Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer storms

We are having one of those rolling thunderstorms that makes me jump, since I can feel the vibration well before I hear the thunder.
Big, rolling, electric, power.
Makes me think of a storm that happen to us back in 2008.
The summer of 2008, seems so long ago now.
There is a lot of water that has past under that bridge.

We have been out of town again, arriving home yesterday just after lunch, just in time to have some late afternoon customers.

We left here on Friday morning, early, in order to get to Norfolk in enough time to handle some family business. We left our good friend and soap maker, Laurie Abela, to handle things for us while we were away.

Having a full time business means that we can not just hop in the car and leave without the thought that we just might miss a customer or two, maybe three, someone that has traveled a long way to find us.
We try our best to have our shop open regular hours, to the best that we can.
You can usually find us here Monday through Saturday from 9-5.
It's a job, really it is.
So, when we need to get away we hire someone to run things for us.
Laurie has been our "go to" person for the past 3 years.

Over the past few years she has gained good knowledge in what we do, and how we do it.

The thing I really like is her wiliness to ask me something that she does not know.
She leaves me notes with questions.
After we are home, we find some time to talk.
We also encourage Laurie to bring her soaps and whatever she is working on with her to sell.
This helps us both out.

When we opened the pottery 31 years ago someone told us this;
"Having your own business is like having a baby that never grows up and never leaves home."

At the time I did not get the meaning of those words.
But, now I see them clearly for what they are.
We are always accountable for Whynot Pottery, be it us here, or us when the duty of family calls.
That baby of ours does have its way most of the time.

I often wonder what we will do as time rolls past us.
There have been times that we try to figure out the best day to be closed if we have to be away.
We finally had to just have a, ask ahead on Mondays day.
We ask that folks call or email to check if we are open on Mondays.
99.9% of the time we are here, and, if we are here, and we are working, we are open.

There are times that the brain forgets to turn the closed sign to open, but we have found that most folks just come on down anyway.

 After all, life is a bit slower here, why be in a hurry.
Having just spent 4 days in the city with the traffic, noise, fast cars, fast food, fast life, fast, fast, fast,
It was great to roll back to the farm yesterday and just step back into our life.
Check on the baby so to speak.

We are back to work.
Clay is waiting for us.
Wheels come back to life tomorrow.

Closed on Mondays?
Only when we have to.


Michèle Hastings said...

There is nothing more valuable than trustworthy, knowledgeable shop help! Lori is just that... and her soap is wonderful too.
Glad you were able to enjoy some family time.

Anna M. Branner said...

I have a friend with a farm in Vermont and she rarely can get away for more then a day or two here and there. She has to keep those animals fed! Just like you need to keep your customers happy. :)

cookingwithgas said...

It is a problem at times, We want to get some chickens but I worry about who will tend to them when we are not here.
Cats maybe?

Laurie said...

It is fun to visit the city, but wonderful to get back to peaceful, slower surroundings. We'll share our pet sitter with you if you ever get those chickens!

Tracey Broome said...

Love Lori's soap, we have some by the kitchen sink right now! I would find it very difficult to work everyday at your place, that pond would be calling my name for a nap and a good book!

Laurie said...

Almost forgot... I appreciate your kind words and for allowing me to spend days enjoying your shop and land. Pleasant days, indeed!

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Some day I will have to come visit! but, it will have to wait until I retire :)

Lori Buff said...

A local soap maker and I are friends who do a show together in a local school. I make soap dishes that help to sell her soap and she makes soap that helps to sell my soap dishes, we also watch each other's wares. It's a good combination. It's so easy to be friends with other crafts people.

Richard Hattaway said...

When you have your own business, you only have to work half days.

Sometimes you get to pick which 12 hours. (c:

cookingwithgas said...

I like the first 12 hours best- now, I have to figure how to sleep the other 12...

Amy said...

Can't imagine what it's like to have to stay home or find someone to cover your place. this is good education for others to learn such....
storms here in pinehurst too, almost every night! I must admit my flowers are happy and me too- I don't need to water them. Am getting more used to the thunder- not my favorite.