Wednesday, December 20, 2006

An early Christmas present...

We received a most delightful present recently from our friend Carol Taylor. Carol is a local visual artist/potter/volunteer who has helped us a lot with our home, particularly in plaster work. Working with a clay-based plaster was second nature to her, of course, and you can clearly see which sections of wall she worked on because they're so perfectly done. Much to our surprise, she slipped a lump of clay home with her one day from the sprawling pile of soil on our site, sculpted it into this sweet birdie and fired it in her kiln. Dave and I love her work and it's really an honour to have such a personal piece in our home. We're hoping to embed it directly in the plaster of a wall.

As we approach the Christmas holidays, we're still negotiating our way through the world of sub-contractors in hopes that we'll have most contracts near completion by end of week. Bah humbug. The final plumbing won't happen until next week with Christmas so close, and cabinet-making will begin after that. All of the added stress has us more than a little frazzled, and we're working hard to keep it from running us done completely before the holidays. I even went so far as to declare that I wouldn't be 'doing' a Christmas tree this year [the devil made me do it]. At the whisper of such nonsense, my mother promptly delivered a loaner tree to us. It's the first time we've ever had an artificial tree, but it's lovely all the same. Thanks, Ma.

This weekend, we'll take a full two-day break (since Dave has to work the rest of the holidays) before throwing ourselves back into the swing of construction. Ah, looking forward to sipping sociables by the tree...


Blogger StrawBoss said...

Hi Kara,

Wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas! Your house is beautiful. I love the front door! We're hoping to be moving in in about 6 more weeks-but we'll really have to put in some long days to accomplish that.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Hey Strawboss!

Funny enough, that door design is called, "Tuscon". The final stretch must be exciting. I think we still have at least 12 weeks to go, if not more, since our jobs are keeping us from putting in much time these days. Here's to keeping our strength and health through it all!


10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a fat cat! that's awesome!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Indeed Jack the Cat is rather fat (thanks to special food from his Vet to balance his pH), but he's also a strangely content character with a pinch of tarty 'tude.

9:43 PM  

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