I have yet to pack a single box. The way I look at it, if you give yourself a month to pack, you will be packing for a month. If you give yourself 2 weeks to pack, you only have to pack for 2 weeks. So why prolong the agony??? That's my excuse, and I am firmly sticking to it.
Last night, Geraldine Alexander, who is the owner of cultureclash gallery here in Salida, had a going away gathering for me. It was a wonderful thing to get together with so many beloved friends. At one point, I simply sat and looked at all of those faces, thinking that perhaps I could burn them into my brain, so they would always be with me. Which they will. I hate saying goodbye, so I wouldn't say it last night. No point in a party where the guest of honor becomes a weepy mess, sitting in corner somewhere!! Here I am, between Carla Sonheim and Rich Tyler, both very talented artists. Geraldine is behind us, clowning around. I am wearing a knitted scarf, created by Linda Lovell, another amazing talent, who owns a gallery and frame shop called Chivvis and Lovell, downtown.
It was a wonderful evening, and I am grateful to have had the chance to be in this little town of Salida, and meet so many generous, creative, intelligent, and unique people. Thanks to all of you who came. By the way, the only reason I look so tall in this photo is because I was standing on my toes!!! Whatever it takes, right? The photos were taken by the beautiful and talented Padgett McFeely.