This spring show Clyde team. Ray getting a good butt scratch. I’ve finally submitted to fact I have a cold. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t even do cabin crawl last night. I started out with the pack; in a drowsy fog and my head felt like it was going to split open. I bailed at the first stop and went to bed right after sunset. I promised myself I’d take it easy on this one day off before tech starts. Luka and I started by wandering around the farm before heading to town.
Winter show 2005 I painted this on the floor of one of the set pieces. I remember it was minus 18 out and I had a tarp slung over the opening of the little shack with a tiger torch cranked to full, to heat the space so the paint wouldn’t freeze. I’m surprised it’s lasted this long. I’m also surprised I didn’t light myself on fire but I’m pretty good with tiger torches.
I’m working on Luka’s separation anxiety. I did a bunch of things wrong last winter and she freaks out if I try to leave her alone. This afternoon I read in the cabin till she settled down, then I’d calmly step outside, read for a couple minutes and re-enter. She’d get up and pant. I’d sit till she relaxed and repeat. Slowly she got better. Standing outside I saw a little pile of sawdust building up on the stump that serves as the step to the plank/porch to the door. A beetle was boring holes in the stump. I hope it sticks to the round and doesn’t start working on the cabin’s board & batten.
I was re-reading Adam Gnade’s Friends Get Wayward zine. His writing slows me right down. There’s something so familiar in it and I keep going back to his sentences, always wanting more. I love his audio zines too, they are great for my road trips back and forth from the farm. A few summers ago I was working in the production office playing his song You Got Mean on repeat. Marshall, coming in and out of the room, finally paused and laughed “Is this the longest song on earth?” He really didn’t mind though, he liked it too.