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May 6, 2020

Wow, I haven’t written anything since 2017 here.  I moved my blog to Zenfolio and didn’t write in it much and now I’ve moved my website to Shopify ( and decided to come back here.  And I do happen to have a lot of time on my hands right now.  Art shows aren’t happening right now and possibly for quite a while.  And I have asthma which is usually well controlled but when it acts up it is bad and I am definitely a person who needs to stay at home right now.  So I feel kind of useless.

I retired from my day job in January 2018 and embarked upon a crazy year where I did way too many art shows and burnt myself out.  So 2019 was a whole new ballgame.  I cut back on shows, put my work in a couple galleries, joined a local art center, and entered work in some exhibitions.  It was a good year.  I was able to pay off one of our vehicles and I had high hopes for 2020.  It started out well.  I had a solo show at my local art center and sold some pieces.  Both galleries sold work and I made a nice commercial sale.  And then the bottom dropped out.  Shows were cancelled or rescheduled,  exhibitions were cancelled, and galleries were closed.

Ever the advance planner I had the whole booth ready and loaded into the van by March.  And it was a good booth too.  Some old favorites I decided to bring back for a year and I had a lot of new images that I really liked.  I had two sets of work to go for exhibitions that were cancelled.   In short I have so much work that it wouldn’t even all fit in the van.  After discovering the Garmin InReach I was all set to go deeper into hiking.  I walked up and down our long driveway every day to get myself ready.  I got maps and booklets of trails I wanted to do.  I was just waiting for warmer weather.  Then the trails in Shenandoah National Park were closed.

So here I am at home with a lot of time.  Making dinner has become the high point of my day.  My cooking has improved which has had an adverse affect on my waistline.  Weekly date night has turned into weekly grocery shopping.

I am grateful though.  My husband is working and we are both well.  The cats are fine although we are missing one which I will talk about in my next blog.


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