Soooo very many things happening right now and I love each one of them. Can you have too much of a good thing? I don’t know, but I’m sure willing to find out.
Sunday I leave for New York for the first professional photo shoot for my book. Of course I’m excited but a little nervous since this kind of thing is new to me. I mean, of course I make pies and take pictures of them, too. I do that all the time. But to make pies that are worthy to grace the pages of a book…my book…well, that’s a whole new thing for me. I’m sure I’ll figure it out one at a time as I roll those doughs out.
Pie Camp ended on Monday morning. It was a tremendous group of pie campers from as far a field as Alaska and the U.S. Virgin Islands and everything in between. Collectively this group was like a sponge that wanted as much information as I could give. I talked and taught from about 7:30 in the morning until 10 o’clock at night. More than one camper said it was like a brain dump. I had never heard the term before but I was assured that it was a good thing. Whew!
And, there’s more on the home front at Pie Cottage. Grandma Kay’s house is right next to me. A wonderful and tough woman, about 5 years ago at the age of 93 she moved to live at her daughter’s home. But over the years since she left, someone moved in with…how shall I put this delicately…dubious taste in friends.
The short of it is that the land and house became an eyesore as it morphed into being a junkyard, a car chop shop (a term that I didn’t even know existed before then), and dare I say it…a location where cars would come at all hours of the night and day and stay for just a few minutes and then leave. I guess you can draw your own conclusion of what was going on over there but with police coming and going at all hours of the day and night it has been a very stressful 5 years. It’s also been heartbreaking to see the house become a burned out shell and the land so totally neglected.
So, today I bought it. My plan is to tear it down completely, put a fence around it, and turn it in to a beautiful garden, with fruit trees, berries, flowers, and chickens, and maybe even a labyrinth. My neighbors are ecstatic and relieved and already say that they can feel a shift in energy for the good. After the land is cleared off I will have a bring your own lawn chair potluck and campfire. I want to put good memories into the land as soon as possible.
This will be a long term and very big project but I’ve bitten off big projects before and even though it is said that you can’t make a silk purse of a sow’s ear, I believe everything is possible if you believe you can succeed. Here are some before pictures for you. And as the months…and years…go by, I’ll be posting more.