This is not the entry I'm thrilled to write...but until I can find my feet again I'm going to park my butt whereever I can until I'm back in stride...thats Karoda speak for my workshop was dismantled today due to sewage back up caused by the storm we had last Tuesday...7-8 inches of rain fell in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The gunky water receded immediately after the rain stopped but there is damage (not as bad as most who where affected, but significant) that requires the bathroom to be removed as well as most of the panelling and my mother lost her dryer. Their insurance coverage will not be enough...so we went into plan B today...the DIY plan and calling somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody...for clean-up and repairs. I'm also hoping that my renter's insurance will cover my personal property that I definitely want replaced (about 7 or so of my new art quilt books)
Thanks to my oldest son, Adrian and his friend Al, for coming to the rescue on the clean-up part! The good news is most of my stuff survived...I had to grieve the lost of sketch journals created over the last 5-6 years and some fairly new art quilt books I had stacked in a basket next to my comfy chair...Fabric wise, I'm washing as I type, I'm okay...I think the fabrics helped absorb a lot quickly and prevented the water from spreading on my side of the basement. I might have lost my computer, but for me that is no big deal. My large rugs are lost and not worth the physical effort to clean them and I'm okay with that also. The pat on the back I gave myself is the wisdom to put the electrical outlets for my machines/iron half way up the wall!
On a much happier note, I had an absolute inspiring time in Elizabethtown last Thursday evening...sitting in a circle with about 20 woment artists from Central Kentucky and Louisville discussing our art and feminism, personal identities and experiences and social change! It was an extension of the wonderful time I had in Athens with my sister-friends 2 weeks ago!!!! I'm going to be leaning on the memories of these two events to get me through the down time.
My posts will be sporadic until I can celebrate the restoration of my workshop space. Hangeth in!