Good evening from New York.
July has somehow crept into our lives. This was a gorgeous blue-skied day, and I am thrilled to report that I did not go to work!
Trying to follow the advice of all who have been giving it, I tried to tie up some loose ends yesterday, like...doing the payroll for my staff. Believe me, that is priority numero uno for all of us. I also had a "guest worker" from another of our shops in for day one of her two-day try-on.
If she likes being with us and we like her being with us, it is quite likely that she can transfer to our location. I gather that she would like to work with our group more than she likes her current location. Sometimes the sun can shine in many ways.
It turns out that our shop did have a very profitable June, and so we will all share in the bonus for exceeding the goal. All seem to be happy.
Today I got up early, did grocery shop, laundry and met the new manager of my apartment building when I presented her with my huge rent check. She seemed a pleasant sort, and I was glad to have our first encounter so easy and gracious. (It still remains to be seen what will happen with the building as its inevitable conversion into a condominium takes place. Many blogs will take on that topic I am sure.)
Over the weekend, I had a shocking surge of memory and realized that I had forgotten to send birthday wishes to a very dear friend who is currently out of town. This afternoon I called her and got caught up with both her and her husband. They will soon return to New York and we can have a real celebration then.
Also today, my very well-traveled friend, who only recently returned from Italy and France, takes off again with husband for Switzerland. When we spoke this morning, we both said that we hoped that the only travel difficulties they encounter will the the now predictable delays as various security maneuvers unfold. I asked for a postcard of chocolate or watches ... or a Klee.
Now...the big news of the day. I bought the camera!
Please do prepare yourselves for all sorts of trials and errors. I am really looking forward to experimenting to see what this new wonder can perform.
I have only just begun to read the many manuals that came with the camera, and find it very difficult not to sort of jump ahead of myself. Since I am also treating myself to two more days away from the shop this week, there will be welcome opportunities for me to begin to feel my way around what the little marvel and I can create together.
It is great to know that there are so many experts hereabouts who will be able to lend hands and brains when I eventually get myself into some intractable technical tangles.
I am gonna try to start tonight by posting a picture of a self-portrait I painted some years ago.
Relaxation is so pleasant.
Pleasant dreams to all.