Here's contractor Wayne Woods, finishing up the new cabinetry under the new butcher block counter--where the laundry used to be. Lots of drawer space, and the luxury of under-cabinet lighting! I am a happy camper.
Next step is to buy a bunch of dividers, drawer lining, racks and the like to organize all this space. It will take a while to get used to the new locations ("Where did I put the frying pans???") Also, I need to throw out a bunch of rarely/never used old stuff, acknowledging that I'm unlikely to use those madeleine pans even if Proust were to come by for a visit.
Just as Wayne was finishing up, sister Gee Gee and I headed west to Big Bend National Park for the opening of their new Fossil Discovery Exhibit. I had sponsored one of the fossil reproductions in memory of Patrick, who considered becoming a paleontologist (until he discovered how few real jobs were available in the field), and who worked for the National Park Service as a Seasonal Ranger Historian for three summers during graduate school. Big Bend is almost 600 miles from Eagle Lake, a long day's drive. We stopped in Marathon and stayed at the excellent Gage Hotel, then went up to the park the next day.
Once we got home I started on the next art quilting project, inspired by the colors of those rocks. I dye-painted silk canvas, let it dry and began stitching. This kept me from obsessing too much about the vagaries of national politics, at least for a few days.
I'm not enchanted with the color resolution in this photo--I think my phone camera washed out the darker tones. I am happy with the piece, however, and sitting and stitching took me right back to the mountains. Plus, I'm reading that Park Rangers are continuing to keep the public apprised of the facts about climate change in the parks despite bullying orders from the President. Rock on, NPS. Your public wants to know.
Photography tomorrow. Then on to the next piece (not sure what that will be yet). In the meantime, I can go back into the kitchen and cook something. Chicken mole tonight, I think.