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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

it's only temporary


My main computer is off being repaired (thanks Chris!), but thankfully, I have the laptop running smoothly again, and can set up this nice little office on the dining room table. Temporary? Well, maybe... I do like being able to look out the window, even though the windows are horrible. The seal between the panes is worn out, so all the dirt is inside the panes where it can't be cleaned. New windows are in the plans for this summer. Still a few small projects to do before we attempt to sell this place...

Yes, Taos is only temporary too. We've said it before, but it feels true now... we're moving. To Oregon. Southern Oregon where the sun shines and we'll be a day's drive from most of the family. This is a great house, and we'll miss it a little bit, but it will be just right for someone... you maybe? Wanna buy my house? We might even include the goats, for the right people, of course.

A close look at the picture will show you how simple my "bead shop" really is. On Bead Days, I have the white trays with beads lined up by number. The file card box holds all the names of everyone in the SBC. Today there are 778. The front half of the box is people who have actually bought beads. The back half is people on the mailing list, who have never bought a bead. Sometimes I wonder what they're doing on my mailing list, but then I thump my own self on the head, and remember that interested is interested, and it's often good enough. Some people just like to wander in and look, and it makes their eyes happy and somehow improves their day. I like that. And I don't consider those people less important than the big time shoppers.

You also see a notebook next to the computer. I write the names of who buys what, so I don't get confused in the rush. I think I've only sent the wrong beads out once or twice in all these years. Not bad, and I think it's because of the simple, hands-on system. The calculator, phone, other personal notebooks, and pink water bottle round out the "office". This is pretty much everything I'll need for the day. And because it's only temporary, I'll move it all back to the "real office" tomorrow. Maybe... Sometimes what seems to be temporary can become just what we were looking for in the first place. It's almost summer. We could just eat outside on the picnic table, with the goats...

4 comments:

Michelle ~ England said...

Hi Kim, Its lovely to see your 'office' and your things, now I can imagine you properly, sitting there talking to me on your computer with all your 'stuff' around you and I can see my card at the front of your box, hee hee! When I'm at home, I use the dining table as well ! Sometimes I go out to the sunroom if its a lovely day, but too cold to be outside and make my jewellery creations, and sometimes with your beads ! ;o)

Lynda said...

Where in Southern Oregon? Along the coast? Inland? I'm torn that you're moving from Taos which is one of my favorite places. I think part of my soul lives there as I made many trips there with my family when I was growing up.

Love your beads and I drool over them frequently, unfortunately they're a bit out of my range, so I'm one of those who look but can't touch.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim,
I too am guilty of the "look only" but someday hope to change that. Your beads are the most amazing that I have seen and they talk to my soul at times. Thanks for the privilege of being able to look only!!!! Have an inspired day !!

Gwen said...

Well, it will be great to have you in Oregon! Although I will soon be moving from Portland to Spokane for grad school...I'll be moving back to Central Oregon after that (Bend or Redmond area)...it's fun knowing another bead goddess will be close to me! And does that mean you might make some appearances at the Eugene Glass School? (I'm taking my first class there in June, from Val Cox...so excited!)

As beautiful as Taos is, I can understand NM getting old after a while. It can be a frustrating place, but there is a lot of beauty there too. Welcome back, in advance, to the NW!