Part III – My Birthday and the Elephant Shop My Store Here in Bonavista NL

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This is the day I ignore of all the days of the year – the one marked as my birthday. T’is not the fault of the day – just a day that triggers memories filled with sadness and disappointment. Nothing one can do about it except breathe and get through it. I had so much to do trying to get my new Bonavista store, the Elephant Shop, open as soon as I could. Sometimes when one is a bit disassociated from the now it takes strong guides to get a message through to me so they use another person to help.

Glenn putting up my sign for the 1st time
Glenn putting up my sign for the 1st time

The women that work for me are now helping us, getting our Elizabeth J Cottages ready for another guest required a light bulb telling me that the one in the bathroom was out. I had forgotten and when I remembered the clients were already in the cottage. I always greet my clients as soon as possible after their arrival so I brought the light bulb with me. After introductions and questions answered about the rental cottage, I told them about the light bulb that may be burned out in the bathroom and went hunting for which one it was. I could not find any light bulb that was not behaving so I went back to the clients to say all is well and leave them to unpack and get on with their holiday. It was during this mindless conversation that the topic of my new store the Elephant Shop came up with the daughter and her mother of 81 years, who was celebrating her birthday that happened 3 weeks earlier. I was asked to tell them all about my shop – The Elephant Shop – especially when I mentioned the cashmere I had directly from Nepal. I gave them directions to my shop and stated of course I was not opened yet. Still these lovely women wanted to drop by and see it so we set a time for 5 pm.

Finished product - the cashmere has a home with the colourful wooden elephants Finished product – the cashmere has a home with the colourful wooden elephants
-looking from my counter towards the back with Ethiopian displays and boiled woollen blankets with fantastic coloured blankets reversible Looking from my counter towards the back with Ethiopian displays and boiled woollen blankets with fantastic coloured blankets reversible
Display of Indian antique quilts hand made. Tibetan Yak Wool throw Display of Indian antique quilts hand made. Tibetan Yak Wool throw
looking from my granite black counter towards the left side of the shop Looking from my granite black counter towards the left side of the shop
This is where the 100% Ethiopian Cotton towels bedspreads, table cloths, await adoption This is where the 100% Ethiopian Cotton towels bedspreads, table cloths, await adoption

I was in my painting ripped jeans belonging to my sweet husband Glenn that were too big and ripped as well had years of painting on them. The stripped old shirt we both loved paint on it and all. Then I hear a loud knock with the happy thought of these 2 women actually showing up. We chatted and yakked for awhile showing them the products I was selling when the daughter wanted to buy her mother one of the long scarves that she knew her mother wanted. The color picked was my favorite – a soft glowing lilac color that suited her mother’s coloring so well while I fussed making sure it suited her. When they got to the cash register I realized I had no money in it and did not know how it worked. I also did not know how Paymentech worked either. However, the daughter had gone to the bank and taken out a certain amount that covered the cost of the scarf. I packaged it up and put it gently into a simple brown bag with handle explaining I wanted to be green eco friendly to Mother Earth using only one piece of purple tissue paper she wanted. For them the magical day started then when they asked about the real estate specifically about a small cottage close to the ocean around the corner from where they were in my cottages.  We chatted about what it looked like inside, the price did they need a lawyer and who and I was full of information to help them along in their goal to buy that cottage.

a rare piece by an artist called Meghan Patricia Riley in NY - Copper wire with 14 k gold and garnets A rare piece by an artist called Meghan Patricia Riley in NY – Copper wire with 14 k gold and garnets
Latvian sun symbol with antique Glass in centre - time of Prussian again a sun symbol back to the 2nd - 12th C Latvian sun symbol with antique Glass in centre – time of Prussian again a sun symbol back to the 2nd – 12th C
another interesting rare piece by Avant Gaurde Paris - Another interesting rare piece by Avant Gaurde Paris -
Finally finished jewellery section frame hanging is Glenn's work Finally finished jewellery section frame hanging is Glenn’s work
Latvian ring sterling silver Namejs - given to friends and family after defeat by Vikings - leader fled and gave each to family, friends that he could trust so they all could recognize each other in a different land where Nemajs fled to Latvian ring sterling silver Namejs – given to friends and family after defeat by Vikings – leader fled and gave each to family, friends that he could trust so they all could recognize each other in a different land where Nemajs fled to
The Latvian ring called The Seven Day ring from 2C – 12th C – symbols mean 7 seven days of the week – Hope, love, courage, the sun. protection, friendship. Being studied by linguistics realizing this may be the language used in conversation with others.

The universe gave me back a birthday that I will want to remember forever. The serendipity of the light bulb I needed to replace as per my two new employees only to find out it was not the light bulbs – they were all fine – but the needed excuse to get me over to see my clients again and they to see me, When they showed up at my new unopened store, the Elephant Shop I was given the gift of hearing how wonderful my shop is and the products that I sold. For them, it was hearing and receiving inside information for the cottage they wanted and needed to find out about all eyes on their own future. I want to thank them again and hope their discovery of their new adventure completes itself in whatever way is in their soul’s highest interest. Only Made in Newfoundland : written by ej …

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