By way of a little “touching base/checking in” type post, I find myself in an interesting place at the moment, both literally and figuratively:
Augusta is an interesting place. So far, we really like it here, high pollen counts and high temperatures notwithstanding. We’re not actually in Augusta, but in a smaller town just outside of it. It’s a nice area, and most things I need or want to do are within a few minutes from the house, and I very quickly embraced the idea that anything over ten miles away is “too far” and even five miles is pushing it. The Augusta area is big enough to have a nice mall with a Dillard’s and a Macy’s (which is almost “too far” it must be said), but not big enough for a Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, and I’m okay with that. If it was that big, it would be too big like Atlanta, and I don’t think I’d like living there. Augusta seems just right.
Our house is an interesting place. For that matter, so is home ownership. You see, I’ve never owned a house before, and it still feels a bit…strange…somehow. It’s all ours, and we can do what we like with it, and we don’t have to put up with strange landlords or worry about what issues or faults might become evident as time goes on that perhaps weren’t apparent when we moved in or that the landlords didn’t want to tell us about. The house itself is wonderful, and I’m still amazed that I found it. I think I fall in love with it a little more as each week passes. We love the neighborhood, all three streets of it, and our neighbors are nice and quiet and nearly invisible, just the way we like to be. Every once in a while though, I still stop and think about how weird it is to have our own house, and maybe have a few roots starting to set themselves into the ground finally.
My studio is an interesting place. It’s on the small side, but so much more doable than the last one. There’s a lovely window that looks out over the front lawn, and lets the good light in. I can’t fit everything I need into it at the moment, so I have quilting stuff spread all over the house, but eventually that may change. I may move into the room over the garage when GuitarGirl moves out (which could happen sooner than we thought it might), but then again, I’m not sure I’ll like it up there either. It’s a huge room since it covers the entire three-car garage and then some, with a lovely window seat on the side, its own built-in surround sound system, separate HVAC unit, and there’s a full bathroom and a big walk-in closet up there as well. Sounds perfect right?
It might be, except for those slanted ceilings under the roof…I know, I know, I’ve probably reached a new level of picky here. It’s just that it’s a bit difficult to hang quilts up there, which is what I do like about the smaller room downstairs. I can hang my favorite quilts in my workspace which I think is really important as an artist. Perhaps I can come up with some alternative, like room dividers to hang the quilts and a design wall on or some such thing. We’ll see what happens…
My website has been an interesting place lately, and probably will continue to be so for the time being. If anyone has stopped by—though why would you, when there’s been nothing to stop by for, I know—you may have noticed a bit of weirdness going on with the layout. This is what happens when
you shoot yourself in the foot ahem, you update WordPress which then requires an update to the ridiculously complicated theme set (which is really two different ridiculously complicated themes combined into one, and then duplicated three times over for a total of four different colorways). Yes, I did it to myself. Sometimes my grand ideas don’t stand the test of time too well.
Anyway, it’s still not pixel perfect and 100% fully functional like it was before the update, and I really need to just start over from scratch and rebuild the entire thing (eeeeewwwww…), but that’s on the back burner for now. I’m really trying to ignore the fact that it’s not perfect and just move on for the moment (but I’m sure you can tell that I’m starting to twitch about that over here…). It is what it is, and if you’re looking for something between now and whenever it gets “done” again, let me know and I’ll hunt it up for you.
My work is in an interesting place. I didn’t really mean to have a hiatus of over a year after I got back from the big teaching trip to the States, and I’m quite sure I used up any allotted time that might have been covered by the “I’m burned out” excuse months ago, but obviously I needed the break! I have a hard time with balance it seems, and for many, many years, it was “all quilting, all the time” and then suddenly it was “no quilting”, and instead it was “all Warcraft, all the time.” I do love that game and I really have enjoyed playing it with my family, but I am going to try for a little balance in my life for a change.
Now that we’re fairly settled with things mostly unpacked and as normal and quiet as they’re likely to get, I’ve been working in my new studio. The ideas and creativity are flowing again, beautiful things are being produced, and fun is being had. I’m not sure where I’m going with any of it, but it promises to be an interesting journey! “May you live in interesting times” indeed. Stay tuned!