Summer started with me coming back from a trip to Barcelona ill and injured. I spent pretty much the month of June in recovery. I had one art show which I managed to do with the help of my darling husband since my right leg was in a boot. The show was great. The weather couldn’t have been better and lots of people came out. It’s always wonderful to meet the people who appreciate art and pottery. It helps me to remember that they are out there on the sometimes lonely days in the studio.
In July, we had the pleasure of taking a week long road trip. We stopped first in New Haven Ct. to compare Frank Pepe’s pizza with the Santarpio’s Pizza we were heading to Boston for. Really, we were going to Boston for pizza. My husband graduated from Berklee College of Music and Santarpio’s was his favorite. Our few days there were a stroll down memory lane for the both of us, since I lived around the corner from Berklee, the summer before he started school there. The winner: Santarpio’s. Not just for the nostalgia, but the sauce was super fresh. Frank Pepe’s was also very greasy.
Next we were onward to Northampton Mass., to celebrate the engagement of our beautiful daughter Kayla to sweet, gentle Ben.
Last stop, Lansing, NY on Cayuga Lake to visit our friends, the Hulls, who moved recently from our area. It was a fun, but tiring trip.
I have always wanted our pergola or deck to be a place where I could sit outside during the rain. I love thunderstorms! This summer, I finally got my wish. My awesome husband put a clear corrugated fiberglass roof on the pergola and I got to deck it out with beautiful furniture, lights, plants and curtains. It is my second most happy place now after my studio!
I started making some new pottery around this time that we got back at the end of July. Much of which is still waiting for their last kiln firing. My work takes much longer to make now as I am experimenting with new shapes and doing very detailed drawing and painting on each of my pieces. Somehow though, the lazy days of summer did not inspire me to be in the studio full throttle.
The focus for August became the epic belated birthday party, that my husband and three of my amazing friends put together for me. When I say epic, I mean EPIC! We’re talking a band, catered food, a tent under which my friends had decorated to the nth degree with flowers, amazing centerpieces, lights, graphic cards and posters. They created games and a nostalgic candy bar, a special drink bearing my name and a martini bar!
It was one of the best days of my life.
And now that the air is cooling and summer is coming to an end, it’s time for me to get back to work and prepare for the busy autumn and holiday shows ahead of me. Going back to work for some brings dread. For me, I can’t wait to get going again.
So what did you do on your summer vacation?