Monday, October 29, 2018

Dancing in the crazy........

It is that time of the year; gardens closing down, chores piling up, show deadlines piling up, desk piling up with invoices and tax crap, studio in full swing, kitchen rock'n and wait for it........ time for home repair!  And I won't even broach the midterm election insanity because I just can't.  Facebook is but a distant memory for me.  I tried so hard to pull the reins in on this runaway horse that seems to slip in the backdoor every year.  This year that horse is the size of a clydesdale on steroids.  

My grand plan has somehow gone off the rails, anybody shocked?  Well that would be me because I did everything to keep this horse on tranquilizers this year!  I hit September and I had signed up for two show and just figured that would be enough but then another show called and it's a show I had looked at for the last few years.  Pondered on that one hard and thought oh why not it's on down time, how hard can it be to toss up a booth for three days?  And then found out the booth is 8x10 and no canopy frames are allowed, be prepared to set your booth up around columns and benches in a museum and we won't tell you where your booth is until you show up for set up on Nov. 8th.  My entire lighting system is built on my canopy frame which happens to be 10 x 10.  Then, no complaints here, the October show all but sold out. Undeterred the wheel got bumped to warp speed, Butch was put on notice not to ask for anything and expect nothing and I contemplated a new lighting frame.  November 8, 9, 10 and 11th seems so far away......   

The end of September I noticed a show I had been interested in, more as a family event than anything else; THE OGLEBAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Wheeling WV.  Mostly because they had Santa's Reindeer Training Camp and Breakfast with Santa and thought Butch would probably wet himself if I got in.   Sent the images in, plunked down the jury fee and thought, snowballs chance in hell.  Trumpets sounded Oct 20th...... Congratulations!  Set up is the exact same time as the other show.  Rolled all this around for a day or two and my gut told to me to cancel one of the shows but my head said; Go for it, just do it!  (Nike, there are times your slogan sucks!).  So I'm going to JUST DO IT.  I will set up at Canton and work the three day show.  I am setting up the booth in my studio and taking copious pictures, numbering everything, loading the van on Saturday morning, Nov. 10th and sending Butch down to Wheeling, WV with a blind dog to help to set up the booth.  Chances are Kirby will come back with a red glowing nose and Butch will be driving a sleigh.  

Oh and I failed to mention I juried into a small competition on for a local advertising company to have images published in their annual calendar.  I've done it before and it's a cool local event.  This was back in May.  Sound those damn trumpets again...... this year they are hosting a gallery show of work accepted into the calendar and the opening night is (somebody hose down the trumpets!)  Nov. 9th!  Sooooo the Canton show closes at 6 pm and gallery show opens at 7 pm.  Anybody want to buy a lottery ticket it snows on Nov. 9, 10 and 11?  

As I rolled all this around in my head and I reached for a bag of clay coming up empty handed.  I called for 500 pounds of Tucker clay.  Normally I run to Avon, NY to pick this stuff up, I love it that much!  Tucker truck was stuck at the Canadian border, standby.  Crap on cracker!  Call Standard Clay in Pittsburgh as my local supplier doesn't stock the clay I use and is trying to train us to order two weeks in advance..... BaHaaaaa, keep dreaming on that one!   Load the Kirby in the van and off to Pittsburgh on a fine Fall morning to pick up 600 pounds of clay.  And can I just say how much I miss Carla at Standard!  Back in time to unload and wedge out two boxes of clay for a morning throwing session.  
Everybody needs a pupperchino on a long ride.......

and then this happened........ 
and the company sent the wrong elements ...... just no words at this point.  (and I am so grateful for email because I went back and pulled up my correspondence and really wasn't me this time!! Phew!) 

and about this time things were spinning out of control so I went to the kitchen and baked bread, lots of bread..... I have fallen down the crevasse' of sour dough.  While I waited for the bread to bake I managed to wade through a mountain of paper work, getting my desk cleaned off, taxes paid and bookkeeping done. 

While in complete denial about deadlines, impending doom and the going gets really tough, the tough go on craigslist!  I am loving that people buy appliances and then become afraid of them.  The Cadillac of canners is the All American canner and here it was; used once by a woman who freaked herself out so badly she vowed never to can again and tossed in jars, lids, and everything else you would ever need to put up a jar of peaches.  $125.... this is a $300 canner and I had canning lust deep in my heart and I am a kitchen sinner! 

