|Gus provided ground support and clean-up while Daddy-O and worked to do a total tear-off and put a new roof on our garage/shop. Thank you Mother Nature for the PERFECT Summer Solstice roofing weather!|
As predictable as Summer Solstice and the garden starts finally popping up in my front gardens, I’ve not been making enough time for making art. What?! How can an artist not make enough time for art making?! With our summer routine in high gear, my focus is on so many other things that if inspiration hits I’ve been channeling the inspiration into my garden, my family, the house remodeling and even a creative late-night dinner. The problem hasn’t been not making art, so much as it’s been not making art time for ME. I shared my thoughts with Daddy-O last night. I said I feel like one of those vintage hand mixers, the blades being churned and making a fast, clashing, clanking noise while whipping up stuff but not very elegantly or as efficiently as a lovely new Cuisinart would. Life can be such a juggle. I’m not depressed or feeling sorry for myself, I’ve just been wondering a lot lately how other people juggle life. Trying to work and get ahead vs. taking time for a vacation and time off to enjoy life. Fulfilling your personal passions vs. trying to take care of and tend to your family, kids, pets and their needs. Keeping up with healthy eating and exercise habits when it’s 8:00p.m. and no one has any ideas for dinner. Taking the time to be kind and considerate and not frustrated with mean or ignorant people. One thing I know for sure –when I’m feeling like that vintage hand mixer I’ve not been devoting enough time to my spirituality or art making. I also know that by placing those two things at the top of my to-do list, everything else usually falls into place. After helping Daddy-O put a new roof on our charming new little shop/garage he told me that tomorrow is an art making day for me and he will finish up with the flashing and shingles all by himself! Thanks dear husband for not only helping me to reprioritize without judgment but also for finishing up the roof tomorrow solo, because I know your back hurts way worse than mine did tonight! You're a good sport and an even a better listener.
|The old/new garage-shop now has new windows, doors, facia boards, soffit vents, and after this weekend a NEW insulated ROOF! Next up is new insulation, ventilation sheetrock, power, heat and a whole new paint job along with the main house!|