Coffee in the San Francisco mug, "Tamarack Pines" by Gorge Winston on iTunes. As can be told from the title, I found the missing piece. Um, actually, I never really lost it. It all started at 1:00 this morning with the thwap, thwap, thwap of the deerhound tail on the stairwell wall...
An hour later after much cursing and swearing (there is a difference) and several trips downstairs to Deal With The Dogs, Seraph was consigned to the backyard for the night, Baxter was lodged in the studio, and the first floor smoke detector low-battery alert (which probably set the dogs off in the first place) was reset. You'd think sleep would be had. Nope.
An hour after that I was Still Awake and really wired. I thought of the four lattice wall pieces and the two new tree-and-lattice wall pieces I need to have cleaned, ground, labeled and boxed for my driver to pick up this morning between 9:00 and 10:30 and take to Greenville so Bill at Elliott Metal can put them in the metal and crate them for shipping. I was worried that I wouldn't have enough time to get them ready after getting the Sprout out the door for school. I rose, donned the Black Thing (velour dress-like jammies--no nakedness in the studio... well, no nakedness for any length of time) and went to work. Good thing too--the above-mentioned tasks took until 5:00 am.
In the process of the cleaning and assembling of the set of lattices that I believed to be short one piece I found... an extra piece. It wasn't that the lattices were short, it was that I had inadvertently stacked an 8" square plate in with them giving me an odd number. Now the great mystery is who was the plate for and should it have already shipped? *sigh*
Speaking of shipping, yesterday saw glass with a street value of $9523 go out the studio door. Another $2330 goes out today. Would that it all net 30 or credit card on ship orders. Sadly the bulk is consignment. And the dollar amount, while impressive, is not nearly as significant as the weight of it that I had to carry up the stairs from the shipping area in the studio annex (garage off the basement) to the UPS pick-up area (front porch). Oy, I ache today. I can't wait till I'm in the new studio and everything is on the same floor!
Have a great weekend and be safe y'all.