I feel a bit like Piglet. (Mama, do you know what I mean?) In a panic. In a rush. More to do than I can do! I have been working many hours out of town lately. It has been a real challenge. If I did not love my job so much, and all that they offer me, I think I would have “give out” by now.
In addition to work, I have been extremely busy closing the shop down. It took months and months (years) to stock it up to where it is now, so tearing it down has been a process. I have had several large and very successful sales, thanks to my sweet customers. I have moved out about 400-500 items during recent sales. Now I am boxing up, bagging up, donating, storing, all in preparation for my little private studio/workshop.
Then there’s Etsy. Ahhh, Etsy. I have been really focusing on my Etsy shop. Peeps, it’s a good and happy thing. Just busy, busy, busy!
Here is a treasure I found recently. For my garden.
The real thing. Heavy as lead. Beautiful detail. Not plastic. 7 dollars. Lucky me.
Last night, Jason and I spotted the sweetest little tree frog. It had gotten up onto a hand railing. He was very friendly, and did not seem to mind having some photos taken. We (I) did not want to blind him with bright light, so I took a green stick-light from my purse to give Mr. Frog (or Mrs. Frog) a light show.
The enchantment with textures and layers is always present.
There is a certain lamp that Vladimir has taken to. Big time. He sometimes claws the shade. He stands up and attempts to pull the lamp over, like he is inspecting the top of it. He sits under the lamp. He curls up around the base of the lamp. It is a lamp that I found recently at the thrift store. I really like the lamp, the shade, and the way it looks, but I think Vlad might like it even more than I do.
Vlad asked if he could have the lamp.
He was not satisfied with that, so he enlisted Lucy to help him move the lamp. Goodness.
I told him, “Vlad! Okay, okay. We can SHARE the lamp.”
I think he is satisfied.
I have the best life. Vlad and Lucy at my house, Amelia and Mars at Jason’s house. In fact, Amelia has become one of my dear babies.
She is a heavy, solid, white fluff-ball! She had given birth to five kittens when Jason adopted her. The kittens were not with her, so he really had no say over what happened to them, but Amelia has just blossomed with Jason. She looks so vibrant and healthy compared to when she was found. Amelia and I sometimes share stories about verbal abuse and sadness over wanting better for our babies. She is a good listener.
My apartment is in a state of flux as I clean out and shop for a permanent home for myself. I am getting rid of some things, but I am also hunting for permanent items and bringing them to the apartment to be readied for my permanent home. I recently found the much-loved end table in the picture with Vlad (actually the matched set of end tables). I hope to turn them into spectacular end tables for my new home. Think sanding and painting.
I really meant to blog sooner than this. I think it has been a week now since I was here! But my life is very hectic right now. Of course, you know about the recent gig. And thank you so much for your kind comments! That required practice and prep. In addition, and I might as well tell you now, I am in school for medical coding. I was really afraid my brain would not easily wrap around being in school again, but so far I have made very high A’s on everything! And I love the subject matter. I have already learned so much. I will be pursuing this subject one class at a time, looking ahead to testing and getting job experience. So there. We shall see how this progresses! I am also looking forward to another concert this week, to see a guitar player who is out of this world! Maybe I can get some really good photos to share!
Forgive my rambling! I guess I am just playing catch-up! I look forward to getting around to all of your blogs and catching up with your adventures!
I was out over the weekend, shopping at a favorite store: Branching Out in Chapel Hill. That store is MAGIC to me! Inspired by Deb at Just Cats, I decided to take some cluttered-cupboard photos to share. I love stuff, clutter, dishes, knick-knacks, whatever you want to call it! As long as it is organized! Organized clutter can be a beautiful thing!
I am busy into a new week. I wanted to post yesterday, but the day just flew away so quickly! Seems there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. I am working on homemade Valentine cards for the shop. (I promise to show them soon!) Trying to get a little guitar practice in; trying to learn a new blues tune. Learning something new, something academic, which hopefully I will reveal down the road. Just busy, busy!
The week has already included a trip to Barnes and Noble to get books for my new endeavor, but I had to stop and look at the craft magazines! I would not call this much of an outfit post! Leggings, boots and long cowl neck shirt.
I had an awesome meal with guitar player extraordinaire, Jason Barker, at City Kitchen. I LOVE the art work on the walls, and the food is amazing. I had the golden beet risotto. Yum! Music is a regular topic of discussion, and Jason has taught me so much about the guitar. Just wish I could play at the level I want to be at and that I feel I should be at by now. I have to cut myself some slack, however, because so many other aspects of life must be tended to! There’s work, the shop, children, grandchildren, and so much more. So I practice when I can.
Well, I am off to finish the day, with a little help and hope from above.