Like January with heat, lot's of oppressing heat that sends us moving quickly through the yard from one building to another, trying not to breath in, fearing if we do we will scorch our lungs.
This July started with a bang with Company, heat and the 4th of July all coming at one time. I have found that 108 is really hot and I hope to never feel that one again. It did make the days of near 100 feel like nothing. We would just wave our hands and blow our lips out with a phish sound and say that is nothing.
Then there was the lack of rain that really did my tomatoes in and then too much rain. It has made me rethink myself as a gardener. I can go to the farmers market and help support someone else by buying their wonderful home grown goodness. I am thinking about just growing flowers.
About the January/July thing.
We pushed out two big kiln loads one and then another one 3 weeks later. So when Mark starting pushing me again I stood firm and decided we needed to approach the rest of this month a bit more slowly. He made pots for the gas kiln, well, I did some too. While I went into tile mode. I have made two rounds of tiles one with a white clay body and the other with the red rock. It felt good to build a little pile of the tiles since I will not get more time for these until, most likely, January. If I have learned nothing by making pots I have learned that timing is everything. It really is all about what you have the time to do and get done in a day. A day can go so fast here sometimes with those plans of what you are going to do and then the reality of what you really get done. We all feel very accomplished when we get a day to throw, But- throwing means there is work ahead.
For me I love the making and think of it as walking down new paths, moving ahead and not looking back. Then when we are up to our ears in pots the reality of the real work sets in. Now, the fun is over and we must get down to the tasks at hand. You really can not get those pots on the shelves without stepping off the first path.
So step off we are, pots are being ready for a firing in Ms. B the small kiln and I am stacking up tile for a firing in the next week or so.
Let's slow down on that rain dancing, okay.
Mark is back on the tractor this morning to see if we can repair the driveway from the last rain, what a mess.
Me- I need to go unload a bisque kiln and load another one back.
The temperatures have cooled for this week and that will make life more easy.
We sat out last night and marveled at the coolness of the summer night.
Time for tea and thoughts of the day.
Cheers! Go to work!