Kathy's Thoughts

Kathy’s Thoughts

Kathy Judge · February 10, 2019 ·

Dear Diary,

So fun to unpack the books and get them on the shelf. Slow going since so many of them tempt the eye for periods of time–must keep it moving! Check for any faults, scan them into the inventory, wipe them down and price them. And for God’s sake don’t put your back out while lifting and moving boxes.

Dear Diary,

It is amazing how awake I am at 4:30 in the morning. At least no longer wakey wakey at 2:00am. Maybe I should be a trainer instead of bookshop proprietor. . . . I think running the shop will be more relaxing than opening a shop!

Dear Diary,

The online aspects of managing a book shop are reminiscent of trying to understand Algebra which I recall as way big challenge for me. If it wasn’t necessary I sure would not tangle with it but . . . on the bright side today I’ve learned the difference between using apps or browsers as they affect the listing process for books in our eBay shop. The support person really was patient explaining again and again.


Dear Diary,

I just want to hang a couple of signs! Why must there be so much abstract math involved? Square footage of walls in proportion to sign size minus half?? Kaitlin showed me sketches and has been so patient with my art analysis. What do I know about color and proportion? (well, actually, as I get older I am more confident about what I LIKE to look at–as well as what I look like!) That’s progress of a sort but then of course it’s been too cold to finish staining some of the book shelves so 3 steps forward and 4 steps back syndrome is still in play.

Dear Diary,

The shop is opening T minus 10 days and every day I have more gray hair! Why would anyone take on such an endeavor in the middle of a freezing winter? We won’t ever feel ‘ready’ but with much trepidation I think we need to rip off the band-aid and open this bookshop!

When this is over I’m going to need a really good analyst . . .

Our signs are hand-painted by a local artist