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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Busy "Days Off"

The bookseller whose shop is open only four days a week in the winter season got up before 6 a.m. this morning, one of her “days off,” to be interviewed by telephone on TV 7&4. It was a first for me. I’ve been on the radio before, but never on television. Of course, doing the interview by phone meant that I could sit comfortably at home in my cozy robe while the station showed pictures of my bookstore, which you can see on my new blog. For my readers who did not get up before 6:30 to catch the interview or who live outside the Traverse City viewing area, the video should be available online in a week or two. Thank you, Alex, Megan, Melissa and Harrison!

Next item on today’s agenda is the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce meeting at 8:30. We’re meeting this month at Sally Coohon’s store, Dolls and More, at 102 Nagonaba. Sally’s store is very inviting and comfortable, so the meeting should be enjoyable as well as productive.

Next stop, the post office, where I need to mail out a package of—what else? Books!

Then there will be plenty of time between errands and a 7 p.m. group discussion of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to get Sarah outdoors for a romp in the sunshine. Oh, and I’ll be making time to organize the last Postcard Promenade for tomorrow's blog post, too.

“It must be nice to have a bookstore and just sit around and read all the time.”

In your dreams! My bookstore dream came true, but there’s a lot more to it than sitting around reading all the time! And that’s fine. No complaints here. I love country life, married life with dog, and life with books. We should have another sunny day, too, possibly as beautiful as these images from yesterday, and that will be icing on the cake.


Gerry said...

That is a lot of good news to happen before breakfast! I love it when things go well for people who do good work. I love it when someone figures out how to be interviewed on television while sitting at home in her bunny slippers--and when the TV station figures out how to use stills for the visuals. It's pure Up North in Michigan, isn't it?

P. J. Grath said...

The show is called "Writer's Minute" (they stretched a point to include a bookseller), and that minute went by so fast I was glad they hadn't insisted I drive to Traverse City.

Bunny slippers? Did I mention bunny slippers?

One other person needs to be thanked, and that's Doug Stanton, who suggested me to the people at the television station. Thanks, Doug!

Susan said...

I was feeling terribly guilty for oversleeping and missing it until I just read that it was only ONE MINUTE! Where can we watch it? Can you post a link?

P. J. Grath said...

It might have been more than sixty seconds. Originally they said "about three minutes." I didn't time it; I only know the time went by like a streak of lightning at my end.

The link is in the post already. It's at the UpNorthLive website. It will not be posted immediately; however, sometime in the next week or two the video can be viewed there.

Dawn said...

:) All of it sounds fun. I was interviewed last month by CBC (canadian) television. It's a whole new experience! Love the snow pictures...beautiful..and far away from ME!

P. J. Grath said...

Snow is melting fast in the sun today, Dawn. What was the Canadian interview about?

Shelly Francisco Walter said...

Beautiful scenery on that two track with the trees covered in snow and fresh snow all around..
Jakey and i say... helloooooooooooooo

P. J. Grath said...

Hi, Shelly. It looks like a two-track, doesn't it? But it's Soper Road, off M-22. As a "seasonal road," it's not kept plowed by the county.