I hab a code. Sure enough, just as things were rolling along nicely, I was infected. Happens every year once school starts, but it’s earlier this year than normal. I lived in denial as long as I could, chanting the anti-cold mantra “it’s just allergies” to myself, but the cockroach-like tickle in the back of my throat was a sure-fire indicator that the virus-incubating warehouses we call public schools had added me to their quota.
I’m not going down without a fight though. I am fully loaded with Cold FX, ibuprofen, and some generic decongestant I found lurking in the back of the medicine cabinet. Of course there were no dosage instructions and lord only knows how long it’s been there, but I took one for the team and risked it.
Wow….lookit the pretty colours……*+**zzzzzzZZZZzz++*+*+*……I’m awake…I’m awake…..and if I ramble a little I’m blaming the little red pills….whatever they were.
So, in spite of being awake until 5 a.m. because I was unable to breathe through sinuses that felt as if someone had dumped an entire swimming pool into them, I’m actually feeling inspired. I had lots of time to think about the projects I want to do, after all.
When we set up our house to facilitate more art-time, we decided to put my jeweler’s bench in the living-room. Yes…the living-room. There were a number of reasons for this. The best reason was that it’s the only piece of custom-built furniture I own and it is gorgeous. My friend, Mike Ford, is a professional cabinet-maker and he built the bench to my specifications. I knew when he took on the project that my bench would function well for me, but I quite frankly had no idea that it would be so beautiful.
The second reason we decided to put it in the living-room was that I couldn’t escape it there. I was always looking at it. I figured it would begin to talk to me after a while, and it did. It whispered “come play…you know you wanna”. It was right. I wanted to play.
I had set my latest jewelry project to soak before I went to bed last night and only had to do a final polish on it when I got up this morning. Yes, it was morning….barely. I bought a bunch of unusual stones several years back from a really nice guy who had a little rock-shop in Coeur d’Alene. I went back a couple of months later to get more, and the store had closed permanently. It was such a disappointment…he had told us it might happen as the new owner of the plaza was planning on raising the rent 300%. He had malachite marbles, Idaho opals, beautiful agate cabochons, and this lovely rhodochrosite with lime-green banding in it. I couldn’t just set this stone in a plain setting; it had to be pretty. I think it looks happy there.
So you see, if you put your project somewhere you can’t escape it, it might talk to you. Give you a little nudge. Whisper in your ear “Come play”. Give it a try. You know you wanna.