Happy New Year!

2006 already… time does fly. My year has already started off as abrand new adventure: I got the job as Art Studio Manager for the City ofGreenbelt, which means I’m in charge of upkeep, maintenance, and ofcourse management of all the art studios in the community center. Ithink there are about ten, and there are constantly classes going on.It’s a great job, within biking distance, and because it’s only halftime I’ll be able to continue doing my own pottery work. I haven’treally done anything new with pottery lately; I’ve been kind of taking abreak. You know, it’s really hard to get back in the swing of thingsonce you’ve been gone for a while, even if it’s something you love. Ithink teaching will bring my interest back in a hurry though – I’mteaching kids beginning wheel 11 and up on Saturdays. I’m a littlenervous about being able to keep control, especially after myexperiences with inner city kids summer before last. Last summer,though, I was throwing all the time while they were in the classroom,and they were boisterous but good.

So that’s what’s new about my New Year – a complete change of pace. I’m happier every single day that I decided to quit graduate school. This job is a small one, but it’s so much more what I want to be doing with my life. Teaching will bring us a little more income, too.

We’re looking forward to the changes that spring will bring. We’re getting a new fridge and stove in the beginning of February, and hopefully a dishwasher soon after that. Eventually we want to remodel the washer/dryer closet (it has crappy rusted metal doors on it), putting in cabinets and making it into a pantry, but that will take a good bit of cash, so it can wait till we get the things we need more out of the way.

That said, however, there’s always money available to spend on the garden (hee hee! don’t tell Josh I said that. :) I’m planning on installing an arbor in March or April, as soon as the ground is soft enough to dig down 12″ to plant the concrete pillars. It’ll be about 11’x10′, and I’m going to do it all myself with pressure treated wood. This arbor to the right, from http://www.kirsch-korff.com/Pages/makearbor.htm, is a good example of what I want it to look like. I want to put so much stuff on it: grapes, honeysuckle, a “Joseph’s Coat” climbing rose, morning glories, clematis… but there’s just not that much light back there. (the south-facing wall is someone else’s townhouse -sigh-). So I’ll have to decide between my grapes and my roses, or maybe plant both now and resign myself to digging one out in a couple years.

I’m also looking forward to seeing what the rest of my garden will look like in the second year of its life. The third year is supposed to be the best, but man, the front garden looked totally different in its second year – so I’m hoping the back yard will too. Lots of tumble, lots of flowers, and I hope I hope it will fill in more of the empty spots! I’ve planted so many bulbs in the back – we can see how many survive the ravenous squirrels – and the dogwood and azalea are just loaded with buds. None one the lilac, unfortunately; we may have to wait another year -sigh-. I wish i’d gotten one with buds on it to begin with – I can’t help wondering if I just picked up a dud. The front ought to look just gorgeous, since we planted that “Snow Showers” weeping cherry, and I planted daffodils and paperwhites underneath it.

Anyway, it’s easy to see I’ve got gardener’s itch again (sounds likesomething icky!) and it’s only the middle of January! Oh well. Onlythree months till I can get outside again… -groan-

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