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Daily Photo: Happy #Caturday!

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Mimi celebrates Caturday

It’s a very sunny Caturday at the end of an unexpectedly disorganized week. I knew I’d be busy getting things together for the start of “show season”, with my first event, the Carnegie Farmer’s Market, on Sunday. I didn’t realize we’d have excessive heat, storms, power outages, more heavy rains, and several cats who needed to be trapped, but that’s kind of the average week around here anymore. The worst part of it was that Mimi didn’t get her all her planned outdoor time and it was all my fault. But the pleasant temperatures and happy sunshine that came after the storms kind of made up for it. And I finished another renovated section of my garden and seeds are sprouting, and two pregnant feral mom cats won’t have to raise yet another litter of kittens in an area where they regularly disappear.

It may seem antithetical that creative people observe something called a “schedule,” but I always have. Especially if you’re going to make a professional go of it, you need to plan ahead and have materials on hand, and space and accommodations for the project depending on the medium and what needs to be done. I have always had a schedule so that I have the time to spend that a project requires and I’m not rushed and disappointed with what I didn’t get finished because of a time crunch, or missing a deadline, even a self-imposed one. And years before I began working at home I understood my daily flow of energy, what times of day I was energetic, focused, contemplative, and planned my activities accordingly. But then there’s daily life and weather and circumstances. Usually I can manage to balance everything, but lately it’s been a challenge, in part because I’m starting up with new products, new work spaces and an entirely new display, at the same time that I need to make some serious repairs to my house that I need to earn the money for while I’m patching things as they come up. I didn’t get a chance to make most of the items I’d planned, but I have enough from prior years to start with. I’m finishing all the new garden flags today, then testing out my tent and packing up my car and planning all my new signage later on. I’ll share as much as I can as things go by. In addition to the smaller events I’m planning my open house for the last weekend of the month, and even if you can’t show up in person I’ll have deals you can take advantage of at a distance. I don’t know if I’ll earn enough to get a new roof in the next few months, but I’m going to give it my best effort!

And later this month we’ll be celebrating a bunch of exciting birthdays! I’ll have more information about that and the open house and new products in the coming week.


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