March 19, 2020
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I hope you and your loved ones are hunkered down and safe. I have been getting everyone settled and managing the expected hiccups. It is hard worrying about the younger generation and the elders at the same time, isn’t it?
My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary last week. We love to eat out, but we stayed in. We dined on one of our favorite comfort foods, homemade by my mom: tomato mac-and-cheese. Our now-home-early-from-college daughter baked these cookies.
Best anniversary dinner ever. ❤️
Besides a day in my glass studio, getting outside is my #1 method of self-care. It is easy to get caught up in the crazy swirl of news.
Flowers are still blooming, ferns are unfurling, and the birds are getting busy.
I struggle with this as an artist… I do not want to minimize the urgency of the current times. On the other hand, there are many outlets for health updates, news, and outrage. I am going to offer my space as a place to land and refill, add some color and hopefully some rays of hope.
Speaking of the struggle. I posted this piece a while back and later deleted it, which I do not typically do. I did that because I had titled it ‘contagion’ and did not want to appear insensitive or that I wasn’t taking things seriously. I was. I most definitely was/am taking this so very seriously.
I posted the photo right after I opened my kiln that day. It was a fusing first! An unintended bubble. This piece was a ‘part sheet’ — something that is fired and then cut up to be used in other pieces. My first thought was that I can still easily use most of it for the intended purpose. But… I decided to leave it as is and figure out a way to hang it on my wall. A reminder of how quickly things can change and to never take anyone or anything for granted.
We are in this together
Stay safe, continue to look out for each other.
Sending lots of love in these trying times.