June 15 – 16: My neighbor, Mandy, wanted to have a garage sale. Since Jim and I have been cleaning out and downsizing, I gathered up a table full of goodies, including some pottery. We helped tend the sale on Friday and Saturday. Below is a picture from Friday the 15th, before the hoards arrived.
Note the small table between the two large tables. Mandy wanted to be rid of it and we ended up with it. You’ll see it later in this blog.
June 17 – On Sunday, I went to Salida to participate in a memorial party for Jessica Saunders who died on June 11. Jessica, who had just celebrated her 80th birthday in fine style and apparent good health, fell ill with an undiagnosed condition and expired four days later. Jessica had been the president of the Shavano Poets for at least ten years. She will be greatly missed.
June 19 – On Tuesday, Jim and I made a pottery delivery to Georgetown, CO. Here is one of three clay masks we put out for sale at the Stonehenge gallery. Jim made it during his convalescence. By the way, his shoulder does not hurt any more. His right arm is still weaker than his left one, but that is improving too.
Also on Tuesday, Jim and I drove from Georgetown to Grant, over Guanella Pass. The pass just recently opened after a year of road work on the Georgetown side. It used to be dirt and now is paved with many turn-outs and interpretive signs. It’s a beautiful Colorado Scenic Byway. Here’s a photo I took from one view turn-out.
June 19-20 – On Tuesday night I packed my jammies and drove to the Salida hospital for a sleep study. I could write an entire blog about that night. Unfortunately I didn’t take my camera. There were wires attached to legs, arms, abdomen, face and head—the results showed that I have some sleep apnea and need 1-2 liters of oxygen at night.
June 21 – Thursday, I drove back to Salida to set up my workspace for Salida Art Walk. Dea Maltby, an owner of Fabulous Finds Emporium, had invited me to make jewelry in the front window of her store. Here’s the window where I camped out.
June 23 – 24 – Art Walk started Friday night with galleries open till 9:00 pm. I didn’t go down that night, but showed up at 9:30 on Saturday. What a blast! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Mainly talked to people who popped in. Carol LoCastro, a poetry friend, took this picture of me holding one of my necklaces. I was there on Sunday, too, but it was a much quieter day.
June 25 – On Monday, I returned to our project of fixing up the pottery room, which was now completely cleared out. I washed wood with Murphy Soap and waxed the floor, which Jim had patched with some old vinyl tiles. Here’s a picture of the empty room. We also cleaned all the overhead lights. The room is almost as clean as when it was built fifteen years ago.
June 26 – On Tuesday, Jim re-installed a six-foot-long shelving unit that had been used to hold plaster molds in our pottery studio. He had cleaned it up and re-stained it. I bought two folding chairs and a six-foot folding table for the new “art room.” The cats are charmed by the table with great views out the north window.
June 27 – Voila! On Wednesday the rug arrived that I had ordered from esalerug.com. It had been delivered while Jim and I were in Salida having breakfast and shopping. Here’s a picture of the room with new rug and six-foot shelving unit in the back corner.
And another picture below. Note the little circular table that was in the first photo of the garage sale. It now lives in the new art room. Our drawing supplies are neatly stacked on the 6-foot shelving unit. My jewelry supplies are organized in boxes on a smaller shelving unit in a corner. The room is warm and inviting with its new rug. We’ll see how long it remains this organized!
The garage needs a similar make-over. It’s where we will do our pottery from now on, and it is still in chaos. The chaos isn’t as chaotic as it was two weeks ago. The saga will continue for another week.