Back in 1974/75 when I worked for my grandfather, I learned to use an adding machine. I got to be fairly rapid entering a number then pulling down the handle. Chic-a-chic-a-chic click. By spring we had an amazing addition to the work place - electronic calculators. What fun! I could add numbers even more quickly. So quickly that my grandfather reprimanded me. I had to slow down so the calculator could keep up with me.
In those days we had ledger sheets. At the end of each month I had to add up each column and then double check that the bottom row balanced. Then I had to type up a profit and loss statement and a balance sheet for each customer. This was back in the day of the typewriter. I was not allowed to use whiteout. I had to type the items perfectly. Some days I would end up in tears as I got to the last row and made a mistake meaning I had to retype the page for the umpteenth time. Necessarily, I learned to type without mistakes.
I also learned how bookkeeping worked which gave me an advantage when we took over the gallery. I started our business using ledger sheets but soon moved to keep our books with Quicken. Our accountant was impressed that I figured out how to control Quicken. The program had the tendency to make things balance so the user might not catch a mistake. It simply put excesses into the profit/loss account. I set up separate accounts to show gains or losses. Thus the auto profit/loss account showed me when I had an error. Needless to say Quicken was not the ideal program for business accounting but it was free with our computer so I used it for a number of years.
Later we purchased MYOB. Living in Crested Butte has the disadvantage of being far from any computer classes especially specialized classes for MYOB on a mac. By this time our son was in graduate school in computer science and engineering. You might think that he taught me how to use the program. What he taught me over the years was to teach myself how to use computer applications. The new program provides me with wonderful reports for our artists, the bank, our accountant…
Thank you, Grandpa, for teaching me to work accurately and honestly. Your lessons have served me well. And thank you, Peter, for teaching me to teach myself how to use the computer.
Thanks to Diana, our new blog is active. I don’t believe you can see it yet from the pull down menu on our website but there is a link at the bottom of the home page. Before I know it, Diana will have the pull down menu working, too.
Now that I have a fresh start at blogging, I have been thinking about what to write about. Since this is a business website, I decided our business might be the best topic. When I lose someone important to me like my father, I spend a lot of time thinking. One item of interest to me is our business. We came to Crested Butte in 1993 and purchased Anderton Gallery on June1st of that year. Jos had an uncle who lived next door to him in Belgium when he was growing up. The uncle was a carpenter so Jos learned carpentry skills from him. I worked for my grandfather for a year in 1974/75 as a bookkeeper in his accounting firm. With those skills to our names we took over the gallery and frame shop and started our new lifestyle. Jos had been in banking and international finance for nearly 30 years and I had been a stay at home mother for 15 years. What were we thinking?
The gallery had living space upstairs. We were thinking we had a perfect setup for making a living in Crested Butte. Boy did we have a lot to learn. The good news is that we are still here. It’s been a wonderful life - we enjoy our business and our town. However, we have learned and grown a lot through our failures, our artists, our customers, our friends and our children. Thank you everyone for guiding us along the way.
Life changes constantly. So do computers, servers, etc. Our blog has been eliminated twice now, I think, from our providers changing or eliminating their services. Life changed, too. My father passed away on Valentine’s Day. He led an amazing life. I am grateful to be his daughter. I still have a large part of him with me in that my mother still lives at the nursing home in Gunnison. When I see her, it’s like being with both of my parents. So I treasure the times whether it’s a good day or a bad day.
With all these changes I need to learn how to operate the new blog. Hope I can make it interesting for you. For now I am going to post this entry and see if it works. If it does, I’ll try to write more often.