My husband has a saying – ‘just need to tick off a few more boxes’. He’s always making long lists of things that he has to do, and somehow he never seems to finish ticking off his boxes. I think it’s the mental lists that get him the most, those lists that include – give the girls a good education, get them through university and settled into a decent life, lists that seem to want to hurry along time. His boxes stress him out, I think it’s the never ending lists of things he feels he has to do, I call them his duty lists.
Recently, I seem to be copying him and I have my own list of boxes that need to be ticked off. We are opening a book shop in December, which is very exciting but also very stressful. We both have full-time jobs and trying to fit it all in is creating more and more boxes. My husband has been selling books since he was a student. He scours charity shops and auctions for books that he buys, restores and sells at a local farmers market – his slogan is ‘fresh produce for the mind’. He specialises in South African historical books – called Africaner, books filled with stories about the early settlers, Zulu wars and fascinating African mythology.
Product development - not as easy as it looks
The shop is about 40 minutes outside of our town – along a beautiful route of farms and interesting little shops and restaurants, called the Midlands Meander. I’m hoping to put my art in the shop as the whole setting lends itself perfectly to arty things. My hope is that I will be able to supplement my income with my art and be able to work mornings only, giving myself more time to spend on art. (It would be a real dream come true if I could spend ALL my time on art – but I won’t be greedy).
So my dear bloggy friends, if I have been a little quiet it’s because I’m trying to tick off all my boxes, not to mention trying to fit all the boxes of books into my house.
just some of the boxes of books that are waiting to be priced and coded (and then ticked off)
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