August has been a very busy month…now I am into teaching two more composition classes. A different kind of busy. This summer was dedicated to gardening and to restoring the Carnegie building in town. As a result of carrying heavy water buckets from my rain barrel and also lifting heavy boxes of old documents at the Carnegie, I have suffered a rotator cuff problem in my right shoulder. No fun for sure.
Sunset on the prairie
I am glad for the good gardens we have and thankful for the produce that we have to harvest. We have had an abundance of snow peas, yellow beans, tomatoes, potatoes, beets, carrots, cukes and much more! We have LOTS of grapes I need to process and also many, many plums. They are small but maybe I’ll make the latter into jam. Oh my, that is more work but at least not heavy lifting.
Then there is the Carnegie that after four days of constant visitors to see the photographer’s framed pictures of outside scenes and also watercolor painters, we brought in over $3,000 of fundraiser monies. For that we are thankful and hope to do more work on the lower level floor. Part of having shoulder problems was staining, varnishing, sanding and varnishing again the wainscoting that went in the former children’s library. Yes, I had to work quickly because three days later we opened up the Carnegie building to the public.
Our best day was showing off the Boubin paintings that people own in the community on Saturday. There must have been at 40-45 paintings, big and small that showed up.
I should get back to preparing for next week’s lessons. I have 35 students and they are all great students. Some are international students mostly from China but from other countries as well.
Small room with new look
Looking out to hallway inside the small room
Last Friday I signed my contract to teach two more composition classes which starts up on Aug. 23rd. That hardly gives me any breathing space to have a summer vacation after all speed ahead with our town’s annual event from Aug. 17-20th. The big parade, which will change its route to go downtown again, will be the climax of a very busy but fun time at the Carnegie. We have a LOT of activities to keep up with but we have some awesome volunteers as well.
Yesterday I stained the wainscoting paneling that will go up in the basement of the Carnegie which is where we all went for our children’s library back in the old days. Memories run long for many who are from this area because we used to have an outdoor swimming pool right next to the library and there were also tennis courts down the hill. A very good hangout for many teenagers and young people which was centrally located in downtown.
Now, we don’t have as many kids and we have older people who can’t ably take the massive steps up to the main floor of the Carnegie. That is where we will have different art exhibits and also a photography display for all four days. Along with that we will have a class competition to see which class can donate the most money to help with our restoring the Carnegie and the first night we will have people paint and take a canvas home after painting on their own canvas.
I tell people that I feel like one of those clowns who has plates that are spinning on top of poles and that you have to keep them all spinning simultaneously without them falling down. That’s what is going to be happening for FOUR days but there are many others who will be there to help. The only difference is that we will have both levels of the Carnegie in operation with the gift shop downstairs.
I’m showing some of the pictures of what has been happening lately. All good things. With 2/3rds of the summer gone, I’m wondering when I’ll get my summer vacation before I start teaching again.
what our stained wainscoting looks like