cd

7. A whole bunch of cds and books, probably too numerous to name. I would love a Carter Family cd, and I'd love a copy (vintage copy if possible) of Canadian Crusoes by Catherine Parr Traill, since I'm reading her Backwoods of Canada right now...

Realistically, it's probably a good thing that I can't spend any of my tax return on frivolities this year (even though, being self-employed, this may be my last tax return for a while...) because whatever return I get probably wouldn't cover half of this stuff, leading to some very difficult decisions... Best to just leave it be for now...
  • Current Music
    I have a Bukka White song stuck in my head...
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Day of Yellow, under gray skies

This is my second-last jar of peaches, a Friday treat! I'm sad to be nearing the end of my peach stock, but it just means I'll have to set in to the rhubarb in the freezer - pudding cake anyone??

I've been listening to a song from one of the Deep River of Song collections, this one being Virginia and the Piedmont: Minstrelsy, Work Songs, and Blues. It's a collection of songs recorded by Alan Lomax, but the song in particular is actually sung by Lomax himself. The liner notes explain:

Sung by an unidentified group.
Recorded by John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax, probably
on December 22, 1934, at the State Penitentiary,
Raleigh, North Carolina.

This is the earliest recording heard on this compilation
and one of a handful made at the State Penitentiary in
Raleigh, North Carolina, shortly before Lomax raveled
north to New York City with Huddie Ledbetter. "Can't
Hide" is case in the antiphonal form that is the signature
of many genres of African-American roots music, form
work songs to soul. We hear what appears to be a quartet
arrangement. The theme - one can't hide from God -
is a common one for spirituals and is especially
strong in the black tradition. The Norfolk Jubilee Quartet
recorded a version of this song in 1927.

Leader: ... To the rocks...
Group: You can't hide.
Leader: Find no hiding place.
Group: You can't hide.
Leader: It ain't no hiding place.
Group: Oh, you can't hide.
Together: And you can't hide, sinner, you can't hide.

And my Jesus calling.
You can't hide.
And my Jesus calling.
You can't hide.
Ain't no hiding place.
Oh, you can't hide.
And you can't hide, sinner, you can't hide...

It goes on from there. I think if songs like this one were sung in churches now I might consider going just for that. But a quick google search of the lyrics turned up nothing very close...

I don't know if it's the weather getting warmer or what, but I'm feeling especially compelled to dive deeper into the Lomax collections. I just discovered today that in addition to the Land Where the Blues Began cd and book, there's a documentary film too... I'm going to see about finding it. In the meantime, Google videos has "To Hear Your Banjo Play" (1947) archived, written by Alan Lomax, and featuring, among notable others, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, two of my favourite blues musicians...

And now I have a crush on Peter Seeger, circa 1947...
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My goodness. Considering how much time I find to read other people's blogs, I should really be able to find time to update my own (both of them, in fact, since I'm blogging for the store now too)...

Speaking of, the store is rolling along okay. I'm not swimming in money (technically far from it) but I think I almost made enough to cover an average month's bills in February, which being my first full month is not too bad. I've been caught off-gaurd by the shockingly warm weather - here I was hoping for one last snowy weekend/week/month? to be able to go out cross country skiing since I actually possess the skis to do so now, but no luck! I'm trying to switch my brain over to soon-to-be-gardening mode, but I'm mildly lacking in success. Can't wait to take Alma (mon velo!) out for her first ride though...

On another note, I need more things to listen to at work! The CBC feed today was especially sketchy (although I did finally catch a small piece on The Story From Here about a Hutterite colony in Saskatchewan who are setting up wind mills to power their farms and sell the excess electricity back to the province - amazing!) and I've exhausted my carefully chosen supply of This American Life episodes which I love and adore. I just downloaded three new albums, Timber Timbre's self-titled, Brasstronaut's Mount Chimera, and Great Lake Swimmers' Lost Channels, thus exceeding my music budget for the month (see above: no money). So... listen to any good podcasts lately? If so, please share!

Gratuitous sweater photo:
Liesl cardigan
My first sweater finished since opening, and I had beer spilt all over it on Saturday night at the Wooden Sky show. No, it wasn't *my* beer... this time... :)
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    brasstronaut - slow knots
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If you're feeling crazy over the holidays, you're not alone...

First, a holiday story:

Cam and I have been very late getting our holiday cards out this year. A couple days ago, I was downtown travelling from one meeting (with an insurance broker) to another (at the Community Opportunity and Innovation Network) when I thought, "I know, I'll stop in at the post office and get Christmas stamps!"... So I did. I waited in line and when I got to the counter I asked if they had any Christmas stamps left. The guy behind the counter says no. So I think "okay, I'll just get regular stamps, they're permanent now, so they're basically good forever, no big deal". I asked how much a roll was (fifty dollars! for one hundred), then said I was really only looking for fifty... So he gives me 5 packs of 10 stamps and I'm good to go. Not Christmas-y, just normal...

When I got home, I looked at the stamps. They aren't just Canadian stamps, they're a special "Mental Health" stamp with a portion of the proceeds going to various places that deal with mental health I guess... Which is fine, mental health is important...

But nothing says "Merry Christmas" more than a big stamp that reads "MENTAL HEALTH" on it! We did eventually find a few holiday stamps elsewhere, but not nearly enough to cover all of the cards, so if you get a card with a "MENTAL HEALTH" stamp, don't take it personally! You are just one of the special people we thought might not be super offended by it... :)

In other crazy news, I'm opening a yarn shop in January! It's a for sure deal that it's going to happen, it's just still unclear as to exactly when. I'm aiming for January 15th, but it all depends on how long it takes for the loans that I've been approved for to actually be disbursed to me. But I have a lease and a bank account and a business license and insurance and a lawyer and an accountant and I'm as pleased as punch. This coming week I'm going to head up to my mom's after my last meeting on Monday - I was debating whether I should spend so much time away from command central, but all of my lending agencies (and most of my suppliers) are closed as of next week until January, and all things considered, I might not get a chance to spend close to a week up at my mom's at Christmas for a very, very long time now that I'm entering this matrimonial engagement... I mean marrying a retail store, of course! But everywhere I go, I meet more and more people who are super pschyed about the store and pledge to spread the awesome news... A yarn shop in Peterborough! The best Christmas gift in the world... :)
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Last full day of mercury in retrograde...

Holy smokes! Today our fridge broke - but our landlord bought us a new one - but we can't plug it in yet...

I started feeling a bit nauseated earlier this evening, before the big fridge meltdown of 2009 was confirmed, and now that I'm faced with a sizeable pile of things-going-moldy-in-the-back-of-the-fridge-that-I-didn't-know-about-and-never-wanted-to, the nausea is getting worse. I think maybe I'll lie down for a couple minutes and nurse my half-glass of ginger ale and take it from there...
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    the wooden sky