After the chores and business, I began the arduous task of painting the store, using organic chemical free paint left over from the organic lifestyle store I used to own. The price tage was still on the 5 gallon bucket of solvent free paint - $215.00. For those people who had no choice but to use this paint or not paint at all due to chemcical sensitivities, the price tag was worth every penny.
The aim using the white paint was to give a white washed effect, not a perfect paint job. It iwas to freshen up the old granary and make the surfaces clean again. So I climbed the 8 foot ladder and started on the rafters. I could envision the entire job completed, but underestimated the time it would take by a day. I was pretty sure I would finish today. There is no power to the granary and when it started to get dark around 9:30, I was almost done. It was hard work, climbing up and down the ladder to reposition it between the rafters and paint the rough wood with a brush. The entire ceiling and rafters were hand painted with the brush! Toward the end, i had only two spots not completed, both of them difficult to paint sections. I was determined to finish, but had only eaten 4 duck eggs and salsa for breakfast and had nothing more the rest of the day and was also starved. I looked up at the ceiling and out at the light, knowing I still had a few chores to do too and got busy. My hands were sore, my feet were sore and most of all my back was sore from bending backwards slightly on the ladder. I don't bend that way very well due to the scoliosis I have. Still, I persevered and finially, the last brush stroke was done. I had a bit of paint in the pot and painted a base coat around the window and door trim and then it was all used up.
Tomorrow the rest of the store interior will be done and then I need to nab some one to help me hang a shelf and put some shelves up on the rafters. The shelves are from the local buy and sell online site and are 8 feet long and 1 foot wide, but heavy. I am going to paint each one of the shelves a pastel colour before putting them up, one pale blue, one pale yellow and one pale pink and most likely the other a pale green. I want to paint a trailing vine and flowers on the wall and stencil some patterns to simulate old wallpaper, too. I think the old cupboard from the 1950's house with the curved front will become a pale yellow tone tomorrow too.
Then the stock can arrive. It is the begiinning of the liquidation of my life. I will enjoy saying good bye to the many things I have come to love and some not so much, too. I will remember going to garage sales with my parents as a teen ager and later as an adult, and the items my mother purchased, little trinkets and china, will fondly be offered to another for their enjoyment. There are so many items to seel, from clothing and shoes, to linens and china, that I am allowing a full five years to liquidate it all. The store, due to not being insulated and having no heat source, will be open only in the fairer months., and in winter I will have time to make soap and sew to stock the store the following year. There is a ton of fabric from two previous stores I had, the interior design studio and the organic lifestyle store. I think the best use will be to make duvet covers and shams and simple window panels and maybe pillows.
And so, the beginning of the end has actually started. Stay with me during the next five years to see how it moves and changes as fond memories are unleashed and let go. I can only imagine after the liquidation of my life, how free I will feel. I think!