Front and Center, 2007, Oil on Panel, 18x18
Well, thanks to Bart, I managed to actually get the fab photo of myself up on my profile. He sent me a few links to it and one of them worked. The problem is that I have been looking at the dang picture so much now that I don't think I like it anymore. But I am stuck with it for now because there is just not enough time in the world for me to figure out all of this computer crap.
I finished clearing out the hillside garden over the weekend, which is a load off my mind. It was hot, sticky and very buggy. I have 67 bug bites and I am totally not kidding, I counted them. Most of them are clustered around the best spots ever for itchy bug bites, elbows, knees and ankles and I admit to going a bit batty the last few days with all of that. But the good news is that I wore shorts outside and in public and 1. The world didn't stop spinning - no one laughed and pointed at me and 2. I got some color and so now my legs don't actually glow in the dark anymore. And the best news is that for at least a week or so, my garden will look like this.
Ignore the weeds in front. Clearly we need to mow and weed wack.
I got all of the weeds out (Doug helped a bit on the far end where the weeds were actually trying to pull me into the earth),
put in some new plants and then mulched. It will fill in a bit and will change quite a bit over the next few years but for now I am just happy to have momentarily conquered the burdock and dandelions.
The vegetable garden is almost completely planted and this year we decided to add strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The strawberries should produce all summer and so I have added a trip to the garden to my morning chores in order to collect the ripe ones each day. And I must say here that our strawberries taste incredible, especially compared to store bought. It's amazing how you get used to the flavorless ones from the store after awhile. The blueberries are already ripening as well and I am really looking forward to those. I make a mean blueberry cobbler.
Oh yeah, art. Check out Susan's mention and a few pictures of my work over at Digging Pitt's blog. It's Three Rivers Arts Festival time in Pittsburgh and if you are nearby go check it out. I have a number of pieces on display in Boxheart's booth at the festival as well as in their gallery (see sidebar).