Some days my life feels "normal" I am home, doing school with the kids, cooking, baking, planning the garden for Spring. Other days, I am in the 'big city' and buying merchandise for our store, in downtown Lancaster.
We sell these Brighton style watches
This is my new normal.
It has become a comfortable thing to hop in the car and hit the turnpike for a day in the 'big city.' We drive through the tunnel, hit "our" parking lot, walk over a block to our favorite food place with - and this is the most important thing - the cleanest bathrooms in that part of the city! After a stop there we are off - handbags first, as they are bulky and hard to carry. We get those first, stop back by the car in the protected parking lot, and leave the bags in the car. Then we are off to look at jewelry, totes, and scarves.
Great magnetic clasps!
Buying for the store is fun, but it is work. We have to know our customer and what they are looking for when they come into our store. We need to think ahead to the next season and keep our eye out for the right colors. We need to remember the classic pieces that always sell, as well as find those fun, trendy items, and to know when the trend is over. We are always learning.
At home we are always learning too. Bible, history, science, math, language arts. Today we did a fun Valentine art project. I am going to try my blogging friend Cheryl's Sally Lunn bread - you can find the recipe here. Vee posted about it yesterday and it made me want to try this recipe! The kids are learning more skill at horseback riding - the weather has been Spring like this week.
At home I am cleaning and refreshing things, and we do that at the store as well. It has become a part of our family life just as much as home education has become our life. It is a branching out, so to speak, a new area of learning and possibilities.
Most days I am at home and able to keep to my responsibilities here, and either Lindsay or Emily are in the store. I do all the paperwork for the store from home, and will do some of the online store work from home as well.
Speaking of the online store...I need to go and get some information to send to our web guy...Tomorrow we'll talk about seeds!