After a few months of teaching, I had a bunch of clay to reclaim, and a few of my students volunteered to help me. I really appreciated their help! We took a break from watching the clay dry and went to a Local coffee shop - honestly, the name of the coffee shop is the Local!
|Jaffe wonders if waiting for clay to dry takes longer than waiting for a pot to boil.|
|Evelyn, who also works with me at the nursery/garden center, |
was explaining why she likes her apron.
Then on Thursday at work for the non-profit, we headed over to the community garden as we were meeting a newspaper reporter and photographer there. Check out this article
(Alan, in the video, is my boss at the non-profit, and we oversee the community garden. I'm in the middle in that little photo along with two other gardeners.) It occurred to me that this is the fourth time in six months that I have been in the local newspaper! I'm not sure what to think about that - fortunately none of the times were because I ran afoul of the law.
After that, we headed over to the 'green' house the non-profit is building for a family in town as the reporter was interested in that project, too.
|We're hoping that it will be complete by Mother's Day|
|I was using my camera phone, which isn't very good, plus it was very overcast on Thursday|
Friday I started back at the garden center/nursery. I won't be able to work too many hours this month because of my schedule - especially with the three pottery classes I'm teaching this month. But you know how much I enjoy working there. During early spring, there is seed sorting and packaging to do, onion sets and seed potatoes to sell, and general clean-up from the winter. We may be starting some seeds - our last frost date here in this area isn't until May 18th or so, so we still have some time. In fact, I have to start some seeds tomorrow for our garden here at home.
I also received a surprise package from Northern Mum Down South!
!! She had also included some cookies/biscuits with a little packet of icing, but I ate those up right away so they aren't in the photo. Isn't that the coolest and so thoughtful? Thank you again SO much, Jayne!!!
|A tea towel with a Yorkshire pudding recipe printed on it - we'll try that tomorrow - |
along with a gorgeous scarf, a knitting booklet, and lovely card and a crocheted flower brooch she made!!!
So I am juggling three to four part-time jobs: the non-profit, teaching pottery, the nursery/garden center, and managing the farmers market starting in May. I don't think I'll be teaching any pottery in May - I'll be meeting with the Education Director at the community arts center soon to see what classes and workshops I can offer in late spring/summer. But I'll have more time to work at the nursery then.
I mentioned last year around this time that my biggest problem or should I say my biggest challenge is not getting overwhelmed with my schedule, and making sure that I include downtime in it. Wish me luck!
PS: One last thing - if you had asked me years ago what I want to do with my life, I would say something like "work for a community organization, and be involved in gardening, and do my art". Well I am doing just that these days! Even though it is all part-time and I'm not making tons of money, I'm pretty darned happy. Any unhappiness I may have is that I can tend to get a little overwhelmed and get stuck, but if I make sure to schedule in that downtime like I mentioned, I think I'll be okay.