It seems to be taking a little longer to get back to normal than I would have liked it to, but I suppose that is to be expected. As I look around here, there seems to be more chaos than ever, although at last the piles seem to be going down as everything is once again finding its place.
Yesterday turned out to be a ‘running day’ for us again, as I got word that my taxes were completed and I needed to make the trip to Yarmouth to pick them up and get them in the mail. Having two countries to call home definitely has its benefits, but like anything in life, it also comes with a price tag. I get to pay taxes in two countries instead of one. :)
In speaking with my accountant though, we have both come to the conclusion that this is the best way to proceed. I have my business based in the United States, as most of my customers are from there and I don’t want to have to deal with exchange fees and such with the majority of my orders. Also my wholesalers are all in the US, so it just makes sense for me to keep the business there. It is a matter of “six of one and half a dozen of the other” as far as that is concerned and for now I think that things are best left where they are.
I spent the majority of the day running around again and doing errands and getting some much needed fresh groceries. My partner decided to order a lathe to work on and we found that there was a General International distributor located in Yarmouth. We went into the shop and ordered a nice lathe that we felt would suit us nicely. Here is the link to it:
Keith spent a good deal of time with Jeannie’s husband Billy, who is a very talented lathe worker and teaches regularly at the club. He truly enjoyed the experience and wants to continue to work on this aspect of woodworking. Unfortunately, with me teaching during most of this time, I had no time to even look at the lathe, let alone turn anything on one either at the show or afterword, so i will have to wait until our own equipment arrives until I get a chance to give it a try.
I found that I am still quite tired, as I nearly fell asleep on the way home from Yarmouth at only 5pm in the evening. I then took a two hour nap when I came home and got up for an hour or so to watch some TV and went to bed early. I slept until 8am this morning, which most of you who know me realize that is unheard of. I suppose it is just catching up time and kind of let down from the adventures of the past several weeks.
I don’t know if I mentioned that I caught quite a cold last week. The last four days of teaching in Saratoga Springs were done with my head and nose clogged up. I took as little medication as I could to be socially acceptable and not be constantly dripping while I was trying to teach. I hadn’t been sick at all for a couple of years, so I suppose that with all the running and upset schedule and poor eating I was due to get something. Everyone was quite understanding though and all went well.
I am going to stay home here today and really sort through things, including downloading all my pictures. I have many of them from the many different aspects of the trip and I will try to divide them appropriately so that they make sense. There aren’t as many as I wanted for the classes and such, as I was more in tuned to teaching than taking photographs, which I know you will all understand. The class pictures were taken by others for me and they will at least give you an idea of our workspace and environment.
Already we are thinking about “next year”. Hopefully, there will be something that can be worked out so that we can make the show and the trip. I doubt I will do a three week venture again, as that did turn out to be a bit much, but there are certainly a lot of good possibilities that we can explore with both the Showcase and additional teaching.
It feels great to be back and on my own computer and keyboard again. It is amazing how quickly I can type on it without making mistakes. I am thinking I may have a “jammy day” today and just hang around here and get things back in order. I have a pile of receipts to go through and organize and Big Tiny would be proud that I documented and kept every single one. :)
I will also finally get to my email and try to answer the many wonderful letters I have received. I am well on my way to “back to normal!”
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
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