Being the gluttons for punishment that we are - or so it seems - another home construction project is underway.
First to come down in the demo was the roof,
then the walls. We're keeping the back wall, and just adding to it...
After 10 years of parking in the snow all winter, and having to dig out every morning, my husband wants to be able to start his days a little easier, so we're expanding our one car garage to hold 2. Surprisingly, it's a lot more invasive than we thought it would be.
making the molds,
and pouring the footers.
Foundation is poured and we're ready for walls!
Not so surprising, we are already way behind the schedule/time frame we were given...
And then there's the studio news.
I'm still not moved in, but steadily, I'm working my way there.
One shelf unit, unfinished
I had several built in pieces (shelves, work table, etc) built and installed but all of them are raw wood, and must be sealed and protected in some way before putting things away.
The wood needed a lot of sanding, and I have to pace myself, so it's been slow going. But I'm getting there!
I like to layer washes of color, just like when I paint, to get a nice depth of color, but still allow the grain of the wood to show through.
I still have to go over everything with steel wool to bring up a good sheen, and it probably needs one more coat of color, then I'm on to the big work unit. Between this, and several health challenges, I have done virtually no art to share with you, but ideas and plans are whirring.
I find that I've developed a whole new relationship with time. It's been forced upon me, but there was a time I know I would have fought it and tried to make it different. That would only have led me to some kind of catastrophe, no doubt! Today I must make a choice - focus on one thing each day, do it well, and be grateful I was able to accomplish that one thing. Yesterday, it was cooking a dish for dinner later. Upon completing the food prep and cleaning up, I had to sleep for several hours. If I run an errand, or have a doctor appointment, that is what I do for that day. So a few hours working on my studio is a very good day. I will simply need a great deal of these kind of good days before I am completely finished! I do hope and pray for a shift in my strength and energy, but I am incredibly grateful for the pain free use of my hands - the trade off is worth it, because apparently it is side effects of the treatment I'm receiving that are causing the fatigue and muscle weakness...
If I'm not back before next Thursday, I want to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for all of you, the care and support I receive from you, all that I've learned from you, and the ways you've each inspired me.
Blessings and love to you all!! Karin