Coffee in the Chicago skyline mug (surely cold by now), "Careless" by the Drive By Truckers on iTunes accompanied by Seraph and Baxter. This is worth a side note: Seraph is our remaining deerhound. She lost her brother, Jester, a couple of weeks ago. Being hounds, Seraph and Jester often sang along with ambulances and other emergency vehicles driving past our house--they even taught Baxter the Spaniel (clearly *not* a hound dog) to howl right along with them. Since Jester died, Seraph hasn't howled but maybe once... until this morning. The Drive By Truckers elicited the best, longest, full-throated howl I have heard in some time. It warmed the cockles of my heart for sure--and of course Baxter joined in
Fired all weekend and am finally caught up (fingers crossed and a load in today). Didn't get anything in for Niche on Friday. Some things just can't be rushed. But I took pictures this morning of the Ocean on white lattice wall piece that is shipping today and the puzzle pieces I was going to coldwork into a Niche sculpture.
Also over the weekend I went over the property that's thefront runner for new studio space with my electrician. Whew. It's going to cost a bit to upgrade to 200 amp service. Today I meet with the carpenter and get his quote, and I hope to hear back from the bank about a mortgage. Then I need to get with the HVAC guy about the cost of putting in air-conditioning. The house was built in 1929 and has forced-air heat in the floor, but I think--given the ten-foot ceilings--I would like to put the air-conditioning ducts in the ceiling. Cold air falls, doncha know.
Heard from Maureen at Glass Patterns Quarterly Friday and my piece made the cover of the fall issue--can't wait to see it! Now I need to get going on the fountain I am doing for the winter issue. Tomorrow I have been invited to Armstrong Glass in Kennesaw to play with Float Fire. I can't wait!