The 6 qt. professional, 525 watt Kitchenaid mixer I have also lusted after for a couple years but they run around $600.  Cue the trumpets, there it was, on craigslist but alas it was the other side of Erie PA but wait I am going to Avon, NY to pick up clay if the truck ever get across the border!  Asking price; $200.  Too big and she was afraid of it...... I mentioned I had a smaller 4 qt. Kitchenaid.  So I gave her $100 and my old Kitchenaid mixer and peeled out of her driveway with a new mixer and 500 pounds of clay because indeed the truck has crossed the border. 

and then we had a hail storm and wind storm and neighbors lost porches and roofs and the street was closed due to down power lines and we were really really lucky

and then the drywall guy we talked to in June said he could finally start ........ 

and that leads down the road to new paint and replacing old old old carpet..... old houses are just so damn needy!  I rolled into Home Depot on Sunday morning and in an hour picked out paint and carpet!  Stress can work wonders on decision making..... 

and then this happened and you know it's gonna be OK...... 
The Aconitum survived the hail storm so buck up and get busy!

For all my friends who have checked in because I checked out, thank you!  I will surface soon if this next week doesn't kill me....... Kirby will post an update if it does. 


  1. OMG, girl!! .... and yet you made time in your day to post about this madness and mayhem?!! ... oh wait, let me guess, you've given up sleeping! :))) .... while you're canning can you bottle up some of whatever it is that keeps you going like this. I need some here up in the Great White North ... cause what we're selling here these days has the opposite effect ;) ... B

    1. Hahahaha! Hey Brenda!! Not sure what I was thinking or maybe not thinking..... sending up a case of insanity soda! :) Stay warm out there, they just posted our winter forecast, YIKES! chopping wood will be on the next blog post.

  2. LOVE that photo of Kirby--he looks patient and philosophical.
    And upright!
    Happy the summer heat has gone, like I am, I bet.

    Love reading your funny take on all the craziness of life on the High setting:
    this in particular made me laugh, while I was laughing (in sympathy!) about everything else:
    " I am loving that people buy appliances and then become afraid of them."

    Too true. I have learned (the hard way) to ask myself BEFORE I buy some gadget, "Will you be too afraid to use this?"

    Usually the answer is yes, and I don't buy it.
    Old(er) age (and years of wasted money) has its advantages.

    Just to add to your workload, I WAS going to ask about your Etsy site coming back on, because I want to order a gingko-&-bee mug as an Xmas present for my sister (she loves mine)--
    BUT I will get back to you about that AFTER your whirlwind of shows, though
    IF you have any of those mugs at this point, I bet they will be sold out by then... Luckily, my sister's birthday is in June, so I can wait for the spring to order her a mug.
    I know I already told you, but I truly use that mug every day--the matte glaze (or whatever it is) has the BEST hand feel!!!

    Go, Sandy, go!

    1. Hi Fresca!! Kirby has yet to take a bad picture :) Kirby and I are both soooo happy the summer has passed, just had our first frost too. This schedule thing argh; I am that classic image of a frog in hot water...... I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm not fine.

      that wicked appliance thing is funny too because I've never really had experimental funds. I am pretty astounded that I've managed to accumulate almost $1,000 worth of very valuable tools for around $225. Crazy and pinching myself for sure!

      I will get through these next few November days and get the Etsy store going again for sure. My December show is for woven pieces so the all the gingko and bee work will be up on Etsy again. It was one more part of the crazy train and decided to take a break while I was running around this month being crazy. I cannot tell you how it makes my day when I see that mug on your table and you're using it!! Hooray!!

      Your blog post on your carbon footprint has been percolating through my brain since I read it....... good stuff.
      Go Fresca Go!! Thanks!! 🎃

    2. P.S. I finally today did the math you suggested on my post about the rat lamp that I paid $110 for, twenty years ago!

      You wrote:
      "and worth every penny! Divide the cost into how many days you have love it....... :) "

      October 10, 2018 at 7:14 AM Delete

      TODAY I replied: Good point!
      20 years x 365 days = 7,300
      110 dollars = 11,000 pennies (right?)
      11,000 divided by 7,300 = 1.5 pennies per day!


      I keep thinking about carbon too... Just trying to be alert to/aware of the History I am (we are) living through. Fascinating times... (eek).

    3. 1.5 pennies per day?!!! YES! I'd say you are rock'n your carbon footprint Fresca! Freakishly fascinating times and hope we get blown out the other side all the better for it :) .

  3. I would be in the hospital, not sure what ward, if I had all that going on.

    1. Hi Melissa!! I think the thing that keeps rolling through my brain....... self inflicted, completely self inflicted. LOL! 🎃