Friday, October 17, 2008
In two weeks, our season is officially over. I feel it in my bones. The leaves are falling precipitously to the ground, fogis rolling in to cover the hills in the morning, and I am lighting the stufa in the living room on a semi-regular basis - all signs that the time is drawing near to wave farewell to the last people to grace our B&B for the season.
Which brings me to other thoughts, andere Gedanken, gli altri pensieri.
The time is coming to go make pots again.
The art of making ceramics is the yin to the yang of running a bed and breakfast.
Innkeeping requires endurance. Pots require introspection. I couldn't do the B&B work without having the pots and art to balance it out.
I am tired, I have to say. It has been a long season with Micha in Switzerland working. I have had little time for much of anything, and when I have gotten a bit of time, I have spent it trying to recuperate energy for the next stretch. The guests have been amazing. If anything, I wish I had had more time to enjoy them more completely. But now it is time to put those thoughts aside and move to the other side of the equation.
Here are my current thoughts:
I have 3 wall tile art piece orders to fill.
I have several orders for platters, bowls, plates and cups which I need to design and work on.
I also have a project I will be introducing. I am going to be creating four art pieces which will be sold for donations to Ovarian Cancer Research.
I have about 6-8 paintings I need to make for both the existing and new rooms.
And I would like to, if I have time, make about 1,000 small tiles to complete a mosaic in the new room. I am not sure I will complete this one, but I would like to try.
This will be going on as the barn is once again under construction, creating that third new room, and a wine cellar where we can keep our ever-growing wine collection in some sort of order.
But first, I am going to take a couple of weeks off. I am going to stretch and do yoga every day, I am going to eat well, sleep well, and relax. I am going to switch gears.
Life is good.