Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Moving into Summer Mode
So I cannot remember when I took such a long break from writing a new post, tending to be that ultra responsible once a day blogger for many months now....but hey, life got in the way!! So I can't be wordless this Wednesday, I want to share tales of the move and transition now in progress, from "winter studio" to "summer studio."
Normally this time of year, I would just be packing some things up and moving to the campground...but part of the reason for my absence from my blog here is I was just overwhelmed by Mother's Day orders the past several days....29 pieces made to fill about 16 orders in just two weeks...which might seem pretty doable in "winter mode" but starting May 1, the WillOaks Campground reopened for 2010--it was a lot all at once!
Last summer, I made a lot of progress in turning one end of my camper into an "art studio." The whole floor had been damaged by winter water and in the process of removing and replacing it, I discovered all this new space...by leaving out this sort of couchy-folding bed thingy, which was basically very uncomfortable anyway. I haven't quite figured out the right work table or bench for this end of the camper, but I'm looking!! And I'm hoping that as weather permits, I'll figure out some kind of system to sit on my new deck, in the shade, to work on some things, too.
Mind you, this is all only possible during the slow days...often, the place is hopping and when my last couple of packages are posted tomorrow, I plan to turn my attention to setting up all our different paper systems out there: registration, reservations, cash box, car tags, etc. and getting myself, Dakota and probably the Purrmeister all settled in.
This weekend, I was delighted to see some of the full time campers move in for summer...some brand new, some regulars.....and to greet a number of our 'fans' who showed up opening day because our fishing pond really rocks, if you're into sport fishing....but I've been feeling pretty scattered and so this week, before the weekend crowd gets here, I hope to be more into the summer mode.....
I realized when talking to some folks the other day that this year is the 30th anniversary of our campground!! Back in 1980, while I was starting grad school, my dad was building this little corner of paradise as a retirement project. It has matured into a lovely little park with a lively tent and camper population for almost 6 months of the year. And it's sort of fallen to me to keep things going as my dad began to fail about 7 years ago....and now, excuse me while I go finish some packing here....and I'll check back within a few days!! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy Wednesday!!