The end of another school year is a dominant theme in our household these days. Jacob has several big projects coming to a conclusion, including Friday’s big extravaganza. Jacob was Thomas Jefferson. I came to see all the presentations in the library, and the kids did a fine job with their early American personalities. I’ve been stopping in to support Mrs. Tamborrino as an algebra tutor some mornings and having a lot of fun with the kids. I even helped participate in the rocket-building exercise—launch is set for Monday! To wind down after a long day when Jim was out sparring Wednesday, the boys and I took a nice walk in the neighborhood and played a fun rhyming word game. Who knew swapping spit with a Russian communist was a ‘Bolshevik lick’?
Depending on your point of view, they were either enriching our lives, eating our flowers, or menacing helpless pet and bicyclists.
Between all my other responsibilities I have slipped off to the art studio to move my projects forward. I completed all the tree trunks for the foreground of the piece, and I think I have enough branches created for the canopy.
As school winds down, I’ve been able to pirate a few of the wire from spiral notebooks that are no longer needed at school. It’s actually a good time of year to collect those. I warped the loom and started weaving the extended trail through the woods. The lower layers begin with a sumac weave that will be covered with a dimensional crochet technique that will form the final path. I’m using up a lot of yarn colors that I don’t normally have a lot of use for. That includes soft peaches, pale yellows and beiges from my collection.
Last night we held a meeting of the artists who organized this year’s Open Studio’s Tour. We gathered in our dining room for a potluck and talk about this year’s successes and what we’d like to do differently next year. The kitchen became the staging area, with a wonderful collection of foods. There was even an interesting pie that featured blueberries, mild goat cheese and basil. Yum! I think everyone was enthusiastic about the event, and everyone in the group seems to appreciate good food. As I’m writing this I have a belly full of strawberry shortcake with freshly baked biscuits in my tummy. Jim is working on a biscuit version that doesn’t have shortening, which I encouraged.
They haven’t been perfected yet, but they were still really good! And as I write and think how to finish this week’s blog without a picture of a pie, I’m looking out at the beautiful spring flowers in the garden. They’ll have to do for now.
Until next week,