This past week has been so busy! I have been helping Auntie Katie move her bookshop, Books with Pictures, into her new building. There was a lot of noisy work with impact hammers, power sanders and shop vacs, by a crew that ranged in age from 8 to 64 at any given time. I met some wonderful, helpful people with incredible skills and backgrounds.
Every now and then Auntie Katie would need to dress up in her Comic Maven clothes and drive south to Lake Oswego, a very high class suburb of Portland, because besides opening her shop this week, she is one of the curators of the art show at the Lake Oswego Arts Festival. That means she worked with others to choose the art works, set up the show, present the show to donors, and run discussion panels.
And while she was gone, the work continued. Orchestrated by artist and bookshop minion Nick Orr, we lifted and secured shelving, repaired and painted bookcases, and swept up pounds of dust and debris. It was exhausting and amazing.
As of Friday evening, there were still no books on the shelves, but the shop was ready for them! It looks like a proper place to shop and meet new real and fictional friends.