Monday, July 10, 2017

July 2017

We have been lucky that this summer has been mild to date, mild enough that it gives you pause of days to come, but here I sit with a door open to my office listening to the morning birds calling.
I'll take these mornings.
Yesterday I posted thoughts about our fire on a July night in 2008 on our FB page.
 Why now I ask myself?
I think as a reminder of how folks can rebuild after a disaster in their lives.
Life moves on even when you feel as if you are stuck in mud.
The other thought that often comes to my mind is how many potters, artist do not carry business insurance. I know that you don't need it until you need it, but when you need it, you need it. We needed it then. I continue to carry it now even though business is not as lively as it once was. I almost did not pay that bill that came in the June before the fire. I thought long and hard about it, trying to justify not having it. Then Mark and I looked at how we had bought and built the business slowly one step at a time. We added it up and decided that if, if, something happened we needed to be covered.
I sent the check in 3 weeks before this happened.

I know how hard it is to look at these pictures. I know how hard it was to live through this. What made it better, or easier was the insurance check that allowed us to rebuild, and make it better.

We could hire someone to build it the second time rather than build it ourselves.
It has changed some of how we work and why.
I think things like this do change a person.
In the past 9 years there have been many changes, some good, some not so good.

Mark and I? We keep on moving along, ebb and flow, he makes pots and now I make tiles.
Changes come slow and some times changes are like a freight train rolling past.
Grab the caboose, you just never know where it will take you.


Barbara Rogers said...

So glad this story has such a happy ending...that certainly makes it a memory worth talking about, again and again!

cookingwithgas said...

Yes, it is a distant memory most of the time! Thanks!

Laurie said...

Life is surely changeable, and about learning to work with what you're given, which is not necessarily what you expected. It's hard to imagine that 9 years ago, I barely knew you, pretty much only as a customer.

Michèle Hastings said...

I hope others will heed your advise about insurance. The cost goes up every year, you pay the bill and hope you will never need to file a claim.

Anna said...

wow, so glad you took insurance... I can't understand people who live without any.

cookingwithgas said...

You hope you never have to file a claim, that is so true!
Yes, I don't understand not paying for it- you are taking a chance.

cookingwithgas said...

Laurie- we have come a long way baby! I miss you!

Sandy Miller said...

Yes, so hard to look at these pictures....... thanks for the kick in the pants to keep the insurance up on the studio and gallery! Ya just never think it will happen to you.....

cookingwithgas said...

No one is ready for something like this, but there are times we need to be sure we are covered.