Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sweet Summertime...not so much

Yes, I know, late late late... I actually did try to get my post in on Monday, despite the crazy schedule we are keeping, but, believe it or not, there was a local fire that took out not only the internet, but also almost all our cell phone carriers in one fell swoop! It took the fire department and the repair crew a couple days to get everything back up and running, in the mean time, things were pretty quiet around here!

 We are finally done removing garbage and junk from the rental houses, and one is cleaned up and ready to rent. The other is empty, and awaiting a carpet cleaning, scrub down and a new coat of paint, before it can be advertised. We hauled a total of 2300 lbs of garbage to the dump between them, and basically fried our brains in the hot sun. I will have to finish the clean-up on my own, as Mr. How2 is off on another couple of projects for assorted family members.

 We are experiencing triple digit temperatures, and I have to say, I miss the cold, rainy days...(I realize making that comment may just get me lynched). Everything in the garden is 8' tall, including the weeds, but I think there may be some produce hiding in there somewhere. The strawberries came and went, I picked a couple dozen quarts, and the raspberries are so loaded the branches are touching the ground. I have invited everyone I know to come and pick, and a few have taken me up on the offer. There are sweet peas, sugar snaps and still a ton of lettuce, and there are finally little peppers and tomatoes coming on.

  Mr. How2 and I, after clearing and repairing the rentals, took some time to do a tile backsplash for our dear friends, something they have been patiently waiting for all spring. I am so pleased to have that done and out of the way. They chose a marble and glass mosaic tile, in natural colors. It turned out beautifully!

 As for me and my art, I have been so tired and uninspired, it was all I could do to finish up my four ATCs for this month's swap. The theme was "Sweet Summertime"

which, given my current, crazy long, to-do list, was very hard to get excited about. But in a calm moment, I asked myself, what is it I really love about summer, and imagine my surprise to find that three out of four things were garden related...Now what does that say about me, with all my complaining?

  This weeks theme for Every Inchie Monday was "mountain" and though I was late, I did get it done and submitted...finally!
"If it weren't for small art, I'd have no art at all!"

Until next time...enjoy!


  1. I know the feeling - the inspiration deck and ATCs are the only "arting" I've been doing at all!

  2. I am obviously doing something wrong in managing my time, Janet. I should be able to paint, shouldn't I? I keep promising myself that this will soon pass...I hope I am not lying to myself!

  3. I know the feeling, too. Sometimes it just seems like life so gets in the way of creativity.

    However, I must say that I love your ATCs. They are extremely charming and so "sweet summer".