A Seasonal Jay and a Lost Coin

We saw a Jay on the way to work yesterday. It swooped from trees by the side of the road, flew in front of us and dropped into a park on the other side of the road. They are both colourful and unobtrusive, being quite a shy bird. This is the time of year to see them as they collect acorns and stash them away for future use. It’s not the first time we have seen a Jay at that part of the journey as they live in the park, but they rarely show themselves..

This morning I had an acceptance for the revised haibun, which was good. I’m always slightly wary of edits, as I may have said inΒ  previous posts, but this one seemed to work out alright. I try to do what editors ask, as a second pair of eyes can often see what I don’t, and they are helping me for free. There are several possible pitfalls, but we seem to have avoided them.

The owner has been away for the last two days. It’s always relaxing, but it is also frustrating because we end up having to stop what we are doing to deal with customers. At that point you appreciate what he does in the course of the week. I am trying to get things loaded up on eBay but people keep ringing and visiting and generally stopping us working. I’m used to the phone calls because they are a normal part of my day, but I normally rely on him dealing with customers.Β  It just goes to show what a finely balanced machine the shop really is.

It hasn’t helped that we’ve found it hard to locate a number of the things we have sold. Once you lose one coin in a coin shop it can be quite a performance finding it again and it can take several hours out of the day. It always annoys me when that happens because time is money, as they say, and if you spend an hour looking for a Β£6 coin there is no way you are going to make a profit. It’s one of those cases where spending five minutes on filing and labelling would pay for itself. Fortunately we are all as bad as each other when it comes to losing things so it doesn’t seem so bad.

British West Africa 1/10th of a Penny

18 thoughts on “A Seasonal Jay and a Lost Coin

  1. Anonymous

    Holy moley. Tens of thousands of items. I would think that organization needs to be your top priority. Any idea why I see grumpy Santa instead of a blue jay?

  2. tootlepedal

    Proper filing is always done tomorrow. It is the bane of my life and it was really lucky that I had good secretaries when I was a head teacher or I would have been even further up the creek than I usually was.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Thank you. In the confusing way of bird naming we call your jays blue jys. We don’t have them but they always look nice. Number 2 son has them in oronto and is very fond of them.

    2. Anonymous

      We have the same noisy blue jays as Laurie does. But I don’t see that picture. I only see a grumpy Santa Claus.

  3. Lavinia Ross

    Congratulations on the revised haibun acceptance, Simon. I am glad that worked out.

    Interruptions can certainly derail one trying to do a job. Division of labor has its merits. πŸ™‚ And I agree on a few minutes of filing and labeling save much weeping and gnashing of teeth later on trying to find an item, even at home. πŸ™‚

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I have managed to label some, which has made it easier, and the owner has just started labelling some as he does them, which is also helping. The trouble is that we still have 2,000 lots posted on eBay and it’s a lot of stuff when you have it all together. Then we have at a lot of stuff that isn’t on eBay. Tens of thousands of utems . . .:-(


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