Coffee in an Atlanta Botanical Garden go mug, "Walking on the Sun" by Smashmouth on the iPod. It's a late post from the studio this morning at the beginning of a Big Week. The sidewalk and driveway were taken up on Sunday, and today the new sidewalk in front of both the studio and the vacant lot next door will be poured.
My neighbors and the neighborhood association should be thrilled. I could have done a cheap job and just replaced my sidewalk to where the oak tree came out--leaving a broken sidewalk in front of the vacant lot and a break between the two, but I had the oak tree stump drilled out completely (the city was supposed to do it and did a half-assed job) and everything leveled for a smooth new sidewalk all the way down the street.
I also had the driveway widened a bit at the bottom so it'll be easier to get in and out. In the backyard they will pour a slab for the shed and a big smooth ramp for the deck to the kiln room--just in time to roll Bettina up it at the end of the month.
I'm late posting this morning as I went Home Depot after dropping J off at school and finished ordering the shed and picking up a few odds and ends. You can never have too many odds and ends from Home Depot. Tomorrow the landscaper timbers, dirt and mulch will be delivered, and the Georgia Gardens crew will start the yard renovation that will culminate in the removal of the fence between our yard and the studio yard, and the installation of the shed. Whoo hoo!
On a side note, the GG crew will also be cleaning up our yard for spring and I am having them cut down all the bamboo that's leaning into the yard. Then I'll take those bamboo poles and construct a dome hut in the back corner of the studio yard with the lashed together poles. Add a mulch floor, some flowering vines climbing the sides and voila--playhouse at the studio! The hut is the perfect solution for what to put in that corner as the bamboo grove is right next to it and will continue to spread into the studio yard. Eventually the hut will be surrounded by living bamboo and we'll have a path through it to the secret, hidden hut.
Though all of the proceeding verbiage pertains to the studio, it has nothing to do with glass, and glass must be done today. I thought I was going to have a week off from firing to work on the studio proper, but a couple more orders came in and it turns out I have a full schedule for the next couple of weeks. I'll still paint and organize all week, I'll just fire too--got to pay for all that concrete somehow.