Greetings everyone. This will be a brief update with a more substantial post promised for next week, along with more visits to the wonderful blogs I usually comment on more regularly and have so shamelessly neglected lately. Things have been busy here as the days until Moving Day dwindle down. Last weekend, I brought all my scarves, wrist warmers and photo calendars to the Burren for one final market. Thanks to the unprecedented October snowstorm here in the Northeast that day, customer turnout was low and so were my spirits when I made only one sale, the wrist warmers you see pictured above, proceeds from which covered the vendor's entry fee but not what I drank to pass the time.
Shake it Loose
The day turned from bad to worse when I visited a local pub for some Halloween fun. No sooner had I managed to shake off the gloom of my poor sales with some uninhibited dancing among costumed strangers than I discovered that my black winter coat had mysteriously disappeared in the drunken madness of the celebrations. I will never know if it was mistakenly grabbed, or stolen on purpose. It was not an expensive or a cherished item of clothing, but walking home coatless in the wet snow at 2am made me feel that the city of Somerville itself was aware of my departure, and providing me one last spiteful act of unwelcome, which only served the purpose of making it that much easier for me to leave.
Looking on the bright side, this means that on my next trip up north to Vermont to drop another carload of small possessions, I now have an excuse to go shopping for a new winter coat, bought in Vermont and made for Vermont winters, my first experience of which I am greatly looking forward to. I may even have to learn how to snowshoe! But before that can happen, my attention this week has been getting the studio Brian and I share ready for our last local appearance as Somerville artists. Vernon Street Open Studios takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov 5th and 6th. For anyone in the area, please do stop by. I’ll be offering my matted prints, calendars, books, wrist warmers and scarves and as the weather is predicted to be cool and dry, we are hoping for a good turnout and brisk sales. Full report next week.
Buy now while supplies last!
That’s all for now. Have a great weekend, one and all.